- I sailed from Miami to the Dominican Republic on a three-day solo cruise in January.
- My tiny inside cabin cost about $300 before taxes and fees, which was the cheapest option.
- Despite having no windows, I found the room perfect for me and easily worth the cost savings.
I went on my first solo cruise to the Caribbean in January, sailing on Norwegian Cruise Lines for three days from Miami to the Dominican Republic.
The one-way repositioning cruise on the Norwegian Sky, the company’s second-oldest and second-smallest ship, only cost me about $300 for an inside cabin.
I booked the tiny room simply because it was the cheapest option, though I was warned by several people about the woes of an inside cabin.
Turns out, the dark little nook didn’t bother me. Here’s why.
I paid another $200 for taxes, fees, and port expenses on top of the $300 inside cabin fare, which was the cheapest on this sailing.
While I now have the means to splurge on hotels when I want, I still stay in hostels at some point during my yearly travels and am used to managing with just a bunk bed and a shared bathroom.
So, anything private is an upgrade.
Most of the complaints stemmed from the size of the inside rooms. Some also mentioned seasickness being worse and struggling to wake up in the morning due to the lack of windows.
Inside rooms on the Norwegian Sky measure between 121 and 147 square feet.
I liked the location because it was right in between two elevators, so I had pretty easy access to both sides of the boat.
Other inside rooms have more space with things like a single pull-out couch for larger groups, particuarly families.
They’re hard to find, but the USB ports are on the side of the lamps situated behind the bed.
There was additional storage under the TV, as well as a few glasses.
I hung up my clothes and put my suitcase in the closet and out of the way of the little floorspace I had.
The bathroom was tiny, but the shower space was larger than it looked, and I didn’t feel cramped inside.
The shower was round, with good shower pressure and hot water. And I thought there was good storage space for toiletries and towels.
One warning: the shower and sink water was sometimes steaming hot (literally), and I had to run it on cold for a few minutes before it cooled down, so be careful.
It probably helps that I don’t get claustrophobic, and I was by myself, so I could sprawl out on the big bed.
I sometimes get seasick, but I luckily didn’t feel any nausea on this cruise.
The pitch-black room put me right to sleep at night and kept me asleep until my alarm went off around 7 a.m.
At home, I go to the gym every morning, and during the winter, that means getting up before sunrise. So, forcing myself awake without sunlight wasn’t anything different from my regular day-to-day.
Not only did the dark-out room help me sleep through the night, but I was also able to nap easier.
For me, the allure of cruises is exploring the giant ship and enjoying the entertainment, so an additional $150 for a porthole cabin — and even more for a balcony or better — didn’t make sense.
I can understand some people may prefer sitting out on their cabin balconies away from the chaos of the crowds and are willing to pay more for that perk.
As just one person, I found there was just enough space to maneuver the tiny cabin, so I can imagine the space for two people plus bags would be tight.
I recommend upgrading if you’re worried about sunlight or want to give yourself a little extra space — especially if you’re sharing a cabin. Otherwise, save the money.