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cherylroy March 29th, 2006 09:23 PM

royal caribbean or carnival?
 
Which do you prefer? and why?

GYMNASTQUEENVAL March 29th, 2006 09:59 PM

I PREFER ROYAL CARRIBEAN. I FIND THE CREW PEOPLE MORE FRIENDLY. THE STAFF FOR THE CHILDREN MORE RESPONSIBLE. THE CROWD ON THE SHIP IS MORE CONTROLLED. THE LAY OUT OF THE SHIP IS A LOT MORE ATTRACTIVE. I HAVE ONLY CRUISED CARNIVAL ONCE AND WAS VERY UNHAPPY. IT COULD OF BEEN JUST A BAD EXPERIENCE, BUT I WILL NEVER CRUISE THAT LINE AGAIN FOR A SECOND CHANCE! i FOUND MANY ROWDY ADULTS AND CHILDREN. ALMOST LIKE ANYTHING GOES. I HAVE CRUISED 15 + CRUISES, AND THOUGHT I WOULD TRY ANOTHER LINE BESIDES RC, I DID LAST YEAR OUT OF NEW YORK TO THE EASTERN CARRIBEAN AND WAS VERY DISSATISFIED. THE CABIN STEWARDS WERE VERY RUDE. THEY RAN OUT OF WASH CLOTHES, THE TEENAGERS ON THE SHIP WERE GANG TYPE KIDS LOOKING FOR TROUBLE. I WOULD RECOMMEND ROYAL CARRIBEAN ANYDAY OVER CARNIVAL. I WILL BE TRYING PRINCESS CRUISELINE IN JULY FOR MY FIRST TIME. I HOPE I HAVE A BETTER EXPERIENCE WITH THAT LINE.

cherylroy March 29th, 2006 10:08 PM

Thanks for your valued opinion! I really appreciate the honesty as I have only cruised carnival and am thinking of cruising RC and taking my daughter on a trip on the Freedom of the Seas next year when she graduates. However, she has cruised all the other cruises with us - and the ports are pretty much the same. But, she wants the ice rink, etc. I wonder how crowded these new places will be (ice rink, rock climbing, etc). Unfortunately at this time - they don't have a balcony cabin for the date I need. Do you think they are booked already for next February or they are just not showing up?

Dave the Wave March 30th, 2006 10:40 AM

Royal Caribbean because there are hotter chics onboard and their ships are nicer.

cherylroy March 30th, 2006 01:58 PM

That is the last thing I am worried about (the chics)

northbird March 30th, 2006 02:54 PM

I would recommend Carnival. I have been on both Carnival and RC and think Carnival was better in most areas. I have just returned home from a cruise on RC Enchantment and found many aspects of the total cruise lacking. The rooms on Carnival are much larger than RC. The dining room food quality is better on Carnival. The activites and entertainment are also better on Carnival. I did like RC's lay out and thought the ship had a bit more classier feel to it then Carnival. Granted I was not on a voyager class ship so I too am curious to know the comparison with carnival. But, I don't think I am going to personally find out anytime soon. I am going to go back to Carnival.
A little FYI I found out with my teen ager. On RC once you buy liquer on board you can take it back to your room. I dont remember this being the case on Carnival. On the last night at the teen age good bye dance someone took the liberty to play bar tender. Needless to say I picked up my tipsy teen at 11pm and did not notice any supervision controling the underage drinking. But I am sure there were probably a few parents a little upset with their under age drinker too. :D

cherylroy March 30th, 2006 03:36 PM

Yes, that would upset me also. I really don't think I have to worry about that aspect tho (although I put nothing past teens!!) because we are not drinkers - and she doesn't even go to school dances! Pretty much a loaner -- the closer she gets to real life graduation, the more the umbilical cord is reattaching! :-) But, I do love carnival and would be curious for anyone on the voyager class to compare with their class. Thanks

GYMNASTQUEENVAL March 30th, 2006 04:23 PM

I have cruised the Voager Class Ships. The ice skating rink, rock climbing wall was not crowded at all. I am cruising the Adventure of the Seas in Aug 2006. I cruised on Voager of the Seas in 2004, 2005, and also Explorer of the Seas 2 times and Navigator of the Seas once. These ships are very nice ships. There is great entertainment and so much to do onboard. I have never had a problem with booze on any cruiseships, and I do take my teenage granddaughter along. As far as buying drinks, you can buy drinks on any cruiseship and pass it on to underage kids for that matter if you are that irresponsible as an adult to make that choice! You must see the Ice Show, it is excellent! Good Luck with whatever choice you make.

cherylroy March 30th, 2006 04:27 PM

Thanks so much for your input Gym...
Have you ever cruised carnival too? Thanks

GYMNASTQUEENVAL March 30th, 2006 05:14 PM

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Originally Posted by cherylroy
Thanks so much for your input Gym...
Have you ever cruised carnival too? Thanks

yes read my post up efer royal carribean

silver_cloud April 5th, 2006 02:22 PM

I've cruised both and I highly recomment Royal Caribbean. The ship is decorated so nicely, not loud and garish like Carnival. Plus if you can avoid a voyager class ship - they are the way to go. Voyager and Explorer of the Seas are quite economical now that they are 4-6 years old.

I've cruised on Explorer twice and loved that ship!

Sheik April 5th, 2006 02:56 PM

Royal Caribbean has very beautiful ships, tasteful entertainment, crowd and passagers are 'different' sort of people than on Carnival. Carnival is a low budget cruiseline with a lot more partypeople, drinks lots of alcohol, Las Vegas looks etc. You can compare Royal Caribbean with Princess and Celebrity. Carnival is to compare with Costa, MSC, Norwegian etc.

I'll never make that mistake again to cruise with Carnival.

LisaK April 6th, 2006 09:33 AM

Cheryl - the Freedom is booking up fast and furious. We booked our cruise for next April in early February and there only a few balcony cabins left at that time. If you want to sail her, get something booked NOW! if you still can.

silver_cloud April 6th, 2006 09:40 AM

Lisa & Cheryl,

You're right. We booked our aft stateroom for March 18th and we got the last aft balcony for our cruise NEXT year!!

Amazing huh?

:) Mary

cruisebuf April 11th, 2006 01:19 PM

I would highly recommend RCI over Carnival. I have been on 10 RCI ships from the smallest to the largest and 2 Carnival ships. RCI is just a much better product from the ship decor and layout, the friendlyier staff, and better food quality.

cruisebuf April 11th, 2006 01:20 PM

I would highly recommend RCI over Carnival. I have been on 10 RCI ships from the smallest to the largest and 2 Carnival ships. RCI is just a much better product from the ship decor and layout, the friendlyier staff, and better food quality.

southerncruiser April 17th, 2006 01:40 PM

My family and I have sailed on 3 RC ships and the Carnival Conquest. In our opinion, there is not comparison between RC over Carnival. The ships are classier and the food is much better on RC. We have sailed on The Rhapsody and two Voyager class ships. The Rhapsody was our first cruise. After being on the boat one day, my husband said this was the vacation for him. We took the Carnival Conquest and it was nice but just not as classy as RC. Hope this helps.

TRAP July 16th, 2006 06:18 PM

Hi all:

This is my first post. I went on the Voager in February and it was one of my most exciting vacations ever. That said, I may never go on another cruise, at least not on Voager.

The food sucked big time. Two of us got sick the first night in the dining room. Got diarhea-sp really bad. We were the only ones to eat the sauce on the shrimp.

Someone told me she got really sick from the breakfeast food which was really greasy. the eggs and sausaged were saturated in so much grease they didn't taste like anything.

While the lobster and steak were good, the Voager didn't have a wide variety on the menu - in fact only 4 items. Someone on the ship told me you have to get used to the way they cook which is European cooking style, which I hate.

The entertainment was the best. The days went by fast, plenty to do at night. The islands, especially Labadee were great. The staff was the best ever encountered anywhere but I'd never go back on RC because of the food. Several on board had the same experience.

I would like to go on another cruise but will try another line.

san007 July 17th, 2006 02:10 AM

royal or carnival?
 
Haven't tried Royal but after cruising Carib Princess I like Carnval. We r taking Glory in Sept. I missed the fun, the closeness I always feel on Carnival. We enjoy the craziness. Princess was so reserved. I met so many older cruisers that said they enjoy Carnival more than any other ship simply because of the carefree spirit on board. No one seem to care how much money u make and what race u are. Anything goes on the Carnival. The cabins r smaller than Carnival. However, I did enjoy MUTS on Carib Princess. All the Cruiselines should catch on to that concept :wink:

RC has the icerink(nice), rockclimbing(cool, but not for me) and maybe the decor is a little more classier. But I will trade all of that for the wild n crazy fun on Carnival. When we do Royal Freedom of Seas, I'll let u know how they compare.

san

msblackjack July 17th, 2006 08:17 AM

I have sailed on Royal Carribbean twice and Carnival 3 times. I can say that there is a difference between the ships, but the experience is different depending on the time of year that you sail. For instance, on Carnival, we sailed during the end of the summer, just when school goes back; admittedly, it was an anything goes crowd, but it was a controlled crowd and saw nothing that would keep me from going again. I have not sailed on any newer carnival boats and only sailed on the Fantasy series which sail on the shorter cruises. ALso, with a shorter cruise length, you get more of a party crowd/younger crowd. The Fantasy boats are smaller, but the food was equivalent to the RC boats, the shows were equivalent as well. Now the two times I sailed on Royal Carribbean: once was during the summer and it was a short cruise and it was okay, the boat was majesty of the seas and she was a nice sized ship, but I noticed that we waited a long time for service in the bar area and pool area, (on Carnival, they were literally hovering over you for drink service). Then we sailed in Nov/Dec on Radiance of the Seas: I did not enjoy this cruise as much as all the other cruises, it was a 7 day cruise, the cruise was fully booked with a much older crowd that literally took over every activity; for instance, the bingo games were so crowded, it was standing room only, I had my mom with me to celebrate her 80th B-day and an older gentlemen, around 70 was very rude to us because of where we were standing and made a big fuss about it. Our response, as well as the cruise director's response was that he should have offered her his seat and he could stand whereever he wanted. Now on the carnival, the youngster's would have offered her a seat. ALso, on the RC Majesty cruise, we actually saw one fellow in his early 20's get escorted off the ship; he was very drunk and causing a stir in the casino and pool area the entire time of the cruise. I found the staff on both lines to be very pleasant, but it appears that staff on Carnival were a little more friendly and interactive with you. So to make it short, if you sail during the summer, sail on Royal Carribbean to avoid too much of a party atmoshphere if that is not your thing. In the winter, I would sail on a newer Carnival boat, because the young party crowd is not on the ship and also, the huge groups of older citizens tend to sail on RC during the winter months. Skip the 3/4 day cruises if you don't enjoy a good party, cause you will find a party crowd on either cruise line during the short cruises.

weimviz July 17th, 2006 08:29 AM

RCL has the best ships no doubt about it. Other than that they are comparable to Carnival. Personally I found Carnival to have better food and service. I would not put RCL in the same category as Celebrity, to me they don't compare.

balabusta July 17th, 2006 09:51 AM

My daughters went with their spouses on Carnival and said "mom and dad, this cruiseline is not for you". They were both college graduates and were very observant as to the clientele that Carnival caters to. Both of our daughter's said that there was a younger crowd on Carnival and that the ship seemed to cater to this crowd. They noticed that many parties were going on, late into the night. Carnival is great if you are a "party animal". Royal Caribbean tends to cater to an active and older crowd. I found that there were plenty of activities on this cruiseline that enanabled you to mix and mingle with the other passangers. Not only that, they provided morning workout classes, good gym and pool facilities and the staff, for the most part, was responsive to the needs of the passangers. With any cruiseline, I would research the type of passanger they tend to get by going on chatllines or asking family, friends or co-workers. Having this knowledge before you plan your cruise will help you make the decision that is best for you.

Lightsluvr July 17th, 2006 11:40 AM

This is the RCI thread, so expect more people to favor RCI (such as myself.) I just love the folks who haven't cruised RCI but recommend Carnival anyway...

I suggest that you disregard first time posters who come on and state "the food sucks" on any ship... On RCI menus, there may be "just four" or five unique entrees each night in the Dining Room, but there are six additional items that are available every night, including a fish, chicken, steak and vegetarian item. You won't starve, and it's unlikely you'll get sick unless it's a bug you brought onto the ship with you. (Note that the poster Trap claims to have gotten sick on the first night of his cruise.) The rest of "Traps" post deals with hearsay...starting with, "somebody told me..."

For all the reasons stated in the previous posts, we also recommend RCI.

LL

browezilla July 17th, 2006 02:15 PM

I've cruised both. You have to compare similar ships in each line though. For example, the older/smaller ships in each line don't compare to the newer/mega ships.

By and large, I prefer RCCL. I really like RCCL's ship design, but Carnival does a good job too. I find RCCL is just a tad ahead of Carnival in most areas, however I think Carnival is a tad better at: entertainment(best at sea), activities, and for the buffet food. I think RCCL is slide quite a bit in recent years at the buffet (WindJammer). Not that it is bad, but not as good as it has been in the past. RCCL I think has the best children's program at Sea on their Voyager-class and Freedom-class.

So, in the end price & itinerary dictates which I go on. I prefer RCCL, but I won't pay much of premium to go on RCCL vs Carnival when comparing similar ships.

StephenAGoreJr July 18th, 2006 12:15 AM

All I know is that I have been on both. I went on Carnival first and if I didnt come on a RCCL ship then of course I would be like CARNIVAL IS THE BEST MAN!!!!! however...royal caribbean is awesome. Being a diamond member proves how they cater to the repeat customers. This is why I might never do another cruise on another line. I say go with royal caribbean. I will try out another carnival one day. Who knows when? LOL

Fern July 18th, 2006 08:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lightsluvr
I suggest that you disregard first time posters who come on and state "the food sucks" on any ship... On RCI menus, there may be "just four" or five unique entrees each night in the Dining Room, but there are six additional items that are available every night, including a fish, chicken, steak and vegetarian item. You won't starve, and it's unlikely you'll get sick unless it's a bug you brought onto the ship with you. (Note that the poster Trap claims to have gotten sick on the first night of his cruise.) The rest of "Traps" post deals with hearsay...starting with, "somebody told me..."

I SO agree with you! If someone gets sick on the first night it's either something you brought onboard with you (maybe from the airline?), or it's too much food or drink :) !

Now, if you get sick four days into the cruise, you may have a complaint!

Every cruise line we've been on has offered at the least a steak, chicken or fish option in addition to the "unique" menu.

Lightsluvr July 19th, 2006 10:50 AM

I am still trying to figure out how a previous poster is a diamond member after only two cruises on Royal Caribbean...

Hmmm...

LL

Chris M July 20th, 2006 11:01 PM

Definitely Carnival! Everyone talks about the clientele on Royal Caribbean, but in my opinion, in general, people on RCI are stuffy for the most part. The food and service I found to be much better on Carnival over RCI. In addition, the entertainment is far superior on Carnival. Finally, in my opinion RCI is very boring. Give me Carnival any day.

san007 July 21st, 2006 03:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chris M
Definitely Carnival! Everyone talks about the clientele on Royal Caribbean, but in my opinion, in general, people on RCI are stuffy for the most part. The food and service I found to be much better on Carnival over RCI. In addition, the entertainment is far superior on Carnival. Finally, in my opinion RCI is very boring. Give me Carnival any day.

Chris, I see we are on the same page. I felt the people on Princess were stuffy even a few of the waiters. For example, we were in the show in the auditorium I asked the waiter for two cokes for us. Do you know the waiter never came back. Unless u r ordering alcohol, u can forget it. I like to let it all out and let my hair down and Carnival I feel is the best placce to do it.

san

momofmeg July 24th, 2006 05:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cherylroy
Yes, that would upset me also. I really don't think I have to worry about that aspect tho (although I put nothing past teens!!) because we are not drinkers - and she doesn't even go to school dances! Pretty much a loaner -- the closer she gets to real life graduation, the more the umbilical cord is reattaching! :-) But, I do love carnival and would be curious for anyone on the voyager class to compare with their class. Thanks

well your daughter may love it-but personally I hated the Mariner of the Seas. Way too many people. but then again-I would not go on a Carnival conquest class ship either.

My problem with the MOS-it has all that extra stuff- but the 3 pools are small- two of the pools were together in the same area-so to me really one-and then there was another in the solarium area. Now that one was adult's only but it was still crowded with adults (no kids) on my cruise.

But I like you, went on that cruise for my daughter's college graduation present. She loved the ice rink and actually took skating lessons. It does seem to be geared toward a younger crowd. She did love that cruise.

I have been on Carnival Inspiration like you-I found that ship okay, nothing special. I did feel that carnival Miracle though was a nice ship and I actually liked that ship better then Mariner of the Seas.

Now we have a cruise booked next year on the Jewel of the Seas. This class of ship, radience class, is more for us middleaged guys I think, that ship holds less people and does not have things like skating rinks-on that cruise is just hubby and I so we don't care, we aren't using that stuff anyway!


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