Grand Am Series
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Re: cruise lines...the good, the bad, and the ugly
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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