WE HAVE BEEN ON THE DISNEY MAGIC TWICE WITHOUT KIDS. THE FIRST TIME WE TOOK THE 3 DAY @DISNEY 4 NIGHT CRUISE. THEN WE WENT 7 NIGHTS & ALSO HAD A GREAT TIME...GREAT CABINS & GOOD QUALITY FOOD BUT THE BIG DISNEY PRODUCTION SHOWS LOSE THEIR APPEAL AFTER A WHILE. WE 'RE CONSIDERING RCCL OR CARNIVAL. ANYONE BEEN ON BOTH WITH ADVISE & COMPARISONS?
We have cruised the Magic and RCCL's Voyager of the Seas. Both cruise lines are very well run but if we were cruising with out kids, I would probably pick RCCL. Besides the fact that RCCL cruises cost less than Disney, RCCL's food was better than the Magic and their ships have more things to do for an adult. The entertainment was as wonderful on RCCL as the Magic. RCCL has a much broader range of ports to visit also. We truly loved the Magic, but you would enjoy RCCL ships just as much. Look also into Princess, they have some great ships. Everyone that we have talked to has steared us away from Carnival because their ships are more glitzy, party atmosphere, less quality and detail oriented.
We have been on all three lines... With kids all five times.. Regarding Carnival vs. RCCL , the RCCl cabins can be very small, especially if you have been on a Disney cruise !. The newer RCCL ships have larger cabins than the older ones, but none as big as Disney. Carnival's cabins are bigger than RCCL, still smaller than Disney, but with no kids the difference is probably negligable.
Shows better on RCCL than Carnival, more to do on Carnival....
Typically, Carnival's pricing will be better...
Depending on when you go, there can be more younger-age passengers on Carnival also..
My wife and I are travel agents, so we have some experience here....
Thanks for your replies. I've heard the same thing about Carnival but if you're looking for a party atmosphere with the it's great but we do enjoy good not necessarily gourmet food without having to pay $25 per person & make reservations as on Celebrity. One of the reasons we choose to cruise is so we dont have to make decisions or reservations for meals & we know we will always find something we like on the menu. We also like different nightly entertainment not sitting in the library or disco. tThanks again
If you are planning to leave from Port Canaveral, go Carnival. Sovereign of the Seas is a good ship, but better cabins, food and entertainment on Carnival Fantasy. You will miss the private island though. I'm also a cruise agent and will be glad to give you more info. Have been on both ships.
We want to sail from Canaveral (2 hrs fm home) on a 3 or 4 night cruise that stops in Freeport and Nassau. Appears Disney and Carnival our only choices. Curious about the mouse boats, gun shy about Carnival. RCCL was our cattleboat experience, not bad, but they don't stop in Freeport. Any suggestions?