Sorry you had a bad experience. Give cruising another chance, and consider a different cruise line and itinerary next time.
Review by jasonz316
In response to review, SimonCommunity says ...
Welcome to the world of cruising and thanks for posing your review here. Yes, all is never perfect on any vacation. I think that you might consider other cruise lines like HAL or Celebrity. Carnival has a reputation as a party cruise line.
Sorry your dream cruise did not go well. If I may second Gloria's suggestion that if you give cruising a second chance you will look into some of the more premium lines like Celebrity or Holland America Line. I may also suggest since your new to cruising that you work with a good travel agent that you can explain to what you want your cruise to be and what you do not want it to be.
The short inexpensive cruises do get a clientele of anybody that can scrape together a few hundred dollars to go on it. Lots of young party animals. I call Carnival the floating Walmart. It is fun, but you need to know going in what you will get. I use Carnival for the short cruises but for anything longer then that I prefer to go with a better line.
If you can afford to go on a boutique line or a river cruise you will find different demographic of passengers. The better lines also have less people per tonnage of ship so it is not so crowded.
As JusMe stated, I would also Strongly suggest that on your next cruise,"and I really hope you take the next cruise". Please visit a reputable travel agent. Experience from cruising and discussions on this site convinced me to spend the time planning exactly what I expect from my vacation. I personally enjoy cruises that last up to 3 weeks. As Gloria suggested, look into higher priced lines as the demographics may be more suited to your needs and expectations. I was very na¯ve about my first cruise, but Betty, our consultant, was so thorough in the planning and budgeting that we ran out of questions and concerns long before departure.
Welcome to this site and I hope you enjoy your next cruise.
Jasonz316, thanks for the honest review. I agree with, Jusme, Glomarrone and Johngold. Try a different cruise line. I prefer Holland and Princess, Celebrity is a very nice line. Welcome to the site.