This was a last-minute cruise for my husband and me. My mother-in-law had recently passed away, so we joined 8 other family members who had booked months earlier. We thought it might be nice to be together and celebrate her life.
We chose an ocean view cabin. Usually we do balcony, but for the price, we thought we would try it. It was not bad at all. The window had a very deep windowsill that you can sit in and watch the waves. The storage was very limited, but we made do. On embarkation day, when entering our cabin for the first time, I couldn't find the ice bucket. I looked in the fridge for possible ice, then noticed the ice bucket was in there along with some 2-3 day old parfaits. It was never cleaned. Seemed every day, our steward did the minimum. Empty trash and make beds. On Day 3, he took one of the used cups in the bathroom and never it replaced the rest of the cruise.
I have often joked about Carnival being the Walmart of the cruise industry because of the lack of courtesy and respect for personal space from other passengers. Not to mention lack of dressing appropriately in a public place. This trip went to a whole new level of rudeness. I understand people are excited to get back out and cruise. But that does not mean that it's ok to just act like you are the only one that matters on the ship. Respecting others' personal space was mostly nonexistent. There were so many obese people on this ship, you were constantly being bumped or pushed. Even if accidently. We had people take chairs from us when we were clearly still using them, reach over our plates at the buffet and most irritating of all, take the elevator from a higher floor down to 1, just to be able to get an ascending elevator. I can't count the times when trying to get to a higher floor from 1, the elevator would come down 100% packed and no one got off. Once on the elevators, no matter what time of day they were packed. I remember being on one the last sea afternoon and noticing I could feel other peoples breath entering my body. Hello COVID.