I will be booking my 1st cruise soon and need help deciding between RC SOS or carnival Fantsy. Please tell me what you like about either one and why. Little things matter to me!! This cruise will be an anniversy gift to my husband and we are in our mid 30's and never have cruised. Please help me decide!!
Also is it worth the extra for an oceanview room on a 4 day cruise?? Or wouild i be just as happy in a stateroom?? Please any advice would be of great help!! Thanks again in advance!!
After cruising with both lines, I would highly recommend you go with Royal Caribbean. In my opinion, the food, service, cabins, etc are all a step up. I have been on the Ecstasy (sister ship to the Fantasy) as well as Carnival Triumph, but when we cruise in December (and from here on out), we are going on Royal Caribbean. And you will LOVE Coco Cay, so beautiful and relaxing.
If the price isn't that much more, I would go with the oceanview. Its nice to be able to see the ship leave and enter port, and you also get extra light and you can tell when its night and day!
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Have you considered the Majesty of the Seas? Its a newer ship and it goes to 3 different ports, including Key West. It leaves from Miami, which might make a difference to you, but just thought I would suggest it!
The Fantasy entered service March 1990 (we sailed on it August 1990). Its 70,367 gross tonage. The passenger capacity is 2,044. They have three swimming pools and 6 whirlpools. Fitness center, casino, and tv's are in the cabins. Carnival is considered a "fun ship" or a party ship. So if you like a fun, party like atmosphere then this is for you. Carnival cabins are known to be bigger than the other lines.
The Sovereign of the Seas entered service January 1988. Its 73,192 gross tonage and has a passenger capacity of 2,275 (so its a little bigger than the Fantasy). It has 2 swimming pools and 2 whirlpools. Fitness center, casino and tv's in the cabins. Royal caribbean is more of a laid back cruise line. So if you like to relax, this may be the cruise for you. (This ship was refurbished in 1997, so the passenger capacity was increased to 2,700). A book I have says that the cabins are "very small" and the standard cabins have "very little closet or drawer space".
If the outside doesnt cost much more than the inside and your willing to pay a little more to have a window, then go for it. Otherwise, I think you'd be happy having an inside cabin. Keep in mind to look for cabin upgrades...some sailings have them (expecially Carnival).
You would probably have a good time on either ship. Three and four day cruises generally attract a younger and more active group and the entertainment and activities are generally tailored to fit the audience. Staterooms on Carnival are notably larger but rather spartan in decor. Staterooms on Sovereign, while small, are efficiently designed with plenty of storage space for a three or four day cruise. Sovereign does not have any balconies, if that matters to you. Decor of Sovereign is less glitzy (some would say less garish) than Carnival where purples, bright reds, and oranges predominate. It is your first cruise and, since you won't have anything to compare it with, I'd suggest that you let price be a major factor in your decision. Take the other line for your second cruise and then you will begin to get an idea as to just what type of cruise experience best fits your tastes. Whichever you choose, relax and enjoy your first cruise. I suspect it won't be your last.