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Old 10-27-2008, 04:57 PM
 
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I worked with the cruise lines for over a decade and do consider RCCL more upscale than Carnival. I cruised with several lines but I was looking for quiet and relaxation rather than lots of games so my choices were based on that. The Carnival ships were all way too rowdy for my liking and the razzle-dazzle color schemes alone turned me off although I did enjoy one trip on the old Carnival Festivale. An older ship with lots of mileage and character, it was very comfortable and I didn't have to worry about getting a headache from the decor. Cheers!
I do agree, RCCL, the help is great. The food now, may not be 5 stars,
but I go for ship, beaches etc., I never felt any need to change from a great ship, and great help. I did love the old sun viking rccl had.
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Old 11-26-2008, 09:06 AM
 
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That's nice...
Snobby much? People who truly have class don't flaunt it like some silly nouveau riche that thinks acting stuckup equates to having any definition of class....
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Old 11-26-2008, 11:23 AM
 
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Snobby much? People who truly have class don't flaunt it like some silly nouveau riche that thinks acting stuckup equates to having any definition of class....
That's nice...
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Old 11-26-2008, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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"becky" I'm going on my first cruise on Carnival this Sunday!!! I can't wait! From what I hear it is a party boat, lots of young people. Personally, I hope to find an area to sneak away to for some peace and quiet!
when are you going? my friends are trying to "convince" me to go on a Royal Caribbean cruise in 2010, I guess I should go so I can compare the two..........................



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Which do you prefer and why?
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Old 11-26-2008, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Lake Norman, NC
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Sportsfangal - Have a great trip. I think you may be surprised to find that while there is nightlife on the Carnival ships, they are no longer the party boats like some people imply. Some folks don't let fact cloud their opinions, so they like to bash CCL. Enjoy your cruise! Let us know what you think when you get back.

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Old 11-28-2008, 07:03 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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thank you! I definately will!! my friends cruise with Carnival all the time and love it, so I tend to believe them about it, plus the Freesom is a brand new (2007) ship, so hopefully it hasn't had time to be "hood"-ified, as mentioned in JHG's posts!
I leave tomorrow and I'll report back!!!



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Sportsfangal - Have a great trip. I think you may be surprised to find that while there is nightlife on the Carnival ships, they are no longer the party boats like some people imply. Some folks don't let fact cloud their opinions, so they like to bash CCL. Enjoy your cruise! Let us know what you think when you get back.
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Old 11-28-2008, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Palm Beach Gardens, Fla
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Sorry didn't read through all the posts- but for future reference: Check the 'specs' of the ship. I wouldn't categorize an entire cruiseline as one being better than the other. But I would compare the ships before I make any reservations. Older ships vs. newer, check out the deck plans, what activities are offered on board, etc. I can't tell the difference between RC and Carnival (I thought they were the same company)...
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Old 11-30-2008, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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I worked with the cruise lines for over a decade and do consider RCCL more upscale than Carnival. I cruised with several lines but I was looking for quiet and relaxation rather than lots of games so my choices were based on that. The Carnival ships were all way too rowdy for my liking and the razzle-dazzle color schemes alone turned me off although I did enjoy one trip on the old Carnival Festivale. An older ship with lots of mileage and character, it was very comfortable and I didn't have to worry about getting a headache from the decor. Cheers!
Welcome to the New World. Royal is having problems with rowdy guests also, with its Voyager and Freedom Class Mega ships. I talk to a Captains wife on Royal in a cruise chat I've been going to for years and she has told us many stories.
If you have AOL-use Keyword Cruises, 7 days a week. We start about 10 eastern, but if no one is their wait, and we will all show up.

Diane g
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Old 11-30-2008, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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Sorry didn't read through all the posts- but for future reference: Check the 'specs' of the ship. I wouldn't categorize an entire cruiseline as one being better than the other. But I would compare the ships before I make any reservations. Older ships vs. newer, check out the deck plans, what activities are offered on board, etc. I can't tell the difference between RC and Carnival (I thought they were the same company)...
Also Short cruises vs Long Cruises. Short cruises tend to have a younger party crowd. I'd say this is true for Royal Caribbean, Carnival and NCL.
I have been on 14 cruises with my family. I've cruised Carnival, Celebrity, Princess, Holland America, Royal Caribbean and NCL. All the mainstreams except Costa.
I have been on a Carnival Ship that had a older crowd than Holland America which is know for having older cruises. It depends what time of year you cruise. If you cruise Holidays you'll find more familys, Fall, more Seniors or people without children.

Diane G
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Old 05-26-2015, 01:18 AM
 
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Smile Different Cultures

Someone said they would never cruise Carnival again and I said to myself "Good!" "Keep your sour attitude off Carnival. We do not need your negativity." This makes me wonder if all the sour people are on RCCL. I will find out soon when I go on a RCCL cruise. For those who are trying to decide on which cruise line to choose, this is a great thread and thank you to the OP for starting it.

Carnival is known for being a party fun ship because that is its niche. This does not make it "bad." If you do not want to party then you don't have to. I like to dance and will dance at every opportunity. These days I am recovering from a bad automobile accident so my dancing is mostly limited these days. Now I like to read Tom Clancy too, but I can do that at home in the bathroom. I can dance at home but only by myself as my DH doesn't like to dance. On Carnival, I can dance and rejoice in life. If I visit a church that dances - I can praise dance at church. I choose to believe that dance is a gift from the creator and on Carnival, I can dance.

Alcholic drinks - I am not a drinker so it is not true that Carnival cruisers are drunks - though certainly they push drinks on guests from the moment they arrive and I came accross some very drunk but polite people.

One disturbing incident truly upset me. On one of the short cruises a very young woman who was quite thin and not fat so it is not true that Carnival Cruisers are fat - came to the pool in her birthday suit and got into the pool. I had to tell one of the staff to go and get her. She was intoxicated and I feared for her safety. Security came and finally they wrapped her and led her away. I still worry about that young woman and had to stop and pray for her. I asked the staff for help because the woman had become attracted to a teen boy who was in the pool and the family member of the boy began to argue with the woman instead of getting help. I have cruised several times since then and never saw that behavior again. If that was the only cruise then I would have that impression of Carnival in my mind.

On some cruises I have seen Amish people and people from other countries wearing their native clothing. Why then if an American wears a prom outfit tuxedo do we degrade that person instead of viewing it as a cultural attire and move on. Why do we have to degrade people unless we have such low self esteem that we condemn all those who do not meet our expectations of perfection?

One person had to nerve to be angry that a driver in another country said his country was the best country in the world. It offended him that a person in another country thought his country was better than the USA. We are such narcissists. And yet - that's why I like people who cruise various cruise lines and find a way to make peace with all of them.

For sure I took a severely obese friend of the family on our family cruise. He often hides from the world because he is obese. To think that he would become more obese on a cruise is stinking thinking. Our obese friend is the nicest person in the world and a loyal family friend. He has many good qualities. His mother died when he was a child and eating was his comfort. A person an only lose so much weight in a week without getting sick and a person can only gain so much weight in a week. The cruise was a prime time to befriend him and be a part of his weight loss instead of bearing pressure on him to conform to the American ideal of beauty. Most of the people on my cruise were within normal weight limits. It took a lot to get him to leave the cabin. He knew that people would judge him. I am sure that I can find serious imperfections in those who judge fat people. It is good that Carnival attracts people who come out of their shell and begin to live a positive life. I like that about Carnival.

What I do not like about Carnival but I understand why they do it is that when I am trying to get sleep, Carnival loudspeakers start blaring out announcements.

I do not like that there are no relaxing day activities. Everything is sell, sell, sell.

I do not like the smell of smoke in the casinos that are next to some of the fun events.

I do not like the smell of methane on some of the lower decks on one ship.

I do not like the long hours the staff works for low pay.

What l like about Carnival is that I always meet friendly people. I have a cruise scheduled with another cruise line and I can tell they are snobbish and "better than thou." I hope I will meet some friendly people there.

I like the opportunies to dance to oldies.

I like the comfortable beds (Magic has the best at the cheapest price)

I like the constantly cleaning and cheerful staff on the Triumph.

I like that I never have to spend a dime.

I like the relaxed atmosphere. Being snobbish takes work and I cruise to relax.

The spa level on the Magic is wonderful.

Carnival guests have great Facebook pages. Most Carnival cruisers are very social. There are some holier-than-thou people that sour the cruise for everyone they meet. I don't think they know that word spreads fast in a small city of 2000 people. If someone is sour - words spreads fast and the obnoxious people don't even know. On Carnval, people are figuring you out while you are embarking. Long before you start scorning others - you have already been judged found found to be not important to them having a good time. Carnival cruisers pity those who cannot just relax and enjoy the moment.

Deparkation and Embarkation is always long on Carnival.

After I travel on another cruise line - I'll report back with a comparison. I can say that Magic has better food choices than Triumph - but I like the staff attitudes and cleanliness of Triumph better. Magic staff are always too stressed and overworked but they are nice and polite through it all. Please tip your room staff directly if they provided good service. I hope to have a RCCL comparison soon.

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