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Looking at few youtube videos of people who gone on Carnival Cruises. I see many cheesy things involved.

Such as the flash mobs. congo lines around the ship. Lots of Karaoke bars etc etc. Is this the norm for all Carnival Cruises? i understand they are the party cruise. thing

would i see such a thing on a Norwegian or Princess?

no offense to those that like such a thing

i prefer to avoid that type of fun games.

thanks for feedback

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Looking at few youtube videos of people who gone on Carnival Cruises. I see many cheesy things involved.

Such as the flash mobs. congo lines around the ship. Lots of Karaoke bars etc etc. Is this the norm for all Carnival Cruises? i understand they are the party cruise. thing

would i see such a thing on a Norwegian or Princess?

no offense to those that like such a thing

i prefer to avoid that type of fun games.

thanks for feedback

 

We found the lines to be more similar than different and you don't have to participate in any activity that you do not wish to participate. (There were conga lines and karoke and other passenger participation events on NCL just as there were on CCL.)

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Try Holland America, my parents cruised with them last year, my Mother described the ship as deaths waiting room, very subdued and boring, she thinks everyone on board was in bed before 8:30 except them.

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Looking at few youtube videos of people who gone on Carnival Cruises. I see many cheesy things involved.

Such as the flash mobs. congo lines around the ship. Lots of Karaoke bars etc etc. Is this the norm for all Carnival Cruises? i understand they are the party cruise. thing

would i see such a thing on a Norwegian or Princess?

no offense to those that like such a thing

i prefer to avoid that type of fun games.

thanks for feedback

 

 

We never saw anything like that on HAL. The ship got very quiet after about 9 or 10 pm, although we did not go down to the casino, night club, sports club, or piano bar because they were smoking areas and I have asthma. There may have been more action down there. We were also on an Alaska cruise, which had very early port times, and a time difference of 4 or 5 hours later for east coasters. The age demographic ranged between 30s to 90s, with the majority being around 50s and 60s. I was 42 on this cruise and did not feel particularly young, although teens and 20s would surely feel the place was dead.

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My only Carnival cruise was to Alaska, and there weren't a lot of cheesy activities. Fewer people hanging out around the pools meant no stupid poolside games like belly flop contests. It was pretty subdued, not much different than my Alaskan cruises on Princess.

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Have seen the same on NCL and RCI and RCI has the Quest event which can be a little blue. Celebrity has napkin folding and ice carving if that is more to your liking.

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We never saw anything like that on HAL. The ship got very quiet after about 9 or 10 pm, although we did not go down to the casino, night club, sports club, or piano bar because they were smoking areas and I have asthma. There may have been more action down there. We were also on an Alaska cruise, which had very early port times, and a time difference of 4 or 5 hours later for east coasters. The age demographic ranged between 30s to 90s, with the majority being around 50s and 60s. I was 42 on this cruise and did not feel particularly young, although teens and 20s would surely feel the place was dead.

 

All the venues were quiet after about 10 on our most recent HAL cruise . . .

 

HAL has both karaoke and pub crawls.

 

Mitch Miller isn't karaoke and the pub crawlers actually forgot where they put their walkers . . . ;)

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All the venues were quiet after about 10 on our most recent HAL cruise . . .

 

 

 

Mitch Miller isn't karaoke and the pub crawlers actually forgot where they put their walkers . . . ;)

 

We did karaoke, and we sure weren't doing Mitch Miller. Think more 60s and 70s rock. ;)

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Looking at few youtube videos of people who gone on Carnival Cruises. I see many cheesy things involved.

Such as the flash mobs. congo lines around the ship. Lots of Karaoke bars etc etc. Is this the norm for all Carnival Cruises? i understand they are the party cruise. thing

would i see such a thing on a Norwegian or Princess?

no offense to those that like such a thing

i prefer to avoid that type of fun games.

thanks for feedback

 

You don't have to participate, if it's not your thing. I've been on three carnival cruises and haven't done any of the things you mentioned.

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You don't have to participate, if it's not your thing. I've been on three carnival cruises and haven't done any of the things you mentioned.

 

True, a person doesn't have to participate, but it is sometimes difficult to avoid the cheesiness unless one stays in their stateroom the entire cruise. I don't go on a cruise to be forced to stay in my room to avoid things I don't like. Instead, I prefer to cruise on a ship that doesn't have those things in the first place. Makes no sense to put oneself in a position to have to ignore the activities on a cruise because they are too cheesy.

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Try Holland America, my parents cruised with them last year, my Mother described the ship as deaths waiting room, very subdued and boring, she thinks everyone on board was in bed before 8:30 except them.

 

I suppose that this can be so - but it sounds like the usual rant passed on by people who like to misrepresent what other people like. I've been on a number of HAL cruises: Panama Canal, trans-Atlantics, Pacific coast of Mexico, Alaska, and several Caribbean. Admittedly, there were no belly-flop, or hair leg contests - few cheesy games where participants appear to be trying to outdo each other in exercises in poor taste, etc. -- Just good food, superior accommodations, and great service - with enough evening activity for people with imagination.

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I don't understand why someone would start this post to begin with? You checked out YouTube, didn't like what you saw, so then make your own decision based on that. Why come on these boards just to say negative things about something that you feel isn't something you would like?

 

It's my understanding that there are in fact cruise lines that are more "mellow" and are geared towards an older crowd. If that's what you want, then book your cruise with those lines, but don't come on the boards just to bash other cruise lines. That just isn't very nice.

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I am sorry i was not out to rant. or rave or bash any cruise line.

I just saw the videos and I wanted to really know what the Carnival Experience was truly like?

 

As I prefer to be a spectator in some things. I just not into doing the silly dances by poolside. I am ok with just watching.

 

As long I dont get dragged in.

Overall I am glad people enjoy this style of vacation. I am still thinking of just doing a Carnival Cruise regardless. Perhaps I can skip the Flash Mobs to some degree. but i dont want to be a stick in the mud.

Once again no harm was meant , i just wanted full feedback to the cruise experiences.

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We had a Conga line on a luxury cruise ship. We also sang "Let's Go Fly a Kite" while waving napkins at the last dinner.

 

On our last Carnival cruise there were some more outgoing type activities, mostly on the Lido deck. We didn't participate in any of them. We were more interested in trivia contests, the spa, and afternoon tea.

 

There's up to 3000 people on a ship-how many did you count in those flash mobs and congo lines?

There's a reason some things are on You Tube and not others. Who wants to watch a You Tube video of someone getting a facial or eating scones?

 

Oh about Holland America, there is a thread on that board right now asking what time people go to bed. 9:30 seems to be winning. :rolleyes:

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I am sorry i was not out to rant. or rave or bash any cruise line.

I just saw the videos and I wanted to really know what the Carnival Experience was truly like?

 

As I prefer to be a spectator in some things. I just not into doing the silly dances by poolside. I am ok with just watching.

 

As long I dont get dragged in.

Overall I am glad people enjoy this style of vacation. I am still thinking of just doing a Carnival Cruise regardless. Perhaps I can skip the Flash Mobs to some degree. but i dont want to be a stick in the mud.

Once again no harm was meant , i just wanted full feedback to the cruise experiences.

 

Bear in mind that the videos posted on YouTube are typically peoples' vacation videos, and are things that they participated in and enjoyed. What seems "cheesy" to you probably looks like fun to someone else. Remember, Carnival refers to their ships as the "Fun Ships". I would never base my decision whether or not to cruise on a particular cruise line solely by the videos posted on YouTube. If you're so inclined, give Carnival a try. However, try not to go on board with a bunch of preconceived notions (especially negative ones). Go with the attitude that you're going to have a relaxing, stress free vacation. Who knows? You just might come home with a smile on your face.:)

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If you concerned about the conga lines, partying, etc. on Carnival -- choose another cruise line.

Sounds like you should check out Princess and Celebrity.

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I suppose that this can be so - but it sounds like the usual rant passed on by people who like to misrepresent what other people like. I've been on a number of HAL cruises: Panama Canal, trans-Atlantics, Pacific coast of Mexico, Alaska, and several Caribbean. Admittedly, there were no belly-flop, or hair leg contests - few cheesy games where participants appear to be trying to outdo each other in exercises in poor taste, etc. -- Just good food, superior accommodations, and great service - with enough evening activity for people with imagination.

 

Believe me my parents are far from party animals, they just enjoy a more lively crowd, both are in their late 60's. When I started getting phone calls from them every night they were in port I knew they were board, they even went to the "dance club" for a little excitement and music only to find a trivia game. Mom took a bartendending class to kill time, and she's not much of a drinker. If you like to read and play cards HAL is the line for you. They only chose HAL because TA thought they would enjoy it.

 

My parents just did a quick 7 day get away with Carnival, according to my Mom it was just what the "Doctor ordered", fun and relaxing...its just a livelier crowd, and believe me they don't participate in the some of the tasteless activities on the Carnival. I'm 47 and cruise carnival just because it is fun and a very lively crowd, always something to watch and get a laugh or two.

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I am starting to rethink Carnival

 

and can someone explain to me the "tasteless activities" that go on?

Can someone describe?

 

I might just book on Carnival for the experience and determine if it was for me.

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I am starting to rethink Carnival

 

and can someone explain to me the "tasteless activities" that go on?

Can someone describe?

 

I might just book on Carnival for the experience and determine if it was for me.

 

Worldchallenge, your last statement is the best way for you to really know for sure! Everyone has different tastes and it would be useless for you to base your decision on the "opinion" of others as to whether or not something was tasteless. Having been on several Carnival cruises, I can say that I have not seen anything that I would classify as "tasteless", with the exception of one person who had been greatly overserved at the bar and should have been in her cabin rather than stumbling around the ship! But, that is one passenger out of tens of thousands that we have sailed with! I would not, therefore, classify Carnival as a "cheesy" cruise line or the fun folks are having while cruising with them "tasteless".

 

Book your cruise and go and have a great time!! :D

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We have taken many cruises on Carnival. We have always been able to find quiet spots away from the din.

 

Of course you are going to see videos of deck parties, karoake etc. Videos of the afternoon tea would be very dull.

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We have taken many cruises on Carnival. We have always been able to find quiet spots away from the din.

 

Great for you! However, I would rather cruise on a line that doesn't force me "to find quiet spots away from the din". Fortunately, there are different cruise lines for different kinds of people.

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Having been on several Carnival cruises, I can say that I have not seen anything that I would classify as "tasteless",

 

Never seen any tasteless activities.

 

I have no doubt that the definition of "tasteless" differs between people. The limits of tastelessness for a backwoods redneck would be much different than for a librarian. :D

 

If tasteless activities do not occur on Carnival, why are there so many videos of Carnival passengers participating in tasteless activities on the internet? :confused:

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