glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

Carnival - Best Value for the Money

No surprise here that Florida Today reported that Carnival was named Best Value For the Money by a major online cruise consumer publication.  It recognized its frequent fare sales, host of dining and entertainment options and obviously it's low base prices.  Even with low prices, it still delivers a great vacation.  Cabin prices can be as low as $75 pp per day.   I know that I have sailed for $55 pp per day on their shorter cruises.  These shorter cruises make cruising affordable for families.

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BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

Although Carnival does have "Wal-Mart" prices, they make a serious, and somewhat successful, effort to deliver a high-value product.

Unfortunately, their discount prices tend to attract "Wal-Mart" clientele.

The last Carnival Cruise I took, the only serious complaint I had all had to do with other passengers -- people running up and down the hall shouting, lack of elevator and line etiquette, etc.

I had not noticed this problem on Princess, and I hope to miss it on Celebrity next year.

cruznjan
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

Although we usually cruise on Celebrity, we're currently booked on a Carnival cruise because the price and the timing worked for us. Since it's a 15-day cruise, we probably won't run into too many Walmartians.

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

 

You are right about this.  I no longer take those three, four or even five day cruises that I used to take as last minute deals at very low prices.  They are just party cruises.  I recommended to neighbors that they take the short cruise that they wanted on RCCL, instead.  Guess what? They had the same complaints about heavy drinking, loud yelling in the passage ways, passengers running down hallways, late night noise of TV and partying. But at least families who can't afford a longer cruise can take one of these shorter ones and enjoy it.  Not for me, though. Thanks for responding.  It is always fun to hear from you.

 

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Although Carnival does have "Wal-Mart" prices, they make a serious, and somewhat successful, effort to deliver a high-value product.

Unfortunately, their discount prices tend to attract "Wal-Mart" clientele.

The last Carnival Cruise I took, the only serious complaint I had all had to do with other passengers -- people running up and down the hall shouting, lack of elevator and line etiquette, etc.

I had not noticed this problem on Princess, and I hope to miss it on Celebrity next year.

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JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

Carnival does a great job of putting out a product of descent quality for a reasonable price.   I do some of the 3 and 4 night cruises with friends that can not take a one month trip like I prefer.    I"m always happy for a mini cruise for just a fun quick inexpensive get away. 

noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

I really think this depends on what the customer defines as valuable.

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

I sailed on the Carnival Breeze on its first transatlantic voyage and it was a wonderful experience.  The crew was top notch, the food was delicious and the passengers were well behaved.  It was a 14 night cruise.  Carnival really does have the best prices.  I have only been less than thrilled on the short 3-5 day ones and I don't take them anymore.  

 

 

cruznjan
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

The short cruises on any cruise line are probably rowdy.

JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

I have read reviews of the 4 night spring break cruise on Celebrity, NCL and RCI that were full of Collage age kids drinking and partying it up to all hours.  

The short cruises depend on when you go,  but they are still much more party cruises then a 14 night cruise.   The young can not get 2 weeks off work or school or afford the longer cruises.

Years ago I did a 3 night weekend cruise on Celebrity Infinity and it was great,  no kids, nice quiet and relaxing,  depends on the time of year.

My 7 night Carnival cruise last Oct had kids running up and down the hall ways and slamming cabin doors at all hours of the night and morning.   I was down on deck 2 in the cheap cabins for that cruise.  $530.00 for an interior cabin by my self for 7 nights was a great price for the 7 night Caribbean cruise.

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

 

The longer cruise cruise attract less families and younger passengers.  There should be less kids, too.  

 

 

 

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

 

 

I am am always up for a good deal on a short vacation, but more often now, I search for ones 10 days or longer. 

 

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