Please, T/As, do the best you can to honestly answer my question. (I realize you are in business to sell cruises & do not want to blast a cruiseline, but . . . )
I have read the numerical ratings on your sight for the Carnival Spirit, as well as some of the reviews, both professional & otherwise on a few other sights. At best I am seeing faint praise & I am not getting a very good feeling about what is being said. We may be going Spirit's sister ship, the Pride (don't have much of a choice on this, really - maybe a tiny one, though) & are getting very nervous. It doesn't sound like even the past Carnival cruisers are overly enthusiastic on this one. Give us the low down, pretty please????
Suppose I could convince you that the Spirit is too noisy, has questionable food, overly-done entertainment, etc.
To be fair, I'd also have to tell you that we're retirees. We've done the Las Vegas thing so shows and casinos are no longer relevant. Give us white glove service, a glorious gourmet dinner, followed by Napolean Brandy served at an elegant piano bar...preferably on a mid-size to smaller ship. Other retirees may love this environment...but is it the place for an active family with teenage children? Don't think so!
Read the reviews of Carnival, NCL, American Hawaii Cruise's Independence, and the United States Lines Patriot. If all these negative reviews were true, would they still be in business?
Thank you muchly, Jim. You sound pretty up front in your opinion to me! Like you see things from all sides. Though I don't think we are ready for Holland America, I think we are the "in-between" types. Like a little luxury, a little class, some quiet areas, & my favorite thing is watching the sea & shorelines HOWEVER, we also like the liveliness of the casinos (we mostly watch OTHERS lose their money, though we participate a tiny bit) & enjoy outdoor deck parties at night, salsa dancing & good food. (A plus: I heard Carnival now serves lobster. It didn't last time we sailed w/them.) Shows? Yes, we usually at least stop in on most of them. One big point, though: we WILL have 5 teens in our 2 family group. I guess that says a lot. Oh, well. If we go on this, next year it's the PARENTS' PICK!