I've been on the Carnival Magic (Sep 30 to Oct 07, 2018) with an Inside Stateroom #1262, plus the Carnival Conquest (Mar 09 to Mar 16, 2014) with a Balcony Stateroom #8336, so let's see how the obstructed view Balcony Stateroom #5157 compares.
But 1st, let's check out our 7-day Western Caribbean Cruise itinerary from Tampa, FL.
* Tender Port: water shuttle to shore
Getting there. We try to memorize the decor that leads to our room.
If you're a light sleeper like myself, you'll be happy to know that you won't hear any foot traffic of the elevators here... only neighbors roaming the halls. I always pray on having good neighbors who don't bang their doors early in the morning or in the wee hours of the evening. Deck 4 and Deck 6 are all staterooms so you won't have noise as other staterooms located that are located near venues like the pools, atriums, etc. where there's usually events and entertainment happening. Overall, really quiet and peacefully located on the ship.
Check out the Deck Plan here on iCruise.
MATTRESS COMFORT: ★★★★
I would say plush but not super plush (unlike RCL's firm mattresses which left me aching as a side sleeper).
I wonder if the showers are more spacious with balcony rooms? It seemed like there was more space than the inside stateroom we had on Carnival Magic we experienced, this past September.
There was a lot of white noise coming from the a/c + heating vents but it didn't bother me. Simply had to turn up the volume on the television from time-to-time.
STORAGE SPACE: ★★★★
For a 7-day, we only brought (1) luggage plus (2) carry-ons between the both of us. We unpacked in a flash. Over the years, we've learned to pack light. It's the Caribbean! Don't need anything but swimsuits, shorts, T's and 1-2 outfits for formal nights. But for longer cruises 14-days, I can see wanting more dresser space. There are 3 closets. Pictured below, the first two closets for hanging clothes.
The third closet had shelves which I used like a dresser.
Stateroom 5157 is an obstructed view balcony of the life boats.
Although obstructed, you can still witness a great sunset and glorious views.