I'm looking for some opinions. We're doing a Mexican Riveria cruise in Jan 2005. The two cruises that work best with my schedule are Diamond Princess (a slight nod to this one as far as dates go) and Royal Carib's Vision of the Seas. We've put a deposit on the Diamond but don't mind changing for the better. Price is about the same and we'd be doing an inside cabin either way. I've never traveled with either line. I did a Carnival Cruise in 1991 and wasn't impressed. The cruise was pretty much a loud drunken party on a smelly ship, which isn't our style.
Any comments as to the differences between the Diamond and Vision of the Seas? We'll be traveling with two kids ages 7 and 9. We aren't into the bars/dancing clubs, casinos, or exercise facilities, and are looking for something relaxing but with lots of kid activities, good pools and on-board entertainment, and lots of meal options.
RC has a little more time in Cabo, which would be cool. But a couple of travel agents I spoke with played up that Diamond was a new ship and shold have better facilities.
I am a Princess girl for sure.
The Diamond is a magnificent gem. Just did 7 day Alaska with her. Loads of kids on board. Seemed like lots for them to do.
I plan to do the Mexico cruise late November hopefully.
I know that RCCL does have an active kids program as well.
We sailed on the Vision of the Seas in November 2003 on the Mexico trip. We had three children with us age 5, 7 and 9. The children absolutely loved the kids program and couldn't wait to go each day. The crew on the ship worked hard to please. However, the ship is showing its age and needs new carpets and furnishings, etc.
We are booked on the same cruise on the Diamond Princess in January 2005 without the kids. Although I have nothing against an RCL cruise and think they provide a great cruise experience; I personalley prefer the Princess cruise experience.
Just got off of the Daimond. There were very few under 18. The majority was over 40. The cruise was rather laid back. It is not as lively as a Carnaval cruise. There is a lot of soliciting for drinks. Everything is brand new and still in good shape. All of the shows were great and in good taste with no vulgar. There were a few adult type jokes but nothing offensive.
There are a lot of pools and they were never crowded. If you aren't into drinking, dancing etc you should get a balcony cabin. It is a great way to relax and have privacy. The extra is well worth it.