if you are taking a small 3 nights cruise with a day out on any port, its better to save on cabin with lower price -inside or ocean view. You hardly would have time to enjoy a suite or balcony in such short time space.
We got a room on the middle of the boat near the bottom because I read that you wouldn't feel the rocking as much there and it was very convenient. It was right next to the elevator so it was easy to get to anything on the boat and the movement of the boat was less noticeable there.
-Bring a sweater for the nighttime, it might get chilly until you get the party started, especially if you have a balcony
-If you can, get to the dining room as early as possible, as you will get the best service and you will get out earlier and have more time to have fun and see the entertainment
Mediterranean buffet for breakfast and lunch, tons of undiscovered seating upstairs with lots of windows too. Deck 5 is only deck that you can go front to back of boat without changing floors. We would take the room corridor on deck 7 from our room to the back of the ship and down the stairs to the pacific Dining room. Faster and less traffic. Take stairs and forget the elevators when you can.
UNDERPACK.....UNDERPACK!!! If you have to get some stuff laundered there is self-serve launderettes on board or you can send it to be done...and this wasn't very expensive. For $10 or so I got 3 or 4 outfits washed folded and delivered to my room....it really saves a lot of room in the suitcase..
Remember, If your are going to anytime dining, go down to deck 3 in the glass elevators. cross the main lobby and enter just aft of the stair case. The only way in to the lower ding room is from the main lobby on deck 3.
If you order from room service, don't hesitate to order from the "pay extra" page. The value is far greater than the extra you pay. Same way with dinner. If you don't see what you want on the featured menu, order from the $20.00 menu. The value received far exceeds the extra cost.
Buffet in the back of ship is better then the stations by the pool. Omelette station was better for breakfast then the stations near the pool. Deli station was good. Gratuities are rolled into every drink you buy. Carnival puts gratuities on your bill of $60 per person for room staff.
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