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Old October 21st, 2008, 04:42 PM
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My fiancee and I are looking at taking a cruise, Summer 09, for our honeymoon. We are looking mostly at Bahamas and Caribbean mainly for price. We like the disney cruises mainly becasue of the "family" envirement and the evening shows. We don't drink, smoke, and therefore arnt really into clubbing. It looks pretty much everything on the Carnival is pretty much that. Am I wrong? We would like to take a Carnival cruise because of the length and destinations, but are looking to a disney cruise becasue it looks like more fun onboard. Is everything I have said sofar right or wrong? Opinions would be great! Thanks! This is an awesome website!
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I rarely drink, I don't smoke, and parting, what is that?...

I cruise Carnival and have a great time. You don't ave to participate in the deck party, you don't have to go to the disco, you might want to watch the bad singers in the karaoke bar, but otherwise, you do what you want. You can do as much or as little, it is your holiday...They do have fun activities and games to play, but if it isn't your cup of tea, just watch or got to the back of the ship and tan/swim in peace and quiet...

I'm not the person that should go on a Disney cruise because I like to gamble, I think Dinsey is a corrupt company, and I am likely to punch out a character if they bug me......

Carnival, Princess, RCI, or NCL would be good choices....check the website out and read what they say..
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Carnival has something for everyone. Many families choose Carnival. Lots of good shows and entertainment. Something for everyone. 8)
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Thanks for the insight. Carnival's website kind of made me think it was "just a party ship" and nothing more. I haven't been able to find out much else about the ships. But with that said, we will probably wing it with Carnival since they have the better schedule for us. Thanks for the insight!
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I'm glad you decided to give Carnival a try. We don't party either. And still, we have a blast on Carnival. I don't even gamble and hate bingo and I still have fun.
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a couple of things for you to consider - If you are looking into a shorter than 7 day cruise, these cruises typically attract the more partying crowd.
Carnival in the summer will have lots of families with small and school-aged children
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Well we actually would prefer a 6-7night cruise, and that was another plus of going with carnival, along with there schedule.
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I can't comment on a disney cruise but can make comments regarding NCL, Princess and Carnival. All lines are a bit different from each other, but would agree and say you can do nothing or everything. I would say Carnival seems to give the impression of party party party and have heard that from many people considering cruises. Having been on 3 different lines I don't find Carnival to be simply a "party cruiseline." We do drink, we gamble just a bit. We don't seek out clubs, but they are there. There many times are jazz clubs, sports bars, discos, etc. You have the choice of going or not. We book a balcony cabin because we love to spend afternoons and even evenings out there enjoying the ocean and the peace and quiet. We found the evening entertainment on all the lines to be pretty darn fantastic. I would give a plus to the theatres on the spirit class ships of carnival as they are very roomy and it allows guests to move along aisles without disturbing seated guests very much. It also allows cocktail staff to do their job without disturbing seated guests. Carnival employees are just as good as those we encountered on NCL and Princess.

I would also tell you that summer time is peak family travel time as kids are out of school. The 3 Carnival ships we have been on have an adults only area on the Lido deck at the rear of the ship. That said, however, they do allow smoking - I'm not sure if it's at the bar area alone or the entire lounging area. We have had so much trouble with misbehaved teenagers that we now cruise in September. The two July cruises we took the security staff told us they had issues with damaging security cameras, elevators, etc and chasing these kids down at 3 a.m. to return them to their parents. We have seen elevators decorated with ketchup. The September cruise we just took we had 5 teenagers creating holy hell at a show we were at. The theatre was full and we couldn't move. We then came upon these kids after the show and they were still trouble. I'm surprised my ex-cop husband didn't escort the lead troublemaker to a security officer. The one security officer we spoke to told us she was glad the kids were back in school for all of the above issues.

Just adding my two cents and I know not all teens are bad kids.
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I rarely drink, I don't smoke, and parting, what is that?...

I cruise Carnival and have a great time. You don't ave to participate in the deck party, you don't have to go to the disco, you might want to watch the bad singers in the karaoke bar, but otherwise, you do what you want. You can do as much or as little, it is your holiday...They do have fun activities and games to play, but if it isn't your cup of tea, just watch or got to the back of the ship and tan/swim in peace and quiet...
On the two Carnival cruises we've been on, the passengers had more talent than the crew! Karaoke can be pretty entertaining!

We've also been on NCL 2x, and Princess 8x and enjoyed them all. Some more than others, but still had a good time. The entertainment on the NCL Pearl back in February was very good. We enjoyed just about all the different entertainment on that ship. Princess is our favorite overall...especially pleased with the food and service.

Whatever you decide, hope you have a great trip!!!
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You don't mention if you enjoy a lot of ship board activities or not. If so, look into any of the Voyager or Freedom class ships that Royal Caribbean have out there. They offer some of the best entertainment on the water, especially their ice shows. The production shows onboard Freedom was the best I've seen.
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