Houstonathome, I haven't personally traveled the Princess Lines. I have friends that have cruised with Carnival, RCCI & Princess, they say Princess & RCCI are more alike. But like I said on the other thread, you must make your own decisions. You can have a great vacation if you go with a positive attitude & an open mind. Carnival usually has a larger variety of ports & you can usually get a less expensive rate. But we still prefer RCCI.
I wouldn't say more kids, we have yet to be bothered by children on any cruise. Just a different a type of people than we are accustomed to. And here again I mean no disrespect to anyone. You must decide for yourself after taking trips on different lines, which will be best for ME?
its really not fair to compare the two. It would be like comparing apples to oranges, both are unique and special in their own ways. Look at the ports of call, look at the ships see what they have to offer. One huge plus for me is that Princess pools are FRESHWATER not salt and they are open 24/7 as are the hot tubs.
Princess offers Anytime Dining.
The Caribbean Princess has Movies Under the Stars which is kind of cool. Its like going to a drive-in. You reserve a lounge chair up on deck, you get a blanket, popcorn, their are waiters all around to take drink orders and you see 1st run movies.
Carnival is bit more glitzy, showy than Princess
Carnival is a bit more casual than Princess, not that Princess is stuffy or snooty- Princess is casual-elegant like a resort hotel
Carnival attracts more families with infants
Carnival has Las Vegas type production shows that are very good
SInce you said that the prices are very close, i would look at the ports of call. My personal preference would be toward the Caribbean Princess, i have sailed on both lines and Princess suits my personal tastes and likes better than Carnival
I have only been on 2 W.Caribb. cruises. Sea Princess(Jan./01) and Carnival Valor(Jan./05). Both the same in my opinion for food, lodging,service and I did not notice any differences in clientele either!!
NCL Jewel March 14/08(Southern Caribb.)VALOR Jan. 7 /07(Western Caribb. again!)
VALOR Jan/05-our first family cruise was great!