Whether you’re sailing a three- or four- day getaway or a longer cruise, having a great stateroom is important. When my family of four sailed on the Carnival Freedom a few months ago, a Balcony Stateroom was our home for the week.
With two twin beds pushed together to make a king bed, a couch that converted to a single bed for Molly and a hidden bed for Maggie that was stored in the ceiling – the sleeping arrangements worked great for our family. The girls loved having bunk beds and I loved that our wonderful stateroom steward, Kate, took fantastic care of us each day.
Tips for Living in Carnival’s Balcony Stateroom
Unpack your suitcase – It’s the best way to stay organized and gives you more space too. Plus, your clothes won’t be all wrinkled from living in a suitcase the entire trip. There are two closets with plenty of hangers, one tall cabinet with shelving and three drawers at the adjacent desk.
Look under the bed – There’s tons of extra storage space under the bed. We stashed our suitcases there giving us more room in the closets.
Be mindful of electronics – During our sailing, our room had two electrical outlets. There are strict rules against power strips and similar items, so be aware when using curling irons, straighteners and charging electronics.
Splurge for a balcony – We loved having the extra space to relax and the views were fantastic. Two chairs and a table – perfect spot. Plus, with the kids in tow – once they were in bed each night, my husband and I could enjoy time together on the balcony. Order room service and enjoy the stars above!
Speaking of room service… every afternoon, we would take a family ‘time out’ and relax in the room. My girls loved having a sandwich from room service, watch a little television and just relax for a bit.
It was a nice retreat to take a break – and even nap. (Although, my girls didn’t do much of that on our trip!)
Have you been on a cruise with your family?
** My family and I were invited guests of Carnival Cruise Lines on this media trip. Thoughts and opinions here are 100% my own. **