I would definitely consider myself a claustrophobic person, I’m a big worrier and always anxious about something. Having said that I do not find inside cabins to be claustrophobic at all. There definitely are benefits (£££) to having an inside cabin but also drawbacks, claustrophobia isn’t one of these for me. I’m sure I’ve been in travel lodge rooms which are smaller than cruise ship cabins.
(Ignore my brother in the above photo!)
I recently took my 6″3 boyfriend on a Caribbean cruise, we were in an inside cabin and he didn’t have any problems with the cabin at all. The shower was quite close to his head but that’s just a tall person problem, can’t blame the cruise ship for that!
Inside cabins are quite basic, there is usually 2 beds (or a double), a wardrobe, tv, desk and a bathroom. That’s about it. For me an inside cabin is just a place to sleep, wash and change, I rarely spend a great deal of time in there. The cabins that I have stayed in have always been clean and functional. They’re normally organised quite cleverly to make the most of the available space, most cabins follow the same style. The only real variation on this which I have found was onboard the Norwegian Epic where the bathroom was split into shower on one side and toilet on the other with a strange privacy curtain between the two. I didn’t like this much.
There are some circumstances where I believe it would be better to have an oceanview or balcony cabin. If you’re traveling around the Norwegian Fjords or out of New York I would definitely recommend trying to have a cabin with a view. I understand though how expensive it can be! If we are going on a cruise as a group and require more than one cabin we often just have one with a balcony so that we can all meet there to enjoy the view, but still save some money by getting one inside cabin. If you’re unsure if you need a balcony click here: Do you NEED a balcony?
On some cruises, (such as a baltic cruise where it’ll probably rain anyway), I would prefer to save the money by getting an inside cabin. It can often be a couple of hundred pounds cheaper than a balcony, which I would much prefer to invest into my next cruise.
- You will sleep, for hours! As the cabins have no windows they are pitch black, you might find yourself waking up in the afternoon if you are not careful.
- It can be hard to know where you are without a view. Are we still sailing? Are we in dock? No idea!
- Sitting out on a balcony is lovely, (but I wouldn’t say £200+ worth of lovely). We never had any problems taking our books to the promenade deck to find a comfy seat to sit in. This might be slightly harder if you’re on a ship without a promenade deck, or on a cruise ship which is operating at full capacity.
Having an oceanview cabin can help with the darkness problem, I’ve only had an oceanview cabin once and I didn’t particularly like it, If anything it made me feel more claustrophobic because it reminded me that I was on a ship.
Do you cruise in inside cabins? Let me know why in the comments.