Post # 1
I need some adice. My FI and were hoping to go to a Sandals resort in St. Lucia, but now are hoping to find something a little cheaper. We both LOVE the hot weather and the beach. I’ve heard good and bad things about Carnival. I heard that there are a lot of kids, but then have also heard that kids don’t seem to be a huge distraction. Has anyone gone on a Carnival cruise for their honeymoon?
Post # 3
I LOVE Carnival Cruises! We’ve been on two thus far and have no complaints at all. Service has always been great, prices are really reasonable, food is really really good. If you go you have to do room service (also free!) there are items on there you can’t get anywhere else on the ship and they are sooo good. Everything is included minus booze & soda and of course any shopping and things you buy.
I would say regarding the kids, I’ve never really found them to be distracting. There are def kids on Carnival because they are quite family friendly but there are also Carnival Kids Camp that keeps most of them occuppied.There are always tons of activities going on and you can do as much or as little as you want. Shore excursions are pretty reasonable.
We’ve heard from friends who have been on other cruise liners and complained about their low quality food and really expensive drinks. On Carnival the first time we went Jack & Coke was like $5. Two years later it was still $5. =)
We had always wanted to do a Carnival Island Destination Wedding but then I realized it wouldn’t be the kind of wedding I *really* wanted. But if it was I would’ve trusted them 100% to do things right because we were always treated like the valued guests we are.
Don’t hesitate to message me if you have specific questions!
P.S. Book it on a new ship if you can. The first time we went it was on their newest ship and it was awesome and super clean. The second time it was on a older ship and even though it was still clean you noticed the difference. But considering the millions of people that go through that ship it is pretty darn clean!
Post # 4
I have been on about 10 cruises, and Carnival is my favorite line. You’ll have a great time!! I’ve also been on Princess, Norwegian & Royal Carribean. Royal Carribean is definitely nicer, and it is an older crowd. But depending on what you want, Carnival can be really fun. The kids aren’t a problem at all, except sometimes they take over hot tubs. But for the most part, you aren’t thinking about the kids, you’re thinking about your honeymoon! The rooms are great, the food is great & the price is right. The excursions on Carnival are just as good as any of the other cruise lines too. I think you’ll have an awesome time and should totally do it – treat yourselves to a balcony room & you’ll feel like you’re in another world.
Post # 5
My parents always go on Princess cruises and say that their Carnival cruise was awful and “chintzy” which I hate the prospect of! Cuz we’re looking at a cruise in December, too, and Carnival was really affordable! They scared me off, saying their trip was full of children, partiers, lots of drinking, teens, and “unusual” folks. Dad specifically mentioned tattooed guys with huge piercings and some other colorful characters. Maybe there was a motorbike convention getaway that week, lol.
I haven’t been on any before though! Just telling you what I was told.
Personally we did an adults-only vacation and it was wonderful. if you CAN do an adults-only cruise or something like that, go for it! It’s so QUIET during the day. No playing in the water, no splashing, no screaming, just the peaceful lulling of the ocean while you’re at the pool. Regardless, every trip if what you make of it!
Post # 6
Hm. I definitely wouldn’t call Carnival “chintzy”. It is true that a lot of the other cruise liners are definitely more extravagant and elaborate in their designs, if that’s what you’re into. But I think -from what I’ve been told- they lack in service what they try to make up in the billions of dollar they pour into their ships.
Regardless, it’s still absolutely breathtaking and amazing the first time you step onto a cruise liner. Pure amazement at the engineering and ingenuity that goes into all that; one ship, floating on water.
Personally, I love kids so the splashing and giggling didn’t bother me one bit. But if you are looking for a Adults Only Cruise they might have specific cruise sailings that are for adults. Worth a gander! 🙂
Post # 7
I have been on a cruise with Carnival and with Royal Caribbean. I enjoyed my experience on RC a little more (food was a little better); but that said, I would in a heartbeat take another cruise with Carnival. Have you ever been on a cruise before? If you haven’t, if you start with Carnival it is going to be so fun. The service you get on a cruise is wonderful. However, if you have been on the more expensive lines, you will notice that Carnival is a little more “budget”-feeling (this advice comes from a friend who goes on a cruise every year since she was a kid, on all the different lines).
We went with Carnival in late April and there were lots of kids, because it was spring break time. If you take a cruise near big school holidays, there are going to be lots of children. If you go in the middle of a school term, fewer kids. That said, even with tons of kids we didn’t find them to be a bother. I didn’t even really notice them since we spent most of our time laying on deck chairs and doing activities. Also, how you will experience the ship will depend on how many port days you have. Our Carnival cruise had four stops, and so for four straight days we were off on the islands gallivanting. We booked our excursions privately (i.e., not through the ship) and had a great experience (do your homework! TripAdvisor.com is where I started). There are a million things to do on the ship and the food is really good. I say go for it!
Post # 8
My FI has been on a cruise before, but this will be a first for me. @Gerbera…the boat we are looking at is the Carnival Dream which is the newest ship they have.
Thanks so much for your info! I think we will definitely book with Carnival. I’m so excited!
Post # 9
I went on a Carnival Cruise, it seemed kinda cheesy to me, but I didn’t notice very many kids around. I think they have kids activities for that purpose! What I didn’t like about it was that they tried extra hard to make everything interactive, and I’m just not an interactive person. I don’t want to be pulled onto the stage! If you’re like me, I wouldn’t tell them it’s your honeymoon!
Post # 10
My FI and I have been on a Carnival Cruise and a Royal Caribbean. We loved the RCCL! The food was much better and so were the shows. We were planning on doing the cruise thing for our Honeymoon but we think Sandals in the end will be cheaper. After looking at the different cruises like Western or Eastern Caribbean they range anywhere from $700-$1500 per person. Because it is our Honeymoon we wanted a Balcony so by the end it would have been $2300 with taxes. Sandals is about that price and it includes drinks with us being only 22 years we like to drink. With the Sandals we were looking at it had 9 restaurants which my FI liked. The best way is do a PRO and CON list and call Carnival and RCCL they will work with you and tell you with taxes and fees how much all in all it would cost.