I booked two rooms of 185 square meters on the Carnival Legend my family of five.
My husband and I shared a windowless unit and my three children stayed in an ocean view room.
Staying in separate cabins gave our family more space and privacy during our seven day trip.
I was looking for a getaway in November, so I booked a seven-day cruise on the Carnival Legend for my family of five.
Where are the past graduations, we all have stayed in the same hotel room. Once we were all crammed into the same small cruise cabin.
This time I reserved two separate 185 square meter staterooms on Carnival Legend’s Riviera deck for more space and privacy.
My husband and I stayed in a windowless interior cabin with a king size bed.
The king was actually two twin beds pushed together.
We each had a bedside table with a reading lamp.
If one of us wanted to get up a little later, we turned off the main lights and turned on the lamp.
My three children—ages 14, 11, and 8—shared a stateroom with an ocean view across the hall.
Connecting rooms were not available, so my children stayed in their own separate rooms.
The children’s room had two twin beds and a sofa that turned into a third bed.
It was enough space for the three of them.
The children’s picture window offered beautiful natural light.
Our room had no window and no sun. I would book again in the future ocean view room for adults.
The bathrooms in both cabins were identical.
The bathroom had plenty of storage shelves for our toiletries.
The cruise staff cleaned the bathrooms and replenished our towel supplies daily.
Many hotels we’ve checked have stopped offering daily cleaning since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but we enjoyed clean bathrooms and fresh towels every day at the Carnival Legend.
The showers had shampoo and gel dispensers.
Our bathroom also had a retractable clothes line to dry wet bathing suits.
Even with three kids sharing one small bathroom, the floor stayed dry thanks to the shower’s well-designed drainage system.
I was glad to see that there was no water covering the entire bathroom floor.
The layout of both rooms made excellent use of the 185 square meter area.
We could easily save weekly items thank you for all the drawers, shelves and hangers.
Two of the wardrobes had hanging rods for clothes and coats, with enough space to squeeze our suitcases into the bottom.
My wife and I had no problem fitting our suitcases and clothes neatly.
Like many cruise cabins, our room had an outlet next to the desk.
It was a little annoying because my husband and I had to take turns charging our devices.
The crew confiscated one of our power strips.
I collected two electrical strips to avoid queuing using the socket, but only one made it on board. Unfortunately, the crew confiscated the other one.
Carnival website says that power strips without surge protectors are allowed, but strips deemed unsafe by the crew will be removed and returned to the owner on the last day of the cruise before disembarking.
However, the kids had no problem bringing the power strips into the cabin.
The TV screen was so small that my eyes were tired by the end of the trip.
A very small TV screen is not a big deal unless you are a movie watcher.
However, our family loves it relax by watching showsand by the end of the week the small screen was tiring my eyes.
Inside the table was a mini fridge big enough to hold two bottles of wine and a few snacks.
One downside was that it didn’t get cold enough to chill drinks.
We had thermostats in our rooms, but I don’t think they worked well.
The rooms had thermostats with moving dials, but turning them didn’t seem to affect the temperature.
Our cabin seemed too cold and the nursery too hot.
Even though we were on a Thanksgiving cruise, we decorated our stateroom doors for Christmas.
The small copper box was a mailbox where crew members could drop off our excursion tickets and other information brochures.
I will continue to book two separate rooms on future family trips.
Our cabins were small but offered lots of storage options that made them feel more spacious.
The next time we go on a cruise or vacation, I will consider booking separate rooms for the adults and children so that everyone has their own space to relax.
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