Did Carnival Change their Mattresses ?

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#1
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We have always found the beds to be super comfortable - however on our recent back to back on the valor we found the beds very uncomfortable.
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I agree. I slept like a baby on our first cruise in 2011, but the last two this winter were horrible. I dislike very firm mattresses and these were so bad that I could barely sleep. DH loves a firm mattress and he said it's the best sleep he's ever had.
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Does the Valor have the egg crate thingies you can have the room steward put on the beds?
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I just made that comment to my DW earlier tonight.
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Originally posted by Cruizinman
Yes , I think they have.The Breeze was a noticeable difference as well
I noticed this on the Breeze as well. Normally I sleep without waking but on our recent Breeze cruise I'd wake several times during the night and my arm would be asleep. I stomach sleep and couldn't wait to get back home to sleep on my comfy bed. It's the first time I've ever felt that way.
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#8
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Definitely noticed a difference on the Elation last week. Had I not packed my own pillow I think I'd have awakened with a lot of pain but having a familiar pillow helped lessen the discomfort. Did not help my lower back though. I've always thought Carnival had higher quality mattresses that were comfortable with a lot of support but whatever this was that I slept on this past cruise felt cheap and thin with little support.
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#9
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Mattresses were pretty bad on the Pride last week. Rock hard to the point it makes your hips numb. They no longer provide the egg crates but you are free to bring your own they said. [I wrote to them prior to the cruise] Now that should fit nicely in your suitcase!
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I just got back from a back to back on the Liberty and Victory. I didn't think the beds were uncomfortable to start out with, but I could only handle about 6-7 hours max, then I had to get up because of a lower backache. Both ships were the same. I have not had any backaches since we've been home.
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sounds like maybe this is another cutback.

They might have switched to the sleep discomfort mattress.

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#12
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You can ask your room steward to make the bed softer and they will. My partner has back problems and on the conquest in January couldn't sleep on the mattresses, so our steward made it much softer for him by adding two comforters under the sheets. We were in a suite, but category shouldn't matter. Just remember to take care of the steward with a little extra tip at the end


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#13
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For years I've thought carnival mattresses were wonderful.

I don't recall any problem with the mattress I slept on last may, on the Spirit Alaska cruise.

But the mattress was so uncomfortable on the cruises I've taken on the Inspiration this year. 3 cruises, terrible mattresses. I love a hard mattress but these did not feel like a good quality firm mattress. No spring, no give, felt like massive cotton batting stuffed into a box with no springs.
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#14
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I hate to hear this. I have not been able to sail in over a year and a half, guess they have changed them.
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#15
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Originally posted by MURCOTT
Mattresses were pretty bad on the Pride last week.
Rock hard to the point it makes your hips numb.

They no longer provide the egg crates but you are free to bring your own they said.
Now that should fit nicely in your suitcase!
Why don't we all bring our own mattresses from home?

So far I haven't experienced this (read a lot about it)
but if/when it does happen to me, it's just the excuse I've been looking for
to switch from tacky Carnival to a more refined cruise line
- probably Princess.




Tasteful decor on Caribbean Princess.

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#16
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It's not just me, then. I used to LOVE Carnival's beds. This past cruise (a week ago) the mattress was horrible. It was like sleeping on plywood. WAY TOO HARD. I hate to sing the same old "cutback" song, but I honestly think it's just another symptom of this.

Where is the balance? Carnival has given a wonderful product at a great price for so long - and all the sudden (say, when Cahill became CEO) all these complaints start pouring in.... and some of them pretty darn valid. They need to take a major swing in the other direction -and I think (I hope) they are starting to realize this with even John H acknowledging a lot of dissatisfaction lately.
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This is so disappointing! My last Carnival cruises were a few years ago and I loved the beds and bedding. Going on Paradise next week and I really hope they still have the old mattresses.
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#18
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Originally posted by CruisinCrow
This is so disappointing!
My last Carnival cruises were a few years ago and I loved the beds and bedding.
Going on Paradise next week and I really hope they still have the old mattresses.
I used to boast to friends
about how Carnival beds were the most comfortable beds I'd ever experienced, in 60+ years of life
- so comfortable you didn't even want to get out of bed in the morning.

Carnival beds were/are? that good!

Until my last cruise (GLORY, ex-Manhattan, Oct. 2011) that remained the case.
Now I'm hoping that Glory's 2.0 modification since my last cruise
won't have me sleeping on a Yoga-board!


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We were on the 2nd leg of your B2B (5/5 - 5/12). The beds weren't uncomfortable but we definitely noticed the mattresses weren't the same as they were on our Carnival Miracle cruise (March 2006) & Carnival Glory cruise (May 2010). I was thinking on the Miracle and Glory cruises that they may have used down filled mattress pads.
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#20
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Originally posted by Aplmac
I used to boast to friends
about how Carnival beds were the most comfortable beds I'd ever experienced, in 60+ years of life
- so comfortable you didn't even want to get out of bed in the morning.
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Exactly, it was like sleeping in a soft cocoon. My husband is going to be mad - he hates hard mattresses. I can deal but it's disappointing.
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