Last week I sailed on the Inspiration ship out of Tampa. Quite frankly my expectations were not very high, however I was pleasantly surprised. This was my 12th cruise and first time for Carnival. You won't see columns, beautiful statues or dolphins at the pool, but you will be well fed, have fun and receive great value for your dollar. Over the years I have sailed on Sitmar, Cunard (transatlantic crossing, Princess, NCL, Costa and RCI. I found my cabin to be larger than most, food and service outstanding and the dining room waiters can sing and dance. For a fun inexpensive vacation you can't beat Carnival!
It was great to see your input Carol. As with anything, don't knock it until you try it. I agree with you that you that the bells and whistles one may find on other lines may not be on a Carnival ship. However, I for one like the overall value.
We are going on our third Carnival cruise in March we were wondering if we had made the right decision and not try other lines. Glad to hear you enjoyed Carnival and thanks for making us feel we made the right choice.
Just back from 5 day New Year's cruise with CArnival (Imagination) and I have to agree with you, it was great value for money. The ship was very clean, our cabin was comfortable and a good size, the food was fantastic and plentiful, and the staff, from the cruise director down to the stewards, waiters and maintenance people were the friendliest and most cheerful I've ever encountered. Not to mention the fabulous New Year's Eve bash on the lido deck - WOW! Wish I could do it again!
Carol, that is great news. Especially over a holiday period where there tends to be a lot of families who cruise, it was rewarding to learn you had a good time. As you experience the newer class of Carnival ships: Spirit, Pride, Legend, Conquest, you may find the more elegant decor with statues in marble by the pool, art work worth millions, and spa services that can't be beat along with good food and entertainment. After 10 cruises, we too jumped ship and gave Carnival a try with very positiive results. We will sail again with them on the new Legend in April.