8 cruises with Carnival and loved every 1 of them with 2 more planned in the next couple of months. Been cruising with them since 2003. I've sailed 4, 5 and 7 day itineraries on brand new ships to some of the oldest in the fleet and have never once encountered the party atmosphere that Carnival seems to have a reputation for. One night there were some teenage kids being loud in the hallway at 1am and I can honestly say that's the worst thing that's ever happened, being awakened at that hour the night before we get up early for disembarkation. Small potatoes. My daughter loves the kids club, the staff is great and attentive all over the ship, the spas are very nice, there is always a quiet deck to be found to sunbathe or read, the food is excellent. I think Carnival is an excellent value cruise line. All of this being said, my Disney cruise was still my favorite cruise I've ever taken. If you can afford Disney, do it! If you can't, Carnival is an excellent alternative in my opinion.