Sorry to hear you aren't going to get to experience the "Pearl". I'm sure you and your husband will have a great time with Carnival. One of the women I cruised with on the Pearl was a smoker. She wasn't able to smoke in the room (I'm glad of that...being a nonsmoker) but she was able to smoke any time on the port side aft. I don't believe any of the restaurants allow smoking...which seems to be the tend in all restaurants these days on land as well as at sea. Have a terrific cruise!