(Closed) .Ncl, Royal caribbean, or Carnival

posted 7 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
9129 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@dicapriosimaginarywife:  I highy recommend Royal Caribbean.  I hav been on NCL, RCCL, and CCL, and I much prefer RCCL because it’s an active ship.  Carnival seemed to be the bargain cruise line and while there are some luxury experiences, it’s just not nearly as nice as Royal Caribbean.  I love Norwegian; you get a more European experience imo, however, there really weren’t many activitieson board.

However, I can also say that the longer your cruise, the more likely you will experience a better ship, better service and better activities/entertainment.  So a 7 day on Carnival will likely be nicer than a 3 day on Royal Caribbean.

As far as recommendations, I really like the Eastern Caribbean (St. Thomas, St. Maarten, etc…).  It just seemed cleaner and more luxurious than the Western Caribbean (Jamaica, Mexico, Belize, etc…)  Not to say that I haven’t enjoyed a cruise to Cozumel but I much preferred St. Maarten.

Post # 4
12244 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@dicapriosimaginarywife:  We did a Carnival Cruise honeymoon! It was INCREDIBLE– We did seven days and stopped at 6 islands!

Here’s my recap of all the places/stuff to do! (PS- Carnival told us it’s their best-selling cruise! 6 islands in seven days! Puerto Rico, St thomas, Barbados, St Kitts, St Lucia, and St Maarten!

Honeymoon Recap–PR, St Thomas, Barbados, St Kitts, St Lucia, and St Maarten

Post # 5
205 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m a gold member on Royal Caribbean. Absolutely love their ships! There’s always something to do, the food is incredible and they treat you, well, like royalty. 

Post # 6
1087 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’ve done RC and Carnival both one time each, and I preferred RC.  I don’t know if I can define exactly all the reasons why, but the food seemed better, the staff seemed nicer and more accomodating, the on board activites were much more plentiful and actually things I wanted to do, etc.  I just felt, more taken care of, if that makes sense?  Now, I didn’t have a bad time on Carnival at all, and I would use them again, but in a direct choice, I’ll always choose RC again first.

Post # 7
3080 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@dicapriosimaginarywife:  I’ve been on royal Caribbean 3 times and loved it. I recommend them. The food is great and I love the entertainment. 

Eta: I would recommend the southern Caribbean itinerary. Loved all of those islands

Post # 8
868 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@dicapriosimaginarywife:  I’ve only been on NCL (twice!), and loved it. Very casual and relaxed – you can eat when you want, dress how you want, do what you want.

Post # 9
328 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014



Highly recommend Royal Carribean. We just booked with them for our honeymoon and are so excited! They have always had some of the friendliest employees and are on the ball! Love the atmosphere of the ships, and am just a big fan. 


The travel agent I used said, “No C word, it’s forbidden!!” lol…

Post # 10
11736 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Def NCL over Carnival.

Post # 11
2324 posts
Buzzing bee

How about Celebrity? A little more luxurious than the above..

Post # 12
703 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I’ve been on 3 cruises all with carnival and loved each one! We are going next summer on royal caribbean and I’m hoping its even better. I love western Caribbean. Eastern didnt have as much for us to do, IMO. 

Post # 13
9950 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Mr TTR and I are semi-retired, and we travel a lot.

Our first choice in cruising is Celebrity… which is part of the Royal Caribbean family.  They attract an older crowd, but also are more luxurious (check out Concierge Class or Aqua Class) for a main stream cruise line.

PLUS they have their flat price Beverage Packages which the other cruise lines don’t offer.

Celebrity’s core focus is 35 to 75… but you find both younger and older on board.  It is as close to an All-Inclusive Holiday on a ship you’ll get for a mainstream (not luxury / high end cruise line)

My second choice would be Royal Caribbean

Third.. Norwegian

And absolute last Carnival (they are attract a younger clientelle… and are a lot cheaper… but then again that shows in their ships.. which can be over 20 years old, and not well maintained… there is a trade off for cheap sailing.  It is Carnival who has the largest percentage of incidents / accidents in the last few years).  Let me just say you get what you pay for !!

Personally, I’d NEVER go on a Carnival Cruise.

Perhaps their mid-level lines… Princess and Holland America, but NEVER Carnival or Costa.

IF you have never cruised before… I’d advise the Southern or Eastern Caribbean over the Western.  The better (safer, cleaner, more prosperous) Islands are in the South & East.

IF we go to the Western Caribbean, more than likely it is because we are in search of some R&R and to enjoy the ship (RC’s Oasis of the Seas… here we come) and enjoy the R&R onboard rather than the islands.

If you want an amazing Island Experience… I cannot say enough good things about Celebrity’s Southern Caribbean Cruise out of San Juan (At Sea – Barbados – St Lucia – Antigua – Sint Maarten / Saint Martin – St Thomas – San Juan) this is what we did for our Honeymoon… and it was fabulous !!

It is a busy cruise tho… different port of call every day.

If you go Celebrity… look at a Balcony Cabin… and if you can afford it go Concierge Class with a Sunset Balcony or an Aqua Class Cabin (depending on your interests).  Both are awesome… lol, unless you can afford a Suite… NOTHING emplifies a Cruise Pampering Experience like a Suite.

Hope this helps,


Post # 14
172 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Carnival felt kinda low-grade cattle call to me BUT I Am not an experienced cruiser. 

Post # 15
324 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Royal Caribbean ALL THE WAY!!! Definitely sail on the Allure of the Seas! Gorgeous ship with tons to see and do!

Post # 16
121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

went on my first cruise this past December. Best experience ever thanks to Royal Caribbean!! 

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