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Hi All,  My husband and I have taken a lot of cruises. In the recent years we have done Carnival, Celebrity and last year 3 Disney Cruises and our first NCL. Don't care to repeat Carnival. Loved our Celebrity cruise tour to Alaska a few years back. Love Disney, been on 6 with 7th booked. Really enjoyed our New Year's Cruise on NCL, bought two future cruise deposits.

 

We are going on our first Royal Caribbean cruise this December, (Liberty of the Seas), also for New Year's Eve out of Galveston, Texas.

 

Would like to know how Royal is for main dining rooms, specialty dining, atmosphere: casual, a little more formal...

 

Since it's not free style cruising, do people dress up a little more in general?

 

How are their drink packages, and what are the best deals?

 

Do they offer good specialty dining packages and do you need one?

 

Any insight on how Royal compares to what we have done already will be a big help. Thank you!

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4 minutes ago, lovetotraveltx said:

Would like to know how Royal is for main dining rooms, specialty dining, atmosphere: casual, a little more formal...

 

Since it's not free style cruising, do people dress up a little more in general?

 

How are their drink packages, and what are the best deals?

 

Do they offer good specialty dining packages and do you need one?

 

Any insight on how Royal compares to what we have done already will be a big help. Thank you!

I can only compare to Carnival 

People tend to dress up for dinner slightly more than Carnival. 

Drink deal is the best you can find. I've seen $42.99 per day 

Don need specialty dinning but Royal offers packages from First night done right to ultimate .... depends on what you like

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10 minutes ago, lovetotraveltx said:

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We are going on our first Royal Caribbean cruise this December, (Liberty of the Seas), also for New Year's Eve out of Galveston, Texas. ...

 

Royal's drink package can be used as soon as you get on the ship, however the types of alcohol available will be limited until you get out of Texas waters.

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Comparing cruise lines as a whole is getting impossible. There are VAST differences among lines depending on the ship. For example, within the last few years I've been on Rhapsody and Anthem. Entirely different experiences. Rhapsody was more formal than Anthem (that was probably due to itinerary though). Anthem had big production shows, rhapsody not so much. Anthem offers restaurants that rhapsody doesn't have. Same with NCL. We've recently completed the Jade and Getaway. Atmosphere was VERY different. Getaway has the comedy club and howl at the moon. Jade has an atrium guy on a guitar. 

 

If you list the ship and year you sailed that may help someone make a better comparison for you. :)

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We used to sail NCL pretty much exclusively.....they have lost their ever loving mind in the last few years.  When the new CEO took over a few years back he destroyed the company.  Their prices are insane for things like the liquor package (they just increased it again to well over $100 pp/per day).  The MDR food on NCL is absolute crap, and we found that we absolutely need the dining package on NCL to have edible food (and we are NOT foodies).

 

Royal is much better at this time IMHO.  the dress code on Royal is no different then NCL.  The drink packages are priced SIGNIFICANTLY better (the "free" NCL drink package was just dumbed down to only include low tier alcohol you would need to pay a $49.99+18% upgrade price to get better liquors on top of the 18% gratuities you already paid to get it "free") than NCL.  I paid $47 pp/pd on both of my upcoming Royal cruises during one of their sales.  Keep checking after you purchase because they will allow you to cancel/rebook if the price drops.  Royal does have a dining package, and their specialties are VERY VERY good.  You do not need on on Royal however as their MDR food is also very good.  

 

I would 100% recommend you jump ship from NCL (pun intended).  My last cruise was actually a Carnival, and it BLEW NCL out of the water......Royal is even nicer.  Free yourself from the land of nickles and dimes (NCL) and try out some better cruise lines!!

 

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