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Old August 9th, 2006, 02:51 PM
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I'm looking for a cruise in November disembarking from Los Angeles. What is one of Carnival's "nicer" ships, I'm looking for something a little luxurious.
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Old August 9th, 2006, 02:56 PM
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I haven't been on all of them but really its all about price. It depends on how much you want to spend, how long you want to cruise and where you want to go, and what you like to do.

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Old August 9th, 2006, 03:08 PM
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I think the only two Carnival ships sailing outta Long Beach are Paradise and Pride. I certainly favor the Pride over Paradise for the ship and itinerary. BUT, I wouldn't call any Carnival ships "luxurious". Funs is their mission, and fun they are!
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Old August 9th, 2006, 03:10 PM
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would you say Royal Caribbean is "nicer" than Carnival?
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Old August 9th, 2006, 03:23 PM
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I have sailed both RCCL and Carnival and I think the RCCL ships are much nicer. My DS pointed out that there were not as many activities scheduled, as compared to Carnival, but I always felt there were more than enough options while on board. (DS and DIL did Carnival for their honeymoon and then RCCL with my DH and I the following year.) The food and service were comparable. There were fewer children on RCCL. As you said, options, options.... Read some of the ship reviews to give you a better idea. You will find lots of different opinions, so you finally just go with it! I promise you, you will not be disappointed.
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Old August 9th, 2006, 06:57 PM
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Hi si si,

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Originally Posted by readytogonow
Read some of the ship reviews to give you a better idea.
This is a great suggestion! Go to the "Ship Reviews" section here and read Ann's reviews and the Reader's Reviews.

I'd also suggest you find a Travel Agent who is a Cruise Specialist. They can aim you in the right direction as far as your tastes and your budget.

We haven't sailed RCCL, but from talking to my TA and reading posts here on CM's, I'd say they are definitely more upscale than Carnival.

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Old August 9th, 2006, 07:34 PM
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If you were sailing next February you could have your choice of a number of ships for a seven day cruise.

My personal opinion, based on the lines I have sailed, for a bit nicer ship on a Mexican cruise would be:

Mercury (Celebrity) Great Food, 70,000 ton range. My favorite ship

Carnival Pride (Carnival) More active crowd, very large cabins, even in lower categories.

Norwegian Star (NCL) Love Freestyle dining and good layout. Add $100 to try all the specialty restaurants. Don't go with the lowest category cabin. Go with outside or higher.

Diamond Princess (Princess) Anytime Dining, Alternative restaurants good. Less activities but very nice ship.

Oosterdam (HAL) Nice ship but could be the most sedate. Great coffee bars and relaxing atmosphere. A traditional cruise concept.

Vision of the Seas (RCI) Older ship but still a nice one with an active crowd, plenty of activities and traditional dining.

Do some more research on different ships and different months and you'll get an idea of what you like and don't.

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