Post # 1
Fiance and I are taking a short cruise getaway in November. I have never been on a cruise or to the caribbean, and I can’t decide between these two:
1. $280 p/p. Carnival. Goes to Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk with 1 day at sea.
2. $240 p/p. Royal Caribbean. Goes to Nassau, Coco Cay, Key West. (1 day shorter.)
Any suggestions? Considerations? Vote!
Post # 3
@moonadea: I have never been a cruise either. My first one will be to Bermuda for our honeymoon. That being said, I would want to take full advantage as much as possible. The first cruise sounds fabulous.
Post # 4
Apart from destination, check out the ship itself. We are booked for an Easter Caribbean cruise aboard the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas. Awesome awesome ship! The biggest to date and so much to do aboard.
Post # 5
depends on the boat! i recommend cruisecritic.com it helped my Fiance and I ALOT. reviews the ships which is REALLY important!
Post # 6
@Buboys_Gurl: i did oasis of the seas which is the sister ship of allure and it is BY FAR the BEST class of ships. SO amazing. would do it again in a second. ugh. this makes me wanna go back! haha
Post # 7
They both look awesome! (Sorry, I know that’s not much help..)
Post # 8
I think the days at sea are fun. Do one that has more days. Otherwise you feel like you hop on only to hop back off. They always count boarding day in their total…but that day is a total wash.
Post # 9
I love Royal Caribbean (never been on Carnival, but we’re going on a Carnival cruise in less than 2 weeks!!)
I have been on the second cruise you mentioned, and it was just okay to me. We had a lot of fun, but I wasn’t a big fan of Nassau or Key West.
Post # 10
@BearcatBetch: the Allure of the Seas is the newest of the RC fleet and the biggest all over the world. Best reviews so far. We’re booked for next March– I’m attending a cruise conference, hubby’s tagging along. Can’t wait!
@Moonadea: I’ll go for the longer trip because I want a longer vacation hehe. It’s important to check out what activities are available on the ship (it can make or break your choice) because the islands are pretty similar. Good luck. I’m sure you’ll have a blast either way!
Post # 11
I went with Norwegian two years ago to Nassau, Freeport(not much to do there IMO) and a privately owned island for the last day, left Monday and returned Friday. LOVED every minute onboard the ship! Honestly had more fun on the boat than off, the shows were hysterical, tons to do, the food was great (even the buffet) and the staff overly friendly. There was no set time for meals, they called it “freestyle cruising” You could also opt to go to more private dinners with reservations and an additional $10, $15 or $25. We had no problem getting reservations on the final night of the cruise for a 3 course meal, I had a blast!
Post # 12
It would definitely depend on the ship. I haven’t heard much good about Carnival, so I’d likely go with the other just based on that. However, Key West is pretty neat. You can probably find reviews of the ships online. I’ve only cruised with Princess and NCL.
Post # 13
@moonadea: Half Moon Cay is AMAZING!! I have been on this exact cruise and I loved it! I love sea days too because you can relax and really enjoy all the ship has to offer also. I would do the first cruise 🙂
PS – I have been on 3 cruises and planning my 4th now…so any questions, I am glad to try to answer 🙂
Post # 14
While I would choose Royal Carribean over Carnival for a comperable cruise, days at sea are so much fun so since the RC cruise doesn’t have one, I’d vote for the 1st cruise.
Post # 15
LOVE Carnival cruises! Days at sea are very fun – you get to explore the ship more than you normally would!
Post # 16
Carnival is the most basic cruise ship. I would go with the second one.