With all due respect, I question some of the issues in your review. First, if you have been on 4-6 cruises as you indicate in your "Experience", you would know that the $100 gratuity charge is common on most cruise lines. Also, on the past 12 cruises I have been on, I have never been told which lifeboat I would be assigned, just which muster station I had to report to. I have NEVER been seated at a table in the dining room (unless your talking about the buffet) before the table was cleared. I have also been able to request a table for two on all my past sailings although I may have had to wait, I always got one. "I know the cruise line has nothing to do with this, but your low prices draw undesirable passengers which made the trip horrific.". How did it make you cruise horrific? Did you read reviews prior to you booking?
Review by bmwh
In response to review, CrusinTim says ...
After reading your review I'm a bit confused on a few things. Your sail and sign card has your muster station printed on it and you have to go to a muster drill before the ship leaves port. How can you not know where to go? When you booked the cruise didn't you tell your booking agent that you wanted a table for just 2 ? Maybe the other 4 people at the dining table were stuck with you. Auto tipping has been around for years on most of the major cruise lines, when was the last time you cruised and what line had you been on before?
Yes Carnival has low prices, the price was low enough to get you on the ship was the same price for every other cabin. The low price attracts as you put it "undesirable passengers". Maybe the majority of passengers found you to be a undesirable. (I also notice you were in a lower category inside Cabin) Carnival is called the floating Walmart for a reason.
I have cruised from Carnival to Celebrity and most of the major cruise lines. I have managed to have a great time on all of them. I set my expectations to the line that I'm on. I do not expect Carnival level food on Celebrity just as I do not expect Celebrity level lectures on Carnival. I do expect a good vacation no matter what line I'm on.
In the future I suggest you work with a good Travel Agent so you can ask about your fellow passengers (so they will be desirable to you), ask about the food and arrange for a table for 2. It sounds like you did not know what you were in for with a short Carnival cruise and you should stick to the more premium cruise lines.
A cruise like anything else takes a bit of research before going so you know what you will be in for.
I am surprised that after having taken at least four previous cruises that you do not know enough to do some minimum research before taking your cruise. I have never sailed on this ship but I am high up the ladder on Carnival. Although you did not enjoy your cruise, think how very lucky you are to have children who love you enough to spend a lot of money to send you on this cruise. I hope that you didn't complain to them too much about the cruise.
Hey everyone, let's watch the name calling, please. Everybody has a different viewpoint or opinion and deserves respect. Thanks!
As others have pointed out, if you have taken 4-6 cruises you should know that you are not told what lifeboat you will be in should that be necessary. Your sea pass card has your muster station (usually in very large block letters). That, and the mandatory muster drill at the very beginning of your cruise, are mandated. If you skipped out on that, I am surprised the ship crew did not come looking for you. All of my prior cruises, there is someone there who checks off our name as we head into the muster station.
The other point you and others have raised is that of the tipping process. Again, after that many cruises you should be pretty much used to the gratuity process. What what different about this tipping process that caused you such a headache?
We have moved away from cruising the lower-priced lines because of the number of families who frequent them, not because of anyone being undesirable. We simply prefer a quieter crowd with longer itineraries. The lower-priced lines usually stick with 7 day adventures.
Best of luck with future trips. Hope they go better for you.