Well since you asked how the recent experience was I'll tell you. Me and my wife have sailed with carnival before. The first time we went on a different boat and boy was it a blast. I had never experienced so much fun in my life. I mean the food was great, the ship was awesome, the people were cool and so as the crew too. I mean it was perfect.
NOW YOU MIGHT WANNA READ THIS EVEN THOUGH ITS LONG
I am not telling you this to spoil your time.
When I had got to the port, the embark process was super fast as normal.
First thing I wanted to do was taste some good food. There was only 3 things opened which was fine. New York Deli, and 2 bars that had the same food. Well I ate and it was like eating a day old McDonalds. Then we went to our room and the room smelt so soured "like old bleach rags"
And the room was like a old roach hotel. I mean it was nasty and ran down. I immediately called carnival on the phone and they told me to contact the guest services. Well I went also with family members. O ya this was a balcony room on the lido deck. So not a cheap room like 1400 dollars for 2. Well my family also had balcony rooms but not the same floor. THERE ROOM WAS VERY NICE AND UPGRADED. They had a flat screen tv and new everything! Just like our first cruise, we were so mad. So we had old everything and had even payed considerably more money. I went down to guest services, told them every thing. AND THEY DONE NOTHING. no credit, only thing they done was send some one up to re clean the room.
Well time passed the food was the same the whole time on the ship for some reason. Last cruise the food changed all the time and was very good. This time it SUCKED. So we said we will eat the dinner at night, cause its usually very very good. We went to that and man o man it was so..... SUCKY.. It was awful. Take that back only thing was good was the warm chocolate melting cake.
This was my experience with the ship. The port we went to was the cayman islands which was awesome and Jamaica. Jamaica was awful except dunn river falls. Jamaica was like those commercials of starving kids needing money to eat but this was like that but begging for money. Our taxi driver was smoking dope and drinking a beer. But this isnt carnivals fault. only everything else. STILL to this day, I cruised on DEC 1st 2012, I have not got any money back or credit or anything.
There excuse was that they are upgraded the ship and have not upgraded those rooms yet.
That makes no since to pay more money and have a old ran down room.
Words of wisdom cancel this cruise and go with a different ship. Inspiration is a good one.