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Old June 4th, 2013, 01:10 PM
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Definitely not an urban myth on Carnival! Problem is they have the cheapest rates, which leads to a cheaper crowd, which leads to a more party-type crowd. For the most part, younger people don't have the money, so if they want to cruise, they go for the cheapest rates. Younger people tend to party more than others.

Don't mean to sound like I'm stereotyping, but it's just the facts based on doing this for many years.

Of course, there are exceptions; for example, if you do a 7-night cruise when school is in session, you'll have less party-types. But if you do a 3-night cruise over the weekend, you'll definitely have more party-types.

We've been on Carnival cruises where there were hardly any kids on board and never had any problems at all. It was basically full of seniors, like us, so it was much more sedate. Yet we've also been on Carnival cruises where we just wanted to lock ourselves in our cabin because of all the loud and boisterous behavior going on. And forget trying to find a spot by the pool, not that we wanted to because of the noise.

As I said, depending on your likes and dislikes, what you choose will always have a major impact on what you get; the cruise line, the ship, the itinerary, and the date will dictate the make-up of the crowd, which will impact the overall experience.

47 Cruises & Counting! Favorites: Paul Gauguin to Tahiti: Uniworld River Cruises in Europe; any of the Celebrity Solstice-class ships; Holland America for 12-nights in the Baltics & Russia; RCCL for 14-night Greek Isles, Turkey, & Croatia; Holland America for 14-day Alaska cruisetour; 10-night Canada/New England cruise; 21 days in Hawaii including a 7-night NCL cruise; Oceania for 25 days in Asia; & 3 months touring Europe by train. And many days spent in all-inclusive resorts!
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