We have a friend that is wanting to book a cruise during Spring Break for her family of five. Has anyone had any experience with cabins for five people. Does Carnival even allow five people in a window cabin? She is interested in an outside cabin. She is looking at the Elation out of Galveston. In the past we have booked one cabin for our family of four. I am just not sure if two adults and three children between ages 13 and 17 can fit into a cabin. For our family of four there were four beds in the cabin (two upper and two lower). Does she need to book two cabins?
One of the best Marx Brothers movies is called "A Night at the Opera." In it, Groucho gets a cabin and the other boys stow away. I highly recommend viewing the film, and especially the very famous "stateroom sequence" before booking any cabin for five.
Will they, yes. Should you? Depends. What you need to understand and expect that cabins are not motel rooms and are quite small and the bathroom will hold one person only unless one is standing in the shower.
2 years ago we went on the carnival inspiration with 5 in one cabin. We had 2 twin beds, 2 pull down beds, and 1 extra cot. Our kids were 11,13 & 15. I can be done and it saves a lot of money. Last year we sailed on RCCL and had 2parents and 13year old boy in one cabin and 2 teenage girl in another. It's much easier with 2 bathrooms (especially with teens) . Either way is great. We don't spend much time in the room anyway. It depends on what ship you go on, your budget and your tolerance for close quarters. Have a great vacation.
I would recommend 2 cabins - An outside one for the adults and an inside one across the hall for the kids. We've done this on several cruises and it works great.
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Thanks to all of you for quick responses to my question. We have taken 15 cruises and I still have questions each time. I told my friend about the Cruisemates website and message boards. When she asked about a cabin for five, I said let's see if anyone else has dealt with this situation. Anyway, she was very pleased to have gotten back such a quick response. She had definately decided to book two cabins. Thanks again to all of you.
another option would be the family staterooms, more living space, but you still run into the 1 bathroom issue. With teenagers(especially girls) you need that extra bathroom
2 staterooms really is the best way to go.