we have sailed Carnival and RCCL and are now taking our 3rd cruise back wirh Carnival. Although I cant complain about RCCL - we had a great time, we still prefer carnival and are going on the Valor August 28th - Cant wait. The food is much better, entertainment is fabulous and th atmosphere is just a notch above RCCL. You will have a great time. Dont let the bad posts spoil your excitement of going on your cruise.