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

Carnival Legend, Lisa Galeck on the bed in the storage space

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

  • I booked two 185 sq ft rooms on the Carnival Legend for my family of five.

  • My husband and I shared a windowless apartment, and my three children stayed in the ocean 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.

in front of lisa carnival legend

My family and I boarded a seven-night cruise.Lisa Gelek

During the last vacation, we all stayed in the same hotel room. Once, we were all crammed into the same tiny cruise cabin.

This time, I reserved two separate 185-square-foot staterooms on the Riviera Deck of the Carnival Legend for more space and privacy.

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

Carnival Legend Room One Bed

My husband and I had our own interior stateroom.Lisa Gelek

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 our bedroom light came in handy.Lisa Gelek

If one of us wanted to wake up after a while, we switched off the main light and switched on the lamp.

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My three kids — ages 14, 11 and 8 — share an ocean-view stateroom across the hall.

Twin Beds in Kids' Carnival Cabin

My kids’ room had two twin beds and a sleeper couch.Lisa Gelek

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

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

Couch in the Carnival Legend Room

The sofa in my kids’ room turned into a bed at night.Lisa Gelek

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

The children’s picture windows provided beautiful natural light.

Window in the Stateroom Carnival Legend

We could see the water from our kids’ room.Lisa Gelek

There was no window in our room and no sunlight. In the future, I will also reserve an ocean view room for adults.

The bathrooms in both cabins were identical.

Bathroom sink and mirror at Carnival Legend

Even though my kids had ocean view staterooms, their bathroom pictured here looked very similar to our cabin.Lisa Gelek

Inside the bathroom, there were lots of storage cabinets for our toiletries.

Cruise staff cleaned the bathrooms and replenished our towel supply daily.

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Carnival Legend Toiletries & Towels

The kids’ bathroom, upstairs, was clean and stocked with well-washed towels.Lisa Gelek

Many hotels have stopped offering daily cleanings since the coronavirus pandemic began, but we enjoyed a clean bathroom and fresh towels every day on the Carnival Legend.

There were shampoo and gel dispensers in the shower.

Shower in Carnival Legend Stateroom

My kids’ bath had complimentary soap and shampoo.Lisa Gelek

We also had a retractable clothes line in our bathroom for drying wet swimsuits.

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

Shower Floor on Bathroom Carnival Legend

The kids’ bathroom has never flooded.Lisa Gelek

I was glad to see that there was no water all over their bathroom floor.

The layout of both rooms made excellent use of the 185 square feet of space.

carnival cruise closet

My husband and I had no trouble fitting our belongings in our interior cabin storage space.Lisa Gelek

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

Two closets had hanging rods for clothes and coats, with enough room to stow our suitcases underneath.

closet space in carnival legend

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

My husband and I had no problem keeping our suitcases and clothes neatly stacked.

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

tv screen and shelf carnival legend

All our belongings fit into the storage space of the interior room.Lisa Gelek

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

The crew confiscated one of our power strips.

Outlet with Plug in Carnival Legend

The interior stateroom had an outlet, which is common in cruise cabins.Lisa Gelek

I packed two power strips to avoid using an outlet, but only one made it on board. Unfortunately, the crew seized the other one.

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

However, the kids had no problem bringing their power strips to their cabins.

The TV screen was so small that by the end of the trip my eyes felt strained.

tv screen carnival legend

I like to watch movies before bed, so I was disappointed by the small size of the in-room TVs in the interior staterooms.Lisa Gelek

A very small TV screen is not a big deal if you are not a movie watcher.

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

Inside a table, there was a mini fridge big enough to hold two bottles of wine and some snacks.

Mini fridge on the Carnival Legend

The mini fridge in the interior stateroom did not keep our drinks and food as cold as I would have liked them to be.Lisa Gelek

The 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 should have been able to control the temperature in both rooms.Lisa Gelek

The rooms had thermostats with moving dials, but turning them had no effect on the temperature.

Our cabin felt too cold, and the kids’ place felt too hot.

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

Holiday decorations on cruise cabin doors

We place this holiday decoration outside the interior stateroom.Lisa Gelek

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

On future family trips, I’m going to book two separate rooms.

Lisa Gelek sitting on the bed in the Carnival Room

Living in a separate room from my kids was the perfect way to give them their own space.Lisa Gelek

Our cabins were small but offered lots of storage options that made them feel more spacious.

Next time we go on a cruise or go on vacation, I’ll consider booking separate rooms for the adults and kids so that everyone has their own private retreat.

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