October 29, 2012

October 29, 2012

3 Cruise Ship Inside Cabins to Avoid

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Monday and we are starting another work week. I hope you had a very safe and great weekend. It was another busy weekend for Dab the AIDS Bear and me.

Yesterday, I started blogging about cruise lines and how to get the best inside cabin to help ensure you have a great time on your cruise and making the most of your budget. Today, I will blog about the three inside cabins to avoid when booking a cruise:

Cabin: Standard Inside Cabins on Majesty of the Seas and Monarch of the Seas, 114 square feet

What You Get: Feel the squeeze in the smallest standard cabins offered by a major mainstream cruise line. At 114 square feet, these insides are glorified closets -- but Royal Caribbean manages to stuff a lot into these cabins, including a vanity table with extendable working service, private bathroom and a loveseat. With Pullman beds forming bunks, you could even sleep four in these tiny digs. Just don't all stand up at once.

Cabin: Carnival's Category 1A Cabins

What You Get: Carnival says its oddball 1A cabins measure 185 square feet, but Cruise Critic members with measuring tapes beg to differ. Booking a 1A is a bit of a crapshoot: Some have a bed and a pull-down bunkbed, others have a bed and pullout sofa, while others have side-by-side twins. Some, surprisingly, have porthole windows, meaning they're technically outsides. The 1A's are the odd-shaped, squeezed-into-corners cabins lumped into one cheap category, so their layouts vary by ship and even by cabin number.

Cabin: Bahamas Celebration Category 9 Cabins, 86 square feet

What You Get: Are the insides on Bahamas Celebration, a converted Baltic ferry, the smallest in cruise travel? Possibly. You might not mind booking an 86-square-foot cabin with bunkbeds if you're just cruising the Bahamas for two nights, but if you're not a solo, you'll be comfier with an upgrade. A small bathroom and a flat-screen TV round out the cabin amenities. Note: These are typically the cabins doled out as part of the infamous "free cruise" offer that's associated with Celebration. Unless the sly sales guy tries to upsell you, that is.

Now at least you know which are the best inside cabins and which to avoid when booking your first (or next) cruise to help ensure your trip is a great one.

Hope you have a beary safe and great start to your week!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab