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Hi Everyone!

I'm new to these boards--but not new to cruising. I've just booked my third cruise--second with DH. (We're going to Hawaii on the Serenade on May 18, 2005.)

Anyway, our last cruise was on Carnival's Sensation and, even with an oceanview stateroom (which they describe as large), in order to double the beds for us to sleep side-by-side, one of us ended up against the window/wall. Unfortunately, that was MY side of the bed. (My other cruise was also a Carnival ship--and the rooms were the same size as on the Sensation. But since I was with my best female friend and not sleeping together, it didn't matter to us!)

We're booked in a balcony room..."Deluxe Oceanview"--8582 (I think) on the Serenade. One of the reasons we booked with RC is that the rooms appear bigger than the ones on Carnival.

Has anyone sailed both lines and, if so, can you answer?

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I have stayed on the Victory AND the Voyager. Both times on the aft cabins. The cabins are made up the same way. Beds pushed together to form a king. Only thing on the balcony cabin you are not against the wall but have a small walk way to get to the foot of the bed which will be another small walkway to get to the other side of the bed.

Now if you have an ocean viw room or an inside room--the bed will be against the wall. (unless you keep them seperated) But you have a balcony so that doesnt pertain to you..


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Legend, October 22,2004
Voyager August 31,2003
Victory September 22,2002
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[img]http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_cool.gif[/img]We sailed the Granduer 12/00 in our first balcony cabin. The twin beds are put together to make a queen bed with space to walk on both sides. The bathroom rather small but we found he cabine to have plenty of storage space for luggage (1 suitcase, 2 garmet bags, and 2 carryons!), the closet was huge and the we didn't use all the draw space. We never seem to get in each others way or need the same space at the same time. My husband does bring a CD player and extension cord so he can sit on the balcony with a drink while I finish getting ready for dinner. That is HIS time.
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This is another really good website where the cabins for different cruiselines and ships can be shown side by side on the screen.


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We've been on Radiance (sister ship to Serenade) in this class cabin, and you will not be up against the wall. I found it to be just fine for two people. As a previous poster said, PLENTY of storage space. In addition to the drawers, there are hidden storage spaces behind mirrors. And above the TV. And lots of closet space.

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The rooms on the Carnival ships are bigger than RCI. Take a look at my Serenade pictures--there's a couple of the room that should give you an idea of the way the beds push together. This was a cat D1.


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Carnival Destiny 7/97, 11/00
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Have been on both Carnival and RC; found the rooms to be better as far as layout on RC. Didn't feel as cramped, and when the beds are together, RC's beds feel like a true 'queen' versus the feeling of two cots together on Carnival. However, since going on Holland America, we'll never change again. Talk about rooms!!!!!! Check them out on one of the web sites listed above!
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We were on the Enchantment - ocean view cabin. With the beds together, we had plenty of room on each side.


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Caribe 1986
Carnivale 1991
Westward 1993
Fantasy 1994
Fantasy 1995
Fascination 1997
Destiny 2001
Enchantment 2002
Sovereign 2004
Serenade 2004
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Thanks everyone! I don't mind if the cabin is a teeny bit smaller (what's 7 square feet, anyway? It's a 2x3.5 foot space!) Just really don't want to be sleeping against the wall. I outgrew that a LLOONNGG time ago.

Happy Cruising!

Hawaii on the Serenade
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I've been on both the Explorer and the Carnival Victory. On both we had rooms with a balcony. In my opinion, they're so close that any size difference isn't even noticable. I found that the decor on the Explorer is much nicer, though. And I also found the beds more comfortable on Explorer. Maybe the other poster is correct, having the beds with those rounded edges, somehow they seem bigger. Anyway, we had three of us in the rooms and on both we had more than enough room for all.

Sharon H.

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The difference in size between Carnival cabins and RCI cabins is much greater when comparing older ships. Even in a grand suite on Brilliance, the ends of the bed were rounded so that a tall person would have a real problem sleeping on the bed. Fortunately my DH is only 5'10". Even at that, the bed felt small to him. We never experienced that feeling in any of our 5 Carnival cruises. On RCI the beds are so much smaller that we actually sleep in them as twin beds . [img]http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif[/img]
Yes, the furniture on RCI ships is mostly nicer, but . . . I think their cabins are designed for people a whole lot smaller than we are.

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