Posted December 21st, 2004, 06:54 PM
We just sailed on one of Carnival's newer ships, the Conquest. It was a great cruise!
Our favorite RCI ship is the Rhapsody. In comparing the two, I find that I like them both about equally. Both of them have great food in the formal dining areas. But Carnival wins hands down when it comes to snack food. RCI's frozen pizza and snacks don't even compare to Carnival's homemade pizza and freshly made snacks. Carnival has more of a fun "party" atmosphere with the parade and late night adult comedians and their bars and clubs are always alive and hoppin' with lots of party action.
On the other hand, RCI has more physical activities to pursue like the rock climbing wall and ice rinks. I also like RCI's adults only pool area which is a really relaxing area to go to.
So I would say, if you're looking for a ship that has lots of stuff going on well into the night with more of a fun "party" atmosphere, go on Carvnival. But if you're looking for some good physical day time activities and also some good adults only areas to relax in, go on RCI. Either way, both cruises are great and you'll have a nice time regardless of which cruise line you choose.