Carnival Cruise Line Complaint - It's not fair to say it's just Carnival !!
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA -- I am sitting here reading so many complaint's about Carnival. Comments as "Don't sail Carnival". Those must be from others who are not reading all the review's. From what I can tell, it's not only Carnival but all of the cruise lines, maybe more because Carnival carries more passenger's then the others. I have sailed 11 times all on Carnival, my most recent cruise was this month, it was on the Carnival Miracle on December 9th. The only real cruise I can say that I had no issues with was on the Sensation 10 years ago and that would have been my 1st cruise. The reason I can say I had no complaints is because it was my first, I didn't know what to expect or how things ran.
I have since cruised 10 more times and each time I feel my self finding more and more things wrong with the company or the way things are done. That is because I compare it to my previous cruises. A cruise is what you make of it and how you handle problems, you figure there are 2,000 + guest's on board and you are bound to have some issues. Was this cruise the best one, you may be asking? By far it was not.... there were some issues and I will bore you with them but what could be fixed was and what could not be fixed wasn't.
First, I must say that the Miracle has been my favorite ship in all. Just a great ship, no NEON lights. I did occur some issues, but minor ones. They should have advertised this cruise as a Geriatric Cruise, as it was mostly seniors. Not enough places open for breakfast and lunch with only the lido deck buffet being opened, no problem getting the food, the problem was getting a seat, get your food and have to walk around for 15mins trying to find a seat. As a veteran cruiser I have come to learn to expect that while on a cruise, however a ship with all older people who are only there to eat, casino and of course play bingo. If they would have only had a bingo from 12p-3p during the lunch time, it would have been empty and seat's would be easy to find.
During the 2nd night on the cruise we ended up sailing through Tropical Storm Ulga and due to the high winds the wind some how found a way through a crack in the door connecting the two rooms and was making the loudest whistle noise. At 5am after laying there for 2 hours wide awake I got up and called the Purser's desk and it was fixed within 20 mins. I was surprised. The only major issue I can see was the cheap luggage tags that they provide you to use on the last night of the cruise.
These were something new since the last time I sailed on Carnival wich was only in March 2007. I had two bags and they gave me 5 tags, I should have used each and every tag, as the one on each bag went missing during the transport from the cabin to the warehouse. They are all done by numbers now and not by colors. So, one of my bags ended up in an area for bags with no I.D. and the other one ended up somewhere else in the warehouse, not sure where because a very friendly Carnival Employee found it and returned it to me. I feel that it is a hit or miss with any cruise no matter what cruise line. So go, ignore all the complaints and whinning of the previous reviews on here and have a great time, it will be what you make of it.
If it end's up being a bad experience just choke it up as that and move on. I would recommend staying away from the older ships, Holiday and the Celebration as they are nothing like the newer one's. Also, one more comment and that would be if you end up in St. Lucia on any cruise they have a excursion called "Beach escape to Magical Marigot Bay" I must inform you that this is in no way a "BEACH" but a boat launch. Very disappointing. But, we made our selves have fun and ended up enjoying it, what can I say I learn from experience. Enjoy !!!