Lindalee23 I have not been on that ship. I have been on the Spirit and the Pride when are the same class. We like 8h It is on the top aft just below the lido deck. It is easy to walk up to the lido and get a cup of morning coffee (I get up a lot earlier than my wife). It is a straight shot down to the main dining. It is at the opposite end of the main show room, however you are going to do some walking no mater where you are.
I just tried to look at a deck plan and they seem to be locked up on the Carnival site for some reason.
8C is a cabin category. It depends on the ship as to what categories of cabins it has. You can have an 8A, and 8B, or and 8C. Even an 8D or 8M. They are all "8" so they are the same as in size or having a balcony. The letter has to do with the specific location on the ship. An 8A balcony cabin is on a lower deck, where an 8C may be on a higher deck or in a more desirable (to some) location.
Typically Carnival has category 4 cabins which are inside, category 5 and 6 which are standard outside cabins, the category 8 and 9 balcony cabins, and so forth. Suites used to be category 11 and 12 but they have gone on to different identities, such as GS (grand suite). Just go to the Carnival website and look at the ship deck plans.
Pam...I have been on 15 Carnival cruises...and when I hear a category like 8c...I scratch my head...but if you tell me Riviera deck inside forward...or even the cabin number I can look it up on a deck chart and see it..
I do always look at what is above me. Ask if it looks like it could be something that could cause a loud noise (ie..do not get under the disco.)
Like I say, on my first cruise on the Conquest we were under the kitchen, and we did hear some noise. But, also know there are not a lot of things over the rooms that will cause a lot of noise.
But, I have been right next to the elevator and never heard a sound.
Also...know that the higher the deck, the better it is considered, but with elevators you can go anywhere. So the lower decks will be less, while decks near the Lido deck will have a higher rate.
I love cruising and since my first have found it is the only way to travel.
And lindalee, I would book tomorrow for a cruise next week if I could. But mostly I look for deals. We don't have another cruise booked yet and I'm getting antsy. I wish we had done this years ago when we had more money but no time. Now we have the time but not enough money!!
I tend to book as far out as I can, as soon as I can commit 100%. My last trip I booked 6 months in advance because I wanted 2 connecting staterooms - they tend to sell out at least 6 months in advance.
I also book my flights as early as I can - as soon as the schedule opens for the range of dates so they have the cheapest seats.
I book when I get cold! Live in an area with winter snow and hate being cold! So I research a cruise, dream of warmer days and countdown the days. The holidays are always a busy time for the cruise lines, so I would suggest booking out as far as you can so you can get the cabin of choice. If you wait that cabin might be gone. I love the aft balconies and always need to book them early on. Have fun on your first cruise. You are aware that this is an addictive behavior and there is no cure.