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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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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

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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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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!

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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.

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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!

 

 

 

.......albeit brief

 

 

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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Thanks for sharing this video.

Keith

 

 

you actually watched an hour and 25 minutes video of someone's vacation?

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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.
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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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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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..

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Been on 1 RCL and 5 Carnival. RCL cruise was my first. But when I have the option EVERYNIGHT of going to the Piano Bar (not a lounge lizard piano player, but a real song a long piano bar) and/or comedian it was hands down Carnival for my cruising money.

I think my RCL cruise had maybe 2 or 3 nights of a comedian and NO sing a long.

 

 

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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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My thoughts exactly!

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you actually watched an hour and 25 minutes video of someone's vacation?

 

LMAO!! :'):'):'):') Maybe they found it somewhat entertaining. :D

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It is like children, you can't pick a favorite! sometimes they are good and sometimes bad! I have always received a better deal for the most part on Carnival but I have had great cruises on RCI owned lines , Celebrity and Azamara.

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It is like children...

 

Let's see... I love spending time with them, occasionally they say something that makes no sense, they want money from me... Son of a gun they are like kids.

 

 

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It is like children, you can't pick a favorite! sometimes they are good and sometimes bad! I have always received a better deal for the most part on Carnival but I have had great cruises on RCI owned lines , Celebrity and Azamara.

 

I always say, any cruise is a good cruise if you make it a good cruise. It is what you make of it. If I want something more laid back I go with RCCL. If I want to "let my hair down" a bit and do a bit of partying, I go with Carnival.

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We've done both and for the extra money saved we always go with Carnival for now.

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Bottom line for me is not so much the cruise line as it is a specific ship and its crew.

 

I do find overall that Carnival crew are more social, approachable and helpful, food is generally better, staterooms are a little bigger on average, and I've actually seen/heard some extremely good entertainment/music on Carnival. I would also say Carnival has a substantially better variety of itineraries, which means more to me the more I cruise.

 

After 7 sailings on CCL and 4 on RCL(plus-sister-Celebrity), I have no hesitation at all in casting my preference for Carnival.

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On longer trips I prefer RCI, more things to do, unusual features, better theater shows, and I prefer dining room menus.

 

On shorter trips I enjoy Carnival. The atmosphere can be downright raucous around the pool, and the casual food choices - like deli and panini stations - are really what I'm looking for. When I want cheap and easy, it's my choice.

 

The comedy shows on Carnival are the best by far.

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I have been meaning to share my recent CCL / RCI conclusions. For context I have sailed 60 days on Carnival, and 59 days on Royal. I just recently returned from a beautiful 9 night Royal cruise, and came away preferring carnival for most if not all of my future cruises. There were a lot of small negatives to the Royal cruise, but the two top issues, which I can't get past are:

 

1). There is a $7.95 + 18% gratuity for ALL room service orders, other than the continental breakfast offerings

2). The Viking Lounge, the flagship bar on every Royal ship, was closed to all but Diamond members every day from 4:00 - 8:00. That's BS

 

I cant get past these two issues ....

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I’ve cruised 5 Carnival ships before trying other lines. I cruised 2 RCCL ships—The Indy and the Oasis. They both were way better than Carnival. Although we always had a great time on our Carnival cruises, we were blown away by those two RCCL ships. Then we tried NCL, and fell in love with the whole Freestyle Cruising concept. Sailing on the NCL Getaway again in 6 days. Once I return from it, I was booking on the Carnival Breeze. Now, I just read a review on another thread that states they had a sewer smell in their cabin. I’ve heard this happening on Carnival’s older ships, but not the Breeze. Now I’m hesitant to book with Carnival at all, but I have reward points with Carnival that I need to use up.

So, please don’t attack someone for giving their honest opinion. What is great for you, may not be for someone else. They are only giving THEIR opinion.

 

 

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I do find overall that Carnival crew are more social, approachable and helpful,

This might represent a bit of the company's attitude and the overall crew.

When I did the Behind the Fun tour on the Vista two months ago, the Dance Captain told us that he had worked for a different line for several years, then came over to Carnival, and found that there was more of a "family" atmosphere amongst the crew, and they generally seemed happier. He sounded completely earnest and sincere, and we were all impressed by his candor.

food is generally better, staterooms are a little bigger on average, and I've actually seen/heard some extremely good entertainment/music on Carnival. I would also say Carnival has a substantially better variety of itineraries, which means more to me the more I cruise.

I concur with all of this.

 

Once I return from it, I was booking on the Carnival Breeze. Now, I just read a review on another thread that states they had a sewer smell in their cabin. I’ve heard this happening on Carnival’s older ships, but not the Breeze. Now I’m hesitant to book with Carnival at all, but I have reward points with Carnival that I need to use up.

Per our resident chief engineer, chengkp, this problem is easily remedied: just pour some water down every drain in your room (don't forget the shower drains). If the smell is in the hallway, ask your cabin steward to do the same in all nearby cabins and service areas. (The usual cause is that water has evaporated or sloshed out of the U-bend in the drain pipe.)

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After reading more posts on this thread I find that I agree with most of you. Although my experience with crew on RCI has been almost universally positive. I do agree with an earlier contributor that many RCI passengers are snobby and really look down on Carnival and their passengers. Food offerings are very subjective, but I think RCI offers more premium restaurants and encourages their use sometimes at the lessening of the MDR experience And the premium offerings have been uniformly outstanding. I enjoyed reading all of your thoughts.

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We prefer Carnival. In our opinion, Carnival has better food, better live entertainment, bigger cabins and friendlier crew. Also, the passengers on Carnival cruises seem to be more laid back and happier.

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It's subjective - I have never been attracted to a RCL cruise because, in my view, they make the ship the destination. It would not matter which ports it went to because the whole point of the vacation is being on the ship. So they pack more nice stuff onboard, and you pay a premium for that.

 

We choose a cruise based on the destination. Hopefully we get off the ship a lot and explore the ports. Onboard all we ask for is decent food, a good room location, and we're happy to be there. Having a smaller ship is a bonus.

 

Lots of other people have different views and expectations. Perhaps if you don't really like going ashore at the ports, or want the latest amenities onboard, then a newer and larger ship would be worth the premium.

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RCL is much better.

 

It sure is!

 

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?

 

Why not? Sometimes some early morning humor is fun when I'm bored.

 

 

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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!

 

That's what makes it fun to read, especially all the responses afterward.

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I have been meaning to share my recent CCL / RCI conclusions. For context I have sailed 60 days on Carnival, and 59 days on Royal. I just recently returned from a beautiful 9 night Royal cruise, and came away preferring carnival for most if not all of my future cruises. There were a lot of small negatives to the Royal cruise, but the two top issues, which I can't get past are:

 

1). There is a $7.95 + 18% gratuity for ALL room service orders, other than the continental breakfast offerings

 

Cold eggs from room service was never very appealing, but coffee and Danish is still free in the morning. I do agree the charge is a little excessive.

 

2). The Viking Lounge, the flagship bar on every Royal ship, was closed to all but Diamond members every day from 4:00 - 8:00. That's BS

 

Many bars are "closed" during certain times for events. 4-8 is not exactly the prime time for bars. On the bright side, you only need 21 more nights to attend this event, getting free drinks plus 3 extra drinks at other lounges during those hours. (Something Carnival does not do).

I cant get past these two issues ....

 

Don't worry, you will eventually get to use the Diamond events!

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It's subjective - I have never been attracted to a RCL cruise because, in my view, they make the ship the destination. It would not matter which ports it went to because the whole point of the vacation is being on the ship. So they pack more nice stuff onboard, and you pay a premium for that.

 

We choose a cruise based on the destination. Hopefully we get off the ship a lot and explore the ports. Onboard all we ask for is decent food, a good room location, and we're happy to be there. Having a smaller ship is a bonus.

 

Lots of other people have different views and expectations. Perhaps if you don't really like going ashore at the ports, or want the latest amenities onboard, then a newer and larger ship would be worth the premium.

 

I have only been on Royal and Disney but from Royal perspective, I agree with this. It's all about the ship. The Caribbean cruises seem to go to the same few ports. However, for us, we cruise for the ship and love everything that it has to offer from elegance to shows to activities. Thus, for us, your point about Royal is a good thing. We don't live near a beach so getting off at the ports and going to a beach a few hours is perfect for us. Makes for a great cruise and we keep going back to the same line.

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On longer trips I prefer RCI, more things to do, unusual features, better theater shows, and I prefer dining room menus.

 

On shorter trips I enjoy Carnival. The atmosphere can be downright raucous around the pool, and the casual food choices - like deli and panini stations - are really what I'm looking for. When I want cheap and easy, it's my choice.

 

The comedy shows on Carnival are the best by far.

 

My feelings as well. On longer trips I enjoy a more laid back atmosphere so I go with RC but when I want to let the hair down a bit I go with Carnival. :D

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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

 

There was a time when you paid less for Carnival and actually got more. These days are L O N G gone.

 

It's worth the investment of paying more for a better experience, on a better ship with superior service and entertainment. Plus, you end up sailing with others that appreciate the same.

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