Pick Your Ship Based on Group Size from How to Get the Best Food and Have the Most Fun on Your Next Cruise (Slideshow)

How to Get the Best Food and Have the Most Fun on Your Next Cruise (Slideshow)

Shutterstock

Slide 1 of 8
Pick Your Ship Based on Group Size

All rooms are not created equal on cruises, and they come down to more than just inside, oceanview, or balcony choices. Traveling with a large group? Look into booking a cruise with suites, which can be much more affordable to a family of four, for instance, than getting two standard staterooms. This can amount to savings of a few hundred dollars or more. On the flipside, solo travelers shouldn’t be forced to stay in a room made for two or four people. Lines like Norwegian (the first to do so) actually offer 100-square-foot studios, which also include access to the exclusive Studio Lounge. Not only does Norwegian not penalize its single passengers, but it rewards them with a cheaper rate and a shared private area where social solo sojourners can meet, mingle, or just relax. MSC, for its part, allows kids to cruise free on select sailings, which is a huge instant savings and could possibly seal the deal for travelers with the whole clan in tow.