The Secret Rooms

cruise ship at the dock

Splendor in St. Croix

Some of Carnival‘s ships, such as the Breeze and the Splendor, have a row of rooms across the bow on some decks. The Splendor has 6 of these rooms each on decks 6 and 7. These rooms all have a secret. If you want to book them, you find them under the category of interior rooms. They are at the top level of the interior rooms so they do cost more than other rooms classified as interior, but they are a great bargain because they are not dark and windowless. These rooms each have a full picture window. They book as interior because the deck in front of them has a solid wall which blocks the view from the lower portion of the window. The upper portion of the window however offers quite a nice view. The end rooms look more or less to one side of the ship and partly forward, but the ones at the center offer a panoramic view of where the ship is going. Other cruise lines often book this type of room as Ocean View Obstructed meaning that you pay the lower end of ocean view rates rather than the upper end of inside rates and that can make quite a difference in the price, which makes them an even better bargain on Carnival.

cruise ship cabin

view through the secret room window cabin 7202

While standing in the room, especially at the window, you have a better view than from most other cabins with windows, portholes, or balconies. Since the deck wall blocks the lower half of the view when sitting you mostly see deck and sky, which is a lot more than you would see from an interior room with no window. You also have the advantage of having natural light to know night from day inside the cabin.

missing the deck chairs

deck in front of the secret rooms

To make these rooms even more special, at each end of the short hallway across the bow where these rooms are located sits a set of doors to the outside. After passing through two doors, you are on the little-used deck in front of these rooms, which makes them nearly balcony cabins. This is where the two end rooms have their advantage since they are located closest to the doors, though the few more steps to the door from rooms closer to the center is worth the bigger view.

secret deck

deck at the bow of the Splendor

Once out on the deck you can see all across the front and to either side, which makes photographing things like sunrise or sunset easier than the average balcony room. If you like to see the stars at night these decks are good for viewing them since they are under the bridge so they have no lights where most outside passenger decks are lit up at night. On the Breeze these decks had deck chairs and stairway access down to the public walkway around the outside of deck 5. On the Splendor the stairs were gated off and tagged crew only except than the one between decks 6 and 7 because deck 5 is a crew deck the bow.

room 7202

room 7202 from the window side of the room with the window in the mirror

The disadvantage of these cabins is that the windows are not completely private because people can walk by them out on the deck area, but other than when the ship first left port they are not normally too populated. We rarely saw anyone out there when we were in our cabin. People can see into the room as it is not one-way glass so keeping the curtains shut at night or when changing clothes is a good idea.

inside window cabin

accessible cabin from the Breeze

Another drawback of these cabins is that interior cabins tend towards the small side, and these are no exception. The hallway into the room with closet doors on one side and the bathroom door on the other is quite narrow. The front closet is shallow due to making space for the door to open, so clothes in that closet hang front to back rather than side to side as in normal closets. The cabin interior has just enough space for the bed/s, two nightstands, a chair, table, and the stool under the desk area by the mirror. Wheelchair accessible cabins in this row are a bit bigger and don’t have such narrow entries.

nicer when empty

looking down to the bow from the secret deck

Since there are no public smoking areas nearby it would seem this area would be smoke free, however on the Splendor the crew decks below allow smoking for the crew and sometimes smoke wafts up to the passenger deck. If you are very sensitive to smoke you may want to room elsewhere.

small but a good view

secret room 7202

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9 Responses to The Secret Rooms

  1. cindy knoke says:

    i got my son an obstructed view cabin that had no obstruction, one just has to look carefully at ship photos/schmatics to find these babies~

  2. ProsperityAndCalamities says:

    Our last 5 cruises have been on Disney so it’s interesting to see what rooms look like on other ships! We’ve been on other cruise lines before but it was a long time ago. Thanks for sharing!

    • I saw a TV show about one of Disney’s ships once, after which I really want to try them sometime. One of these days we’ll find a deal on one of their ships at a time and place where we can go.

      • ProsperityAndCalamities says:

        Summer seems to be most expensive (like most things) and the repositioning cruises are pretty good deals.

        • Any time kids are out of school the cruise prices go up, and that’s with any cruise line. There’s always that one week in the spring where the prices are way higher than all the weeks around it. The one when the most schools are out for spring break of course. I’ve seen Disney cruises on Vacations to Go now and then for an affordable price, but their regular price is way beyond my budget. I want to try one of Royal Caribbean’s giant ships sometime too, but it’s the same with them as with Disney, somebody else is always going to the same place at the same time for less money. One of these days. You’re right about the repositioning cruises. They are one of my favorites. Besides being a good deal they are often longer and with a higher ratio of sea days to port days. We did one leg of a world cruise that was like that too.

  3. aFrankAngle says:

    I can honestly say I was clueless about these rooms. Many thanks.

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