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#61
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Originally posted by sparks1093
Hardwood chairs? No thanks.
Yeah, it's true. But don't get me wrong. Howl at the Moon is great entertainment. The shows are a lot of fun. I just wanted to point out that it is not the same as a traditional piano lounge. Not even close.

Originally posted by drsel
""I'd rank Carnival only one step above HAL with the main shows"
You mean HAL has the worst shows? What about Costa and MSC shows?
Yes. Of the lines I've sailed, I think HAL has the worst entertainment, including the main shows. I can't speak for Costa or MSC. I can see MSC being in my near future, but not Costa.
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#63
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Originally posted by A&Jfamily
The majority of our cruises have been on Carnival. My first cruise was on RCI and we have 2 Princess under our belt.

This is MY opinion and others are certainly free to disagree. I will attempt to give the OP and honest answer based upon my experiences and observations. I will use the word "class" but before we begin, let me say that I refer to the informal use of the word to describe elegance, grace or dignity as reflected in behavior and dress and it is not a comment on social, political or economic status. So here we go...

I did not care for my RCI cruise. The food was a disappointment and the staff appeared disinterested/put out. In reading a lot of comparison posts, there is a theme that the MDR food on Carnival is better and the Lido buffet better on RCI. So as we eat primarily in the MDR this comes as no surprise to me. I also have found my staff observations to be consent as well. Don't get me wrong, the service is fine, just lacking the smile and energy. Also, shows on RCI will get the nod every time....especially when you take into considerations the options offered on Oasis and such. There are a lot more "bells and whistles" like rock walls and flow riders on their larger ships. Overall the vibe is family oriented.

Carnival is definitely the fun ship and this is reflected throughout and even into the comedy club. The staff are warm and welcoming. And I can always find something I enjoy eating, and really like the newer additions from guys to blue iguana that keep appearing. Carnival has hairy chest contests and a party atmosphere particularly on shorter cruises. Where I think Carnival is beginning to lose out for me is not enforcing things like dress code. I think tank tops, sweaty baseball caps and flip flops just do not belong in MDR and are lacking class. I also feel that there is a small element that is creeping in that voices repeatedly I paid for my cruise so I am going to do what I want....including drink all 15 alcoholic beverages whether or not I should. When you encounter these selfish overindulgent idiots, it does take away from the cruise.

Princess is rapidly turning into our favorite line. The staff is very attentive but not as playful as on Carnival. Princess is more of what I consider a classic cruise experience from the staff to the decor to the clientele. They still have formal evening and most men still have on jacket and tie if not a tux. The food on Princess is just as good as Carnival. The biggest difference is one I feel and can see when reading the boards...and the best word I have to describe it is the passengers as a whole have more class. I have not run into the "I'm drunk and do what I want" on Princess. I am sure it is there, but not to the same degree. On the boards people aren't posting asking how to break the rules - smuggle alcohol, get around Cheers rules etc. They also are not asking "how causal can I dress and still get away with it." Again, not saying it never happens, it's just much reduced.

In all my cruise searches it appears on RCI you are paying more generally for the bells and whistles. On Princess, you are paying more - it is considered a step up from Carnival. And most Princess cruises are 10+ days; people who can afford the cost of those cruises and the time away are more likely to be older and more seasoned travelers....and people looking for a classic, traditional cruise. Carnival with its short $200 cruises is in a whole different place, and drawing a segment that at times simply lack class.

OP, I hope that helps. Really they are similar and it is in the details that create a different environment/ culture between the lines. It's always good to step out and try something new. As we will have exhausted the majority of departure ports and ports of call on Carnival we are ready for my time with Princess. Time for Europe and beyond in the coming years.




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Originally posted by Aquahound
Yeah, it's true. But don't get me wrong. Howl at the Moon is great entertainment. The shows are a lot of fun. I just wanted to point out that it is not the same as a traditional piano lounge. Not even close.

Yes. Of the lines I've sailed, I think HAL has the worst entertainment, including the main shows. I can't speak for Costa or MSC. I can see MSC being in my near future, but not Costa.
Oh, I believe you but I cannot imagine any entertainment that I'd spend even 10 minutes in a hardwood chair for (other than maybe my granddaughter's dance recital).
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Originally posted by sparks1093
Oh, I believe you but I cannot imagine any entertainment that I'd spend even 10 minutes in a hardwood chair for (other than maybe my granddaughter's dance recital).
I'm with you on that. If I'm uncomfortable, my enjoyment of anything tanks.
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#67
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Originally posted by sparks1093
Oh, I believe you but I cannot imagine any entertainment that I'd spend even 10 minutes in a hardwood chair for (other than maybe my granddaughter's dance recital).
We loved Howl at the Moon on NCL Epic and went to see it every chance we could. TBH I don't remember the chairs being an issue at all other than trying to find some to sit in as so many other people enjoyed the show as well. I can't wait to see the show again on NCL Escape next month.
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#68
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Originally posted by galfromkazoo
My opinion is that comparing a cruise line against another does not really tell the whole story.

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Agree, but individual cruise lines policies and practices are part of the story.
We did not enjoy NCL as much as other lines because with the freedom that comes with "Freestyle" cruising comes the responsibility of coordinating dinner, port and show times, understanding wait times and walk times making reservations and remembering them. I enjoy this in day to day life, but on a cruise I'd rather have my evening planned out for me.



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#69
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Originally posted by nealstuber
Agree, but individual cruise lines policies and practices are part of the story.
We did not enjoy NCL as much as other lines because with the freedom that comes with "Freestyle" cruising comes the responsibility of coordinating dinner, port and show times, understanding wait times and walk times making reservations and remembering them. I enjoy this in day to day life, but on a cruise I'd rather have my evening planned out for me.



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I agree. There are some basic differences in the cruise lines that make some a better fit for individual cruisers than others.

Freestyle dining doesn't appeal to my parents. There is no point in trying NCL because their freestyle concept will be an issue. My parents rarely drink so booking a cruise that is all inclusive also doesn't appeal to us (Crystal, Regent, etc.).

For me, Royal Caribbean has become bottom of the list because of their beds. If I don't get a good night sleep, I'm not going to enjoy my vacation.

Personal preferences play a big part in enjoying a specific cruise line.
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Magic 4-30-2012 (4 nights)
Fantasy 10-26-2013 (7 Nights) -Halloween on the High Seas
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Dream 3-12-2011 (7 nights) - First half of Jenna's Birthday cruises
Dream 3-19-2011 (7 nights) - Second half of Jenna's Birthday cruises
Miracle 8-26-2011 (8 nights) - PlayersClub VIP Cruise
Dream 10-27-2012 (6 nights)
Pride 03-15-2015 - (14 Night) Tampa to Baltimore Repo cruise
Pride 01-17-2016 & 01-28-2016 (21nights) B2B Baltimore to San Juan to Baltimore
Pride 07-10-2016 (7 nights) Free casino cruise
Pride 08-21-2016 (7 nights) Family trip with brother, SIL, Niece, 2 x Nephews, plus my parents - oh boy!
Sunshine 05-29-2017 (5 nights) Just because I've always wanted to try the Sunshine
Royal:
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Explorer of the Seas 2-23-2014 (7nights) - a cheap getaway from a terrible winter
Navigator of the Sea 11-10-2015 - (4nights)
Freedom of the Seas 02-12-2017 (6nights)
Celebrity:
Summit 06-01-2014 (7 Nights) - my 40thbirthday cruise
Equinox 11-21-2014 (10 Nights) - mydad's 66th birthday cruise
Summit 08-30-3015 (7 nights)
Summit 02-18-2017 (9 nights)


Future Cruises:
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Carnival Pride 07-01-2018 (14 nights) Another Journey Cruise!

Adventure of the Seas 05-18-2018 (7 nights) A Cheap getaway
Caribbean Princess 11-25-2018 (14 nights) Circle Caribbean
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Originally posted by nealstuber
Agree, but individual cruise lines policies and practices are part of the story.
We did not enjoy NCL as much as other lines because with the freedom that comes with "Freestyle" cruising comes the responsibility of coordinating dinner, port and show times, understanding wait times and walk times making reservations and remembering them. I enjoy this in day to day life, but on a cruise I'd rather have my evening planned out for me.
If you don't like having to make reservations beforehand and trying to coordinate your own schedule and just leave it up to the cruise line with main and late seating and two shows per night, then you'll never have the opportunity to sail on any of the top 10 cruise ships size wise currently afloat by RCI and NCL that require you to make show reservations and specialty dining reservations in advance.

I fully understand where you're coming from, there are still some people that have flip phones or no cell phones at all.
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Originally posted by SNJCruisers
If you don't like having to make reservations beforehand and trying to coordinate your own schedule and just leave it up to the cruise line with main and late seating and two shows per night, then you'll never have the opportunity to sail on any of the top 10 cruise ships size wise currently afloat by RCI and NCL that require you to make show reservations and specialty dining reservations in advance.



I fully understand where you're coming from, there are still some people that have flip phones or no cell phones at all.



We did Oasis at the last minute. We were still able to get late late seating, but most shows were booked. We did the standby line, did not have to get there crazy early to get good seats. So to me that's a lot different than the NCL product.

With respect to cell phones, I put mine in airplane mode on cruises. It's usually my camera and my watch, so I can't say I don't use it, but I use it very differently than I do the rest of the time.

So I'm not coming from a place of resisting change. I just prefer a cruise line where the program is more defined.


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From our experience..

The ships atmosphere on Princess is more elegant. Carnival's atmosphere / crew is more casual, high energy, fun and friendly. We prefer the food in Carnival's Main Dining Room. Carnival's balcony cabins are larger. Our last cruise on Princess was in 2005. In 2006, we switched to Carnival and loved it so much we haven't gone back to Princess. We may try Holland or Princess again in the future but it would most likely be because they offer an itinerary that Carnival doesn't.
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Originally posted by nealstuber
We did Oasis at the last minute. We were still able to get late late seating, but most shows were booked. We did the standby line, did not have to get there crazy early to get good seats. So to me that's a lot different than the NCL product.
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Please explain to me what is so different between how things are done with the mega ships on Royal and the Breakaway and Breakaway-Plus class ships on NCL. Been on the Escape twice and from what I have read on the boards, their procedures are the same as what happens on the Royal mega ships. You need to make reservations for most shows as well as specialty dining ahead of time and there is a stand by line to fill in the gaps. Thanks



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Originally posted by SNJCruisers
Please explain to me what is so different between how things are done with the mega ships on Royal and the Breakaway and Breakaway-Plus class ships on NCL. Been on the Escape twice and from what I have read on the boards, their procedures are the same as what happens on the Royal mega ships. You need to make reservations for most shows as well as specialty dining ahead of time and there is a stand by line to fill in the gaps. Thanks
Seating capacity makes a huge difference. Oasis theater seats 1380 people while the Escape only seats 900. I realize Oasis has more passengers on board, but those passengers are disbursed throughout the ship. When one of the main shows is playing on Escape, that's pretty much it for the night. Everyone tries to go. On Oasis, 2 or 3 of the main shows are playing at the same time in different venues, so not everyone is trying to go to the same show.

In my experience, the Escape theater got packed. Oasis Class always seems to have seats open, especially on the edges or up on the balcony. This means that the standby line wasn't as a bad a thing on Oasis as on Escape.

That said, the standby line for the Aqua Theater shows is not a good idea, and sometimes the comedy show.

But this is only what I've experienced on both ships. I realize others may not have had the same experience.
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I wouldn't say that if After Midnight or the Brat Pack was playing on the Escape, that was it. There was usually a 900 show in the Supper Club and there was either comedy or Howl at the Moon in Headliners.

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Originally posted by SNJCruisers
I wouldn't say that if After Midnight or the Brat Pack was playing on the Escape, that was it. There was usually a 900 show in the Supper Club and there was either comedy or Howl at the Moon in Headliners.

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I'm not sure that I would put a show that uses hardwood chairs in the same category as a show in the main theater.
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#77
Mission, TX
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Originally posted by SNJCruisers
Please explain to me what is so different between how things are done with the mega ships on Royal and the Breakaway and Breakaway-Plus class ships on NCL. Been on the Escape twice and from what I have read on the boards, their procedures are the same as what happens on the Royal mega ships. You need to make reservations for most shows as well as specialty dining ahead of time and there is a stand by line to fill in the gaps. Thanks



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1) You still have the option for a fixed assigned dining time (that works with the shows) in the MDR.
2) RCCL theaters and venues seat more and often more than one show is going on at the same time.


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#78
Southern NJ near Philly
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Originally posted by sparks1093
I'm not sure that I would put a show that uses hardwood chairs in the same category as a show in the main theater.
Since you have not cruised on the Escape and probably have no intentions to since you like the older smaller ships as I recall from previous discussions, your opinion is moot. But I will let you know that the seating in the Supper Club was not on hardwood chairs. And if the hardwood chairs in Headliners are so uncomfortable, then why hasn't there been any uproar about it?

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#79
Enosburg Falls, VT
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Originally posted by SNJCruisers
Since you have not cruised on the Escape and probably have no intentions to since you like the older smaller ships as I recall from previous discussions, your opinion is moot. But I will let you know that the seating in the Supper Club was not on hardwood chairs. And if the hardwood chairs in Headliners are so uncomfortable, then why hasn't there been any uproar about it?

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LOL, my opinion is just as valid as yours. I don't need to sit in a hardwood chair on a huge ship to know that I don't like sitting in hardwood chairs. Obviously other people do not mind, which is irrelevant to me. I also said in another thread that I was interested in sailing on Oasis (and that was partly due to what you have said about that class, in spite of your passive aggressive responses to anyone that doesn't just LOVE them big ships). I actually was booked on Breakaway at one point, but that cruise was cancelled by NCL. And to reiterate my point I would not equate a show that uses hardwood chairs in the same category as a show in the main theater and I don't care what size ship we are talking about.
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NCL Dream CTN May 2008
NCL Sky Bahamas April 2009 http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberre...?EntryID=54257
NCL Sky Bahamas April 2010 http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberre...?EntryID=66539
CCL Pride Bahamas October 2012 http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberre...EntryID=110323
NCL Gem Bahamas May 2014 http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberre...EntryID=255699
CCL Fascination S. Caribbean October 2016 http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberre...EntryID=551888

US Navy, too many to count but included 4 Med cruises (totaling 21 months) 1975-1992

I cruise because that's where the ocean is.

It beats haze gray and underway any day!