Our family's first cruise was on the BRB in 1995! I answered one of those "You have won a free trip" letters. The trip was a day cruise to the Bahamas with a one night stay and then 2 nights in Orlando. Having 2 teenage boys, I estimated the cost of food, entertainment and transportation in the Bahamas and upgraded to the BRB cruise. So much for the free trip!
We had a great time but it was obvious the line was going downhill. Our waiter had many stories to tell us about the problems they were having. Being our first cruise, we had nothing to compare it with. It took 11 years but finally got DH to do another cruise. He was still looking for the BRB
Glad we found Carnival! Going on our 2nd Carnival cruise in January and hope to make this a yearly vacation.