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Hey just a couple of questions.
My husband and I are pretty new to crusing. We've only been on 2 in the past 2 years because we travel all the time.
Went to Europe for 2 weeks earlier this year (Amsterdam and Cologne) and now we're planning on a quickie vacation for the end of this year which happens to be a 4 day cruise to Cozumel on Navigator of the Seas.

My husband and I tend to be bit of "partiers." We both have corporate jobs and make good money so when we go on vacation I like to sit back and drink and really just have a good time. Both are super artistic and very casual. We're 25 and 27 years old. Go to Vegas once a year and travel for the sole sake of living it up.
We have no kids and don't plan on having any. (But kids don't bother us)

Is Royal Caribbean right for us? LoL

RCCL just seems to have more to do activity wise which is what we're looking for. We don't hate Carnival, just want to try something new.

How much is it to eat in Johnny Rockets?

Does the "cover" for Portofino and Chops cover the cost of your meal or are there "al la carte" items you have to pay for in addition to your "cover."

Do the rooms have flat screens?
Does it cost to skate in the ice rink?

Are there lines for everything? (Movie theatre, skating rink, etc.)
I mean lines to the point where it's uncomfortable and not worth waiting.



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How much is it to eat in Johnny Rockets?

Does the "cover" for Portofino and Chops cover the cost of your meal or are there "al la carte" items you have to pay for in addition to your "cover."

Do the rooms have flat screens?
Does it cost to skate in the ice rink?

Are there lines for everything? (Movie theatre, skating rink, etc.)
I mean lines to the point where it's uncomfortable and not worth waiting.



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Johnny Rockets is $4.95 per person and covers all your food and desserts. Milk Shakes, bottled water and sodas are extra.

The cover charge includes all your food items including dessert. Once again any wine, drinks or sodas are extra.

Some ships have the newer flat screens, and some do not. Depends on if the ship has had a refurbishment within the past few years. I don't believe the Navagator has them, but someone else who has sailed on her more recently may have better information.

They do not charge for ice skating. However, the rink is only open to passenger skating during certain times and days, check the cruise compass for the times and days.

I have never stood in a long line for anything on a Royal Caribbean ship. The longest line I can recall is for the ice show tickets, and that still went pretty quickly.

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What Royal Caribbean ship are you thinking about. It sounds like one of the Freedom or newer Oasis, Allure of the Seas ships? I think both you and your husband will find many activities on board any of these ships. There is plenty going on, lots of neat shows and a parade or two. The Oasis and Allure have a zip line right on the ship, rock climbing wall, etc....

Let us know which one, OK?
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If you go on Navigator of the seas; this is a Voyager class ship. It has the ice rink with ice shows, the main theater with broadway shows, it has the royal promendade, which is like a indoor mall. The Royal Promenade will have parades during your cruise; there is also a champagne bar, conisour club (where u can smoke and drink), plus shops, there is a cafe, a deli, and a few other things, the promenade is a big place to meet people and congregate. the Viking crown lounge, which is in the back of the ship all the way up, like deck 11, is a great night spot, things don't start happening there until 11pm. Johnny Rockets is on the same deck as the pool; there is a $4.95 cover charge and u can eat as much as you want. I have been on Explorer and Voyager of the Seas; they are the sister ships to Navigator and Mariner. Nice ship. If u have anymore questions please ask.
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First off , just about any 4 day cruise is going to be pretty party hardy ship. People generally try and fit a week worth of fun into the short 3 and 4 day cruises.

On Navigator you're going to find much more aesthetic wow factor. In my opinion, Carnival food is noticably better. But Portifinos and Chops (the RCI alternate, extra charge, restaurants are very good.

Entertainment will be similar on both, though RCI has the Ice Show.

I think basically on a short cruise you won't see all that much difference between the two, other than the decor.
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I've cruised RCCL 2x and am now going with Carnival merely because I feel as though RCCL has too many screaming little kids on the ship (mind you, I also only traveled during school vacation times since I was in high school so I guess that it to be more expected). I'm hoping for more of a 20something crowd on Carnival
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I personally think there is more to do on a Carnival ship......but, then again, I'm not into rock climbing, surfing, etc. while I'm on a ship. I've cruised both lines and love them both. To me there is very little difference in the overall experience. RC's decor is more understated than Carnival. I prefer the food on Carnival...but there is plenty of good food on RC, also.

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New to this board, but we've tried both RCCL and Carnival and now we only choose RCCL. Price is a little higher but is better (JMO). You'll find people loyal to both lines. More to do for adults on RCCL, in nicer setting. We book balcony cabins. Love the food, even in MDR we always find enough selections to get something we like.
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...when I first started, I read the reviews of how RCI is more family oriented... that grabbed my attention right away (even though I didn't have a family)

this is an exerpt I copied and pasted from a link I found...

"So, if the question of which is better is the reason why you are reading this review. Without a doubt, Royal Caribbean is farther along the cruise industry's cutting edge, ever innovating, ever challenging the received wisdom about what a cruise ship can do and be. But, are they better? In some areas yes, but it is hard to compete with Carnival's ability to establish and embellish a simple concept; build fun ships with good food, and make sure the staff understands the concept. Royal Caribbean may have many more things to do onboard, but Carnival may be arguably "more fun" based solely upon their attitude. Where Royal Caribbean may be aptly described as "something for everybody" Carnival embodies the concept of "fun for everyone" with more personalized service, better food, less focus just on sports enthusiasts, and better stage entertainment."



Royal Caribbean; Royal Caribbean Review, Royal Caribbean Ship Reviews

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I can compare CCL Conquest that was refurbished about a year or so ago. Added more balcony staterooms and a huge TV screen on the Lido deck. Show movies at night and other things in the day.

The decor is bright and done in the French Monet impressionist style where as VOTS is softer style. State rooms are about 10 sq feet or so larger on Conquest.

Balcony is through a glass door with a large window to the side vs a complete sliding glass door on the VOTS. Conquest bath room has a shower curtain vs a double sliding shower door on VOTS

Conquest Casino is larger and easier to move around with a good side bar and nice sitting are with large windows if you want to watch players

Moving from stern to the aft of the ship requires going from one deck to another in some decks of the ship. Dinning room is the aft part of the ship and you'll have to go down in mid ship to get to dinning. Not a problem, but takes a bit of getting used to as compared to the VOTS walk to deck 5 Promenade and go down one large staircase.


There is NO Promenade style deck on Conquest. A large open area on deck 3, I think that goes up from Guest services to deck 5 with shops, photo area.

Service is as good as you treat the servers on either ship. Smile a lot and talk with the staff. . makes their job time more fun.

Food is good. Never had a bad meal . .although I would say I prefer VOTS meals a bit over Conquest –preparation and presentation . . I do miss the Chocolate Melting Cake dessert on Conquest. Yum. Carnival Lido deck (pool) deck has a great fresh hamburger, nachos, cheese, taco bar.

Now that is a PLUS over VOTS precooked and sitting in a pan at Windjammer. Conquest often has breakfast or lunch buffets on the starboard side of the Lido also. Conquest has a great deli and Asian area..made fresh most times

Conquest has a great fried fish bar called Sur Mar for lunch variation –don’t miss it VOTS had the deli area also, but not the Asian Specialty Bar of fish fry. But RCL has Johnny Rocket's . . .and the Viking Lounge on Deck 12


Depending on which date you cruise –Western or Eastern Caribbean, you’ll enjoy the ports. Shows. . did not attend to many on either the Conquest of Voyager.

Here is a deciding factor. . .CCL Conquest is less $$$ than RCL VOTS.

Linda and I drove to New Orleans July 4th, 2009 to celebrate our wedding anniversary found the CCL Fantasy departs N.O. Monday, July 6th at 4pm we cruised. Was not disappointed. Well, we said, why not just sail Fantasy for 5 days. Through our travel club, Great Escapes, we booked an Ocean View Stateroom for $417.74 PP total. Now if RCL was in the same port, it would be higher.

Hope this gives you some comparison to help your decision.
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New to this board, but we've tried both RCCL and Carnival and now we only choose RCCL. Price is a little higher but is better (JMO). You'll find people loyal to both lines. More to do for adults on RCCL, in nicer setting. We book balcony cabins. Love the food, even in MDR we always find enough selections to get something we like.
Those are my exact sentiments.

We too have tried Carnival, but now we much prefer RCCL.

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My husband and I tend to be bit of "partiers." We both have corporate jobs and make good money so when we go on vacation I like to sit back and drink and really just have a good time. Both are super artistic and very casual. We're 25 and 27 years old. Go to Vegas once a year and travel for the sole sake of living it up.
We have no kids and don't plan on having any. (But kids don't bother us)
I think it varies from ship to ship and time of year etc. But we have never been on a RCL cruise where we did not meet people and make friends.
I think sometimes the more open and friendly you are people are looking for the same. we have a ball with new friends on ships. all ages

Not big "show " people (just the comedians and newlywed game) , but the main lines we find are buffets (that is anywhere) and disembarking. Do not miss the quest show. it is fun and can get raunchy.

Granted we do not cruise during summer break time, but kids haven't been a big issue around us.

I like that most ships have a live band around the pool

I did Carnival Dream. I felt like fun fun fun, you must have fun was shoved down my throat.

Have a great time
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