Interior staterooms make up a huge percentage of the cruise industry’s staterooms, yet they tend to either be looked down upon or simply forgotten. That is not the case here at Cruise Currents. We’ve compiled a list of 8 reasons why these staterooms without a view can be the perfect choice for any cruiser.
1. They’re affordable.
If it all comes down to finances, an affordable interior can be your ticket to cruise.
2. They’re family friendly.
If you’re sailing with the “fam,” it may be more reasonable to book the balcony stateroom for mom and dad and have the kids across the hall in an interior stateroom. Odds are the kids will be thrilled to have their very own room.
3. They’re friends of the “sea challenged.”
If you’re addicted to the sea, but you suffer from seasickness, then an interior stateroom may be the best medicine (besides actual seasickness medication). Centrally located and usually low down, these staterooms are at the center of balance and will experience little ocean motion.
4. They’re perfect for those who just need a bed.
Are you the type of cruiser who plans to be in port all day and partying all night? An interior stateroom will provide you with a comfortable bed and a place to change from swim trunks to your boogie shoes. Why would you need any extra space or amenities for the 4 hours you spend there each day?
5. Some offer exclusive perks.
That’s right, swanky lounges aren’t just for suites anymore. Cruising in one of Norwegian’s Studio interior staterooms will grant you access to a trendy lounge complete with a private bar, only accessible to the Studio guests.
6. They can be more conveniently located.
Depending on you’re ship and deck number, many interior staterooms are located around the main guest decks. While many balcony and oceanview staterooms are also located near these decks, the majority extend far above and below these main areas.
7. They can be just as good as a balcony.
Well, if you’re sailing aboard certain Royal Caribbean ships that is. The most notable example is Quantum of the Seas, Royal Caribbean’s first ship to debut virtual balcony staterooms. Essentially, you can take in the same views from a balcony inside an interior stateroom via a live camera and oversized screen mounted against the wall. Clever. Clever.
8. Again, they’re affordable.
This is really the most important reason. The cost is why many frequent cruisers can afford to cruise multiple times a year. Rather than spend the money for a balcony on a typical seven night Caribbean sailing, many cruisers choose an interior stateroom to sail on longer itineraries or aboard luxury cruise lines. It all comes down to how you choose to sail the seven seas.