Inside on FOS or OV on Dream

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22 Posts
Joined Jul 2012
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!!
Southwest Virginia
1,234 Posts
Joined Mar 2003
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.
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Hudson Valley New York
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Joined Nov 2005
I would go with the larger OV on the Dream. 220 sq ft vs 152 sq ft, there is a larger family inside but more expensive.
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Long Island, NY
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Joined Mar 2006
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.
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RCCL Anthem of the Seas (5 nights NJ to Bermuda) 4/30/16
RCCL Anthem of the Seas (3 nights sampler NJ cruise to nowhere) 3/4/16
RCCL Liberty of the Seas (5 nights NJ to Bermuda) 10/17/15
RCCL Quantum of the Seas (3 nights inaugural sampler NJ cruise to nowhere) 11/18/14
Celebrity Summit (7 nights NJ to Bermuda) 8/17/14
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RCCL Jewel of the Seas (7 nights Southern - Barbados route) 5/25/13
RCCL Explorer of the Seas (9 nights NJ to Bermuda, Labadee, San Juan and St Maarten) 5/24/12
RCCL Explorer of the Seas (7 nights NJ to Bahamas - New Years cruise) 12/30/11
RCCL Allure of the Seas (7 nights Eastern Caribbean) 8/21/11
Caribbean Princess (9 nights NY to Bermuda, St Thomas, San Juan and Grand Turk) 7/29/10 REVIEW
Caribbean Princess (7 nights Canada/New England) 8/24/08 REVIEW
RCCL Mariner of the Seas (7 nights Western Caribbean) 8/26/07 REVIEW
RCCL Mariner of the Seas (7 nights Eastern Caribbean) 8/20/06
Carnival Miracle (7 nights NY to Bahamas) 6/26/04 REVIEW
RCCL Adventure of the Seas (7 nights Southern - Aruba route) 8/24/03
RCCL Explorer of the Seas (7 nights Western Caribbean) 8/17/02
Costa Riviera (7 nights Western Caribbean) 5/90
Cunard Countess (7 nights Southern Caribbean) 6/89
Home Lines Atlantic (7 nights NY to Bermuda) 7/88
Central New York
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Joined Apr 2009
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.
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