Our Steward Henkey was amazing! Very nice and helpful! This review does not apply to him, I am simply speaking on the SHIP STATEROOM...great space but dingy Stale smell, needs carpet replaced, the cabinets are old and worn, shower door wouldnt stay shut, tv remote would not work properly, beds were old, smell of cigerette would come through our air vent, it was not good...linens were stale smelling, the furniture chairs were very stained and old ...was it worth the upgrade? Not really....The ship just needs to be redone thats a great big system to suck up all that smoke Read entire member review >>
For being a Grand Suite it was a tight fit for 5 people in one room. My wife and I shared the king bed, two kids had to share the pullout sofa (very tight fit), and one kid had a rollaway bed. When the beds were put away, there was plenty of room for all of us during the day, but after the first night the room steward left the beds made and unfolded making for a crowded feeling room (he put it away going forward). It has a second sink in the dressing area which came in handy. The balcony was wide enough for all 5 us to be out there at one time. Read entire member review >>
CABIN: GRAND SUITE EMPRESS Deck 7, #7306, MID SHIP.... This was my first time in a Suite. It has 2 twin beds (convertible to a KING) and a pull out sofa with a double bed. It is 345 sq. feet and appeared to be the width of two regular balcony cabins to get the idea of its size. For location purposes, it is directly center of the ship and a couple levels above the lifeboats with no view obstructions. The balcony is twice the width of a regular balcony and had 4 chairs and small tables. It has a very nice BAR area with glasses and multiple shelves. Most of the walls were mirrored which made the room itself feel even larger than it was. The usual amenities included a small stocked FRIDGE, SAFE, 32" flat screen TV, Robes. There is a separate changing area that connects the bathroom, and has a small sink.
The BATHROOM was VERY SPACIOUS all tiled with a nice SHOWER/JACUZZI TUB. The full stateroom itself appeared to be about the size of your average HOTEL room. We never had any problems with noise. Although I would settle for paying for a regular balcony or smaller stateroom, I could see grabbing a suite during one of Carnival's "more the merrier sales" with reduced costs for the extra two passengers. You could comfortably fit a family in one of these rooms and not be climbing over each other.
On a bad note: The pull out sofa was VERY uncomfortable. It had plank boards with a very thin mattress pad so there really was no give to the mattress at all when you slept on it. We ended up adding the extra Quilt and blankets we found in the closet on top of what was already there for extra padding. I was pretty surprised this was the type of sofa that was provided for 2 of the occupants in a "SUITE accommodation." Our third passenger would have benefited more from a roll-a-way bed to be honest. Read entire member review >>
Grand Suite - double balcony with loungers. Very large suite, 3 huge closets, more drawers than you could need. Large dressing area. Very large bathroom with full size whirlpool bath - very welcome after a long day doing excurions. Large king size bed - very comfortable.
Could not fault it and would highly recommend paying the extra for the luxury and comfort. Read entire member review >>