Carnival has started cutting back on several things.
Carnival Freedom Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Sail Date: April 09, 2016
Ship: Carnival Freedom
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 8284
Traveled As: Large Group
Reviewed: 1 year ago
You know how when you go to McDonalds and your Egg McMuffin looks smaller than it used to? Well Carnival appears to be following suit, they are cutting back or eliminating several things that they used to have. Here is a short list of my complaints.
---No more chocolates on your pillow at night.
---No more Carnival Legends show (where the passengers perform).
---No more Welcome Back Captain's party. (Only Diamond & Platinum now)
---The service in the dining room is slow, especially on Formal nights.
(Also, I wish they would enforce the formal dining room dress code! It ticks me off when my group dresses in suits and tuxedos and formal dresses and we see people with jeans on formal night.)
---Most shows are amateurish and not near as good as they used to be.
In my opinion the only thing that Carnival has that most ships don't is the big movie screen on the top deck. If most other cruise lines had the big screen I probably wouldn't sail on Carnival much anymore. Carnival is the "trailer park" of the industry and you even notice that by looking around at the passengers with all the tattoos and body piercings and bad behavior. Cruising used to be a special kind of thing but it's really not on Carnival anymore. It's like comparing a business class flight to a trip on a greyhound bus. I give them 3 stars because a mediocre cruise beats being at home any day! I have been on NCL, Royal Caribbean, and Holland America and I am going to start cruising with them again. This was my 6th Carnival Cruise and my 13th cruise overall.
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Any cruise is better than staying at home but Carnival is not as good as they used to be. If you get a REALLY good deal on a Carnival cruise, take it but if the money is close to the same, I prefer Royal Caribbean, NCL or Holland America. (I haven't tried Princess or Disney yet but I plan to soon).