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  1. For your info, both CDC and FDA are part of USPH's organization. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Public_Health_Service
  2. HAL is just one brand operated by Carnival Corp. Each price point has a different value proposition (comfort, entertainment, itinerary etc). What repeat passengers want to know is if Carnival has moved the goal post. Have they changed the value proposition? Have they added more amenities but reduced the comfort? Any feedback after the refurbishment is welcome. The OP has posted a balanced review; some good points, some very bad experiences. You offer the opinion that the crowding is pretty 'normal'. Have you posted a balanced review of your 7/22 trip? I would like to read it in order to get the context of your opinion.
  3. No doubt. But, where do you draw the line? You need to be clear about the cost/benefits you are paying for. The OP's experience (crowding and other things) was horrifying. Should it occur to you, are you going to complain? Switch to another brand? Like I said, I'm sympathetic to the OP. I would fire a warning shot to Carnival, if I was a Carnival customer. After all, it is the duty of a customer to complain about a poor product?
  4. 😀 Actually, laws and budgets are passed every year. Changes in funding can result in programs being reallocated or out-sourced.
  5. Never!!! Are you saying that this is typical of Carnival ships? "On the 4 sea days I never saw the water in either of the 2 pools, only bobbing heads. Never saw such a crowded pool area in my life. "
  6. I'm struck by the OP's descriptions. Example ... "4. Lido Deck area … PACKED is an understatement! On the 4 sea days I never saw the water in either of the 2 pools, only bobbing heads. Never saw such a crowded pool area in my life. The bussing staff was overwhelmed by the amount of plates, glasses etc. they had to remove. It was very hard for them to keep up." Seems that a lot of families heard about the $200m refit. And, Carnival allowed such numbers to board the ship. To the point where it was a nasty cruise for the OP. It's a choice that Carnival made, presumably to recoup their investment faster. I was on the Holland America's Rotterdam (1997) in May. It had dry docks in 2015 and 2017. I can detect no increase in the number of cabins. And, the ship was largely uncrowded. Just the usual crowds at peak periods.
  7. Yes, I'm sure that you were very interested in the inspection of the engine room, and fire safety systems. How much time do you recall spending with the food inspectors? I'm following up on your memory of the FDA/CDC issue. When were you last Staff Chief?
  8. Hmmm. 25 years? So, they seem to have done a very major refit for the 20-year ship. $200m 2 month “bow-to-stern makeover” https://cruiseradio.net/carnival-sunrise-deck-plans/ The typical dry dock takes about 20 days and cost a lot less. https://www.cruisemapper.com/wiki/767-cruise-ship-refurbishment-dry-dock-schedule Gravy? I suspect that there is a lot more wear-tear on family-friendly ships?
  9. So, how much time do you actually spend with the inspectors? Anyway, it's good to hear from the other side, the inspectors POV.
  10. Thanks for the feedback. I've never cruised with Carnival (just Holland America). This is an eye opener. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnival_Sunrise I'm told that the economic life of a cruise ship is 15 years, before being passed on to a second tier brand. Costs escalate rapidly after that 15-year mark. Apparently, Carnival chose to spend a lot of money on the renovation. Felt that they had to recoup their investment with >10% more passengers. Must have been a lot of families stuffed into the cabins.
  11. Hmmm. ChEng is an engineer. So, he should be an authority on mechanical and electrical issues. The ship's on-board managers have responsibility for the passengers decks. So, they're the ones to 'host' the food inspectors. The deck officers have the command responsibility. They decide when and where to go. They have the authority to order the arrest of a crew member or passenger, and the terms of detention. The experienced deck officers may have the clearest understanding of regulatory requirements and relationships (port, provincial and federal), as the buck stops with them. The senior deck officers should be privy to the basis for corporate decisions, that affect cost, income and investments.
  12. +1. Many of the guests are elderly, and vulnerable to sickness. Not good.
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