Just returned from the Victory on Sunday, had a wonderful cruise, it was #26 for us. Have sailed all lines and feel Carnival holds its own against any. I have found thru the years most Carnival bashers have never sailed Carnival!!! Just heard things!!! And as other posters have said "things happen on any ship" one incident shouldn't affect your opinion for the rest of your life. My worst cruise was on the Voyager, but I'm going back to RCI in Oct, have had many wonderful cruises with them and have seen many Beer Drinking Contest on RCI, yes that has been something they have done for many, many years. You get what you put into it. Go with an open mind and you'll have a great time.