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Old 07-18-2006, 12:23 PM
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SONNYV has it correct. If you want to compare cruiselines you must consider first the size of the ship and then the itenerary to be able to compare Apples to Apples as he states. I have been on 3 different lines and all sizes of ships and can tell you that each has its plus and minus categories. If you are comparing the same size ship, I would always say, when it comes to CCL vs RCI that RCI is much better in overall impression and ambiance. If you want a young party crowd and something to do every hour and lots of drinking and activities.. Head to CCL but don't expect to be devoid of children knocking on your doors at all hours as they are not always monitored except in Camp Carnival. The food is probably a toss up on either and the same can be said for the enterainment (noteable exception is the Voyager class RCI ships and there is NO comparison to the ice shows and the Main Broadway). Expect a bit more class and a bit older crowd on RCI any time other than summer or Holidays. Carnival can be very dissapointing- I personally can't be paid to cruise with them anymore.. I took my wife on a Carnival first (I had already done many with friends and was dissapointed more times than not..Jubilee was probably the best and is no longer around - small ship with the best service ever- Triumph the only one beyond that I can say good things about) to get her feet wet with cruising and we have moved on as she has learned the differences as well. If you want service and a level of professionalism, RCI is your choice of those 2. For just a little more you can get on Celebrity who has 6 ships listed in the top 10! For good reason. RCI has a couple as well. Carnivals first ship comes in 32nd!! That should tell you something!
Carnival - Destiny, Inspiration (desparation), Spirit(less), Jubilee, Triumph, Conquest(HORRIBLE waste of $3K)

Royal Carribean- Voyager, Explorer- both awesome!

Celebrity- Galaxy (BEST)

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Old 07-18-2006, 01:32 PM
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Old 07-18-2006, 04:32 PM
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In all my 29 times on Carnival I have never had kids wake me up knocking on my door. Depending on what time of year you cruise you may find more children on either CCL or RCL.
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Old 07-19-2006, 08:29 PM
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Royal Caribbean is few steps ahead of any other cruise lines. Try to book on either Voyager class or Freedom class ships, you'll love it!
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Old 08-08-2006, 02:59 PM
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Crusie Fanatic, we took our first cruise on Carnival last October and will stick with RCL. Their were kids every where, they were running up and down the halls until 2 in the morning. We are taking our 5th crusie in Oct and the other 3 were with RCL and have never had kids running all over the place.
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Old 08-09-2006, 04:55 AM
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Earl this is my third cruise and my boat doesnt leave until oct. 22nd, we try to always go at the end of year, but with Royal carribean or celebrity we never had a problem with an excessive amount of kids running around. Shouldnt they be in school? Just wondering dont have any kids, but seems to me that october kids should be in school.
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Old 08-11-2006, 08:24 AM
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We are on the Conquest in October.

We prefer Carnival to RCL and Princess.

The food is bar far the best on Carnival a true experience.

We have also met some of the most interesting people on our Carnival trips.

Again, as with most of life's experiences it is what you make it to be.

Conquest 10/15/06
Rhapsody of the Seas 9/10/06
Grand Princess 1/06
Conquest 9/05/05
Grandeur of the Sea 2/05
Elation 1/04
Conquest 9/03
Celebration 1/03
Celebration 1/01
Nowiegen 9/00
Commodore 9/06
Commodore 4/96
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