CruiseMapper's cabin and suites section allows you to explore cruise staterooms by ship. Each page provides extensive information on all passengers accommodations on a particular vessel, including floor plans, room types and categories (grades used upon booking), cabin sizes, deck location. Also provided is an extensive review of all ticket price inclusive en-suite amenities, along with furniture details and additional / bonus perks (if available).
Follows a brief description by category of all staterooms available as types and presented in cruise ship deck plans. Know, that cruise staterooms booking rates are usually based on deck location. Lower deck accommodations are the cheapest. Mid-ship cabins cost more. Balcony rooms and Suite accommodations located aft or forward on the ship are most expensive. Many lines divide the main cabin types into sub categories. These grades are marked with numbers (like for balcony cabins - B1, B2, B3, B4) and are displayed on the deck layouts with different colors.
Cruise ship suites
Cruise suite accommodations are premium grades cabins. They are usually larger in comparison to balcony staterooms, and feature more amenities. As a rule, suites have a full-size bathtub, larger shower, bigger closets and balcony (some have 2 private balconies). Amenities include coffee makers, premium sound systems, large-size flat TVs, complimentary butler service.
Loft Suite accommodations are on two levels. The most famous of those are presented on the world's largest ever cruise ships - the Royal Caribbean line's Oasis-class (Allure, Oasis and harmony) and Quantum-class (Anthem, Quantum and Ovation). The following layouts are of the largest accommodations on the Quantum-class ships.
Royal Loft Suite
Owners Loft Suite
Grand Loft Suite
Next layout is of the world's biggest cruise ship Harmony of the Seas largest accommodation - the Royal Loft Suite.
The Cunard Line's most famous ship RMS Queen Mary 2 also has loft suites - called "duplex suites". Below you see the QM2's Grand Duplex Suite.
Twin beds in this type of cabins can be joined in a king bed. Grand Suites have also a double sofa bed and large private balcony, sitting area with 2-armchairs and a coffee table, desk, dressing area with vanity, walk-in closet, safe, television and phone, refrigerator, mini bar, private bath with whirlpool tub and shower, patio chair and table, balcony lounge chair, pillow menu, bathrobes, hair dryer. See below the magnificent Oceania Cruises Marina ship's Owner Suite plan (click on image to enlarge).
Captains Suite accommodations have a huge 221 square feet (20,53 m2) separate bedroom, total living are is about 291 square feet (27,03). There are 2 upper beds and a sofa bed and the common outfit private bath with whirlpool tub and a shower, safe, television and phone, mini bar, bathrobes and a hair dryer. A table and 3 patio chairs are on the balcony. All this stuff makes Captain's Suite most desired category from all cruise rooms. Below is the Carnival Conquest ship Captain's Suite layout.
Owner's Suites are some of the most luxurious accommodations at sea. They usually feature two separate bedrooms, private balcony (with luxury lounge furniture, even dining area and hot tub), living room (with sofa bed), luxury bathroom (with whirlpool bathtub and separate shower), second bathroom (WC), dining room, dressing area. Some Owners Suites (like the one shown here - from the NCL Pride of America ship's rooms collection) can accommodate up to 10 passengers when connected to an adjacent Suite.
OS stands for "Ocean Suite" and category SS is "Spa Suite", recently changed to Junior Suite. These cabins have: twin beds that convert to king, sitting area with armchair and coffee table, sofa, dressing area with vanity, large balcony, wall safe, 2 big closets, mini bar, refrigerator, private whirlpool bath with tub and shower, television and phone, balcony lounge chair, patio chair and table, pillow menu, bathrobes, hair dryer. Below is the Explorer Suite floor-plan of the Viking Ocean Cruises line's ships.
Penthouse Suites have a twin beds configuration (beds can convert to queen). The other features are large balcony, dressing area with vanity, sitting area with armchair and coffee table, wall safe, mini bar, private bath with whirlpool tub and shower, television and phone,refrigerator, bathrobes and hair dryer. Some cabins are without whirlpool tub, sofa or coffee table. You should examine the cruise ship deck plans to find the best Penthouse suite that suits your requirements. Below is the Windstar cruise ship Star Pride (former Seabourn Pride) Classic Suite layout.
Twin beds here also convert to queen. Cabins have balcony, sitting area with sofa and coffee table, mini bar, closet, television, phone, bathrobes hair dryer. This is how the Suite on the Queen of the Mississippi river boat looks like.
Balcony cabins on cruise ships
Most balcony cruise ship cabins feature floor-ceiling sliding glass doors leading to a private step-out veranda. The balcony also is furnitured with a table and pair of chairs/loungers. Standard balconies are separated by dividers. As sizes, balcony cabins on cruise ships vary, with those on Princess and NCl ships being among the smallest compared to other big-ship lines. In our cruise deck plans, we also list room sizes and the size of the balcony. Balcony Apart from the balcony they can offer You twin beds that can be converted to king bed. Balconies also provide sitting area with chair and coffee table and private bath with shower, as well as closet, safe, mini bar, television and phone, sofa, bathrobes and a hair dryer. Some of Balconies' balconies may be 60 square feet ( app. 5,57 sq. m.) or more.
Premium Balcony cabins also have twin beds that convert to king, their balcony enfolds the stateroom. The rest of the things included are - sitting area with chair and a coffee table, private bath with shower, mini bar, television and phone, safe, sofa, bathrobes and a hair dryer. Below is the Carnival Breeze ship Premium Balcony stateroom layout (sliding floor-ceiling doors open to a wrap-around verandah).
Cove Balcony Staterooms
Cove balconies unlike Balconies have two patio chairs and a table. The rest of the stuff is identical. First of all - balcony, and again twin beds that convert to king, sofa, private bath with shower, safe, closet, mini bar, television and phone, sitting area with chair and coffee table, bathrobes and hair dryer. Cove Balcony rooms are the Carnival's specialty, available on some of the "Fun Ships", and are interesting, because they are located on lower decks (thus closer to waterline).
Oceanview cabins on cruise ships
Oceanview cabins: as sizes are similar to Interior staterooms on cruise ships, but each of them has a Porthole or normal window (both types do not open). Their window sizes also vary by line and ship. On some ocean ships and some luxury river ships, such staterooms feature floor-ceiling windows. Oceanview rooms' window sizes are usually 4x3 ft (1,2x0,9 m). As furniture, Oceanview cruise cabins have twin beds that convert to king, sofa, television and phone, sitting area, safe, mini bar, private bath with shower, and also a washroom with sink and a junior tub, bathrobes and a hair dryer and of course a picture window. You should take a look at the cruise ship deck plans again as Cabins of 5A category have two porthole widows. Unlike deluxe, there is no washroom with sink and junior tub. Below is the new NCL Getaway ship's Oceanview cabin layout.
These cabins have no balconies but still can offer a marvelous view through their picture window as well as twin beds that convert to king. However beds in Category 6N can't be joined to king and sleeps are no more than 5. The rest of the interior is sofa, television and phone, sitting area, safe, mini bar, private bath with shower, and also a washroom with sink and a junior tub, bathrobes and a hair dryer. Comprehensevely this category is also one of the most dreamed in cruise ship deck plans.
The interior is the same twin bed that convert to king, picture window, sofa, television and phone, sitting area, safe, mini bar, private bath with shower, and also a washroom with sink and a junior tub, bathrobes and a hair dryer, the difference is that the cabin is larger. Below is the Carnival Sunshine ship Scenic Oceanview cabin layout (slanted floor-ceiling windows /non-opening).
Inside cabins on cruise ships
Inside cruise ship cabins' best feature is their price - you book them with the line's cheapest rates available. These cruise accommodations don't offer window views. Still, on some of the newest cruise ships of Royal Caribbean and Disney, there are categories Interior staterooms with a "virtual window", which is a large LED screen displaying outside cam views. The screen doesn't have TV functions. On some Carnival Cruise Lines ships, there are category Inside cabins with a "French Balcony" (with an opening glassdoor). Also, some staterooms are actually Oceanview (with a window), but since their views are obstructed, they are available for booking as Interior. On Royal Caribbean ships, some Inside cabins have a nice window looking out to the ship's interior promenade. As amenities, Inside cruise cabins are outfitted with twin beds that convert to king and private bath with shower, sitting area with chair, television and phone, safe, mini bar, bathrobes and a hair dryer. They have no view. This is the cabin layout of Interior room on the new NCL Escape ship.
Small Interior - As the name implies this is the least spacious category on cruise ship deck plans. Cabins have two beds upper and lower, and private bath with shower, television and phone, sitting area, safe, mini bar, bathrobes and a hair dryer. The layout below is of a Single Interior room on the new P and O Britannia ship.
Single cruise cabins
Single occupancy staterooms could be either Inside or Balcony. Some river cruise lines even offer single suites (booking with single occupancy rates). The most famous ship with single cabins (designed specifically for solo travelers) is the NCL Norwegian Epic. This huge vessel has a total of 128 such rooms (called "Studio").
And finally, see here the new "WOW" RCI cruise ship Quantum of the Seas cabin floor-plan (Royal Caribbean release). The ships main cabin grades (Balcony, Oceanview, and Inside) are all combined into the Grand Suite's. The layout also shows the exact location of furniture, baths, seating area, the balcony.
How to choose cabins on cruise ships?
If you are planning a cruise, booking a cabin is certainly as important as picking up cruise line or the cruise ship for instance. Before you take that decision you should really consider some issues related with your own personality and the other people to be on the cruise ship with you and really carefully examine some cruise ship deck plans. The first important thing you have to be honest with your conscious is whether you can get seasick. Secondly, what type of person you are and what exactly do you intend to do on board? Are you a party type or you just would like to spend several calm days at sea, away from the office jungle on land. Would you enjoy the pool with its all opportunities for contacts or you would rather have a rest lying at a balcony. There are some factors that are related with the maritime matter and you should have them in mind before you book your cabin. No matter the type of your stateroom, it could still be noisy or make you seasick. The more central and lower position your cabin has, the more stable it is. That is why you would better take some time, explore a couple of cruise deck plans and figure out some things before you make the booking. And this is a good Wikipedia article about what is "deck" on a ship (cruise passenger ships, and also on any marine vessel in general).
How many passengers do you want to book a stateroom for?
In case you and the rest of the family members or your friends are thin or you just do not intend to spend too much time in the cabin you can pick a small one. The same goes if you are OK if your companion presses your back, shoulder or another part of your body. Usually these staterooms are able to house no more than four people. Two of the passengers pay a full charge and the others' charges are discounted. If you need room for more than four people connecting cabins might be an option and could cost you less than a suite. Bathtubs cabins are few, and in case you insist on it, check whether it's available or not, consulting yourself with the cruise ship deck plan or other source of information.
Is noise an issue for you? Which cabins on the ship to avoid?
If you are a party type and louder sounds are not bothering, everything would be OK. If you organize a family cruise however, you should look for a cabin away from the noisiest areas in the cruise ship deck plans. The first thing to look for in the cruise ship deck plan is the engine room. If you're not far enough from it, you'll be forced not only to take the irritating sounds but you may also get some vibration as a plus. Staterooms under discos, sport playgrounds, gym centres can spoil your vacation. Same goes for cabins under the Lido deck, as people having their nice time around the pool can awake you, moving their chairs in search for the best place or conversing with their mates in a loud voice. Staircases can also be very noisy so they should be expelled from the list if possible. Cruise ship deck plans can help you in all this, supplying valuable information at no cost.
Take a good look at the cruise ship deck plan - room location is crucial!
Location is undoubtedly of great importance. As written above, cabins that have lower and more central position are more stable. The fact that cool cabins are usually located on higher decks makes it the challenging when you look at the cruise ship deck plans and draw your final decision. So spending more money won't necessarily save you from seasickness. Cabins at the stern of a cruiser usually have the largest balconies. Forward suite will enable you to get the same view as the captain. Other cabins, you should have in mind, can have a limited view due to a lifeboat for instance. So, again, cruise ship deck plans can save you hours of unhappy feelings.
Guarantee staterooms - take your chance!
If you are not set on selecting something particular and location is not a priority, you should not investigate the cruise ship deck plan so cautiously. The so called ''guarantee'' cabin grades can turn to be among the best booking options. The "guarantee stateroom" booking allows you to pick up a category, not a cabin. In case the category is sold out you'll be proposed a higher category lodging. The first cabins to be booked are both the cheapest and the most expensive ones, be aware when you choose test your luck. However it could be a bit risky so it's more reasonable to get back to the cruise ship deck plans.
If want to cruise with your children you'd better book a stateroom close to kids entertainment facilities. Cruise ship deck plans can once again help you to choose from the many opportunities created to meet passengers requirements. Spa cabins are recently available for instance. Passengers get a free access to the steam room and other connected facilities. These cabins are of course close to the SPA and you can move between in your bathrobe only. Carnival, Norwegian Lines' Haven and MSC Cruises Yacht Club have a brand new feature. These vessels offer ''ship within ship'' service and have more complicate cruise ship deck plans. Cruisers that can afford it, can enjoy private pools, gym centres, sun decks and restaurants without anyone else around spoiling their moment. When you have the money you just have to explore the cruise ship deck plan and make your mind.
New (Lightweight) cruise ship cabin
On May 24, 2016, a new "Lightweight Composite Cabin" design was unveiled in Southampton, England. The innovation was funded by the UK Government. Involved in the cabin's designing, engineering, manufacturing and furbishing are the companies Carnival UK (Carnival Corporation's subsidiary), Gurit Ltd (global composite materials supplier), Lloyd's Register Group Ltd (technical / business services, maritime classification company), PE Composites Ltd (composite designer / manufacturer), Trimline Ltd (marine interior fit-out / refurbishment specialist) and the University of Southampton. The new modular cabin prototype is half the weight of a typical cruise ship cabin. It also fully complies with the FTP Code's requirements (International Code for the Application of Fire Test Procedures). Reducing the ship's topdecks weight is an important issue for naval architects as the trend for building large-capacity cruise vessels continues. The new module's halved weight opens up opportunities for adding more passenger rooms to newbuild ships, without adding to the ship's DWT weight.