My husband and I had always planned to try all of the major cruise lines, doing a different one each year, and this year was supposed to be Royal Caribbean. But then we bought our dream house in August 2006 and weren't even sure we'd be able to take a cruise this year. We finally decided we couldn't go without a cruise
but went with the cheaper Carnival one. I do love Carnival, but I'm sure I'll love RCCL too. I've heard nothing but rave reviews! After we try Celebrity, we'll probably pick a line and stick with it for awhile to try to earn the perks.
Hope it wasn't out of line for me to suggest Carnival on the RCCL boards!
I'll definitely let you know what I think comparatively when we get back!
Booked on Carnival Freedom, Feb. 2012 (Cozumel, Costa Rica, Panama)
NCL Gem, Sept. 2011
NCL Jewel, Feb. 2011
NCL Dawn, Sept. 2010
NCL Spirit, Feb. 2010
NCL Gem, March 2009
RCCL Explorer of the Seas, Feb. 2008
Carnival Miracle, May 2007
Carnival Conquest, April 2006
Caribbean Princess, Feb. 2005