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Nafe 01-22-2011 09:01 AM

Deciding which Carnival ship to choose and itinerary

My husband & I are planning another cruise for sometime between May-Dec, 2011. We've been on the Glory & destiny and want to experience another ship. We visited, Nassau, San Juan, Turks & Caicos. Any suggestions on itinerary & ship would be appreciated. We prefer the newer and bigger ships. Looking for the most reasonable fares for a 7 night cruise.


Dave 01-22-2011 11:50 AM

If you want bigger and newer with Carnival you only have two choices - the Carnival Dream or the Carnival Magic. The Magic will be doing western Caribbean runs from Galveston. The Dream alternates eastern and western runs from Port Canaveral.

macmom111 01-22-2011 12:32 PM

If you have only done 2 cruises and they are on the Glory and Destiny, how do you know thats all you prefer.
On the larger ships there is not more things to do, it is just more sleeping cabins meaning more people. Most of the ships offer the same wonderful fun and things to do. Just dont want you to limit yourself.

garnettsmith 01-23-2011 06:02 PM

Deciding which Carnival ship to choose and itinerary
I hope my comments are taken in an unkind context, but to me, it's always interesting how cruisers today are seemingly concerned about the size of the ship. As a lot of we old-timers know, the mega-ship phenomenon is something that really came into being in 1980 when the SS Norway steamed into Miami for the first time...and she was "only" 70,202 (or thereabouts) at the time (before the addition of the extra decks). Even then, the Norway absolutely dwarfed everything (with the exception of the QE2) in the industry.

I remember my first cruise in 1979 on my honeymoon on the Sunward II. She was only 14,000 tons, which was considered an average sized ship for the day. As a matter of fact, after the Sunward II, we cruised on the Skyward (16,000 tons), the Veracruz (10,000), Flavia (12,000 tons) and then on the "gargantuan" (or so it seemed) Mardi Gras at 27,250 tons.

In any event, I don't think I would let the size (or newness) of the ship dictate totally my decision on which to sail. I think I would be more concerned about the ship (or line's) past reputation for service and overall cruise experience. I would also reference my past personal experiences on how the line handled situations when things went bad (problems in the stateroom, dining room, etc.). Also, and maybe most importantly, the advice of a good travel agent can't be underestimated.


Jim C. 01-24-2011 07:05 AM

I agree with the others here. While I enjoy the "latest and greatest" experience of the new ships, if you enjoy sailing on Carnival, then since the Holiday has left the fleet, there is not a ship that is so small that it can't offer the same amenities as the larger ships. The Fantasy class ships were HUGE when they first came onto the seen. The have most of the same offerings except for the the special spa rooms and the steakhouse specialty dinning ... so I would not dismiss the smaller ships... if the price and itinerary is right, go for it. Something else to be considered, the larger ships can not dock in some ports due to their size, so the mega ships tend to have the same itinerary ....

As macmom said... if you have never been on a smaller ship, how do you know you prefer the larger ones?

JeffPYV05 01-24-2011 09:27 AM

My wife and I just returned from a 7 day on the Carnival Dream (130,000) tons. The last ship I was on was 110,000 tons. These ships are quite large and hold a bunch of people. If you don't mind crowds and standing in line to do everthing then go for it. We just learned to go to things a head of time and miss the rush. It's a great ship, first voyaged in 2009 and is Carnival's flag ship. I would say it has the best of the best for shows and comedy.

Dwayne 01-24-2011 10:16 AM

Hi JeffPYV05, Welcome to Cruise Reviews Forums.

Thanks for your comments about the Dream. I've read other reports of the long lines on this particular ship. I was hoping they had alleviated some of line back ups by now.

I love seeing all the new bells and whistles on the new ships. At the same time I have just as much fun on the Fantasy class ships. The best ships Carnival have in my opinion are the Spirit class ships. More ship, and the people are more spread out it seems.

macmom111 01-24-2011 11:06 AM

I love the Holiday. it was the tiniest of ship compared to todays ships but it sure packed a whole lot of fun. I would sail it today if it were still in carnivals fleet.

Dwayne 01-24-2011 11:36 AM


Originally Posted by macmom111 (Post 284870)
I love the Holiday. it was the tiniest of ship compared to todays ships but it sure packed a whole lot of fun. I would sail it today if it were still in carnivals fleet.

I would too! I always had so much fun on that ship! Did well in the casino too.:D

rbum 01-24-2011 11:54 AM

I have cruised on Carnival several times, all but one on the fantasy class ships. Even though the newer and bigger ships are nice, the fun I have depends more on the service, music, entertainment and the food. In this case bigger is not always better. We are to cuise on the Spirit in March. Many of you on this board have stated the Spirit class is your favorite. I can't wait to find out. To me, there is no "bad" cruise.

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