Let me say this and get it out of the way - embarkation and debarkation are a hassle, no matter how you slice it. So, once you come to grips with that you can enjoy your cruise.We just returned from the last Alaskan cruise of the season. We had a category 11 suite. We chose #7298 on the very aft (rear) of the ship. It was amazing - a completely separate living room, bedroom and dressing room all separated by doors. The rooms had floor to ceiling windows all the way with a wraparound balcony. The decor was lovely and in excellent taste (except for the rather unusual wall art). Italian glass lamps lit the rooms along with halogen ceiling lights that dimmed and perimeter florescent lighting creating all sorts of wonderful lighting combinations. The rooms were coved using gorgeous wood moldings in all the rooms.The bathroom was large with two sinks, a complete spa tub and shower and trimmed in beautiful granite.Surprisingly enough, the beds (really cots) were very comfortable and cozy. I compared our room to the regular category 11 and these rare rooms are by far superior.It was like a little home at sea and it seemed like I was on a very high end cruise ship.Dining: Again, once you get over the rather unusual art painted on the ceiling, and take the dining room as a whole, it's really quite lovely. The food for lunch and dinner was excellent - except the desserts, they could use some improvement. However, La Playa Grill on the Lido deck had quite wonderful desserts - go figure! Our waiter, Oscar, was fabulous and treated us like royalty.As far as breakfast goes, stick with La Playa grill - the breakfast in the dining room is not nearly as good as lunch or dinners.Twice we ate dinner in the Supper Club high up in the ship. It's worth the 20 extra dollars for sure. However, be prepared to spend at least two hours and be hungry!!!The ship never seemed crowded although it was full. Entertainment lacks big time. The quality of the shows were high school level. The onboard activities could really use a bit of sprucing up, in my opinion. However, I would not let this stop me from cruising on this ship again. I prefer to sit out on the deck with a good book.Shopping aboard was pretty decent - I sure spent more than my share. Overall, this is TOP FLIGHT for Carnival and was an absolute delight.BON VOYAGE
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