We agree, Shawn Bussy is not our favorite cruise director !! Sailing on the Spirit twice in 5 months we had enough of her.
We are from Morgan Hill, retired to AZ. I have a daughter in Berkeley so we travel to CA quite ofter to see grandchildren.
We like Carnival, having sail so many times, we know what to expect.
I really think we should try Princess just for something different. Not sure I can talk my husband into it though.