My family of 5 booked an inside cabin and an ocean view room on a carnival cruise. That’s how they compared.

I booked two rooms at Carnival Legend for my family.Lisa Gallek

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

  • My husband and I shared a windowless unit and my three children stayed in 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 getaway in November, so I booked a seven-day cruise on Carnival Legend for my family of five.

lisa before carnival legend

My family and I embarked on a seven night cruise.Lisa Gallek

In past holidays we have all stayed in the same hotel room. At one point we all crowded into the same tiny cruise cabin.

This time I have 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 inside cabin with a king bed.

Carnival legend room one bed

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

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 the light in our room came in handy.Lisa Gallek

If either of us wanted to stay up a little late, we would turn off the main light and turn on the lamp.

My three children – 14, 11 and 8 years old – shared an ocean view cabin across the hall.

Single beds in the children's carnival hut

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

Connecting rooms were not available so my kids stayed in their own separate room.

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

Couch in the carnival legends room

The couch in my children’s room turned into a bed at night.Lisa Gallek

There was more than enough room for the three of them.

The children’s picture window offered beautiful natural light.

Window in cabin of carnival legend

Our children’s room overlooked the water.Lisa Gallek

Our room had no windows and was sunless. In the future I would also reserve a room with a sea view for the adults.

The bathrooms in both cabins were identical.

Sinks and mirrors on carnival legend

Although my kids had an ocean view cabin, their bathroom pictured here looked exactly like the one in our cabin.Lisa Gallek

The bathroom had plenty of storage compartments for our toiletries.

Cruise staff cleaned the bathrooms and replenished our towel supplies each day.

Carnival legend toilet and towels

The kids’ bathroom upstairs was clean and well stocked with freshly laundered towels.Lisa Gallek

Many hotels we checked into have not offered daily housekeeping since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but we enjoyed a clean bathroom and fresh towels every day on the Carnival Legend.

The showers had shampoo and gel dispensers.

Shower in the cabin of the carnival legend

My kids shower had complimentary soap and shampoo.Lisa Gallek

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 on bathroom carnival legend

The children’s pool was never flooded.Lisa Gallek

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

The floor plans of both rooms make excellent use of the 185 square meter area.

Carnival cruise closet

My husband and I had no trouble stowing our belongings in the lockers in our inside cabin.Lisa Gallek

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

Two of the closets had hanging rods for clothes and coats, with enough space to store our suitcases in the floor.

Storage space in the carnival legend

In our inside cabin we could stow our luggage after unpacking and didn’t have to worry about it until departure.Lisa Gallek

My husband and I had no trouble storing our suitcases and clothes in an orderly manner.

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

TV screen and shelves carnival legend

All our belongings fit into the interior storage spaces.Lisa Gallek

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.

Socket with plug in carnival legend

The inside cabin had an electrical outlet, which is common in cruise cabins.Lisa Gallek

I packed two power strips to avoid having to take turns using the outlet, but only one made it on board. Unfortunately, the crew confiscated the other.

Carnival’s website states that 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 prior to disembarkation.

However, the kids had no trouble getting their power strip into their cabin.

The TV screen was so small that by the end of the trip my eyes were straining.

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 Gallek

The too small TV screen isn’t a big deal unless you’re a movie watcher.

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

There was a mini fridge in a table big enough to hold two bottles of wine and some snacks.

Mini fridge to the carnival legend

The mini fridge in the inside cabin didn’t keep our drinks and food as cold as I would like.Lisa Gallek

Only downside was it didn’t get cold enough to chill drinks.

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

Thermostat in the carnival legend

We should be able to regulate the temperature in both rooms.Lisa Gallek

The rooms had thermostats with moving dials, but turning them didn’t seem to affect the temperature.

Our cabin seemed too cold and the children’s room seemed too warm.

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

Holiday decorations on cruise cabin door

We put this festive decoration on the outside of the inside cabin.Lisa Gallek

The small copper box was a mailbox where crew members could drop off our excursion tickets and other information flyers.

For future family trips I will stick with booking two separate rooms.

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 Gallek

Our cabins were small but offered plenty of storage options, making them feel more spacious.

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

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