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Old 07-01-2009, 03:15 PM
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Hi! Am deciding between 2 Carnival cruiseships and 2 Royal Caribbean. Carnival are the Inspiration and Freedom for 5 and 6 days to Caribbean. The Royal Caribbean are Independence of the Seas and Freedom of the Seas. Any suggestions appreciated. We are 60 ish with no children. Thanks!
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Hi! Am deciding between 2 Carnival cruiseships and 2 Royal Caribbean. Carnival are the Inspiration and Freedom for 5 and 6 days to Caribbean. The Royal Caribbean are Independence of the Seas and Freedom of the Seas. Any suggestions appreciated. We are 60 ish with no children. Thanks!
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Old 07-01-2009, 03:44 PM
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Welcome to cruise-chat.

You are dealing with three different classes of ships. It really depends on what you want to do on the cruise and how much money you want to spend. There is no way anyone here can help you decide without knowing more about what you are looking for.

Inspiration is older and has less to offer, but it is also a smaller ship. Carnival Freedom is newer and has much more than the Inspiration. The RCI ships are two of the most impressive vessels currently sailing - endless things to do but they attract a lot of young families, so does that factor into your expecations?
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Old 07-01-2009, 04:11 PM
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Thanks, Dave!
I've heard RCCL is the nicer of the two, and more for our age group--less children and families. But I guess it's hard to generalize that. We will like the casino, pool, games, activities, etc. Sounds like the Freedom is probably going to be the one for us. Thanks!
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What do you mean the RCL are the most impressive vessels currently sailing? Are they the ones with the large atriums and walkways with shops and restaurants in the middle of the ship?
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Old 07-01-2009, 04:22 PM
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Hi Dave,
Gave you the wrong ships!
CARNIVAL --INSPIRATION AND FREEDOM
RCCL- INDEPENDENCE AND NAVIGATOR
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Old 07-02-2009, 06:27 AM
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Hi Linda,
Welcome to Cruise-Chat. The four ships you have listed are four different class of ships. Which one you choose will be determined by your budget, expectations,and what you want to experience. The RCI Independence (2008) and Navigator (2002) are very similar but the Independence is a bit larger. These two ships are very large ships 158,000 ton 4370 passengers and 142,000 ton 3114 passengers respectively. Passengers is at double occupancy, not counting 3rd & 4th in cabins. These two ships are very similar in their amenities. They both have the Royal Promenade. The Royal Promenade runs the length of the ship and this is where all the shops, pizzeria/coffee shop, Ben & Jerry, pubs, wine bar, and more are located. The ships have rock climbing, ice skating rinks with ice shows on some nights, a flo-rider surf pool (Independence only), full basket ball courts, Johnny Rockets diner, and more. This is what Dave means by impressive. The ships have a lot of unusual amenities that no other ships have. They have a lot of activities for children, so they attract a lot of families.

The Carnival ships are two different classes. Inspiration (1995) is the smallest ship of the four your looking at. It is 70,367 ton and carries 2,052 at double occupancy. This ship recently went through a refurbishment. It is a nice sized ship, not to big, not to large. It is a nice sized ship for a first timer.
The Carnival Freedom (2007)2,974 passengers at double occupancy. The Freedom will have more choices of eateries and entertainment.

Both RCI and Carnival are family cruise lines. You will experience lots of children and it can vary at different times of year when school is in session or out. Holidays or summer when the schools are out you will experience more children. Also, on the shorter 3/4/5 day cruises you will experience more families because these cruises tend to be lower cost.

I have sailed many times on both cruise lines and feel the food and entertainment are comparable on both cruise lines. Service is comparable. These are always subjective issues and can vary from ship to ship, week to week and opinions will vary from passenger to passenger on the same ship.

You may want to find a cruise oriented Travel Agent in your area and talk about your expectations. If your looking for a quieter laid back vacation the smaller ship may be fine for you. If your looking for more activity you may want the larger ships. A cruise oriented agent can help you sort it out. Your first cruise will most likely be exciting no matter which ship you choose. It will be a lot of new experiences.
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Old 07-02-2009, 06:35 AM
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Hi LindaK, welcome to Cruise-Chat. Cruise Fantatic has wonderful advice. Get a good cruise oriented/certified travel agent. If you don't want a lot of children running around, have them tell you about HAL or Princess, too. The Emerald Princess, Ruby Princess, Caribbean Princess, Grand Princess are huge ships, and HAL has many large ships as well. A good agent is invaluable, they ask the right questions and will be able to better match your requirements to the proper ships. Best wishes!
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I think you just got some great advice. All I can say is if you could sail on all four ships, and could choose to sail on any two again, you would choose the Navigator and the Independence. Some people may have a different opinion, but that is mine. Please let us know which cruise you book.


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Cruise Fanatic, most excellent info and advice IMHO!

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