Revealing Stateroom Footage Variations

Stateroom Footage is something I always check prior to booking a cruise so it seemed like a good idea to share the data I've compiled over time on an excel spreadsheet.  I have found it handy to have and have revised it as needed.

The above photo is the Norwegian Jade.  You will see numerous photos of the Jade on this site because the Norwegian Jade is one of my favorite ships.  There are newer and bigger ships, ships with more footage, ships with more and larger balconies, and ships with more exciting sports challenges or more varied entertainment calendars, but........

...... the Norwegian Jade is our lucky ship.  Yes, our first cruise on the Jade we won several bingo games that covered the cost of all of our excursions...on our third trip on the Jade we won a free cruise for two to the Caribbean.  We traded that up to  a Mediterranean cruise that returned us to Venice and Rome, two of our favorite ports.  So, we will continue to watch for the Jade's itinerary to change to locations that we haven't already visited...then we'll enjoy being aboard again.


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There are many variable names for cruise accommodations.  Some call a Balcony stateroom a Verandah stateroom, while some call it a Deluxe Ocean View Suite with a balcony.  When it comes to  stateroom footage that also entails many variables.  Amenities such as getting a bath tub or a shower are typically structured to the stateroom pricing classification.  

To simplify matters, I've listed the most common sized staterooms.  Some balcony staterooms give the total stateroom footage which includes the balcony while others listed theirs separately.  Some stated that they had bath tubs.  If they did provide that information then it is shown as +T  (Many staterooms mini-suite size and larger have a bathtub but if it isn't specifically listed by the cruise line there will be no +T so check prior to booking)

An example:

Balcony stateroom (combined footage) with a bath tub= 170+T

Variable sized balcony staterooms with a tub = (170-235)+T

Balcony stateroom, balcony listed separately with tub =  170+30+T

Variable sized balcony staterooms without a tub = 170-235 

Variable sized balcony rooms, variable sized balconies, plus tub= (170-135) +(30-85)+T


***PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SQUARE FOOTAGE TABLES ARE A BIT DIFFICULT TO READ BECAUSE THEY ARE SCREEN SHOTS OF MY EXCEL SPREADSHEET.  CTRL + (plus) WILL EXPAND YOUR SCREEN AND CTRL - (minus) WILL RETURN THE SCREEN TO YOUR NORMAL SIZE. 

Stateroom footage is so varied that this article is meant to give an overview of differences that should be considered when choosing both your cruise line and stateroom style.  Of course there are other factors you will consider besides the square footage of your "floating hotel room" such as the amenities offered, the price, the cruise line's reputation regarding the cuisine, the ports of call for the cruise, etc. and those topics are partly covered on the Thinking about Cruising or Picking a Cruise pages. But, for this article we are dealing only with stateroom footage along with the ages of the ships.

The year the ship was built is listed as well as the year of any redo (refurbishment).  During a ship renovation and upgrade, the size of the stateroom footage rarely change but the new enhancements can be things like the addition of internet access, décor changes to lobbies and dining rooms, upgrading bathrooms etc.



Cruise fares and their multi-leveled categories can vary for even inside rooms. For instance, an inside mid-ship stateroom is a category up from a regular inside stateroom the same as a porthole ocean view stateroom is a category down from an ocean view stateroom with a window and two categories down from a mid-ship ocean view with a window.  There are also the obstructed ocean view windows that are another category. 

An inside stateroom, a mid-ship inside stateroom, a family inside stateroom can all have the same stateroom footage but have differing fares because of location, deck level, and/or bed configurations.   Balcony stateroom footage may remain the same but might be called an aft-facing balcony, family balcony, different deck levels, etc. with different fare categories.

An example of an older ship that was refurbished is the Norwegian Spirit which we have sailed on in the Mediterranean.  It is seen below.

Stateroom Footage Norwegian Cruise Lines

Stateroom Footage categories that are not included in the main classifications table:

Norwegian (NCL) has introduced a studio stateroom with stateroom footage of 100 sq. foot on the Norwegian Epic and I'm sure more cruise lines will follow.  Many NCL ships have varying size suites besides those listed such as Epic's Haven Penthouse and Haven Spa suites (238+84+T) and Haven 2-BR Family Villa (452+54+T).

Norwegian Breakaway is the new (2013) ship and has some different categories such as the 100 sq. ft. Studio stateroom, Haven 2 BR Family Villa (603 sq. ft.), Haven Spa Suite (452 sq. ft.) 

Norwegian Sky doesn't have a Mini Suite category but a collection of Penthouse suites with large balconies...odd balls are Penthouse with a large balcony (308+108+T) and (364+197+T). 

Both Norwegian Star and Norwegian Sun have both Mini Suites and Penthouses with a large balconies so they are listed on separate lines.  In addition NCL Star has some odd balls that don't fit into a column: Penthouse with a large balcony (290+64-106+T) and the next size up (344+65+T) and a Family Penthouse with a large balcony (493+81), a Family Suite (409+T), a Deluxe Owner's Suite that is 667 sq. ft. with a whirlpool tub AND a huge Garden Villa that is 2286+3612+T with a hot tub.  

Norwegian Dawn has a Family Suite (409-495), a 2 BR Family Suite (533+54), a Deluxe Owners Suite (667-732+T) and a Garden Villa (2286+3612+T) with a hot tub. Pride of America has a 2 BR obstructed view Family Suite (356), Family Suite (243+92), a Deluxe Penthouse with large balcony (487+164+T) and a Deluxe Owners Suite (892+490+T)

Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Pearl and Norwegian Gem have a Family Penthouse with a balcony (492+54+T), a Courtyard Penthouse (380+60+T), Courtyard Villa with balcony (487+85+T) and a Garden Villa Suite (2320+1025+T) with a hot tub.  Norwegian Gem also has the Haven  4252 sq. ft. 3-BR Garden Villa with a hot tub and the Haven Deluxe Owner's Suite (1197 sq. ft.).

Norwegian Jade has the Haven Deluxe Owner's Suite (630+567+T), Haven 2 BR Family Villa & Haven Courtyard Penthouse (487+85+T), Family Penthouse with balcony (492+54+T) and the huge Haven 3 BR Garden Villa which is 4719 sq. ft. including the balcony.


Above:  Celebrity Solstice in Fort Lauderdale waters

Additional Stateroom Footage Categories:

Celebrity Century has verandah stateroom categories named Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom with Verandah and Family Ocean View Stateroom (also with a verandah), Century Suite (190+35),  Penthouse Suite (1101+118+T)

Celebrity Summit, Celebrity Millennium, Celebrity Infinity & Celebrity Constellation have a Penthouse Suite (1432+1098+T), Celebrity Suite (467 sq. ft.+T) with panoramic windows, Family Ocean View Stateroom with Verandah (271+242), AquaClass (194+54)

Celebrity Solstice, Celebrity Equinox, Celebrity Eclipse & Celebrity Silhouette,    have a Family Ocean View Stateroom with Verandah (575+53-105), Celebrity Suite (395+104+T), AquaClass (194+54), and a huge Penthouse Suite (1291+389+T) Celebrity Reflection has all of those plus an AquaClass Suite (251+57+T).


The photo above is Holland America's Eurodam

Holland American ships have stateroom footage that is pretty consistent with their ships so there are only a few additional ones listed below:

Holland Prinsendam has a Single Ocean View stateroom (191 sq. ft.)

Holland Oosterdam, Holland Zuiderdam, Holland Westerdam, Holland Noordam, Hooland Eurodam, and Holland Nieuw Amsterdam have a Deluxe Verandah Oceanview stateroom (249+T)


Above:  Star Princess in Venice waters

Additional Stateroom Footage Categories:

Princess tends to call some of their Balcony staterooms "Oceanview Double with a Balcony".

Sun Princess & Dawn Princess have an Oceanview Double (135-155 sq. ft.)Grand Princess has a Window Suite (341+T), a Family Suite (427 sq. ft.), a Grand Suite (730+T).   Pacific Princess has a Deluxe Oceanview (211-217).

Golden Princess has a Window Suite (341+T), a Family Suite (427 sq. ft.), A Grand Suite (1314+T)Star Princess has a Family Suite (427 sq. ft.) and a Grand Suite (1314+T)Coral Princess & Island Princess have an Oceanview Mini-Suite (no balcony) (280-302+T)

Diamond Princess has a Deluxe Oceanview (197-200), Grand Suite (1329+T)Sapphire Princess has a Family Suite (427 sq. ft.), Deluxe Oceanview (197-200) and a Grand Suite (1329+T) Ruby Princess has a Family Suite (427 sq. ft.)


Above:  Royal Caribbean's Splendor of the Seas in Venice

Additional Stateroom Footage Categories:

Royal Caribbean names some Balcony staterooms " Deluxe Oceanview Staterooms with a Balcony" & "Superior Ocean View Staterooms with a Balcony"

Monarch of the Seas has a Royal Suite (670+145+T), a Royal Family Suite (371+155)

Majesty of the Seas has a Royal Suite (700+147+T) & Royal Family Suite (364+78)

Legend of the Seas has a Royal Suite (1020+155+T) & Royal Family Suite (526+74+T)

Splendour of the Seas has a Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with a balcony (150+37), a Family Junior Suite (452+54), a Royal Family Suite (526+74+T) & a Royal Suite (1020 +155+T).

Grandeur of the Seas has a Royal Suite (1119+148+T)& a Royal Family Suite (532+53+T).

Rhapsody of the Seas has a Royal Family Suite (463+55+T) & a Royal Suite (1140+131+T) and a Family Junior Suite (470+55) 

Enchantment of the Seas has a Royal Suite (1119+148+T) & a Royal Family suite 532+53+T)

Vision of the Seas has a Royal Family Suite (463+55+T) & a Royal Suite (1140+131+T)

Voyager of the Seas & Explorer of the Seas have a Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with a Balcony (173+47), a Promenade Stateroom (167 sq. ft.), a Royal Family Suite (610+234+T) & a Royal Suite (1188+170+T)

Radiance of the Seas has a Two Bedroom Suite (533-586+139-193+T) a Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with a Balcony (179+41) & a Royal Suite (1001+215+T) 

Adventure of the Seas has a Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with a balcony (173+47), a Promenade Stateroom (167 sq. ft.)  a Royal Family Suite (610+234+T) & a Royal Presidential Suite (1188+170+T) 

Brilliance of the Seas has a Two Bedroom Suite (533-586+139-193+T), a Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with a Balcony (179+41) & a Royal Suite (1001+215+T) 

Mariner of the Seas & Navigator of the Seas have a Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with a Balcony (184+46), a Promenade Stateroom (153-167 sq. ft.) a Royal Family Suite (512+208+T) & a Royal Suite (1325+248+T)

Serenade of the Seas & Jewel of the Seas have a Two Bedroom Suite (533-586+139+193+T), a Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with a Balcony (179+41), & a Royal Suite (1001+215+T)

Freedom of the Seas has a Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom (200+53), a Promenade Stateroom (167 sq. ft.), a  Presidential Family Suite (1215+810+T), Family Promenade Stateroom (300 sq. ft.), a Royal Family Suite (588+234+T) & a Royal Suite (1406+377+T)

Liberty of the Seas & Independence of the Seas have a Presidential Family Suite (1215+810+T), a Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with a Balcony (177+74), a Promenade Stateroom (169 sq. ft.), a Royal Family Suite (588+234+T) & a Royal Suite (1406+377+T)...Independence of the Seas also has a Family Promenade Stateroom (300 sq. ft.) 

Oasis of the Seas & Allure of the Seas have an Aqua Theater Suite ranging (673-823+610-772+T), a Family Oceanview Stateroom with a Balcony (271+82), a  Promenade Stateroom (194 sq. ft.), a  Boardwalk Stateroom (191 sq. ft.), a  Boardwalk View Stateroom with a Balcony (182+52), a Royal Family Suite (580+238+T), a Royal Suite (1724+334+T), a Presidential Family Suite (1142+476+T),  Central Park View (199 sq. ft.), a Central Park View with a Balcony (182+52)


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Above:  Carnival Glory in the Caribbean


Above is an Italian cruise ferry, the Moby Vincent, that has a Disney motif.  It operates out of the port at Livorno near Florence. 

Disney Magic & Disney Wonder have a Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah (268+T), Royal Suite with Verandah (1029+T), 2 BR Suite with Verandah (945+T)

Disney Dream & Disney Fantasy have a Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah (263+T),  a Royal Suite with Verandah (887-898+T)


Above:  MSC Fantasia in the Mediterranean

Additional Stateroom Footage Categories:

MSC Fantasia & MSC Splendida have a Yacht Club Royal Suite with Grand Balcony (356-378) +61+T,  the Yacht Club Deluxe Suite (236-385)+42-61+T, the  Yacht Club Executive & Family Suite (223-316) +T. 

MSC Divina  has a Yacht Club Royal Suite is (388+177+T), the Yacht Club Deluxe Suite is (206-315)+(42-61)+T) Yacht Club Executive & Family Suite (474-571+T).  

We all know of the Costa Concordia disaster last year (January 13th, 2012) and this cruise line took a while to regain some of its market share but it appears that it is making a comeback. 


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