If you do some internet searching and compare square footage of Carnival's cabins to other lines, you'll find Carnival quite a bit bigger for the basic cabin. I've been in the regular size rooms several times and had no complaints! My hubby likes to splurge for the suite. We've done a Cat. 12 (first cruise) and it was wonderful. We did a Cat. 11 on the Holiday and were disappointed (obstructed view, worn out decor) but we're trying a Cat. 11 again on the Destiny Nov. 16th. I'd prefer to save the money and stick with the regular room - except I do love the private balcony. And when I priced the balcony rooms vs. the suite, it wasn't that much more and so we got it since he prefers that.