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Interesting observations IBC. I have always found RCI a great time. With the pool games, Quest, singles Meet and Mingle, piano bar, ect... it has always been easy to make new friends. I have cruised solo many times also.
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okay Dave & IBCruzzin....

I have sailed both Carnival and RCI (almost equal amount of times) and have to say that:

IBCruzzin is pretty spot on about the comardarie; let's put it this way: on Carnival the crowd is more approachable, you don't have to be outgoing and gregarious to meet and hang out with new people; it does come much easier on Carnival. That being said, on RCI, although I am not as outgoing as Dave (I can speak from personal experience), I did feel that it was harder to meet people that you were going to hang out with for the duration of the cruise on RCI - in fact, I can only recall less than 5 people out of all the Royal Carribbean cruises; that we all knew each by the end of the cruise; whereas, with Carnival I can recall lots of people.

Now Dave I know your horror story about Carnival; but things have changed a bit on the ships and I think you may be pleasantly suprised if you took a longer Carnival cruise. I know you are not a "foodie" but Carnival has the food better than Royal Carribbean; and Carnival gives you lots of stuff in your care package (toiletries, etc) that RCI doesn't. But they don't have the belly flop
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Yes, MSBJ to be honest there were a couple things that impressed me. In an iside 1A, I had a very large shower, great for two people. The toiletries were nice. But I would have rathered the twin beds made into a queen. I have aslo noticed that on many Carnival ships when you do have twins, they do NOT convert. This is noted on their deckplans and I have seen pics of couples cabins where the beds are made up separately. Odd.

I will try again. I am looking at Spring Break next year and the convenience of sailing from Tampa has me looking at the Carnival Legend.
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I think it's a real personal thing, because if you ask me I would say give me a RCI cruise over Carnival without doubt.
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I think it's a real personal thing, because if you ask me I would say give me a RCI cruise over Carnival without doubt.
I second that. 8)
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Also, take my opinion with a grain of salt. I am coming full of Carnival experience so therefore, RCCL had to live up to my expectations.

If I was a RCCL Devotee and traveled on Carnival, I may very well find things to a bit too much.

I like the loud music, the rah, rah, rah festival like atmosphere of Carnival. I don't cruise for relaxation. I cruise to party, drink, gamble, laugh, eat and just have a rocking good time around the clock.

The Majesty shuts down at 2:45 a.m. EVERYTHING closes down. Not only does everything close down but they close off the doors to all of the lounges and even the casino so there is literally no where to congregate after 2:45. On the Navigator the 24 hours pizza stops being served at 3:00 a.m.

Again, whenever you make comparison, if you are happy with one thing, it is hard for something else to measure up.

RCCL is great at what they do. I now know that I am not missing anything by continuing to sail on Carnival and getting the better price.

Oh yeah, one more comparison. The shows: RCCL singers are much more talented but Carnival's dancers are more polished and professional. Carnival shows are more elaborate with costumes and stage props but RCCL has a more cultural diverse cast.

It is so 6 of one, half a dozen of the other. A person would have to do both cruiselines themselves to make a fair comparison. It is all a matter of what floats your boat.
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For myself YES RCCL is worth the extra money.

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What extra money? They seem to be the cheapest out of Los Angeles, to Mexico or the Panama Canal.
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I use to think that way but there just ordinary now,after a few years that i cruised with them and went on this last cruise IMO not nearly the same.There cutting alot of corners and the next one will be with someone else.
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I'm new to the boards and happened upon the site while trying to decide which booking we wanted to do: Carnival Miracle or Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas.

I've found these topic threads very helpful in helping us decided. Along with feedback from co-workers and friends frequent cruisres here on these boards provided some sound and prudent insight. And, I greatly appreciate it

It's official we're sailing the Liberty of the Seas this Ocoiber and we've cancelled the Miracle.

Officially 8 months, 2 days and counting from our much anticipated trip on the super liner
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When choosing a cruiseline to go on you have to look at your situation; your pocketbook, the itinerary, where the cruise embarks from and the type of clientele that book on this cruiseline. This will be our fifth cruise on
Royal Caribbean because it embarks from Norfolk, which is right near where we live; it is going to several ports in New England and Canada which we have not been to before and it caters to a broad range of clientele. I don't care how much money I have I would not spend it on a fancy cruiseline like Silversea, Crystal, or Regent. For that amount of money I could go on twice as many cruises! We gave been on Celebrity, Holland America, and a cruiseline that went to Tahita that was taken over by Princess. All were good cruiselines. Keep an open mind with any cruiseline when booking a cruise.
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We travelled on the RCCL Navigator of the Seas last month (138,000 tonnes and 3,100 passengers on board). The numbers of passengers was never an issue or not not even noticed aside from 1) Tender transfers to shore and 2) the last breakfast in the Windjammer restaurant while the ship was about to disembark the passengers.
The larger the ship is the more amenities/facilities/public areas on board so this 'spreads' out the passengers. The Royal Promenade is great and only possible because of the size of the ship. The Navigator has 3 swimming pools while a smaller ship may have two. On the two top decks there were no cabins while some Carnival ships have cabins on the pool deck.
I would encourage you to try RCCL. You may prefer Carnival after as clearly you like what Carnival offers but I think you will enjoy the ship.

The one impression that I do get from the forums is that on the very largerst ships (Freedom of the Seas etc) customer service is perceived to be of a lower standard than the smaller RCCL ships (maybe because the size of the ship is an attraction is itself). [/size]
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Good question, and one we've wondered too. After 5 w/ RCI we booked Carnival Legend for next year. Nothing bad w/ RCI, but for my wife & I it was $800 less then a comparable RCI trip on the dates we needed. With Carnival we have a balcony room for what an inside would have cost us on RCI.

I hope its not going to be one of those experiences "you get what you pay for"...but we figure it's worth a shot, and for the most part I've seen nothing but positve reviews on Carnival Legend. $800 is a good chunk of change for seemingly better accomodations..we'll see next year.

In the meantime, we're still taking the family on MOS his July.

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I have never even looked at Carnival pricing. How much extra are you talking about
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I always find the RCCL prices out the highest. For my week the Carnival Liberty would have been $600. cheaper than RCCL Liberty.

RCCL prices are "out there".

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Don't forget, Royal Caribbean's Liberty is their newest ship, higher demand. That will determine the pricing. Its all about supply and demand.
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Don't forget, Royal Caribbean's Liberty is their newest ship, higher demand. That will determine the pricing. Its all about supply and demand.
Yes Donna you are right! My TA told me the demand for the Freedom class ships are very high and don't expect to find any bargins.

But I'm willing to pay the extra money to be on RCCL.

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HI CQ,
I'm with you there, to me its worth it to go on a ship I want to cruise one.
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I'm with you there, to me its worth it to go on a ship I want to cruise one.
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Like the old adage says, "you get what you pay for". I will spend a little more to go on Royal Caribbean because my husband and I are not "party-hearty" people that dance and drink til the early hours of the a.m. Carnival Cruise Lines is known to cater to a younger clientele and that's fine if that's what you want in a cruise line. There is a market for everything!
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I also believe it is worth the extra money. Sometimes though it is no more than carnival depeneding on the ship and itinerary. Carnival has nothing to compare to the Voyager or Freedom class.

It's like saying it is more money to go to Disney World than the county fair.

Speaking of Disney, I do not fee it is worth that premium. I have found them to be twice as much as a comparable RCI cruise. No casino=higher fares.

Cruise Queen, do you have a pic of you on the Flow-Rider
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Dave, have a great time on your cruise. We have to get together soon and plan for a cruise together. Does this September or October sound good? I would also like to see a pic of the Cruise Queen in her speedo on the flow rider. Bob from CT
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I would go Serenade no queston! Now if you have children the AOS may be more to your liking. If not the Serenade has a more open feel (since you are worried about crowds) where the AOS has a mall feel.
I hope this helps.
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To answer your question. NOT IN MY BOOK
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