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.

NCL Norwegain Breakaway cruise ship inside cabin(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!

NCL Norwegain Breakaway cruise ship inside cabinInside 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.

NCL Norwegian Epic Inside cabin Bathroom

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?

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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.


Hey! I'm Emma. A cruise blogger, YouTuber and founder of the 'Cruising Isn't Just For Old People' Facebook community.


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  3. I’ve only ever stayed in interior cruise ship cabins due to the price of upgrading but I love them! You can sleep for hours as they’re dark and quiet, can always go sit outside elsewhere, and cruise ships are large enough that getting sea sick is no issue. Some of the newer ships (like Ovation of the Seas) have the view projected on the wall which is very cool!

    • Emma Le Teace Reply

      That’s cool! I’ve never been in one like that.

      Thanks for commenting, glad you agree with me 👍🏼

  4. I don’t like rooms that don’t have windows, so I would definitely prefer a cabin with a window. I also have trouble waking up without natural light, so an inside cabin wouldn’t be a good choice for me. I’m the kind of person who is always looking out the window on buses, trains, planes and boats and admiring the view. 🙂

    • Emma Le Teace Reply

      Interesting! Personally the window makes me feel more claustrophobic because it reminds me that I’m on a ship and can’t get out that way.. in an inside cabin I totally forget that I’m on a ship 🙂

      It definitely is hard to wake up!

  5. I was looking for info on inside cabins and why they have such low prices. This definitely helped! Are the ocean view rooms worth the premium costs?

    • Emma Le Teace Reply

      Thank so for your comment, glad this has helped!

      Personally I don’t think the ocean view is worth it. If it was a free added extra then of course! But I rarely spend any time in the room, wouldn’t be willing to pay much for it.

      (The window actually makes me feel a little more claustrobic, I don’t like being reminded that I’m on a ship really!!)

  6. Barry Milford Reply

    We cruise a lot and only ever book an inside guarantee cabin to keep costs down. We cruise 3 times a year and this year that will be about 15 weeks in total. We do get upgrades most times and occasionally get an external cabin. A recent cruise in an inside cabin turned out to be an external Royal Suite!

    • Emma Le Teace Reply

      Incredible!! I always book a guaranteed inside and get a regular inside cabin. Never had a dreadful one though.

      15 weeks?! Amazing. I’m cruising 2 weeks this year. `The suite sounds incredible!!

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