One of my canasta gals called me and in chatting she asked me the following: "On your cruise in May you aren't going on Carnival again are you?" My reply to her: "At this time I would not even consider anything else." She was floored and asked me if I had even heard about all their "woes".
Frankly I am sick of the media hype on it all. Take the following senario - the "news" spent over a minute talking about the Carnival Freedom taking four hours to empty the ship in Port Everglades (Ft. Lauderdale) the other day. At the very end of the piece they said it was because of sequestration and the lack of customs people on site. Now people, this happened with any line going in at this time but no, only Carnival on the news.
Another time when Hurricane Irene hit Puerto Rico there were two ships that were there and the port made them both leave early, both stranding passengers as the port closed to traffic. The Royal Caribbean ship just left 145 people to find their own way. The Carnival ship left 300 people behind but did this instead. Now I ask you, which line would you rather have sailed? Neither ship could help leaving early but one just left, the other took care of their passengers.
As far as the problems with missed ports, propulsion, dead engines, whatever - it happens on all lines sometimes. It's part of life, things happen, but when they do Carnival has stepped up to the plate every single time. I'd much rather be where I know they care about their passengers than the ones that only care about the dollar.
I have cruised on many lines but always come back to Carnival. Clean, friendly, fun ships, that's what I like! And those chilled soups are pretty danged good too...