This was our (me and my husbands) 2nd cruise with Carnival. This time we cruised without the kids and chose a good time because there were far less children than in the past since it was during school. I brought my own but was somewhat annoyed by the large amount of children running about on the 1st cruise.
The embarkation process went fairly smooth. We were able to arrive much earlier than we were told to drop off our luggage. We left from the Port of Long Beach which is a very nice pre/post cruise area to stay in. Lots of restaurants.
The staterooms are spacious and nicely decorated. The beds are extra comfy and there is plenty of storage space. Our steward, Randall was nice enough and kept our stateroom immaculate. This time we got a balcony room for $50 more each which was well worth it. The only complaint about the stateroom was a funny noise that came from outside our sliding glass doors each night. Fortunately I brought my good ole Benadryl along so I slept like a baby regardless. The ship itself was clean and also nicely decorated. Not too gaudy or outdated.