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I have sailed in everything from insides to suites.

 

I am ok with insides. The only time when it is not ok is when the air conditioning doesn't work or when the electricity goes out (air conditioning doesn't work). Otherwise, I am ok with it.

 

Consider yourself lucky your Mom is paying for your family and taking care fo the kids. I had to always pay for my Mom's trips and she wanted Suites.

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7 hours ago, INeedAMaiTai said:

My mom offered to pay for our trip in the summer of 2021.  She and my three daughters are going to share a mini suite, and my husband and I will be in an inside cabin.  I haven't been in an inside cabin in 15+ years.  I don't normally spend a lot of time in my cabin as it is, but I will miss seeing the sun.  Anyone have any helpful tips to get me more excited about an inside cabin?  I've already put in my Amazon cart those goofy porthole stickers...

 

Wow,  the judgment here is incredible.   This person asked for helpful tips for sailing in an inside cabin.  You would think she wished death upon her mother for not gifting her a suite.

INeedAMaiTai,  as I had posted,  somebody would have to offer me a free cruise to sail in an inside.  And even then, I might not.  That is just me.  I need my fresh air.  I need some natural light.   That is me...  I make no apologies.  

Which ship will you be on.  Do you Know?  I have heard, as mentioned, that on the Royal Class. (I suppose all Royal class) the sideways Inside cabins are a bit bigger.  There is a good video of on on the Regal that we researched when we booked an inside for our son.  You don't have the little entry area, which gives you the extra space, but there is no privacy when opening and closing the cabin door, and it opens directly into the room and bed area.

I guess I don't know why your mother would decide that it was an inside cabin or not.  Could she just gift you a certain amount, some OBC, or something.  And let you and your DH choose your cabin type.  I am assuming if you have been a frequent cruiser, then paying for part of a cruise would not be out of your budget.

 

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Get some sort of nightlight or one of those tap lights - the one thing with inside rooms that I both love and hate is how dark they get.  I love it for sleeping but when you have to get up and go potty it's not great.

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18 minutes ago, roobug said:

Get some sort of nightlight or one of those tap lights - the one thing with inside rooms that I both love and hate is how dark they get.  I love it for sleeping but when you have to get up and go potty it's not great.

 

We had an inside for a short 7 day cruise on Ruby we added onto the front of a recent 19 day cruise on Coral. We were surprised (and pleased) to find there was a motion activated light under the bottom edge of the desk unit. When we got up in the night and headed toward the bathroom the light came on and illuminated the floor. It was great and was on a timer so it didn't just stay on.

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16 minutes ago, Thrak said:

 

We had an inside for a short 7 day cruise on Ruby we added onto the front of a recent 19 day cruise on Coral. We were surprised (and pleased) to find there was a motion activated light under the bottom edge of the desk unit. When we got up in the night and headed toward the bathroom the light came on and illuminated the floor. It was great and was on a timer so it didn't just stay on.

Interesting.  Left by a previous cruiser?  I don't recall having this before.

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37 minutes ago, steelers36 said:

Interesting.  Left by a previous cruiser?  I don't recall having this before.

These were installed during the last Ruby dry dock.

Someone posted a picture somewhere.

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9 hours ago, INeedAMaiTai said:

[Anyone have any helpful tips to get me more excited about an inside cabin? 

 

You may strongly consider canceling.  You come across like you might be absolutely miserable in inside cabin.

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30 minutes ago, Colo Cruiser said:

These were installed during the last Ruby dry dock.

Someone posted a picture somewhere.

Now that you mention it, I believe I do recall seeing that.

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3 hours ago, Wishing on a star said:

 

I have heard, as mentioned, that on the Royal Class. (I suppose all Royal class) the sideways Inside cabins are a bit bigger.  There is a good video of on on the Regal that we researched when we booked an inside for our son.  You don't have the little entry area, which gives you the extra space, but there is no privacy when opening and closing the cabin door, and it opens directly into the room and bed area.

 

 

 

Chances are the OP's inside cabin is quite near the mini-suite her mother and children were in. Picking a sideways cabin elsewhere on the ship is not an option in this case.

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10 hours ago, memoak said:

Free is good. Take it an enjoy.  When we get a free or cheap inside from the casino we never complain

Memoak,

I totally agree with you. I think FREE is a great price. 😳

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Ineedamaitai,

i have been mainly in suites, but I prefer an inside and when I travel with friends that’s what we get.  With the extra money you can get a Sanctuary lounger for the entire length of your cruise, a thermal suite package, spa treatments and plenty of drinks or casino.  I have turned down many amazing upsell offers to a balcony or mini suite.  We find ourselves even in suites not spending a lot of time in room.  As someone else said, enjoy your space without the kids.  You can turn on the bathroom light and leave the door ajar, we do this even in a suite.  The room is dark when watching movies on tv and taking a nap.  We take a lighted alarm clock that makes us get up and see us coming into ports and enjoying the open decks in the morning.  You will be ok and you will have a good time on your cruise. It is time with family that counts.  Let us know your thoughts when you return.  

Thanks for posting your topic.

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I don’t mind an inside cabin and could easily live in a closet ... it feels cozy to me.  I just don’t suffer from any from of claustrophobia.  My DH, well, he loves a balcony so, we compromise because I am usually a bargain traveler.  If we book an inside cabin, I get one close to an exit to an outdoor space.  I may even splurge on booking the sanctuary area as I am still saving hundreds of dollars, maybe more!   I will splurge on a nice cabin once in awhile but, it certainly doesn’t bother me to be in an inside cabin ... one of my all time favorite and most memorable sailings was where we had an inside cabin.  

Just remember this ...  when your eyes are closed, you are seeing much the same as those with a balcony.  When you are in port, you are seeing much the same as those with a balcony.  When you are in the dining room, at a show, at the pool, etc ... you are seeing much of the same as those with a balcony.  Bon voyage!  

 

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Our very first cruise 9 years ago we booked a balcony and an inside cabin to Alaska.  Took our MIL.  She stayed in the inside cabin across the hall from us with our oldest daughter.  Our second cruise—booked an inside and balcony.  MIL and kids in balcony, hubby and I in the inside!   Guess which cruise I enjoyed more? 😁

 

We found that we rarely spent time in the balcony cabin—so much going on on the ship due to the different age groups.  We tended to meet in centralized locations—buffet, pool deck, kids spent time in clubs—and truly just used cabins for sleep.

 

Enjoy your cruise!  Being able to cruise with family is special!

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10 hours ago, roobug said:

Get some sort of nightlight or one of those tap lights - the one thing with inside rooms that I both love and hate is how dark they get.  I love it for sleeping but when you have to get up and go potty it's not great.

At least some cabins (after a dry dock) have a motion-activated night light built into the base of the desk area. It was very handy. Came on just long enough for the trip to the BR and again for the trip back to bed.

We've had this on our 2 most recent cruises...Ruby & Star IIRC. 

edit: OOPs!! Others beat me to it.

Edited by JF - retired RRT

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6 hours ago, Cruise Raider said:

I don’t mind an inside cabin and could easily live in a closet ... it feels cozy to me.  I just don’t suffer from any from of claustrophobia.  My DH, well, he loves a balcony so, we compromise because I am usually a bargain traveler.  If we book an inside cabin, I get one close to an exit to an outdoor space.  I may even splurge on booking the sanctuary area as I am still saving hundreds of dollars, maybe more!   I will splurge on a nice cabin once in awhile but, it certainly doesn’t bother me to be in an inside cabin ... one of my all time favorite and most memorable sailings was where we had an inside cabin.  

Just remember this ...  when your eyes are closed, you are seeing much the same as those with a balcony.  When you are in port, you are seeing much the same as those with a balcony.  When you are in the dining room, at a show, at the pool, etc ... you are seeing much of the same as those with a balcony.  Bon voyage!  

 

Very good points!!!!!!!!!

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We have sailed over 300+ days...........all inside cabins and we lived to tell about it!  We have also seen almost all world on a budget.  

 

I would accept the gift and be thankful you are able to spend time with your mom and family.  Don't hurt her feelings by upgrading.   Think when your kids get older and you offer them a gift and they turn their nose up at it...........not cool.  

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21 hours ago, INeedAMaiTai said:

Anyone have any helpful tips to get me more excited about an inside cabin? 

seriously? You are going cruising! On somebody else's dime! It doesn't matter where you sleep.

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13 hours ago, Wishing on a star said:

This person asked for helpful tips for sailing in an inside cabin.

no, she didn't. She asked for helpful hints on how to get excited about sailing in an inside cabin.

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A iot of good ideas here!   I always travel with nitelights.  And the cabin TV on mute at night until the sun is showing on the bridge cam is good. I don’t know which ship or setup for the inside, but for me the feeling of being in-a-box might be an aesthetic factor.  If there is any wall space, maybe a small magnetic curtain rod, like on kitchen back doors, with a lightweight pair of curtains or shower curtains.  Might give the feel of drapes?   Maybe a small stick-up light behind those?   But one can only pack so much!

 

i also wonder how much two adjoining balconies and an inside might cost,.  That would be three bathrooms!

 

Maybe you will be surprised to find that accommodations are negotiable if you chip in on the fare. 

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Yeah....no...I cant help you get excited about a free cruise paid for by your Mom. She's giving you and your entire family, husband included, a free trip, a cruise no less, and watching YOUR children the entire time. If you aren't mentally popping champagne and spraying confetti already...you probably need a different kind of help than I can provide lol. 

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18 hours ago, Wishing on a star said:

 

Wow,  the judgment here is incredible.   This person asked for helpful tips for sailing in an inside cabin.  You would think she wished death upon her mother for not gifting her a suite.

INeedAMaiTai,  as I had posted,  somebody would have to offer me a free cruise to sail in an inside.  And even then, I might not.  That is just me.  I need my fresh air.  I need some natural light.   That is me...  I make no apologies.  

Which ship will you be on.  Do you Know?  I have heard, as mentioned, that on the Royal Class. (I suppose all Royal class) the sideways Inside cabins are a bit bigger.  There is a good video of on on the Regal that we researched when we booked an inside for our son.  You don't have the little entry area, which gives you the extra space, but there is no privacy when opening and closing the cabin door, and it opens directly into the room and bed area.

I guess I don't know why your mother would decide that it was an inside cabin or not.  Could she just gift you a certain amount, some OBC, or something.  And let you and your DH choose your cabin type.  I am assuming if you have been a frequent cruiser, then paying for part of a cruise would not be out of your budget.

 

 

I'm 100% with you. I was not happy in the one inside cabin I stayed in. I literally slept the entire cruise away, it was so dark. I desperately need to see the ocean but I don't want to have to spend time listening to a bunch of strangers (I read a lot and conversations are distracting).

I agree with other posters about keeping the tv on to the bridge view so you can see if it's daytime. One option I would absolutely explore is upgrading to an OV or balcony and paying the difference. I hope you enjoy your cruise regardless! 

And ignore all these (insert expletive) with their angry eyebrows and upturned noses. They're just pissy no one bought them a cruise 🤣

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