CrusinTim
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

Review by hopebelieve

First Time Carnival Experience

In response to review, CrusinTim says ...

Many people, when talking about Carnival cruise lines use words like "Walmart" or sentences like "You get what you pay for". If this is true, explain this to me, my wife and I did a 14 day Trans-Atlantic crossing on Princess this last April. The cost of the cruise (including port fees and taxes) was $949pp for an unobstructed balcony cabin. We were treated like kings and queens. No crew with poor attitudes. Food was good to great and the entertainment was excellent. So how does the definition of "you get what you pay for" or using the term "Walmart" come into the frame when it is obviously not about what you pay as much it is about the management of the crew aboard certain ships? You can sail on a ship this week and sail it again next month with two totally different experiences. Carnival is the most utilized cruise line when it comes to cruising so it is expected that there would be a lot more reviews of their ships so reading about poor cruises on their ships is more out in front. Of our last 12 cruises, 5 were with Carnival and we never had a bad experience. Even though some of the Carnival ships were better than others we had sailed, still never a bad cruise. We never dismiss Carnival as one of our choices when researching cruises. For everyone that complains not just about a bad Carnival cruise but for a poor cruise with any line, I can't help but wonder how many actually take the time to contact the cruise line to express their disappointment so they can correct the issue for future cruises. If past passengers had done this, maybe future cruises wouldn't have the issues. The unfortunate thing is many of us just get off the ship, post a review and move on so the cruise line may never be made aware of an issue on a ship. hopebeleive, I hope your next cruise is more to your liking. Even with the less than great experience you had on this cruise, you closed with the best statement " Never to allow this to ruin your vacation and simply make the most of it to have a wonderful time.".

Tags: Carnival Cruise Lines Caribbean - Eastern Carnival Conquest

6 Answers

cruznjan
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

Some of the bad-mouthing I've heard about Carnival came from people who never cruised on a Carnival ship. All my cruise buddies enjoyed Carnival.

Bubba54
Contributor Level: Captain

Thanks for the review. Hope the next cruise is better.

JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

I think they use the term Walmart to describe fellow passengers,  not so much the crew or the ship.   I call Carnival the floating Walmart..... not a bad place to shop for some things,  but not good on others,  like Carnival,  good for some things,  not good for others. 

If you have not cruised for a few years,  no line is what it used to be :-(

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

I am on Platinum level with Carnival.  Back in the 80s we brought our two kids on Carnival cruises.  They stayed in the room with us and all we had to pay for them was air fare, $99.  What an affordable vacation it was for the family.  We still cruise on Carnival.  We are quite happy with the food, service, entertainment and itinerary.  I feel that we get good value.  However, the shorter cruises are mainly party boats so I don't go on them now.  I still recommend Carnival to others.  One of my favorite ships is the Breeze.  I love the Caribbean decor.  Yes, like all ther cruiselines, Carnival is cutting back.  It has to in order to make money while still keeping prices down.  Passengers keep filling the ships, so they must be doing something right.

mcapozziello
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

I've done the various cruise lines. A while I decided to stick with Carnival. I take offense at the "Walmart class people" statement. I am a successful business owner. I try to cruise 3times a year. I have never had a problem fellow passengers on board a ship. I have met people that saved for 3 years to take the cruise. I met very wealthy people on board. All were very likable. This past trip there was 1 young couple smart mouthing the comedian but I think they were young-it had nothing to do with a "class" type of people. Your cruise is what you make of it. I have met many amazing people over they years. Happy cruising

BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

I am one who agrees with the "Wal-Martian" phrase.

I believe that Carnival has an outstanding product at an outstanding price, but the lower price brings a "lower class" of people (not talking economically, but socially).

I am not pointing fingers at anyone (I am a devout WalMart shopper), but the customer base, as a whole, is vastly different between Carnival and Princess, and I imagine on every other line.

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