Review of Stateroom 7538 Carnival Splendor (Category 8C)
This was an absolutely wonderful room. My father and son had the mirror image room in 7344 and everyone preferred our room (it could be because we kept it very near and rarely used the all-lights feature).
The balcony is a very comfortable size. There are two deck chairs and a small metal table. If you have traveling companions in rooms directly adjacent to you (we didn't have that option available by the time we booked), they can open the divider between the rooms, creating an even larger deck.
Stateroom 7358 can accommodate three guests, and if there are only two of you, the third bed serves as a very nice leather couch. There is a reading lamp at each bedside. Also at bedside are cute little nightstands that have a small door and is great for storage (I kept my cel phone, laptop, iPad and purse in it).
There are three closet doors right at the entrance to the room, opposite the bathroom door. Two of the closets are for hanging clothes and are very roomy. We asked for extra hangers, which weren't available immediately, and were a hodgepodge of "leftover" "regular" (i.e. non-wood like ones that are standard in each close); they were totally fine and we were able to keep all our clothes hung. There is a shelf at the bottom of each of the "hanging closets," designed, I believe, for shoes. If you only bring a couple pair, it would be fine, but to more pairs than that, you'd have to get on your knees (and it's a fairly dark). I used it to store folded dresses I'd already worn.
The third closet, closest to the desk/credenza is shelved. We used it for folded clothes. I stacked my small cross body purses and shoes here -- I brought (too many) pairs of shoes I wanted to be able to see and access easily.
There are four stacked drawers to left (right next to the shelved closet). The top drawer is designed for the hairdryer (they provide one, but since it is connected to the drawer, it can only be used in that area), and is split in two, the second open area is a tray -- you could put change and keep your key cards there so you always know where they are; we used it to keep our Singles-to-Go Snapple Tea packets.
There are two very large mirrors framed with two long lights and one modern glass wall lamp attached directly to the mirror.
There is a single drawer center, which is great for makeup, or for what we used it for, various and sundry items. The next cabinet is the mini-bar. They cannot take the items in the mini-bar away, but if you want to use it, you can ask the steward to open the mini-bar, remove the items (which they'll put on the open shelf to the credenza far right) and use it for your own drinks.
There is also a small, upholstered stool under that single drawer and a stainless steel trashcan under that.
There is also a small safe in the next, double-door storage area -- you won't be able to put your laptop in there. I have an 11" Macbook Air and it wouldn't fit, but my iPad mini did. We just used it to store credit cards, cash and our passports.
The bathroom is very serviceable. There are three glass shelves of varying sizes on either side of the mirror. There is also a faux shell porcelain corner dish that they put toothpaste and Garnier sample shampoo in -- I removed those and used it for my makeup and it was perfect. I was able to use it in the bathroom and carry it to the mirrored credenza area, too.
The TV is a 19" and we had it on mute almost the entire time, with the ship's information (meaning the map to show where we were) on. They show one free movie daily, I believe, and have other channels (on our sail it was a Florida feed), but I didn't really watch any television.
There is also a small, easily moved oval coffee table, which is generally kept next to the couch.
Three very helpful suggestions I found on this site that were terrific --
bring a clock (or use your tablet)
and a power cord. There is only one outlet in the entire room.
bring a bungee cord to hold the balcony door open.