Embarkation was a breeze. We arrived by private car at around noon on Saturday. We were in our cabins by 12:30. My husband and I had a suite on the Empress Deck, 2 inside cabins, and 1 balcony for the remainder of our group. All the cabins were nice but ours was just amazing. It was truly nicer and more functional than a lot of hotel rooms I have stayed in. I will say this--the photos on the Carnival site depicting this room are completely accurate. I don't think I could sail again unless it was in a suite. Well worth the money.
Our steward could have been better. My niece had better steward service in her inside cabin than we did in our suite. Out of 5 nights, we only received turn down service for 3 which led to us not receiving Carnival Capers for following day. She also charged us twice for bottled water in the room. When I asked her about this, she said she would look into it. The charge is still there. I am going to contact Carnival about it.
On a high note, the food was excellent no matter where you ate. We were in the Atlantic main seating. Our wait stafff of Dar and Liviu were absoultely incredible. We never wanted for anything. Many nights, they would suggest ordering 2 of the dinners to compliment each other. Dar used to encourage us to try more than 1 appetizer. Outstanding describes them both. They do a great song and dance routine on most nights as well. They truly love what they do. The Mediterranean restaurant (buffet) was also very good. The kids loved the 24 hour pizza and ice cream. I could not find one thing to complain about as far as the food. Drinks were good, but a little strong. I love mixed drinks but most were just too strong to have more than 1. On our last night there, I found a drink that was very good--Kiss on the lips. This is peach schnapps with mango. Very good.
The shows were very good. The comedian, David Saygh was outrageous. The sing a long bar with Cam was out of this world. Dana, the cruise director was hilarious.
All in all, we had a tremendous time. If you have any questions, I would love to help you out because I had a lot of help from this site. We were glad we brought the bungee cords (keep door opened), I wish I had brought along our own bottled water, and just so you know, no one checks anything. We got off the ship in NY and breezed through customs. Same thing boarding. Thanks to all of you for making our first cruise so great!! I am already checking out the Caribbean for next year!!