• CruiseMapper
  • Ships and Lines

Best and Worst Cabins on Cruise Ships

CruiseMapper logo

What are the best and worst cabins on cruise ships - and why? Where and what are the best cabins on a cruise ship is a question about location ( cruise deck plans ), fares and price-inclusive amenities. Where and what are the best and worst staterooms are among the general questions for first-timer cruisers.

Staterooms are like tiny homes at sea, and choosing your "best" is kinda personal. Your choice also will depend on the company, vessel, room size, type/view, deck location, amenities. Not to forget the special offers with super low-priced promo deals that could change everything you know on the subject. Find out more secrets at our stateroom tips and tricks .

Best and Worst Cabins on Cruise Ships - CruiseMapper

Types of cabins on cruise ships

Cruise ship cabins are often referred to as "staterooms" or "cruise accommodations". Their furnishings can range from "comfy" to "luxurious". The cheapest tend to be smaller than an ordinary budget hotel room. The largest staterooms (suites) rival many land-based luxury resort accommodations  - both as sizes and amenities, but mostly as prices. Cabin rates are per person and usually based on double occupancy (excepting studios). Prices range widely by cabin types, sizes, deck location, amenities, company's and vessel's ratings, also by destination, season, itinerary, travel agency, inclusions, and bonuses, promotion deals, etc.

  • Inside cabins are the cheapest, located in the ship's interior (an inside corridor), no window, capacity up to 4 guests.
  • Oceanview/Outside cabins - about 15-20% more expensive, with windows which don't open or porthole, the cheapest of this type may have a partially (or substantially) obstructed view.
  • Balcony cabins (also called Veranda) - 30-40% more expensive than Inside; have outside chairs and a table, often with 4-star amenities.
  • Mini-suite and full Suites (multi-room accommodations) - some of the most expensive, with a private veranda, bathtub (hot tub), a large sitting area, 2 closets. Suites and Interior cabins tend to sell out first (partly because there are fewer of them, partly because they offer, respectively, extremely good value and the cheapest fares).
  • Grand Suite and all Penthouse, Owner's, Presidential and the like suites - the most expensive and the largest cruise staterooms at sea (separate living and sleeping areas, a wide variety of bonus amenities and perks). Sizes vary according to line and ship, reaching up to 5,000 ft2 in the case of NCL's Garden Villa suites. At the modest price of only US $30,000 per week you'll enjoy a private sauna and open-air Jacuzzi, your very own kitchen, a private elevator entrance, the best butler service money can buy and the best luxury available on a cruise ship.

On big ships, you'll find a number of cabin categories within each cabin type. This is according to location, size, features, quality of view, etc. Cabin rates vary not only by type and size but also by category. For a particular cabin type, brochure/online prices usually apply to the lowest category. In your cabin, every square inch is usable since the price of ships is generally determined by the number of their beds/berths. So luggage fits under the bed, while the items you unpack will be stored in closets and drawers.

Which cruise ship cabins to avoid?

After analyzing their deck plans, we'll list here the most famous ships and their "worst" cabins. The "bad cruise cabins" issue is not about amenities, but about location - and noise. Cabins located nearby the ships' elevators or with some public areas above (restaurants, bars/clubs, kids areas), or near public bathrooms may present some noise concern during the day or late at night.

what does a cruise ship cabin look like (details/amenities)

  • All cabins have twin beds, usually convertible to create a queen bed, while suites may have king-sized beds. Family cabins may also have pull-down or bunk-beds (loft beds attached to the wall), sleeper sofa or an additional twin bed.
  • All have a small safe to lock in it all valuables while onboard (passports, credit cards and cash, fine jewelry, iPads), at least 1 large wall-mounted mirror, individually controlled air conditioning.
  • All have private bathrooms with showers, basic bathroom amenities (typical for a motel, including a hairdryer), ship toilets operate by power suction.
  • All have a phone (wake-up call option, synchronized to ship's time). Nowadays all ship cabins also feature a flat TV and a DVD player, a mini-bar and a small refrigerator (cans and bottles for sale; if you bring your own drinks, ask the steward to empty it first).
  • All have a reach-in closet, a shelf for life-vests, storage drawers (suites usually have walk-in closets with several shelves). Higher categories cabins also have a desk with a chair.
  • Power outlets are minimized to avoid fire risk. Near the bed (and the desk) there are  1 or 2 low-wattage (120V 60Hz) outlets for laptops.

A good cruise travel agent could be of great assistance to you (using agency services is highly recommended for first-timers) guiding you through all the grades and deckplan codes for the nuances of features, best locations and the best-worst staterooms on a particular boat.

Special types of staterooms (crew, single, family, Spa, accessible)

  • Crew cabins are located on one of the crew decks (on some ships located below the waterline/under the water), while cruise ship staff cabins are in the passenger areas.
  • Single cabins (aka Solo cabins) are generally difficult to find. The world's best ships with single cabins belong to the fleets of such famous operators, like Fred Olsen and P&O on the UK market and NCL Norwegian Lines. The best of all ships with single-occupancy cabins is the NCL Norwegian Epic, boasting 128 of its 100 square foot (9,3 m2) "Epic Studios" - specifically designed for solo travelers, and features a full-size bed and a large round window looking out into the corridor.
  • Family cabins - many of a standard size for its category, but with more beds and bathrooms, providing more privacy for parents. The best lines with family cabins are Carnival, Disney, Celebrity, Princess, and NCL.
  • Accessible/Disabled cabins are special accommodations for passengers with mobility challenges. These rooms have wheelchair access, wide doors (doors are even automatic on some ships), a bathtub with grab bars, roll-in showers, portable ADA kits for guests with hearing impairments, closed-captioned televisions.
  • SPA cabins - Spa-deck staterooms with direct access to the ship's Spa and Fitness complex.

What are the best cabins on cruise ships (amenities)?

In a concise manner, the best luxury cruise cabins are to be found on Regent Seven Seas and NCL ships, while the cheapest cruise cabins are offered by all HAL and Carnival ships (honored also with the "best standard cabins" reward). NCL (Norwegian Lines) is well appreciated for offering a great variety of staterooms. NCL offers even garden and courtyard suites, and some of the best family cruise suites at sea featuring a separate living and dining area and exclusive access to a private courtyard with a pool and Jacuzzi. The Regent Seven Seas line is praised for its all-outside all-suite ships and best luxury.

The largest (by category) and absolutely affordable to most cheap cruise cabins are always "the deal" on Carnival ships. The Carnival's standard cabins are the industry's largest and very well-equipped (even the lowest Small Inside category). As for Holland America cabins, they are 25% larger than those of other premium brands.

Carnival, Disney, and Royal Caribbean are well known for having more than decent interior cabins - the Carnival's being most spacious, and those of Disney - most family-friendly. The Disney Deluxe Inside Stateroom accommodates 4 persons with a convertible sofa and a pull-down bed and also features a split bath. The Royal Caribbean ships of Freedom and Voyager class are honored for their unique inside cabins with windows looking out on the Royal Promenade (a tip - if traveling with kids, choose the most affordable Promenade Family Stateroom - an interior accommodation 300 ft2 /28 m2 in size and capacity of 6 guests).

  • The best BEDS on ships. The Oceania line is the winner when it comes to beds - its Tranquility Beds feature Euro-Top mattresses, plush duvets, deluxe pillows, even Egyptian cotton linens. If you like to make the best budget ship vacation deals without sacrificing comfort, then Carnival is your game with the line's world-famous Comfort Bed System.
  • The best BATHROOMS on ships. The Crystal ship's suites have separate tubs, multi-head massage showers, double vanities, and of course - the marble tiling. For standard cabins, NCL leads by having 3-sectioned bathrooms - the sink is in the middle, while a separate toilet and shower section are positioned on either side. Disney ships are also ranked for their family-friendly split bathrooms.
  • The largest CLOSETS on ships. Regent and Silversea lines get the 1st prize for having the largest walk-in closets. The storage spaces include a hanging section, numerous drawers and shelves, and places for shoes. The best cheap option is Carnival with its faux walk-in closets.

Where are the best cabins on a cruise ship (location)?

Choosing the best cruise cabin location on your ship is a matter of personal choice. Generally, your cabin will be located either on lower (higher) deck, mid-ship, forward or aft (rear), with some pros and cons to all these locations. Booking a "guarantee" cabin is an open deal - you pay for a cabin category (not a specific stateroom) - best prices are guaranteed, but not necessarily the best location.

  • Lower Deck cabins - cheapest. The cheapest are the lower deck Interior staterooms. The main advantage (besides the price) is a smoother ride. Main disadvantages - you're using constantly elevators/stairs, more engine noise/vibrations, the sound of the anchor dropping (if you're near the ship's front).
  • Higher Deck cabins - more expensive. You'll feel more motion (not suitable if you're prone to seasickness). But you're closer to the best ship amenities - entertainment and dining venues, onboard pools, Spa, bars and lounges, etc.
  • Midship cabins - less motion and a central location. The main disadvantage - more traffic outside. Also, check the lifeboat locations (lifeboats may significantly obstruct your view).
  • Forward cabins - the most motion, wind and spray, smaller windows (often recessed or slanted). Forward located suites provide larger than average balconies.
  • Rear (Aft) cabins - more motion than the midship cabins, but less than the front ones.

Best cruise ship staterooms by type and cruise line

Best-view cabins.

Best-view cabins are located forward (at the ship's front/bow) or aft (at the ship's stern). These rooms have the largest balconies and widest ocean views. Front staterooms are with oversized floor-ceiling windows. For the best choice of such rooms choose Carnival or Royal Caribbean.

Best "Large Balcony" cabins

Aft balcony cabins have the ship's largest private verandas, and there are just a few (6-10) such rooms per deck. They are lined up along the stern and give more terrace space and privacy. Aft cabins located in the ship's corners are usually with wraparound balconies.

Larger balconies also have the "hump cabins", located where the vessel's superstructure changes from narrower to wider. Most verandas there are angled and with curvy outlines. For more hump cabins search in the fleets of Royal Caribbean or Celebrity Cruises.

Best "Low-Motion" cabins

The "best cabins for seasickness" are located at the ship's edges (top decks, bow, and stern). The worst area in the front section, as the bow is first hit by waves. Higher deck front cabins fell more the up and down motion, while for the aft cabins the motion is less noticeable. The most stable cabins are located midship and on lower decks (closer to the waterline).

Best "Low-Noise" cabins

Quietest staterooms are far away as possible from congested public areas and venues. Light sleepers should avoid staterooms located near pool deck/lido deck, elevators, hallways, laundry facilities, casino, theater, kids clubs, disco nightclub.

  • Avoid cabins located forward on lower decks - where the ship's anchors are located. Lowering and raising the anchors generate a lot of noise.
  • Avoid lower decks aft rooms are near the ship's engine rooms - where diesel generators create a constant hum, all the time of the voyage.
  • Avoid cabins under the Promenade Deck - an outdoor deck space where passengers are often walking and talking (usually loud).

Best Handicap cabins (for passengers with disabilities)

Passengers with mobility impairment must choose near-lift cabins which are easily accessible from the onboard passenger elevators. Special handicap cabins are available on all large cruise liners. A limited number of wheelchair-accessible rooms are available on most ships, including luxury mega-yachts. Search the vessel's deck plans for the best location, type, and size.

Best Spa cabins

Thermal Suite and spa lovers must book staterooms located near the ship's wellness complex. In close proximity, they will find heated loungers, thalassotherapy pool, saunas, and massage rooms.

Most cruise ships have designated "spa staterooms" (inside, oceanview, balcony, and suite) located on the Spa Deck or 1 deck above or below the Spa. Some ships (especially top-luxury) have rooms with direct Spa access (via a staircase in the spa) or via an exclusive elevator. For more Spa cabins search in the fleets of MSC, NCL, Costa, and the luxury lines (Seabourn, Silversea, Crystal, Azamara).

Where are the best cruise SUITES?

On the Silversea ships Whisper and Shadow - the 1-bedroom "Royal Suite" is 1,352 ft2 or 126 m2 (the 2-bedroom version is 1,697 ft2 (158 m2), the "Grand Suite" is 1,435 ft2 or 133 m2 (2-bedroom is 1,780 ft2 (165 m2) and the "Owner's Suite" is 1,553 ft2 (144 m2). The last category "top luxury cruise suite" prices start from the modest US $850 per person per day!

Suites on the NCL ships Gem, Jade, Jewel and Pearl are the "affordable choice". Norwegian Pearl's "Garden Villa" has a staggering size of 2320 ft2 (216 m2) plus a huge balcony measuring 1035 ft2 (96 m2). Norwegian Jewel's two Garden Villas are combined into an almost 5000 ft2 (465 m2) "cruise mansion". Floor-ceiling windows, plenty of deck furniture, separate bedroom, fabulous private bathroom with hot-tub, 2 additional bedrooms (with their own private bathrooms), living room, dining room.

About the worst cabins on cruise ships / which staterooms to avoid. First of all, there's no such thing as "the worst cabin" - simply because to offer a bad product (even for cheap money) is not the proper way of doing a multibillion-dollar cruise travel vacation business. However, always try to avoid locations near elevators and public spaces, with at least 1 deck between your cabin and any crowded place - pools, dining and bar venues, children areas, lounges, nightclubs.

Find out more secrets at our  stateroom tips and tricks .

My family of 5 booked an interior cabin and an ocean-view room on a Carnival cruise. Here's how they compared.

  • I booked two 185-square-foot rooms on the Carnival Legend for my family of five .
  • My husband and I shared a windowless accommodation, and my three kids stayed in an ocean-view room.
  • Staying in separate cabins gave our family more space and privacy during our seven-day trip.

I was searching for a getaway in November, so I booked a seven-day cruise on Carnival Legend for my family of five.

cruise room review

On past vacations, we've all stayed in the same hotel room . Once, we all crammed into the same tiny cabin on a cruise.

This time, I reserved two 185-square-foot staterooms on the Carnival Legend's Riviera deck for more space and privacy.

My husband and I stayed in a windowless interior cabin that had a king-size bed.

cruise room review

The king was actually just two twin beds pushed together.

We each had a bedside table with a reading lamp.

cruise room review

If one of us wanted to stay up a little later, we turned off the main lights and turned on the lamp.

My three children — 14, 11, and 8 — shared an ocean-view stateroom across the hall.

cruise room review

Connecting rooms weren't available, so my kids stayed in their own room.

The kids' room had two twin beds and a sofa that converted into a third bed.

cruise room review

It was more than enough space for the three of them.

The kids' picture window offered lovely natural light.

cruise room review

Our room had no windows. In the future, I'd also reserve an ocean-view room for the adults.

The bathrooms in both cabins were identical.

cruise room review

The bathrooms had a lot of storage shelves for our toiletries.

Cruise employees cleaned the bathrooms and replenished our towel supplies every day.

cruise room review

Many hotels we've checked into have stopped offering daily cleaning since the coronavirus pandemic began, but we enjoyed a clean bathroom and fresh towels every day on the Carnival Legend.

The showers had shampoo and shower-gel dispensers.

cruise room review

There was also a retractable clothesline in our bathroom for drying wet swimsuits.

Even with three kids sharing one small bathroom, the floor stayed dry thanks to the shower's well-designed drainage system.

cruise room review

I was glad to see that water wasn't covering their bathroom floor.

Both rooms' layouts made excellent use of the 185-square-foot space.

cruise room review

We could easily store a week's worth of items thanks to all the drawers, shelves, and hangers.

Two closets had hanging rods for dresses and coats, with enough room to tuck away our suitcases in the bottom.

cruise room review

My husband and I had no issues neatly stowing our suitcases and clothes.

Like many cruise cabins, our room had one outlet next to the desk.

cruise room review

This was slightly annoying because my husband and I had to take turns charging our devices.

The crew confiscated one of our power strips.

cruise room review

I packed two power strips to avoid having to take turns using the outlet, but only one made it on board. Unfortunately, the crew confiscated the other one.

Carnival's website says power strips without surge protectors are allowed, but ones that the crew deems hazardous will be removed and returned to the owner on the last day of the cruise before disembarkation.

However, the kids had no issues bringing their power strip into their cabin.

The TV screen was so small that my eyes felt strained by the end of the trip.

cruise room review

The too-small TV screen is no big deal if you're not a movie watcher. But our family likes to wind down by watching shows , and by the end of the week the tiny screen was straining my eyes.

Inside a table was a minifridge that was big enough to store two bottles of wine and a few snacks.

cruise room review

The one downside was that it didn't get cold enough to chill drinks.

Our rooms had thermostats, but I don't think they worked well.

cruise room review

The rooms had thermostats with moving dials, but turning them didn't seem to affect the temperature.

Our cabin seemed too cold, and the kids' space seemed too warm.

Though we were on a Thanksgiving cruise, we decorated our stateroom doors for Christmas.

cruise room review

The little copper box was a mailbox where crew members could drop off our excursion tickets and other informational flyers.

On future family trips, I'm going to stick to booking two separate rooms.

cruise room review

Our cabins were small but offered a lot of storage that made them feel more spacious.

Next time we cruise or go on a vacation, I'll consider booking separate rooms for adults and kids so everyone has their own private retreat.

cruise room review

  • Main content

Everything you want to know about cabins and suites on Norwegian Cruise Line ships

Gene Sloan

Picking a cabin on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship isn't always easy.

For starters, there are a huge number of cabins available on some Norwegian ships. The line is known for operating some of the world's biggest cruise vessels — ships so big that some have more than 2,000 cabins each.

However, it's not just the sheer volume of cabins that makes choosing a room on a Norwegian ship a challenge. It's also the number of cabin categories.

For more cruise guides, news and tips, sign up for TPG's cruise newsletter.

On some of Norwegian's largest ships, including Norwegian Encore and Norwegian Joy, there are a whopping 39 different types of cabins — each a little different from the last.

The backstory here is that Norwegian ships are designed to appeal to a wide demographic, including travelers willing to spend at a wide range of price points. That's prompted Norwegian to offer a wide mix of cabin types.

The room choices the line offers on its ships range from relatively low-cost, windowless inside cabins measuring just 135 square feet (perfect for the budget traveler) to massive, multi-room suites that can be more than 50 times that size.

At the high end, the accommodations are aimed at affluent travelers who, for whatever reason, prefer the megaship experience to being on a luxury ship, and they truly are among the most spectacular accommodations at sea. Some, such as the giant Garden Villas found on six Norwegian ships — Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Jade, Norwegian Dawn and Norwegian Star — sprawl over thousands of square feet and have as many as three bedrooms plus separate living rooms and dining rooms.

Related: The ultimate guide to Norwegian Cruise Line

A Norwegian Cruise Line cabin primer

cruise room review

As is typical for many cruise ships, Norwegian vessels offer cabins in four broad categories: Windowless "inside" cabins, ocean-view cabins, balcony cabins and suites.

On newer Norwegian ships, the majority of the cabins are balcony cabins. Cruise lines over the years have discovered that cruisers will pay a significant premium to have a balcony with their cabin, and that's prompted a rush to add more balcony cabins to ships.

However, Norwegian's newer vessels are also known for a large number of suites, including suites that are part of upscale private complexes called The Haven.

On Norwegian's 4-year-old Norwegian Encore, for instance, 19% of the 2,040 cabins are suites — a huge percentage for a large, mass-market cruise ship. On Royal Caribbean 's 4-year-old Symphony of the Seas, which launched at almost the same time as Norwegian Encore, by contrast, just 7% of cabins are suites. On Carnival Cruise Line 's 4-year-old Carnival Panorama, just 3% of cabins are suites.

Here is a breakdown of the cabin types on Norwegian Encore, which is typical for the line's newer ships:

Inside cabins: 453 (22%). Ocean-view cabins: 111 (5%). Balcony cabins: 1,090 (53%). Suites: 385 (19%).

On older Norwegian ships (and, in general, all older cruise ships), there are fewer suites — sometimes far fewer. Only 1% of the cabins on Norwegian's oldest vessel, the 1998-built Norwegian Spirit, are balcony cabins.

Inside cabins and oceanview cabins make up nearly half of all cabins on Norwegian Spirit. Here is a breakdown of the cabins on that vessel:

Inside cabins: 387 (29%). Ocean-view cabins: 223 (17%). Balcony cabins: 708 (58%). Suites: 18 (1%).

The takeaway here is that you'll have a tougher time locking down a suite on an older Norwegian ship than on a newer vessel. If you're planning a cruise on one of the line's older vessels and a suite is a must, you'll want to book early to make sure you get one.

Within each of the four broad categories of cabins on Norwegian ships, you'll find multiple subcategories. Norwegian Encore, for instance, has 16 different types of suites alone, from a Club Balcony Suite Guarantee (Category MX) that measures 249 square feet to The Haven Deluxe Owner's Suite with Large Balcony (Category H2) that measures nearly six times that amount.

In general, Norwegian cabins have a modern look with clean lines and contemporary furniture, plus lots of storage cleverly worked into the design.

Related: The 5 best destinations you can visit on a Norwegian ship

Inside cabins on Norwegian Cruise Line ships

These are the cabins you stay in when you're on a tight budget. On any Norwegian ship, they are almost always the least expensive option when you're booking a cabin, and you can often save considerable money by booking an inside cabin versus an ocean-view or higher-level cabin.

What you'll give up, of course, is that ocean view. Your room will have four walls and no windows offering a glimpse of the outside world. In some cases, you'll find an inside cabin with a window opening up onto a hallway, but the view will be of nothing more than the hallway.

You'll also be in a very small room. Most inside cabins on the ship used in the examples above, Norwegian Encore, measure just 149 square feet. That's about 7% smaller than the typical ocean-view cabin on the vessel, which measures 160 square feet. The typical balcony cabin on Norwegian Encore is 175 square feet, not including a 30- to 110-square-foot balcony.

Related: Why windowless inside cabins aren't so bad

Of note, Norwegian is well-known for one particular type of inside cabin: unusually tiny, interior studio cabins designed for solo travelers.

Norwegian first added such cabins to a ship in 2010, on the then-new, 4,070-passenger Norwegian Epic. They were such a hit the line quickly began adding them to more vessels.

cruise room review

Measuring just 100 square feet but superbly designed to maximize storage space, the solo rooms on Norwegian Epic (there are 128 in all) are clustered around an exclusive Studio Lounge with a bar and television area where solos can mingle at daily hosted happy hour gatherings.

Since 2010, Norwegian has added similar solo cabin complexes with exclusive lounges to seven more new ships. Norwegian Encore has an 82-cabin solo complex spread over three decks.

The similarly sized Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Bliss also have 82-cabin solo complexes, while the smaller Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway have solo areas with 59 cabins. The line's two newest ships, Norwegian Prima and Norwegian Viva , have 73 solo cabins.

Related: I've been on nearly every Norwegian ship. Here are my first impressions of Norwegian Prima

Norwegian also offers four solo cabins on its Hawaii- based Pride of America.

In most cases, these studio cabins have windows that face an interior hallway, though some solo cabins have windows and balconies.

Ocean-view cabins on Norwegian Cruise Line ships

With an ocean-view cabin, you get a window looking out to the sea but not an attached balcony where you can sit outside and enjoy the fresh air.

Norwegian's newer ships have relatively few such cabins, as generally cabins that face outward are now built with balconies.

In general, ocean-view cabins on Norwegian ships are bigger than inside cabins but not quite as big as balcony cabins (when comparing their interior space). However, you sometimes can find ocean-view cabins that are significantly bigger than what is typical for a balcony cabin. This is sometimes the case for ocean-view cabins at the front of ships, where there can be relatively large but odd-shaped rooms with windows but no balconies.

Several recent Norwegian vessels have some quite large ocean-view cabins at their fronts that measure from 240 to 372 square feet. Dubbed Family Oceanview Stateroom with Large Picture Window, they are designed to hold up to five people and are marketed to families.

Related: The ultimate guide to Norwegian's Latitude Rewards loyalty program

Balcony cabins on Norwegian Cruise Line ships

Balcony cabins are what everyone wants these days, and Norwegian is delivering with huge numbers of balcony cabins on all its newest ships.

On the line's new Prima-class ships, which began debuting in 2022, around 57% of rooms are balcony cabins — and that number jumps even higher if you include suites on the ship that have balconies (see below for more details on suites on Norwegian vessels).

Including suites, the percentage of cabins on the first two ships in the series to debut (Norwegian Prima and Norwegian Viva) that have balconies jumps to 64%. The percentage is even higher on the line's newest Breakaway-plus class vessels, at a very high 72%.

cruise room review

The typical Norwegian balcony cabin has a contemporary look with clean lines and relatively minimalist furniture. Norwegian balcony cabins typically offer twin beds that can be converted into a queen bed, a built-in desk area and a sofa that often pulls out into an additional bed.

Balcony cabins on Norwegian ships typically measure a bit over 200 square feet, including the balcony space, but some can be significantly bigger.

On Norwegian Encore, a category of balcony cabins known as Large Balcony cabins (category B6) measure 331 square feet, due to enormous balconies that measure 155 square feet. The ship also offers aft-facing balconies (category B1) that measure up to 426 square feet, again due to unusually large balconies.

Related: 6 reasons to book a balcony cabin

Suites on Norwegian Cruise Line ships

As mentioned above, Norwegian is known for a large number of suites on its ships. It's also known for some of the very biggest suites in the entire cruise industry.

The Garden Villas found on Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Jade, Norwegian Dawn and Norwegian Star are truly stunning, with living areas with glass walls looking over the pool areas of the ships. They have as many as three bedrooms plus separate living rooms and dining rooms.

Some of the Garden Villas measure as much as 6,694 square feet — more than twice the size of the typical home in the United States.

cruise room review

Among notable extras, the Garden Villas have private outdoor sundecks and courtyards with hot tubs. Additionally, the Garden Villas on Norwegian Dawn and Norwegian Star include private outdoor dining areas and steam rooms.

On more than half of Norwegian's ships, many of the top suites are part of an exclusive, keycard-accessed area called The Haven. Aimed at luxury travelers, The Haven complexes are located at the very top of the vessels and often come with private lounges, pools, sunning areas and even restaurants.

Related: 7 reasons to splurge on a cruise ship suite

cruise room review

Depending on the ship, top suites can come with such perks as private butlers and concierges who attend to your every need; access to a private restaurant; a private suite lounge and sun deck; reserved seating in entertainment venues; and priority boarding and disembarkation.

Just be ready to look through a lot of suite types if you're booking a Norwegian ship. Some Norwegian ships have up to four types of Penthouse suites available, for instance, and three kinds of family suites.

Bottom line

Norwegian has something for everyone when it comes to cabins on its ships.

You can book a small, inside cabin that will get you on board one of the line's vessels at a very reasonable cost or a super suite that will set you back many times more but that comes with all sorts of perks.

Planning a cruise? Start with these stories:

  • The 5 most desirable cabin locations on any cruise ship
  • The 8 worst cabin locations on any cruise ship
  • A quick guide to the most popular cruise lines
  • 21 tips and tricks that will make your cruise go smoothly
  • 15 ways cruisers waste money
  • 12 best cruises for people who never want to grow up
  • What to pack for your first cruise

cruise room review

Welcome to CruiseStateroom.com

Thousands of cabin pictures, interactive deck plans, learn more about us.

Founded in 2001 by Dominique Vaccaro, a passionate cruise ship and old liner enthusiast since his childhood. He was concerned that only a few web sites provided a helpful and practical search for obtaining and visualization of cruise ship deck plans and staterooms available. Those that did, usually offered very little interactivity to find the configuration and location of a stateroom. One would get lost and perhaps bored by the opening of dozens of windows searching for information.

That is why this site came into existence. To help visitors, first time or even experienced cruise customers and travel agents search and find, through an easy to use and complete interface, the stateroom that would be best for their tastes, means or requests.

  • We have over 307,052 Stateroom Photos
  • We have over 27,060 Stateroom Videos
  • We have deck plans for 242 Cruise Ships

You can find cruise ship deck plans all over the internet. But our deck plans are truly interactive. As you view them you can mouse over pictures, pop ups and category information.

Cruise Ships

We do offer awesome cruise ships.

Click on a ship below to go to that page.

Adventure of the Seas

Allure of the seas, anthem of the seas, azamara journey, azamara onward, azamara pursuit, azamara quest, brilliance of the seas, brilliant lady, caribbean princess, carnival breeze, carnival celebration, carnival conquest, carnival dream, carnival elation, carnival firenze, carnival freedom, carnival glory, carnival horizon, carnival jubilee, carnival legend, carnival liberty, carnival luminosa, carnival magic, carnival mardi gras, carnival miracle, carnival panorama, carnival paradise, carnival pride, carnival radiance, carnival spirit, carnival splendor, carnival sunrise, carnival sunshine, carnival valor, carnival venezia, carnival vista, celebrity apex, celebrity ascent, celebrity beyond, celebrity constellation, celebrity eclipse, celebrity edge, celebrity equinox, celebrity flora, celebrity infinity, celebrity millennium, celebrity reflection, celebrity silhouette, celebrity solstice, celebrity summit, celebrity xcel, celebrity xpedition, celebrity xperience, celebrity xploration, coral princess, costa deliziosa, costa diadema, costa fascinosa, costa favolosa, costa firenze, costa fortuna, costa pacifica, costa serena, costa smeralda, costa toscana, crown princess, crystal serenity, crystal symphony, diamond princess, discovery princess, disney dream, disney fantasy, disney magic, disney treasure, disney wish, disney wonder, emerald princess, enchanted princess, enchantment of the seas, explorer of the seas, freedom of the seas, grand princess, grandeur of the seas, harmony of the seas, icon of the seas, independence of the seas, island princess, jewel of the seas, liberty of the seas, majestic princess, mariner of the seas, msc armonia, msc bellissima, msc euribia, msc fantasia, msc grandiosa, msc magnifica, msc meraviglia, msc orchestra, msc preziosa, msc seascape, msc seashore, msc seaside, msc seaview, msc sinfonia, msc splendida, msc virtuosa, msc world america, msc world europa, navigator of the seas, nieuw amsterdam, nieuw statendam, norwegian aqua, norwegian bliss, norwegian breakaway, norwegian dawn, norwegian encore, norwegian epic, norwegian escape, norwegian gem, norwegian getaway, norwegian jade, norwegian jewel, norwegian joy, norwegian pearl, norwegian prima, norwegian sky, norwegian spirit, norwegian star, norwegian sun, norwegian viva, oasis of the seas, oceania allura, oceania marina, oceania riviera, oceania vista, odyssey of the seas, ovation of the seas, pacific adventure, pacific encounter, pacific explorer, paul gauguin, pride of america, quantum of the seas, queen elizabeth, queen victoria, radiance of the seas, regal princess, resilient lady, rhapsody of the seas, royal clipper, royal princess iii, ruby princess, sapphire princess, scarlet lady, seabourn encore, seabourn odyssey, seabourn ovation, seabourn pursuit, seabourn quest, seabourn sojourn, seabourn venture, serenade of the seas, seven seas explorer, seven seas grandeur, seven seas mariner, seven seas navigator, seven seas splendor, seven seas voyager, silver cloud, silver dawn, silver endeavour, silver moon, silver muse, silver nova, silver origin, silver shadow, silver spirit, silver whisper, silver wind, sky princess, spectrum of the seas, star breeze, star clipper, star legend, star of the seas, star princess, sun princess, symphony of the seas, utopia of the seas, valiant lady, viking jupiter, viking mars, viking neptune, viking octantis, viking orion, viking polaris, viking saturn, viking star, viking vela, viking venus, vision of the seas, voyager of the seas, wind spirit, wonder of the seas, we pay 50 cents each for stateroom photos.

Upload your stateroom photos and if we use them we will pay you 50 cents for each one we use.

INSIDER

I stayed in a balcony cabin on Royal Caribbean's 2 newest and largest cruise ships. One was clearly better — and $900 cheaper.

Posted: April 27, 2024 | Last updated: April 27, 2024

<ul class="summary-list"><li><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/royal-caribbean-icon-of-the-seas-cruise-ship-review-photos-2024-2">Icon of the Seas</a> and Wonder of the Seas are Royal Caribbean's newest and largest cruise ships.</li><li>I stayed in both of their balcony staterooms — a $130-per-person-per-day difference.</li><li>Icon's pricier cabin looked more modern but lacked the functionality and comfort of Wonder's.</li></ul><p>Do you know what $900 could buy you? More than three years of Netflix's premium plan, a new Gucci purse, or 2,059 spicy chicken McNuggets.</p><p>Or, in the case of Royal Caribbean's two <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/royal-caribbean-wonder-icon-of-the-seas-not-for-everyone-2024-4">largest and newest cruise ships</a>, the cash could mean the difference between a cheap but functional balcony cabin and, ironically, a more expensive but less comfortable one.</p><p>Staterooms with balconies are the <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/era-of-cheap-cruises-is-over-2023-10#:~:text=From%20July%202022%20through%20the,itineraries%20that%20fit%20this%20criteria.">most popular cruise cabin</a> category. After all, if you're going on a vacation at sea, wouldn't you want to be able to feel its breeze from your room?</p><p>But not all cabins with private outdoor spaces are created equal, even on <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/royal-caribbean-largest-cruise-ships-wonder-icon-compared-2024-4">two new mega-ships</a> owned by the same cruise line.</p><div class="read-original">Read the original article on <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/royal-caribbean-wonder-vs-icon-of-the-seas-balcony-cabin-compared-2024-4">Business Insider</a></div>

  • Icon of the Seas and Wonder of the Seas are Royal Caribbean's newest and largest cruise ships.
  • I stayed in both of their balcony staterooms — a $130-per-person-per-day difference.
  • Icon's pricier cabin looked more modern but lacked the functionality and comfort of Wonder's.

Do you know what $900 could buy you? More than three years of Netflix's premium plan, a new Gucci purse, or 2,059 spicy chicken McNuggets.

Or, in the case of Royal Caribbean's two largest and newest cruise ships , the cash could mean the difference between a cheap but functional balcony cabin and, ironically, a more expensive but less comfortable one.

Staterooms with balconies are the most popular cruise cabin category. After all, if you're going on a vacation at sea, wouldn't you want to be able to feel its breeze from your room?

But not all cabins with private outdoor spaces are created equal, even on two new mega-ships owned by the same cruise line.

<p>In 2024, Wonder of the Seas is scheduled for year-round sailings from Port Canaveral to the Caribbean and <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/royal-caribbean-perfect-day-cococay-new-adult-only-area-review-2024-2">Royal Caribbean's private island, Perfect Day at CocoCay</a>, starting at $700 per person.</p><p>Icon of the Seas is spending its first year in service operating nearly identical itineraries but from Miami instead. The <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/royal-caribbean-icon-of-the-seas-trip-price-expensive-2023-11">cheapest 2024 option</a> is $1,786 per person.</p><p>That's a difference of more than $125 per person per day.</p><p>"Bookings and pricing for Icon of the Seas can only be described as 'iconic,'" Naftali Holtz, the CFO of Royal Caribbean Group, told analysts in February.</p>

I sailed on Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas in 2022 and its larger successor, Icon of the Seas, in January.

Royal Caribbean assigned me an ocean-view balcony cabin for both complimentary sailings, the longest of which was three nights on Icon.

Both ships are operating seven-night cruises around the Caribbean in 2024.

<p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/review-stateroom-royal-caribbean-wonder-of-the-seas-cruise-2022-12">Wonder of the Seas' balcony cabins</a> start shy of $1,110 per person in 2024.</p><p>Even with nearly identical itineraries, the ones on Icon are, at their cheapest, a little more than $2,000 per person this year — or double that for the a New Year's cruise.</p>

About 66% of Wonder's cabins fall under the 'balcony' category. On Icon, they make up half of the staterooms.

Wonder of the Seas' balcony cabins start shy of $1,110 per person in 2024.

Even with nearly identical itineraries, the ones on Icon are, at their cheapest, a little more than $2,000 per person this year — or double that for the a New Year's cruise.

<p>The pool decks were intensely colorful, the crowds were inescapable, and the long <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/icon-of-the-seas-wonder-of-the-seas-royal-caribbean-2024-1">lists of activities</a> and dining options were paralyzing.</p>

Wonder and Icon are the most boisterous, flamboyant, and overwhelming vessels I've ever boarded.

The pool decks were intensely colorful, the crowds were inescapable, and the long lists of activities and dining options were paralyzing.

<p>The neutral tans, blues, and whites did not scream "we belong on the world's biggest and most colorful cruise ships."</p><p>The vessels have an almost two-year age difference, as evidenced by some of their decor (mainly Icon's recessed mood lights and the more chic, darker wood tones).</p><p>But besides the light fixtures, rugs, and — frankly negligible — wall art and pillows, both cabins were fairly underwhelming compared to <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/royal-caribbeans-icon-of-the-seas-last-mega-ships-2024-3">everything outside their front doors</a>.</p>

So imagine my surprise when I unlocked my doors to find surprisingly bland rooms.

The neutral tans, blues, and whites did not scream "we belong on the world's biggest and most colorful cruise ships."

The vessels have an almost two-year age difference, as evidenced by some of their decor (mainly Icon's recessed mood lights and the more chic, darker wood tones).

But besides the light fixtures, rugs, and — frankly negligible — wall art and pillows, both cabins were fairly underwhelming compared to everything outside their front doors .

<p>Both had furnished 50-square-foot balconies.</p><p>Regarding the interior space, my 204-square-foot <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/royal-caribbean-icon-of-the-seas-most-expensive-cabin-photo-2024-1">cabin on Icon of the Seas</a> was 22 square feet larger than mine on Wonder.</p><p>In retrospect, I would've thought Icon's was smaller. More on that in a bit.</p>

Aesthetics aside, let’s talk functionality.

Both had furnished 50-square-foot balconies.

Regarding the interior space, my 204-square-foot cabin on Icon of the Seas was 22 square feet larger than mine on Wonder.

In retrospect, I would've thought Icon's was smaller. More on that in a bit.

<p>And both were flanked by light fixtures with built-in USB outlets, as is expected on most modern cruise ships.</p><p>The cruise line says the ships' balcony cabins use two twin mattresses that have been "converted" to make a king bed. It's a common practice I've never had an issue with — until Icon.</p>

Both king-sized beds faced a television and some wall storage.

And both were flanked by light fixtures with built-in USB outlets, as is expected on most modern cruise ships.

The cruise line says the ships' balcony cabins use two twin mattresses that have been "converted" to make a king bed. It's a common practice I've never had an issue with — until Icon.

<p>Unfortunately, I can't say the same for the new ship.</p><p>I (my back pain) could feel the hard ridge where the two mattresses met, making for a pretty miserable and uncomfortable sleep.</p><p>So much for starfishing — I kept to one side of the bed to avoid rolling over the bony bump.</p>

On Wonder, the plush pillows enveloped me the moment I laid down. I slept great. No complaints.

Unfortunately, I can't say the same for the new ship.

I (my back pain) could feel the hard ridge where the two mattresses met, making for a pretty miserable and uncomfortable sleep.

So much for starfishing — I kept to one side of the bed to avoid rolling over the bony bump.

<p>Both had the same furniture I see on almost every mass-market ship: a couch that could convert into a bed and a desk that extended into a dresser. </p>

For the most part, the living “rooms” were the same.

Both had the same furniture I see on almost every mass-market ship: a couch that could convert into a bed and a desk that extended into a dresser.

<p>Two thin wardrobes with drawers, hangars, and shelves surrounded either side of my <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/balcony-stateroom-on-royal-caribbeans-wonder-of-the-seas-cruise-2022-12">bed on Wonder</a>.</p><p>Icon, on the other hand, had one large wardrobe next to the living room.</p><p>Unfortunately, it had noticeably less shelving. And the metal bins let out ear-piercing screeches at every move — a lazy and annoying detail that the designers could've easily fixed with cheap felt pads.</p>

But storage, a high priority for cruisers, was organized differently.

Two thin wardrobes with drawers, hangars, and shelves surrounded either side of my bed on Wonder .

Icon, on the other hand, had one large wardrobe next to the living room.

Unfortunately, it had noticeably less shelving. And the metal bins let out ear-piercing screeches at every move — a lazy and annoying detail that the designers could've easily fixed with cheap felt pads.

<p>I had two gripes with my Wonder bathroom: the lack of hair conditioner and the ill-positioned faucet that flooded the counter whenever I washed my hands.</p><p>I had the same issues on Icon. But that was the least of my concerns.</p>

So far, the differences have been small. But not for long.

I had two gripes with my Wonder bathroom: the lack of hair conditioner and the ill-positioned faucet that flooded the counter whenever I washed my hands.

I had the same issues on Icon. But that was the least of my concerns.

<p>But imagine paying hundreds of dollars a night, per person, just to get towels that shed, two-in-one body wash and shampoo, and no conditioner.</p><p>(Guests in the <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/royal-caribbean-icon-of-the-seas-most-expensive-cabin-photo-2024-1">$100,000-a-week Ultimate Family Townhouse</a> get high-end Malin and Goetz toiletries!)</p>

My bathroom on the older ship was well-sized for 1 person, but maybe too small for 2.

On Icon — the world's largest cruise ship — my bathroom was too compact for even one body.

Michael Bayley, the president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, told reporters in January that 80% of Icon's 2,805 cabins were designed for families, a sharp increase from previous vessels like Wonder.

I'm not sure a family of four could coexist in Icon's balcony cabin — solely because of the bathroom size. There's no way two people could fit in there simultaneously. A fight over who gets priority access to the toilet could ruin a peaceful family vacation! (Which is to say, I'm glad I was traveling alone.)

<p>The spare towels had to be stored on a shelf <em>inside </em>the shower. Because the counter was so small, I had to keep most of my toiletries and products on the shelves or in the drawer.</p><p>Surprisingly, that's where Icon excelled. Its bathroom had more storage options than its older counterpart, which didn't even have a drawer.</p><p>However, the older ship's shower had a clothesline perfect for drying swimwear. It's a small but crucial amenity, especially on a vessel with so many pools and waterslides.</p><p>Unfortunately, both were stocked with two-in-one body wash and shampoo — and no hair conditioner</p>

With the bathroom door closed, I accidentally elbowed the walls more times than I could count.

The spare towels had to be stored on a shelf inside the shower. Because the counter was so small, I had to keep most of my toiletries and products on the shelves or in the drawer.

Surprisingly, that's where Icon excelled. Its bathroom had more storage options than its older counterpart, which didn't even have a drawer.

However, the older ship's shower had a clothesline perfect for drying swimwear. It's a small but crucial amenity, especially on a vessel with so many pools and waterslides.

Unfortunately, both were stocked with two-in-one body wash and shampoo — and no hair conditioner

<p>My balcony cabin on Wonder looked less modern than its successor (the TV on Icon had Chromecast, after all).</p><p>But it was significantly more functional and comfortable. The bed was incomparably more pleasant, the closets had more defined storage components, and the bathroom was considerably larger, even if it lacked additional shelving and drawers.</p>

Let’s go through our checklist.

My balcony cabin on Wonder looked less modern than its successor (the TV on Icon had Chromecast, after all).

But it was significantly more functional and comfortable. The bed was incomparably more pleasant, the closets had more defined storage components, and the bathroom was considerably larger, even if it lacked additional shelving and drawers.

<p>Icon's cheapest balcony cabins are currently $900 more than the most affordable ones on Wonder — an almost $130 per person and day difference.</p><p>Based on the quality of the staterooms alone, if you prioritize functionality, comfort, and affordability over modern decor, consider saving money and going with the <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/review-royal-caribbean-wonder-of-the-sea-cruise-ship-photos-2023-1">two-year-old ship</a>.</p>

The question is: Which one is more worth its price?

Icon's cheapest balcony cabins are currently $900 more than the most affordable ones on Wonder — an almost $130 per person and day difference.

Based on the quality of the staterooms alone, if you prioritize functionality, comfort, and affordability over modern decor, consider saving money and going with the two-year-old ship .

<p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/why-cruise-lines-royal-caribbean-need-private-islands-2024-3"><span>Royal Caribbean</span></a><span> invited me on complimentary, non-revenue sailings on both ships: two nights on Wonder in late 2022 and three nights on Icon in January.</span></p><p><span>I spent most of my time lost, overwhelmed, and exhausted.</span></p><p><span>It's no surprise both ships are operating </span><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/icon-of-the-seas-joins-royal-caribbean-fleet-2023-11"><span>weeklong itineraries</span></a><span> this year. Any less, and you might not have time to experience all the activities and restaurants on your list.</span></p>

But let’s not forget that cruise fares include unlimited food, on board activities, and nighttime entertainment.

Both ships have a fairly similar list of amenities. But only the newer one has a waterpark , an adult-only infinity pool club, and a swim-up bar, to name a few unique amenities.

So yes, Icon's balcony cabins are more costly. But the staggering price difference — and tiny bathroom — could be worth it if you think the its surplus of additional amenities is worth paying for.

More for You

Conor McGregor called for a lifetime ban of Ryan Garcia after his reported positive drug test.

Conor McGregor calls for lifetime ban of Ryan Garcia after reported positive drug test following victory

Average US annual salary by age revealed – see how you compare

Average US annual salary by age revealed – see how you compare

Crowned The King Of R&B, Chris Brown Has Amassed A 2024 Net Worth Of $50 Million

Crowned The King Of R&B, Chris Brown Has Amassed A 2024 Net Worth Of $50 Million

Lakers fire coach Darvin Ham after 2 seasons, sources say

Lakers fire coach Darvin Ham after 2 seasons

A sample of Tryian purple

Archaeologists Find Rare Item Worth More to Romans Than Its Weight in Gold

17 Reasons Why Women Over 50 Become More Angry

18 Things That Will Happen if 70 Becomes the New Retirement Age in the US

I've studied over 200 kids—here are 6 signs your kid has high emotional intelligence: Parenting expert

Kids who do these 6 things have 'high emotional intelligence,' says parenting expert who studied over 200 children

CELEBRITY WHEEL OF FORTUNE - Phil Rosenthal, Carla Hall and Jet Tila Hosted by pop-culture legends Pat Sajak and Vanna White, Celebrity Wheel of Fortune takes a star-studded spin on Americas Game® by welcoming celebrities to spin the worlds most famous Wheel and solve puzzles for a chance to win more than one million dollars. All of the money won by the celebrity contestants will go to a charity of their choice, SUNDAY, OCT. 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (Christopher Willard/ABC via Getty Images) PAT SAJAK

'Wheel of Fortune' fans 'enraged' after contestant's 'painful' mistake costs her $7,250

Google's former CEO lists $24.5 million mansion in most expensive ZIP code in the US

Google's former CEO lists $24.5 million mansion in most expensive ZIP code in the US

A detailed view of a New York Giants helmet.

Former San Francisco 49ers, Giants legendary tight end dies

Carry Cash

I’m a Bank Teller: 3 Times You Should Never Ask For $100 Bills at the Bank

What Is the Most Poisonous Spider in the World?

What Is the Most Poisonous Spider in the World?

The new 3D model: Neanderthals were a separate species to us, but similar in so many ways

Face of 75,000-year-old Neanderthal woman revealed

iStock-1456293465.jpg

Gen Z reveals which age they consider someone to be old

Photo: President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Getty Images)

Zelenskyy outlines what is restraining Putin from nuclear strike on Ukraine

I quit my $376,000 dream job at Goldman Sachs to care for my mother when she got sick. I felt sorry for myself at first — but now I have no regrets.

I quit my $376,000 dream job at Goldman Sachs to care for my mother when she got sick. I felt sorry for myself at first — but now I have no regrets.

I’m in my 50s, earn over $200,000, own a $1.75 million home and have $4 million in savings. Should I pay off my 2.75% mortgage?

I’m in my 50s, earn over $200,000, own a $1.75 million home and have $4 million in savings. Should I pay off my 2.75% mortgage?

This mansion in a gated part of Fremont Place, within Hancock Park, Los Angeles, used to belong to boxing champion Muhammad Ali. It is up for auction, listed at $13.5 million.

Swanky Los Angeles mansion once owned by Muhammad Ali up for auction. See photos

3 reasons you keep waking up in the middle of the night

3 reasons you keep waking up in the middle of the night

Michael Jordan foolishly wanted the Bulls to draft Joe Wolf over Horace Grant:

Jerry Krause names the only NBA player who "competed as hard as Michael Jordan"

  • Royal Caribbean International

Thoughts on Promenade view Rooms

TimeToGetNauti

By TimeToGetNauti , October 8, 2019 in Royal Caribbean International

Recommended Posts

Cool Cruiser

TimeToGetNauti

I am considering an interior promenade view room on Adventure of the Seas.  Can anyone who has sailed in one of these rooms on a ship give me any advice?  Are they too noisy?  I guess that is my biggest question.  Thank you.

Link to comment

Share on other sites.

Clarea

Only noisy during the 2 or 3 musical events on the Royal Promenade, like the parades and 70's dance party.

Lack of privacy may be an issue. 

SilkySal

We try to get Promenade rooms on Deck 8 which is highest floor on the Promenade and has a slanted window for a better view IMO! We like rooms 8275 to 8291 on the Starboard side, across from the Pub on the Promenade, which is where our group gathers and we can see it from our room to see if anyone is there yet! Have had no problems with privacy or noise! Our group has those rooms on Explorer next year!! Cheers!!

3,000+ Club

We have stayed in a promenade view room on both Adventure and Navigator, and have one booked for our upcoming Thanksgiving cruise, also on Adventure.

We enjoy these rooms because the layout makes them seem bigger and because they are generally cheaper than OV rooms but better than a "true" inside room because they have a window.

On Adventure, our room was towards one of the ends (7557, I think, but could be wrong) and we never noticed any noise at all.

For our next cruise we have chosen one towards one of the ends again.

On Navigator, we had 7279, which was opposite the pub and we did find it noisy. On a couple of nights we could hear the live music from the pub well past midnight. It wasn't a big deal for us but if you like to get to bed early it could be problematic, so while I have no hesitation in recommending this type of room I would definitely suggest you avoid the middle area if noise is likely to be an issue for you. The "view" from the room is not so awe-inspiring that one in the middle of the promenade is a must-do.

The pictures below are from Navigator.

20181123_190657.thumb.jpg.f37203c16a5b922aad58fdac48b8b6a0.jpg

We stayed in a Promenade room on Allure, Independence and Navigator and quite enjoy them. They are a great alternative to an inside....as similar price but yet bigger and you get a window.  There is the extra seat which makes the room larger and it's fun to look out (although it was the best on Allure when they had Dreamworks and you could look out and "Hey, there's Shrek"....so no more of that).

The only time we heard noise was as per Bob's post at evening parties, etc.  But it wasn't that bad and we have no issue booking again if a Balcony isn't in the budget.  

CruisinMama2003

Another vote for the Promenade cabins! We stayed in one on Liberty, across from Sorrento's and loved it. Normal Promenade noises from the various parties, but not an issue for us since those didn't go LATE into the night. We would definitely book one again.

bonsai3s

Noise was not an issue to us...loved the slightly bigger cabin and the large window.

As other people say "Don't leave the curtains open when you're undressed." 😎

vacationlover_mn

vacationlover_mn

Now I’m kind of tempted to try one!  The pics are great 🙂

5 minutes ago, bonsai3s said: As other people say "Don't leave the curtains open when you're undressed." 😎

The pic below is on Adventure. I took it from our promenade view cabin which was across from SIL and Bil's. It's badly blurred but you can clearly see that it's not a good idea to have the curtains open unless you're decent enough to be seen!

IMGP1927.thumb.JPG.5c3c1be8a6ea838b1e2b9d4a8f2f5e40.JPG

We just sailed in one on the Adventure.  You just need to remember to close your drapes when dressing.  There were a few times that it was noisy but not too much of a problem.

We have done Promenade rooms twice on Adventure and have booked again for March 2020. As others have stated we like the illusion that the room is larger because of the window seat. Only thing I would avoid is a connecting room.  

9 minutes ago, Armac said: We have done Promenade rooms twice on Adventure and have booked again for March 2020. As others have stated we like the illusion that the room is larger because of the window seat. Only thing I would avoid is a connecting room.  

It varies by ship, but if you look at the square footage, they are bigger than other rooms, often including interior and ocean view.

We also stayed in a Promenade cabin while on the Independence and absolutely loved it.  Would definitely book Promenade again!

Thank you everyone for all of your input!

10,000+ Club

And as noted above, keep the curtains closed when necessary.

sjb317

We had a Promenade on deck 7 at the end by the elevators. No problems with noise, liked having the idea of the window but found we kept the curtains closed a lot.  My only complaint was the window seat, it is extremely uncomfortable, very hard and if I tried to use the back for support, my feet would not touch the floor and my back was at a weird angle.  We used it mostly to throw stuff on. 😂

nwcruiselover

I was in a promenade view room on Independence and I loved it.  I was on deck 7 across from Guest Services.  The noise didn’t bother me at all.  I liked being able to sit in the window seat and look down on the parade and other events going on.  I would book this type of room again if the opportunity arose.

CruisinCrow

CruisinCrow

We had one on Independence of the Seas and I did not like it.  We usually get oceanview but they were sold out.  I really, really missed having natural light in the cabin.  Also, it was very loud during the 70's party, which was at 11 o'clock at night.  If you don't care about natural light or don't want to get to sleep early, then you'll be fine.

SeaHunt

19 hours ago, Armac said: Only thing I would avoid is a connecting room.  

:classic_wink:

And take some earplugs if you end up in one. I really like the Promenade rooms, but one time we had a connecting room that had a, shall I say, VERY amorous couple next door. I was in the hall one time when they came out of their room and was surprised to see a VERY elderly couple had been making all those sound effects - I told my husband that I hoped we are still going that strong when we're their age LOL.

Haha

18 minutes ago, SeaHunt said:   +1    And take some earplugs if you end up in one. I really like the Promenade rooms, but one time we had a connecting room that had a, shall I say, VERY amorous couple next door. I was in the hall one time when they came out of their room and was surprised to see a VERY elderly couple had been making all those sound effects - I told my husband that I hoped we are still going that strong when we're their age LOL.

:classic_ohmy:

I have had a promenade room several times. I have one booked again on the Liberty of the Seas. These cabins have a much more open feel that a true inside room because of the window. I like looking down at the promenade at any time of the day. I agree about needing to close the drapes when dressing, but this is true also for Central Park and Boardwalk rooms on the Oasis class ships. I also bring a clothespin in case the drapes don't close well, to hold the drapes closed better and block out the light overnight. Maybe since the remodels, I might not need this. 

I did not find noise to be a problem. I must not have been in the cabin when most of the noise was taking place. 

legaljen1969

2 hours ago, SeaHunt said:   +1    And take some earplugs if you end up in one. I really like the Promenade rooms, but one time we had a connecting room that had a, shall I say, VERY amorous couple next door. I was in the hall one time when they came out of their room and was surprised to see a VERY elderly couple had been making all those sound effects - I told my husband that I hoped we are still going that strong when we're their age LOL.      

Hey old folks like to get their loving too, and with the pharmaceuticals available now....well good for them.

On 10/8/2019 at 5:47 PM, Armac said: We have done Promenade rooms twice on Adventure and have booked again for March 2020. As others have stated we like the illusion that the room is larger because of the window seat. Only thing I would avoid is a connecting room.  

Can you please tell me why to avoid a connecting promenade room. We have a connecting one next week with some friends. 

12 minutes ago, Julia429 said: Can you please tell me why to avoid a connecting promenade room. We have a connecting one next week with some friends. 

If you don't mind the increased sound transmission with a connecting door, then there's no problem.

53 minutes ago, Julia429 said: Can you please tell me why to avoid a connecting promenade room. We have a connecting one next week with some friends. 

Since you're with friends it's not going to be an issue for you. The problems that can arise are if you have noisy strangers as neighbours because the connecting doors are not entirely soundproof.

Thanks

Please sign in to comment

You will be able to leave a comment after signing in

  • Welcome to Cruise Critic
  • New Cruisers
  • Cruise Lines “A – O”
  • Cruise Lines “P – Z”
  • River Cruising
  • Cruise Critic News & Features
  • Digital Photography & Cruise Technology
  • Special Interest Cruising
  • Cruise Discussion Topics
  • UK Cruising
  • Australia & New Zealand Cruisers
  • Canadian Cruisers
  • North American Homeports
  • Ports of Call
  • Cruise Conversations

Announcements

  • New to Cruise Critic? Join our Community!

Write Your Own Amazing Review !

WAR_icy_SUPERstar777.jpg

Click this gorgeous photo by member SUPERstar777 to share your review!

Features & News

LauraS

LauraS · Started Yesterday at 01:11 PM

LauraS · Started Wednesday at 08:11 PM

LauraS · Started Tuesday at 07:43 PM

LauraS · Started Tuesday at 01:14 AM

LauraS · Started April 26

IMG_4876 Dessert - “Rudi’s Face” at the Catch by Rudi (Enchanted Princess)

  • Existing user? Sign in OR Create an Account
  • Find Your Roll Call
  • Meet & Mingle
  • Community Help Center
  • All Activity
  • Member Photo Albums
  • Meet & Mingle Photos
  • Favorite Cruise Memories
  • Cruise Food Photos
  • Cruise Ship Photos
  • Ports of Call Photos
  • Towel Animal Photos
  • Amazing, Funny & Totally Awesome Cruise Photos
  • Write a Review
  • Live Cruise Reports
  • Member Cruise Reviews
  • Create New...
  • What's My Car Worth?
  • Buyer's Guide

2025 Toyota 4Runner vs. 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser: How They Compare

We look at the dimensional, interior, and powertrain differences between Toyota's two new off-road-oriented mid-size SUVs.

2025 toyota 4runner vs toyota land cruiser lead image

  • Toyota's two new off-road-oriented mid-size SUVs share a wheelbase and have similar exterior dimensions, except the Land Cruiser is over five inches taller.
  • Whereas every Land Cruiser has a 326-hp hybrid turbo four powertrain, the 4Runner offers that setup and a standard 278-hp nonhybrid setup on lesser trims.

The new Toyota Land Cruiser has been (in)famously downsized in both size and price, but the redesigned 2025 Toyota 4Runner still differs in ways that should make it less expensive. Let's take a look at how Toyota's two new off-road-oriented mid-size SUVs compare with each other.

Powertrains

The 4Runner's base 278-hp 2.4-liter turbo four lacks the hybrid system, while the Land Cruiser comes standard with the beefier electrically assisted powertrain that's good for 326 horses and a substantial 465 pound-feet of torque. However, that same i-Force Max hybrid setup is available on most 4Runner models; it's also standard on the higher-spec Platinum, TRD Pro, and Trailhunter trims. Toyota hasn't yet released fuel-economy estimates for the 4Runner, but we expect the hybrid models to be close to the Cruiser's combined EPA estimate of 23 mpg .

2025 toyota 4runner trd pro

An eight-speed automatic is the sole transmission for both Toyota SUVs. While only the 4Runner offers rear-wheel drive, nearly all have a part-time four-wheel-drive system; all Land Cruisers get the full-time system. Both SUVs can tow up to 6000 pounds. However, only the 4Runner offers sophisticated damper setups that the Cruiser simply doesn't.

Size-wise, the new 4Runner shares the Land Cruiser's 112.2-inch wheelbase, and its overall width (and underlying suspension track widths, presumably) are about the same. The big difference is the height, where the Land Cruiser's roofline is some 5.3 inches taller.

2025 toyota 4runner trailhunter

When it comes to off-roading, the 4Runner has slightly better clearances, with an approach angle up to 32 degrees and a departure angle as steep as 24 degrees. The Land Cruiser is a little behind, with up to a 31-degree approach angle and 22 degrees of departure. The 4Runner also has 9.2 inches of ground clearance versus the Cruiser's 8.7-inch max.

Interior and Cargo

Having sat in a Land Cruiser when it was introduced as well as tested the Lexus GX550 version, we feel the TLC offers a more commanding seating position and a better view out over the hood and to the sides compared with the new Tacoma (or anything closely related to it, such as the new 4Runner).

2025 toyota 4runner interior

Cargo space should be better in a Cruiser too, although that theory may not hold with a nonhybrid 4Runner that doesn't have to carve out space for an underfloor battery. On the flip side, all Land Cruisers are five-passenger machines because they all carry said hybrid battery. Meanwhile, some 4Runners offer three rows of seating.

Headshot of Dan Edmunds

Dan Edmunds was born into the world of automobiles, but not how you might think. His father was a retired racing driver who opened Autoresearch, a race-car-building shop, where Dan cut his teeth as a metal fabricator. Engineering school followed, then SCCA Showroom Stock racing, and that combination landed him suspension development jobs at two different automakers. His writing career began when he was picked up by Edmunds.com (no relation) to build a testing department.

preview for HDM All sections playlist - Car & Driver US:

.css-1updq97:before{background-color:#000000;color:#fff;left:0;width:50%;border:0 solid transparent;bottom:48%;height:0.125rem;content:'';position:absolute;z-index:-2000000;} News .css-1e2ieb7:after{background-color:#000000;color:#fff;right:0;width:50%;border:0 solid transparent;bottom:48%;height:0.125rem;content:'';position:absolute;z-index:-2000000;}

2023 lexus lfa

Tesla in Turmoil amid Multiple Controversial Moves

2025 hyundai ioniq 5 n

Ioniq 5 N is The Quickest Korean Car We've Tested

composite image of future electric vehicles

Future EVs: Every Electric Vehicle Coming Soon

2021 jeep wrangler 4xe

Jeep Gladiator 4xe Plug-In Hybrid Coming Next Year

ferrari museum

Book Your Next Airbnb Stay at the Ferrari Museum

blue ferrari for miami gp 2024

The Blue Ferrari F1 Car Is Mostly Red

2024 ferrari 12cilindri

Ferrari 12Cilindri Has a V-12 and a Sinuous Shape

2024 jeep gladiator tuscadero

2024 Jeep Gladiator Adds Vibrant Pink Paint Option

2025 kia ev6 teaser

2025 Kia EV6 Teased With Angular New Headlights

san diego traffic

Feds Mandate Automated Emergency Braking by 2029

bfgoodrich allterrain t a ko3

BFG Replaces Its KO2 with New KO3 All-Terrain Tire

IMAGES

  1. Cruise Rooms & Suites

    cruise room review

  2. Oceania Vista staterooms and suites

    cruise room review

  3. Scarlet Lady

    cruise room review

  4. Review: the world’s most groundbreaking cruise ship

    cruise room review

  5. Royal Suite Class

    cruise room review

  6. Viking River Cruises

    cruise room review

VIDEO

  1. Room service on a cruise ship

  2. Cruise room tour! #firstcruise #rversonacruise #rvfamily #rvliving #fulltimetravel #carnivalcruise

  3. 💥😍 LUXURIOUS CRUISE ROOM & BATHROOM TOUR 🚢 #shorts #trending #nesamanivlogs

  4. Four Day Cruise

  5. Cruise Room Tour Raw

  6. cruise room tour part 1

COMMENTS

  1. Cruise cabins and suites

    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 ...

  2. The Ultimate Guide to Cruise Ship Cabins

    Jan 7, 2020. Read time. 4 min read. Welcome to the Ultimate Guide to Cruise Ship Cabins. On this page, you'll find all the tools and inspiration you need to book the perfect room, as well as tips ...

  3. Cabin Guru

    Find photos and plans for any cabin on any cruise ship and get access to our cabin guru guides for over 210,000 rooms.

  4. Best and Worst Cabins on Cruise Ships

    Best cruise ship staterooms by type and cruise line Best-view cabins. Best-view cabins are located forward (at the ship's front/bow) or aft (at the ship's stern). These rooms have the largest balconies and widest ocean views. Front staterooms are with oversized floor-ceiling windows. For the best choice of such rooms choose Carnival or Royal ...

  5. Cruise Ship Rooms: How to Choose the Cabin That's Right for You

    Even if you choose a balcony room, choose a low level and a room closest to the ship's center. The higher decks and cabins at the front (forward) or back (aft) of the ship will rock and roll the ...

  6. The ultimate guide to choosing a cruise ship cabin

    When you book a hotel or resort, your choices might include one king bed or two queen beds; garden view or beach view; a standard room, suite or perhaps a villa or casita. On cruise ships, the basic cabin categories are inside, outside (often called ocean view), balcony and suite — but there are subcategories, as well.

  7. What to Expect on a Cruise: Cruise Rooms

    Deluxe oceanview cabin. Rooms on cruise ships -- called "cabins" or "staterooms" -- are like hotel rooms in that each features a bed, desk or vanity, closet, drawer space, and en suite bathroom ...

  8. 8 Times an Inside Cabin is the Best Choice on a Cruise

    Check out the eight times that an inside cabin might just be the best bet for your next cruise vacation. 1. Inside Rooms Are Cheaper Than Almost Every Other Room on a Cruise. Let's start with the ...

  9. Royal Caribbean cruise ship cabin and suite guide: Everything you want

    Ocean-view cabins: 176 (6%). Balcony cabins: 1,796 (65%). Suites: 188 (7%). There are far fewer balcony cabins on older Royal Caribbean ships (and all older cruise ships in general). Only 12% of the cabins on Royal Caribbean's oldest vessel, the 1996-built Grandeur of the Seas, are balcony cabins.

  10. Carnival Cruise Line cabins and suite guide: Everything to know

    Here's a breakdown of the broad cabin categories on Carnival Panorama, which is typical of the line's newer ships: Inside cabins: 789 (39%) Oceanview cabins: 254 (13%) Balcony cabins: 891 (44%) Suites: 70 (3%) On older Carnival ships (and, in general, all older cruise ships), there are far fewer balcony cabins.

  11. Celebrity Cruises cabins and suites guide

    These two-deck suites offer an upstairs-and-downstairs setup with one bedroom, two bathrooms, and a living room in 739 square feet of space. There's also a 211-square-foot balcony. These rooms are exclusive to the line's Edge Class of ships, and they boast access to a private plunge pool.

  12. Interior Cabin Vs Ocean-View on Carnival Cruise Ship

    My family of 5 booked an interior cabin and an ocean-view room on a Carnival cruise. Here's how they compared. I booked two rooms on the Carnival Legend for my family. Lisa Galek. I booked two 185 ...

  13. The 9 Best Cruise Ship Inside Cabins...and 3 to Avoid

    Other ships with Virtual Balcony inside cabins are Harmony of the Seas, Symphony of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas. 5. Best Solo Inside Cabins ...

  14. Inside cabin vs. balcony room: Which cruise cabin category should you

    For more cruise news, reviews and tips, ... They give the illusion of a huge window with real-time views and sounds of the ocean and destination piped into the room. Carnival Cruise Line's interior cabins are some of the largest in the industry, ranging from 185 to 220 square feet. These cabins include two twin beds or one king-size bed, and ...

  15. MSC Seascape Cabins & Staterooms on Cruise Critic

    Cruise Critic's Room Picks on MSC Seascape. ... Read Cabin Reviews. Balcony. 45 reviews. Inside Cabin. 2 reviews. Outside Cabin. 1 review. Suite. 25 reviews. Find an MSC Seascape Cruise from $219.

  16. Princess Cruises ship cabin and suite guide

    An impressive 72% of the 1,000 cabins on Princess's 2003-built Coral Princess, for instance, are balcony cabins. On Coral Princess, inside cabins and ocean-view cabins only make up 26% of all rooms. A breakdown of the cabin categories on that ship: Inside cabins: 108 (11%) Ocean-view cabins: 157 (16%) Balcony cabins (including mini-suites): 719 ...

  17. Norwegian Cruise Line cabin and suite guide: Everything you want to

    A studio cabin on Norwegian Epic. NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE. Measuring just 100 square feet but superbly designed to maximize storage space, the solo rooms on Norwegian Epic (there are 128 in all) are clustered around an exclusive Studio Lounge with a bar and television area where solos can mingle at daily hosted happy hour gatherings.

  18. Cruise Critic Member Cruise Reviews

    Cruise Reviews. Cruise Critic Member Reviews. Select a Cruise Line to read Member Reviews for recent sailings. To read reviews for a specific ship, choose the ship after selecting the Cruise Line. AIDA Cruises. American Cruise Lines. American Queen Steamboat Company. Atlas Ocean Voyages. Azamara Club Cruises.

  19. CruiseStateroom.com

    To help visitors, first time or even experienced cruise customers and travel agents search and find, through an easy to use and complete interface, the stateroom that would be best for their tastes, means or requests. We have over 307,052 Stateroom Photos. We have over 27,060 Stateroom Videos. We have deck plans for 242 Cruise Ships.

  20. Cruise Critic

    The Best Small Ship Cruise Lines for British Isles Cruises

  21. I stayed in a balcony cabin on Royal Caribbean's 2 newest and ...

    Icon of the Seas and Wonder of the Seas are Royal Caribbean's newest and largest cruise ships.; I stayed in both of their balcony staterooms — a $130-per-person-per-day difference. Icon's ...

  22. Cruise reviews of ships, destinations, lines and ports

    While prices are updated daily, please check with the booking site for the exact amount. Cruiseline.com is not responsible for content on external web sites. Browse 241440 cruise reviews and 346651 port reviews from real cruisers, compare ratings of cruise lines and ships, and find the best prices.

  23. Thoughts on Promenade view Rooms

    I have one booked again on the Liberty of the Seas. These cabins have a much more open feel that a true inside room because of the window. I like looking down at the promenade at any time of the day. I agree about needing to close the drapes when dressing, but this is true also for Central Park and Boardwalk rooms on the Oasis class ships.

  24. Disney Cruise Line Stateroom Reviews

    22301 reviews in our system. Search Reviews for in Stateroom Numbers Categories (1-12) Deck (1-8) Condition (1-5) Click on the Disney Cruise Line room number to see the review. The information here is posted by our site visitors, so if you spot a stateroom with the wrong category listed, please let us know. ENTER A NEW STATEROOM REVIEW.

  25. 2025 Toyota 4Runner vs. 2024 Land Cruiser: How They Compare

    Toyota. When it comes to off-roading, the 4Runner has slightly better clearances, with an approach angle up to 32 degrees and a departure angle as steep as 24 degrees. The Land Cruiser is a little ...