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Don't pick on Carnival!

Don't pick on Carnival!
April 4th, 2013 3:00 pm     A+ | a-
Carnival seems to have become a easy target in recent months.  There is no doubt that they have had a couple of issues with some of their ships, but the other 88% of the fleet have been running very well.  Another way of putting this is that Carnival has about 1300 sailings every year.  If 4 out of the 1300 have issues, that is less than 1% of sailings
 
Every cruise line has experienced mechanical issue at one time or another.   Did Carnival handle the Triumph issue well?  Some will say yes, others will say no.  Regardless, Carnival AND all the other cruise lines are hopefully using what happened to the Triumph to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.
 
It is sometimes easy for us to just focus on the negatives.  But Carnival Cruise line has so many positive aspects to it.   They have done wonderful things with some of the older ships in the fleet.  Spending millions to add balcony cabins and water parks, new dining establishments, cabin upgrades, remodeled interiors, cove balconies.  The new ships are on the cutting edge with resort style features.  They continue to work on new entertainment ideas.   They added in the adult Serenity on all the ships and with its hammocks and private huts it is one of the best ideas that any cruise line has come out with. 
 
Are they perfect?  Are any of us perfect?  Of course not.  While I support many of the things they do, there are things that I am not happy with.  But I have a list for all the cruise lines out there.
 
For Carnival I would like to see them develop ships with fewer passengers.  They are doing a wonderful job converting the Destiny into the Sunshine.  But I think the number of passengers on the ship will make the experience less than what it could be.  And if anything unexpected happens then it could be another disaster.
 
The bottom line is that Carnival does provide one of the best cruising experiences out there.  Carnival employs some of the best entertainers and crew members at sea.  Many people choose Carnival as their favorite line and the cruise boards are filled with Carnival fans.   In fact you will probably find more fans of Carnival on the cruise boards then you will find for any of the other lines. 

Steve Millay, ACC
17 Comments:
Thomas B.
#1
April 20th, 2013 12:04 pm
Carnival just can't get it right. When it come to cruising, I think RCI is simply the better choice. Sure they are a little more expensive than Carnival, but like I always say, cheaper is not always best.
HOFFHACK
#2
April 20th, 2013 6:41 pm
RCI??? And sail on a 240,000 ton behemoth? No thanks!!! We are sailing on our 21st Carnival cruise in October, and our 27th overall, 3 on HAL and 2 on MSC. We have been on just about every ship Carnival sails out of Florida (most multiple times) I say, not only does Carnival get it right, they are the only ones who get it right for the vast majority of cruisers. Are they perfect??? No! But I hear many horror stories about RCI too!!! They do a fantastic job with keeping kids occupied (and out of the way) great entertainment, and food I will match with anyones, dollar for dollar!! Their Steakhouses are fantastic!!! When you are King of the hill, someone is always going to try and knock you off!!
BC Mom
#3
June 6th, 2013 2:06 pm
Just got off the Valor and it will probably be my last Carnival cruise. Tired of the constant drunks running around the ship at all hours. Had to call security twice during the 7 day cruise. The food has really gone downhill over the years. We have been on 6 Carnival cruises - will be looking for a new favorite to try... It is inexpensive - maybe that is the problem...
Jo
#4
June 17th, 2013 1:02 am
For Carnival, you have to pick the right cruise. Length and time of the year would be important. I would not go with carnival on a short 7-day cruise, otherwise you will run into some undesirable guests. With longer cruise, you'll find more matured guests. Also try slow vacation season. On my recent 15-night Carnival cruise to Hawaii, I have not encountered misbehaved guests and as a matter of fact, there were even very few kids onboard. We have cruised with Cunard, Holland America and Celebrity. Yes, the guests are more sophisticated on the other lines and all have their pros and cons. This was our first with Carnival and I will definitely not exclude it from my future cruising.
Tech Man Shy
#5
November 20th, 2013 6:43 am
Comment after comment I read RCI 240,000 ton behemoth. I'm a 18 time cruise veteran and I have been on these behemoths more than once and loved every minute of it. True they do require reservations for the shows do to the large amount of people on board but it's that big of a problem to deal with. You can do that from your stateroom on your TV.

Before I got on one of these behemoths I was thinking the same way, All I have to say is don't knock it til you try it.I had a grand time. And it's all about timing. knowing what to do and when to do it. Don't try to do everything at the same time everybody wants to do it and you will be fine.

I am already booked to get on NCL newest large ship the Getaway and can't wait til it launch. I must admit I have a fetish for new Ships. And as for Carnival. You need to know when to go and what Cruise to choose and which ship to get on.
Stollit
#6
December 19th, 2013 10:15 am
I just recently got off the Carnival Ecstasy and had to deal with raw sewage and fuel smell for the entire cruise, food has no flavor and service was horrible. You can tell that Carnival just wants ship filled despite the kind of clientele they are attracting. Ship is not always better - Carnival go back to being a little classy.
Nomad 07
#7
March 29th, 2014 12:21 pm
I have been on only one carnival cruise on the magic. Being a RCI loyalist I was skeptical but we ended up having a blast with some awsomeccouples we met. We enjoyed the ship and in general the service was OK! We are booked to Hawaii in December on the miracle and there again a little nervous after reading reviews but I think we will go.

As far as the behemoth RCI ships, we went out on the oasis last November and had a really enjoyable time. There were ups and downs but we had a great time exploring the ship.

We decided we would do it again but in a suite. The staff was much more friendly than on the navigator we went on in February. So I think it is what ship you choose and what attitude you get on with has all to do with a enjoyable cruise!
Randolph R Harris
#8
September 1st, 2014 5:57 pm
Every cruise line has experienced mechanical issue at one time or another.
Rose
#9
May 28th, 2015 8:45 am
I hate that people knock Carnival. My opinion is they do give the best cruise experience for the best value. I have been cruising since 1990 and I refuse to pay more money to sail on RCCL because they have so many bells and whistles for the kids. I am not a kid so who cares about zip line and flow riders. That is just an excuse for charging more money.

CCL has the best ratings for safety and health regulations of all the cruise lines. They have the most ships and the most itineraries. RCCL service leaves something to be desired as far as I am concerned. They seem to no care about the guest. NCL has an issue with food and service. So unless I am upgrading to a premium Cruise Line, Carnival is the best.

Paying more money does not mean you are getting a better cruise. Trust me there are drunk and disorderly people on every cruise line.
Raphael
#10
March 15th, 2016 12:00 am
I'd like to see them build larger suites - they are simply too small - way smaller than the competition.
Mdonofrio
#11
March 23rd, 2016 12:00 am
Some of you are suggesting smaller ships, then try the Seabourn Brand, some of you want larger, then wait for the Vista (only weeks now till it sails this summer on the Med) or try the Holland Konigsdam, or some of the new Princess or P&O ships, They (Carnival Cruise Lines, have multiple brands to suit the needs of most every customer. It's like the airlines, just because they buy a new 787 doesn't mean that they throw out a 737-500 (although most are being phased out). When something is depreciated to the point that it has no value, then the profits are rolling in (i.e. Ecstacy). However, Carnival tries to cover all the opportunities and some people just won't drive from Atlanta to Miami, and want to sail out of Jacksonville, or people want to go out of Charleston, or Tampa, etc (NCL example, try comparing the Star to the Escape), so the line is not synonymous with the ships, or the type of sailing. On a 3 day Bahamas weekend cruise, you'll find more "drunks" if you will than a 8 night Southern Caribbean on the Breeze, Vista, Sunshine, etc. So, take a chill, book and pay for what you want, and do your research, or better yet, ask your travel agent to do it for you and explain it. If they haven't cruised then find one who has the experience and has some sort of semblance of what you're looking for. Cheers.
Sunshine
#12
September 8th, 2016 12:49 am
I've been on several cruise lines over the years & Carnival is still my favorite. It's not just about the price either - their entertainment, cabin size, employees & food has always been better than most other cruise lines. And yes, they have had problems in the past, but so have other cruise lines. I love the fact that there is an adult only area on most of the ships, whereas most other cruise lines don't offer that unless you purchase the most expensive cabins on the ship. With Carnival, I can book my balcony with ease - order room service as much I choose & not have to spend a dime for it - enjoy the Serenity areas when I don't want to be around any kids - enjoy the menu & entertainment & still have enough money in my pocket to purchase some amazing things on the ports we visit.
Sunshine
#13
November 20th, 2016 10:39 pm
No matter how many cruises I've been on, Carnival will always be my favorite! Do they have problems from time to time? Of course they do - but so do ALL of the other cruise lines as well. As a travel agent, I can assure you that Carnival is definitely NOT the worst cruise line when it comes to kids being kids or even 'drunks' as a few of these comments have stated. I will never name names, but being on the complaint end of things, it's not Carnival! They have adult only areas when you need to get away from the young people & larger cabins than most cruise lines. The service is great & even though not every ship has A+ food, most of their ships have pretty awesome food! Just my 2 cents worth. Happy Sailing! :)
Cindy
#14
March 25th, 2017 9:50 pm
I will be going on my 4th cruise this summer and I love carnival..
Elaine
#15
May 3rd, 2017 1:30 pm
I have been on 6 Carnival cruises and loved every single one. I have cruised with my husband and also taken cruises with children and grandchildren, everyone has always had a blast. The staff has always been wonderful, service outstanding and good food. To me every cruise has different personality all it's own, unique. I currently have 2 cruises booked and am very much looking forward to them.
Julie
#16
May 9th, 2017 1:15 am
I went on my 1st Cruise on the Carnival Triumph. It was a 5 day cruise. I had the time of my life. ❤I LOVED IT❤!!!! The food was Amazing. The entertainment was AWESOME. The staff was WONDERFUL...Very clean and friendly people also.have my next Cruise planned for the Carnival Dream in April of 2018. And I can wait. ONE HAPPY CRUISER..THANKS CARNIVAL FOR an UNFORGETTABLE AND BREATHTAKING EXPERIENCE❤
Wayne
#17
June 20th, 2017 2:54 pm
I'm a Gold member on Carnival and I have never had a bad cruise. It's always been fantastic at every turn. Great food, great entertainment, great value. Nobody's perfect, and that being said, the cabin steward we had in May onboard the Liberty could have been more attentive. We hardly saw him at all but that's OK. I have been on 2 RCI short cruises. They were OK but certainly not over the top.
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