I used to believe that there would be no other vacation choice for me other than Las Vegas. As a previous poster mentioned, the MBA's got hold of operations and pretty much eliminated all that was unique about Las Vegas.
We made the change to cruising. I was hesitant at first, but now am a frequent cruiser. We talked about going back to Las Vegas instead of a cruise last time - after looking at our options, we went on another cruise.
Carnival will soon be transferring their older ships from the various fleets that sail older vessels (Princess and Carnival). Those ships will likely end up with European and Australian subsidiaries where they will continue to generate revenue.
Yeah, well they can thank their lucky stars that the current crop of trust-fund babies providing their profits have such poor math skills that they can't figure out that 6/5 blackjack is a rip-off. Just comp 'em into the latest trendy nightclub, and they'll open their wallets...and bank accounts...and their kids' college funds...LOL. Barnum was right.