I love Carnival Ships. But I am a bit biased to the larger ships and only when school is in session...that way less children on board. (I have said before - LOVE kids , have some wonderful ones of my own.)
I really like the food. They have some great dishes and some not so great dishes. But since the price is included, I don't get so upset if I don't like something. They take it back and I get something else...and always with a smile.
Since you have gone on over 50 cruises...maybe you should try Carnival again? I always say...Never say never.
PS Going on Celebrity Infinity for my Alaskan Cruise. Maybe then I will have another line to compare Carnival to.