The cabin was clean and more spacious than I had expected with good lighting. It was always a little too warm and stuffy but we had a ceiling AC that I had failed to notice until the very last night, which was my own fault. No strange smells or leaks anywhere I could find.
Our room steward Philip was the nicest, most helpful, and awesome steward of any cruise I have been on, which is tough competition! His service and smile was one of the few highlights of the cruise. He seemed to always be around when we needed him and always knew our names from the first meeting and always greeted us in passing with a big smile. I feel like he went above and beyond to make our cabin comfortable, including swapping out our ice bucket for a larger size and refilling the ice without us even asking. Unlike some other cruises where the stewards almost break your door down trying to get you to leave so they can clean, Philip seemed to have a psychic sense of when we would be gone and like a ninja was in and out for both morning and turndown as smooth as butter. Also left an adorable towel art every single night, which may have been normal for this cruise but not on others I have been on.
Sadly December weather is a gamble and the first few nights were incredibly rocky and noisy. I don't fault the cruise, as I was aware that the forward lower decks get a heavy beating in bad weather, but we did require ear plugs and sleep medicine to get a good rest. Definitely do not choose this category if you are prone to seasickness or are startled by bad weather and noise. Read entire member review >>
Cabin was nice and had plenty of room, good beds and pillows. We had 2 portholes that were kind of like in a bay window. You couldn't really go up and look out the window. Being that for up, you heard a lot of ship work going on, ropes being pulled out and whatever else happens up there in the front of the ship. On the other hand, it's the first room there, so there were no people running by the door or talking loudly at 2AM. Give and take.
Bathroom floor was kind of funky and squeaked a lot. It was basically a big shower floor with drains in it, fiberglass, I guess. Not enough counter space or shelving in the bathrooms. Bigger shower than some. Good closet space. Nice big mirror with daylight lighting. Only one plugin, which is the norm.
They do NOT HAVE HAIR DRYERS in every room. They have SOME hair dryers, and if you request one and they have one, you can use it for the trip. When they run out, that's it. Read entire member review >>
Cabin has a very strong odor of stale cigarettes. Very uncomfortable stay in that room-avoided it at all costs-hard to sleep in it with the odor-could only get a scented spray to mask the smell for short periods of time. I sent Carnival an email-will post later if they respond-I recommended they clean the vents for that room-very bad choice-full ship-so no other options available Read entire member review >>
Considering the sizes of most Interior/Oceanview cabins, this was a huge cabin. I would say that this cabin compared to the 220+ sq foot cabins on the newer ships. The mattresses though are very thin. Caused back pain every morning. The water in the shower was nice and hot. Read entire member review >>
The porthole cabin was the best of both worlds. We didn't sleep until noon every day because we had a window (although they do close very tightly if you WANT to sleep until noon). But it only cost $10 over the cost of the interior room, so we saved about $50 per person to pay for an ocean-view room. The windows don't open, and it wold have been nice to hear the ocean. But this is definitely the best of both worlds if you want a window AND to be cheap.
Also, being at the front of the ship it definitely rocks more, so just take that into consideration if you get sea/motion sickness. Read entire member review >>
Comfortable room. Very quiet from hallway noises. This is the 2nd most forward cabin on the lowest passenger deck. You will get lots of noise on coming into port and docking. You also hear bumping and noise while moving but it's not unbearable. Read entire member review >>
Make sure to follow the measurements for your luggage, they will not fit under the bed if you don't and you will not have any room to put them. Bring extension cord with 5 way plug, very handy. I bought a $3 hang over the door for the bathroom, very convenient. Make sure to bring extra large mug for drinks in your room along with a large coffee mug for when you visit the Lido deck. Read entire member review >>
On one side is a fire station, so no worries about neighbors, although on the other side we discovered our neighbors TV to be unfortunately loud on a couple of occasions. They do tend to keep the cart across the hall because there is not a direct cabin across from us - but for us that is not a complaint. The staff was always very quiet. Never heard anything from cabin above. I found the bow thrusters as we docked at port a nice way to wake up (better than my alarm). Found the room spacious and the only thing I'd wish for is more places to hang things (wet suits, towels, etc.) Loved the porthole and the ledge large enough for two to sit (just watch hitting your head on the porthole covers. Pillows comfy, comforter thin but warm...plenty of room below the beds to store your empty suitcases. Like the chair rail ledge around the room - found it very practical. Read entire member review >>
R5 is on the lowest passenger deck and is third from the front on the starboard side. I love being at the front of the ship as I enjoy the motion of the sea. The two port holes were enough to let in daylight and provide a view of the sea.
The room had plenty of space on either side of the queen bed. There was one straight chair. The built in desk/dresser had several fairly shallow drawers and good lighting. There were only two electrical outlets.
Three closets - two for hanging clothes and one with shelves. It would be adequate for two people.
Bathroom had large shower.
This is a cabin that prices as an Inside although it has port holes. It is spartan but comfortable. Read entire member review >>