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Libragirl January 5th, 2007 11:02 AM

Why do you like cruising on Royal Caribbean?
 
I've been on 13 Carnival Cruises. I would like to try some other cruise lines, but because we get such a good deal on Carnival with their military rate, I haven't been able to talk my husband into trying another cruise lline. I have heard many good things about Royal Caribbean. I would love to hear from some of you as to why you like Royal Caribbean so much.

Thanks for any information or opinions you can give me.

Libragirl from Texas :)

Donna January 5th, 2007 12:31 PM

Its hard to beat some of the Royal Caribbean's larger ships. They offer so many more activities than I found on Carnival. Food is about the same as well as entertainment. You'll find the parades and ice shows to be superb on Royal Caribbean and I thought the service level was higher on RCL than Carnival.

If you like to do more things while cruising, check out the new Freedom class ships, wonderful if you are cruising with family and kids. I love their pool decks better on these ships, never had a problem finding and lounge chairs and the kids have their own pool area, which was great.

Royal Caribbean just seems to work better for me, I think its worth a try for you, bet you like it.

msblackjack January 5th, 2007 12:41 PM

the only reason I cruise both Carnival and Royal Carribbean is due to the fact that I am only hours away from several ports and I pick the best date, price & iteniary that I can fit into my schedule. Each line (although many will disagree w/me) are almost interchangeable; the slight differences are:
1. Carnival rooms are bigger, but RC have more appealing decor.
2. Carnival shows are better, but RC has more appealing decor....
3. Overall Ship: carnival a little glitzy and RC has more appealing decor..
3. Fellow travelers; Carnival a little more of a party; RC - more appealing decor, :wink:
Seriously RC tends to be a little more "stuffier" but nothing that would keep me from having fun or sailing on a RC cruise - I jsut won't sail in height of the senior citizin sailing time); and on Carnival never saw a party get out of hand that would keep me from sailing with them again (but I try to avoid the spring break sailings --sure I have see a drunk or two asked to chill out, but that happens when alcohol is involved and it happens in a lot of places, not just on cruise ships)
4. Food:
dining room food great on both lines, felt like Carnival had more choices; buffet food: it all tastes like bland bufett food on both lines, but RC has it laid out better; with stations, etc.. (again, more appealing decor).
5. Casinos: always had better luck on Carnival, but RC has more appealing decor...

So I say go for it, try out a RC cruise and compare for yourself. There is not enough difference to make you "hate" it..

Donna January 5th, 2007 12:58 PM

The cabin I had on Carnival Glory was smaller than the cabins I've had on Royal Caribbean. Yes, the older Royal Caribbean ships do have small cabins, but not any of the Voyager, Radiance or Freedom classes. We also had an aft cabin on Glory and that balcony was just standard size, while the ones on Royal Caribbean are huge, big difference.

msblackjack January 5th, 2007 01:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Donna
The cabin I had on Carnival Glory was smaller than the cabins I've had on Royal Caribbean. Yes, the older Royal Caribbean ships do have small cabins, but not any of the Voyager, Radiance or Freedom classes. We also had an aft cabin on Glory and that balcony was just standard size, while the ones on Royal Caribbean are huge, big difference.

nothing like a HUGE AFT. LOL LOL :wink:

Your comments are GREAT and reminded me that I should have started my comparision with the class of ships, on Carnival I have only sailed on the older Imagination and don't know why, but I like the ship; she's a little glitzy and a little tired, but I have had fun each time; on the RC lines, I have only sailed the Vision and Radiance class.

Really nowawadys with so many newer ships coming out every year, it is hard to make an "overall" comparision as so many different classes of ships have different styles, decor and layouts not to mention generate a different age group for sailings.

seadog2 January 5th, 2007 09:35 PM

My wife and I have cruised 15 times with RCI and two times each on Carnival and Princess. We found Princess to be too laid back. It is a much older crowd. It appeared that most people there had been in retirement for 25 plus years. Things closed down too early. DW and I are in our early Fifties.
Carnival on the other hand was a bit too live for us. We are not the "boogie down, party hardy" animals we use to be. We still like to "get down", we just do it with a little more ease. We found that Royal Caribbean is just the right speed for us. No knock against the other lines, we just prefere RCI. By the way you can check out RCI's Military rates. They do have some. Enjoy.

Libragirl January 6th, 2007 12:21 PM

Thanks Donna, Msblackjack, and Seadog2 for your comments and opinions. I'm sure I would enjoy going on a RC cruise. (Now if I can just convince my husband! :D)

Libragirl :)

selctsys January 6th, 2007 01:15 PM

1) Something for everyone in our family - kids and adults
2) A nice mix of itineraries
3) Loyalty program benefits
4) Balanced atmosphere - not too old or rowdy for our tastes

We know that RCI is not the least expensive, but it works for us well. I find it interesting that often time Celebrity is less expensive than RCI for the same cruise even though it is supposed to be more upmarket.

Libragirl January 8th, 2007 02:32 PM

Selctsys,

Thanks for the information!!

Libragirl :)

westcruisers January 8th, 2007 06:43 PM

My Royal Caribbean experience was awful. To add to the frayed and ugly supposedly superior balcony cabin, 7014, that never in my life would I have agreed to stay in on land, the personnel were almost all either disinterested in anything but the most mediocre service, or were grasping and blatantly demanding more money from you.

I had to leave the ship early and the purser's desk was informed several times over of this and the necessity that my sister and niece retain their seapasses set up on my cc. They didn't do one dxxx thing I asked. My sister was cut off from the moment I left the ship.

When I got home I called RC and they assured me that all was taken care of. It kept nagging at me and I called RC again later that night for a phone number to the ship, no one could help me at all. Can you fathom that? I spent hours on the phone until I found a marine operator who could locate the phone number for the ship and spoke with my sister and learned that they had in fact been cut off. I then spent hours on the phone in costly shore to ship calls to the purser's desk, only to be hung up on again and again. They proved to truly be the arrogant jerks they had appeared to be in person.
Finally just at midnight, after the shops closed and thus at this point serving no purpose, I got a very nice and competent young woman who listened to me, and sure enough their seapasses were cut off in error and she realized they should not have been and she took care of things. These jerks were going to present my sister with a promissory note for the cruise.

Furthermore, they removed personal items from my cabin upon my disembarking, that were left for my family, but claim no knowledge of this, including a 5$ poker chip.

The food was mediocre whether in the dining room or the Windjammer, no peace can be had in your cabin without dealing with constant tipping of grasping room service waiters for the cold food that was served or an fxxx pot of coffee to start off your day.

This cruise line is a joke, so far as I'm concerned all cruise lines are surely a joke, and a costly one to ignorant travellers. Go visit where you wish to go on your own, or get a private charter.

Lou January 12th, 2007 07:53 PM

There are no words to answer Westcruisers.

But my opinion is:
I have cruised RCI 9 times and #10 is the Radiance in about 2 weeks.

I love RCI, but I think especially the ships. The design is far
superior to other lines, especially Carnival IMHO. The decor
is elegant, usually in soft colors (nothing jarring), while maintaining
a fun element. Lots of glass, light and bright.

The service is excellent, the food good, Chops and Portofino with
gourmet type fare. The atmosphere is lively and fun, but not
rowdy. The larger ships provide something for every member of
the family.

When we leave the ship at the end of a week, we feel the cabin
is "ours" the ship is "ours" and dread the thought of other people
in "our cabin". During the upcoming week we usually picture what
we were doing at a certain time of day when we were on the ship.

Just special, that is all. You'll love RCI.

Divemaster January 16th, 2007 10:25 PM

I'm 15 cruises - 14 Holland America (HAL), 1 Royal Caribbean (RCCI) with a kiddo who is 8 HAL, 1 Princess and 1 RCCI. HAL and Princess are generally older. RCCI more family friendly with more things for kids to do. RCCI crew seems a bit more friendly and making effort to please. Food on HAL/Princess more sophisticated, which can be a good or a bad thing given individual tastes. True that HAL/Princess folk seem to turn in earlier - RCCI a bit more lively. RCCI and Carnival cover more "home ports" which can cut transportation costs. Never hurts to try other lines for comparison if the cost is comparable...

Quote:

Originally Posted by seadog2
My wife and I have cruised 15 times with RCI and two times each on Carnival and Princess. We found Princess to be too laid back. It is a much older crowd. It appeared that most people there had been in retirement for 25 plus years. Things closed down too early. DW and I are in our early Fifties.
Carnival on the other hand was a bit too live for us. We are not the "boogie down, party hardy" animals we use to be. We still like to "get down", we just do it with a little more ease. We found that Royal Caribbean is just the right speed for us. No knock against the other lines, we just prefere RCI. By the way you can check out RCI's Military rates. They do have some. Enjoy.


HappyCruiser383 January 18th, 2007 04:13 PM

I've been on Carnival and RCI a couple of times each. My favorite . . hands down is RCI.

IMHO

Carnival - lots of screaming children and adults. Pool side was always littered with dishes and glasses full of cig butts (I was a smoker at the time but would NEVER put it out in a drinking glass). 3 year old kids dripping wet running in the halls and the elevators.

RCI - seemed to be a classier group of people. The kids cruising the halls and in the elevators seemed to be dry and more polite. LOL

Yes, I would cruise Carnival again but would prefer RCI.

I've never had a bad cruise . . just have my favorites!

Linda A January 18th, 2007 04:48 PM

WOW,

I just have to wonder if all cruise lines are a joke and costly in the opinion of Westcruisers why is the word cruise in your name and why are you on this board??? Hmmmmm

Linda A

brneyes January 19th, 2007 04:26 PM

RCCL compared to other ships
 
I have cruised RCCL's twice, and getting ready to do the Serenade of the Seas in April. First time for this ship.

Last year, for the first time on Carnival, we went on Triumph. I guess I am different from everyone else (we are over 50), we just loved it. :D Of course anyone can nit pic if they want, but we were very, very pleased with the Triumph ship. We just LOVED our room because it was so big.

kenna January 20th, 2007 02:53 PM

I have sailed on 5 different cruise lines since 1981 and RCI is the one I boast about the most. I have always had wonderful service, help when needed, and good cooperation from customer service. I enjoyed the other lines but RCI just stood out a little more. It is not perfect, but it is the best in my eyes. Check all lines carefully and pick the one that gives you the most of what you want.

Libragirl January 21st, 2007 06:16 PM

Thanks to all of you for your opinions. We have booked a Royal Caribbean cruise on Jan. 29, out of Galveston on the Splendour. I will write a review when we get back.

Libragirl from Texas 8)

msblackjack January 21st, 2007 06:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Libragirl
Thanks to all of you for your opinions. We have booked a Royal Caribbean cruise on Jan. 29, out of Galveston on the Splendour. I will write a review when we get back.

Libragirl from Texas 8)

Okay wooo hoooo your countdown is already close; did you get a great deal for late booking...

BigEdJ January 21st, 2007 07:38 PM

We've cruised on Carvinal (Sensation) & RCCL's Empress of the Seas. We liked both ships & lines. I liked the food on Empress a little better, the stages shows a little better on Sensation. The comedians on Empress were slightly better. We had excellent service on both lines. We've also done two Celebrity cruises. Dining room service was best on Celebrity, but both other lines were very good.

We loved all of our cruises and would sail onany of the three lines & four ship again. I would choose by price & itenerary over line loyality.

Next cruise is Grandeur in Oct 2007.

Libragirl January 22nd, 2007 01:08 PM

Martha,

We had been watching prices on Royal Caribbean for a while. We actually ended up paying more than necessary. We had seen this cruise for $219 (55 rate). I tried to talk my husband into booking it then, but didn't have any luck. Well, of course, it went up. Anyway, we ended up booking it for $239, which is still a good price. I'm ready to pack!!! I'm really looking forward to trying Royal Caribbean, and I'm sure we'll have a great time. Thanks for your interest!

Libragirl 8) :D

msblackjack January 22nd, 2007 11:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Libragirl
Martha,

We had been watching prices on Royal Caribbean for a while. We actually ended up paying more than necessary. We had seen this cruise for $219 (55 rate). I tried to talk my husband into booking it then, but didn't have any luck. Well, of course, it went up. Anyway, we ended up booking it for $239, which is still a good price. I'm ready to pack!!! I'm really looking forward to trying Royal Caribbean, and I'm sure we'll have a great time. Thanks for your interest!

Libragirl 8) :D

Don't forget to relax :wink:

brneyes January 23rd, 2007 03:53 PM

Luggage problem
 
I read Westcruiser's opinion, and it dawned on me that failed to mention this when I replied earlier.

A few years ago (I mentioned earlier how I (1st time) enjoyed Carnival's Triumph Cruise last year) we (this will be 3rd time on RCCL) took a cruise. Unfortunately, we wound up with a lot of problems, not really because of RCCL, but because of the Taxi service that took care of our luggage when we got off the plane. You might want to keep this in mind, just in case...........this had never happen before, but as they say.....you learn from your mistakes. These taxi's were large. They loaded our luggage, as well as people. When it came for us to get in the taxi, it was too full, so we had to take another one, and our luggage went on. To make the long story short, our luggage as well as 3 other couples wound up on another ship, and we did not get it back for almost 5 days. To say the least the Purser's desk knew us real good. :D Along with this there was a lot of tears :cry: too. They tried (it is always good to take out insurance too) to help us out, but when you only have two outfits to wear, one we wore on the plane, one we carried on with our carryon. They did provide us with nice formal dresses, but of course, they don't fit like your own. When I got my luggage back, it looked like it had been kicked by a football player out of the airplane. They tried to fix it, and sort of did, but (as I said before, it is good to have insurance) I wound up getting another set, as this set was really in bad shape.

Hopefully this never happens to anyone else, just take the precautions I have told you about, when cruising. :)

Libragirl January 23rd, 2007 06:36 PM

THANKS, MARTHA.

I'll do my best to relax and enjoy the cruise!!!!!

Libragirl (Mary) :wink: 8)

toothfairy February 18th, 2007 11:34 AM

explorer of the seas
 
HI,
we are cruising in late April with a toddler. What kind of crowd can we expect age wise? Someone mentioned there are some times that are better. We are in our 30's and hope to find not only people in their retirement years. Thanks.

deb61 February 24th, 2007 09:55 PM

RCI
 
We just got back from our cruise with RCI on Serenade of the Seas. We had a FANTASTIC time!! I did not want to leave the ship. It was beautiful and HUGE. Everyone was wonderful and treated us like royalty. The room was spacious (we had an inside cabin on deck 7). Much bigger than I thought they would be. The food was good, but not fantastic -although room service was quick and very good. We did not get a chance to dine in Chops or Portofino. We tried to get reservations, but they were both booked up within the first two days. There was so much to do on the ship, we were actually still discovering parts of the ship we hadn't found- on the last day! We did not have kids with us, but there were many with children. Funny, but I never really saw that many children, since they do have their own pool and their own activity center and arcade, oh, and a Disco just for teens. I wish we could have stayed at least another week, since we were in port every day on excursions and with only one day at sea, we really did not have time to enjoy everything that was offered on the ship. Next time we cruise, I think we will pick one that has at least two days at sea. I am 45 and my DH is 50, and we noticed ages from babies up to people that looked to be in there 80's +, so it was a varied group - over 2,800 people in all from 30 different countries! What fun, I was so pleasantly surprised and I can not wait to go on RCI again. The Cruise Directors made everything so enjoyable, they do a great job. I must admit I am hooked on RCI and I did hear a lot of bad things about Carnival while on the ship and talking to many people who had cruised with both lines. Time after time I heard how RCI was so much classier. Hope this helps. HAPPY CRUISING :D

seadog2 February 24th, 2007 11:40 PM

deb61, Welcome to cruisemates and welcome back from the Seranade. Sounds as though you and DH had a great time. Making those types of memories just adds to the excitment . Makes you want to book another one doesn't it!! Cruise On.

brneyes February 28th, 2007 05:54 PM

DH ???
 
Alright, this sounds dumb :-? , but what does dh stand for when someone mentions it in the forum.

I know in "baseball" terms, it means designated hitter, but I definately don't believe that is what it means here. :)

Donna February 28th, 2007 07:03 PM

Hi Brneyes,
DH=darling husband, or it could even be darn husband :-)

deb61 February 28th, 2007 10:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Donna
Hi Brneyes,
DH=darling husband, or it could even be darn husband :-)


Most of the time I meant Darling Husband, but there were times on the cruise I meant DARN HUSBAND!! :wink:

brneyes March 1st, 2007 10:54 AM

DH?
 
Thanks Donna, now I know. Yes, I can understand why you would say that :roll:

That is why I always go with a girlfriend, even though there may be a little friction sometimes :( , but not much. It doesn't happen very often. On 6 cruises, I've only seen it happen once. We always work it out which is the good part :!:


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