The excitement as you open the cabin door is often palpable.

You may have spent months scouring the deck plans to try to find the optimal cruise ship cabin. Or you may have opted to let the cruise line decide where you will stay.

My cabin reviews explain what to expect from your cruise ship cabin regarding amenities, space, décor, hospitality, and privacy. Even if you are not staying in the same cabin as me, my reviews will help you get a feel for what to expect in similar grades of cabins on the same ship.

Britannia Balcony Cabin F330 P&O Cruises

Britannia Balcony Cabin F330 Review

Balcony cabin (F330) on Deck 9 (F Deck) was my home for a mini cruise to Guernsey. The cabin boasts a modern décor and thoughtful interior design, making the compact space feel remarkably spacious.

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Twin beds in cabin #6038 Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Balmoral Superior Ocean View Cabin #6038 Review

My home-from-home was Superior Ocean View cabin #6038 located on Deck 6 on the port side. This twin-bed cabin was very spacious and felt larger than those of the newer ships I have sailed on recently.

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The seating area in cabin 6212 on Carnival Breeze Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Breeze Balcony Cabin #6212 Review

Pretending to be the captain, I spent a week aboard Carnival Breeze in Balcony Cabin #6212. My allocated cabin on the port side of Deck Six sat directly underneath the bridge.

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Nordlys Polar Outside Cabin #546 Hurtigruten

Nordlys Polar Outside Cabin #546 Review

MS Nordlys is one of the several Hurtigruten ships that ply the Norwegian coastline connecting some of the remotest parts of the nation. Its “working ship” status (part cruise ship and part ferry) can be clearly seen in its cabins.

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Cabin 10255 on MSC Preziosa MSC Cruises

MSC Preziosa Balcony Cabin #10255 Review

You cannot choose your neighbours, but in this cabin, I wished I could have. My travel agent did not give me a choice of cabins, so cabin number 10255 tucked away at the rear of Deck 10 was my only option.

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Anthem of the Seas Balcony Cabin #12652 Royal Caribbean

Anthem of the Seas Balcony Cabin #12652 Review

Royal Caribbean describes cabin 12652 as a “Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony”. The D5 grade cabin is fairly standard on Anthem of the Seas, with a modern, stylish décor and enough space for a family.

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Independence of the Seas Inside Cabin #9375 Royal Caribbean

Independence of the Seas Inside Cabin #9375 Review

Shopping on a budget meant opting for the cheapest cabin available on Independence of the Seas. Tucked towards the rear of Deck 9 was an available K-grade Interior cabin. By their nature, Interior cabins are devoid of natural light.

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