Little about us, my Wife and I are 37 with a 5 year old. We left our son at home this time. We have 7 Carnival cruises 7 Royal and 2 NCL. We both prefer Carnival. We booked a Havana Cabana last minute the beginning of July for a price we just could pass up. I was fairly certain the cruise was going to happen. As word started to spread about the Delta variant I started to get nervous that they would change things up. Well I am very thankful that we got the last cruise in before the changes. It would have been a huge fight between my wife and myself if we had to make the decision to wear mask or not.
We had an excellent cruise! Honestly if I complain any I am mostly just nit picking because we had such a wonderful cruise. I have honestly never seen a more happy crew. The were all so honestly happy to be working and it really showed. They made the trip for us and sort of put things in perspective. We did not do the MDR room although heard the service had greatly improved from what I read about previous cruises. We ate in all the specialty restaurant's and they were all excellent. It was so nice sailing a ship that was not at full capacity with limited kids. My wife being a teacher and running a summer program we are forced to cruise in August so we have our fair share of packed cruises with plenty of kids. The ship never felt crowded, we never fought to get a seat anywhere.
We had the cheers package and somehow manage to hit our 15 drinks just about everyday. We spent a lot of time at the Alchemy Anna and Oscar really made it a great cruise for us. Pig and Anchor was also a highlight and we spent a ton of time there. In the Havana this cruise the service was great! There was also somebody that did nothing but police, making sure everyone was a Havana guest. This was something that changed since our last cruise but a nice touch. We made use of our Cabana and it was a nice touch but we will probably never splurge like that again.
The only thing I can really nit pick about was the entertainment. We have seen all the shows in the past and loved them but they just didn't do it for us this cruise. With just a few ships sailing I figured they would have the best of the best entertainers on the ship. We were not impressed with the singers on this cruise. There was a TON of comedy on the ship. I mean just about all day and all night. The comedians were just ok and one was down right bad. With that being said there was always plenty to do and we were always entertained.
I know some people want to hear this so I will touch on it a bit. There was very little mask being worn on the ship. I would say maybe 1 out of 20 passengers decided to wear a mask. They were keeping the ship very clean. They did not seem to be enforcing hand sanitizing at all. If the crew did not have mask on we would have never known we were cruising during a pandemic. Which was just fine with us. It was nice to just forget about it all. Did not hear and reports of Covid on the ship.
The ports were kind of a miss for us but that is ok. We were perfectly content chilling in the Havana are taking advantage of our cheers package. Debarkation was the smoothest easiest we have ever dealt with. Embarkation was a little bit of a mess. We showed up right at our check in time of 11 and there was a line couple hundred yards long. Things moved fast though and we were on the boat by 1130. It was about 930 when we walked off and there was already a long line to get on the boat.
This was really a great cruise. I would say it is right up there with our best ever. I know it probably spoiled us for when things get back to normal. If you guys have any questions I will do my best to answer them.