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Old August 9th, 2008, 10:16 PM
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I spent my last 5 cruises on Carnvial. This will be my first cruise on RCCL. What differences can I expect? I hear the bathrooms are smaller; what about the service?

I will say I'm on RCCL for this cruise because of the ports of call. Not because I dislike Carnival.

I'm on the Mariner.. 7 Day

P.S. Is there a Formal night like on Carnival?
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EMG, there a 2 formal nights on the 7 day cruise. You are going to love RCCL. Bob
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I think the service on RCCL is a tad above Carnival, I have cruised twice on Carnival and once on RCCL, but I don't expect to sail again on Carnival.

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You picked a great ship to give Royal Caribbean a try on. Lots of activities, great ports, good food and great entertainment. Be sure to catch the ice show when they have that. Read through your daily compass for things to do the following day.
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EMG,

Great choice! I love the Mariner, so much so that she is the only ship I have sailed twice. The differences between CCL and RCI are very minimal in terms of accomodations and service. The only consistently noticeable difference IMO is that RCI has a more refined decor while Carnival has the better menus.

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I think you will find the service to be a better quality, the food to be better with a better selection, the color scheme to be more appealing onboard and the atmosphere to be a little more mature. I have sailed on Carnival 4 times and like the line very much, but I do perfer RCL over them.
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Thanks for the input. I'm afraid to know what "more mature" means. Being half way to Platinum on Carnival it took a bit of thought before I made the switch for this cruise. We'll see!!!
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Some negative differences that I have already discovered that I didn't care for (but far from deal breakers) were...

No laundry rooms for passenger use.
No bringing your own wine aboard and having it served to you in the dining room.
And you may as well get used to chocolate molten cake withdrawal.

Other than that... Royal seems like it's going to be a VERY cool experience.
Our first Royal cruise is coming up in November.

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Thanks for the input. I'm afraid to know what "more mature" means!
More Mature on Royal means the fun and happy cruisers between the ages of 18 and 70!

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What I meant by more mature is: the passengers on RCL ususally know how to have fun without acting like drunken bums. (I love to drink but I know how to act like an adult not a college kid). I don't mind everyone drinking and having fun but I have been on 2 CCL cruises where I have seen "adults" in the dinning room who have been so drunk they fell off their chairs and one was excourted out of the dinning room because of his loud and oboxious behavior. I have never seen that on any other cruise line.
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No laundry rooms for passenger use.
No bringing your own wine aboard and having it served to you in the dining room.
And you may as well get used to chocolate molten cake withdrawal.


AMEN!

We enjoy Carnival a lot but after we sailed RC......well we liked the Explorer much more than the ships we've sailed with Carnival. So much so we've booked one of our next cruises on her!
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I kind of like watching drunks fall out of chairs.. lol..

I have never been a big chocolate fan so I won't miss the dessert.

I don't imagine that I will not have a good time, I just don't want to feel like I'm cruising with my grandparents.

I'm 30, my GF is 23 we can make our own fun if needed..
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EMG there will be many other cruisers in your age group.

Enjoy! 8)
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CCL alays seemed to me to be one step above a frat party, whereas RCL is like a TGIF get together with friends and co-workers. Service and dining are close with a slight nod to RCL. Enjoy yourselves !
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carnival really means the "fun ship" because you can always find a party going on... even a really lively piano bar sing along if you want... other lines try but not like Carnival. Difference also we have found is Carival dining is more relaxed is that the wait staff and menus are theme based, ie each night a different "country" is featured and the waiters usually put on a dance or sing to you... corny yes, but we miss it sometimes when we sail other lines.
That being said, RCCL and others offer better quality food in the sauces and style of presentation. Overall service on board are equal as far as we have found... State rooms usually larger on Carnival...

Oh, one more thing.. my DW and I agree that the entertainment on Carival has always been better than RCCL, Princess, NCL, Celebrity, or others we have sailed with...

We are booked on RCCL Explorer of the Seas on the 28th and looking forward to sailing on this large a ship... Will keep sailing all the lines if the price and ports are to our liking...
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jefarl, you're gunna love the Explorer!

Where are you guys cruising to? New England?
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No.. its the 9 night to Canada, Sydney, Price Edward Island, Quebec and back to Halifax....

alot of days "at sea" or river as it may be... relaxing time i hope... Need it. Last cruies was the NCL Dawn in May when the woman went overboard... then had 2 days down to Bermuda in 30-50ft swells and wind and 1 day back in calmer 15ft waves and wind.. decks closed all the time at sea...

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Jef, we looked into that one as our next cruise since we knew we wanted to be on the Explorer again but chose the Soutern Caribbean (3 days longer of no worries!).

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You are going to love mariner of the seas. That was the first ship I ever cruised on and I was blown away. There is so much to do you wont be able to do it. Once you sail her you will want to do it again.
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It's a slightly different experience on RCI from Carnival. True, the rooms, and the bathrooms are smaller, but the shower stall is much better on RCI. (Love the curved shower door) I absolutely hated the crowds on Mariner, and it seems to me that they only have one thing going on at any one time, and everyone is trying to get there. The Mariner is an absolutely beautiful ship, but once again the crowds in the promenade are bad, then they make it worse by putting tables of watches, and fake gold in the middle. Entertainment was good, and the ice show not to be missed, but IMO no better than Carnivals. I didn't notice a marked difference in the type of people aboard. Everyone is aboard both lines to have a good time. I have no doubt that you'll enjoy your cruise, but I'd bet you'll finish that Platinum status on Carnival as well.

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I absolutely hated the crowds on Mariner, and it seems to me that they only have one thing going on at any one time, and everyone is trying to get there. Ken
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Sorry Sky I gotta disagree with ya on that one! Sailed on two voyager class ships and will be my fourth freedom class cruise and I only experienced crowds after the muster drill and when the show lets out. However after the drill and shows I'm sure there is a crowd even on smaller ships. You will always get cruisers after the show that stop to talk or not sure where they want to go next which creates crowds.

Also there are a ton of things going on at the same time that we did not get to do everything we wanted to so we must go back. Still unfinished business on the Liberty.

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Oh ABSOLUTELY! When we sailed "Mariner" that was the impression I got, and yes it may have just been that I wanted to see all the "popular" activities, and everyone else had impeccable taste as well, so we were all going the same place at the same time. Or, perhaps the C.D. has changed since I was aboard, and they've gotten their act together? In any case,,,we are absolutely GREAT friends, and I'll sail with you anytime. See you aboard.

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Oh ABSOLUTELY! When we sailed "Mariner" that was the impression I got, and yes it may have just been that I wanted to see all the "popular" activities, and everyone else had impeccable taste as well, so we were all going the same place at the same time. Or, perhaps the C.D. has changed since I was aboard, and they've gotten their act together? In any case,,,we are absolutely GREAT friends, and I'll sail with you anytime. See you aboard.

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Ok Sky I'm buying a round of drinks for Mrs. Jones (Vita), Yourself and Myself when we cruise on the same ship RCCL or Carnival. 8) 8) 8)
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We've been on three different cruiselines, and believe me, we have seen drunks falling out of chairs, etc., on all three lines!

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