Making the decision to take a cruise is the first decision amongst many. Once you`ve decided you`d like to take a cruise and for how long, the next step is to investigate the companies that operate in that area and the types of accommodation each offers aboard ship.
Determine Your Budget and Lifestyle
To a large extent, the kind of accommodation you can expect on a cruise is determined by the size of your budget. While it`s important to stick within your given budget if you`re not to overspend and have to cut back on other areas of your holiday, you may find it wise to make compromises in order to secure, comfortable accommodation aboard a cruise ship.
Bear in mind that on a cruise ship the only private area you will have is in your cabin or stateroom. Depending on the length of your cruise there may be days when you prefer to spend time alone. Having a comfortable room in which to relax, with room to move around, may therefore become more important on a longer cruise than on a short one.
Inside or Outside
Whether or not you choose an inside or outside cabin is a matter of personal preference. Bear in mind that with inside cabins you are unlikely have natural daylight. With an outside cabin you will likely have a window and in some cases your own private balcony. Having a balcony can make the cruise experience much more enjoyable, giving you your own private space in which to sit quietly or simply an area to move outside and breathe in the sea air without being in a public space.
As well as determining whether or not you wish to be in an outside cabin, another important consideration is its position in the ship. Those who are susceptible to motion sickness very often find that a cabin in the centre of the ship suits them better than one at either end.
A Taste of Luxury
Many luxury cruise liners offer accommodation to rival the very best in hotel suites. Individual ships will vary, but in most you can expect modern conveniences with private bathrooms, showers and 24-hour room service. Many will also have the additional amenities of TV and telephone and a refrigerator or mini-bar.
For those who are choosing to extend the holiday experience by cruising to their destination, rather than flying or driving, it may seem important to match the style of accommodation aboard ship to that expected at the final destination.
If the majority of your holiday time is, for instance, to be spent in a private villa, you may naturally seek the more exclusive experience of a balcony or ocean view stateroom during your cruise.