My family of 5 booked an interior cabin and an ocean view room on the Carnival Cruise. Here’s how we compared:

Carnival legend Lisa Gareck on bed, storage space

I booked two rooms at Carnival Legends for my family.Lisa Gareck

  • We booked two 185 square foot rooms at Carnival Legends. my family of 5.

  • My husband and I shared a windowless accommodation and my 3 children stayed in an ocean view room.

  • Staying in separate cabins gave our family more space and privacy during our 7 day trip.

I was looking for a vacation in November and booked a 7 day cruise on Carnival Legends for my family of 5.

Lisa before carnival legend

My family and I embarked on a 7 night cruise.Lisa Gareck

In past vacations, we all stayed in the same hotel roomOnce upon a time we all crammed into the same small cruise cabin.

This time, for more space and privacy, we booked two 185-square-foot staterooms on the Riviera Deck of Carnival Legends.

My husband and I stayed in a windowless cabin with a king size bed.

Carnival Legend Room 1 Bed

My husband and I had our own Interior Stateroom.Lisa Gareck

The king was actually two twin beds pushed together.

We each had a bedside table with a reading light.

bedside lamp

My husband and I sometimes sleep at different times, so the light in the room was useful.Lisa Gareck

If one of us wanted to stay up a little later, we turned off the main light and turned on the lamp.

My 3 children (ages 14, 11 and 8) shared an ocean view stateroom across the hall.

Twin Beds in Kids Carnival Cabin

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

My kids were in their own room as no connecting room was available.

The kids room had two twin beds and a sofa that converts into a third bed.

carnival legend room sofa

The sofa in the children’s room quickly turns into a bed at night.Lisa Gareck

It was enough space for 3 people.

The children’s picture window provided lovely natural light.

The Legendary Window of the Private Carnival

Our children’s room faced the water.Lisa Gareck

Our room had no windows and no sunlight.In the future, I will also book ocean view room For adults.

Both cabins had the same bathroom.

Carnival legend bathroom sink and mirror

My kids had an ocean view stateroom, and the bathroom pictured here looked just like the one in our cabin.Lisa Gareck

Inside the bathroom, there were plenty of storage shelves for toiletries.

Cruise employees cleaned our bathrooms daily and replenished our towels.

Carnival legend toilet and towel

The upstairs children’s bathroom was clean and had plenty of freshly laundered towels.Lisa Gareck

Many hotels we checked have stopped offering daily cleaning since the coronavirus pandemic began, but at Carnival Legend we enjoyed clean bathrooms and clean towels every day.

The shower had shampoo and gel dispensers.

Carnival Legends Stateroom Shower

There was complimentary soap and shampoo in my child’s shower.Lisa Gareck

The bathroom also had a retractable clothesline for drying wet bathing suits.

Even with 3 kids sharing one small bathroom, the floor stayed dry thanks to the well-designed drainage system in the shower.

bathroom carnival legend shower floor

The children’s toilet never flooded.Lisa Gareck

I was happy to see that the water didn’t cover the entire bathroom floor.

Both room layouts make good use of the 185 square feet of space.

carnival cruise closet

My husband and I had no problem fitting our belongings in the storage space in the interior cabin.Lisa Gareck

easy to store 1 week worth of items Thank you for all the drawers, shelves and hangers.

Two of the closets had hanging rods for dresses and coats and plenty of room for suitcases at the bottom.

Carnival legend closet space

In our interior private room, we were able to put away our luggage after unpacking, so we didn’t have to worry about it until we left.Lisa Gareck

My husband and I had no trouble stowing our suitcases and clothes neatly.

Like many cruise cabins, our room had a single outlet next to the desk.

Carnival legends on TV screens and shelves

All our belongings fit in the storage space in the back room.Lisa Gareck

This was a bit annoying as my husband and I had to take turns charging our devices.

The crew confiscated one of our power strips.

Carnival Legendary Outlet with Plug-in

The interior stateroom had one electrical outlet, which is common in cruise cabins.Lisa Gareck

stuffed 2 power strips We made sure we didn’t have to take turns using the outlets, but only one person was on board. Unfortunately, the crew confiscated the other.

carnival website Power strips without surge protectors are permitted, but those deemed unsafe by the crew will be removed and returned to their owners on the final day of the cruise before disembarkation.

However, the kids had no problem bringing power strips into the cabin.

The TV screen was too small and made my eyes tired at the end of the trip.

Carnival legends on TV screens

I like to watch movies before bed so I was disappointed by the small in-room TV in the Interior Stateroom.Lisa Gareck

If you’re not a movie-goer, a TV screen that’s too small isn’t a big deal.

but my family likes chill out at the showand by the weekend, the small screen was straining my eyes.

Inside the table was a mini-fridge big enough for two bottles of wine and a few snacks.

Carnival legend mini fridge

The mini-fridge in the interior stateroom didn’t keep drinks or food as cold as I’d like.Lisa Gareck

One downside was that it wasn’t cold enough to keep our drinks cold.

Our room had a thermostat, but I don’t think it worked very well.

Carnival Legendary Thermostat

We were supposed to be able to control the temperature in both rooms.Lisa Gareck

The room had a thermostat with a moving dial, but turning it didn’t seem to affect the temperature.

Our cabin was too cold and the kids area too warm.

We were on a Thanksgiving cruise and decorated our stateroom doors for Christmas.

Cruise cabin door holiday decorations

We put this holiday decoration outside our interior stateroom.Lisa Gareck

A small copper box was a mailbox for the crew to drop off excursion tickets and other information leaflets.

We will stick to booking two separate rooms for future family trips.

Lisa Garek sitting on a bed in the carnival room

Staying in a separate room from our kids was a great way to give them their own space.Lisa Gareck

Our cabin was small but had lots of storage options that made it feel more spacious.

The next time you go on a cruise or vacation, consider booking separate rooms for adults and children so everyone has their own hideaway.

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