We love Big Ships! We LOVE Port Canaveral! We LOVE no COVID restrictions!!!
To be honest, we were a little leery of Carnival especially with our ages and the latest news clippings on the fighting etc. Our last few cruises have all been Royal and before that we were loyal to Celebrity. Both have been terrific and our last cruise on Carnival was more than 10 years ago and LOTS has changed in cruising and in our interests in these 10 years. We still had to sample Mardi Gras with its location and the new Excel class of ships, it was pretty much a slam dunk and even if it failed us, we knew we would have a good time, how can cruising be a bad time?
This was a cruise to bring in my celebration of 70 trips around our planet. I traveled with my wife (an A grade cruiser and my partner for 47 years) and 2 of my sisters whom we have cruised a lot with. My oldest sister has mobility issues and walks with a cane but tires easily. Carnival went way out of their way to be sure she was taken care of. They wheeled her on and off and we received kid glove handling all the way. My 2 sisters shared balcony room 114** and my wife and I, next door in room 114**. They were located aft close to the elevators and we couldn't have asked for better accommodations at the pricing ($2600 per room for 2 people including gratuities) We booked in January of this year and all the prices did was go up after that time. The ship sailed with 5800 pax and was full. It handled the crowds better than Royal and that is saying a LOT!