I used to count myself among the smug Carnival bashers who turned our noses up at the mere thought of doing a Carnival cruise - and like many of the bashers I had never cruised on Carnival. So then I booked my first Carnival cruise. This was in 2002 on the Pride. I loved it. Great food, beautiful ship, great crew. Since then we have booked a total of 6 Carnival cruises out of our last 8 cruises - and we have loved each one of those Carnival cruises. Of course, we also loved the two RCCL cruises too! But Carnival is really a great experience and they have always delivered what they advertised.....a fun time! Nothing more and nothing less.