My family of 5 booked an inside cabin and ocean view room on a Carnival cruise. See how they compared.


lisa galek in bed at carnival legend, storage space

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

  • I booked two 185-square-foot rooms at Carnival Legend for my family of five.

  • My husband and I shared a room with no windows, and my three children had a sea view room.

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

I was looking for a November getaway 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 embarked on a seven night cruise.Lisa Galek

Last vacation, we all stayed in the same hotel room. Once, we all crammed into the same tiny cruise ship cabin.

This time, I booked two separate 185-square-foot staterooms on Carnival Legend’s Riviera deck for more space and privacy.

My husband and I stayed in a windowless interior cabin that had a king bed.

carnival legend bedroom one bed

My husband and I had our own inside cabin.Lisa Galek

The king was actually just two single 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 our bedroom light came in handy.Lisa Galek

If one of us wanted to stay up a little later, he turned off the main lights and turned on the bedside table.

My three children – ages 14, 11 and 8 – shared an ocean view stateroom across the aisle.

single beds in children's carnival cabin

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

Connecting rooms were not available, so my children had separate rooms.

The children’s room had two single beds and a couch that converted into a third bed.

sofa in the carnival legend room

The sofa in my children’s room turned into a bed at night.Lisa Galek

It was more than enough space for the three of them.

The children’s picture window provided lovely natural light.

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Our children’s room overlooked the water.Lisa Galek

Our room had no windows and no sun. In the future I would also book a sea view room for the adults.

Bathrooms in both cabins were identical.

bathroom sink and mirror in the carnival legend

Although my kids had an ocean view stateroom, their bathroom, pictured here, looked the same as our stateroom.Lisa Galek

Inside the bathroom there were many shelves to store our toiletries.

The cruise ship staff cleaned the restrooms and replenished our towel stocks each day.

carnival legend bathroom and towels

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

Many hotels we’ve stayed at have stopped offering daily housekeeping since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but we enjoyed a clean bathroom and fresh towels every day at the Carnival Legend.

The showers had shampoo and shower gel dispensers.

shower in carnival legend cabin

My children’s shower had complimentary soap and shampoo.Lisa Galek

There was also a retractable clothesline in our bathroom for drying wet swimsuits.

Even with three kids sharing a small bathroom, the floor stayed dry thanks to the shower’s well-designed drainage system.

shower floor in the bathroom legend of carnival

The children’s bathroom never flooded.Lisa Galek

I was happy to see that there was water covering the entire bathroom floor.

The layouts of both bedrooms have made excellent use of the 185 square foot space.

carnival cruise locker

My husband and I had no problem getting our belongings into the storage spaces in our interior cabin.Lisa Galek

We could easily store a week’s worth of items thanks to all the drawers, shelves and hangers.

Two of the closets had hanging clotheslines for dresses and coats, with enough room to store our suitcases in the back.

closet space in the legend of the carnival

In our inside cabin, we could store our luggage after unpacking and not have to worry about it until it was time to leave.Lisa Galek

My husband and I had no problem storing our bags and clothes.

Like many cruise staterooms, our room had an outlet next to the desk.

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All our belongings fit into the storage spaces in the inner room.Lisa Galek

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

The crew confiscated one of our surge protectors.

carnival legend plug socket

The inner cabin had an exit, which is common in cruise cabins.Lisa Galek

I took two power strips so I didn’t have to take turns taking them, but only one made it on board. Unfortunately, the crew confiscated the other one.

Carnival’s website says power strips without surge protectors are allowed, but those the crew deems dangerous will be removed and returned to the owner on the last day of the cruise before disembarkation.

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

The TV screen was so small that my eyes felt tired towards the end of the trip.

tv screen carnival legend

I like to watch movies before bed so I was disappointed with the small size of the TV in the inside cabin.Lisa Galek

The very small TV screen isn’t a big deal if you’re not a movie watcher.

However, our family likes to relax by watching shows, and by the end of the week, the small screen was straining my eyes.

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

mini fridge in the carnival legend

The mini fridge in the inner cabin didn’t keep our drinks and food as cold as I would have preferred.Lisa Galek

The only downside was that it didn’t cool enough to chill the drinks.

Our rooms had thermostats but I don’t think they worked well.

thermostat in carnival legend

We should have been 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 hut felt too cold and the kids’ space felt too hot.

Even though we were on a Thanksgiving cruise, we decorated our stateroom doors for Christmas.

Christmas decorations on cruise ship cabin door

We have placed this festive decoration on the outside of the inner cabin.Lisa Galek

The copper box was a mailbox where crew members could leave our excursion tickets and other information leaflets.

On future family trips I will stick to booking two separate rooms.

lisa galek sitting on the bed in the carnival room

Being 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 plenty of storage that made them feel more spacious.

Next time we take a cruise or go on vacation I will consider booking separate rooms for adults and children so everyone has their own private retreat.

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