A Room With a View — and a Balcony
On any cruise ship, a balcony cabin is as good as it gets. That's especially true when you're sailing in the Caribbean, watching for whales in Alaska's Inside Passage or skirting the Italian coast. Second best is an outside cabin. You won't feel the breezes but you won't miss a thing.
Yes, money is tight. But look for the value in vacation spending. It’s a time when spending more can make it a truly memorable experience.
For example, the starting rates for a 10-night Mediterranean cruise on Celebrity Cruises' Solstice on June 24 are $1,499 per person for an inside cabin, $1,699 for an ocean- view cabin and $1,949 for a cabin with a veranda.
So yes, the best cabin will run you $300 more per head than a cabin with a view and $500 more than an inside cabin. Is it worth it? I think it's money well spent. But if you're pinching pennies, any cabin with a view beats an inside cabin hands down. If you don't believe me, just step inside the nearest closet and shut the door. No fair turning on the light.