The information in this article answers the most commonly asked questions about Carnival Cruises cabin amenities and features. It also includes helpful tips that experienced cruisers have learned over the years. After you read this article, you may be interested in reading the related article, How to Pick the Best Cabin on a Carnival Cruise.
Carnival Cruise ships have 4 broad categories of staterooms: Suite, Balcony, Oceanview and Interior. Generally speaking, the cabin categories are similar in amenities, features and service levels with minor differences that may be difficult to notice.
Carnival boasts one of the largest average cabin sizes in the cruise industry at 185 square feet for the beds, sitting area, vanity and bathroom. Most of Carnival's Balcony cabins are 185 square feet, including the 35-30 square feet devoted to the balcony. Therefore, the actual cabin area, less the balcony, might be closer to 150 square feet. However, some balcony cabins are larger, and, the actual cabin area, less the balcony, is still 185 square feet. The cabin size for suites onboard Carnival averages between 245 and 300 square feet. All suites include a balcony.
Cabin Size Tips
- There are a handful of balcony cabins that have oversized balconies due to their position on the ship – they are often graded and marketed as a "Premium Balcony".
- There are some cabins that are smaller than others as the cruise line tried to squeeze in one extra cabin. Unfortunately, these are usually not given any special markings / identifier on the deck plan. When booking a cabin, look closely at the deck plan to ensure that the cabins around it in the same category are of a similar size.
The overwhelming majority of cabins have twin beds that the cabin staff will push together to make into a single king-sized bed, if requested. There are a handful of cabins where the twin beds locations are fixed and they cannot be pushed together.
Carnival permits up to 4 people in a cabin, provided the cabin is equipped appropriately. In order to accommodate more than 2 people in a cabin, Carnival offers, in addition to the 2 twin beds, the following bedding combinations in selected cabins:
- A pull-out sofa bed that can sleep 1 person
- A pull-out sofa bed that can sleep 2 people
- A single wall-mounted, pull-down bunk-bed
- Two wall-mounted, pull-down bunk-beds
- A single wall-mounted, pull-down bunk-bed, and, a pull-out sofa bed that can sleep 1 person
If you need a crib in the cabin, you can request one after you have made a booking. It is advisable to call the travel agent to make this request and ask them to verify with the cruise line that the cabin you booked is large enough to accommodate a crib. The types of cribs offered are either soft-sided pack-and-play style cribs, or, folding metal cribs (found in many hotels).
Bedding, Robes and Towels
A few years back, Carnival launched the Carnival Comfort Bed that has been well received. The bedding package features a comfortable mattress, high-thread-count linens and duvet and custom hypo-allergenic pillows. In addition, fine cotton towels and terry cloth bathrobes are provided to all guests. If you are interested in purchasing the bedding package for home use, or, want to purchase the robe, you may do so online at the Carnival Comfort Collection web site.
Seating Arrangements, Lighting, Vanity and Tables
Typically, a sofa or side-chair is in the room as well as a bench seat for the vanity. In most cabins, a wall-mounted reading light by is by the chair / sofa. Depending of the dimensions of the cabin, a small coffee table is placed in front of the sofa. There are two small nightstands with reading lights. A well-lit vanity and mirror with a bench seat is a feature in all cabins. The vanity usually tapers-off to leave room for placing small items.
Tips on Seating and Table Arrangements
- If you need a place to use a laptop computer, the vanity is your best bet as the coffee table is only 18-22 inches high,
- The cushions on the sofas that convert into beds are reported to be not particularly comfortable.
Storage, Closet and Drawers
Carnival provides ample in-room storage with a closet, chest of drawers, a cabinet and storage under the beds. Several ships feature an in-room safe which is operated by a credit card or driver license – please note, do not use your room key for safe access.
Desk / Work Area
The vanity is your best bet if you need a place to work. While many cabins have coffee tables, they are only 18-22 inches high and not at a good height to work at for extended periods.
Desk / Work Area Tips
- Some guests get creative and set-up cushions and pillows on the floor to make the coffee table work as a desk.
- Our advice is to ask the Guest Services desk about some of the best, quietest locations on the ship to work. Odds are, they will point you to the Internet Cafe or library. However, they might have other creative solutions in mind.
The bathroom is best described as "tight, but functional" in the majority of Carnival cabins. The bathroom includes a small sink, shower and a toilet. It is best if only one person uses it at a time, but, it is possible to fit two people in, if absolutely necessary. The well-lit vanity area outside the bathroom is well thought out and quite useful.
Some suite categories of staterooms have larger bathrooms which include full-sized whirlpool tubs and additional vanity areas.
Toiletries / Amenities
Toiletries are provided via a soap, shampoo and conditioner dispenser in the shower. There may be an amenity basket in the cabin with sample sizes of lotions, razors and Tylenol. However, it is best to plan on bringing your own from home. If you forget an essential toiletry item, there is a shipboard store where you can purchase travel sizes of many toiletries.
Most Carnival staterooms are equipped with a 1,250 watt hair dryer. However, the hair dryers are generally to be of poor quality and only work well on people with short hair. If you have longer hair, or, prefer a quality hair dryer, you should bring your own hair dryer.
The balcony is usually 35-40 sq ft and comes with a pair of chairs. Most of Carnival's Balcony cabins are 185 square feet, including the 35-30 square feet devoted to the balcony. Therefore, the actual cabin area, less the balcony, might be closer to 150 square feet. Some balcony cabins are larger, and, the actual cabin area, less the balcony, is 185 square feet. For more information, read our article on picking the perfect cabin, or, check out our article on cruise balcony safety.
Television / In-Room Movies
There is a TV in cabins with major US broadcast networks (ABC, NBC, CBS), and the ship's information. Other channels vary from ship-to-ship, but, reportedly some ships have CNN, Fox News, and a cartoon / kid's channel. There are also 1-2 channels running feature movies 24 hours a day. On newer and recently refurbished ships, the TV is a flat-panel LCD. Many of the ships TV's feature an interactive TV capability where you can sign-up for shore excursions, check your shipboard (Sign and Sail) account, order room service and pay-per-view movies. (As of October 2010, the following ships have interactive TV: Carnival Destiny, Carnival Imagination, Carnival Pride, Carnival Legend, Carnival Triumph, Carnival Conquest, Carnival Valor, Carnival Spirit, Carnival Glory, Carnival Magic, Carnival Dream and Carnival Miracle.)
WiFi and Cell Phone Access
All cabins on Carnival have access to the ship's WiFi network if you require internet access during your cruise. Additionally, cell phone service is available on all ships. We have been unable to verify whether the cell phone service is ship wide, or, only available in certain public areas of the ship. Bear in mind, the price of staying connected is not cheap. For more information, read our article on Cell Phone and WiFi access on Carnival Cruises.
Wheelchair / Handicap Accessibility
On handicap-accessible cabins, the entry doorway is 32 inches wide (compared to 21 inches on standard cabin) and the main path though the cabin is 36 inches. The closet rods, shelves, safe, telephone and desk are all easily accessible. The shower in handicap accessible cabins is a roll-in shower.
On request, in-cabin amenities for hearing impaired passengers can be provided. The features include bed shaker, smoke alarm and door. In-cabin phones are equipped with an amplifier. On some ships, infrared hearing devices are available in the main show lounge.
The cabin's air temperature is controlled by a thermostat in the room. On most Carnival ships, the thermostat does not have a numerically-based temperature setting – just a dial for increasing the level of hot or cold air being piped into the cabin.
Power / Electrical Outlet
Carnival Cruise ships typically have only one power outlet in most cabins. It is located in the vanity area. The single outlet features two plugs – one for 110 volts and another for 220 volts. There is a single outlet in the bathroom, but, is only to be used with electric razors.
Power Outlet Tips
- You may want to bring an extension cord / power strip with multiple outlets if you have multiple electrical devices that need to be plugged-in concurrently.
- Given that Carnival provides a 1,200 watt hair dryer in most cabins for use on the 110 volt plug, it is safe to assume that the 110 volt plug is on at least on a 15 amp circuit breaker. This information has not been verified, however.
- Do not bring anything that could be a potential fire hazard – irons, coffee makers, hot plates, etc.
Laundry, Ironing and Dry Cleaning On Carnival
Each Carnival ship has a self-service laundry. Irons and ironing boards are available in the self-service laundry. Due to international maritime safety laws, irons are not permitted in the cabins. Consult with your stateroom attendant for the location of the laundry.
Carnival does offer laundry service for a per-item charge. Consult with your stateroom attendant for details and pricing.
Carnival does not offer dry cleaning.
- Plan on bringing US quarters as the laundry soap costs $2 per box (in quarters only). Smart travelers bring their own dry laundry soap,
- The washer and dryer cost $2 each (again, quarters only / verified July 2010),
- The typical laundry room on Carnival has 2 washers and 2 dryers. They take standard laundry detergent – they are not High Efficiency / HE model washers. They are a standard commercial-grade laundry machine found in hotels and apartment buildings and have a decent capacity,
- There is usually more than one laundry room on the ship. Given that people tend not to "babysit" their clothes and remove them as soon as they are done, there can be a backup of people waiting to use the laundry. While it may be inconvenient, the quietest time in the laundry room is usually in the early morning around 6 or 7 AM,
- Passengers who have sailed with Carnival on 10 or more cruises (a.k.a. – Carnival Concierge Club) get free wash and fold laundry service.
Helpful Resources: Cabin Pictures of Carnival Cruise Lines Ships
Carnival Conquest Cabin Pictures
Carnival Dream Cabin Pictures
Carnival Destiny Cabin Pictures
Carnival Ecstasy Cabin Pictures
Carnival Elation Cabin Pictures
Carnival Fantasy Cabin Pictures
Carnival Fascination Cabin Pictures
Carnival Freedom Cabin Pictures
Carnival Glory Cabin Pictures
Carnival Imagination Cabin Pictures
Carnival Inspiration Cabin Pictures
Carnival Legend Cabin Pictures
Carnival Liberty Cabin Pictures
Carnival Magic Cabin Pictures
Carnival Miracle Cabin Pictures
Carnival Paradise Cabin Pictures
Carnival Pride Cabin Pictures
Carnival Sensation Cabin Pictures
Carnival Splendor Cabin Pictures
Carnival Spirit Cabin Pictures
Carnival Triumph Cabin Pictures
Carnival Valor Cabin Pictures
Carnival Victory Cabin Pictures