My first Carnival ship cruise was the Carnival Dream. It was my first and best experience back in 2010. magnificent ship with the best swimming pool, gym, and spa.
Which Carnival ship was or is your best experience and why
Enjoy the balcony ... you may find that you enjoy it and might end up spending time on it. As long as it is not one of those internal balconies that RCL has ... don't know how anyone can enjoy an inward balcony ... way too much exposure
I'm okay with just a ocean view as we really don't spend anytime in the room (other than sleeping). Having said that We have a balcony booked for our Alaskan Cruise in 2023
When we went to ALASKA we had balconies...well, in all honesty, we always do anyway..But its really special to be able to watch all that scenery glide past while sitting up there in some kind of solitude. You don't have to go ANYWHERE else on the ship to enjoy it. Then the ship eventually does a 180 and you get the other side...Bring your bincoculars...
As far as CCL ships go, I realize some folks have had bad experiences on VISTA, but we've been on her several times, and loved it. But then, we always get a HAVANA balcony (not the patios)...its that ol "cruise within a cruise" thing I guess...
BTW OGW, agree completely........we people watch as much as anyone....but sometimes.....well, nuff said...
As long as it is not one of those internal balconies that RCL has ... don't know how anyone can enjoy an inward balcony ... way too much exposure
Yeah, those RCL "Central Park" balconies remind me of the Alfred Hitchcock movie "Rear Window"
she was our first cruise
I agree with everyone!. There are times that the wife and I book suites and want that extra space to include priority boarding, free washing, and drying, plus the view! On the other hand, we booked interior rooms because the cruise was short and the price was amazingly perfect. That comes from my wife's casino deals.
First ship was the Festivale back in the 90s. Since then, I've been on the Holiday, Imagination, Freedom, Conquest, Glory, Sunshine, Liberty, Magic and Mardi Gras.
The best cruise overall has been on the Mardi Gras. Dining rooms that are typically extra cost were included at no charge, so we had a wide variety of venues to choose from for dinner. The quality of the shows in the secondary "center stage" area were truly outstanding. Also, the ship was so big that even after 7 days, we felt we hadn't seen it all. I can understand that the big ships aren't for everyone, but for us there's just no comparison between an Excel class ship and all of the others.
As far as cabin selection goes, we always book either an oceanview or balcony. The oceanview cabins on Carnival are a bit larger than the inside cabins. We book a balcony when we can get a good deal, but good deals on balconies have been getting difficult to find, often being double the rate of an oceanview.
I can understand that the big ships aren't for everyone.......
Exactly. We are on the opposite end of the spectrum, the smaller the ship the better for us. We both dislike flying, and hanging around airports; and not being foodies we eat in the buffet, (just about the only exceptions are if/when friends want us to come to the dining room...which we occasionally do under silent protest), we could care less about entertainment/casinos, yadda yadda yadda.
Our criteria are price/ports visited, and departure dates, all else, for us, is noise. Thankfully we appear to be in the minority which minimizes the competition.