Unfortunately, YOU chose to book a cabin on the lowest possible deck the ship has to offer. The deck under your cabin I can expect that there was some sort of crew WORKING area like engineering since the deck above that (the Riveria-Deck 1) is where passenger cabins start. I wouldn't be so quick to blow off Carnival (sailed with them 5 times of 12 cruises and had no issues) but I would in the future, have deck plans open to view what is above and below you while you talk to your agent. And stay away from the lowest deck. Sorry but this one is on you my friend. ALL ships have cabins in locations that are less than desirable. It is up to you to research and book what you know you will be happy with.
Review by tberges0627
In response to review, CrusinTim says ...
Careful research is most important to accomplish before you book, particularly with respect to cabins. Following are a couple of relevant links to threads on our forum here, most posts provide good suggestions and words of wisdom.
This morning I was looking at a review of the Regal Princess where somebody just had a similar experience to yours with noise, this time from above, in their mini-suite. They weren't near as put off with their two week cruise in general as you appear to be but still the negative imposition upon their sleep quality was pretty bad.
What got me was they were on the Marina Deck, and condemned all cabins on the Marina Deck as being noisy. Now, that is not true. Obviously, they didn't do their homework before accepting that cabin assignment nor, for the entire cruise, did they take stock of how cabins were situated on that ship on the Marina Deck.
Fact is, not quite two thirds of the Marina Deck cabins are under the buffet, pool and other action areas on the Lido deck, some of which can be subject to a fair amount of noise. However, over one third of the cabins on the Marina Deck are forward and under the same layout of cabins on the Lido Deck directly above, they are very quiet.
Just so happened we got off the same ship just a month ago. We booked rather late and found that the only mini-suite to be had was on the Marina Deck. I could see it was under the Lido Deck tables and chairs, so declined. What I eventually booked was a "premium" mini-suite on the Marina Deck as far forward as one can go, but still under the Lido. Above us was an identical cabin, all was quiet and serene for the entire two weeks. Sure glad I paid attention to "location, location, location".
I can also suggest that you do not book cabins at the front of the ship, you hear the anchor go down every morning.... A ship cabin is like real estate... Location, Location, Location.
I would not give up on Carnival for one bad cabin. I would just be more picky on cabin location in the future.
Respectfully disagree with the anchor chain noise argument? You hear this used as reason to stay away from the bow location cabins quite often. Maybe I'm going deaf but I contend, in fact, you have to work hard at hearing the anchor chain in the morning? My gosh, one would think they drop it "every" morning, even when we are at a pier. In my opinion, nothing but a myth.
But really, even if it is heard, how often does the average cruise involve tender ports? Not that often. Actually, I prefer cabins forward of midship for a number of reasons. So our cabins are almost always the forward ones, the least of our concerns is hearing the anchor rode play out. The last cruise, a month ago, we were on the Regal Princess in a cabin as far forward as you can get, directly over the bridge, and I had a very hard time hearing the anchor during the rare occasions we dropped it.
If one wants to make an argument in this regard, the bow thrusters make a lot more noise. Same goes for the stern thrusters. Actually, some think the thruster noise is anchor chain noise. But even then, even before the anchor goes down, they are making the tenders ready, winches, cables etc. are making the most racket as the tenders begin to deploy and these noises are located more midship, yes, they stick those tenders out away from the hull even before the anchor lets go.
Furthermore, when they drop the hook at tender ports, it usually occurs after 8:00 AM , if I'm still cutting zzzs at that time, somebody please shoot me.
Kennicott the anchor woke up 3 mornings on a 7 day cruise on teh Glory I thought it was an earth quake, could hear every rung of that chain going out of the ship. Clang, clang, clang..........
As previously noted, careful research on cabin location and previous issues pays off in avoiding situations like this. When I am considering a specific cabin, I simply google the ship and cabin number. IF there has been trouble in that cabin, a search often provides a the history about it.
Cruise lines look for revenue for every square foot of a ship. They continue to make cabins available (despite past reports of problems) because people's threshold for tolerating noise varies greatly. What might bother one person isn't even noticeable to another.
As for anchor noise, there is something to the issue of bow cabins catching a lot of the noise of the anchor dropping. We just spent a month on the Island Princess on the Caribe deck (port side forward). We heard the anchor noise more this time around than we remember hearing on previous cruises. Did it ruin our vacation - heck no! I didn't even mention it in my reviews.