Cabin: We stayed on Empress (deck 7) forward, cabin E11. The cabin was what we expected, fine for 2 people to maneuver. However, if you are a light sleeper, it could be troublesome. The cabin is located directly under the Blue Sapphire Theater where you can hear lots of "thumping and bumping" during late night shows, if you happen to be in your cabin, which we were. You also hear the early morning noises of coming into port, creaking and moaning of anchor or whatever it is that is located Forward. Very, very loud. Our steward, Slam, was wonderful. Very gracious, tidied our cabin quickly and left fun towel animals almost every day.
Sidenote: The last day of the cruise, our sail and sign cards quit working as keys for our cabin. A steward down the hall came to try her master and it worked. Ours just flashed red. She contacted the technician right then and there and asked that he come check our lock. My disabled mother had broken her toe earlier that day so was just wanting to lay down for a bit. They let us in our room so she could rest. A while later, we decided to walk to the casino to pass the time until the technician would arrive. Two hours later (three hours since call placed to technician) and my mother tried to get in our cabin. The lock still wouldn't work. At this point she was in so much pain that tears ran down her face; I had her sit on the stairs closest to Guest Services (no benches available in that area) while I ran over to Guest Services. Iris was wonderful. She called and requested immediate attention for our situation. She expressed sincere concern for my mother and her pain. When I returned to my mom, a young man, Josh, part of the Entertainment Staff, had walked by mom, stopped, knelt to her level and was gently stroking her hand and comforting her while she cried. He was the kindest young man we have ever encountered while traveling. He helped me guide my mother back to our cabin at a snail's pace, laughing and talking softly the whole way. Iris walked with us also. My mom hugged him when he left us. Carnival has two gems in Iris and Josh. I'm writing directly to Carnival to commend them. Read entire member review >>
Stateroom E56: This is a handicap interior room by a noisy crew entrance and crew stairwell. During the course of the cruise I had to use ear plugs to get sleep but otherwise for being an insanely cheap room, it was huge for one person! Upon arrival to my cabin I also had four 12 packs of water I ordered in the Fun Shops. The cabin steward was very nice and friendly but inquisitive as to why I wanted so much water. The desk was full of water. Since I was in a handicap cabin, there was tons of space to move around but that also meant the same for water in the shower. There’s no lip to handicap bathroom showers and so when you take a shower you end up washing the whole bathroom floor too! That was a constant pain but the steward left extra towels knowing I’d need them to mop up the excess water. Read entire member review >>
we were close to elevators in middle of ship so we had a great location. room size as expected. small counter, bathroom small but adequate. toilet will scare the crap right out of you first time you flush. Read entire member review >>
Our cabin was inside on the main deck (M239). Clean, comfy, with adequate storage. Luggage easily slides under the beds when unpacked. The bathroom was very nice with a good size shower. No storage so be sure and bring one of those flat shoe organizers to hand over the door … highly recommended. The room has a small flat screen TV, phone, 4 door closet, safe, drinks for sale and a bucket of ice that was filled twice a day. Several reading lights in the room so you don't need to bring one of those like some have suggested. It only has one power outlet so bring a power strip. Read entire member review >>