I spent 7 nights in a 185-square-foot, windowless room on the Carnival Vista, where no space was left unused. Take a look inside.

A interior shot of the cruise ship cabin and a selfie in front of the cruise ship shot.
I spent seven nights in a 185-square-foot room on the Carnival Vista. Monica Humphries/Insider

I was one of Carnival Cruise’s vaccinated passengers on the first ship to set sail out of the US in the last 16 months.
A selfie aboard the Carnival Vista.
A selfie aboard the Carnival Vista. Monica Humpries/Insider
On the seven-night cruise, I spent each night in one of the ship’s 723 interior staterooms on the cruise’s 15 decks.
An arrow points to the location of my room on a map of the ship.
An arrow points to the location of my room on a map of the ship. Monica Humphries/Insider
When I learned the windowless room was only 185 square feet, I was a bit apprehensive about the seven-night stay.
The Carnival Vista cruise ship.
The Carnival Vista cruise ship. RHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images
When I arrived at my room on the first day, I retrieved my key from my room’s “mailbox,” where crew members left notes and messages throughout my stay.
An arrow points to a nook where my key was waiting for me upon arrival.
An arrow points to a nook where my room key was waiting for me upon arrival. Monica Humphries/Insider
Upon stepping inside my cabin, I was surprised by how spacious it felt. Every inch of space was utilized and there was just enough room for a bed, two nightstands, storage unit, vanity, bathroom, and closet.
An interior shot of the cruise cabin.
A view of my room. Monica Humphries/Insider
Before I arrived, my stateroom attendant had pushed my two twin beds together to create a king-size bed – an upgrade from my queen bed back home.
A shot that shows two twin=sized beds. pushed together.
According to Carnival, the two twins create a king-sized bed. Monica Humphries/Insider
On each side of the bed was a small nightstand, which had a lamp and storage space.
Photos of the closed and open night stand.
The nightstand has plenty of storage. Monica Humphries/Insider
The only bummer? The outlets were behind the bed, which made charging my phone and laptop a bit of a struggle.
An arrow points to an unreachable outlet behind my bed. The only other outlets were on the vanity.
An arrow points to an unreachable outlet behind my bed. The only other outlets are on the vanity. Monica Humphries/Insider
One of my favorite features was the light switch above the headboard. Each night I didn’t have to worry about getting out of bed to turn off the lights.
An arrow points to a light switch above the middle of the bed's headboard.
An arrow points to a light switch above the middle of the bed’s headboard. Monica Humphries/Insider
There was also a vanity with a lighted mirror near the bed.
A lighted vanity.
The room had an area that can be used as a vanity or desk. Monica Humphries/Insider
The vanity had a phone, the only outlets I spotted in the room (besides the one behind the bed), a USB charging port, and a hairdryer.
Arrows points to the cruise cabin's outlets and hairdryer.
Arrows point to the cruise cabin’s outlets and hairdryer. Monica Humphries/Insider
One of the few changes I noticed due to COVID-19 restrictions were paperless menus. Instead of a printout room-service menu, there’s a QR code you can scan to place an order.
A QR code that pulls up the room service menu.
A QR code pulled up the room-service menu. Monica Humphries/Insider
There was a closet near the entrance to my room. The first half had hangers, and the second half had drawers and a small safe. This was plenty of space for a week’s worth of clothing.
Inside the cruise cabin's closet.
A view inside the closet. Monica Humphries/Insider
Near the bed, there was a TV and more storage space.
The room had a TV and more storage.
I’ve rarely used the TV. Monica Humphries/Insider
On the first day, I was surprised that I couldn’t find a mini fridge in the room. Then I discovered it under the TV.
An image of the minifridge inside the cabinet.
The mini fridge wasn’t large enough to fit the plates from the restaurants and buffets. Monica Humphries/Insider
While the room didn’t feel cramped, the bathroom did. There was a small sink, shower, and an airplane-like toilet.
An image shows the cruise cabin's bathroom, sink, and shower.
This photo was taken with a wide-angle camera lens. Monica Humphries/Insider
Inside the shower, there were spots for your own toiletries along with shower gel for guests.
The interior of the small shower.
The interior of the small shower. Monica Humphries/Insider
The shower was small, and it was nearly impossible to avoid getting water all over the bathroom floor. Luckily, the entire bathroom was waterproof.
Arrows points to water drains inside and outside of the bathroom shower.
Arrows point to two drains inside and outside of the bathroom shower. Monica Humphries/Insider
There was plenty of shelving for all my toiletries.
Six arrows point to six shelves in the bathroom for toiletry storage.
Arrows point to six shelves in the bathroom for toiletry storage. Monica Humphries/Insider
The thing that’s surprised me most about my room was that – besides the paperless room-service menu – there were few signs of COVID precautions. When I arrived, I expected hand sanitizer or alcohol wipes for my stay.
A wide-angle image of my cabin room.
A wide-angle image of my cabin room. Monica Humphries/Insider
In the evening after my arrival, my stateroom attendant put out a pamphlet, which touched on general safety, mask requirements, and other COVID protocols to consider when visiting ports.
The information page received during our first afternoon.
The information page was left in my room on the first evening of my stay. Monica Humphries/Insider
Overall, the room had plenty of space for one person, but I imagine it’d be a little tight for a couple or family.
A selfie inside the cruise cabin.
The room had plenty of space for one person. Monica Humphries/Insider
If you have questions about cruising this summer or want to know what a certain experience aboard the Carnival Vista was like post-vaccine, email me at [email protected]
An aerial view of one of Carnival Vista's pools.
A view of one of Carnival Vista’s pools. Monica Humphries/Insider