Picking a Berth for Alaska Cruises
When it comes to choosing your rooms on an Alaskan cruise, you can choose to spend only a little bit of money on your room, or you can choose to spend a lot. There is little "middle ground" on a cruise ship in most cases, and the rooms that are moderately priced get booked very early.
If you choose to spend only a little money, then you will likely not have access to the outside of the ship except possibly a view through a porthole that does not open. These accommodations are on the lower part of the ship at or just above the water level. Some people prefer this choice, and may enjoy the view of the ocean splashing against the windows.
Keep in mind that if you choose the absolute cheapest rooms in the ship, you are choosing the inside rooms. These rooms may be on any level of the ship, because they are the rooms that do not have any access to the outside of the ship (or to any natural light sources). They don't even have portholes. Although they may still be quite beautiful, a room with no windows can easily cause you to feel claustrophobic. However, this is a good option for people on a budget, especially because you'll be able to get out of your room during most of the day and even many evenings and nights. You can book one of these rooms to save money, but be prepared to spend a lot of time in the more public areas of the ship where you can see the sea and feel the sun and the sea air on your face.
If you are willing to pay more for a room with outside access, then there are also two options open to you. You can buy a standard room with a balcony, which will be as comfortable as a standard hotel room except with an exceptional ocean view, or you can spend extra money on a suite. A suite is the top of the line when it comes to taking a cruise, and costs the most out of all the options. For those who really want to experience the best of what cruising has to offer, a suite with a balcony is the only way to go.