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  • What kind of beds can I expect on a cruise ship?
  • I'm traveling with a friend, but my cabin has a double bed. Can we have two twins instead?
  • Can more than two people sleep in a cruise ship cabin?
  • Do cruise ships have cots?
  • Are the cruise beds comfortable?
  • What if I get a duvet but prefer a blanket?
  • Do I have a choice of pillows?
  • How often does my cabin steward change the linens on my bed?
  • Can I store things under my bed?
  • The cruise ship bed is uncomfortable! What can I do?
  • My bed is upside down in my cabin. What can I do?
  • I slept like a baby on my cruise! Can I get the same bed and linens for my home?
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What kind of beds can I expect on a cruise ship?

Almost every ocean-going cruise ship comes with two twin beds or a two-person bed, ranging from a double bed to a king-size bed, depending on the cruise line and cabin type. You won't find the two-double bed configuration in hotel rooms very often. Some river and expedition ships have rooms with beds that are either singles or doubles only and cannot be converted. Solo staterooms, found on a handful of lines, have a bed that's either a double bed or a full bed, depending on the line.

Beds are generally flanked by bedside tables and reading lights.

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I'm traveling with a friend, but my cabin has a double bed. Can we have two twins instead?

Yes, most ocean-going cruise ships have convertible beds, meaning a double bed is actually two single beds pushed together, often with some sort of mattress pad over them so you don't feel the gap between the two beds. You can request your preferred bedding configuration on your cruise line's booked passenger website or with your travel agent. If the room is still not what you want when you arrive, just askKabinenstewardthe beds can be divided or pushed together as you wish.

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Can more than two people sleep in a cruise ship cabin?

Some standard cruise ship cabins can only accommodate two people, but many can accommodate three, four, or five passengers. Additional sleeping places are either pull-out sofas, bunk beds that can be pulled down from the wall or lowered from the ceiling, or rollaway beds. In addition, dedicated family cabins or multi-room suites, intended for large groups traveling together, may have multiple bedrooms and accommodate six or more passengers.

Do cruise ships have cots?

Most mainstream and luxury cruise lines carry portable cribs (of the pack-n-play variety) forBabies. River and expedition lines generally will not do this as they are not suitable for very young children. It is best to request a cot when booking your cruise to ensure one is available, but if you forget, you can request one on board.

Are the cruise beds comfortable?

People have different preferences when it comes to mattress firmness and bedding types, but cruise lines strive to make their beds as comfortable as possible. You can expect quality cotton or cotton-blend sheets, pillowcases and duvet covers, fluffy pillows (down or memory foam) and duvets, and often custom-made mattresses. Luxury lines pride themselves on their high-end bedding collections, featuring 100% Egyptian cotton sheets, down comforters and mattresses made exclusively for the line.

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If you're particularly sensitive to down, most cruise lines have an alternative of cotton, polyester, or a cotton-polyester blend duvets, pillows, and sheets.

What if I get a duvet but prefer a blanket?

Just ask your steward if you can swap. As mentioned above, most lines carry duvets for people who are allergic to down.

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Do I have a choice of pillows?

Standard cruise cabins on mainstream ships do not offer a pillow menu. As mentioned, you can request a hypoallergenic pillow, but if you haven't requested it in advance, take the chance that a spare pillow is available. Upper-category suites and luxury lines often offer a pillow menu. For example, Silversea Cruises offers several options, including various down and feather blends, memory foam, buckwheat, body, polyester, and scented silk.

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How often does my cabin steward change the linens on my bed?

Generally, your cabin steward will change your linens every three days—unless you request a different schedule or your linens are obviously dirty (i.e. you spilled wine on them or accidentally slept on your pillow). Some high-end suites get new linens daily.

Most stewards make your bed every morning and redo it every night for turndown service, so you never have to worry about having a tidy bed to sit, nap or sleep in.

Can I store things under my bed?

Yes, most cruise ship beds are high enough to stash your empty suitcases underneath. Occasionally you will find drawers under the bed for extra duvets and linens.

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The cruise ship bed is uncomfortable! What can I do?

Some cruise lines carry egg crate mattress pads. So if you are uncomfortable, ask your cabin steward if your ship has any. You can also inquire about alternative pillow or blanket types. If you're really uncomfortable, maybe it's because you're sleeping as a third passenger in a cabin on the pull-out couch; They usually have different mattresses than the regular beds and are not as comfortable. Ask for extra padding to soften the firm mattress.

My bed is upside down in my cabin. What can I do?

Some cruise travelers are picky about the orientation of their bed, often preferring to face the same direction the cruise ship is traveling. They don't like it when their bed faces the back or the back. (Most people don't even realize it.) There's not much you can do on board other than inquire if there's an open plan cabin in a similar category with a bed facing the right way. Better to inquire when booking if there is a possibility to book a cabin with a forward-facing bed.

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I slept like a baby on my cruise! Can I get the same bed and linens for my home?

Yes! Many cruise lines - including Carnival, Holland America, Princess, Norwegian, Oceania and Regent Seven Seas - are selling their exclusive mattress and bedding collections so you can recreate your luxurious cruise bedding experience at home. Flyers are often provided on board or can be purchased through the cruise line's website.

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How can I make my cruise ship bed more comfortable? ›

1. How can I make my cruise ship bed more comfortable?
  1. Bring your own pillow. ...
  2. Pack an extension cord. ...
  3. Bring a sleeping mask and ear plugs. ...
  4. Pack a mattress topper. ...
  5. High-Quality Sheets and Blankets. ...
  6. Memory Foam Pillows. ...
  7. Custom Mattresses.

What's the best part of a cruise ship to be on to sleep on? ›

You want to be as close to the pivot point as possible to feel the least movement. Avoid cabins near the front (bow) or back (stern) and on decks higher than the middle deck of the ship. So, on a ship with fourteen passenger decks, your best options are below deck seven.

What kind of beds are on a cruise ship? ›

Nearly every oceangoing cruise ship is set up with two twin beds or one two-person bed, ranging from a double to a king, depending on cruise line and cabin type. You will not find the two-double-bed setup so common in hotel rooms.

What are your expectations in working on a cruise ship? ›

Cruise ship crew life can be intense: long hours, no days off for months, lots of rules, demanding guests, small living quarters and little to no privacy. But working on ships also allows you to travel to places some only dream of while making some amazing connections with fellow seafarers from all over the world.

Where is the noisiest part of a cruise ship? ›

The areas around elevator banks and stairways on cruise ships can be noisy, just like they can be at land-based resorts and hotels. You'll get people milling around talking as they wait for an elevator car. On some ships, you'll also hear a distinctive chime every time an elevator arrives.

Is it better to be higher on a cruise ship or lower? ›

The higher the deck, the better and, often, more panoramic the view. Cabins on top decks aren't always the best on the ship, but many suites and specialty cabin categories are typically located on upper decks.

What floor is best on a cruise? ›

The nicest and most expensive cabins on any ship are generally on the highest decks. That typically means just below the pool deck. However, the pool deck is often the loudest during the day (and often well into the night).

Where should you not stay on a cruise? ›

Cruise Ship Cabins to Avoid
  • Cabins with obstructed views. ...
  • Cabins with a connecting door. ...
  • Those that are close to the lifts or stairs. ...
  • Staterooms that are too far from the lifts or stairs. ...
  • Cabins near the laundry room. ...
  • Beware of cabins with little privacy. ...
  • Staterooms directly below public and entertainment areas.
Jan 17, 2023

Is it hard to sleep on a cruise ship? ›

If you are apt to get seasick during the day, this can make it impossible to sleep at night. In addition to being queasy due to the motion of the ship, your stomach churns and your head aches, thus preventing you from nodding off. It can be a terrifying prospect, but there are ways to prevent this.

How often do they change the sheets on a cruise ship? ›

Once in the cabin, they clean the sleeping area and the bathroom, change the towels and refill the minibar. Sheets are usually changed every other day, unless otherwise requested by the guest.

What does it feel like to sleep on a cruise ship? ›

It's no different to sleeping in a hotel. Once you're used to the unfamiliar surroundings, you're fine. Very rarely have I felt movement or heard noise. Of course, some cabins are quiter than others and some parts of the ship move a little more, but I've not had a problem in more than a dozen cruises.

How do you fall asleep on a cruise ship? ›

Best Cruise Ship Sleep: Location, Location, Location
  1. Low and Slow. If you are prone to sea sickness, choose a room on a low deck and close to the center of the ship. ...
  2. Get Away from Noise. Next, avoid rooms near noisy areas, like the atrium, centrum, promenade and elevators. ...
  3. Avoid Rooms Directly Under the Pool Deck.
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Who gets paid the most on a cruise ship? ›

It comes as no surprise that the ship's captain has the biggest salary from working on a cruise ship. The master of the vessel has a huge responsibility for ship safety for crew and passengers along with navigation. The captain can earn almost $100,000 manually depending on the cruise line and experience.

Do cruise ship workers get free food? ›

Do cruise ship employees get free food? A majority of cruise ship lines offer their employees free food throughout the duration of their contracts. There's typically a special kitchen on the boat that prepares food for staff members. Employees may eat in separate dining areas, depending on their classifications.

How do you answer why do you want to work in cruise ship? ›

A List of Reasons to Work on a Cruise Ship
  1. Travel the World. One of the main reasons people choose to work on cruise ships is the chance to travel to many places they might not otherwise have the opportunity to see. ...
  2. Save Money. ...
  3. International Friendships. ...
  4. Great Food. ...
  5. Good Weather.

What are the dirtiest cruise lines? ›

1. Oceania Insignia. Oceania Cruises' Insignia is one of the ships that received a failing score, 80 out of 100, due to issues with maintaining proper pH and halogen levels in its drinking water. Inspectors also found that food was kept at unsafe temperatures and was infested with insects.

Is it worth getting a balcony on a cruise? ›

Balcony cabins are great for giving you that much needed bit of personal space when you're both in the room. If he wants to nap but you're wide awake, a balcony offers you a place to hang out without worrying if you're making too much noise or using too bright lights.

Is the front or back of a cruise ship worse? ›

The forward is subject to the most movement out of anywhere on a ship. And the higher the deck, the more pronounced that rolling and swaying motion tends to feel. Movement at the aft is a bit less drastic than the forward, but still isn't the most stable place for those who are prone to seasickness.

How much money should you take on a cruise ship? ›

On a cruise, most guests bring between $100-$120 in cash per day to be spent on transportation, tips, gifts, food, and shopping. In a survey of 850 cruisers, 71% stated that they took over $100 per person per day when cruising.

What is the most stable part of a cruise ship? ›

Midship cabins

The big allure of a midship cabin is its stability. You won't feel the rocking of the sea in a midship cabin nearly as much as you will in a cabin toward the front or back of a vessel. This is because ships are like teeter-totters. They pitch forward and back around a central axis that barely moves.

What is the safest deck on a cruise ship? ›

More Stable – As mentioned, lower decks are more stable. They experience less motion compared to the upper decks on a ship. Close to Main Lobby – Inquiries can be placed without the need to go very far.

What is the highest quality cruise line? ›

The best cruise lines in the world 2022
  • Norwegian Cruise Line. Score 78.98. MSC Cruises. ...
  • Royal Caribbean International. Score 72.49. Carnival Cruise Line. ...
  • P&O Cruises. Score 76.61. Azamara. ...
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Score 76.63. Star Clippers. ...
  • Grand Circle Cruise Line. Score 89.47. ...
  • Atlas Ocean Voyages. Score 88.78.
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How do you look classy on a cruise? ›

We recommend a dress or nice blouse with slacks for women and khakis with a polo or a short-sleeve button-down shirt for men. But check your cruise line's dress code -- many allow jeans on casual night.

What deck is best for balcony on a cruise ship? ›

If you're cruising to somewhere with stunning scenery, then it's wise to go for a balcony stateroom on a higher deck. The higher up the ship you go, the better the view. It's not that the view from the lower decks is bad. Far from it.

What months should you not go on a cruise? ›

Storms in August and October have a moderate risk of developing into hurricanes while September has the highest risk of all. For these reasons, September is the worst month of the year to take a cruise.

Do cruises leave people behind? ›

A cruise ship will leave passengers behind on shore if they arrive back at the ship too late. But ship staff have procedures in place to help you out.

Is the right or left side of a cruise ship better? ›

The truth, though, is this: There's no “better” side of the ship. It doesn't matter where you're going, or what river you're sailing on, or even what ship you're sailing aboard. Both sides of the ship are created equal. The trouble with trying to pick a side of the ship based on something you'd like to see is this.

Does it get cold at night on a cruise ship? ›

And while you might be cruising the Caribbean or some other tropical locale, ship decks can get pretty cold at night when the sun goes down and the wind picks up, so it may be smart to bring a shawl or light jacket.

Do you have to dress up every night on a cruise? ›

Absolutely not. Your cruise is your own. If you don't want to dress up for the evening, then you certainly don't have to do so. Many people choose to keep it casual.

Do they clean your room on a cruise? ›

Is There a Maid for My Cruise Ship Room? On cruise ships, you don't have a maid; you have a "cabin steward." Your steward will clean your cabin and make your bed each morning and turn down your bed each evening.

What happens after you flush the toilet on a cruise ship? ›

When a toilet is flushed on a cruise ship, the sewage travels to the onboard treatment plant. Here the waste is filtered before it enters an aeration chamber. The aeration chamber cleans the waste. It is then sterilized using UV light and released into the ocean when clean enough to do so.

Can you ask for extra pillows on a cruise? ›

Yes, you may obtain extra pillows for your stateroom. Talk to your stateroom attendant upon arrival.

What do you wear on a cruise at night? ›

For evenings, the recommended onboard dress is elegant casual for most ship venues. Suggested attire for men includes trousers and collared shirts (ties and jackets are optional but not required). For women, dresses, or skirts or slacks with sweaters or blouses are recommended.

Do you feel a lot of movement in the back of a cruise ship? ›

You may feel the ship move when on a cruise. Most passengers describe the feeling as a vibration instead of defined movements. The degree of movement felt does increase if the cruise ship is traveling through bad weather and you may be able to feel when the cruise ship is docking or pulling away from the port.

How long does it take to feel normal after a cruise? ›

After a cruise, most people regain their land legs in a day or two. But for a rare few, the sensation of persistent motion lingers for weeks.

What is the first thing you do when you get on a cruise ship? ›

1. Drop your bags in your cabin. Depending on your cruise line, you may be able to access your cabin as soon as you board, at least to drop off your bags. By dropping off your cruise carry-on bag and other items, you can explore the ship and have some lunch, without the hassle of carrying your luggage with you.

Can you sleep on the balcony of a cruise ship? ›

Can You Sleep on a Cruise Ship Balcony? There are no rules that say that passengers on cruise ships can't sleep on their balconies. That said, cruise lines do generally advise against it. Despite this many people enjoy sleeping on their balconies and you won't have any problem doing so if you want to.

How much does a cruise captain get paid? ›

What Is the Salary of a Cruise Ship Captain? ZipRecruiter reports that the annual pay for 2022 for cruise ship captains is $54,229 per year. It also reports that annual salaries can be as high as $100,000 to as low as $17,500.

How much do you tip a cabin steward on a cruise? ›

There aren't any hard-and-fast guidelines for this type of tip since it's contingent on your experience, but $25 to $40 on behalf of a couple roughly works out to an extra $2 to $3 per person, per day, for a seven-night cruise.

How many hours do cruise ship workers work? ›

Your daily work schedule while onboard will depend on your particular position, but you can expect to work seven days a week and anywhere between 10-13 hours per day.

Do cruise waiters get paid? ›

The salary range for a Cruise Waiter job is from $28,846 to $38,010 per year in the United States.

Do cruise ship employees get their own room? ›

Most cruise lines offer their staff free room and board throughout the duration of their contracts. They often cover the costs of basic living expenses, such as water and electricity bills. This allows employees to travel wherever the ship goes, frequently visiting new countries during their free time.

What do cruise ships do with extra food? ›

The easiest way for ships to do this is to liquefy the leftover food in an industrial grinder. The food is blended with water until it's a smooth mixture and then either disposed of in port, incinerated, or pumped out to sea when the ship is deep water and away from the coastlines. Simple as that.

How do you ace a cruise ship interview? ›

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  1. Be ready for a virtual interview. ...
  2. Read through your CV. ...
  3. Brush up on your knowledge. ...
  4. Do some self-reflection. ...
  5. Research the cruise line. ...
  6. Dress appropriately. ...
  7. Demonstrate your enthusiasm and energy. ...
  8. Prepare for common questions.
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What do you say in Tell me about yourself? ›

Your answer to the "tell me about yourself" question should describe your current situation, your past job experience, the reason you're a good fit for the role, and how you align with the company values. Tell the interviewer about your current position and a recent big accomplishment or positive feedback you received.

Where is the best place to sit on a cruise ship? ›

The lower and more central you are in a ship, the less roll and sway you will feel. Even if you choose a balcony room, choose a low level and a room closest to the ship's center. The higher decks and cabins at the front (forward) or back (aft) of the ship will rock and roll the most.

Do any cruise ships have adjustable beds? ›

“Our partnership with Celebrity Cruises tackles this problem head-on by offering guests luxury mattresses they can easily adjust and customize to meet their specific needs.

Do cruise ships have adjustable beds? ›

Anything from a wheelchair to an adjustable bed. Modern cruise liners have everything a passenger could possibly need and have been designed with accessibility in mind.

Is it better to be at the back of a cruise ship or the middle? ›

The back of the ship tends to be considered the next best cabin position after midships. Whilst the front of the ship gets the most movement the back also does get some. Whilst it's nowhere near as bad as the front of the ship, you may still notice some movement in rough seas.

What is a flexi bed? ›

Flexi is an advanced crossover mattress born out of our high end Pure Air range. Innovative in its design, it's a pressure relieving mattress that combines modern foam technology with our proven 'Figure 8' air cell designs.

How big are cruise ship beds? ›

Most cabins contain two “twin” beds that can be pushed together to form a “queen-sized” bed. However, the mattresses don't always conform to the standard dimensions of twin and queen beds you'd buy for your home.

Do cruise ships get bed bugs? ›

Bed bugs have long been the bane of hostels and motels, even luxury hotels -- but are they on cruise ships as well? The short answer: Yes, and they're equally content to feed on the blood of both the budget-minded and big spenders. Cruise ship infestations are rare, but they do occur.

What does an upper bed mean on a cruise? ›

upper/lower berth: Most cabins have two berths, or beds, side by side, but some ships still have upper/lower berth cabins, with the layout common to sleeper cars on trains. An upper berth swings down from the wall or ceiling, creating a sort of bunk bed that is stowed away during the day.

How many people can sleep in a balcony room on a cruise? ›

Balcony cabins typically sleep two to four people, but sometimes they can accommodate more.


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