One of my early cruises was on the Carnivale. While I do like the older, smaller ships, that was so bad that I refused to go on Carnival for years because of it. Cabins so tiny that if one person went to the bathroom, the other had to climb on top of the bed so the door could be opened. And paper thin walls. That said, I agree that about 2000 passengers is pretty much my ideal now, though I prefer the 1400, like the old Carnival Jubilee. But, any cruise ship is a good place to be for me!