What a great review! I have been cruising aboard Carnival ships for the last 6 years - in fact just returned from the 4 night cruise aboard the Ecstacy last week. That cruise was my 18th aboard Carnival Cruise Lines. I have sailed twice aboard the Triumph in the last year (August 2000 and February 2001). I am a true "Cruise-a-holic" - but the most interesting thing is that most of the time I have cruised "solo"! Occassionally, I meet someone either on my travels or on line and take them as my guest...........other times, I travel and meet new friends on board.
I am an Australian businessman (47 years old and single) who frequently travels to the U.S.A. every 6-8 weeks (and cruises). I have also cruised with R.C.C.L. and Princess Lines.
Your comments relating to meeting people, cabin, dinner arrangements are all relevant and I am glad that you made the effort to put it all in some perspective. I enjoyed reading and relating to your experiences.
Feel free to contact me further directly if you wish to communicate.