Selecting the Perfect Stateroom for Your Next Cruise

Traveling on a cruise can be fun and exciting.  But if you’ve never cruised before, it can seem overwhelming.  One of the things that can be difficult is knowing which room to choose. First, let’s talk about the terms you may hear.

Cruise Ship Terms

  • Locations- Forward, midship and aft refer to the front, middle and back of the ship, respectively.
  • Port and starboard– these terms refer to the left (port) and right (starboard) when you are looking forward on the ship.
  • Staterooms, cabins, rooms- these are the accommodations on the ship, and all mean the same thing.
  • Decks- These are the “floors” of the ship.
Cruise Room Types

These staterooms are on the interior hallways of the cruise ship.  They don’t have any windows and are these are the least expensive rooms on the ship.  If you get claustrophobic, these may not be the rooms for you.  The lack of natural light can also be a problem for some people

Ocean View

These rooms have a window that looks out at the water below.  For safety reasons you can’t open the window, but it allows in a great deal of light and can make a small room seem larger.  On some of the larger ships, they can even look out to the interior of the ship.  Plus, you could spend hours staring at the ocean and watching the waves go by.  These rooms are the next price up and offer a great value.

Balcony or Verandah

These staterooms give you the best of both worlds- a large comfortable sleeping area and a space on the side of the cruise ship that allows for you to get fresh air and have some privacy anytime of the day or night.  These cost more than ocean view staterooms but can make a cruise even better.


Available on some ships, these are the most luxurious and largest of all the accommodations.  They are usually at the front or aft of the ship and often include things like butler service and private areas just for guests in the suites.  These are also the most expensive on the ship but can make a normally great cruise a truly magical and unforgettable experience.

A Couple of Other Things To Consider


Every cruise has different size of cabins; you can choose staterooms that fits your budget as well as your style. Interior and ocean view staterooms are often smaller.  Balconies offer more space and suites are the most spacious.  Consider value versus price when you are looking for a stateroom.


The location of your stateroom is of utmost importance if you want to avoid motion sickness. For many, the most ideal location will be in the center of the ship. Finally, you may want to look at what is above you on the ship.  Are you right under the kitchen or the dance club?  You may not enjoy the constant noise and movement directly overhead.

I hope these tips help you when you are getting ready for your next (or first!) cruise.  One of the many benefits to using a travel advisor is that we can help you choose the right accommodations for you.  Reach out to your travel agent to get started planning your next cruise.