Hi all I have only cruised once before on carnival glory. We liked the cruise but felt the service was lacking in most areas. Seasoned cruisers on the ship said not to judge carnival based on this cruise as it was not normal for low quality service. We are planning to cruise this February. We are early 40s and will not be traveling with kids. We really enjoyed the shows, comedians, magician, etc. The only thing is they started to repeat the shows at the end of the week. Ports are not important at this time as we want to see it all lol. We're looking at the caribean for this February and wondering what are the differences between other cruise lines compared to carnival and which cruise line has the better entertainment. Any responses will be appreciated and will help us choose are next cruise. We have already booked harmony of the seas for February 2017 as a family reunion cruise. Thank you.
Your friend was correct in that you shouldn't judge a line on the service of a single cruise. Several reasons affect the attitude of a crew - especially an impending or recent major staff change. Normally, the service on Carnival, as well as most other lines, is very good to outstanding.
The Carnival cruises I have been on (3) have good "canned" shows that last about 30-45 minutes. Princess offered about the same. I have heard that Royal Caribbean offers Broadway shows, and Celebrity offers Cirque de Soleil shows.
RC is a little bit more expensive, and Celebrity and Princess are more expensive still.
It all depends on what you want to receive, and how much you are willing to pay.