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Kuki May 22nd, 2011 10:08 AM

Carnival cruisers - What is your image of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
I'm wondering how Carnival cruisers see Royal Caribbean?

What factors make you stick with Carnival as opposed to sailing RCI?

flowers May 22nd, 2011 11:38 AM

Nothing would make me more loyal to either line. Im not loyal to Carnival. The reason I book Carnival more often is the simple fact I live in TX and its the only year round choice. Carnival is not my cruiseline of choice, its just more convenient. Iv even gone out of New Orleans 4 times on Carnival now and twice out of Mobile just to get more variety in my Carnival cruises. Im starting to get bored with them. Iv just done 4 Carnival in a row and glad I have a change coming up to Oasis. I know some who can do the same ship time after time, but not me, I need to change it up.

I think whichever one you went on one after another you could get bored with. Variety is the spice of life.

nlb1050 May 22nd, 2011 12:52 PM

I would have to say the main reason we cruise Carnival over Royal is price. Even for the Royal ships that don't have all the bells and whistles that the newer ones do the price for the same # of days and ports they usually cost more than Carnival. And price is the biggest reason we choose one cruise over another. We have cruised once on Royal and I really did not see any difference in quality of cabins/ food or the way the crew is. One difference we have seen in the dining rooms is that on all of our Carnival cruises the Maitre'D came by the table every night, even the one time we did the your time dining and for the one Royal cruise we had absolutely no idea who the Maitre'D was, yet Royal expects you to tip him and he is not in the tipping pool on Carnival.

skymaster May 22nd, 2011 03:50 PM

I agree with the above post. We've cruise primarily on Carnival the last few years, for two principle reasons. Price for Carnival cruises are MUCH better, unless you cruise the older, smaller RCI ships. (Actually I like the older, smaller RCI ships better than the big mega ships, but there aren't too many of 'em around this area anymore.) The second reason, for me is the availability of karaoke aboard Carnival ships, as opposed to RCI ships. Carnival has karaoke at least once a day, and on sea days they occasionally offer karaoke in the afternoon as well. Most of the RCI ships I've sailed lately, only offer karaoke about three times on a seven day cruise. Other than that, I don't like paying for all the bells and whistles that I don't use. ie: rock wall, flow rider, zip line, etc, etc,etc.
When RCI prices come down, and they start offering more karaoke, then I'll start cruising more RCI ships. Until then, I'll see y'all aboard the next Carnival sailing. :cool:


EMG May 22nd, 2011 04:51 PM

Setting my last experience with Carnival aside, in my opinion RCCL has better ships, the entertainment factor seems to be higher / more interesting and the experience seemed to be better.

Although the price is higher, the old adage; you get what you pay for seems to ring true. I've cruised on the Voyager Class Ships on RCCL and the Conquest Class Ships with CCL and although the Voyager class ships of RCCL are older the gross tonnage and capacity is still larger than that of the Dream Class ships CCL is producing now.

In my opinion it seems like RCCL hired an interior designer and CCL had a honey-do list. I've never felt crowded on an RCCL ship the way I do on Carnivals ships and while on RCCL's ships I actually feel like I'm at a floating resort.

I chose a few CCL cruises because of the price but I don't think I'll be doing that ever again. I will save the extra hundred or so bucks it costs and just cruise RCCL.

Ports of call sometimes come into play when cruising but I can honestly say that I can see myself taking a cruise in the future and not stepping off the ship once. I feel like that's something I can do (not get off the ship) on RCCL, but not on CCL. I couldn't wait to get off the ship during my last cruise with CCL and dreaded getting back on when my day in port was done.

RCCL's solarium's and promenades out-do any social gathering areas that Carnival has yet to produce on any ship that I've been on. I also find it helpful that there is one folder where all your pictures are placed every night so you don't have to play hide and seek to find your photos.

I've heard it said that CCL has fun ships and RCCL has fun ships - with class! I tend to agree. Although CCL used to be my cruise line of choice, after my last experience, it's not fact anymore.

Lakers Fan May 22nd, 2011 04:58 PM

I have friends that only book with RCI .We never cruised with them.

flowers May 22nd, 2011 08:30 PM


Originally Posted by Henry43 (Post 1372303)
I have friends that only book with RCI .We never cruised with them.

You should try it sometime. You might find you like it even better than Carnival?? I hope you do cruise with them some time.

As far as the karoke comments above .. since I cant carry a tune, I guess thats why its not important to me.

Dhill May 22nd, 2011 08:47 PM

. I was reading these post and was wondering if Royal Caribbean cruise line is in the same catagory as Carnival? Are they considered mass market cruise lines or is RCCL a premiere line? I also wonder which cruise lines carry more passengers over a years time must be Carnival?:D

Dwayne May 22nd, 2011 09:32 PM

Have never cruised on RCCL. I started out cruising on Carnival and am loyal to them. It seems that RCCL is a different type culture than Carnival with how they do things ie Crown and Anchor, extra charge eateries, etc to me. As a Carnival Platinum cruiser I am familiar with Carnival ships and how they do things. It is a perfect fit for me. I also like my Platinum perks, and how the casino Player's Club treats me as a long time member. RCCL would be a foreign experience for me without the perks. With limited vacation time, I don't want to spend it figuring out how things work and the layout of the ship. I'm there for FUN and Carnival never disappoints in that department. I have no reason to change. :)

Kuki May 22nd, 2011 09:37 PM


Originally Posted by Henry43 (Post 1372303)
I have friends that only book with RCI .We never cruised with them.

Henry... have they ever cruised Carnival?

Kuki May 22nd, 2011 09:42 PM


Originally Posted by Dhill (Post 1372360)
. I was reading these post and was wondering if Royal Caribbean cruise line is in the same catagory as Carnival? Are they considered mass market cruise lines or is RCCL a premiere line? I also wonder which cruise lines carry more passengers over a years time must be Carnival?:D

DH.. Yup, both considered mass market lines. I've cruised both lines. RCI without doubt has the prettier ships. The last few years they have certainly directed a whole lot of their energies to attract the "family demographic".

Given my own choice, I'd choose Carnival.

But my original post was to ask how Carnival cruises perceive RCI... even if they've never cruised on RCI.

I think I posted the same (but reversed scenario) on the RCI board.

Haoie May 22nd, 2011 09:59 PM

I'd like to try them sooner or later.

Aerogirl May 22nd, 2011 11:25 PM

I have only cruised RC one time and it was an older ship. I have cruised Carnival twice with my third coming up this November. For me I didnít care for RC for a few reasons.
1) Didnít think the food was as good as Carnival
2) Lack of entertainment
3) The ships set up
4) Price
I am however open to sailing a newer RC ship in the future and would give me a true feel for the RC line in comparison to Carnival.

Manuel May 23rd, 2011 01:22 AM

I love the new Royal ships. I have sailed on the Liberty OTS twice and have also sailed on the Oasis and the Allure.
My next cruise will be on the Oasis.

I love the entertainmen and the service on those big Royal ships.

I did not like the layout or the entertainment on the Carnival Liberty.


david30101 May 23rd, 2011 01:32 AM

Only reason Ive stayed with carnival, is my sister is in the travel business part time and get credits, plus on her side of family, Carnival is more affordible. Now that ive reached Platinum, its hard to cruise other lines with same benefits unless I book a Suite. I did have the choice to sail on the Independance when she was in service about 6 months, I was very impressed with the decor, Expecially the pools and the adult area, which was the best of any ship Ive been on. Fresh water heated pools, which are big enougth to actually swim in and about as deep or deeper then I am tall. Im 6-3. I had a Inside cabin up forward on the 9th deck up near the gym and adult area. Great location. I did like the flowrider, but they had to many rules and lines were to long. I didnt use it. I could of "booked" it for a hefty price for a limited amout of time. Another thing I liked about RCCL..The check in was very quick and organized. On a ship with 4k people, I figued I would never get on, i was wrong..Got on quicker then when I used Platinum with carnival on a smaller ship. The ice cream machines were in a bad spot..Only over by the "kiddie" pool area, which means adults never got any ice cream unless you waited in a long line of kids. After awile, they had a crew member supervising the machines. Still had the 24 hour pizza, but it was all way down on the Royal Promanade, long ways away from lido. Loved the gym areas.

Cruznut2 May 23rd, 2011 03:33 AM

I have never sailed on RCI. The only reason has been price. I find Carnival to be much more reasonable for me. As a single that has to pay double price is important. I am open to trying RCI if the right price comes along.


rjalexie May 23rd, 2011 01:34 PM

Well Kuki it's like this. Had cruised on Carnival 5 times and our daughter-in-law talked me into trying out RCCL back in 2007. So we booked a 7 day from Galveston for about $250.00 per person more than if we had chosen Carnival for the same itinerary from Galveston on the Conquest. I really didn't see throughout the cruise why it was that much higher of a price. Because the basics were all the same. Also while on this cruise bad news from home was verbally reported to the ship to contact me. We never got the message from RCCL, when 2 of my family members at home at 2 different times on 2 different days tried to contact us onboard. The news was that my father had passed away. I found out by opening an email on the 6th day of the cruise that he passed 2 days before. With only 1 day left there was no port stop to fly home from, so had to wait till we got back to Galveston. I sent a letter to RCCL's president/CEO and all I got was a certificate for $100.00 off our next RCCL cruise which had an experation date of 180 days from receipt. I can get $100.00 off any cruise I want by just asking my travel agent. The other reason I have stuck to Carnival is I've had bad experiences but they always seemed to compensate us for them, even when they had no control of the situations. We're Platinum and heading for Milestone. Carnival all the way for us... Rick & Barb

airforce95 May 23rd, 2011 07:03 PM

I have not sailed on RCCL mainly because it appears that they are not as laid back as Carnival. I don't know if that is a true statement but that is how I preceive them to be. I go on vacation to relax and to have fun. RCCL appears to me to be more formal than Carnival. I hope that is what you were looking for.

AndyBrown May 24th, 2011 02:13 AM

He he, it's funny how perceptions can have no basis in reality, but I've always thought RCCL as a brand seemed just a little bit snooty, whereas Carnival has that, "Everyone's welcome, come aboard!" feel.

Mrs. Brown and I have been on 7 Carnival cruises (with 2 more booked!) and none on RCCL, so I have no basis to compare the two, but Kuki is asking for impressions, and that's mine. I don't even price other lines when planning cruises. Our first cruise in March 2002 (Inspiration from New Orleans) was so fantastic, just beyond our wildest expectations, that we never saw any reason to try another brand.


rollerdonna May 24th, 2011 08:47 AM

We have not cruised with RCI since my very first cruise in 95. Loved it then, but recently it has become so much more expensive than Carnival or even Princess. Also, the ships are getting bigger and bigger, and feature too many things we would never use eg; flow rider, rock climbing walls, skating rinks, etc. so why pay more for what you won't enjoy?


Barryn514 May 24th, 2011 01:10 PM

Carnival beds will make into a king size and I don't think RCC does and I like a King bed.

flowers May 25th, 2011 03:41 PM


Originally Posted by Kuki (Post 1372372)
But my original post was to ask how Carnival cruises perceive RCI... even if they've never cruised on RCI.

I perceive it as a tiny step higher than Carnival because I like things on RCL better overall. My rule is thumb is I am willing to pay approx $100 extra for a RCL cruise. I also will fly for a RCL cruise but not Carnival.

I cant put my finger on why I prefer RCL, but I do.

sparks23 May 25th, 2011 10:03 PM

i perceive RCCL as more uppity than CCL, not that i have ever sailed RCCL but i am cruising to relax and have a good time, plus experience new they seem more expensive and i wont pay more, when i have had two wonderful experiences with CCL.

jerryblchr June 6th, 2011 07:06 PM

Carnival over Rci
We are getting ready to do our fourth cruise with Carnival. We sailed once on RCI. We didnt like the food as well as Carnival. They had male strippers in the same lounge as the Karaoke. Of course they had the doors shut for the strippers, but they opened the doors for karaoke some of the dancers were still prancing around in their thongs. A real sight for kids to see. There were people dancing with the strippers and rubbing all over them.If people want to watch strippers, that is their business, but the cruise line should have made sure it was child appropriate before they opened the doors. As for price, Carnival beats RCI hands down. I noticed more security on Carnival. So as for me and my family, we will stick with Carnival.

paddletoe53 June 6th, 2011 09:51 PM

we have always have great time with carnival never had any problems
so im happy right now whay change i like the price of carnival i'm not
intrest on going on a big ship and i'm not going to use the rock wall,
zip line or the flow rider i,m happy with carnival 103 days to the carnival

kaneals June 7th, 2011 02:34 PM

My wife and I love Carnival. Never had a bad cruise and the wait staff on certain cruises have been incredible. I think both cruise lines are very similiar. The rooms seem a little smaller on Royal and pricier. I'm not against sailing on Royal at all. I'm thinking about sailing on the Oasis, looks like a awesome ship. However, the Carnival Breeze that is coming out looks great too. SO many choices...part of the fun.

Paul Motter June 8th, 2011 09:31 PM


Originally Posted by Dhill (Post 1372360)
. I was reading these post and was wondering if Royal Caribbean cruise line is in the same catagory as Carnival? Are they considered mass market cruise lines or is RCCL a premiere line? I also wonder which cruise lines carry more passengers over a years time must be Carnival?:D

VBoth are considered mainstream, not premium. However I think RCL has some ships that could alsmost qualify as premium like the new radiance. I personally thing Oasis is a beautiful ship.

Carnival carries more per year ( I believe) solely because they have more beds. But it is close.

RCCL gives you more ship per bed than Carnival does. CCL has the most crowded ships of any cruise line. However, the new RCCL, Princess and NCL ships will be just as crowded as today's Carnival ships.

KayAnnie June 8th, 2011 11:01 PM

My image is that the rooms are smaller and that they have more perhaps flash than substance. Examples would be the zip line, rock walls that sort of thing. I wouldn't care to do those things multiple times for sure, but why can't they have a waterslide, which I would do more than once. Also, I saw on one of their daily schedules that the trivia for the day was just picking up a quiz sheet at the library rather than an actual session. It may not all be like that, but that was an immediate bad impression. We really enjoy the interaction of live trivia. I assume we will try out RCI at some point and I hope I am proven wrong and we do like it, but it does have some things holding it back in my mind.

Curtis McCrea June 13th, 2011 06:14 PM

While RCCL has pretty ships, they don't supply the right entertainment we are looking for. The majority of their venues are indoor. We like to enjoy the sea and the breeze.

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