Review by jccandice2
In response to review, JenRD94 says ...
I'll be on the Splendor in Oct.
I'll post a review then. This could be our last trip on Carnival
The OP was on the Sensation. I will be on the Splendor in Oct. I have been in Carnival in the past, as recently as 2011 on the Glory. Over at the Carnival website, there are constant complaints about poor service and food quality. In recent years we have cruised a lot on NCL, and we have always been very pleased.
As far as children being unsupervised, I have said this over and over; the problem is, some parents, when they take their children on vacation, take a vacation from their children. I might add, I was on the Breakaway in Feb. when the young boy drowned in the pool. He was, unsupervised.
No lifeguards necessary.
if someone were to get hurt with a lifeguard on duty, THEN the ship would have to assume liability.
people don't seem to understand that
1. Cruise when kids are in school.
2. The adults only deck
3. Try a higher level cruise line
4. Less kids on longer cruises.
One time we made the mistake of going on a school Holiday weekend on NCL and had over 800 kids on the ship.
As others have stated, a lot of the experience can be subjective.
15 of our 61 cruises so far have been on Carnival (including two on Carnival Sensation, most recently earlier this year). While some of the crew members we’ve encountered have been less then friendly, by far most of them do an outstanding job. And we’ve never had any trouble finding a wide variety of high quality, delicious food to choose from on Carnival.
In Nassau, our elderly parents have never had any trouble finding free rides (tips appreciated) between the ship and port facilities.
Regarding all the kids, I guess we go into it knowing what to expect. The shorter cruises on older ships attract a lot of families and sailing in the summer increases the number of kids exponentially. And yes, we too have seen many, many times when the adults have clearly taken a vacation from doing anything remotely resembling parenting when it comes to their kids.
Try the newer Carnival ships like the Breeze and the Sunshine. We had a great experience on the Liberty.