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. They are not the most glamorous cabins on the ship, but they are often the cheapest. Even so, this cabin on Independence of the Seas made smart use of oversized mirrors to bounce the artificial light around.

Independence of the Seas Inside Cabin #9375

A compact inside cabin that sleeps up to four

This cabin featured everything a basic cabin ought to – a comfy bed, cupboard space with an in-room safe, a two-seater sofa, a flat screen TV and an en-suite shower room. The coffee table that you would normally expect to find in the cabin had been removed to make way for the cot I requested.

The “Pack and Play” travel cot supplied by Royal Caribbean took up a chunk of floor space, so moving about the cabin with two adults and a seven-month-old baby was difficult. I would hate to see what space is like when four people share the cabin.

Baby equipment on a cruise ship

The “Pack and Play” travel cot

My stateroom attendant was happy, efficient, friendly, and great with my son. He always stopped for a quick chat whenever I passed him in the corridor.

The good

  • As a budget option, the inside cabin was not too bad for two adults and an infant sharing. It was the cheapest option available at the time.
  • The pitch-black darkness that results from no natural light led to a great night’s sleep.
  • Two Pullman beds and a double bed that splits into twin beds means this cabin can accommodate four people at a squeeze.

The not so good

  • The cabin is tiny, and space comes at a premium. While it was okay for a small family with an infant, older children and larger families may demand more cabin space.
  • No window means there is no excitement of drawing back the curtains and seeing exciting new sights each morning. No natural light also means you do not have a good sense of what time it is, or what the weather is like until you head outside.

Have you considered staying in an inside cabin? Would the cost saving outweigh the lack of a window? Let me know in the comments below.

Disclosure: I paid for this cruise in its entirety. My opinions are my own.

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