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.