We realized there was a problem moments after arriving on Day 1, when we heard the people next door talking about how they’d unpack. I was convinced they were on the verandah, and their voices were simply seeping through the heavy glass door. Nope. It was coming through clear as a bell courtesy of the adjoining doors.
If someone coughs next door, we hear it. If someone uses the blow dryer, we hear it. If the phone rings, we hear it. TV volumes have to be kept super-low, and because the beds in both cabins front those dastardly doors, we might as well be sleeping in the same room.
Luckily, we’ve got wonderfully considerate, super-fun neighbors, and we’ve been joking about the situation. Yesterday, when we had a guest who didn’t realize he was broadcasting through the wall, the pair good-naturedly shoved the “Snoozin'” sign used to alert housekeeping that a cabin is occupied under the adjoining door.
We’re not alone. I’ve heard tales from others about the lack of soundproofing between adjoining rooms, and other noisy quirks. For instance, if a door is slammed shut on Deck 11, I swear we can hear it on Deck 9 — though that’s almost to be expected, since doors are heavy and slam easily.
But the adjoining-room sound issue? That’s new territory for me, though I’m told sister ship Carnival Dream shares the same issues. Since Magic has “family” written all over it, it’s a tremendous boon for large groups traveling together. But if you want a little peace and quiet and privacy, you’d be best off making sure there are no doors separating you and the strangers in the next cabin.
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