I am comparing my experience to the review written by glomarrone. The description of the decor is quite accurate - a change from the often loud and sometimes distracting decor on other Carnival ships. The design of the Buffet was a pleasant change from the often drab settings, and there was better use of space to include breakfast bar type seats across the width of the restaurant; however, there is always the lingering problem of those who use the dining space for playing cards, reading books while viewing scenery, etc. Many passengers have to hold a table to assure that food will still be hot when finding a place to sit.
A new feature of the ship is the lanai, a walkway around deck 5, over the lifeboats. While it makes for a nice track to walk around the ship, and includes more lounge chairs and occasional hot tubs positioned partway over the edge of the deck, it can also be annoying to those who have balconies just above it. We were on deck 6 forward. We would normally be able to sit on the balcony with privacy, but we had people waving good morning, or we had to listen to the squeaks of athletic shoes as people walked or ran on damp decks. We would normally be able to look straight down at the ocean, but now my husband considers this an obstructed view. The lights on the rail were illuminated all night, so the view of a dark sky to gaze at stars or watch for passing ships was not there.
Carnival seemed to have their cabin stewards spread too thin, since we didn't even meet our steward until the third day of the cruise, after numerous calls to Guest Services and leaving a note on the bed about the lack or beach towels or robes, which are normally provided in the room.