Where Is the Best Place to Room on a Cruise Ship?

By Alice Nichols

Cruise ships offer several differentroom options to choose from, depending on your preferences and budget. Generally, the closer to the top of the ship you are, the better the view—and the more expensive your room will be. But there are other considerations to keep in mind when deciding where to book your cruise cabin.

One of the most important factors is location—where is your cabin in relation to other important areas on board? If you want easy access to things like the pool deck, dining room, and entertainment venues, a midship cabin near an elevator or staircase may be best for you. On the other hand, if you’re looking for some peace and quiet or just a little extra space, an aft cabin may be a better option.

Another consideration when choosing a cruise cabin is noise level. If you’re a light sleeper or easily disturbed by noise from adjacent cabins or public areas like theaters and lounges, then you may want to opt for an interior stateroom. These rooms don’t have windows but they usually provide more sound insulation than cabins with balconies.

Finally, consider amenities and services offered by each type of room. Balcony cabins are usually larger and offer more space compared to interior staterooms.

They also often come with perks like complimentary room service and access to priority check-in lines. Meanwhile, suites typically include additional amenities such as concierge service and priority access to lounges.


When it comes down to it, choosing the best place to stay on a cruise ship comes down to personal preference and budget. If you’re looking for easy access to amenities like pools and restaurants, then a midship cabin near an elevator or staircase is your best bet.

For those seeking peace and quiet without sacrificing too much space or luxury amenities, an interior stateroom may be ideal. And finally for those who want all the bells and whistles of a premium experience with plenty of extra space and services thrown in for good measure—a suite may be worth splurging on.