We just returned from the Fantasy and the pillows, bed and new duvets were just about the softest I'd ever felt! Their pillows beat mine at home for comfort. I suspect it varies from ship to ship and Fantasy *did* just go through a drydock, which, among other things, included new duvets, pillows, etc.
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I'm pretty sure you read that from me. I do like to bring my own pillow along because I also prefer down feather pillow for my head and it is much easier to bring it along (it packs down almost flat in one of those space packing bags you roll the air out of) then to hope one is in our room when we arrive on the ship. We haven't had any horrible pillows on the ships we have been on but it is hit or miss whether it is flat or fluffy. I make sure to put my pillow into an idenifiable pillow case so it doesn't get mixed up with the ship's stuff. Good feather pillows aren't cheap.
I don't remember the pillows on the Celebration being that bad...or any other Carnival ship. In fact there have been times when I have wanted to take my ship pillow home.
My husband usually has to ask for a second pillow...but he's a pillow stacker here at home as well.
The Jubilee didn't have nasty pillows or anything like that. They were typical of a hotel type pillow. Were clean and all. I'm just really picky and I have some neck problems and I prefer my own comfy pillow.
I just think that if you have "pillow issues" you might like to have your own that you are used to.
Splendour of the Seas 4/04