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A standard outside cabin has (at least) a picture window or porthole, but increasingly on newer, more modern ships, a majority also have balconies big enough for a small table and two chairs.

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These cabins can range in size from a snug 120 square feet to a more comfortable 180 square feet. When you look at your cabin’s dimensions realize that the stateroom size usually include the dimensions of any balcony.

Outside cabins may accommodate two or more passengers. If there’s room for a 3rd or 4th person, you may find a pull-out sofa in the sitting area, or there may be a pull-down bunk in the wall or even one that comes down from the ceiling. There may also be a floor-to-ceiling curtain that can be drawn from wall to wall to separate the bed from the sitting area, which will become the second sleeping area.

Most standard staterooms have two twin beds can be joined together to create one large bed, the equivalent of a queen- or king-size bed with a separate sitting area of some kind. Bathrooms in all regular cruise cabins are compact, but most standard cabins have just a shower. Higher-category cabins may have a tub/shower combination.

Wind Surf

Windstar Cruises
  • Sails To Caribbean, Europe

Why It’s Wonderful

The nautical feel and efficiency of Windstar cabins get our nod for "ship-y" and ultimately ship-shape quarters.

Costa Deliziosa

Costa Cruises
  • Sails To Europe

Why It’s Wonderful

Consistently spacious and with plenty of storage space, Costa's standard cabins are ideal for two and surprisingly roomy for families

Noordam

Holland America Line
  • Sails To Caribbean, Europe

Why It’s Wonderful

Comfort is key, and all cabins have DVD players, flat-screen televisions, lighted magnifying makeup mirrors, and comfortable bedding.

MSC Divina

MSC Cruises
  • Sails To Caribbean

Why It’s Wonderful

Consistently spacious and offering plenty of storage space, MSC's standard cabins are ideal for two and surprisingly roomy for families.

Statendam

Holland America Line
  • Sails To Alaska

Why It’s Wonderful

Comfort is key, and all cabins have DVD players, flat-screen televisions, lighted magnifying makeup mirrors, and comfortable bedding.

Coral Princess

Princess Cruises
  • Sails To Alaska

Why It’s Wonderful

All cabins feature niceties such as a refrigerator and generous storage for even the largest wardrobe.