As past cruisers on Home Lines and Norwegian, we were curious about Carnival. When a 1 night Cruise to Nowhere came to our town, we were excited. We went with a number of our friends and booked our rooms close to each other. While our rooms were close, the seatings for each of the couples was at a different location. We had all requested the late seating assuming that if we wanted to stay together, we would want to eat together. Wrong!!! We did get them to make us a table for six couples as soon as we got on the ship. The ship was beautiful, but didn't offer a deck that went around the entire ship. The food for lunch was of poor quality. We were patient waiting for dinner. The service was terrible, the timing was horrible, and they slapped food down and yanked it up not noticing what the rest of the people at the table were doing. We all arrived together, but the food was never served at the same time. While some were eating salads, the others were on their main courses. The waiters spoke barely a word to us the entire evening. The next morning, one of the couples was 1/2 hour late getting to the table and they were refused breakfast even though, breakfast was being served in other areas of the same dining room. After the dinner, our waiters scurried away for the evening "show". After experiencing the first class dining shows at Norweigan, we were hopeful. It ended up looking as if it was thrown together at the last minute. I believe, that our group could have come up with something more entertaining.Overall, the ship was beautiful, the rooms were a bit small in compared with Norweigian and the old Home Lines. The room steward was very nice and did an excellent job on the room. Fortunately, being with friends, makes even a bad experience, fun. We did enjoy our evening. While others in our party who have not cruised before were all in all happy with their experience. It helped make me decide that in the future, I won't do a longer than one or two day cruise with Carnival.
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