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#1
Texas
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Joined Mar 2014
I'm in a dilemma...I have only ever cruised Carnival and have only ever been to Mexico when I cruise. I am looking to book but can't choose between RC navigator of the seas or Carnival dream. Carnival has Belize-Honduras-Cozumel itinerary. RC has Falmouth Jamaica-cayman islands-Cozumel itinerary. They both leave on same day which fits my schedule perfectly but one leaves from Galveston which is closer to home the other leave out of New Orleans, which is only a few more hours out of the way. Which itinerary is better? Please help!!
#2
Petaluma, Ca. 94954
29,517 Posts
Joined Jul 2000
"Better" is a totally personal, subjective judgment. Ask 10 people, and you will get 10 different opinions. What interests you?

I am no fan of Carnival, but, in this case, in my totally subjective opinion, I would take their route.
#3
Texas
11 Posts
Joined Mar 2014
I like to hear everyone's opinions, and there isn't much that I don't like to do or am not interested in. We like to relax but also have fun and can be quite adventurous. I like to have a lot of different options. I've heard negative things about both itineraries but the only place I've been on either one of those itineraries is Cozumel. And mostly I would like to hear other people's opinions about the cruise ships themselves. Since I've only been on the older carnival ships before. We most likely will not have the kids with us this trip and I hear that RC is geared more for adults.
#6
Texas
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Joined Mar 2014
I am leaning towards RC but not sure about Jamaica and the Grand Cayman Islands. The only reason why I'm second guessing myself is because of Carnivals itinerary.
#7
6,362 Posts
Joined Aug 2003
Originally posted by CruiserBruce
"Better" is a totally personal, subjective judgment. Ask 10 people, and you will get 10 different opinions. What interests you?

I am no fan of Carnival, but, in this case, in my totally subjective opinion, I would take their route.
I agree with Bruce.
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#8
Mid Missouri
277 Posts
Joined Jan 2012
Cruised on the Breeze in December and it is a wonderful ship. Great crew and loved. Guy's Burgers and the Blue Iguana Burrito Bar. I having nothing bad to say about that ship. Never been to those particular ports so I have no opinion about that.
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#9
Massachusetts
531 Posts
Joined Jan 2013
Originally posted by Natnval
I'm in a dilemma...I have only ever cruised Carnival and have only ever been to Mexico when I cruise. I am looking to book but can't choose between RC navigator of the seas or Carnival dream. Carnival has Belize-Honduras-Cozumel itinerary. RC has Falmouth Jamaica-cayman islands-Cozumel itinerary. They both leave on same day which fits my schedule perfectly but one leaves from Galveston which is closer to home the other leave out of New Orleans, which is only a few more hours out of the way. Which itinerary is better? Please help!!
I'd say try Royal. I love their ships. Tons of things to do for adults and children.
Change is good.
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#10
Georgia
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Joined Jun 2003
Originally posted by Life is Good Cruising
IMO, I prefer Royal, much nicer and more elegant.
Navigator of the seas? Mariner of the Seas, her sister ship was far from elegant. Attractive yes, elegant no. I will say I found all of the 4 RCI cruises I have taken more attractive than the 4 Carnival ships but none were really elegant. Jewel of the Seas was the closest to elegant of the RCI ships I have cruised but even she was not elegant. She was beautiful though. Carnival ships tend to have more of a flashy/gaudy/ Vegas decor.

I also disagree with the person who said RCI's food is better. Carnival had great food, it is other reasons I dislike Carnival. (mainly because I like things more relaxed and calmer soothing decor)

To the OP, as the one person said, although Carnival is my least desired of mainstream lines, I would say read reviews of those ships with those itineraries. Since you have cruised Carnival and like them okay, you may want to choose by itinerary.

Personally I would stay away from Jamaica, but that is a personal preference, I really disliked my one trip to Jamaica. Those people are too pushy to get you to buy useless crap, worst than Cozumel and Nassau put together and if you have been to those ports you know they are horrible.

The only other reason you may would prefer the NOS besides ports and Carnival's bad decor, is that ship does have more things to do athletically, like rock climbing, ice skating, and putt-putt.
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#11
Edmond Ok
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Joined Feb 2012
I like Carnivals itinerary better. I think both their services and food are equal, but I do like RC's ships better.

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#12
BOSTON,MA
648 Posts
Joined Feb 2011
1.factor in the different ports which ones do you really wanna see?
2. is it worth driving a few more hours for that particular cruise
3.price is it worth it?
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#13
Texas
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Joined Mar 2014
Thanks guys for all for your input. We will booking soon!! I do have one question has anyone ever stayed in the promenade rooms?
#15
6,250 Posts
Joined Jul 2007
Variety is the spice of life. If you haven't tried a cruise line, give it a try. That way, you'll have more information when you plan your next cruise.
#16
The Big Easy
19,012 Posts
Joined Oct 2006
Originally posted by Natnval
I do have one question has anyone ever stayed in the promenade rooms?
I haven't personally, but I have had family members in them and they enjoyed it. They are nice rooms and as far as I know, unique to RCI. The window bench seat adds a good bit more seating and space. Only drawback was privacy. Directly across, other PR rooms can see right into yours when your curtains are open.

Navigator has those new virtual balcony interior rooms. Have you considered those?
#18
North Canton, OH USA
3,417 Posts
Joined Jul 2002
I like RCI as a cruise line but you seem to be basing your decision on ports of call. Cruise Critic is a perfect place to do your research. The search feature on the boards seem to be working at this time so I would suggest you look at the Ports of Call board. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/forumdisplay.php?f=587


Here is a Cruise Critic News Alert for Honduras.
http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=5666

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#19
6 Posts
Joined Feb 2007
I know you may be locked in to going at a specific time but NOS also runs the Belize, Honduras, Cozumel route. NOS is a beautiful ship that has the Promenade deck with shops and bars. The last Carnival cruise I was on, the food was ok but nothing memorable and tables stayed dirty for literally hours. Don't know what was going on with the crew of that ship, but they didn't seem very happy. But I have had the same issues, do you book for itinerary or for the ship?
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#20
Texas
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Joined Mar 2014
I have done some research for both carnival, RC and their excursions. Carnival song seem to offer much if anything for honduras. Ad after reading the warning for honduras I'm a little scared now. I am leaning towards RC just to try something new. There is a possibility that we would be able to go the week after and then they both would offer going to Belize and Honduras. Just the week before seems to be a little cheaper.