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Old November 29th, 2003, 09:46 PM
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Hello Princess Cruisers---

I have been on 9 cruises, but not yet on Princess. I have been on 5 Carnival cruises, and for the most part have been satisfied with them.

Many of my friends who know me well say that I am suited for a Princess cruise, and would fall in love with the line.

Can I solicit a few responses from those of you who have sailed on Carnival, but are now sold on Princess, and the specific reasons why?

Thanks for your responses.
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Old November 30th, 2003, 09:44 AM
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Try Princess, you will like them. I have sailed on that line 15 times and am about to do three more in 2004. Tell your travel agent that you have sailed on Carnival before and you want to try Princess. They have a VIP system that allows you to interchange between all the companies under the Carnival banner, which Princess now is. There is a difference between Carnival and Princess and you will find out. I predict you will cruise on Princess a lot in the future. Ernie
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Old November 30th, 2003, 01:42 PM
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I just came back from a carnival and am leaving in 7 days for my princess cruise, ill let you know what i think
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Old November 30th, 2003, 02:40 PM
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Pinecone,

As you know, we have been on both ... here are my comparisons (and enjoy both lines):

* Carnival has larger and better cabins. I miss having the sofa in the cabin, just the stupid barrel chair. I love that the fridge is empty on Princess.

* Staff is more Bristish and Australian on Princess. More Eastern European and Filipino on Princess

* Crowd is more late 40s-50s on Princess, but we have found that oddly enough, they are usually more approachable than (younger) passengers on Carnival.

* Food is better on Carnival. Princess is OK, but it's more on the plain side.

* Love Personal Choice dining on Princess (you can do it or traditional style). We found that Personal Choice allows for a more relaxing cruise because you don't have to feel as scheduled.

* Ship is more hotel-ey/elegant on Princess and more fantasy/themed on Carnival.

* Entertainment is on par. But the new Star Princess theater is incredible because of its use of flys, and below stage areas.

* Price ... Princess seems to run about 10 percent more for cabins.

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Old December 1st, 2003, 09:43 AM
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I have sailed on both and my preference is for Princess. Nothing wrong with Carnival its just a different atsmophere. Harry put it very well when he said that the Princess ships are more like hotels than Carnival. I think that the service on Princess is a step- above that on Carnival. You will find more families with very young children on Carnival. Princess ships will have kids on them especially during school breaks, just not as many toddlers and infants. Princess limits the number of children onboard. The dress code on Carnival is a bit more casual /relaxed than that on Princess. The 24hr food court on Princess is great. Love the fact that the pools on Princess are fresh water as opposed to salt water on Carnival. Not a lot of singles on Princess, i have noticed quite a few honeymooners on Princess. Just my observations.
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Old December 1st, 2003, 11:07 AM
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Oh I forgot about the freshwater pools on Princess -- Art loves that aspect for some reason.

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I agree with Harry. Also, we found that there were never long lines on Princess. They either have more people working to get a larger crowd through, or they direct people to different areas so the crowd doesn't back up. We boarded in about 30 minutes, and that included a wait of about 15 minutes for customs to open. On Carnival, it took us a couple of hours. The photo gallery was open much longer hours, so you didn't have to fight your way to the front, just to find that your picture isn't on that board, but the next one over.

The staff seemed to be friendlier and tried very hard to please. I've read that they never say "No"; they just refer you up the chain of command if they can't do what you want. We certainly found that to be the case, and we finally got what we requested.
Also, their English was much better, so you could understand and make yourself understood easier. And as Harry said, the passengers were friendlier.

We actually liked some of the food better on Princess except for desserts. I think Carnival had a better noon buffet, but in the dining room we liked Princess' food better. On Carnival, I once requested a different salad dressing than the one listed on the menu and was told that that was not possible. On Princess, when I didn't like the dressing on the salad I chose, both the waiter and his assistant were very upset and insisted on bringing me a salad I would like better, even though it wasn't listed as a choice on the menu.

We fell in love with Princess and will definitely go on them again. On Carnival we fell in love with cruising, but not with Carnival itself.

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Old December 1st, 2003, 08:09 PM
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Thanks everyone for taking the time to respond to this thread. You comments are invaluable.
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Old December 2nd, 2003, 01:18 AM
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On Carnival...standard staterooms are larger. Pools are saltwater compared to chlorinated fresh water on Princess. On Carnival, many times (especially in the dining room) it is "Sorry cannot do that" while on Princess, it is let me take care of that for you...and it is done. Princess ships are more elegant and the service is much better...you are not treated as part of the crowd but as a valued guest. Any reasonable will request will be met on Princess. Carnival has better shows and some aspects of entertainment.....Princess has better educational programs. Personally I prefer Princess over Carnival hands down.

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Old December 2nd, 2003, 01:34 AM
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Well we prefer Princess to Carnival also. And I like the line that one poster used when they said"I fell in love with cruising on Carnival , but not with Carnival itself".

Carnivals shows were very good,lively and colourful.
Cabins are actually about the same size but I think Carnivals seem larger because they are more "spartan"
Princesses cabins seemed nicer, especially LOVED the empty frig you could stock with your own goodies.
Princess buffet( 24 hrs Horizon) better food.
Princess seemed more luxurious, felt "richer" but not snobby at all!
Staff better on Princess.( most spoke english)
We didn't like the dancing waiter thing on Carnival, struck us as phoney.
Carnival did have a steel drum band on board by the pool, liked that alot!
Freshwater pool on Princess, Carnival is salt water.
Hot tubs open in evening on Princess .

We would always choose to cruise on Princess over Carnival but we wouldn't refuse to cruise Carnival again if someone else paid for it!! Yes Carnival is abit cheaper, but only abit, probaly a difference of less than 200 $ and sometimes less.
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Old December 5th, 2003, 09:40 AM
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My husband and I have been cruising for the past 25 years and have been on over 30 cruises on various cruise lines. Here is my feelings:

We were on Carnival once on a June cruise from LA to the Mexican Riveria. This was many years ago before Carnival required a minimum unescorted cruising age of 21. The ship was LOADED with Valley Girls and Boys who had just graduated from High School. Their ages were 17 and 18 traveling 4 teenagers to an inside room without "adult" supervision.

My husband and I were in an outside room and needed to "step over" the bodies in the hallway. The teenagers were drunk all night long and continued partying in the hallways at all hours of the night. We asked the cruise line for some assistance in controlling these passengers and no help was offered. Consequently, we have never nor will we ever cruise with Carnival again.

We have also been on 3 NCL cruises and noticed that this cruise line was also not up to our standards of food quality nor service. We will never cruise on NCL again.

Our favorite cruise lines are HAL, Princess, and RCCI. We try to get cruises on these cruise lines based on price, itinerary, and the age of our traveling companions. We find these lines to be consistent in their quality of food and service. We have never been disappointed on any of these lines. Remember, you will always have "minor" inconveniences, but you are on vacation and shouldn't let the little things ruin a wonderful vacation.
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Old December 5th, 2003, 11:26 PM
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Well to tell you the truth, i've been on both cruise lines, and I like Princess the most. The food is better, the ships are prettier and well maintained, the size of the cabins...well it depends on the ship, if you compare the ones on Carnival's Jubilee with the ones on the Golden Princess there's a difference...

I found that in Princess they has more group entertainment , tropical party, island party, Champagne Waterfall. To tell you the truth their entertainment crew work really hard to make you feel great.

I found everyone in the crew very friendly, except for a guy on the pursers deck, that gives us a hard time minutes before desembarking, that was on the Sea Princess.

Well I've been in 4 cruises, RCCL Nordic Empress, Carnival's Inspiration and Fascination, and Sea Princess. Next: Dawn Princess Jan 4 2004.
I love to cruise to the Southern Caribbean, specially when I dont need to take a flight to get on the ship, cause I live in Puerto Rico, just a 1 and half hour car ride.

Hope you have a great cruise and I know you will like Princess a lot...

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Old December 6th, 2003, 05:20 AM
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Hi - I just posted this in another thread and realized I should of posted it here to get more replies. Sorry if u had to read this twice =( Thanks to anyone who can help...also
even though we are younger... we dont like the "get drunk, fall down, make an a** out of urself types"...we prefer the 30 and over crew that are still fun but a little bit calmer. We just want to make sure we will have a good time . This will be their first cruise and my 4th (all on Rccl previously). Thanks to the cruise in review video they were sold on a cruise vacation...so heres the post from the other thread (again sorry if u had to read it twice)


I too would love info on if its geared at all for a younger crowd. I (27) am traveling with my bf (32) and our friends - another couple ( early - mid 20s) - (who I think may be getting engaged onboard - hence the St Thomas jewelry stop) on Feb 28th and we were wondering if the nightclub is... well... active at night. I ve been on RCCL 3 times and the club was dead alot of nights...except for a 5 day on Monarch. Just wondering if its going to be the same on Golden.
I believe some colleges may be on break that week..so that may or may not effect the livliness at night.
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