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cruise lines...the good, the bad, and the ugly

ok guys, the chick and i decided that we want to go on a cruise this summer, but do not know which line to take. neither of us have ever been on a cruise before, so we are trying to spend our money in the right place. looking to spend about $400-600 a piece. porting from galveston, texas. the thing is, is that she has heard some bad stories about carnival cruise lines, so she is determined to not cruise with them; although since neither of us has ever been on a cruise, i think that we should take what is most cost effective and readily available and see how it goes. anyone out there have opinions, or stories from cruises they have been on whether good or bad?

we ruled out a road trip because of gas, and we ruled out flying because its expensive as sin plus we would then need a rental.

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I've been to three cruises so far (one planed for this summer). Royal Carribean, Carnival, and then back to Royal. This next trip will be on Royal. So, as you can see, I favor Royal between the two. I did not enjoy Carnival all that much. The staff commented that there must have been a record number of kids on the trip, the ship design was load and flashy, the crew and passengers were noisy. Sure, they're the "Fun Ships", and try to encourage everyone to jump and dance and have fun, but I prefer quiet and relaxing cruises. Royal seems more classy and upscale. And the upgraded ships look nice and clean. Food, though, no matter which one, is top notch; be ready to eat A TON. And if you're friendly with the waiter, you can ask for second helpings; especially useful when they serve soufflé. IMO, three nights are too short, seven are too long. Four to five night cruises are just right. Don't forget to factor in tips (which can easily add a hundred more to the cruise price depending on how long it is) and extras like port-of-calls and alcohol. These ships aren't all-inclusive. Anything else you'd like to know?



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I've done Carn and Roy


Def go with Roy in my opinion


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I was on a royal with my family when I was around 10. It was pretty good.
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thanks! i guess i am looking for more of a fun cruise. so which would you say of the two. and as far as price goes, i meant we are looking to spend that amount on tickets, and then however much we save for the port-of-calls, tips, alcohol and all that. plan on having fun, and doing something different since neither of us travel much.


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Oh, well if you want fun and crazy and drunkenness, try Carnival.



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well everyone has said royal over carnival so far so i dunno. just lookin to have some fun


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well everyone has said royal over carnival so far so i dunno. just lookin to have some fun
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i know when i was on mine, there was a new years party and such. I cant remember it too well. It did seem more of a relax family kinda thing.
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looking at the 2 of them, carnival ports from galveston alot more than royal, and the royal are all 7-14 days, and most of them are in the winter, or in the next month. i guess its gonna be carnival.


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Carnival sucks. Took it out of Galveston. Worst vacation ever. Over crowded ship, the 24 hour pizza bar never had food, and nothing is included in the cost of the ticket. The shore excursions sucked too.

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