How To Choose a Cruise Ship Cabin: What You Need to Know

We all know how much fun a Carnival cruise ship is. With more than 45 activities onboard, getting to the destination is a pretty cool holiday in itself. But a big part of cruising is the cruise cabins. You probably won’t spend too much time in them, and why would you when there’s so much to do outside, but choosing the right cruise ship cabins before a holiday can help make that special getaway even more enjoyable. Here’s a quick guide to Carnival cruise cabins, how they work, what to choose, and what to look out for.

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What are the different types of cabins on a cruise ship?

Comfy, roomy, well-appointed cruise cabins can make a big difference to your trip. Starting the day fresh, or winding down from a day full of adventure, is important. And at Carnival, we get that. We also get that everyone is different, so we have a few different types of cabins to cater for all needs and tastes. Cruise cabins are called staterooms, and our ships in Australia include:

  • Interior cruise cabins. Also called inside cruise cabins, these are the most affordable way to cruise, without having to compromise anything.
  • Oceanview cabins. Talk about room with a view. These cruise cabins give you the view of the ocean, and everything you see sailing to and from some amazing places.
  • Balcony cabins. As they sound, balcony cabins come with your own personal balcony, giving you stunning views and allowing you to make the most of the sea breeze and natural light.
  • Suites. The roomiest of all our cruise cabins, with extra space for everyone, and a balcony, too.
  • Cloud 9 Spa. Our Cloud 9 cruise cabins are in close proximity to the Cloud 9 spa with bonus access to the spa’s facilities, and they continue that relaxed feel and mojo inside.
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Balcony view

Are there single cabins on cruise ships?

At Carnival, we want your cruise cabins to be your home away from home, a place you can go to rest, relax, and enjoy each other’s company. Most of our cruise cabins are built to sleep up to four, and sometimes five, people, and some include a living area. You can also get adjoining cabins to make the most of a family holiday. But at the end of the day, it’s up to you if you want to have less people in a cruise cabin. Rooms can have twin single beds, or a King bed, either of which are perfect cruise cabins for singles to stretch out and relax.

What are the best Carnival cruise cabins?

As well as the amenities, size, and whether or not you want a balcony, there’s a few other things to consider about finding the best cruise ship cabins for you and your family. One of the great things about cruise cabins, is they’re in different parts of the ship. So, choosing the best cruise ship cabins sometimes means working out where you think you’ll spend the most time, or what bits you value most about a cruise. Check out the deck plan of either the Carnival Spirit or Carnival Splendor to find all the cruise ship cabin options. They will fit into the following categories:

  • Upper Decks. The Upper Decks are where all the entertainment happens, and it’s where all the outer deck fun takes place.  
  • Forward. The cruise ship cabins in the front part of the ship are perfect for those who love arts and entertainment. They’re close to the stage shows, the fitness centre, and the spa.
  • Midship. As it sounds, the cruise ship cabins here are in the middle of the ship, which means you’re in the centre of everything.
  • Aft. The Carnival cruise cabins in the aft, or the back, of the ship are close to the heap of dining options, as well as some of the comedy and karaoke shows.

How many cabins are there on a cruise ship?

When it comes to the number of cruise cabins, each ship is different. Our two Australian cruise ships – the Carnival Spirit and Carnival Splendor – are different sizes, meaning they have a different number of rooms. The Carnival Spirit is decked out with rooms for 2124 guests, and the Carnival Splendor is built for 3012.

How big are cabins on a cruise ship?

Cruise cabins are really flexible and comfy. While cruise ship cabins come in different sizes, some are designed to be versatile to give you a heap of options to make your cruise even better. We’re talking about things such as:

  • Flexible layout. A lot of Carnival’s cruise cabins can be configured a few ways to sleep up to four people, and in some cases five.
  • Connecting rooms. Why not have the flexibility of two rooms connected by a door, for some extra space?
  • Extra bathroom. Some of Carnival’s Suites come with an extra half bathroom.
  • Accessibility. Carnival has modified cruise cabins for those with special needs.

What amenities are included on a cruise cabin?

We all know all the quality of the activities, entertainment, facilities, and fun onboard a Carnival cruise, but what can you expect in the way of amenities in the cruise cabins?  Whatever destination you’re cruising to, doing it in comfort is important. In every cruise cabin on a Carnival cruise, you’ll be treated to a range of perks that make every trip that little bit better, if that’s possible, including:

  • Room steward
  • Soft linen from our own collection
  • Heaps of cupboard and drawer space
  • Climate control
  • TV
  • Bathrobes if you want them
  • In-room safe