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Old September 11th, 2004, 05:41 PM
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Well, I was a first time cruiser wanting to experience a cruise since I have heard so much about them. It was o.k. It wasn't fun, it was not un-fun. Much better than being at work, but definitly the blandest vacation we have ever had.
We cruised the Sensation leaving August 7 and coming back August 12. We just beat Charley into port by a little more than a day. Water was calm even though there were two hurricanes lingering nearby.
Here are my musings:
1) It felt like being trapped at Wal Mart for 5 days. If you go on a Monday morning, it is not so bad. You can get what you want without too much pushing and shoving. Go on a Saturday---look out! People pushing shoving, reaching in front of you, stopping for no reason in front of you.
2) The pools were awful. Dinky. I knew they were salt water, but the water that came down for the slide was BROWN. I counted 20 people in the main pool once and that is maximum capactiy, standing roon only. The kids pool was the size of a small blow up backyard pool with salt water again. Every kid just stood around rubbing their eyes and crying.
3) The kids program was INADEQUATE. There were 560 kids on that boat and 17 counselors Now not every kids signed up, but what if they had? And the things they had them do was just un-entertaining.
4) Dumb stuff for the adults to do. I knew that if I did not like the activities, I would just lounge in the pool---oh ya, no lounging in that salt water, re-bar sticking out mess.
5) Our excursion to the Mayan Ruins STUNK. Don't do it. Hot, long, expensive and boring. Blew a whole day doing that waste.
6) Food was nothing to brag about. HATED eating in the buffet area for breakfast and lunch. That is where all the pushing, shoving, feet stepping -on happened. I did not discover until the last day that the OTHER dining room was open for those two meals, but not the one nearer our cabin.

We have done all inclusive resorts, and that is where we belong. More room per person. Lots of pools and if you choose to swim in the sea/ocean, then you just cross the beach from the pool right there.

UGH--I can't believe I spent 5 days on that boat.
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I did the Sensation twice and enjoyed it both times. Of course, I love Disney. There's no comparison.
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Sounds like you were determined to have a bad time and you succeded. Were you expecting olympic sized swimming pools? As for salt water, well, people swim in it all the time without any problems, it certainly won't hurt you. If you had taken the time to read your Carnival Capers you would have known that the dining room was open for breakfast and lunch. As for the"dumb stuff" for the adults. some of that "dumb stuff" is really funny because the passengers participate and people often say the funniest things. I know I usually go home with a sore throat after a cruise from laughing so hard all week. But then I go on a cruise looking forward to having fun. As for the childrens programs I have never noticed that the children looked like they were miserable. On my last cruise it seemed to me that the children were having a great time and well chaperoned. Attitude plays a big part in wether you have fun or not. So sad that you were so negative.

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Well, cruising isn't for everyone, and it's important to realize that...then there will be more room at the buffets and at the Men's Hairy Chest contest, Belly Flop Contest, etc., etc., etc.!

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Hi darla,

If you thought that cruises themselves are fun, but didn't like Carnival, you might try a different cruise line. Depending on the amount of pampering you are looking for you could try some like Holland America or Princess, or if you want a real upscale experience you can try something like Seabourn or Radisson.

It's true that Carnival isn't for everybody. While it seems that a lot of people like cruising on them, it's also true that they appeal to a wide demographic. I personally like them, because I have young kids, but as they get older we will probley sail more on RCL and Princess.

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So, I notice the tendency for some folks on this board (and I'm truly not singling out any one person--I've seen it done by numerous people) to blame the cruiser when a good time isn't had. That's not fair, and I wish folks would think long and hard before engaging in the practice.

From Darla's post, it looks like she set out to have fun. She wasn't involuntarily dragged on to a cruise; she chose to take one because she thought she'd have a good time. I don't think, then, that it can be argued that she started off with a negative attitude.

Her complaints seem to boil down to these:

1. Crowds
2. Uninteresting (for her) adult activities
3. Saltwater pools

The last one isn't an unusual complaint; my impression is that lots of people would prefer freshwater pools. In fact, on another message board a poll was taken and there was overwhelming support for freshwater over saltwater. Should she have known in advance that Carnival uses saltwater? Maybe so. I know in preparation for my upcoming cruise, but then again I've done a ton of research. But it was only recently that I found out about it, and I've been reading up since January. I was disappointed to find out that saltwater was used, but it's not a dealbreaker for me (although brown water on the slide sounds pretty nasty).

In terms of the adult activities... Well, let's just say the ones Carnival chooses aren't for everyone. They're not for me, for example. Not quite my taste. But again, I've done my research and know this in advance.

The crowds are likely a legitimate issue; I've seen lots of complaints about them. The pros usually chastise the newbies for sailing during spring break or summer vacation, but for some folks these are the only times they can travel. She says the pools were small and very crowded. Can anyone claim that this wasn't really so? I doubt it--so she has a legitimate complaint.
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Hi ParrotHead,

I agree with you. that's why I asked her if she enjoyed the "cruising" part, because if that's the case, then other cruise lines might appeal to darla. I think it's important to remember that different people have different likes/dislikes, and that no cruise line is going to meet all of those. Sometimes, all it takes is a different line, or even a different ship and the experience changes for the cruiser.



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Hi,

I agree with the others that suggest another cruise line. As a cruise specialist travel agent, that is most of the challenge - to match the cruise line to the guest - and it makes all the difference, too.

Holland America and Princess are excellent suggestions - their prices are almost the same as Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian, but their cruise experience and ships are wonderful. If you are a more casual, laid-back person, then, Princess is a contemporary, casual elegant cruise with teak, glass, marble ship experience. If you like fine linen, crystal wine glasses, artwork, a good cognac and a dining steward who remembers how you like your steak, then, Holland America is a great match.

There are different ships and different cruise lines with different feels to each BECAUSE there are so many different preferences. It is a GOOD thing! That is one of the reasons that I go and tour ships and look at their daily schedules and the guests getting on the ships...so I can recognize and match client to cruise line.

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Old September 12th, 2004, 12:51 AM
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guess cruising isn't for everyone....i have been on holland america as well as carnival and have loved both! different experiences but both great! guess when i go away, i am always looking for fun and r&r, and knowing i am on vacation is fun.....i always try not to sweat the little stuff and just enjoy! vacation is what you make of it!
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Old September 12th, 2004, 01:21 AM
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Does anyone seem disappointed with the fact that there are so many extra charges once you are on board? Like 2.50 for a bottle of pop, 10.00 for one play of bingo, expensive pictures, etc. etc. I know that you are in no way obligated to spend extra money while on the cruise but I felt the whole time on Elation that everyone both on board and on the shore excursions was just pushing for everyone to spend more money. I think at least pop should be included in the price of the cruise-fountain pop in not expensive. As for the bingo, isn't 10.00 at little steep? How about 3.00 per play? Just want to know if anyone else felt cheated.
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Old September 12th, 2004, 07:19 AM
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I have never felt disappointed because of the extra charges. I knew about them before I boarded the ship. If I did not want to spend the money I did not spend it. As for the pools there is usually another pool available that is less crowded than the central pool. Salt water is not a problem for me. There is usually a shower available in the pool area to rinse the salt off. Cruise ships are always going to be crowded. I have yet to sail when the ship was not full regardless of the time of year. Pretty much the same shore excursions are offered on all the cruise lines. Every one was described fully in the information provided. Brown water on the waterslide?? I have never been on that ship so I checked with a friend that just came back from it. She says no, the waterslide looked as clean as everything else. The waterslides looked clean to me on other ships. Why not eat at the buffett? We found the food to be very good there at every station we tried. The pizza was excellent and always nice and fresh. "Pop."soda" tonic" whatever anyone calls it is only available for a charge and I do agree it should be cheaper. I rarely drink it but some people bring their own. I just wish they would have the "natural" soda available. We can bring our own but we won't die without it for a week. With all the choices of "things to do" we always were able to find something interesting. Passenger participation events are usually good for a laugh. Evening entertainment is varied. Always something for the karaoke fan or country music, comedy, disco, dance music, even piano bars, sports bars, casino. I loved the slots tournaments. Perhaps another ship or cruise line would be better for this person. I have tried other lines, Celebrity and Home Lines. Pretty much the same things going on on both but the "atmosphere" was different. I seem to always come back to Carnival because it is more relaxed. I do hope that Darla will not give up on cruising and perhaps find a cruise that is good for her.

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We always bring a 12 pack of soda and water. $10 for bingo is high, it usually is that for either 3 cards or 3 games. I told the photographers that if they lowered the prices they would sell at least twice as many but that fell on deaf ears. I saw some cruisers in a corner taking digital pictures of their ships pictures!! Only on a cruise ship can you get lobster for dinner, as many as you'd like, and still be charged for a soda. On our first RCI the karaoke, lounges and discos were only open specific hours. You couldn't go to the disco if you didn't want to see the big show. It was strange sitting there waiting for the music to start. Not like on Carnival where all the places and lounges are open all night.

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I cruised for the first time last month. My son and I:
1 - Never stuck a foot into the pools (can't stand the hot weather and I dont swim).
2 - Didnt participate in any of the activities.
3 - Never spent a minute counting the staff or worrying if there would be enough staff to cover the kids in camp carnival or what they were doing for entertainment (we're pretty self suffficient) .
4 - Didn't worry about pushing or shoving people because we generally would go eat at the buffet early because we knew that with 2000 people waiting till the last minute to eat it would be busy so we just went early, never had a problem.
WHAT DID WE DO:
1 - We read, played chess, relaxed and enjoyed watching the beautifu water with the wind hitting you. Talked about what port day was next and discussed the events of the previous day and how much we saw and learned from the different places we had already been to.
2 - Sometimes we went to the lounge to watch the kareoke (spelling?). It was a riot.
3 - Thoroughly enjoyed each new port we saw. We both loved the Mayan ruins. The Belize city tour was wonderful, we learned so much from our tour guide. Stingray Swim was something we'll never forget. Was it expenseive? Yes, the excursions were 'pricey', but I researched what we wanted to do and knew what to expect as far as the cost of excursions.
4 - Knew everything that was available to us, including the dining rooms and their times of operation because we read our Carnival Capers each night. They can't send someome in person to your room each day and personally invite each guest to the days events. They just print those Capers which contain any info you could possible need.
5- We both enjoyed the food. We were lucky to have a good mix of people at our table and learned so much from the Cuban born family we ate with. We also used this opportunity to try many different foods that we would otherwise have not tried.
6 - This was a true vacation. Didnt have to worry about driving from here to there. Didnt have to worry about where to eat dinner. Didnt have to keep 'unpacking and re packing".
Didnt worry about how much I spent because other than the excursions, everything else we did was included in the price of the cruise.
Sorry you had a bad cruise, but, as for me, I am hooked!
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The latest trend here in southern Canada is to switch your pool over to salt water pools. Easier care cheaper too we are looking into it

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I'm not sure that being trapped in Walmart is really all that bad a thing! I can think of a lot worse places to be trapped. Seriously, I'm not sure cruising would hit the spot for you on any cruiseline. There are always going to be crowds unless you go on one of the 6-star cruiselines. The things to do on a ship are not going to vary that much from what you say already. You can get away from the salt water pools on Princess cruiselines, if that's any help. It would be nice if you could pay a set amount beforehand, as you can at all-inclusive resorts, to cover all the drinks and all food options, but that's not likely considering all the drinking that goes on onboard. Some of the 6-star cruiselines include the house wine as part of the cruise experience, but you're paying for it in the price of the cruise. Bottom line; I don't think cruising is for you.
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hockey luver, wow, never heard that one before and we are south western Canada. Where does the interior get the salt water from?

Personally I agree that attitude is everything, BUT, I do think that the op had some valid complaints. I don't like the salt water pools, I prefer the freshwater ones on Princess.. Plus I do agree the pools are small on some ships.
Food is subjective so I won't go there, but for those of you who think the food is " gourmet" on Carnival( or on any mass market line for that matter) then you just aren't very particular.
It does come down to expectations , and if you take a cheaper crruise then what do you expect?

Oh , and 17 counsellors for over 500 kids is not acceptable, it does sound crowded!
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jeleja-totally agree! Our family had a wonderful time. There was something for everyone; but it's wrong to expect everything to be for everyone. We sailed in July/Aug and it was crowded....but that's what we expected. it's what we find on every vacation, every year, when we sail at that time.... the food wasn't great, but it wasn't terrible, there were many choices and we tried some things we'd never had before. It was truly an enriching experience for all of us. I felt truly fortunate to be able to do it! I only hope we can cruise again ...........................SOON!
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It's funny how defensive some cruisers can be. I have to agree with Darla, we cruised for the first time this summer and were very dissappointed. It is not fair to say that attitude has something to do with it. We went went with the highest expectations for a "good time" not a "perfect cruise". When there are 2500 passengers onboard and only 6 spots for participants in the activities, that is a challenge for everyone to get involved. On our cruise, you couldn't get anywhere near the activities to watch what was going on because there were so many people standing around. We ended up watching some of it on the constant replay in our cabin tv. (by the way, most of the contestants were kids, the talent show had NO adult participation and these contests were meant for adults). The food was not what I had anticipated, even our waiters were stunned by the fact that you had to use a knife to cut the lobster.
Where I failed was I expected to be treated like someone who had chosen to spend their 3000.00 to be pampered and experience something that can't be found anywhere else. I didn't realize that 3000.00 doesn't buy you that. I am not going to give up on cruising, I'm just going to try a more upscale line.
By the way, my two kids did not like camp carnival at all. The activities they had for them were boring and not enough variation.
Okay, go ahead cruis-aholics, slam me....Just remember, I want to be a cruise-aholic too...I just need another chance.
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Even though I liked the Sensation, the cruise is what you make of it. My teens were bored but my son found things to do. He said just being on a cruise ship was great even if he found other teens and they just hung out. My daughter doesn't like Carnival because she's 16 - too old for the teen stuff and too young to gamble. On Disney, there was tons of stuff to do. Soda was free and available 24/7. They took pictures but did not push to sell them the way Carnival does. They are not in your face with cameras. They even took my camera to take pictures for and of me. I did Sovereign of the Seas in 1996 and never did RCCL again because I didn't like it. I am trying VOS this Dec to give them another chance. I've done 10 Carnival cruises. I just like getting away and being on the water relaxes me. My suggestion is to try another ship and do research before you go.
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I have cruised on Carnival twice, fully understanding that Carnival is not top of the line. Perhaps i don't have high expectations, but I thought everything was perfrectly fine both times. Yes, there were crowds at the Lido deck buffet (at times). And for the life of me, I don't why people lined up for dinner in the dining room, since everyone had a reserved seat at a specific time. But people still did it. (I always waited about 15 minutes later for the seating and just walked right in).

But all the things the original poster is complaining about, I have heard the same things on more upscale lines than Carnival. In fact, a friend of mine went on the Norweigian Dawn (which I think is higher scale) and told me that the there was only ONE pint sized pool on that ship. At least on the Carnival Legend, there were 3----and one was for adults only.

Eight days into my trip, some people were still complaining about stuff I thought was fine. Do some people complain just for the sake of complaining????
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I'm a senior and can cruise at my pleasure. I would never do a summer cruise or a 7 day during spring vacations. I generally book a cruise after taxes (4/15) and do a long one through the canal or Hawaii. If I can't find one to suit me, we go to Vegas. There are few kids on those but the young adults complain of too many seniors. Can't satisfy everyone. I agree that the buffets are too crowded so we either go very early (7:00--7:30) when it is less crowded. If we can't make it at that time we go to the dining room. I never partake of the main pool but instead look for a large jacuzzi at the aft of the ship or on the Spirit class, the surround shower and steam room in the spa area. I think I might get a little rattled if there were kids running down the hall ways or jumping in front of me in a buffet line.

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I'm not a senior, but i'm not a youngster either. Middle aged.

Not trying to sound snobby, but my 8 day cruise had fewer kids than my 4 day one. I think it comes down to the fact that the 8 day one is more expensive, and fewer people with kids can afford it.

But again, I really appreciated the adults only pool and jacuzzi on the Legend. Plus in that pool area, I could read and listen to my CD's, rather than the loud band at the other pools. I think there was something for everyone.
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Gosh, but it is not easy to please everybody but the Carnival Cruises sure sound good to me. My advice for this lady who wrote the first letter is to go to good and very experienced cruise travel sepcialist and basically tell her (him) all the things that bothered her about the "WalMart" cruise. Then tell her whatever about the cruise made her willing to try cruising again. Sometimes the agent can help you steer away from the ships that have an age group that you are not relaxed around--i.e. spring beak, family vacation periods, or big band cruises. Perhaps someone is used to too much and too good entertainment on shore and would prefer say, a cruise with a naturalist, and an anthropologist lecture series--Alaska, Panama, the Galapagos or Hawaii. Maybe a small cabin is a deal breaker, or she needs a super quiet cabin. Perhaps a big ship with many small lounges and an uncrowded feel is what she wants.
Sorry for rambling but now I can see why a travel agent may be reluctant to book a new client into a "bargain" cruise for a small comission rather than having a larger comission and a satisfied repeat client. I do think that cruising is the most relaxing way to see Alaska or Hawaii--and economical too.
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Sounds to me, like you are hard to please. If I was you I wouldn't cruise again...leaving more room for me. We LOVE it. Camp Carnival is absolutely the BEST! I had to drag my child out of there. She had a ball with all the different activities they have. We are on the sensation oct 7th. AND I intend to have a blast!!
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Well, I will be on the Sensation in 18 DAYS!!!!!!!!! I love to cruise and I love Wal-mart so I know that I am going to have a BLAST!!!!!
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Darla

Sorry to hear cruising isn't for you. We've done both all inclusives and cruising and have enjoyed both for different reasons. Hope your next vacation is better for you.

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First of all. Since you are comparing your trip to "being trapped at Walmart for 5days" I guess I too, have to say that being trapped in Walmart for 5 days wouldn't be all that bad.

-- You can't go anywhere without having somewhat of a line. Example : Grocery Store, Concert, Shopping Mall, Disney world/ Theme parks, Restaurant, etc.
So, if you're expecting to go on a cruise with 2499+ other people and are expecting lines to the lunch/ breakfast/ dinner buffet/ pizza or grill to be small... you're nuts. And with what I read, If we were ever on a cruise together I'd make sure I was one of the people that stopped in front of you for no reason. Just so that I know that you will have ONE MORE thing to go home and complain about :-) (plus I know you'd remember me forever for that)

2.) So the pools are small -- Get over it. So the pool is saltwater -- Get over it. At least you were smart enough to do an excursion that didn't mean having to get in the ocean. My oh my if you would have had to get in the ocean/ salt water... can't imagine the complaints you'd have about that. 20 people in the main pool is pretty darn good. You should have made it 21 by getting in there, ha ha! Then you could complain about how the kids were splashing you and getting your hair wet. Or you got kicked.

--The kids pool was the size of a small blow up backyard pool- duh! What? You think they need an olympic size pool. They are BABIES-- INFANTS and TODDLERShello. And of all the 6 cruises I've been on I've never recall seeing a kid cry because of the saltwater in their eyes. I only see kids playing and splashing around having a good ol' time in their size pool.

--As for the BROWN water. Yeah I'm sure people must have taken a "#2" as they are going down the slide. Come on now, obviously the color of the water didn't bother other people. You didn't get in there so why complain about that, and you didn't have to get in there either. None of those people HAD to get in there... and like I said obviously it didn't bother them that the water was a little brown(if it even was) I think you just wanted yet ANOTHER thing to complain about. Infact you're so observant, others probably didn't pay any attention to the color of the water, they just knew that they were having the best time of their lives.. unlike you. (sorry about that)

3.) The kids program- I can agree with you about not all 560 kids signing up for Camp Carnival, yes. Because I highly doubt all 560 kids would ever join the camp. Some kids are scared to leave their parents. So if you think about it 17 counselors is alot. They are put in groups with each counselor. I've seen groups of kids with one counselor. One group goes and does this and another group goes and does that. Almost like school you think 1 teacher for about 30 kids. Plus maybe an assistant. Well each time I saw a group of kids with their counselor there were never more than 30 kids to each. Maybe 10-15 IF THAT. 15 seems a bit high. I know one little girl that has been on a few cruises and begs to go to that Camp Carnival every day of their cruise.

--you ask what if all the kids had signed up. Thats about 100% unlikely. For the reason I stated above. "Some kids are scared to leave their parents". I've never been in Camp Carnival but I think it sounds like a fun thing. and VERY entertaining. All kinds of things to do in the Camp Carnival area, have you ever been in the Kids' playroom before? Computers, games, painting, video games, those fun balls that kids love to play in at chuckee- cheeses. But not only is there that stuff. There is scavenger hunts, ice cream eating contests, cookie decorating, and other fun games and such. PLENTY of FUN things to do for the children. far from "un-entertaining" if you ask me.

4.) Dumb stuff for the adults to do-- one question. What DO you like to do? How often to you get to see a belly flop contest? How often do you get to see people dive in the pool and stuff fruit down their suit and see how much fruit they can stuff? How often do you get to see a "survivor challenge" (which not to mention alot of hot guys do that) and if you like to gamble there are tournaments for things like that. There's Karoke, dancing, art auctions, quiet relaxing spas/ sauna's/ steam rooms, (which only one time did I go there and there was only one other person in there), aerobics, jogging track, and a bunch of other contests they do down on the stage near the pool, oh and golf tournements, geeze I can't even remember all the fun activities. If you can't find one thing you like to do on a cruise, then wow, whats your ideal vacation? Personally I don't think there is anything better then laying on a lounge chair people watching while listening to that good ol' reggae music band. OH I LOVE THAT. And can't wait to do it again in November!

5.) You're in the CARIBBEAN for goodness sakes. What do you expect from that? Cool breezy fall-like weather?? well think again. As for it being long. That's your own fault. Should have paid attention to the duration of the excursion... same with the expensive part. If it was expensive why did you do that excursion. That was silly on your part. I think I may do that same excursion in November. ya hoooooooo! :-) After getting this far down your complaints list, I'm even more excited about this. Just knowing all of the other silly complaints you had. Just makes me think this could be one heck of an excursion. Sounds like a real good time! Even if it wouldn't be one of the best ones, I and many others know how to make a good time out of something.. unlike you.

6.) I brag about the food all the dang time. Sounds like you need to do more reading and more research on cruises, and read your Capers that were given to you each night. Then you would have known about the dining room would be open for open-seating lunch and breakfast. I love the breakfast buffet. And to tell ya the truth I'd rather be standing in that line then standing at a restaurant waiting for a table. Heck you can stand in the waiting area at a restaurant for an hour or more before even getting a table. Then wait another 30-45minutes for your food. And it doesn't take an hour to 2+ hours standing in line at the breakfast/ lunch buffet line on a cruise. 10 minutes maybe. 15 tops. ( but that just seems way too long.) I don't remember ever standing in line for more then 10 minutes. And when ya get your food you don't have to wait for a table. You can go sit wherever you dang well please! And as far as the pushing and shoving etc. again -- get over it. Some people just aren't as good and as courteous as you, I guess. If you can't deal with it, then you shouldn't be on a cruise or any vacation or anyplace for that matter. You need to be alone and away from everybody to have a good time, it seems. Cruising does not sound like a thing for you, sorry to say. Unless of course you have the ship to yourself. (boring) And my oh my you have to walk a little ways to get to the other dining room for breakfast. Shoot, how dare carnival not open the dining room nearest you for breakfast. I mean what were they thinking? Or weren't they thinking. Obviously they weren't thinking of you. How dare them! Right?

And if you're complainging about the space in the cabins on Carnival being too small, then I know you wouldn't make it on another cruise line, unless of course you get a gigantic suite. Cabins on Royal Caribbean are smaller then the ones on Carnival. Hey I know, maybe they outta create a house size cabin just for you. how about that? Would you be happy then?

Yes, stick to those all inclusive resorts. Save the cruising for us who enjoy them, and who can make a good time out of just about anything. Save your energy for the resort, you have less to complain about that it seems. And save the space on the cruise ships for those of us who love them.

UGH I can't believe you spent 5 days on that "boat" either. How did you survive that awful trip? How did you survive all the pushing and shoving, how did you survive the oh so long lines in the buffets. How did you survive an un-entertaining cruise.

Well I'm so glad you did, anyway. We wouldn't have had the priveledge to give you some attention about this Wal Mart cruise of yours. I enjoyed reading your post Darla, even though it was nothing but complaining. Thank you.



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HHAHAHAAAA!!! kim, i agree with you!

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Wow,
I have created a firestorm!
I am not hard to please, really. I just expected different things on the Carnival Capers other than "How to Be a Bartender" and watching ice scultping and a survivor challenge that only 6 people could participate in. Or bingo that cost $20....

I just wanted to relax and swim, and I thought if I did not like the activities I could do that.
I found it hard to do.

The pools were just too darn small.

I KNEW before hand they were salt water, I have swam in the sea and the ocean, so I did not expect it to be a big deal, but it was. I guess the pools being salt water did not mean too much because you could not swim anyway. The main pool was truly smaller than most backyard in ground pools, especially when part of it is set aside for the slide.

And no, I did not expect an Olymic size pool...I did expect to be able to be in the pool, even with lots of people and enjoy myself.

I do not normally mind crowds because we love amusement parks and ballgames, but these crowds just seemed to have a different ambience to them.
People seemed worried that certain foods on the buffet would not be replenshed and seemed to try to shove you out of the way to get to them. Or the ice in the big coleman coolers would run out, so when someone did fill these coolers with ice by the drink machines, people would push in front of you to get to it.
I compared it to Wal Mart because it truly felt like a Saturday trip to my Supercenter. Very crowded, people not overly pleasant.
Now I am sure I am about to be accused of being the not pleasant one, and that is not the case. We are very friendly folk. I sure did want to enjoy this cruise and have it be fun for my kids, and we just did not feel it was a good spend of vacation dollars. We tried meeting other people, and we heard a lot "these seats are saved." We enjoyed our dinner companions, but we just would not do this again.
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