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Old November 26th, 2002, 05:49 PM
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I am interested in those of you who fit the subject line - teens who have traveled Disney and a voyager class ship on RCI - and which you think is better. I have a 13 yr. old girl and a 16 yr. old boy, and though I know people are different and look for different things, I want to know which ship you prefer and why. Thanks very much, in advance, for your wisdom.
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Old November 26th, 2002, 05:58 PM
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I went on Voyager of the seas.. i have been in 4 cruises and this is the best!.. the best for teens!!!!!!!!!...... your teen will have a blastttttttttt
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Old November 26th, 2002, 08:06 PM
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Im 14 n Disney was the best....we were busy all the time teens have a place to hang out from 12 pm to 2 am...so they are never bored n if they r ne thing like me they dont actually have to see they're parents that much... i only saw my parents everyother dinner on the islands and at 3 am when i came in for bed...It was so much fun...ur teens will love it!!!! ~*~MANDY~*~
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Old November 29th, 2002, 03:40 PM
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Default More Opinions please!

Thank you to the two of you who responded. I really appreciate it. Anyone else out there have an opinion based on the criteria?
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Old December 1st, 2002, 09:17 PM
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hi
i'm 17... i've been on 13 cruises with my family... once on the disney magic, once on the voyager and twice on the explorer of the seas; i liked the RCI ships better, i was on the disney magic during march break and there were WAAAAY too many little kids on board for me!!! on the magic there were a whole lotta 10 and 11 year olds trying to get into the teen activities and there were so many kids on board that they kind of took over... i was on the explorer the same time the next year and there were a lot more teens then the disney ships. the programs on RCI were better too i thought. the cabins are a lot nicer on the disney ships, and the restaurants are really neat too... but you are taken back when you walk aboard the new RCI ships... they are TOTALLY different from any other cruise liner!! the only negative is that they can draw from a different crowd, the disney magic had families on it, while on the RCI ships there were a lot of obnoxious 30 somethings away from their children for the first time that sat in the hot tubs and drank beer all day (i wonder how they can sit for 6 hours in a jacuzzi drinking and not go to the washroom once??)... not too pleasant when you're by the pool... i personally think you should check out celebrity... the clientele, service, etc. is a little bit better.
hope this makes any sense!!
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Old December 2nd, 2002, 09:54 AM
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Default Mark - More Opinions please!

Mark, thank you! What a great message with lots of advice and supportive details for your opinions. Your parents should be proud! Thank you very much, and I will look into Celebrity because you mentioned that. Do you enjoy spending time with your parents? I have one who does and one who thinks it is cooler not to. Also, as for activities, can you remember anything in which you participated that was really fun to you? Thanks again for your valuable input!
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Old December 5th, 2002, 06:38 PM
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hi again,
well, i like spending time with my parents during the day on tours/the beach/pool etc., but after dinner on the cruises i tend to hook up with my new friends or with my cousins that are my age if they come with us... i never even when i was younger went to the kids activities during the day... they never really were for me. my younger brother is 14 and he loves the day activities, he finds them fun (ie basketball tournaments, tshirt painting...) where i'd rather lie by the pool all day and fry!! i guess its because i'm used to going out to clubs and stuff back home, so when i'm on a cruise i kind of do the same thing. i'd find myself getting home at 430am some nights... haha an advantage to having a seperate cabin from your parents! (just joking)
just watch out about Celebrity- if you're going on off season they might not have that great kids activities, we've been on them during Xmas/Spring/Summer break (all peak periods for the cruise lines) so they've had the full program in effect. everything on celebrity was just a notch up from RCI, i'd suggest the Millennium or any of its newer sister ships just because they are new and really elegant. they made you feel special!! (and they have the nicest pool in the entire world on the Millennium!!!)
Disney had a really good kids program, i don't know i guess we just went on it at such a busy time, the ship was new and i guess they were overwhelmed. i wouldn't discourage you from going on it, they MUST have worked out the bugs by now!! their private island is really nice too. just one word of advice- DON'T BOOK ON CARNIVAL! food, cabin, service, passengers were just AWFUL! we had never been so disappointed with a cruise!!
hope all goes well with you booking!
-mark from TX
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Carnival is awesome I thought!!! For a school trip we went on Royal Caribbean once, and I had previously been on Carnival, and Royal Caribbean sucked. Needless to say, were going on Carnival Cruises (school, and family) from now on. We might try Celebrity (Galaxy) since they now leave from Charleston SC (where I live)..... Anyways Carnival for me!! You will have fun any line you cruise anyways......... Later

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Old December 5th, 2002, 08:19 PM
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Hey Guys - Thank you very much! Mark, you give great details. Is there a job as a cruise critic in your future? And Rob, living in Charleston, I can't imagine wanting to leave! I mean I know living there is different, but that is where my husband and I honeymooned and have spent many wonderful getaway weekends. We are Civil War re-enactors, and love the event at Boone Hall.

Thank you both for your opinions and information. I can't wait till we book!
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Old December 6th, 2002, 09:22 PM
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Dont ya just love Charleston????? hahaha, have fun on your vacation! Hey, leave from Charleston on the Celebrity Galaxy. Charleston is how its home port!!! Hopefully Carnival will be next, they only have like 2-3 voyages a year.... Have fun
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I think the Disney Cruise line is okay, but people have been gettign sick on them latley and the disney ships arent very fun for adults and kids dont seem to have enough freedom, but I did meet some friends on the Disney cruise on its inagural voyage like 3 years ago and we are still in contact. I'm not shure you would like the RCCL ships they attract lots of older teens like (17-20). I am 12 and I had a very fun time on the Carnival Triumph. Carnival sails to many more "fun" and interesting ports than RCCL. Many people take there kids on Carnival. Carnival isnt just an adult line. There are many kids activitys and threr is stuff to do on there specials kids club website after you are done with a cruise. I would also recommend Costa Cruise Line and Princess. stuff&things wrote:

> I am interested in those of you who fit the subject line -
> teens who have traveled Disney and a voyager class ship on RCI
> - and which you think is better. I have a 13 yr. old girl and
> a 16 yr. old boy, and though I know people are different and
> look for different things, I want to know which ship you prefer
> and why. Thanks very much, in advance, for your wisdom.
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Old December 7th, 2002, 12:10 PM
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Hi again,
I woulden't cruise on celebrity because they are very upper class. Celebrity is more tuned to the adult and they have smaller ships with less things to do. Also Mark who commented and said Carnival was bad, well that depends on how old the ship. The Carnival Triumph, Carnival Victory, Carnival Spirit, Carnival Legend, The Carnival Conquest and any other ships in Carnival's Spirit, Conquest and Destiny class;s are newer ships (year 1999 and +) are more geared towards kids and teens. These superliners have or are beeing created with the best features. Carnival is looking at all the cruise lines in the world, seeing what the people like the most, and incorperating it into their new ships. :
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Old December 7th, 2002, 12:22 PM
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I also suggest you book througth cruise vacation center. They get the CHEAPEST RATES like anaywhere. I looked at 50 different agencys they had the cheapest with the most free upgrades. there website with the phone number is www.cruisevacationcenter.com and if you call them ask for Kathy, she is the owner of the business. She has been on like every ship that is currently sailing. She definatly could help you find the right cruise. I know she helped me.

Again, Ben have fun
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Old December 7th, 2002, 12:31 PM
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Carnival Cruise Lines has grown since 1972 from a "mom and pop" organization with one vintage vessel to become the giant in the cruise industry. The company carries more than 25% of all cruisers, with occupancy levels exceeding 100% (based on two to a cabin). Parent company Carnival Corporation also owns Holland America Cruises, Windstar Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard Line and Seabourn Cruise Line. Their first ship entered service in 1973, and the following year Carnival adopted its "fun ship" theme, which soon became associated with a sparkling white hull and the smokestack's red, white and blue boomerang design recognized in nearly every north American warm-water port.

Ships flying the Carnival flag are sailing in the Caribbean, Mexico, the Panama Canal, the Bahamas and Hawaii and, during the summer, Alaska and Canada/New England. In August, 2002 the new Carnival Legend will debut European cruising for the line. Carnival carries the youngest cruisers and the largest number of families plus baby boomers and seniors who love the high-energy atmosphere. And, while the "fun ships" were synonymous with lousy food and rancorous hard partying during the 1980's and early 1990's, today the ships are as all-American as your local mall. This company has probably enticed more first time passengers to put their toe in the cruising waters than any other.

In 1996 the Carnival Destiny was introduced. At 101,351-tons it was the first cruise ship over 100,000 tons. Sister ship Carnival Triumph entered service in July 1999, Carnival Victory in August 2000. These 2,642 passenger vessels (maximum 3,360 total including upper berths) feature 3-deck show lounges, 15,000-square-foot spas, four swimming pools and a duty-free shopping mall. Carnival Conquest is the first of four enlarged "Destiny class" ships being built. They are 110,000-tons, 952 feet in length and carry 2,974 passengers. Carnival Conquest was delivered in November 2002 while Carnival Glory and Carnival Valor enter service in July 2003 and Fall 2004 respectively. The fourth vessel, as yet unnamed, enters service in Fall 2005.

In addition, Carnival is building four "Spirit Class" at Kvaerner Masa-Yards in Finland. The first, Carnival Spirit, entered service on April 29, 2001. Carnival Pride followed on December 30, 2001 and Carnival Legend on August 24, 2002. Carnival Miracle debuts in the Spring of 2004. The 88,500-ton ships carry 2,124 passengers and are the longest in the fleet at 963 feet, yet narrow enough to fit through the Panama Canal. They have the exceptional space ratio of 41 and the technologically advanced Azipod propulsion system. Accommodations are 80% ocean view with 80% of those having private balconies. There are two consecutive decks of bars, lounges and public areas, the upper one with a wrap-around promenade. Carnival's first reservations-only, specialty restaurants are found on board these ships offering prime beef, seafood and the famous stone crabs from Joe's Stone Crab restaurant in Miami.

One ship has left the fleet. After 19 years with Carnival, the Tropicale was transferred to Costa Cruises in February 2001. The 36,671-ton, 1,022 passenger Tropicale underwent a complete refit to transform her into a Costa style ship, the CostaTropicale.

The Carnival Experience:
Step into the soaring atrium with blinking tivoli lights on any Carnival ship and you'll either feel energized or as if you've ingested 25 cups of espresso in one gulp. A cross between Las Vegas and Planet Hollywood, the ships have non-stop activity from dawn through the wee hours. Slot machines are operational at 8:00 a.m. but the ship's library is open for one hour per day. If this atmosphere is your idea of fun, Carnival can be one of the best deals around. With outside staterooms priced less than a thousand dollars per person, per week (factoring in advance purchase discounts), Carnival is one of our picks for one of the "biggest bangs for the buck" - in the low/midprice range you get the largest cabins afloat, very good food, enormous casinos and a wide diversity in non-stop entertainment.

Personally, my favorite Carnival ships are the 70,367-ton "Fantasy class" vessels (Ecstasy, Fantasy, Elation, Paradise, Sensation, Imagination, Inspiration), carrying 2,040 passengers. Even though they fit in to the mega-ship category, it is still easy to find one's way around. They feature lots of open deck space, show lounges/theaters with good sight lines and large but spartan cabins. While many cruisers also love the much larger Carnival Destiny and Carnival Triumph, I have difficulty in finding my way around due to the lack of adequate maps in public areas. But Destiny and Triumph both have 432 cabins with private verandas, larger cabins and even more venues for nightlife.

Part of the "fun ship" experience is the distinctive décor of each ship, created by the cruise line's brilliant designer Joe Farcus. While each vessel has a specific theme, you'll find abstract interior design in wall frescos and furniture, some of it bizarre. I recall having pizza in Imagination's Lido deck, unable to stop staring at the bright purple and green tubing on the room's ceiling. If Salvador Dali had turned to ship design, the effect may have been close to Carnival's "fun ship" décor.

New no smoking policies were introduced in November 2000. Carnival expanded no-smoking areas aboard its ships to include the aft show lounges and Lido Deck alternative restaurants. The fleet has had smoke free main dining rooms and show lounges since 1994 and the Paradise is a completely smoke free vessel.

The flexible dining program, Total Choice Dining, took effect fleet wide in 2001. Changes include four seatings for dinner in the main dining rooms, alternative Bistro dining every evening and an increased number of service staff. Passengers will be assigned a table for dinner at one of four seatings; 5:45 p.m.; 6:30 p.m.; 8 p.m.; and 8:45 In addition to the expanded dining room seatings, the poolside lido eateries have been converted into Seaview Bistros between 6:00pm and 9:00pm each evening, offering buffet dinner with no reservations or advance notice required. The new flexible system necessitates a new tipping policy of pre-paid gratuities. The amount of $9.75 per person, per day will be levied on credit cards when passengers check in. The amount may be adjusted upward or downward by the end of the cruise at the discretion of the cruiser.

Starting with Carnival Spirit, new ships in the fleet have reservations-only restaurants with a $20 service charge. Spirit boasts a two-level supper club, offering prime beef, seafood and the famous stone crabs from Joe's Stone Crab restaurant in Miami. Additional complimentary dining options planned for new ships include dedicated specialty areas featuring rotisserie roasted meats, fish and chips and other seafoods, and ice cream parlors, lavish daily dessert bars, and "Nation of the Day" specialty cuisine in the Lido alternative dining areas.

Carnival has launched a soft drink program for adults, an amenity usually only availble for children. The "Fountain Fun Card" purchased on board, is valid at any bar, restaurant or lounge for unlimited soft drinks throught the cruise. It is priced from $14.95 for a three-day cruise to $29.95 for seven-day voyages.

Fellow Passengers:
Carnival carries a wide gamut of middle class Americans: high living twenty-something singles, parents with kids, baby boomers and the retired. During summer months and holiday sailings, Caribbean, Mexico and Bahamas cruises carry up to 700 children per sailing.

Shore Excursions:
Carnival's shore tours are reasonably priced and geared toward the active vacationer who loves water sports, party boats, and general sightseeing.

Taking The Kids:
The superbly run "Camp Carnival" is available on all ships year-round, for Toddlers (2-5) Juniors (6-8) Intermediate (9-12) and Teens (13-15). Activities for specific age groups are supervised by youth counselors. Facilities are open from 9:30 am to 10 pm daily. Group babysitting is available in the playroom between 10pm and 3 am and, 8 am to 12 noon on port days for a fee. There is no in-cabin babysitting. Cribs are available upon request, but bring your own strollers.

In October 2001, Fascination became the first ship in the Carnival fleet to have a dedicated teen center called the "Backstreet Club". It features a variety of fun as well as educational facilities, a bar featuring non-alcoholic specialties and a dance floor. The spirit-Class ships (Carnival Spirit, Pride and Legend) and the new Carnival Conquest have an expansive teen recreation area with a teen dance club/coffee bar and high-tech game room.

Carnival's cabins are among the most spacious afloat, a big draw for families, especially those holding three and four passengers. All ships have water slides on deck plus separate pools for small children. A popular cruise/land package is the three- and four-day sailings from Florida combined with three- and four-day land vacations in Orlando with entrance to Universal Studios and Walt Disney World theme parks.

Past Passenger Program:
Carnival "Currents" magazine; discount coupons; "Festivale Party" for repeaters on 7-day or longer cruises. For more information call 1-888-CCL-GUEST.

Theme Cruises:
"Success At Sea," motivational seminar led by Zig Ziglar: Carnival Victory, Oct. 27, 2002 (7-day Western Caribbean from Miami.

Racing themed cruises with NASCAR Winston Cup racing champion Rusty Wallace feature private cocktail receptions and autograph sessions with Wallace, special on-board contests and raffles, exclusive racing memorabilia: Carnival Triumph, December 7, 2002 (7-day Eastern Caribbean) Carnival Victory December 7, 2003 (7-day Western Caribbean)

"Second Annual Chicago Culinary Cruise": Chefs from three Chicago area eateries - Salpicón! Don Juan on Halsted, and Bittersweet Pastryshop & Café - will display their wide-ranging culinary talents. Cooking classes and demonstrations and question-and-answer sessions. Carnival Pride, February 1, 2003 (7-night Western Caribbean from Port Canaveral)

"Quit Smoking Cruises":
Carnival is offering "Quit Smoking Caribbean Cruises" on board the smoke-free Paradise in partnership with the American Lung Association of Connecticut (ALAC), and Manchester Community College to produce the unique event. During the cruises, participants attend a variety of on board smoking-cessation clinics and seminars conducted by the ALAC's trained experts who utilize positive behavior modification strategies to help smokers develop their own "quitting plan," adjust to recovery symptoms, manage stress through proven relaxation techniques and fight the urge to resume smoking. Prior to taking the cruise, participants must enroll in the Freedom From Smoking program and attend the first and second sessions in their geographic areas to lay the groundwork for quitting smoking. Sessions three and four, the sessions during which smokers actually quit, will be held during the seven-day Paradise cruise. The Quit Smoking cruises sail round-trip from Miami Sept. 15, Oct. 13 and Dec. 1, 2002, Jan. 19, Feb 2, March 2, April 27, May 4 and June 1, 2003.

Rates:
Book early for Carnival's Super Saver rates which are abouat half the brochure rate. Carnival's brochure rates, per person based on double occupancy for 2001/2002 start at:
Celebration - 4-day cruise - $849
Celebration - 5-day cruise - $999
Destiny - 7-day cruise - $1,649
Ecstasy - 3-day cruise - $699
Ecstasy - 4-day cruise - $849
Elation - 7-day cruise - $1,349
Fascination - 3-day cruise - $699
Fascination - 4-day cruise - $849
Holiday - 7-day cruise - $1,349
Imagination - 4-day cruise - $849
Imagination - 5-day cruise - $999
Inspiration - 7-day cruise - $1,349
Jubilee - 4-day cruise - $849
Jubilee - 5-day cruise - $999
Paradise - 7-day cruise - $1,349
Pride - 7-day cruise - $1,649
Sensation - 7-day cruise - $1,349
Spirit - 7-day Alaska -$1,579
Spirit - 8-day Caribbean -$1,799
Triumph - 7-day cruise - $1,649
Victory - 7-day cruise - $1,649


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> I am interested in those of you who fit the subject line -
> teens who have traveled Disney and a voyager class ship on RCI
> - and which you think is better. I have a 13 yr. old girl and
> a 16 yr. old boy, and though I know people are different and
> look for different things, I want to know which ship you prefer
> and why. Thanks very much, in advance, for your wisdom.
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THE CARNIVAL TRIUMPH
102,000 GROSS TONS
893 FT LONG
116 FT WIDE
MAX SPEED: 22 KNTS

Best For People Who Want:
One of the largest ships afloat; a budget/mid-price cruise; a high energy, Las Vegas-style atmosphere with lots of glitz; many singles; many choices of excellent nightlife and daytime activities; alternative evening dining; balcony cabins; large fitness/spa facilities; enormous casino; extensive children’s facilities and programs; large cabins, many which hold three- and four-passengers.

Should Be Avoided By People Who Want:
A classy, more-refined style of cruising; uncrowded public areas; more intimate ambiance; kid-free cruising; freedom from constant public announcements for daily activities.

Onboard Experience:
Viva Las Carnival! Triumph and her sister ships, Destiny and Victory are not only three of the largest vessels ever built, but also have the highest energy in the fleet. During days at sea passengers in their 20’s and 30’s lift glasses with pink umbrellas, dancing the Macarena to a live band on deck. Action is non-stop at night, with the casino and disco lively till the wee hours. At night, you can find dozens of venues with entertainment ranging from lavish production shows to off-color comedians, a fun singalong jazz bar to cool blues and a hot disco. Carrying a wide range of ages, from singles to the retired plus families and hundreds of kids in the summer and vacation periods, it’s a perfect cross-section of Americana. If this atmosphere appeals, you also get some of the largest cabins at sea, good food and a well-run organization that keeps everything running like clockwork, despite a maximum carrying capacity of 3,400 passengers (including upper berths).

Personally, however, I found it difficult to find my way around these ships – better signs at elevators and stairwells would help a good deal. Unllike other megaliners, these ships are high density and feel crowded. I encountered long lines at the shore excursion desk and luncheon buffets.

Deck space was limited on Destiny, but you will find several improvements on Triumph and Victory, however. Open deck space has been expanded, allowing more space for sun bathing; Carnival has added 33 tables for two in dining rooms and cabins above the noisy casino are used by crew on Triumph.

Décor:
On Destiny, the decor was lighter with the whimsical touches of avant-garde designer Joe Farcus. Triumph is much darker inside and, lacking those fantasy touches, the ship resembles a 1970's Las Vegas hotel.

Public Rooms:
Upon boarding, you’ll enter a soaring atrium rising to a height of nine decks, with glass elevators rising to Pool deck. Most lounges are along the ship’s "Promenade", a boulevard with comfortable seating for people watching. The ships’ main theater is three decks high (the slightly off-center seats of the lower balcony are the best seats); seated on the main floor, you’ll be trying to peek over someone’s head.

My favorite nightspot is the piano bar, where everyone sings along. The Sports Bar features seven large-screen televisions providing a satellite feed of the ESPN Network. Built into the bars are video poker machines. The two-floor disco has 500 video monitors while a terrific jazz and cabaret room is always packed at night. Additional public rooms include boutiques, a patisserie /cappuccino bar (there’s a charge), small library, video game room and wine bar. Tuxedos may be rented for formal nights in the evening wear shop

Cuisine:
Hats off to Carnival for feeding thousands of people so well. In my experience, the food is better than is found aboard some ships costing more – and Carnival’s pizza is the best at sea (available 24 hours per day). At breakfast and luncheon buffets, you’ll find made-to-order dishes and the best salad bar I’ve encountered. Carnival has new menus which include delicacies such as chateaubriand, lobster and rack of lamb. Desserts may be bland, except for those made of chocolate, which are mouth-watering.

Service:
Don’t expect personal or very refined service aboard a ship this size. Carnival’s staff is efficient and does its job well – dining room service is hilarious during dessert, when waiters do silly dances balancing trays on their head.

Restaurants:
A new flexible dining program went into effect in March 2001. Changes include four seatings for dinner in the main dining rooms, alternative Bistro dining every evening and an increased number of service staff. Passengers will be assigned a table for dinner at one of four seatings; 5:45, 6:30pm, 8:00pm and 8:45pm. In addition to the expanded dining room seatings, the poolside lido eateries will be converted into Seaview Bistros between 6:00pm and 9:00pm each evening, offering buffet dinner with no reservations or advance notice required.

These ships have two dining rooms (assigned by cabin) with two levels. Those sitting in the open area on the lower level will encounter very high noise levels. Tables on both sides and those located on the balcony are the best by far.

On Destiny, there are a few tables for two but most dine with two or six other people. On Triumph, you'll find over 30 tables for two.

During the daytime, most opted for breakfast and luncheon buffets in the ship’s Lido restaurant, adjacent to the pool. These are sun-filled rooms with wonderful sea views, and you can also dine alfresco. In this area you’ll also find the ships’ pizzeria, with multiple varieties plus Caesar salad served 24 hours per day. There is a very limited room service menu, available 24 hours per day.

Entertainment:
Triumph stands out when it comes to top quality nightlife. Triumph's "Wonderful World" is the best production show I've seen at sea. Lavish production numbers with gorgeous costumes and light shows are as good as you’ll find in Las Vegas; the smaller lounges have top-notch acts and music. Don’t miss the singalong piano bar.

Cabins:
These are the first Carnival ships to provide a significant number of cabins with private balconies. But no matter which stateroom you choose, they are all much larger than what is found aboard other ships, although spartan in décor. Standard amenities include Color TV with CNN, ESPN plus movies. Bathrooms are large with shower and room for toiletries. Outside standard cabins are an ample 220 sq. feet and include a leather sofa and coffee table. Inside cabins measure 195 square, feet, many with pull-down berths to accommodate third and fourth passengers – very popular with families and groups of singles. While staterooms with private balconies are a sybaritic delight, interior cabin space is 180 sq. ft. And, in these, there is very poor soundproofing between staterooms: on Carnival Destiny, I could hear the show patter of my neighbor’s TV when it was turned on. There are also 230 sq. foot "family" cabins with connecting doors available near the children's center.

Fitness/Spa:
Sports and fitness lovers would be hard pressed to find better ships. The "Nautical Spa" is 15,000-sq. ft. The gym, with floor-to-ceiling windows and panoramic views, has 13 treadmills, eight stair masters, seven stationary bikes, rowing machines, free weights, and hydraulic weight machines. Adjacent is the spa, operated by Steiner’s of London. While every massage beautifying treatment imaginable is available, expect the staff to push the sale of their products aggressively. The jogging deck encircles the smokestack (one lap is 1/11 of a mile). The pool areas are impressive, including a 214 circular water slide. Topless sunbathing is allowed in a secluded section near the main funnel.

Attire:
While there are two formal nights, most men opt for dark suit instead of tux; jeans aren’t allowed in the dining room. Daytime wear is strictly casual.
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Many thanks for all your input! You certainly kept yourself busy answering this for me. Again, I thank you!
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Well I hope you have a fun time on whatever cruise you choose to take

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