Carnival Cruiser trying Royal Caribbean first time!

Hi Cruisers,  just booked our first cruise with Royal Caribbean.  Love Carnival but finally have to try Royal Caribbean.

Going on Liberty of the Seas, Sept 2-9, 2018 out of Galveston, Texas.

Anything we need to know that differs from Carnival??


Thanks, hope to see you cruisin' one day!



Tags: Royal Caribbean vs Carnival

20 Answers

Everything is different. Don’t compare the two.

Sorry, I had to leave in a hurry.

you can’t compare the two lines. Royal, depending on the ship, will offer more for families. The “more” depends on the size of the ship. Go to their website and browse the ship and her deck plans to see what is offered.

The atmosphere on the Royal Caribbean cruise lines are different than Carnival. Royal Caribbean ships are generally not as much of a "party" ship" like Carnival is. I personally like Royal Caribbean better, but the cruise is what you make of it.

We've only cruised with Carnival so far, but would like to try another such as RCCL if we could find a comparable price. GrandmaJo has cruised recently on RCCL and has another booked, so she's becoming loyal to both Carvival and RCCL. Happy

What was your reason to change cruiselines?

I have read a lot of reviews on Royal Caribbean they are all good have not tryed myshelf

We actually found more similarities than differences between the two. I think it helped that we were still perfectly satisfied with Carnival.

If I'm not mistaken, the Liberty is a sister ship to Adventure of the Seas and Independence of the Seas. I would compare the ships to the Carnival Magic and Breeze.

Don't listen to what negative people say who have never cruised both. I was afraid that our style would be too laid back for Royal, but we fit in just fine. I don't remember seeing as many openly drunk individuals on Royal, but they were present. Quite honestly, even being non-drinkers, that doesn't bother us. We do our thing and they do theirs. The ships are big enough for everyone to co-exist.

We have a cruise booked on Independence in February after first sailing the Adventure in October. Then we will sail on NCL for the first time in October.

Price is our deciding factor. I'm not paying $1000 more for the experience on any ship. Watch for sales, and have flexible dates. You'll be surprised at the bargains you can find.

We have cruised on both lines and prefer RCCL for a couple of reasons. One, it seems like the people on RCCL are more relaxed and less into the party around the pool all day plan. The pool area is calmer and generally there are fewer children on RCCL. The food is similar and we feel like the food on Carnival is a bit better, the wait staff in the restaurants on Carnival are much more in tune with families. Second, we like the ability to have status on a cruise line and RCCL provides an open bar for a few hours each evening for the Diamond level guests. We generally find good prices for transatlantic cruises on RCCL and enjoy longer (multiple week) cruises. It just depends on what type of experience you want during your cruise vacation. In our experience, Carnival has a younger crowd that is ready to party all day by the pool and RCCL is an older crowd that likes to lay by the pool (and save lounges for their friends) with much less of a party atmosphere. Both are good for a cruise it just depends on what you what to do during the time you are on the ship.

We wanted to try RCCL ships as they look a lot different from Carnival. RCCL also seems to have

more shops!

Couldn't resist the sale prices which were really good. Got even better when I called to pay the balance as the price had gone down $200.

Can't wait for the cruise!

Thanks for the info!

I have to agree with consensus. Carnival is more of a party till you puke kind of boat ( hence the company name) versus Royal Caribbean ( note the name difference again). I seem to see a lot more post from families on Carnival lately. Perhaps because the millenials are growing up!

We are non drinkers, and sure not party animals, snd we’ve had a great time on Carnival cruises. Not once have I seen anyone drunk, just people having a good time and staying in control of their behaviour.


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