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Old November 25th, 2006, 08:06 AM
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Hello fellow crusiers!

I'm planning a cruise for my entire family (father, mother, brother, husband, son) for June (Caribbean) and We've only ever been on NCL before but now that we are living in Miami we felt it necessary to take advantage of our location. I have seen several reviews but I'm still confused. Dining styles? Family Activity? Rooms? Any helpful information would be great.

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Wife and I have done both. Hands down Royal Caribbean.
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I've done both many, many times also. I'd go RCI, EXCEPT for the Voyager class ships. Just too crowded. The smaller RCI ships are outstanding! You won't go wrong with either for a family.
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This questions has been asked many times so I won't rehash it all but to me it is like comparing the Days Inn to the Hilton. I am sure if you go to the Carnival board you will get the opposite answers. RCI ships are more elegant, better service and more things to do onboard with much nicer pool areas. Some Carnival fans will say the food is better but to me it is better on RCI especially the buffets. But I don't cruise to get my moneys worth from the food. I go for fun in the sun with a demographic that I feel more comfortable with.
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Another vote for Royal Carribean....

We've done a few cruises we are leaving on Saturday for my 5th, and my husband's 6th, 3rd cruise for two of our kids and it will be the 1st for the baby. We have a 12 year old, a 3 year old, and an 18 month old.

We've done cruises on Voyager class ships twice and one of the smaller ships once and also once on Carnival but will never do Carnival again. For us, Voyager class ships are the way to go and I disagree that they are too crowded. There is much to do for all age groups.

When we were on our Carnival cruise, my 11 year old daughter was bored, even though she had a blast the year before on RC's Mariner. The food was not as good as what we had previously experienced on our RC vacations.

One thing that was better on Carnival, though, were the shows. They were really much more than you'd expect on a cruise ship but that's not enough to make me come back.

This is a small peeve of mine about Carnival but really annoyed me every day while on that vacation. I was pregnant at the time so I wasn't drinking any alcohol but I did want to sit with my husband in the bar areas (non smoking of course) while he enjoyed a cocktail ever once in awhile. Each time I wanted something other than water at one of the bar areas, I had to either pay for it or go upstairs to the buffet and get my own lemonade or tea. On Royal Carribean, certain drinks are complimentary anywhere on the ship, so I could enjoy a glass of lemonade with my husband at the bar anytime I wanted without having to pay for it. Being pregnant and wanting something to drink all the time, I found it so annoying to have to go all the way up to the top deck each time I wanted something to drink.

I know that is small, but it's just a sample of why Carnival falls short. There were so many small things that added up and made it a less than perfect vacation.
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After NCL, you definitely want to do RCCL. There is no comparison.
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I have taken 12 cruises on Carnival, and have loved everyone of them!!!!
I'm trying to talk my husband into taking a RC cruise. We are thinking about going on one in January.

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Libragirl, we are on the Splendour, 4-day, January 11, out of Galveston! Come join us! That would be fun! 8)
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Darlene,

I would love to join ya'll on your cruise, but I can't get my husband to go on a 4 day cruise. We have only been on 5 day or longer cruises. This is mainly because my husband wants the best deal we can get, and many times the 4 day cruises costs more than the 5 day. We are retired teachers, therefore, we can go just about anytime we find a good deal.

HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME ON YOUR CRUISE, and tell us all about it when you get home!!!!

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I would love to join ya'll on your cruise, but I can't get my husband to go on a 4 day cruise. We have only been on 5 day or longer cruises. This is mainly because my husband wants the best deal we can get, and many times the 4 day cruises costs more than the 5 day. We are retired teachers, therefore, we can go just about anytime we find a good deal.
I agree completely with your husband. A four night cruise is WAY too short to be worthwhile. I think that a week is a practical minimum.

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+ 1 for Norm

Our first cruises were 7 days. Since then the last 5 have been 12 - 17 days. We consider that the minimum. It is not worth the hastle for a 4 or 5 day cruise.
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I agree with everyone about 4-day cruises not being preferred. That being said, however, 4-day is all the time I can get away, currently. It is either 4-day or nada. Give me 4-days and I will soak all I can during that time and be happy I have been at sea.
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Since we do not have a cruise port here in LV - not yet anyway. The airfare is fixed for a 4 day or a 20 day cruise. So, that alone is usually going to be more that the cruise itself.
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That makes a lot of sense Irish Shark. I am fortunate here in Flroida to avoid airfare. That alone almost pays for an extra 4-5 day cruise. That is what I have been doing is two 4-5's a year the last few years. Better than one seven. Next May will be my first 7 in a while and looking forward to that!
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Previous to this weekend, I had only been on Carnival. Now that we've experienced Royal, we will definately go back. We had a great time on both lines and wouldn't hesitate to cruise with either again.

I will say this, both my husband and I felt like the service was far superior on Royal. The crew members were soooo friendly we couldn't believe it. The bar staff and drink quality were also far better than on either of our Carnival cruises. We also felt like the dining room food was slightly better. We generally eat a light breakfast and lunch in the buffet and thought the two lines were comparable in this area. Our cabin stewards have all been great, I couldn't give either line the edge in this area. We also felt like the beds and bedding were comparable. I liked the the entertainment on Royal better; my husband said he liked both and couldn't give either the edge here. We didn't use the children's program.
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Having now done both, I find both lines to be completely interchangeable, similar, yet different. Both have their stong points. Both have their weak points.

My suggestion is to get out the and plan for BOTH! You just have to figure out which one you want to do first!

If for the ship, I'd chose RCCL.

If for the accomodations, I'd go Carnival.

And for the "experience", I'd go Carnival as well. The only other line that has the "experience" is Disney.
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I would love to join ya'll on your cruise, but I can't get my husband to go on a 4 day cruise. We have only been on 5 day or longer cruises. This is mainly because my husband wants the best deal we can get, and many times the 4 day cruises costs more than the 5 day. We are retired teachers, therefore, we can go just about anytime we find a good deal.
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A four night cruise is better than 4 days at work.
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Can someone tell me which cruiseline has a better casino/disco?
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Cruisy: I took a Carnival cruise years ago with a bunch of friends and it was a good time. The RCL disco was hopping last winter, but they kept playing this Cha Cha song over and over and over.

But I think Carnival has more friendly guest that like to have a good time.
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re: better disco: Carnival; hands down
re: better Casino: close call; depends on the actual ship; dealers are friendlier it seems on Carnival, but the casino's on RC are much more beautiful
disclaimer: I have not been on any of the newer/bigger boats, so my comparsion is on the vision class (RC) vs. the Imagination on Carnival.
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