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  1. I spent more time waiting in line on this recent Oasis cruise for shows I had reservations for than I have ever spent on Carnival for a show. I had reservations for the Ice Show and had to wait in line to get in. I had reservations for the Aqua Show and had to wait in line to get in. I did NOT walk right in for these shows. I had reservations for both and still had crappy seats. If I had no reservation, I would have either been left out all together or been left standing in the back watching. I obviously offended you in some way...with my personal opinion.
  2. Its not untrue at all. The Elvis impresonator show was only available at 10:30 PM. Come Fly with me was only Available at 10:30 PM. I don't remember the other shows times at this point...but I do know we carried our cruise compass around with us all the time and found ourselves twiddling our thumbs everyday from 5:00-8:00 waiting for our MDR time.
  3. Yes...wait in standby line and hope there is a seat available...that works great. I don't like having to make reservations in advance...because I don't know what I'm going to feel like doing on the given day of my VACATION.
  4. With all due respect....you didn't object to the way it was presented...you said I wasn't experienced enough to render an opinion. Would it have made you happier if I said "Carnival Wins, IMO"? If so, I will happily go back and add those 3 little letters. Just to reiterate...this was not intended to be a "Bash RCL" thread. I enjoyed my cruise with RCL and will happily do it again. I think the main problem here is that you disagree with my opinion....not the way I presented it. And since I'm not an expert like you...it is audacious that I actually come here and express my opinion.
  5. Apparently some reality TV personality. I'd never heard of her before a couple of days ago.
  6. This is why I made a point to use the words "Opinion" and "Preference" and "Perception" many times in my write up. These are just the ramblings of a casual cruiser and my personal observations. I don't claim to be an expert as you obviously are.
  7. I just returned from Oasis. There is a thread talking about Whitney Thore being onboard....I'm pretty sure I saw her. However, I kept seeing this fella around the cruise that I swear I've seen before. He looked to be about 70-80ish was thin and had thin whispy gray hair that was kindof dishevelled looking. His hair kindof fluffed out on the sides and very thin on the top. He was always dressed neatly but in rather eccentric looking clothes. He was very friendly and outgoing. He talked to everybody...and frequently talked politics. I'm wondering if anyone saw him...and if so, do you think he is famous or am I just imagining it. If he is famous...does anyone know who he might be? I'm thinking an actor or comedian, but not one active currently.
  8. (Disclaimer: I posted this same thread on the RCL board....posting here to reach a different audience.) I'll try not to provoke an us vs them war...and I'll try not to be biased. I just completed my first RCL cruise aboard Oasis. I'll start by saying Oasis is a beautiful and massive ship. It rarely felt crowded. The staff was all very nice. Carnival has no ship to compare to Oasis. In that category...RCL wins Hands Down. Staff for both cruislines are excellent... This one is a draw. Main Dining Room...that's where Carnival shines in my opinion. Carnival seems to have a more varied menu from night to night in the MDR than does RCL. RCL had many items repeated night after night with only a couple of changes from night to night. Carnival on the other hand...has only a couple of items that show up each night while the rest of the menu changes each night. Also...Carnival has Warm Chocolate Melting cake...RCL trys to replicate...but fails. Carnival wins hands down. All other food venues. Carnival and RCL are pretty equal. Food Quality is fairly equal across both cruiselines. This one is a draw. I don't like the reservation system for shows on RCL. This is just my preference, others may feel different. Carnival Wins I like that Carnival has their shows scheduled to work around MDR schedules. If I have late dinning, I can go to the early show. If I have early dinning, I can go to the late show. RCL seemed to only have shows at one time (10:30). We had 8:00 dinning and found ourselves with not much to do from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. On carnival...we would have been seeing a show during that time. Carnival Wins. Carnival seems to have more going on during the day than RCL...maybe that's just my perception. I wanted to do more than sit in a lounger by the pool during the day...but just didn't find much more to do during those times. Carnival Wins. The Quality of the show are hit or miss from cruise to cruise. The Water show was fantastic...Cats was very good, the Ice Show was good. Come Fly with me was a snoozer and singers were not good. Overall Carnival and RCL are equal when it comes to the Shows...but the Water Show and Ice Show put RCL over the top. RCL Wins (because of the Ice and Water shows) RCL communication with passengers was a little lacking. We had to figure out on our one what documents to take with us to the various ports. RCL gave us very little information about when and where to meet for excursions. There was information provided on the tickets them selves...but finding the various excursion meeting locations was a crapshoot...especially on Labadee. Carnival Wins. Finally...Price. This cruise seemed to be much more expensive than any of the cruises I have taken on Carnival. Carnival Wins. Disclaimer: I have been on 5 Carnival Cruises and one RCL cruise. I would definitely sail RCL again...but this Cruise on RCL helped me confirm I'm partial to Carnival. I tried not to be biased...but...maybe I failed.
  9. We didn't go...planning to do comparisons, but it's human nature to compare. And...to be clear...we thoroughly enjoyed our cruise and wouldn't hesitate to sail with RCL again. This was not intended to be a bash RCL segment...it was just observations.
  10. I'll try not to provoke an us vs them war...and I'll try not to be biased. I just completed my first RCL cruise aboard Oasis. I'll start by saying Oasis is a beautiful and massive ship. It rarely felt crowded. The staff was all very nice. Carnival has no ship to compare to Oasis. In that category...RCL wins Hands Down. Staff for both cruislines are excellent... This one is a draw. Main Dining Room...that's where Carnival shines in my opinion. Carnival seems to have a more varied menu from night to night in the MDR than does RCL. RCL had many items repeated night after night with only a couple of changes from night to night. Carnival on the other hand...has only a couple of items that show up each night while the rest of the menu changes each night. Also...Carnival has Warm Chocolate Melting cake...RCL trys to replicate...but fails. Carnival wins hands down. All other food venues. Carnival and RCL are pretty equal. Food Quality is fairly equal across both cruiselines. This one is a draw. I don't like the reservation system for shows on RCL. This is just my preference, others may feel different. Carnival Wins I like that Carnival has their shows scheduled to work around MDR schedules. If I have late dinning, I can go to the early show. If I have early dinning, I can go to the late show. RCL seemed to only have shows at one time (10:30). We had 8:00 dinning and found ourselves with not much to do from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. On carnival...we would have been seeing a show during that time. Carnival Wins. Carnival seems to have more going on during the day than RCL...maybe that's just my perception. I wanted to do more than sit in a lounger by the pool during the day...but just didn't find much more to do during those times. Carnival Wins. The Quality of the show are hit or miss from cruise to cruise. The Water show was fantastic...Cats was very good, the Ice Show was good. Come Fly with me was a snoozer and singers were not good. Overall Carnival and RCL are equal when it comes to the Shows...but the Water Show and Ice Show put RCL over the top. RCL Wins (because of the Ice and Water shows) RCL communication with passengers was a little lacking. We had to figure out on our one what documents to take with us to the various ports. RCL gave us very little information about when and where to meet for excursions. There was information provided on the tickets them selves...but finding the various excursion meeting locations was a crapshoot...especially on Labadee. Carnival Wins. Finally...Price. This cruise seemed to be much more expensive than any of the cruises I have taken on Carnival. Carnival Wins. Disclaimer: I have been on 5 Carnival Cruises and one RCL cruise. I would definitely sail RCL again...but this Cruise on RCL helped me confirm I'm partial to Carnival. I tried not to be biased...but...maybe I failed.
  11. Yea....I saw her at the Radisson and several times on the ship. I didn't realize she was famous. Never heard of Whitney Thore...but I google her picture and I definitely saw her. She stood out because she was always wearing shirts showing her "Six Pack". Or rather her Keg. I can joke, because My Keg is bigger than hers.
  12. Interesting....we just got off a 7 day on Oasis and they said absolutely nothing about documents needed at ports. We did have the forethought to ask questions in advance however. Most of what we found out was from other passengers.
  13. Hi...I see you are on the Oasis 11/11 cruise. We will be on that cruise too!!!
  14. I am debating getting a cabana as a surprise for the family for our cruise in November. I think it is around $300. Is it worth it or should we just find some loungers on the beach somewhere?
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