Anyone ever try putting 4 people (2 parents, 2 early teens) into a single interior stateroom on a Voyager-class ship? We did the balcony/atrium gig last time and enjoyed the privacy and space (kids in Atrium room, us in balcony room) but really, we spent so little time in the rooms that it didn't seem to be worth the extra expense. So next time we're thinking of getting an interior stateroom with quad occupancy and using it only to sleep. Has anyone tried that? If so, any feedback, positive or negative? The Atrium staterooms are only dbl occupancy and are 167 sq ft and we put 2 kids in that room, and it seemed cramped. The interior staterooms that have quad occupancy are even smaller, at only 160 sq ft, and yet somehow we're supposed to be able to put 4 people in one. Am concerned. Should I be? Thanks.
I did 5 people in an inside cabin on a Carnival. Myself, the adult. my three sons 15, 17, 19 all over 6 feet and my 13 year old neice. We used the room for sleeping and changing. Took turns taking showers in the gym area. which we found were nicer AND roomier. It wasnt a problem only because we wanted an affordable vacation Taking 2 cabins cut into our spending money so we all made concessions. Like we got rid of the roll away bed and the last one in got the extra spot on the floor. We had a ball and would do it again.
We have done it twice in inside cabins when we had 2 young- and then middle-aged teens, a son and a daughter. With late seating, we had plenty of time to schedule the showers. We kept dirty clothing in the suitcases under the beds and generally kept things picked up. We love to be out on deck and were always in port during the day, so for a cruise with limited sea days, I would agree with serene56 - it saved money that we got to use one special excursions.
One important note: Our children get along quite well together. Only you know how your children will do.
How happy does your family feel on an extended roadtrip in a single car? Do you have a great time joking around, or do you get on one another's nerves? It'll be sardine-like in an interior cabin with four, and you'll bump into one another doing things, even if you're just there to dress and sleep. But maybe you'll be in such good spirits, it being a cruise, after all, that you just won't mind.
I spend very little time in the cabin, so the crowdedness wouldn't bother me as much. However, access to the shower for getting ready could be a problem, but the Number 1 problem to me would be "will everyone call it a night at the same time." This is a problem even with just 2 people, as one person invariably disrupts the other person's sleep (and vice versa).
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