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Old March 25th, 2011, 12:51 PM
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Hi everyone. We are going on my first Carnival cruise next February (I know its so far away, but I'm excited!)
I have sailed with Disney, and twice with Royal.
I'm just interested what I should expect from Carnival compared to Royal and Disney.
I'm going with my parents, my sister (will be 17), my parents friends, and their 3 daughters (who are 18, 13, and 11). I will be 19 when we go on this cruise.

We are sailing the Carnival Pride out of Baltimore and to the Bahamas.
Thanks for any input!
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That's such a good question. I'm interested in hearing comparisons too. I love Royal, but I know so many people that go Carnival I would love to hear from someone who has done both and which they prefer.

I'm sailing out of Baltimore next month but on Royal. Ours is headed to the Bahamas too!
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I have enjoyed our four cruises on Royal. We have cruise twice on Carnival, but I prefer Royal.
I have never sailed Disney and don't expect to do so. They don't have casinos on Disney and I do like to visit the casino a few times during my cruise.

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I don't remember Disney as much as I do the Royal Cruises. I was 12 when I went on the Disney Cruise, but from what I do remember it was absolutely amazing. My parents still tell people it was the best cruise they have been on. I love cruising with Royal, but i'm just interested if Carnival will have more to offer for a 19 year old, and a 17 year old. I have heard many times its a 'party ship'.
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We've cruised several times on both Royal Caribbean and Carnival. To this day, I don't know why so many people think of Carnival as a "party ship". Makes it sound like Mardi Gras, 24/7. Maybe it's because the Carnival ships tend to have more poolside activities than RCCL. If you go to this website:Cruise Ship Virtual Tours | Cruise Videos | Carnival Cruise Lines, you can take a virtual tour of the ship and it will give you some idea of what to expect.
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I agree with the PP.

I don't get why Carnival has the perception of the party ship. There are just as many partiers on Royal.

I would draw a line between 3/4/5 day cruises and the 7 day cruises (on any line). I would say that the shorter trips tend to be party cruises, and the longer ones more geared towards family.

Manuel, DH and I are AVID gamblers! It's one of the main reasons we love cruising. We're sailing Disney in March, and I will let you know how we survive without a casino!

To the OP, its very difficult to compare cruiselines as there are often many variations within a line. For example, a cruise on Grandeur of the Seas cannot be compare to a cruise on Allure of the Seas. Similarly Dream/Magic cannot be compare Fantasy or Celebration (are those even still seaworthy?).


I think the best comparison comes from someone (not ME!) who has sailed both Carnival Dream/Magic and Royal Oasis/Allure.

We'll be sailing Freedom of the Seas in a few more weeks (gasp!) so i will try and remember to report back and let you know how it compares to Carnival Dream.
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"I would draw a line between 3/4/5 day cruises and the 7 day cruises (on any line). I would say that the shorter trips tend to be party cruises, and the longer ones more geared towards family."

Queen, I can't vouch for ALL 3/4/5 day cruises as being party cruises, but when we took a New Year's cruise on RCCL's Majesty of the Seas, (that was a four day Bahamas cruise), THAT WAS A PARTY! Of course, we expected it and had a great time! For anybody reading this, if you've never done a New Year's cruise, you owe it to yourself to go at least once. The smile on your face will last a loooong time.

Heather, if you and your family plan on eating breakfast on the Lido deck, be sure to look for the omelet station. Many people that cruise on Carnival for the first time tend to miss it the first day or two.
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years ago Carnival got labeled as party-hearty ships, mainly because they allowed spring-breaker college kids to sail with out adult supervision, all that has changed but the label has stuck. Carnival has come a long way since those days. Its almost impossible to compare cruises line to line, its like comparing apples to oranges, each one is different in its own way, one thing that someone might like on one line, someone else might not on another
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Carnival does not have as many of the extra items onboard like surfing, rock climbing and zip lines. Also there are not the "name brand" places like Johnny Rockets. Depending on the kids on board they do seem to try to keep everybody active and give teens opportunities to meet their peers on board.
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Carnival does not have as many of the extra items onboard like surfing, rock climbing and zip lines. Also there are not the "name brand" places like Johnny Rockets. Depending on the kids on board they do seem to try to keep everybody active and give teens opportunities to meet their peers on board.
I think the new ships are changing that. i dont know what Magic brings to the table, but dream has a rock climbing wall and a waterslide and splash zone for the kidlets.

Is Johnny rockets really a draw? I know I would not pick a ship because of Johnny Rockets. I've never dined there so perhaps I don't know what I'm missing!
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