Sailed from NYC on 9/11 to Bermuda. This was our 11th cruise and 4th on Carnival. Previously we have sailed on Sitmar, RCCL, and Celebrity.
We love cruising! There is no better value for the dollar than a cruise. All cruises are different, ships are different, staffs are different. That being said, there is some comfort in the expectation of, "Different ship, same stuff."
The weather cannot be controlled so there is no reason to comment on it.