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In today’s post, I’m sharing some pictures of my favorite features of the balcony cabins on the Norwegian Bliss and a link to the cabin tour video on my YouTube channel! Room Features on the Norwegian Bliss Bathroom Features Want to get a closer look […]
In September, we took a one day cruise on the Holland America Oosterdam to get from Seattle to Vancouver for our cruise on the Norwegian Bliss. We flew into Seattle originally because it was a non-stop, much shorter travel day out of Charlotte. We had intended on taking the train up to Vancouver and spend the night there.
However, I was a member of a Facebook group (which consisted of the other passengers that were going to be on the NCL Bliss) where one of the admins mentioned that she was going to take this one night cruise on the Oosterdam to get to Vancouver for only $49 for an inside cabin! $49?!? That was cheaper than just our train tickets. Which, thank goodness, I hadn’t yet purchased!
Booking Our Cruise
Needless to say, I couldn’t get on Costco Travel fast enough to book this cruise. We originally booked an inside cabin on deck 10 (close to the buffet and the pool area) but were “upgraded” to an oceanview cabin a few days before embarkation.
At first, I wasn’t super happy about it. I love cruising… I really do. But, there are still a few things that give me pause about it, and being close to the water line is one of them. In all honesty, that’s why I haven’t been on a river cruise, because the rooms we can afford are right at the waterline. 😬 When we found out that we had been moved from deck 10 to deck 1, I was nervous! Come to find out, the room location turned out fine. It was far enough from the water that I couldn’t see it when I looked out the window. I can imagine in rough waters that would be completely different, but for sailing from Seattle to Vancouver, it was fine.
Now that I’ve yammered on about all that — let’s check out the room!
This oceanview cabin on the Oosterdam was situated with the bed in front of you when you walk into the room. On your right when you enter were the closets, and the bathroom was to the left. This cabin slept four (maybe five?) with a sofa that makes a bed and the pull-down bed from the ceiling.
The bathroom was your typical Holland America bathroom layout. I love HAL because they offer bathtubs! And they are regular size! No squeezing into one of those bathroom tubes. 🤣 In the shower, there is shampoo, conditioner, and body wash, all from Elemis. It also had a clothesline to hang wet clothes or bathing suits from.
Overall, it was a really great room if only for one night. If you want to see more of the room, hop on over to my YouTube channel to see the full tour!
When we went to Las Vegas for our anniversary, there was a NASCAR event that day, so the pickings for hotel rooms was slim. We were able to book our usual Wyndham resort for Sunday through Tuesday, but getting a room on Saturday night proved […]
In August, we sailed onboard the Norwegian Sun to celebrate my birthday. We booked our cruise through the cruise travel specialists at Wyndham, so I let them pick our cabin. To my surprise, our travel agent picked for us probably the largest inside cabin I’ve ever seen in my life! Compared to our last Norwegian inside cabin on the Escape, it was massive!
The cabin we stayed in was #8119. It was on the eighth-floor mid-ship. We found that it was close to all the action, but still far enough away so that we didn’t hear any noise at night.
The Norwegian Sun was sent to drydock and refurbished in 2018, so it had a new cabin feel without actually being a new ship. One of my favorite additions was the USB charging ports next to the bed. Very handy!
The interesting thing about our cabin was the layout. At first glance, it had the basic inside cabin layout. Closets to the left when you walked in, bed in front of you, and basic cruise ship bathroom to the right. However, after entering the room fully, we noticed that it had an additional alcove next to the bathroom that had a full-sized sofa and a bed that pulled down from the ceiling.
According to NCL, this cabin will hold 5, and I can confirm that to be true. It would be a little cramped with space in the bathroom! But, if you’re close enough to your cabin mates, I’m sure you could make it work! Also, on a cruise as inexpensive as the Sun, the cost for an inside cabin for five could make this a good option for those wanting to cruise on a budget!
Want to check out the deck plans for the Norwegian Sun to see exactly where the cabin is located? Click here.
If you would like to see the video of our cabin, check that out over on my YouTube channel!
Our next Norwegian cruise will be in September on the Bliss, I can’t wait to share with you a video tour of our balcony cabin for our cruise along the Pacific Coast! Where is your next cruise headed? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
One would think that the last thing a person who gets terribly seasick, will sleep for days if not woken up by daybreak, and has a bit of claustrophobia should do is book an inside cabin. But, that’s exactly what I did on our most recent (and first!) cruise with Norwegian Cruise Lines on the Escape!
Spoiler alert – I really liked it!
Those were actually my three fears — that I would (1) get much more seasick than usual, (2) feel closed in, and (3) feel weird not being able to see outside.
My first concern, seasickness, was my main concern. Actually, since our cabin was in the middle of the ship (right next to the elevators), I didn’t feel the ship movement nearly as much as I have in balcony and outside cabins. I would actually recommend it to my fellow seasick-ers. Try it — you may just like it better!
In actuality, I didn’t feel like I was squashed into a terribly small space at all. The room was well laid out, and I thought there was plenty of room for just myself and my husband. The bathroom actually felt bigger than some of the other cabins (even balconies) that we’ve stayed in in the past. Our travel agent did mention that this was one of the bigger inside cabins on the ship, but this is the only inside that I’ve ever stayed in. So, I don’t feel like I have enough information to either confirm or deny that statement.
It did feel weird throughout the week not being able to see outside. You could always turn on the television and see the forward camera, but it wasn’t the same as the morning sun streaming through your window welcoming the day. 🙂 Also, when you turned off the lights in the cabin, it was DARK! If you’ve got an early excursion, you better set an alarm! I did miss being able to hear the waves outside, but it was amazingly quiet in our room. I never heard our neighbors or (most importantly) any noise coming from the elevators. The one advantage to the dark and the quiet was I got some great nights sleep!
In all honesty, we wanted to make this cruise as economical as possible, so we went with an inside cabin. Little did I know how much I was actually going to like it!
Which cabin category do you prefer? Let me know down in the comments!
Interested in sailing on the Nieuw Amsterdam? Check out the room tour of our balcony room on our most recent sailing to Alaska!