Cruise Hacks: Maximize the Vertical Space

Jun 19, 2015 | By Lauramay LaChance

Cruise lines have done a much better job at strategically planning the layouts of their staterooms to make cruisers feel more at home. For instance, Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas has outlets right next to your bed, perfect for charging your phone at night. The stools in Norwegian Getaway’s cabins double as a footrest and a storage compartment.

But outside of the typical space saving options, we cruisers have to come up with other crafty ideas for storing things. And one thing I realized is there’s a lot of unused vertical space. So I would like to dedicate this post to my college days of sharing a small room with three other girls and all of the super tiny studios I’ve lived in.

Walls: Get ready to be WOWED! Believe it or not, the walls in your stateroom are magnetic. So besides the television and the token picture on the sidewall, all that space is open for you. I usually pack a few magnetic clips and clip any papers I want to bring with me to port next to the door or my sea day itinerary. If you forget to pack magnets, head down to the gift shops and buy a few. Now you have a souvenir too.


Magnetic Stateroom walls on Regal Princess.


Closets: Most closets can fit quite a bit of things but you only hang up a portion of the clothes you pack, mostly the dresses or suits. Bring a hanging shoe organizer to capitalize on this otherwise empty space. It will fold up like an accordion in your suitcase and only takes up a couple of inches of space in your closet. Yet, you’ll be free of tripping over shoes, and chances of you forgetting a pair under your bed is minimized.

Cup holders: Might sound odd but if you want to remember to wear them and keep them untangled, hang your long necklaces on the cup holders in the bathroom. They’ll get tangled anywhere else and you don’t want to use up your shelf real-estate.


Necklaces hang from a cruise bathroom's cup holders to prevent them from tangling.


What stateroom storage tricks do you know? Share with us in the comments below.

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