My wife and I had a nice time. It was our first trip in a long, long time for just the two of us...aka: no kids in tow!
A few things: we booked a Spa Cabin (11234) and did not utilize a bit of it. Sad but true, we just never took advantage of what was offered. So we needlessly spent money on an 11th deck cabin. Our fault...but oh well. lol. But the Spa Pool sure would feel nice after the long plane ride home.
We did note a rather bad odor on our floor in the hallway...not in our area but close to the Waves Pool.
Food was decent for the most part. Service and the entire crew were outstanding!
It was a bit much to have to deal with some of the rude beavhior of some of the fellow passengers...but that happens. Never before have I seen an approximate 12 year old boy spit down on other passengers. Nor had we ever experienced a 8 or 9 year old girl telling her friends it was time to go "mess with people." And then there were the teenage males in the Main Dining Room on one of the formal nights wearing basketball shorts with their underwear showing. Manners are at a premium sometimes.
The comedy shows were tons of fun and the main show room had some nice, creative shows as well.
The last night, riding up the tail of Hurricane Irene made for a very bumpy ride. Especially in our cabin on Deck 11 Forward. Next trip I think we will simply book ROS for the best rate and be happy with a cabin mid-ship on a lower floor.
All-in-all a nice time. We took advantage of putting down a deposit to gain cabin credit on a future cruise. We did this EVEN with the ship rocking and rolling from the big ol' waves of the rough weather.
I can't remember which night it was, but one night seemed like a total dud from an activity standpoint. No professional entertainment to speak of and no comedians. A "wind-down" night I guess. But we were not in a "wind-down" mode...that is why we came home: to wind-down.
As far as the ports. No big deal to us. We have been to Cozumel three times now. This was the first visit to the new dock and it, like all the other ports, seem to be very Disneyesque in their bright colored, pristine nature. And of course all of the ports seemed to have the same "Carnival Approved" merchants. It was pretty much as case of, if you've seen one port you've seen them all. Our table mates booked all their excursions separate from Carnival and did have some nice adventures.
My wife and I were mostly into going to the beach during this trip and Mahogany Bay filled the bill nicely for us. We did book one beach excursion in Cozumel through Carnival. Saw a couple dolphins playing in the sea on the boat ride over. Had a decent buffet lunch and a few adult beverages included in the price. But it was really not worth the 140 bucks or so we paid for the two of us.
It was a relaxing time for both my wife and I that now seems to have gone by way too fast.
Bottom line is it was a nice vacation and we would book this ship again but on its Eastern voyage.
But the likelihood is that we will book on either the Carnival Magic or the Carnival Breeze. Though the Oasis of the Seas and the Allure of the Seas remain ships that are "must cruises" for us one these days.
Until Royal Caribbean becomes price competitive with the Oasis or Allure we will stick with the biggest ships that Carnival offers.