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Old July 5th, 2004, 04:55 PM
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Hello, I have been working with an agent (don't really know them yet) and I am booking , hopefully, for May or June. She is getting me the "best" price on the CARNIVAL VICTORY...but I am afraid it is not as good as the RCCL....(which has VERY loyal guests-including ME)
I went on the Enchantment of the Seas and loved it! I have a 13 year old who loves to shop on board (uses her own sea pass credit card! ha) and also adores the broadway like shows. We like a good, clean, sophisticated , yet casual when you want to be...ship.
Should I stay on RCCL or is Carnival Victory the place for us!?
Please.....for those who have gone on a lot of cruises....and maybe have a teen or two...let me know what I shoud do! ANY COMMENTS APPRECIATED!
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Old July 5th, 2004, 05:21 PM
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I think the Victory is probably even better than the ship we were on (celebration) I had my 14 yr old (turned 14 onboard) and he had a good time.. the shows were more Vegas style... with a little more skin, if u know what I mean... but not indecent by any means... at their age there is not ALOT to do... too old for camp, too young for casinos & other onboard trivia games, etc... there is always the pool... and excursions... all in all he had a great time.... just wish there was more stuff for them to do ! I think you would like the Victory or any Carnival ship... they are very Family oriented... so, give it a try... then u will have a solid comparison based on your families likes & dislikes... have a great time ! Can I come with ya?
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Old July 5th, 2004, 05:24 PM
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The products are quite simuliar with the RCI providing a bit better service and 'prettier' ships and CCL providing better food, entertainment, and larger cabins. The service on CCL also is often less formal and more friendly. Understand that is my opinion but I have seen many that seem to agree with this generality.
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Tova,

I have cruised both RCCL (1) and CCL (2), plus booked on CCL Sensation for next month.

Depends on what you are looking for. My first cruise was on CCL-Jubilee. Just me and my 15 year old daughter. We had a blast! they call it the fun ship and fun is what we had. I found there was lots to do, young and old. My second cruise was on the RCCL Magesty of the Sea and also my honey moon. Now this ship was very elegant. The rooms however were small, and I didn't think the food was quite as good. I did not see as many activities for youngsters on this boat. I felt it had a more adult them but that was just my opinion. I also felt the entertainment was short and far between. They only had one midnight buffet if food is your thing. Now last summer, we booked My husband, myself and his son and a friend, both teen boys aged 16. Both our girls did not want to go. I booked on CCL- Conquest because having cruised both lines, I felt this to be the better choice for them. They had a blast. The arcade was huge and there is a louge that plays music and caters to ages 12-17. We hardly saw the boys the whole trip. I think they stayed up day and night, and only came to dinner on formal night because I insisted.

If i were booking children, I would personally book Carnival. Now just my husband and I, I would consider RCCL, even though they didn't serve lobster and CCL did. We are booked on CCL Sesation because it port is closer to us for my elderly parent to travel.

Just my opinion.... Cruising is just plain fun period!

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Old July 5th, 2004, 10:19 PM
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Thank you all for your messages. I think I am leaning toward CCL....VS....even though I heard the Navigator of the Seas is supposed to be fantastic. Is the CCL good for adults too? I can't get much information on the site....about activities etc. If you know of any websites where the daily activities are stated...let me know. Thank you all again! Tova
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Old July 5th, 2004, 11:53 PM
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RCCL's "voyager class" ships are by far the best for teens. How can you beat rock climbing, ice skating, roller blading, full court basketball, miniature golf,etc. We have two teenage girls and they would rate the Explorer of the Seas as their best of their 11 cruises.

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Old July 6th, 2004, 07:30 AM
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I agree with Peter. We have been on 2 RCC and 3 CCL. My 20 & 22 yr olds say the best cruise was the Voyager Class Explorer of the Seas. In the process of making plans for Navigator and my son can't wait. Not sure if our daughter can get away from work to go yet.

There is so much to do on the Voyager class ships, and more elegant than CCL, in my opinion. they have the Royal Promenade which is absolutely beautiful and so much entertainment just there. And the ice show is one of the best we have ever seen!

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Old July 8th, 2004, 06:21 AM
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I was on the Explorer of the seas last September and it was SPECTACULAR. The ship is drop-dead georgeous, very elegant and classy. Everything from the shows, the service to the food was superb. It also has amenities which aren't available on any other cruise line such as the Royal Promenade (which has a parade) and the ice show. It's worth going just for those alone. If you and your teen are the active type there is also a in-line skating track, an ice skating rink, a rock-climbing wall, mini-golf course and a ton of other activities that are sure to keep you from being bored.

I haven't sailed on Carnival yet (although I have booked a cruise for September) so I can't say how it compares with Royal Carribean, but RCI's Voyager-class ships are so unique that I think it's something all cruise-lovers should experience at least once. Trust me, you will have a good time.
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Old July 8th, 2004, 07:28 AM
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Tova,
I have been on several cruises and I know what you mean about being loyal to one. We have travelled carnival more than anything else. We get unbelievable deals from them. My family consists of me (age 32) my hubby of 14 years, and one teenage(13) son. We have been on the destiny and the fantasy and we are returning to the Destiny in April. We have not yet even been on the newer, bigger ships. We have also done a RC cruise and it was just as much fun as carnival. Everything was great and comparable with carnival except for the rooms. We do feel carnivals rooms are better. Now, sure, how much time do you spend in the rooms, anyway?! so not a big deal.
We do lounge on the balconies alot, and the rooms are bigger which makes it seem more comfortable. Price wise, we save more on carnival, but that just may be because we use them more than anything. I myself have also sailed on Princess (Leaving hubby and son home- I travelled with a church group of women!) and princess was equally fabulous, but definietly, not a "Fun Ship" as carnival is. Sure we had fun, but the princess average age range was mid 60's. My dinner companions joked about my then-31 year old hair being the only natural hair color in the dining room full of seniors. hee hee. The trip itself could have also factored in there- not just the ship- It was a panama canal transit for 10 or 11 days, not your typical honeymoon or family fun cruise- so that may be to blame as well. Bottom line- try it all- see what you like and enjoy! Any cruise should be a relaxing vacation!

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Toya,
Yes, the Carnival ships are good for us big kids too ! I have sailed on the Inspiration, and the Conquest ! I loved every minute of each cruise. I have no complants with Carnival at all. On every cruise, we have had great service, food, and a wonderful time.
We have friends that love the RCCL the best, and we have friends that love Princess Cruise Line the best.
I personally, want to try them all ! We love to cruise and thats the only form of vacation we take. I honestly could take a cruise 5 or 6 times a year, if I could afford it. Like they say," If you go once, and you like it, your hooked for life" ! Thats so true !
We are sending our son on his first cruise for his honeymoon in Aug. 2005 ! Then the wife and I are thinking about taking the Princess or RCCL, to the Eastern Carribean in Sept. 2005.

Take your cruise, and enjoy ! I know you'll have a blast !
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Ship-wise RCCL is much better, but more fancy. If you are looking for casual, but still nice, go on one of Carnival's newer ship, and the Victory started cruising in 2000, so it is still fairly new. I am going on its' sister ship, the Triumph, and I've heard they are both wonderful ships. Also, Carnival has more shows than RCCL, 2 broadway shows per cruise, instead of RCCL'S 1. I enjoy Carnival better, because it has better kids' programs(teens for me NOW and your daughter). So, I think you should give Carnival a try, I mean it's almost impossible to not have fun on a cruise, and if you only have an OK time, try a better ship on the same line, or rotate to a different line. Either choice, you're goingto have fun :-)

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Old July 9th, 2004, 09:28 AM
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As far as Carnival having more shows than RCCL - if you sail a voyager class ship, RCCL has both a broadway show and an ice skating show - tough to beat. I have seen many postings about how quickly the Carnival ships tend to get beat up. The Victory was built in 2000, but thats four years ago. Carnival also has two really new ships, one in the water and one soon to come - they put all of their best crew on their new ships which has a rippling effect through the fleet. Book RCCL and one of the voyager class. You won't be disappointed.

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Yea, there's nothing that can top RCCL's Voyager class ships, I've heard and seen that they were great, and the best in the industry.

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Old July 9th, 2004, 11:19 PM
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Tova,
We've been on the RCCL, Majesty of the Seas and had a great time. We've been on CCL's Imagination, Inspiration, Victory, Triump and we are booked on the Miracle in October and the Destiny in Jan, 2005. We have also been on Celebrity's Horizon and Galaxy (3 times) and NCL's Norway. In my opinion the best service and food is on the Celebrity ships, the best shows and more relaxed atmosphere can be found on the Carnival ships. We have never had a bad cruise regardless of the ship or cruise line. Book the Victory and have fun, you won't regret it! It is a wonderful ship with plenty of room and great cabins.
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Well, I've been on RCCL an equal number of times as I have been on CCL.
Honestly, I doubt very much if I will be returning to Royal for some time....if ever.
The food on RCCL has obviously had a decline over the past several years, and the food on CCL gets better each time. The cabins are much more spacious on CCL, and I've had equally good service. Paradise made me feel very at-home as opposed to the floating overcrowded city feel that RCCL gave on my 3 cruises on Voyager and 2 of her sisters. We just bypassed the promenade at the busiest hours of the day and used the cabin hallways. Very very pretty ships, but some of what I've seen of CCL's newer ships seems to be catching up, though RCCL still has more glass in certain areas.
If I had no choice I'd go on RCCL in an instant, but if I had a choice I'd go on CCL personally. I really seem to feel like I belong there, like it is my own house, or in this case ship. On RCCL, it really does seem like a floating hotel, though its more like if you took new york and started to float it out to sea. It did seem crowded to me, but I have not seen complaints about CCL's ships being crowded.

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Carnival is my number one pick. I have been on other cruises yrs ago. And we still always come back to carnival. We get a great vacation , great food. we have always had wonderful service on carnival. Love the shows too. There is a group of 10 of us that go together. We have a ball....... Happy cruising...
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