From the moment you step out of Immigration and not even onto the gangway "Kerching" - there's $15.00 in a family photo the kids are desperate to have. The photo's which probably cost about 30 cents to produce keep on coming displayed in the "gallery" throughout the cruise. They then go on to offer you a dvd of your (and everyone elses' holiday moments) for $30.00.
When it comes to photos, consideration of guests and their relaxation goes out the window Carnival are so desperate to take photos and create revenue that they will move guests who are happily sitting at a window enjoying an afternoon drink with their family to set up the most hideous, extremely tacky backdrops to allow families to get dressed up in their "best" clothes (and I use the term "best", very loosely) and have a photoshoot, which of course can be purchased for a couple of hundred bucks.
The guests - I have never seen so much "ink" in my life, these men and women surely keep the tattoo parlours in Australia in business. They are pigs, they eat and eat and eat and eat and eat and then drink and it's not good stuff. The ship offers wonderful flavours and a diverse range of excellent food and options, but, unfortunately the majority choose the high fat option.
The staff - the cabin and waiting staff are wonderful, cleaning up the vomit of drunks and tolerating belligerent drunks, but go to another revenue raising area, the shop and this is another story altogether. Anu in the lolly shop, rude and abrasive and it took the assistant selling perfume all her time to even acknowledge.
Of course the most shameless profiteering I saw was the silver "flip flop/thong" necklace. These can be purchased in Honolulu for about $2.50. Carnival Boutique - $ 180.00.
I'm sure when you sign up to this cruise we must have signed a waiver relating to accidents around the pool. ie. If you get injured, Carnival is not at fault. Without a lie, a child slipped and hurt themselves at least once a minute due to the wet floor around the pool, this area is as slippery as an eel. And, it's not just kids, I saw adults of all ages literally "hit the deck". Someone will break their neck or worse if nothing is done about this.
Also, tell me why, when we're in international waters, a duty free environment, an Australian beer costs $8.00? Outrageous profiteering once again.
The gym is fantastic, excellent equipment, clean. The food is great if you want to eat the good stuff, the sweets are marvellous. The wait staff & rooms staff are wonderful. But I wouldn't do it again. If I did ever set foot on another cruise, it would be the only other one I've ever been on, Royal Caribbean out of Florida