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As an Accredited Cruise Counselor I often get questions regarding staterooms
here are a few tips regarding staterooms, whether you've never been on a 
cruise ship or have been on 50, I bet there's something surprising you don't
know about your cruise ship cabin. Staterooms are a little more complicated
than hotel rooms, and you can learn a few tricks of the trade to make 
them more user-friendly. 

Here are six (sometimes unexpected) things I have learned about cruise cabins after sailings on ships of all types: 

1. It's magnetic, baby. A cruise ship is really just a big, beautified floating piece of metal, and that includes your cabin. So even if the walls don't look or feel metallic, they are -- and that means you can use magnets to help organize the abundance of papers the ship's crew will usually throw your way. For instance, have a cocktail invitation you don't want to lose? Use a magnet to stick it to the wall nearest the door so you can grab it on your way out. 

2. Look under the bed. On my first few cruises, I often found myself complaining that my dresses and skirts couldn't hang nicely in the closet because our big suitcase took up so much space. Then one day, on perhaps our third or fourth cruise, I looked under the bed and found lots of empty space there. You didn't have to shove all your bags into the closet. 

3. Presto-change-o beds. While it's always best to request the bed 
configuration you want before your cruise, just because you enter 
your cruise cabin to find two beds when you're traveling with your 
spouse, or one bed when you're traveling with a friend, doesn't 
mean you're in trouble. Beds on most ships can easily be pushed 
together or separated; just ask your cabin steward to do it while
you're out of the cabin. 

4. The furniture stays put. Unless you have a suite, don't plan on lots of dancing around your cabin. That's because beds are the only large items in a cabin that can be easily moved. That center table, for example, may be small, but it's usually pretty heavily weighted so that it doesn't fall over during rougher seas. The same is true for just about every other piece of furniture in the cabin. So get used to moving around the furniture, because you're not going to be able to move it out of your way. . 

5. Water, water everywhere. No need to lug a case of water with you when you go cruising. The tap water on cruise ships is completely safe and drinkable, having been through rigorous filtration and testing, all of which are overseen by U.S. and European heath agencies. While some cruisers claim that the tap water in restaurants and bars tastes different from what comes out of the cabin bathroom, it is all, in fact, the same water. 

6.Humps and afts. Not all cabins or cabin balconies are created equal, and we're not just talking about category differences. Just because two cabins are in the same category doesn't mean they're identical. In fact, some of the most desirable cabins aren't in the highest categories. They're the "special" standard balcony cabins that just happen to offer a little something extra, like the "hump" balcony, which is only found on ships that bulge out at the middle, therefore offering a larger balcony and interior space. Likewise, corner aft cabins, priced the same as regular aft cabins, often feature wraparound balconies.

If you have any questions or want to book that Cruise of a lifetime just give me a call at 708-720-4750 or 
 with any questions. HAPPY SAILING!

         Carol Gage
Owner/ Travel Consultant.