I haven't sailed Carnival for almost eleven months and Royal Caribbean for three years. I haven't sailed Royal Caribbean because of the food quality in the main dining room and the specialty restaurants. Our last cruise, on Radiance, the food was, to put it lightly, terrible. Actually the food on last year's Celebrity, Millennium cruise, was below that of Carnival's.
I saw a cruise deal the other day for Royal Caribbean and my wife's response was: "I'm not paying to go on that line again."
She isn't as "worked up" about the no tablecloths as I am. She just wants a good meal in a nice setting.
I am now convinced that this is purely a cost cutting measure. I will try Carnival again and see what the new look is like and make my final judgement at that time. Until then I'll stick with: "I don't like it."