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Old 09-20-2006, 12:22 PM
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Originally posted by Missjess0112:
I took my first cruise on RCCL (Majesty), my second on Carnival (Fantasy) and every single cruise after was with RCCL. I agree that you have to experience each before you can make a decision on what is better; it really depends on what is most important to you. Now mind you, it has been a few years since I've cruised with Carnival but if I remember correctly, my room was bigger and it had a nice little pretend window, and there were alot of dance clubs. That's all that I remember being more impressive... oh and they had a nice little Silver Jewelry Shop. But I spend very little time in the room so that did not keep me with Carnival. Other than that... I remember it being very unorganized- I am super OCD and if it had been my first cruise, I would have gone insane! I never got the daily forms that tell you what activities are going on and disembarkation was a disaster... The ship had an awful odor from serious sea sickness in the prior days... and contrary to what people say, I still found that it was a constant drunken party boat. I'm young and can enjoy a good party, but it got a little out of hand with people so drunk they were sliding down banisters and across counters. Another deterrent for me were the colors of the ship. This is probably not important to most people, but it is for me. When I'm on vacation, I want it to be relaxing. For this same reason, I don't paint my bedroom bright red- it's not very peaceful. Carnival is based on Crayon Colors.. Red, Dark Blue, Green, Bright Yellow.. etc. RCCL is very pastel-like. It's soothing.
If you were on the Fantasy a few years ago, that was probably a 3 or 4 day cruise. Those are known to be more of the "party cruises". That is why it is so important to select a "ship" (and length of cruise) that is going to suit the individual.

Oddly enough, now the "big complaints" is that the Carnival Legend and Miracle (to Spirit class ships) which were designed to give a more subdued experience are to "boring". Who would have thunk that! Personally, I love the balance the Spirit class brings. It is still "fun" without being over the top.

My next challenge is to "conquer" the RCCL Voyager class ships. I think I would love that Royal Promenade...since I love to sit and "people watch".