Mom is in her 70's and has been wanting to cruise - but not for many days, and no flying to ports. Carnival fit the bill, and securing a balcony to accommodate her smoking was reasonably priced.
Embarkation- Mom used a mobility scooter and EVERYONE went out of their way to give assistance, resulting in a very quick and easy trip!
First Impression: we stepped onto a lively scene, music pumping and somewhat forced party atmosphere. We were ther just befor 1pm and were able to drop our bags in the room, though it was still being cleaned.
Just off elevators, good for accessibility with scooter. Close to pools, buffet, and balcony was cozy. Shower nicer than I expected and was good and hot always. Music from Atrium plays loudly until 11:00 or 12:00 every night, which is very audible in room. The ambient noise helped me to sleep, but it could keep others awake. Our mobility scooter fit comfortably in the room, just had to negotiate the narrow doorway and the raised threshold.