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).
Here you will find brief descriptions by category of all stateroom types that can be found on cruise ship deck plans. You will find more information and many useful tips on staterooms at our best and worst cabins article.
Cruise staterooms booking rates are usually based on deck location. Lower-deck accommodations are the cheapest. Midship rooms cost more. Balcony staterooms and Suites located aft or forward are most expensive. Most cruise companies (especially those with large-sized vessels in the fleets) divide the main cabin types into subcategories. 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 Suites (aka Duplex Suites)
Loft Suite accommodations (also called "duplex suites") are on two levels. The most famous of those are presented on the world's largest-ever cruise ships - the Royal Caribbean's Oasis-class and Quantum-class vessels. The following layout is of the world's biggest cruise ship Harmony of the Seas and its largest accommodation - the Royal Loft 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, hairdryer. See below the magnificent Oceania Marina ship's Owner Suite plan.
Captains Suite accommodations have a huge 221 square feet (20,53 m2) separate bedroom, total living area 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 hairdryer. A table and 3 patio chairs are on the balcony.
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 NCL's) 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, hairdryer.
2-Bedroom Crystal Suite (largest river cruise ship cabin)
World's largest accommodation found on a riverboat is Crystal Mozart's Crystal Suite with French Balcony. The ship has two such accommodations, each sized 885 ft2 / 82 m2. Must be noted, that the stateroom is combined with an adjacent French Balcony cabin.
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 hairdryer. Some cabins are without whirlpool tub, sofa or coffee table.
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 furnished 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, electronic safe box, mini bar, television and phone, sofa, bathrobes and a hairdryer. Most verandas are between 30-60 ft2 ( approx 3-6 m2). Below are shown the layouts of the Anthem ship's Deluxe and Accessible balcony cabins.
Premium Balcony cabins also have twin beds that convert to king, their wraparound balcony enfolds the stateroom. Balcony's windows are often floor-ceiling and wall-to-wall.
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 hairdryer. 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). Here is shown Disney Fantasy ship's "Navigator's (Cove) Balcony Cabin".
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 hairdryer 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 are the layouts of Ovation of the Seas Oceanview cabins (categories standard, large, and superior).
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 hairdryer. Comprehensively 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 hairdryer, the difference is that the cabin is larger.
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 ships, there are category Inside cabins with a "French Balcony" (with opening glass doors). Also, some "interior 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 window looking out to the ship's interior promenade (street)
Inside cruise cabins are fitted with twin beds (convertible to King or Queen), private bathroom (shower), sitting area. Next are shown the layouts of Interior rooms on Harmony OTS.
Small Interior Stateroom (as the name implies) is the least spacious standard cabin category on cruise ships. These cabins have two beds (upper and lower), private bath (WC/shower), small sitting area.
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 Norwegian Epic. This huge vessel has a total of 128 such "Studios".
Next are shown layouts of Quantum of the Seas single-occupancy cabins (balcony and interior).
Connecting cabins (for large families)
The next layout shows RCI's "Family Connected Junior Suite" plan (Quantum of the Seas). Ship's main cabin grades (Balcony, Oceanview, Inside) are all combined here into a 10-person "Family Suite". The layout also shows the exact positioning of furniture, 3 baths (1 with hot tub), large seating area, 2 double-sofabeds, 2 connecting balconies.
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 boat. Before you take that decision, consider some issues related with your own personality and the other people traveling with you.
- 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.
- No matter the stateroom type, it could still be noisy or make you seasick. The more central and lower position your cabin has, the more stable it is.
- In case you and the rest of the family members / friends are thin or you just don't intend to spend too much time in the cabin, you can pick a small one. Usually staterooms are able to house no more than 4 people. Two passengers pay full fares and the other receive discounted rates.
- If you need stateroom for 4+ passengers, connecting cabins are the best option, and it will cost you less than a suite. Bathtub-fitted cabins are not so many per vessel. All cruise deck plans show such information (bathtub, double bed, bunk beds, etc).
Noise issues - 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 plan is the engine room location. Along with the noises, there are also vibrations.
Staterooms under discos, sport playgrounds, gym centres are usually very noisy. Cabins under Lido Deck (aka pool deck) are also among those to avoid. The buffet restaurant on this deck generates noises from moving tables and chairs and tableware. Staircases are also very noisy.
Take a good look at the cruise ship deck plan - room location is crucial!
Cabin's deck location is undoubtedly of great importance. Cabins with lower and more central position are more stable. However, "cool cabins" are usually on higher decks, which means spending more money won't necessarily save you from seasickness.
Stern cabins (aft) have the largest balconies. Forward suites provide same view as from the Navigation Bridge (wheelhouse). Some cabins are with limited / obstructed seaview due to lifeboats or other equipment.
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 thecheapest 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, NCL's The Haven and MSC's Yacht Club cruise accomodations are located within an exclusive complex and offer ''ship within ship'' services. Passengers (who can afford them) enjoy private sundecks with swimming pools and jacuzzis, exclusive restaurants, bar lounges, gyms and spas.
Prefabricated 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 were 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 refurbishment specialist) and the University of Southampton.
The new modular cabin prototype is half the weight of a typical cruise room. 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 (prefabricated) module's halved weight opens up opportunities for adding more passenger rooms to newbuild ships, without adding to the ship's DWT weight.
Note: The following list of cruise lines cabins (per ship) includes only CruiseMapper's largest companies fleets, and only ocean-going vessels. For all other vessels (including small-fleet shipping companies, cruiseferries and riverboats) use the search box at page top.