As I sat, sipping an espresso in my private whirlpool tub, I pinched myself to check if this was real life. Let’s rewind to March 2016, when bookings opened for MSC Meraviglia‘s maiden season.
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.
I stayed the night on MSC Meraviglia in the accessible Bella grade cabin 8090. My allocation of an accessible cabin meant I could investigate how wheelchair-friendly such cabins are on MSC Cruises’ latest flagship.
If ever there was a cabin that made me want to leave my family on the quayside, this is it. Cabin 2016 is one of a small handful of recently added staterooms on Queen Mary 2 designed and priced specifically for solo occupancy.
I booked a budget no-frills cabin on Queen Mary 2 and got just that. My travel agent tried to up-sell me a bigger, more comfortable cabin.
The best cabins for impressive views over the AquaTheater on the world’s biggest cruise ship are the plush AquaTheater Suites, right? Cabin 8729 is one of the ten hidden gems on Harmony of the Seas known as Boardwalk balcony cabins.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I leapt from my seat when I discovered my allocated cabin on Norwegian Escape was to be a Spa Junior Suite.
There’s a cabin on Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas that pays homage to Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.
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.
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.
When Quantum of the Seas officially launched earlier this month, Royal Caribbean promised it would “change everything”.
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.