I went on a NYE cruise with a large singles group (~200 people). A friend of mine sailed on the Breeze in April and loved it so I signed up.
Staff, though courteous, seemed sparse than in prior years (an obvious sign of Carnival's cut backs). Lido deck food selection seemed less than in prior years (the burrito bar was only open for 2 hours and no longer offered corn chips).
The ship was fully booked (with a number of families and their young children). all the pools and working spas were packed w/ people - especially unsupervised children. Kids took over both pools (I thought the back pool was "adults only") with no supervision by their parents. Kids ran wet and barefoot continuously inside the Lido food "market" (which led to treacherous floors - particularly for those individuals with canes and walkers). Not all the children were like this of course, but sadly there were enough parents that let their kids run loose (continually pressing all the elevator buttons inside the elevator cabs) on the ship while they went sunning and drinking elsewhere. I was surprised to see crew members not say a word when these kids where going amok. (Probably because they were so busy with all the tasks they had to do w/ no support).
We had the late dining which started at 8:30 and more often than not, we did not leave until 10:30 because of extremely slow service. A number of the crew did not understand any English (or Spanish); which led to wrong or missing orders. The food was mediocre at best (my friend said the food went down hill significantly since her April cruise). Food obviously sat under heat lamps to be dried out.
the comedy club for such a large ship was too small and was not cleared after each show, so a majority of the guest did not see a comedy show (and those that did were left standing all over the back, side and anywhere they could (very poor layout).
There also seemed to be fewer cabin stewards, with service being delayed because these poor folks had so much to do with less support.
Sadly, it is obvious that Carnival is cutting costs to make up for their prior blunders at both the guest and crews' expense.