elektrochris, yes I have cruised on Carnival once before, and we loved it. Although I have cruised on Holland American, RCCL, Princess, and NCL, we were very pleased with Carnival, as there had been so many BAD things said about it, but we were very pleased. I think by this being your first cruise, you should like it no matter what.
Since your from German, I have no clue, what does "gg" stand for?
There is a lot of sickness of the flu going around here in the states, and it is BAD. Hopefully it doesn't wind up on the ship when we get there. It is at work here, and at church/schools.
I just booked a tour with sunnylistontours for St. Thomas. It is only $25, and looks like it is going to be nice. I know there are several other people on the cruise forums that have signed up too.