Is it horrible to book a room with the bunk beds? This is my first time cruising and I am booking a last minute cruise for Jan. and I am trying to spend the least amount of money possible on my room, so I can spend more else where? Are they a huge difference from the interior staterooms?
Hello gables1 and welcome,
a lot depends on which ship you are talking about, but in general, if you don't plan to spend a lot of time in your cabin, then bunk beds are fine. They can be found in interior and ocean view cabins--the difference here being the amount of light. And sometimes the bunk bed cabins have portholes, which gives you a real "ship" feel.
And just remember, except for Cunard Line, no matter what kind of cabin you have, all passengers share the same dining rooms, pools, etc..
Have a great first cruise!
The Category 1A Cabins for upper/lower are smaller on Carnival. There are no upper/lower outside cabins to my knowledge on any Carnival ship. The do have cabins with 3rd and 4th berth that pull down for Outside cabins.
For quickie, short, and cheap cruises I have done it. I don't spend too much time in the cabin. If you book it early enough, they almost always bump you to 4A a standard inside.
My very first cruise back in the 80's had bunk beds on the USS Independance in Hawaii. We were so glad to be on a cruise nothing mattered, but being young and married at the time I would have preferred a double bed for obvious reasons. I would not not book bunk beds now unless it was the last thing available and I just had to be on that ship for that week.
If it's cruise with bunk or not not cruise at all get the bunk beds and CRUISE. What ship are you on?
I always book category 1A when I cruise solo and the room works perfectly for one person. Although I believe the square footage may be a little less than the interior rooms, with just 1 bed on the floor the room seems more spacious to me (Fantasy class ships). I stayed in a 1A once on the Glory and that room was larger that the 1A's on the Fantasy class ships. Maybe since the Glory is a newer ship they made the 1A's a little larger.
I've heard before that the 1A cabins on the older ships actually have more open floor space than higher grade cabins, because of the bed arrangement. I'd certainly go for a 1A if cruising alone - or if cruising with kids so they could stay in the bunks while mom and dad were in an adjacent cabin.
but being young and married at the time I would have preferred a double bed for obvious reasons. I would not not book bunk beds now unless it was the last thing available and I just had to be on that ship for that week.
I get the same Cabin usually every trip (or the one next to it) E181 I cruise...
Being Middle aged and single there is no need for a Double, I find that there is enough room for most activities on a single,(like laying there with a Beer watching the new's ) and there is a great advantage (incase I have a visitor) to popping down that upper bunk it seems to be just the right hight.
I find The Upper lower cabin for a single cruiser is just perfect. I would love to splurge and get myself a Balcony just once but again Crusing alone I seem to pay 150% to 200% more for my Tix and that would cut down on the money I would loose in the Casino.
I am going on the Holiday. I booked the bunk beds and I think it will be fine. We actually were able to get an oceanview room. So I guess we will be able to look out of our portholes after all. I couldn't pass up the deal of $199 per person.