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Old 05-26-2015, 05:46 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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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.
wow, I wonder why you opened this thread up after 7 years? That being said, every mass marketed line has pros and cons and appeal to a different type of cruiser. I don't think any of them are bad. For some people Carnival is just what the doctor ordered, for others only a luxury line works.

Now, do report back after you have tried RCI. I hope you are as happy with RCI as you seem to be with Carnival.
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Old 05-26-2015, 06:24 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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wow, I wonder why you opened this thread up after 7 years?
To praise the Lord for cruise ships? To claim that Amish folks are cruising on Carnival? To tell the tale of the drunk lady who got naked and jumped in the pool to list after. a teenage boy? So many possibilities. . .
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Old 05-31-2015, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Scott County, Tennessee/by way of Detroit
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WOW...so many like and dislikes....and perceptions...most of which I don't even notice....I DO have to say that on the 3 Carnival cruises I went on...we got on the off the ship every time in record speed...no lines no waiting no nothing...
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Old 06-04-2015, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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WOW...so many like and dislikes....and perceptions...most of which I don't even notice....I DO have to say that on the 3 Carnival cruises I went on...we got on the off the ship every time in record speed...no lines no waiting no nothing...
Both embarkation and debarkation has improved so much over the years. It uses to take forever to get off the ship. Of course often this is the fault of the port authority and not the cruise line.I remember one time, not that many years ago when we were sailing in and out of NOLA> The day debarkation about 1/2 of the custos agents choose not to report for work. I didn't think we would ever get off the ship.Thank God we had a mid afternoon flight and not one at say; 11am. We were traveling with a rather large group and at least a few of them did not make their flights. Of course they did want to blame the cruise line, but it wasn't thier fault.
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Old 06-10-2015, 11:13 AM
 
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Last year my fiancee and I went on our first cruise and it was with Carnival on the Glory to the eastern Caribbean for 7 days. This year, we booked Royal Caribbean Independence in September for a Western 7 day cruise. We are worried about some of the things Carnival offered that I saw were extra with Royal and some of the things Royal offers that was extra with Carnival. Here are the pros and cons we found on the Carnival ship.

Carnival Glory:
Cons:
- The ship was nice, but everything was too spread out, plus you could kind of tell its age, even with the new 2.0 upgrades. -The shows were horrible, the comedy club was bad, they played the same movie 3 times on the big deck screen, there were only two bars to get drinks from and they were outside (there was the casino and the mix drink bar inside though, but they are small),
-the entertainment was cheesy and we constantly got pestered for pictures
- it was kind of boring, kids took over the water slides and jumped in front of the lines constantly, the main pool was too packed, the back pool for adults was very small, the put put course was torn up, there were two ping pong tables with no paddles or balls to play, one cornhole board set, and that was it.
- there were clearly very intoxicated people and the work staff did nothing about it.
-the drink package was $50 a day, limited to 13 drinks a day, and both people in the room had to get it even if the other didnt want it.

Pros:
- THE FOOD! We ate in the main dining room everynight! It was delicious! your able to get a different appetizer every night of something totally different (rabbit, gator, exotic foods, ect) you could order as many main courses as you wanted. The steak were no additional cost, the Lobster was no additional cost (though only available 1 night, but got two!) the shrimp and crab cakes were no additional cost either. I didnt have one bad dinner on that ship. Guys burgers was awesome and is no additional cost, They had 4 soft serve machines that were free, the pizza place that was open 24/7 in the back was actually very good, the lunch buffet was good too.
-The ship was not packed at all. We went in early May last year, it was not overcrowded at all and it was considered the "down" season.
-the service was great, everyone smiled, was really helpful, and no employee looked gloomy or anything like that. I swear every time we left the room it was cleaned and sheets refolded even in the middle of the day.
-the casino was pretty big and I actually won a good bit of money! they have these "claw" machines with stacks of money you can pick up, so addicting!
-The room size was pretty decent but the bathroom was very spacious.
The adult only deck was great "serenity" way more comfortable lounging chairs

Royal Caribbeans Independence (pros/cons from what I have read and look forward to finding out in September)
Pros:
-Newer ship that bigger and nicer inside than Carnival and has a "central" type feel as appose to carnivals is spread out all over the ship.
-More entertainment, more show offerings, more things to do (rock climbing wall, water jet surfing, bigger put put, more pools, nicer casino, more bars, ect)
-Ive heard the food is "better" but we will have to see
-The excursions are actually cheaper than Canivals and more of them.
-The stay on each island is longer than Carnivals as well (8 hours on each Island)
-If you want the drink package, its unlimited and only one person can get it they want it

Cons:
-Ive seen their menus and they do not look as appealing as carnivals did, and you have to pay extra for better items like a nice steak or if you want Lobster one nice, Carnivals you did not.
-If I want a burger, I have to pay for it at Johnny Rockets, where as Guys Burgers was included
Ive heard many many complaints and it was even brought up by my travel agent that RC cruises usually are packed and crowded
-The rooms and bathroom are smaller than Carnival
-Ive heard from some people that there isnt much going on at the Lido deck at night past 10pm.

Ill have to see how I feel about RC when I come back and then can compare the two.
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Old 06-11-2015, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Last year my fiancee and I went on our first cruise and it was with Carnival on the Glory to the eastern Caribbean for 7 days. This year, we booked Royal Caribbean Independence in September for a Western 7 day cruise. We are worried about some of the things Carnival offered that I saw were extra with Royal and some of the things Royal offers that was extra with Carnival. Here are the pros and cons we found on the Carnival ship.

Carnival Glory:
Cons:
- The ship was nice, but everything was too spread out, plus you could kind of tell its age, even with the new 2.0 upgrades. -The shows were horrible, the comedy club was bad, they played the same movie 3 times on the big deck screen, there were only two bars to get drinks from and they were outside (there was the casino and the mix drink bar inside though, but they are small),
-the entertainment was cheesy and we constantly got pestered for pictures
- it was kind of boring, kids took over the water slides and jumped in front of the lines constantly, the main pool was too packed, the back pool for adults was very small, the put put course was torn up, there were two ping pong tables with no paddles or balls to play, one cornhole board set, and that was it.
- there were clearly very intoxicated people and the work staff did nothing about it.
-the drink package was $50 a day, limited to 13 drinks a day, and both people in the room had to get it even if the other didnt want it.

Pros:
- THE FOOD! We ate in the main dining room everynight! It was delicious! your able to get a different appetizer every night of something totally different (rabbit, gator, exotic foods, ect) you could order as many main courses as you wanted. The steak were no additional cost, the Lobster was no additional cost (though only available 1 night, but got two!) the shrimp and crab cakes were no additional cost either. I didnt have one bad dinner on that ship. Guys burgers was awesome and is no additional cost, They had 4 soft serve machines that were free, the pizza place that was open 24/7 in the back was actually very good, the lunch buffet was good too.
-The ship was not packed at all. We went in early May last year, it was not overcrowded at all and it was considered the "down" season.
-the service was great, everyone smiled, was really helpful, and no employee looked gloomy or anything like that.food I swear every time we left the room it was cleaned and sheets refolded even in the middle of the day.
-the casino was pretty big and I actually won a good bit of money! they have these "claw" machines with stacks of money you can pick up, so addicting!
-The room size was pretty decent but the bathroom was very spacious.
The adult only deck was great "serenity" way more comfortable lounging chairs

Royal Caribbeans Independence (pros/cons from what I have read and look forward to finding out in September)
Pros:
-Newer ship that bigger and nicer inside than Carnival and has a "central" type feel as appose to carnivals is spread out all over the ship.
-More entertainment, more show offerings, more things to do (rock climbing wall, water jet surfing, bigger put put, more pools, nicer casino, more bars, ect)
-Ive heard the food is "better" but we will have to see
-The excursions are actually cheaper than Canivals and more of them.
-The stay on each island is longer than Carnivals as well (8 hours on each Island)
-If you want the drink package, its unlimited and only one person can get it they want it

Cons:
-Ive seen their menus and they do not look as appealing as carnivals did, and you have to pay extra for better items like a nice steak or if you want Lobster one nice, Carnivals you did not.
-If I want a burger, I have to pay for it at Johnny Rockets, where as Guys Burgers was included
Ive heard many many complaints and it was even brought up by my travel agent that RC cruises usually are packed and crowded
-The rooms and bathroom are smaller than Carnival
-Ive heard from some people that there isnt much going on at the Lido deck at night past 10pm.

Ill have to see how I feel about RC when I come back and then can compare the two.
Food is very subjective; some think RCI has great food, others say it isn't even up to par. We all have our own ideas. Most ships have different appitzers each night btw. I don't think Carnival is much different than most mass marketed lines when it comes to food. Each cruise line has its own personality and yet they are really very similar.
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Old 06-14-2015, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Dallas TX
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To praise the Lord for cruise ships? To claim that Amish folks are cruising on Carnival?
I was wondering the same thing. Amish wouldn't be on a cruise ship unless they are on Rumspringa And they wouldn't be dressed as Amish.

Having done both the only thing I liked better on Carnival was the size of the rooms. RC hands down.
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Old 06-18-2015, 06:03 AM
 
Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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I have my doubts on the Amish part. I would say Mennonite as people see their dress and confuse them with Amish. They travel, use automobiles and I've seen them in the upper Midwest at various vacation areas. True Amish would never be on a cruise ship.

I'm going on RCI this year, one of their smaller ships, last sailed with them in 2003. I've only been on Carnival once, the Glory, and for a 7 day cruise it was fine. Things people list as negatives in reviews rather amaze me sometimes. Every one cannot get off the ship first. Debarkation is not a simple process. Food, please, who cooks for thousands?? I always ask for a large table and it is fun to hear everyone's perspective on the food!
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