Post # 1
My FI and I have already booked a cruise with Carnival (Carnival Valor) but we are having serious second thoughts. We’ve heard so-so reviews from people who have gone on Carnival. We’ve heard good things about Royal Caribbean and we have both been on the Adventure of the Seas (I in 2002 and him in 2009). We chose Carnival for the good prices but after these cases of Carnival cruises lacking maintenance I’m pretty scared and asking myself why we didn’t pay the extra bucks for Royal Caribbean… What would you do?
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
I have done both lines and found it’s worth the extra money to sail Royal Caribbean.
Post # 4
@beachbride1216: I’m checking out cancellation fees on Carnival. Since we’re early maybe we’ll get a good deal and won’t lose the whole deposit.
Post # 5
I’ve sailed on Carnival several times, and I’ve always had an awesome time. Our honeymoon is booked on Carnival, and neither of us have any hesitation.
Post # 6
we did carnival, and it was a mess. our ship’s propeller broke before it got back to port from the trip before us, so they CANCELLED OUR TRIP to Jamaica & Grand Cayman, refused to give us our money back, instead put us on a less expensive cruise to the Bahamas and refused to pay us back the difference we had paid for the better cruise. we also lost our on-shore excursion reservations and costs (again refused to reimburse us), and we had to book new ones AND PAY FOR THEM AGAIN. it was a hot mess. next to nothing to do on the boat…just terrible. several people we chatted with on the boat had been with Royal Caribbean and said it’s more than worth the extra cost to go with them instead.
Post # 7
@TwoStatesBride: I just checked Royal Caribbean out and they have a cruise on the same date as our Carnival cruise and it would be about $400 more than our current reservations, that isn’t half bad… we just have to check if we can get a refund on our $500 deposit. 🙁
Post # 8
I have done both. It depends what you are wanting out of your cruise. Carnival is more of a younger crowd..lots of drunk young age people having fun.. RC is more laid back. Not a “party hard boat” but still lots of fun. More relaxed and laid back..
Plus all of carnival is breaking down these days. LOL
Post # 9
I did both within 6 months of eachother, and here’s how I would break it down:
1. A ton of it depends on the ship you sailed on. Like, most of it. I sailed on the Carnival Liberty, and Freedom of the Seas.
2. Carnival’s food was, far and away, better than RC. That is the major plus to Carnival IMO. I would actually call Carnival’s food gourmet. RC was super limited and just boring, seasoned for the most delicate of palettes.
3. RC has more pools, and all around more to do. But again, that is dependent on the size of the ship.
4. RC had better entertainment.
I’m a foodie, so it’s neck-and-neck to me.
Post # 10
Oh my… so changing to Royal Caribbean would mean a $900 difference for both of us… Hmmmmm!!!
Post # 11
@pegaloca: gooood luck! truly! i’m wishing you the best, we couldn’t get carnival to do ANYTHING for us.
Post # 12
I have been on eight cruises with RC and they were all great!! Celebrity is also very good! I’ve always been deterred from Carnival because people have always told me that they were “just okay.” I have heard that often there is a different vibe on Carnival – more of a party vibe. This can be good or bad, depending on what you like or are looking for. Drunk college kids is not the environment I want to be in for a vacation – I didn’t even want to be in that environment for a vacation when I was in college! A woman I work with swears that RC is more “high class” than Carnival. Who knows?
Since I’ve never been on one myself I can’t really say how I feel about the ships/service, but I will say that the maintenance issues are huge for me and I will probably never cruise with them. One problem could be a fluke that could potentially happen to any cruise line. But multiple issues in a short time period? And the maintenance logs showing that Carnival is apparently lax on all maintenance procedures? No thanks.
Post # 13
@adoc86: I’ve heard about the party vibe on Carnival before and I must say it isn’t what we are looking for in a honeymoon! I’m going to call one of my local travel agencies and see if they can help me in some way since we booked directly through Carnival I’m not sure if they can do anything for us but we’ll see!
Post # 14
Hands down Royal Caribbean.
Post # 15
I’ve been on both. RC’s boat was nicer overall but Carnival had better food and drinks. I wouldn’t worry too much about Carnival being a “party” boat. It does cater to that group moreso than RC but it wasn’t like one giant house party, there were still plenty of places to relax and be away from the party.
Post # 16
We went on a Carnival cruise for our honeymoon. Our ship was Splendor out of Long Beach to Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta for 7 nights. We had an AMAZING time! We are not into the drunk, party college crowd and we didn’t see too much of that on our ship. We had a nice balcony suite so if we wanted to avoid people, we just sat at our balcony and chilled out. There were also Adult Only areas to keep the little kids who are running around away from you. Overall, we had a wonderful experience and thought very highly of our wait staff and cleaning people. Everything was excellent: the service, food, etc. Awesome. We would certainly go on another Carnival Cruise. We wouldn’t mind also trying another cruise line, but we would recommend Carnival to anyone. Especially the Splendor ship.
The only thing that happend to us during our trip was on our second day out to sea, we had to out run Hurricane Paul as it headed straight for Cabo San Lucas. That second day was the worst with everyone sea sick, but that’s totally not the fault of Carnival. They can’t control mother nature and did everything they could to get us safely out of its path and re-route to Puerto Vallarta first. We still had a great time and wanted to stay even longer! lol.