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Are there automatic night-lights in inside-cabins ?

If we turn OFF the lights... will it be pitch dark ?

 

TIA,

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Yes, it will be pretty pitch dark except for the hallway lighting that you can see along the crack at the bottom of the door. I try to bring a night light to plug in to get a little light in the room.

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Pro-Tip: take of couple of battery operated 'tea lights" for each side of the bed

 

 

leave the bathroom light on...but close the door almost all the way

 

 

leave the tv on to a channel that plays only the wave sound...which may be too bright if you like a dark room

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We leave the bathroom light on. We also turn the tv to the channel that has the outside camera so as the sun comes up the room brightens.

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You've already gotten the best tips. Yes, if you turn everything off, it will be pitch dark.

 

Best tips--bring a night light. Leave bathroom light on and door cracked open. Turn the TV to the "View from the Bridge" channel and mute the sound. That way, when it gets light outside, the TV screen will light up. This is less than optimal on cruises to Alaska.

 

There is a little "glow" thing by the bathroom door, but this isn't really a light.

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we bring a cute lantern-style nightlight (battery operated) with three settings and use it on the lowest setting. I also bring a battery operated "closet" light that you press on, and use it in the bathroom at night so that the bathroom light doesn't blind/wake everyone else up.

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The only time we ever slept through breakfast and lunch was when we had an inside cabin. We’ve never slept so well.

A little plug in night light or battery operated tea lights will help if your claustrophobic. Otherwise, enjoy the dark!

 

 

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Dark can be wonderful. Kids loved it when we booked them inside. They could stay up late and sleep in late.

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V E R Y dark.

 

If you are in rough seas, the bathroom door (left ajar) will slam back and forth.

 

I bring motion detector battery operated lights to guide me to the bathroom.

 

All other suggestions are very helpful.

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The phone also has a little tiny - really tiny - light on it. It does not offer much help. Leaving the bathroom light on and closing the door does actually provide a wee bit of light, which is enough when your eyes are opening to pitch darkness.

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The only time we ever slept through breakfast and lunch was when we had an inside cabin. We’ve never slept so well.

A little plug in night light or battery operated tea lights will help if your claustrophobic. Otherwise, enjoy the dark!

 

 

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I have to agree with you. I had the best sleep of my life in an interior cabin. If I didn't have a wake up call and the phone rang, I would have slept through the entire day. There's nothing like it.

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We've had some rough seas where I've gotten up and closed the bathroom door, but most of the time I can leave it "cracked" with no issue. You get next to nothing under the exterior door of the cabin and the bathroom door when closed. At one point I took a tiny flashlight and put it on the table next to the bed.

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A good idea. Bring an IPad & use the clock app with the screen as bright as you want.

Tom😎

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Wear glow in the dark PJ’s.

 

 

 

 

Also, fun!!!!

 

You made me smile!!

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Was not dark enough for me. I thought a ton of light came into the room under the door to the hall. But we did have a nightlight in the bathroom for night time trips.

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A huge Thank You EVERYONE !!!:)

 

Excellent, Excellent tips and suggestions... every single one of them.

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Are there automatic night-lights in inside-cabins ?

If we turn OFF the lights... will it be pitch dark ?

 

TIA,

 

Yep - pitch black except for maybe the light coming under the door - I usually put a towel down there so it blocks the light. There are no night lights per se but you can always bring one.

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Many years ago when we were young and poor we always booked inside cabins. I will admit that I have had some of the best nights (and days) of sleeping in those inside cabins when I had no clue whether it was day or night. Now we are no longer poor (or young) and usually have cabins with balconies and the early morning light that usually leaks around the curtains.....wake me at the crack of dawn. On Princess this is not a bad thing because I quietly sneak out of our cabin (leaving DW soundly sleeping) and wonder down to the International Cafe (my home when on a Princess ship) where I usually meet a few others who have sleep issues :).

 

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Many years ago when we were young and poor we always booked inside cabins. I will admit that I have had some of the best nights (and days) of sleeping in those inside cabins when I had no clue whether it was day or night.

 

My query was for friends who will be sailing with us and to save fund$ they opted for an inside-cabin.

DW and I started with an outside-cabin (circa mid-70s) and once we booked a balcony... it's strictly Balcony for us.

A suite is on my Bucket-List but... money (or the lack of) gets in the way. ;p

Fortunately/Unfortunately... I have a built-in "clock" where I automatically wake up after 6-hours or so.

I agree with you regarding the International Cafe as my savior. :cool:

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I loved the darkness of the inside cabin, slept like a baby! But yeah, definitely pitch black and no way to tell night from day.

 

Got a balcony room on my second cruise and while I loved the morning sunrise photo opportunities, I definitely didn’t sleep as well (though that could also be because the second time I was with my grandma and she needed to keep the bathroom light on and door opened for the first half of the trip to get to the bathroom. I eventually bought her a torch so I could get some sleep through the night!).

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Very Dark! Some book the insides for total darkness. :rolleyes:

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It depends on whether the TV and phone have red LEDs or green ones. If they are green then there is a distinct glow from them which stops the cabin from being pitch black.

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I do the TV routine, works great but also bring the little tea lights from Dollar Tree. I don't need total darkness so I put one on the corner of the desk, keeps me from bumping into it!

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Are there automatic night-lights in inside-cabins ?

If we turn OFF the lights... will it be pitch dark ?

 

TIA,

Yes,definitely pitch dark . Try taking a night light.

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Are there automatic night-lights in inside-cabins ?

If we turn OFF the lights... will it be pitch dark ?

 

TIA,

 

1) No

2) just about pitch dark a little light from under the cabin door.

Tony

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It is dark for sure. No matter the room we are in it’s dark at night. I always leave the bathroom light on with the door slightly open so I don’t break my neck getting up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Plus, I don’t like pitch black anywhere.

 

 

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I remember years ago waking up in my inside cabin feeling fully rested. Looked at my (not smartphone) to see it was 6:30 am. I thought great I can catch the sunrise. Headed up on deck and was surprised to see so many people out and about.

 

It was actually 9:30 am.

 

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Inside cabins are as dark as the soul of Sauron as he lurked in Mordor. On our first cruise I figured out on my own to turn the TV to the bridge cam so it got lighter as the sun came up. Otherwise, I was waking up and not knowing if it was the middle of the night or the middle of the day. I bought some really low powered night lights that worked in the bathroom socket and barely provided any light at all. Perfect. The down side to those lights is that every time we booked an inside after that we were upgraded or offered a cheap upsell so have never had an inside cabin again! We've booked them but...

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Last time I had an inside, the first night I woke every 2 hours to look at my smart phone to see if it was morning yet. Second night I put the alarm on for 7.00. If I woke up before it rang I knew it was still night time and to go back to sleep. After it rang I knew it was morning, but could still sleep more if I wanted to.

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Best tips--bring a night light. Leave bathroom light on and door cracked open.

 

We bring a night light (without the different sized prongs) and plug it into the shaver outlet inb the bathroom. We do not turn the main bathroom light on. We then leave the bathroom door open a little.

 

Once your eyes are adjusted to the dark, between the nightlight from the bathroom and the light from under the door to the hallway you can safely find your way from bed to bathroom and back.

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How dark? Darker than the inside of a cow!

 

Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.

/Groucho

For the folks who do want dark, like me, an inside cabin isn't all that dark.

There is a lot of light leaking in under and around the door.

I usually pile up some pillows there.

On Grand class ships, there is an annoying green LED in the thermostat.

I usually cover that with a piece of aluminum foil from the nightly chocolate.

On some ships, there is a small light in one of the switch panels.

I usually cover that with foil, as well.

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Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.

 

/Groucho

My favorite quote! ;):D

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My query was for friends who will be sailing with us and to save fund$ they opted for an inside-cabin.

 

You will not see much of your friends if they have an inside. They'll be sleeping. We loved our inside cave (yes it was pitch black in there) but we lost half the cruise to sleep and we were in the SAME time zone! We've decided we can never get an inside again. We're too weak, and the dark is too relaxing. We ignored all our alarms and snoozed past breakfast, often past lunch, almost every day. On a good note, we certainly came back new.

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Are there automatic night-lights in inside-cabins ?

If we turn OFF the lights... will it be pitch dark ?

 

TIA,

 

Very! I suggest you bring a small night light if you do not want pitch black and leave it on all night. I wouldn't like it, but that is me. If you can put the TV on and have access to the ships camera- at least you will see the sun come up and some light- The newer ships even have a projection on the wall of inside cabins to resemble a balcony view- so much better.

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One other thing to note, beside the beds are light switches that will allow you to turn off all the lights in the cabin not just the ones beside the bed.

 

They have come in handy when we have forgotten to turn off the overhead light. :D

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How dark? Darker than the inside of a cow!

 

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Hmmm. Have you ever been inside a cow?

 

Hank

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I have to admit that the inside cabins on the RCCL ships were a lot darker than Regal Princess' inside cabin.

A disclaimer: I am night blind.

DS (6 at the time) slept till 11 in the inside cabin.

When we got a balcony for the first time ever last year, he still slept forever and didn't want to get up even at past 10 am. At home he is up at 8 am on weekends.

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