Carnival tries to please all of the people all of the time, with surprisingly great success. This cruise with Carnival proved though that it is not possible. Family background: husband, son and I travel extensively, with cruising as our choice. We have a lot of cruises under our belt, primarily with Holland America and Carnival. I have never considered us to be picky people.
We flew into New Orleans a couple of days early to enjoy the nightlife. NOLA is a great city! Our embarkation was smooth, and speedy for a ship of over 4000 passengers. Our cabin was ready and as expected. Dining Room service was swift and friendly, with the food very good if not gourmet. The music venues were plentiful with varied music. Other activities were varied as well. The cruise staff seemed to recognize that the interests and tastes of the passengers were varied on the ship, and appeared to have planned a good variety of activities. This is the area where Carnival failed, and failed miserably. Many of the activities did not happen as planned. For example: people gathered for Sports Trivia only to find that the cruise staff did 1990's name that tune. There seemed to be 1 page of trivia questions that were repeated ad nauseum on the 3 sea days, and 1 cd of music (recent music) that was played for every name that tune for those 3 days. You know it is bad when the Cat In The Hat children's parade is the most interesting thing happening around you. I know that many people find the cruise staff activities are boring, but they are a source of big pleasure to me. And when the cruise staff's response to questioning why the scheduled activities are not done, you get a snarky response (with a "just kidding" after) it kind of adds insult to injury. Ports were fun, rest of staff great- Cruise director and staff dropped the ball.