Carnival or Royal Caribbean?

Which cruise line do you like better?  Why?

Tags: Carnival

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That is a hard question to answer.   I'm happy with most cruise lines other then NCL.  When I started cruising I was loyal to Royal and would never think of getting onto a Carnival ship.   I thought Carnival would be the "Floating Walmart".  When the Swine Flue outbreak hit in Baja Mexico Carnival dropped the prices so low to just fill the ships that I broke down and gave them a try (At 229.00 for a 4 night cruise in a outside cabin by my self.   One day on Catalina island and 2 days at sea,  it did not pay to stay home).  I went with a group of friends that had very low expectations and were shocked at how good the service and food was and how fun the cruise was on Carnival. 

 

If both RCI and Carnival had the same itinerary and same price I would go RCI.  For a longer cruise like 14 nights or more I'd go RCI.  On RCI I get perks because of my Captains Club level,  free laundry,  free cocktail party every night and that kind of stuff.  RCI is also a bit more relaxing to me.   Do not get me wrong,  for a short party cruise I do enjoy Carnival   (Next week I'm on the Carnival Victory for the Concert series with Journey preforming a concert on the ship) 

 

Like a lot of us addicts,  I like the line that goes out of my local home port year round.   Carnival has 2 ships doing the 3 and 4 night Baja cruises year round out of Los Angeles (RCI pulled out of the So Cal market in 2011 when things in Mexico got bad). It is just so much easier to drive to a port then having to fly in and stay in a hotel for a night.

 

So I guess I like them each better for different reasons.   Carnival for short,, fun inexpensive party cruise with great service,  good food and the Concert series.  Royal for more relaxing,  good perks,  great service and good food.  I would not hesitate to get on either line.  I do like the RCI lets you take you Captains Clube level to Celebrity or Azmara where Carnival does not let you take your level to any of it's other lines.  

I personally have only done Royal, but would not mind to attempt a Carnival cruise. The only 2 issues are 1) The BF is not likely to jump ship from RCI and 2) I have an established level with RCI (Granted its only Gold, but next cruise I should move up).

Neither.

try Princess or Celebrity

 

of course we prefer NCL to the two you mentioned.

I am a Diamond member on RCCL, Happy they take good care of you

I'm a Platinum member with RCCL and will be and Emerald member in no time, but have been on the Disney Wonder because of my children years back. Now, I'm strictly RCCL. I'm nervous to try other cruise lines.

That is how my boyfriend feels and he has only been on 2 Royal cruises. I'm trying to scope out some short cheap carnival cruises.

 

I feel (I know) if I take a cruise with another cruise line I will miss out on my points for my Crown and Anchor membership. I don't want to cruise hop in order to build loyalty points with other cruise lines so I stay with RCCL. I can only take so many a year. I know when I get on that ship its going to be familiar to me no matter which one it is. You know, the colors, room layouts and daily cruise planners etc. Years ago I wanted to go to French Polynesia and RCCL didn't have any itinerary and I though of the "horrors" of having to sail with Princess. I am sure that there is nothing wrong with Princess, but just couldn't do it. Now RCCL can take me to Bora Bora, I AM IN!

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