We have cruised 18 times and all of them on Carnival. I agree with you about the changes, some good, some not so good. But cruising is not what it once was, even 5 yrs ago. It has become for the most part, transportation to a foreign port. The entertainment is almost gone. WE use to get the capers and plan our day out. Now we look for things to do.
We have decided to venture out and to cruise other lines. WE have on booked on the Norwegian Jewel. Carnival has cut so far back that they are suffering right now...I hope they get it together soon. I loved Carnival but they are certainly lacking now.