I'm trying to plan our honeymoon in July 2006 and trying to decide whether to go on Carnival or RCCL. My fiance and I have been on 2 Carnival ships before (Inspiration and Victory) and had a great time. I have also been on RCCL cruises in the past (he hasn't) and thought that the service and food was better on their ships. However, I thought that there was a younger crowd on Carnival (we're in our late 20's). It's been 7 years since I've been on RCCL and I didn't know if anything has changed. We're the type to hang out in the casino, on deck in the sun, in the dance club or lounges at night, and also catch the occasional show. We're also a big fan of exciting and fun excursions (had a blast at Senor Froggs last time!). Any recommendations?
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I must say that I am a fan of RCCL because the crowd is a bit more ..... The service still remains outstanding and the food is no comparison. The ships has alot of amenities that no other ship offers.
I have cruised on Carnival and it just a bit wilder for me. I don't feel as though I'm on vacation, I tend to feel like I'm just hanging out some where. Sort of like Senior Frogs (although I had a wonderful time there to, in San Juan). In other words I can take the wildness but not for long. Carnival is trying to change their image, but it hasn't quite happened yet.
I think for a honeymoon, RCCL would be a better choice.
I would agree that RCCL is just a better ship overrall. It is classier looking (not so cheap,neon,gaudy looking), but the service and food were also better in my opinion. (i've been on 3 rccl and 1 carnival).
If you go on Carnival as your 1st cruise, you'll have a good time and know no different but I would only cruise on RCCL for future.
Hope this helps!
I don't have stock in RCCL, but my research has paid off and every cruise My wife and I have taken has been with Royal Carribean. Maybe they will read this and give me a special perk. We even went as far as to get a RCCL Visa and put all my company purchases on the card. We currently have enough point for another free cruise. We just went on Navigator in Nov 05 and are now ready for our next cruise in Feb 06. The free cruise will be Oct 06.
They have treated us great. Now for the passengers, our last cruise had 1800 Europeans on board....rude, cut lines, talk down to us. one even told my wife after we waited in line for an hour to get off the ship that she was a platinum member. My wife said then you should get out of the pion line and find the executive line.
I don't blame RCCl for their rudeness, just their upbringing.
God bless and enjoy cruising
Let me be a wrench in the works......I think Carnival and RCCL are really quite comparable in many areas, with one being better here and there. I will state that I feel strongly about the buffet food being better on Carnival than on RCCL. The dining room food is a toss up to me, although RCCL seems to have more imaginative menus than does Carnival. However, that is about to change since Carnival has upped the ante by signing a major European chef on as a consultant, and his menus will appear on all Carnival ships. Watch out, RCCL.
We have only been on RCCL and have pretty much enjoyed everything about it. Room service has been great, food wonderful, things to do on and off ship have been great.
Do you think that Carnival or anyother ship is better for four boys? Ages 9, 12, 14, 15....
We took them on RCCK Soverign of the Seas about three years ago. We spent most of the time checking one out and one in. Our Oldest had nowhere to go and nothing to do. We haven't taken them since.
I have been on both and both lines have their pluses and minuses. I would pick based on the ship and itinerary you want. Also the prices can vary greatly from week to week and from ship to ship. Best wishes.
Carnival's 24-hour party days are long gone, at least when it comes to cruises of 7 days or longer. In fact, Carnival was among the first lines to restrict bookings for those under 21 because of the bad image they had for young people partying.
And I note that the drinking age on Carnival is 21, while RCCL allows 18 year olds to buy beer if local law permits, and at all times when their ships are at sea.