Good review!! I have also sailed on both Carnival (5 times) and Royal Caribbean (2 times) and the only thing I did notice different was it seemed the balcony cabins on the RCCL ships were a bit smaller as were the balconies themselves. If you never sailed on Carnival with a balcony, I think you'll be happy! Our last Carnival ship was the Dream and we loved it from embarkation to debarkation. I agree, in my opinion both RCCL & Carnival are close to the same except for RCCL being a bit more expensive for the same iteneary.