Planning (or trying my best) a group cruise out of NYC to the caribbean for July 2010. Everyone but myself, my husband and two 20-something sons have cruised before; therefore everyone has an opionon about Carnival ("I don't know any better"), except me. Also, the age range of the would-be cruisers run the age span between 10y-80y. I understand the more mature cruisers may like the elegance of a fancy ship, but then my kids are looking to party. Can everyone be happy? lol.
Unfortunately, in the summer the only cruises out of the NYC area are either Carnival Miracle, NCL Dawn, and RCL's Explorer. The price difference increases greatly between ships and cost is always a factor, especially in these economic times.
Is cruising on Carnival so bottom of the barrel? I get this from anyone I mention this too, even people not in our group.