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Choosing a cabin – Does size matter?

Choosing a cabin – Does size matter?

The right cabin is entirely a personal choice. Whilst some people just want somewhere to put their head at night, others will spend longer in the cabin and prefer to have more space. In either case, it’s important to choose the right cabin for you – you want to be comfortable and enjoy your cruise, but you don’t want to feel like you’ve paid for something you don’t need either.

Here are some questions to ask to ensure you choose the cabin that is right for you:

  1. Does the cabin come with a porthole? And if so, is it a small porthole, or larger window?
  2. Is a balcony important? Do you want to be able to step outside into fresh air, or watch from your balcony as you come into port?
  3. Are you travelling with a partner or friend? Is the cabin going to be big enough? For example, some twin cabins have beds very close together – is this going to be suitable or would you prefer a little more space?
  4. Where are the cabins located? Are the cheaper cabins close to the engine rooms/downstairs/ with restricted view etc?
  5. How much time will you spend in your cabin? If you think you will spend quite a bit of time in there, you may prefer more space.
  6. How long is your cruise? If it is an extended cruise, you may prefer more space than if it is only a few days’ duration.
  7. What is the bedding configuration in the cabin?
  8. What is the cost to upgrade? You may be surprised that the next grade of cabin is not a lot more and may well be worth the extra.


Remember with small ships there are often limited cabins of certain categories (eg balcony) and these may book out quickly. The Aranui 5, for example, has limited Deluxe Balcony cabins and they often book out a year in advance so check the availability early if you want a particular cabin type on a specific departure. We can’t emphasise enough how important it is to ensure you match the right cabin type to your needs, so it pays to have a chat to our team.  We’ve been selling cruises for 30 years so we have a huge amount of knowledge and have sailed on many ships between us so don’t hesitate to give us a call for some first hand advice.