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I am not sure where is the best place to ask this question but what do you all think? Inside cabin on RCI Freedom of the Seas or Ocean View cabin on Carnival Dream? When I priced on each of their websites these 2 options are about equivalent. Traveling will be my husband and I and our 11 year old daughter. We like both iteneraries so we are down to the ship. Any and all comments are welcome. Thanks!!
Since it's a toss up of the two cruise lines (ships), I would go with RCL solely based on the customer service. We are just off the Dream (last month) and while the ship itself was nice and the food was above average, we give the cruise a D. Reason being the A/C did not work in our room and after 3+ attempts to have it repaired (called maintenance, called customer service, told cabin steward and went to customer service desk) nothing was ever done. It's hard to rest and enjoy a cruise when it's 90-95 degrees outside and 80-85 degrees inside your cabin. This is entirely our opinion as we have no way of knowing if others on the cruise had the same problem. Once we had a similar problem on RCL and it was taken care of immediately.
01/10/16-Celebrity Silhouette-Western Caribbean-B2B
01/17/16-Celebrity Silhouette-Eastern Caribbean-B2B
01/15-RCCL Quantum of the Seas-12 night Southern Caribbean
01/14-HAL MS Noordam-11 night Southern Caribbean
12/12-Celebrity Eclipse-14 night Southern Caribbean-New Years Cruise
06/12-Carnival Dream-7 Night Western Caribbean
01/12-Holland America-MS Noordam-10 Night Southern Caribbean
01/11-Celebrity Equinox-11 Night Ultimate Caribbean
05/09-RCCL-Rhapsody of the Seas-7 Night Alaska
06/08-Carnival Victory-6 Night Bahamas
06/05-Carnival Miracle- 8 Night Eastern Caribbean
06/03-RCCL-Nordic Empress-7 Night Bermuda
2001 -Carnival Triumph-7 Night Western Caribbean
1997 -RCCL-Grandeur of the Seas-7 Night Eastern Caribbean
Last edited by Peery5; July 17th, 2012 at 01:13 PM.
I prefer the Royal Caribbean product to the Carnival product, so I recommend FOS. It's a wonderful ship, with lot of amenities and activities for an 11 year old.
116 nights at sea (58 with RCI): Celebrity Summit (7 nights NJ to Bermuda) 8/17/14 Celebrity Summit (7 nights NJ to Bermuda) 8/25/13 RCCL Jewel of the Seas (7 days Southern - Barbados route) 5/25/13 RCCL Explorer of the Seas (9 days NJ to Bermuda, Labadee, San Juan and St Maarten) 5/24/12 RCCL Explorer of the Seas (NJ to Bahamas - New Years cruise) 12/30/11 RCCL Allure of the Seas (Eastern Caribbean) 8/21/11 Caribbean Princess (9 days NY to Bermuda, St Thomas, San Juan and Grand Turk) 7/29/10 REVIEW Caribbean Princess (Canada/New England) 8/24/08 REVIEW RCCL Mariner of the Seas (Western Caribbean) 8/26/07 REVIEW RCCL Mariner of the Seas (Eastern Caribbean) 8/20/06 Carnival Miracle (NY to Bahamas) 6/26/04 REVIEW RCCL Adventure of the Seas (Southern - Aruba route) 8/24/03 RCCL Explorer of the Seas (Western Caribbean) 8/17/02 Costa Riviera (Western Caribbean) 5/90 Cunard Countess (Southern Caribbean) 6/89 Home Lines Atlantic (NY to Bermuda) 7/88
I do not think that you can beat the Freedom class for families there is so much to do. The rock climbing wall, Flowrider, ice skating rink, I loved just sitting at the tables in the shopping area it was a great place for catching one on ones with my kids.
__________________ Disney Wonder May 2004 Enchantment of the Seas Oct 2009 Independance of the Seas Feb 14 2010 Carnival Freedom July 3 2010 Carnival Freedom July 24 2011 Carnival Freedom October 10 2011 Carnival Glory October 22 2012