My family of 5 booked an inside cabin and ocean view room on a Carnival cruise. Here’s how they compare.

My family of 5 booked an inside cabin and ocean view room on a Carnival cruise.  Here's how they compare.
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lisa galek in bed in carnival legend, storage

I booked two rooms on the Carnival Legend for my family.Lisa Galek

  • 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.

lisa in front of the carnival legend

My family and I went on a seven night cruise.Lisa Galek

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.

A bed in the carnival legend room

My wife and I had our own office.Lisa Galek

The king was actually two twin beds pushed together.

We each had a bedside table with a reading lamp.

bedside lamp

My husband and I sometimes go to bed at different times, so we needed light in our room.Lisa Galek

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.

double beds in the children's carnival cabin

My children’s room had two twin beds and a sofa bed.Lisa Galek

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.

sofa in carnival legend room

The couch in my nursery turned into a bed at night.Lisa Galek

It was enough space for the three of them.

The children’s picture window offered beautiful natural light.

carnival legend window in the cabinet

Our children’s room was facing the water.Lisa Galek

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.

bathroom sink and mirror in carnival legend

Although my kids had an ocean view cabin, their bathroom pictured here looked identical to ours.Lisa Galek

The bathroom had plenty of storage shelves for our toiletries.

The cruise staff cleaned the bathrooms and replenished our towel supplies daily.

carnival legend toilet and towel

The children’s bathroom upstairs was clean and stocked with freshly laundered towels.Lisa Galek

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.

shower in the carnival legend cabinet

My kids shower had free soap and shampoo.Lisa Galek

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.

bathroom shower floor carnival legend

The children’s bathroom never flooded.Lisa Galek

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.

carnival cruise locker

My husband and I had no trouble fitting our belongings into our interior cabin storage areas.Lisa Galek

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.

closet space in carnival legend

In our stateroom, we could put our luggage down after unpacking and not have to worry about it until we had to leave.Lisa Galek

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.

TV screen and shelves carnival legend

All of our items fit into the interior room storage spaces.Lisa Galek

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.

the prize that is the carnival legend

The interior stateroom had an exit, common in cruise cabins.Lisa Galek

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.

TV screen carnival legend

I like to watch movies before I go to bed, so I was disappointed by the small size of the TV in the en suite room.Lisa Galek

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.

mini fridge in carnival legend

The mini fridge in the interior cabinet didn’t keep our drinks and food as cold as I would have liked.Lisa Galek

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.

thermostat in carnival legend

We had to be able to control the temperature in both rooms.Lisa Galek

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.

holiday decorations on the cruise cabin door

We put this festive decoration on the edge of the interior cabinet.Lisa Galek

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.

lisa galek is sitting on the bed in the carnival room

Staying in a different room than our kids was the perfect way to give them their own space.Lisa Galek

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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