rcablecar71

rcablecar71
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Freedom of the Seas

May 2016 - Freedom of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern

Thinking of switching from Carnival to Royal Caribbean

Just got back from an 8 day cruise, our first with Royal Caribbean.  We had cruised 4 other times with Carnival, and the cruises were fine, but we're seriously thinking about switching loyalties to RCI.  There were less children and more activities.  The promenade was very nice with all the shops.  We never saw vendors standing outside hawking their wares as I had read in other reviews. 

 

Dining was fine, on a par with Carnival, and we loved our waiters, Randy and Casroy.  We visited the service desk for a couple of minor things and our questions were answered quickly.  There WERE some chair hogs around the adults only pool but it didn't happen very often and since the crowd was definitely a more senior one, there were plenty of chairs around the main pool. 

 

Entertainment was fine....we saw a great duo comedy act, an ice show, a singing/dancing show, a fairly bad illusionist, and another okay comedian.  We watched star wars on deck (but no popcorn....Carnival has popcorn...).  The flowrider was fun to watch.

 

Ports were the same, we'd seen them before so no surprise there.

 

Embarkation and getting off went smoothly.

 

The overall feeling of the ship had just a more relaxed, laid-back feel to it and no one was running around constantly trying to push drinks on you so we will definitely cruise Royal Caribbean again.

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Carnival Sunshine

February 2015 - Carnival Sunshine to Caribbean - Eastern

No GPS?

My wife and I enjoyed the Sunshine cruise very much.  The cabin, an interior, was very quiet, and have plenty of storage for our clothes.  There was more of a variety of food than we've seen on other smaller ships, although we did miss having a fish and chips station.  We ate at both the Italian and Asian kitchens and thoroughly enjoyed them both.  The destination ports were fine and we've made a mental note to go back to San Juan, which was beautiful.  The only major complaint we had was that TV was very inconsistent, with major networks showing up some days and not coming through on other days.  We are talking about a ship that was totally redone in 2013, and they can't get a signal from a satellite?  It appeared that channels were only shown on nights with minor entertainment, for example the Oscars were shown, but the next night that channel was gone. Hmmmmmm.......but will return for another cruise on this ship.

 

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received a helpful vote on their Freedom of the Seas cruise review - Thinking of switching from Carnival to Royal Caribbean

received a helpful vote on their Freedom of the Seas cruise review - Thinking of switching from Carnival to Royal Caribbean

received a helpful vote on their Freedom of the Seas cruise review - Thinking of switching from Carnival to Royal Caribbean

received a helpful vote on their Freedom of the Seas cruise review - Thinking of switching from Carnival to Royal Caribbean

received a helpful vote on their Freedom of the Seas cruise review - Thinking of switching from Carnival to Royal Caribbean

received a helpful vote on their Freedom of the Seas cruise review - Thinking of switching from Carnival to Royal Caribbean

received a helpful vote on their Freedom of the Seas cruise review - Thinking of switching from Carnival to Royal Caribbean

received a helpful vote on their Freedom of the Seas cruise review - Thinking of switching from Carnival to Royal Caribbean