The Travel Professor
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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Choose to Cruise: More on cabin selection

I think that one of the best ways to select your cruise cabin is to study the deck plans. These are in printed cruise line brochures that you can pick up at your travel agency or download them from the cruise line’s website.

As you scan the color coded deck plans you’ll quickly discover a somewhat confusing maze of cabins and prices. A general rule is that the windowless (often called inside) cabins on the lowest passenger decks are the least expensive and prices increase as you move up to higher decks and to an outside cabin. If your room is way up front or in the back this may also impact your fare

To me there are four basic types of staterooms: standard windowless inside, standard outside window view, outside balcony then the suite category. We’ll talk more about these categories later.

Bon voyage and happy travels!