We sailed Carnival Conquest. This was our 24th cruise with Carnival. It was also our most disappointing. If you are a die hard Carnival lover, you may not want to read this, as I'm going to tell it like it was. I'll start with the bad, and end with the good.
We had some issues with the dining room this cruise. We always choose to eat in the MDR, late seating. First off, what has happened to the staff calling you by name? Our room steward, and our dining staff has always known our name by the 2nd day, and used it. It's a small touch, but it makes things just a bit more special. They took our names 1st night, but never once used them. The 3rd night, I ordered Veal Parmesan. I've always been able to cut it with a fork. This night my knife wouldn't budge it. The waiter got a sharper knife, and he had an awful time cutting it also. I took a bite, chewed it for 5 minutes, and it wasn't going anywhere. My husband ordered lamb, and he said it was very tender and delicious. However all of his veggies were hard as a rock. and he couldn't chew them. Our table mates, said their veggies were also very hard. At this point my DH started to complain. 3 times he asked to speak to the Maitr D and he never came. No, we did not order anything else. That's another problem with me. The American Table menu is very limited, if you don't eat fish or pasta. Your meat choices are skimp. Who wants to eat the same thing every night. We left the dining room, and didn't go back. Something else I experienced. What has happened to bringing your meal a course at a time. The waiters now bring everything at once. The app, the entrée, even the dessert. They serve the app first, but serve the entrée before you have finished the app. Crowding your place setting. The dessert sits through the entire meal. I ordered ice cream one night, and got half soup. I also don't like ordering dessert at same time as rest of meal.
What I order for dessert depends on how I feel after eating. Someone did come and ask our name and cabin #. I thought we would get an apology, Nope, Nada.
Next night I went to Deli for dinner. I have always loved the yummy sandwiches in the deli. What has happened to the great rolls, and hogie bread? Now they have some bread I couldn't pronounce, and it wasn't good. No panini press anymore either. Now they stick it in an oven, and the bread comes out hard as a rock. So that was out.
Ate at Guys 2 nights. Yummy as usual, but they close at 6. Remember I said we always choose Late Seating. Six is too early for us.
Ok, I will close on a high note. Our cabin steward was good . He happily complied with our request for both morning and evening service. Brought us ice both times, as well. We don't usually ask for more than that. He also never used our names. Strange and different.
First time on that class ship, and I really liked it. The ship was clean and beautiful. The seas were very calm, and the entire7 days was very smooth sailing. Once I get my Milestone cruise, I may have to rethink Carnival. Unless someone can tell me that this sort of treatment is not the norm, on other ships.