Embankment was not too bad as we had a disabled person in our group so didn't have to wait too long. As we knew we would have to wait for our room and suitcases, we packed our swimwear in our carry on bags, so after a bite to eat, managed to find some sunbeds to chill out whilst waiting for our cabin to be ready. We were on deck 8c which was quite spacious with plenty of cupboard space the only problem is that you can constantly hear furniture being moved around on the lido deck which was above. Very clean and steward very nice and helpful.
We optdid for 2nd sitting in the Monet restaurant. We were sown to our table on our first night and what a disaster, it was so dark that you couldn't even read the menu, we complained so they gave us a torch we laughed at this as how are you supposed to eat your meal in the dark . We asked to see the head waiter who eventually moved us to a more appropriate table for the rest of our holiday which was very nice. Except the next night our table was occupied by someone else. We again complained and after much discussions with the head Maitre de, we were given yet another table for the night plus 2 bottles of wine for our inconvenience. The food was nice but never very hot, and we were never asked if we wanted coffee after our meal.
We tried the buffet restaurants a few times for lunch and breakfast which was a nice change, we always managed to get a seat. The only problem we found is that their policy for people to cover up whilst in the restaurant was never adhered to. There were many young girls wandering in the restaurant in skimpy bikinis.
The other policy that we found that the ship did not adhere to was elegant night. As I have been on other cruise ships where elegant night consists of men wearing tuxedos, we thought that this was the case, I even e mailed the ship for confirmation but very disappointed to find that hardly dressed up, hence all our evening wear didn't get worn as we felt too overdressed. I think they should decide not to bother with elegant night as it is a waste of time. There were many people wearing shorts and t shirts with flip flops, not very elegant.
As it was the Americans spring break there were many young teenagers running around unsupervised getting drunk and very rowdy. There was a few occasions when people returned onto the ship after a day off the ship were returning to the ship in a wheel chair, totally paralytic drunk and sick.
Overall our cruise was ok, made the best of things but certainly would not cruise on any carnival ships again