I no longer own shares of CCL, but will probably buy soon. I don't know the type of life most of you have had. I have been fortunate to have had an exciting one and lived to enjoy the fruits. Since retiring, my wife and I have enjoyed over a dozen cruises on CCL and have enjoyed everyone of them. I know that things can go wrong no matter how much you check and re-check. If you've lived in a bubble all your life, you've missed a lot of fun. We are heading out again in April. We think it's the best deal going. I wish you all the best, long or short. Just trying to be fair.
I too have been on over a dozen cruises - on Royal, Princess, Celebrity, and Carnival. From what I'm seeing, from the types of failures being reported, and having decades of experience with operations management, there is a significant operational issue at Carnival that needs to be corrected. Is it improper maintenance, unqualified workers, or something else? Who knows. What I do know is that if Carnival doesn't get a handle on it, and soon, they will be hurting for a long time to come.
Great discussion on this board, nice and civil. Just about all have valid comments and broad experiences. I haven't been on RCL for a long time. I live in NC so leaving from Charleston on Carnival is handy. Have gone to Florida to cruise with NCL which we enjoyed. Interesting comment about food peculiarities. Having spent 28 years with the army's special forces, (green berets) I've eaten some weird stuff. We've noticed smaller food portions of late on Carnival. That's no problem, we just double our order. Whenever we've had a problem it was quickly and satisfactorily solved. I believe NCL has replaced some of their engineers of late. The engine room should be the primary concern. This may be a wake-up call for the industry.
I agree. Cruising is fun. There are some inherent dangers --rouge waves, mechanical issues, viruses...etc. etc...But it is FUN! And of all these dangers, even a debacle generally results in mere inconvience. Hardly comparable to an airline debacle...yet we still fly. I bought yesterday. I am happy with my price. I hope you get a nice entry point!