You are right about this. I no longer take those three, four or even five day cruises that I used to take as last minute deals at very low prices. They are just party cruises. I recommended to neighbors that they take the short cruise that they wanted on RCCL, instead. Guess what? They had the same complaints about heavy drinking, loud yelling in the passage ways, passengers running down hallways, late night noise of TV and partying. But at least families who can't afford a longer cruise can take one of these shorter ones and enjoy it. Not for me, though. Thanks for responding. It is always fun to hear from you.
Although Carnival does have "Wal-Mart" prices, they make a serious, and somewhat successful, effort to deliver a high-value product.
Unfortunately, their discount prices tend to attract "Wal-Mart" clientele.
The last Carnival Cruise I took, the only serious complaint I had all had to do with other passengers -- people running up and down the hall shouting, lack of elevator and line etiquette, etc.
I had not noticed this problem on Princess, and I hope to miss it on Celebrity next year.