Posted March 24th, 2014, 04:41 PM
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.
ONE HUNDRED DAYS ON A CRUISE SHIP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
156 days total.
Celebrity -40 days
Holland America-23 days
Carnival -21 days
Royal Caribbean- 19 days
Princess -21 days
I have cruised the Caribbean, east, west and southern; Alaska, Bermuda, a transatlantic which included North west Europe and East coast Canada, the Med., and a California coastal/Baja. I loved them all!