With a handful of variations, Carnival sticks with the four basic cabin categories -- inside, oceanview, balcony and suite. For all categories, the standard Carnival color scheme of pink, light orange and cream prevails. Hair dryers are available in each cabin.
Inside, oceanview and balcony cabins range from 185 - 260 square feet (including balconies, which range from 35 to 75 square feet). Accommodations feature two twin beds that can be converted into a queen, interactive TV's, mini-fridges, safe and bathrobes. Storage space is adequate; there are three full-length closets -- one has fold down shelves -- plus a number of drawers and cabinet spaces.
The shower-only bathrooms in standard accommodations are comfortable enough, and certainly functional. Showers are outfitted with shampoo and shower gel dispensers. Carnival also features its "legendary" amenity basket in its bathrooms, filled with disposable razors, deodorant, breath mints, toothpaste, soap and the like. (Choices will vary. These are not refilled through the course of the cruise.)
Verandahs in the balcony cabins are outfitted with wood-colored plastic furniture (table, straight chair, adjustable chair) and have a privacy guard that extends just over the railing on each side.
Those in need of a little extra leg room may want to opt for a suite -- but at just 340 square feet (including balcony), the term "mini-suite" is probably more accurate. There are also 10 penthouse suites (430 square feet including balcony) with sitting areas, walk-in closets and whirlpool baths.
One note: Sounds travel quite easily through cabin doors so light sleepers may want to position themselves as far away as possible from elevator banks. And a number of passengers on Deck 8, under the main pool area, complained that late-night and early-morning scrapings of chairs and tables overhead was very disturbing.
Mali was a wonderful cabin steward. Our room was always clean with fresh ice and fresh towels. This is a quiet room also. We never heard noise from any public area and the occasional hallway noise was minimal.
We prefer the quieter, more stable lower decks toward the stern. Cabin with window was convenient to the dining rooms, close to the uncrowded rear elevators and was kept in perfect condition by our room steward.