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Old March 13th, 2008, 05:27 PM
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Default Royal Carribean VS Carnival

I have cruised RC twice before but not in about 8 years. I have cruised Carnival 6 times and know what to expect.
Can folks point out the biggest differences between the 2 cruise lines ?

ie; Royal Promenade, Do some of the Themed restaurants have surcharges etc.

Have a family of 4 with 2 girls (ages 6&8)
We love Carnival but would like to try different CL's..

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I think its difficult to compare a cruiseline to a cruiseline. Its much easier to compare a ship to another ship. What Royal Caribbean ship are you looking at?

As for the alternative restaurants that charge a fee, would be Portfinio's and Chops, both worth the extra bucks IMO. You'd need to make reservations for those. You can also eat at the Buffett at no extra charge.
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Corky, do a search for this topic. It has been beaten to death.
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I've only sailed Carnival but have a Royal Caribbean cruise planned for May 2008 on the Sovereign.

People I know that have sailed various ships on both lines, have told me once I sail with Royal Caribbean, I probably won't go back to Carnival.

I'll have to wait and see.
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i have sailed twice with carnival and twice with rcl. i liked them both for different reasons. i believe rcl is a classier line, although a bit more pricey.
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While I agree with Donna, there are a few "generic" differences. This is only my opinion, and doubtless there will be disagreements. RCCL has better entertainment (stage shows, bands, etc.). As for dining, the food is good on both cruise lines, but the midnight buffets on RCCL are better. Comparing comparable ships with comparable itineraries from both cruise lines, Carnival is less expensive (but, as always, you get what you pay for). You really can't go wrong with either cruise line (despite what you may have heard about some peoples' experiences). After all, how often during a cruise do you say "Gee, I wish I were at work", and how often at work do you say "Gee, I wish I was on a cruise"? You'll have to decide if a particular ship's amenities (or lack of ) is important to you and your family. Things such as ice skating rink, rock-climbing wall, putt-putt golf, water slide, etc. Trust your choice and have a good time.
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While I agree with Donna, there are a few "generic" differences. This is only my opinion, and doubtless there will be disagreements. RCCL has better entertainment (stage shows, bands, etc.). As for dining, the food is good on both cruise lines, but the midnight buffets on RCCL are better. Comparing comparable ships with comparable itineraries from both cruise lines, Carnival is less expensive (but, as always, you get what you pay for). You really can't go wrong with either cruise line (despite what you may have heard about some peoples' experiences). After all, how often during a cruise do you say "Gee, I wish I were at work", and how often at work do you say "Gee, I wish I was on a cruise"? You'll have to decide if a particular ship's amenities (or lack of ) is important to you and your family. Things such as ice skating rink, rock-climbing wall, putt-putt golf, water slide, etc. Trust your choice and have a good time.
Thanks for the info. Ive been on Carnival 6 times, Costa once (hated it) and now Im booked on RCCLs Vision of the Sea. I was getting tired of the same ole, same ole with Carnival and wanted to try a different line
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We LOVE the fact that on Carnival we can do our own laundry which reduces our suitcases!

I know RC will do it for you but I don't like others doing my laundry...ya know
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It´s great that those who wants to can do their own laundry but for me one of the good things with cruising is that I don´t have to do my own laundry!
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It´s great that those who wants to can do their own laundry but for me one of the good things with cruising is that I don´t have to do my own laundry!
That's a nice theory, but perhaps you've never been forced to have someone else do your laundry. Perhaps if I knew someone would wash my clothes the way I do, and I would get all my clothes (and anything I leave in the pockets!) back, then it wouldn't be so bad.
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If I get my clothes back clean, I don´t care how they wash them!
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If I get my clothes back clean, I don´t care how they wash them!
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Laundry is a big deal to us as we travel with my mother and two young children and my psoriasis and detergents etc irritate my skin.......sometimes it's just not a choice.

I'm happy for those of you that don't have to worry about who or what touches your clothing but not all of us have that pleasure.....
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Dottie, I'm sorry for you and as I said it´s great that those who wants to (or have to) can do their own laundry.
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Thanks Erik. Life throws curves don't you know.....
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How did the topic of comparing RCCL to Carnival turn to discussing laundry?
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How did the topic of comparing RCCL to Carnival turn to discussing laundry?
thats my question I would look at other things besides laundry when comparing cruise lines.
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This thread was laundry hijacked!

Time to put this thread back on track!

Corky I would give Royal a try. You stated that you have 2 daughters young in age I am sure they are going to love Royal.

You did not state how long of a cruise and what ship you were thinking about. If you are cruising a 7 niter you should think about the freedom class ships.
You won't be dissappointed!
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Freedom class, hmmm. Well, everybody has their favorite. We looove the Voyager class. If for whatever reason I lose track of my wife, I know I can always find her at the coffee shop on the promenade (our favorite hangout)
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As someone that has used both cruise lines here is my 2 cents:

Carnival is cheaper, better for couples, and rooms are a little bigger.

Royal Caribbean has a more subtle decor, cost a little more, and is better for families. By the way, my wife loves the RC enclosed shower and hates the shower curtain on Carnival! Funny how the little things count.
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I've cruised both, though many more on RCI, and feel just
the opposite...RCI is great for couples and families, and
Carnival good for kids...and young adults who like to party,
especially on the shorter cruises.

I certainly would not say RCI is not good for couples.
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Well, maybe I should clarify. Carnival is great for couples that like to go out dancing, singing, and having fun together. If you are middle aged, wine sipping, go to bed early couples RC is probably better for you. Just my two cents, and if the later is the case RC is probably not the best for you either ... haha.
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Well, maybe I should clarify. Carnival is great for couples that like to go out dancing, singing, and having fun together. If you are middle aged, wine sipping, go to bed early couples RC is probably better for you. Just my two cents, and if the later is the case RC is probably not the best for you either ... haha.
Totally agree with you!
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Not all "middle aged" couples like to sip wine and go to bed
early. I'll refrain from going any further comments on
Carnival. There is much more than the age group or evening
activities.

One big aspect for me at least is the garish decor of Carnival.
And I'm not talking about Las Vegas type decor. RCI ships are
just decorated more like an five star hotel or resort where
I'd like to spend my vacation days. Though I feel anyone can
have fun on RCI...it is not stuffy. Either is Celebrity, tho it is
more refined. We all know to let our hair down when we're
cruising...after all - we'll never see these people again.


And yes, I'm middle aged.
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I'll have to disagree about Royal CAribbean for their activities later at night. They have many options, including the dancing/singing, etc. I wouldn't discount them for that reason, they have some the of best nite shows on water.
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Well, maybe I should clarify. Carnival is great for couples that like to go out dancing, singing, and having fun together. If you are middle aged, wine sipping, go to bed early couples RC is probably better for you. Just my two cents, and if the later is the case RC is probably not the best for you either ... haha.
Royal has Boleros the Latin club where you can do some salsa dancing every nite other cruiselines do not.

One of my best activities is Dance. So Royal does keep me very happy!

The disco on Royal goes until 2:30 and on the last nite until 4:30am.
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