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#1
Notre Dame, Indiana
614 Posts
Joined May 2011
I made a video this year comparing the 2. I came away with (IMO) listing Carnival the better cruise experience. I know it is long but you can always fast forward to what you think is important. Let me know what you think.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vl1d3Dcg4F8
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Royal Caribbean Freedom Of The Sea's 08-12-2012
Carnival's Dream 01-05-2013
Carnival's Ecstasy 03-02-2013
Carnival's Ecstasy 05-02-2013
Carnival's Breeze ENGAGEMENT CRUISE 03-01-2014
Carnival's Sunshine (GOLD) 08-09-2014
Royal Caribbean Freedom Of The Sea's MARRIAGE CRUISE! 03-08-2015
Carnival's Breeze St. Kitts and more 01-30-2016
Harmony Of The Sea's Western Caribbean 01-28-2017


MY CRUISE VIDEOS:
Harmony Of The Sea's REVIEW
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vl1d3Dcg4F8
Carnival Breeze Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmc0RH9WbjE
Carnival Sunshine (my engagement) Cruise
https://youtu.be/-uDyQS6rfIk
2nd Carnival Breeze Cruise Review / Southern Caribbean
https://youtu.be/v_D9FufOCDY
Royal Caribbean Freedom Of The Seas Cruise Review / Marriage Cruise
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1M7wP2ywUQ

WRITTEN REVIEW:

Freedom of the Sea's REVIEW
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1437796


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#3
425 Posts
Joined May 2002
We were on the Harmony in September and loved it. Just went on the Carnival Magic and didn't really care for it. Next cruise a 3 day on the Disney Dream taking the kids and grand kids for my retirement party. 12 of us. this will be cruise #27
#5
Weeki Wachee, Fl
22 Posts
Joined Apr 2002
Everyone has their own opinion on what line they like. All have pros and cons. Why are you on Carnival board if you prefer RCL?


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#6
Kennett Square, PA, USA
2,337 Posts
Joined Dec 2000
Originally posted by Bsea2
Everyone has their own opinion on what line they like. All have pros and cons. Why are you on Carnival board if you prefer RCL?


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Agree... That poster appears to always be more negative.... I have noticed he leaves his mark on almost every lines forum.... and his/her responses are usually short. That should tell you something!
#8
69 Posts
Joined Apr 2017
I've only cruised in the Mediterranean, for me Carnival was much better. Better food, better atmosphere, better staff and better ships equals a better experience. I found RCI staff to be very pushy throughout the cruise trying to sell. I would love Carnival to have a permanent presence in Europe.
#9
Connecticut
22,368 Posts
Joined Apr 2006
Originally posted by lcpagejr
Agree... That poster appears to always be more negative.... I have noticed he leaves his mark on almost every lines forum.... and his/her responses are usually short. That should tell you something!


.......albeit brief


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Carnival Imagination (2 sailings) 07/98 (Western Carib.) 04/09 (Bahamas)
Carnival Destiny (2 sailings) 08/99 (West. Carib.) 08/03 (Southern Carib.)
Carnival Triumph (1 sailing)07/00 (Eastern Carib.)
Carnival Pride (5 sailings) 07/01 (Western Carib.) 07/05 (Mex. Riviera) 04/12 (Eastern Carib.)12/16 NYE cruise (Eastern Carib), 7/17 4th floor VS (Eastern Carib.)
RCCL Majesty of the Seas (1 sailing)04/02 (Bahamas)
Carnival Spirit (2 sailings) 07/04 (Alaska) 07/08 (Alaska)
Carnival Valor (1 sailing) 08/05 (Eastern Carib.)
Carnival Ecstasy (1 sailing) 04/06 (Cozumel, Progresso) Platinum Cruise
Carnival Liberty (4 sailings) 07/06 (Med cruise) 02/07 (Panama Canal) 07/08 (Exotic Eastern Carib.)
02/07 (Panama Canal) 02/11 (Exotic Eastern Carib.)
Carnival Inspiration (1 sailing) 8/07 (Western Carib.)
MSC Orchestra (1 sailing) 2/09 (Eastern Carib.)
Carnival Splendor (3 sailings) 08/09 (Mexican Riviera) 08/13 (Eastern out of NYC) Milestone Cruise 08/14 (Eastern out of NYC)

Carnival Dream (1 sailing) 8/10 (Western Carib.)
Carnival Magic (2 sailings) 02/12 (Western Carib.) 02/15 (western Carib.)
Carnival Victory (1 sailing) 08/12 (Southern Carib.)
Carnival Legend (1 sailing) 02/13 (Western Carib.)
Carnival Breeze (3 sailings) 04/13 (8 day Eastern Carib.) 12/14 6 day Western NYE cruise 04/15 6 day western Carib. Diamond Cruise
RCCL Oasis of the Seas (1 sailing) 03/14 (Western Carib.)
Carnival Sunshine (2 sailings) 08/15 (8 day Southern Caribbean) 02/16 (8 day exotic eastern Caribbean)
Carnival Vista (2 sailings) 07/16 (8 day western Med cruise) 04/17 (8 day exotic eastern Caribbean)

Upcoming Cruises:

Carnival Horizon 7/18 (8 day eastern out of NYC)
Azamara Quest 8/17 (1 sailing 8 day Rome to Venice)
Carnival Breeze 11/18 (13 day Journey cruise Eastern Carib)
#10
Navarre, FL
1,588 Posts
Joined Mar 2008
I have been on 91 Carnival cruises and 34 RCI cruises. There have been truly outstanding cruises on both lines and some that were just okay. Carnival. on the average, is less expensive but the high level perks are better on RCI. Taken overall RCI's ships are a little nicer.
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Future Cruises:

RCI Serenade of the Seas 4/20/18 16 days Transatlantic from Ft. Lauderdale to Copenhagen
Carnival Breeze 9/16/18 14 days from Galveston to Port Canaveral
RCI Allure of the Seas 10/28/18 7 days from Ft. Lauderdale
Carnival Fantasy 12/1/18 5 days from Mobile
#11
Miami, Florida
4,201 Posts
Joined Nov 2006
Originally posted by NavarreCruiser
I have been on 91 Carnival cruises and 34 RCI cruises. There have been truly outstanding cruises on both lines and some that were just okay. Carnival. on the average, is less expensive but the high level perks are better on RCI. Taken overall RCI's ships are a little nicer.
My history is somewhat similar to yours and I agree with you. Both cruise lines are a lot of fun but I give the slight edge to RCI for their ship designs and live entertainment.
#12
SoCal Gal
6,007 Posts
Joined Dec 2011
I've been on 20-something Carnival cruises and 2 RCI cruises. I absolutely LOVED the RCI cruises. I found the food to be better (oh, those waffles with strawberries and fresh whipped cream in the morning....) on RCI. I don't have an RCI cruise booked, but I predict we'll be back in the future.

To be fair, I know Carnival's menus inside and out. Nothing is a surprise anymore. The quality has gone way downhill to the point where the MDR menus are boring and not very good. I could eat Guy's, the BBQ, pizza and burritos every day and skip the rest and be happy. However, my cholesterol levels won't allow me to do that.
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#13
Notre Dame, Indiana
614 Posts
Joined May 2011
I really do like both but in my own experience, I really do like Carnival just a tad better although as the other poster stated, I do think RCL's ships are a bit nicer and I like the Promenade being long and through the ship. To each their own I guess.
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Carnival's Ecstasy 03-02-2013
Carnival's Ecstasy 05-02-2013
Carnival's Breeze ENGAGEMENT CRUISE 03-01-2014
Carnival's Sunshine (GOLD) 08-09-2014
Royal Caribbean Freedom Of The Sea's MARRIAGE CRUISE! 03-08-2015
Carnival's Breeze St. Kitts and more 01-30-2016
Harmony Of The Sea's Western Caribbean 01-28-2017


MY CRUISE VIDEOS:
Harmony Of The Sea's REVIEW
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vl1d3Dcg4F8
Carnival Breeze Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmc0RH9WbjE
Carnival Sunshine (my engagement) Cruise
https://youtu.be/-uDyQS6rfIk
2nd Carnival Breeze Cruise Review / Southern Caribbean
https://youtu.be/v_D9FufOCDY
Royal Caribbean Freedom Of The Seas Cruise Review / Marriage Cruise
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1M7wP2ywUQ

WRITTEN REVIEW:

Freedom of the Sea's REVIEW
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1437796


GO IRISH!!!
#14
Marietta Ga
1,283 Posts
Joined Oct 2011
Originally posted by SpeedsterX
I made a video this year comparing the 2. I came away with (IMO) listing Carnival the better cruise experience. I know it is long but you can always fast forward to what you think is important. Let me know what you think.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vl1d3Dcg4F8
Is there a certain point at which you made the comparison. What I saw was just a Harmony review. I did just bounce around, not watch through.

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CCL Fantasy 6/1992
RCI Mariner of the Seas 1/2007
NCL Jewel 1/2012
CCL Breeze 7/2013
CCL Conquest 3/2014
CCL Sunshine 12/2014
RCI Freedom of the Seas 9/2015
RCI Radiance of the Seas 6/2016
CCL Triumph 11/2016
#15
Notre Dame, Indiana
614 Posts
Joined May 2011
Originally posted by Domino D
Is there a certain point at which you made the comparison. What I saw was just a Harmony review. I did just bounce around, not watch through.

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Yea, I know it's long. I make my video's much shorter now. Yes, there are parts throughout that I mention the difference in the cruise lines such as wait times, cellphone services, etc. They are sprinkled throughout.
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Carnival's Ecstasy 03-02-2013
Carnival's Ecstasy 05-02-2013
Carnival's Breeze ENGAGEMENT CRUISE 03-01-2014
Carnival's Sunshine (GOLD) 08-09-2014
Royal Caribbean Freedom Of The Sea's MARRIAGE CRUISE! 03-08-2015
Carnival's Breeze St. Kitts and more 01-30-2016
Harmony Of The Sea's Western Caribbean 01-28-2017


MY CRUISE VIDEOS:
Harmony Of The Sea's REVIEW
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vl1d3Dcg4F8
Carnival Breeze Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmc0RH9WbjE
Carnival Sunshine (my engagement) Cruise
https://youtu.be/-uDyQS6rfIk
2nd Carnival Breeze Cruise Review / Southern Caribbean
https://youtu.be/v_D9FufOCDY
Royal Caribbean Freedom Of The Seas Cruise Review / Marriage Cruise
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1M7wP2ywUQ

WRITTEN REVIEW:

Freedom of the Sea's REVIEW
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1437796


GO IRISH!!!
#16
Marietta Ga
1,283 Posts
Joined Oct 2011
As far as our experience.

RCI gets nod in: Ship and Entertainment

CCL gets nod in: Food variety and quality .

To me everything else is a toss up.


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CCL Fantasy 6/1992
RCI Mariner of the Seas 1/2007
NCL Jewel 1/2012
CCL Breeze 7/2013
CCL Conquest 3/2014
CCL Sunshine 12/2014
RCI Freedom of the Seas 9/2015
RCI Radiance of the Seas 6/2016
CCL Triumph 11/2016
#17
Colorado
5,216 Posts
Joined Jun 2001
Originally posted by Keith1010
Thanks for sharing this video.
Keith

you actually watched an hour and 25 minutes video of someone's vacation?
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Victory 12/01
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Miracle 12/31/06
Victory 12/30/07
NCL Star 9/10/2011
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#18
Marietta Ga
1,283 Posts
Joined Oct 2011
Originally posted by SpeedsterX
Yea, I know it's long. I make my video's much shorter now. Yes, there are parts throughout that I mention the difference in the cruise lines such as wait times, cellphone services, etc. They are sprinkled throughout.
Thanks for the reply. I didn't notice any difference in wait times, but I'm not always paying attention to that. In fact I wad surprised that it never felt crowded on the Freedom or Oasis.

You did remind me of another Carnival plus... the Hub App. That is a real plus for Carnival and we missed it a lot on Royal.

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RCI Mariner of the Seas 1/2007
NCL Jewel 1/2012
CCL Breeze 7/2013
CCL Conquest 3/2014
CCL Sunshine 12/2014
RCI Freedom of the Seas 9/2015
RCI Radiance of the Seas 6/2016
CCL Triumph 11/2016
#19
Charlotte, NC
560 Posts
Joined Jun 2014
I'll let you know. I've been on 5 RCL cruises (from Allure down to Majesty) and enjoyed all of them (with a few negatives along the way.) I'm excited to try my first Carnival cruise in two weeks. I've heard good and bad things - (as I had with RCL) but I am anxious to form my own opinion.
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#20
219 Posts
Joined Feb 2017
People are comparing Food, Entertainment, Design & Price. Between the 2. The thing I find is; The fellow Passangers (The people who i have to interact with on these journey's). With Carnival they are so much more Freindly & Layed-back & enjoyable. While on RCL They are Pushy & Rude & Stuck-Up. I do work in customer service (Run a large retail business) & i can see this.. It might be just here in Australia.. But I get told where are the friendliest people on the planet. Just my observation..