Hubby, DD, and I were in a spa OV cabin, #11203, and my mom and our friend were in spa IS cabin, #11211. The location was great! We didn’t use the spa facilities very often, but I thought the proximity of 11203 to the Lido deck, Serenity area, and slides, was worth the extra $200 I paid for the 3 of us for the week.
Yes, I frequently caught a whiff of the infamous “smell,” particularly on decks 11, 10, and 12, but I wonder if I would have noticed it quite so much if I hadn’t read all the hype about it. Oh well! At least I knew what to expect so that hubby didn’t get blamed for it when I did smell it…at least he didn’t get blamed TOO often anyway!
Being all the way forward, our cabin did shutter and shake and rumble from time to time, particularly when we were entering or leaving some of ports. During this time, the picture above the bed would rattle against the wall and the hangers in the closets would tap on the doors. It didn’t bother me, though, because I’m used to way worse than that every night when hubby snores (the only comparable sound to his slumber I can think of is maybe a freight train…going through a long wide tunnel…while traversing a deep canyon…during an earthquake!)
As far as the ship’s rocking, this was my 7th cruise (6th with Carnival), and I have to say I didn’t feel any of the ship’s movement save for a few occasions, particularly when docked at Costa Maya.
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But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s start with embarkation day at Port Canaveral…
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RCI Brilliance of the Seas - Easter (March) 2016
Carnival Legend - June 2015
RCI Explorer of the Seas - Christmas 2014
Disney Dream - January 2014 (another partial review - sorry!)
Carnival Sensation (40th birthday!) - January 2013
Carnival Freedom - June 2012 (partial review)
Carnival Fascination - November 2011 (Review)
Carnival Legend - April 2011 (Review)
Carnival Dream - May 2010 (Review)
Carnival Inspiration - April 2010 (Review)
Carnival Glory - May 2009 (Review)
Carnival Celebration - Nov. 2004
Carnival Miracle - Apr. 2004
Carnival Fantasy - Feb. 2001
Big Red Boat - Nov. 1995