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dairyou
04-30-2006, 10:01 PM
After a long discussion with DH we decided to try the Carnival Glory in November. It is almost half the price of DCL. The driving factor was being able to add another 100 points to our DVC. We wanted to cruise, but wanted to add more points, so this was a good compromise.

We've sailed RCCL and didn't like it at all. We'll see about Carnival. I'll report when we get back.

Wish us luck!

Deb

pppiglet
04-30-2006, 11:57 PM
We just did Carnival in February and loved it. I think you should have a great time!

dairyou
05-01-2006, 12:11 AM
Do you have a trip report that I can read? Maybe you can tell me about it. Especially the differences you encountered good or bad with DCL.

That would be great!

TIA!

Deb

woody73
05-01-2006, 12:12 AM
Deb: Looking forward to hearing from you about Carnival.

Woody

awsomedog
05-01-2006, 12:13 AM
i think i already had my carnival

awsomedog
05-01-2006, 12:16 AM
darn another thread where no ones here :badpc:

awsomedog
05-01-2006, 12:17 AM
anways if anyone needs me i will be on neopets since vmk is not open bye :wave:

CPM
05-01-2006, 01:21 AM
I've sailed CCL several times. The latest was on the Valor, it was a great cruise!! The food was great. People love the Glory, nice size ship. I'd like to try it sometime. I just booked Alaska for June 2007 on the Spirit. Can't wait.
have a good time and check back.

markey
05-01-2006, 05:32 AM
We have been on DCL 6 times, with another booked in August. We tried RCI last May, beautiful ship but that was all we liked about it. We were on the Carnival Glory in December, we loved it. Beautiful ship, friendly crew, good food, the lunch buffets blow Disney away. Any direct questions please ask. However this trip was solo, no kids, but the kids areas looked great, small amount of kids but the ones we saw looked happy. We booked a guaranteed OV were upgraded to a balcony, have never been upgraded by Disney in 6 cruises, that also gave our hearts to Carnival. Also, this was not a party ship, that was all done on RCI by underage drinkers.

EngrDaisy
05-01-2006, 07:29 AM
I sailed on the Carnival Inspiration in November of 2004. It is the only cruise I have ever been on. My first Disney cruise leaves on Thursday! Yay!

Anyway, I cannot compare DCL and Carnival as I have not sailed on DCL yet. However, the level of service that we received on Carnival is everything that I would expect from Disney. My mother loved that our room steward would always know if my brothers were in their rooms or not and what time they left their rooms. It was a big family cruise. My parents, me, my husband, and my four little brothers all went. My husband liked the evening shows. My favorite thing was having high tea with my mother.

Just from reading the Disney Cruise website and knowing what I have read on the Carnival website, I think that Carnival offers more shore excursions. I could be wrong about that, but that is my impression.

All in all, I would sail on Carnival again. I cannot think of anything that caused disappointment on the trip. I am sure this weekend we will be even more impressed with our Disney cruise, but I am sure that Carnival will have us back someday due to their incredible deals.

NancyIL
05-01-2006, 09:49 AM
After a long discussion with DH we decided to try the Carnival Glory in November. It is almost half the price of DCL. The driving factor was being able to add another 100 points to our DVC. We wanted to cruise, but wanted to add more points, so this was a good compromise.

We've sailed RCCL and didn't like it at all. We'll see about Carnival. I'll report when we get back.

Wish us luck!

Deb

I really enjoy the Cruise Critic discussion boards. Here's the link to the Carnival board: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/forumdisplay.php?f=215

Hope you enjoy your cruise!

tvguy
05-01-2006, 11:37 AM
Interesting comparison between RCCL and Carnival, since Carnival bills its line as "The Party Ships", and since on the shorter (3 and 4 day) Carnival cruises there generally are groups that never sleep, and party 24 hours a day for the entire trip.

In 7 cruises ( Paquet, NCL, RCCL, HAL and Disney) the only "disturbance" we have ever had was on Disney, and that was a 5 year old yelling and running in the halls at 6 am on a sea day. And THAT was clearly the parents fault.

CPM
05-01-2006, 11:52 AM
Interesting comparison between RCCL and Carnival, since Carnival bills its line as "The Party Ships", and since on the shorter (3 and 4 day) Carnival cruises there generally are groups that never sleep, and party 24 hours a day for the entire trip.
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No, they bill themselves as "The Fun Ship". I've never witnessed the 24 hour drinking parties on any of my cruises. I'm sure during spring break this may occur and it may occur on any ship.
Usually people that have never sailed CCL or haven't in many years are the ones that call CCL a party ship. They have come a long way.

pppiglet
05-01-2006, 04:00 PM
I never wanted to go on Carnival and if I would have gone by what everyone says about them I would have missed the best cruise! We went on a 7 day (no partying going on) and in Feb. (not lots of kids). Although we loved DCL last year, the food was a bit better on Carnival Pride. Rooms were the same size and service the same. The shows on DCL were better, but we enjoyed the ones on the Pride also.
I am more afraid to cruise RCCL now, but I can't judge them til I try them. I just feel it's more suited for families with teens and we don't have any. My next cruise (after our DCL next year) will probably be Carnival Spirit.

I didn't make a trip report, but I posted a link to pictures. I'll see if I can repost since my DCL pictures from Mexico are there too.

dairyou
05-01-2006, 04:11 PM
ppppiglet..I would love to see your pictures.

You guys made me feel better about our choice. I thought if we didn't like RCCL we wouldn't like Carnival...but it seems that is not the case. We'll give it a try!

Thanks All,

Deb

CPM
05-01-2006, 06:28 PM
ppppiglet..I would love to see your pictures.
You guys made me feel better about our choice. I thought if we didn't like RCCL we wouldn't like Carnival...but it seems that is not the case. We'll give it a try!
Thanks All,
Deb

Debbie,
If you want some pictures of the Valor, I can send them to you. Let me know.
I'm sure someone on Cruise Critic will have pix of the Glory if you ask.

pppiglet
05-01-2006, 07:44 PM
Here's the link to my Carnival Pride pics.

http://s21.photobucket.com/albums/b293/debrouth/Carnival%20Pride/

If you go from there and click on the Debrouth at the top you can get to the Disney Magic pictures and my scrapbook pages.

pppiglet
05-01-2006, 07:52 PM
I just realized I never labeled them. The excursions we did were Randi's Happy horses, The Cabo ATV tour, and Expert Hiking in Puerto Vallarta. The resort pictures are the Krystal Hotel. All cruise ship guests are welcome here.

dairyou
05-01-2006, 07:59 PM
thanks for the pictures. I'm going to look at them now :teeth:

Deb

dairyou
05-01-2006, 09:19 PM
Your pictures are great and it looks like you had a fabulous time!

Thanks for sharing them. It made us feel better about going on Carnival. The last time we cruised with them was 13 years ago so it was nice to get those images out with some new ones :)

Deb

andy99
05-01-2006, 09:36 PM
Not to burst your bubble but. I have been on 8 cruises and the carnival cruise i went on was the only one I felt was not worth the money. I was very disappointed with the vacation and will probably never sail Carnival again.

Trixiezzz
05-01-2006, 09:53 PM
.......We've sailed RCCL and didn't like it at all..............

Could you please tell about your RCCL cruise and why you didn't like it. We were thinking of going on theirs.

jjones9774
05-01-2006, 10:22 PM
This is an interesting discussion. My wife and I have been on seven cruises to date, with our next to be the Disney Magic on Saturday, May 6. Our first cruse was on Carnival's Tropicale back in the 1980s. It was the seven-day Mexican Riveria cruise out of Long Beach. We had a wonderful time, especially since it was our introduction to cruising and we were hooked. We next did a Big Red Boat cruise when that was how you did Disney. We have since sailed on RCCL twice, a five-day out of Long Beach and a seven-day Alaskan cruise on the Radience of the Seas. Wonderful! We have done a 15-day Holy Land cruise on Princess Lines on the original Love Boat, and a five night of the Greek Islands on the Greek Cruise Lines (can't remember the name of the line.) We also did a Disney Magic three-day about five years ago. My take on this discussion is that Carnival is for the younger crowd who like to dance, drink and gamble. The RCCL ships we have been on seem to fit our more sedate life style and Disney is when you want to take the kids. This is our 50th anniversary and we are taking the family.

pppiglet
05-01-2006, 11:19 PM
It really all depends on what ship, what itinerary, and what time of year. I realize they will all vary from time to time. Some Carnival ships have a better rep than others. On our Carnival cruise we didn't dance, drink, or gamble (well maybe $20 in the slots) and most on the ship were 40-60 average. We are 45. I think we'd be happy on any cruise as long as we're out at sea and there is lots of food!
If you haven't seen cruisemates.com yet check out their section on ship description and size. It's a great website for this and ship excrusions!

CPM
05-01-2006, 11:19 PM
My take on this discussion is that Carnival is for the younger crowd who like to dance, drink and gamble. .


You're basing this by cruising on CCL's first ship back in the early 80's?
It's simply not true. It caters to families just as much as RCCI does. The cabins are even set up better for families. My kids loved the kid's clubs too.
My family had a great time on CCL and were well taken care of. We are not the drinking and gambling type. The casinos and dance floors were practically empty each night.

atakaratemom
05-01-2006, 11:35 PM
We just went on a 3 day Carnival cruise a couple of weeks ago for Easter weekend. It was on the Paradise and we had a fabulous time. While there is no comparison to DCL for the sheer beauty of their ships, their wonderful service and great shows, we were very pleasantly surprised. To be honest, after being on two DCL trips our expectations were low.

Everything about it exceeded our expectations. First of all, there were lots of kids and families. We found it very family friendly and my daughter loved Camp Carnival. They had fun activities for the family like an Amazing Race competition and Family Easter Egg hunt. The spa was very nice and the food was fabulous, easily as good if not better in some instances than the food on DCL. We also really enjoyed the miniature golf course and DH really did like having the Casino on board.

All in all it was a fun and affordable weekend trip for the family. We rebooked for the 4 night cruise over Thanksgiving on the same ship. I am sure you will enjoy your cruise!

pppiglet
05-01-2006, 11:44 PM
I think all of Carnival's ships now have their new bedding also and it was wonderful! So many people like it that they sell it online!

andy99
05-02-2006, 06:58 AM
We have been on two RCCL and two celebrity cruises and We loved them both.
I dont think you could go wrong with RCCL. Its a great cruise for all age groups.

zeke11
05-02-2006, 12:22 PM
I'm very excited about this thread!

We are Disney cruisers (twice) and I just booked Carnival in January 07 after comparing prices. We are getting two balcony staterooms for less than two interior staterooms on Disney.

So now it almost seems like a bargain to cruise. I have heard a lot of good things about Carnival and since my kids (ages 19, 18, 14, and 10) don't really care for the kid clubs anymore, Carnival seems like a nice option.

Kris

jjones9774
05-02-2006, 01:01 PM
I think we'd be happy on any cruise as long as we're out at sea and there is lots of food!

A very loud amen to that.
Also, I am happy to hear that Carnival has become more of a family-style cruise. It wasn't very long ago, at least to me, they were running tv commercials of young couples dancing to dawn, etc.

gometros
05-02-2006, 01:12 PM
After four Disney cruises, we're going to set sail on the Carnival Legend in September. Two reasons for the switch, 1) is it sails out of NYC and 2) we are going with friends of ours who are first time cruisers and weren't ready for the cost of a Disney Cruise. We're actually excited because our only experience with CCL is with a Fantasy cruise back in 1996 and I hear the Spirit class ships are a whole different level of cruising.

CPM
05-02-2006, 02:35 PM
I hear the Spirit class ships are a whole different level of cruising.

I haven't tried Spirit Class yet either, but they are considered the favorite amongst CCL cruisers.
Our first Spirit Class will be on the Spirit next June to Alaska.

mmouse37
05-02-2006, 02:57 PM
I'm very excited about this thread!

We are Disney cruisers (twice) and I just booked Carnival in January 07 after comparing prices. We are getting two balcony staterooms for less than two interior staterooms on Disney.

So now it almost seems like a bargain to cruise. I have heard a lot of good things about Carnival and since my kids (ages 19, 18, 14, and 10) don't really care for the kid clubs anymore, Carnival seems like a nice option.

Kris

Kris, if your kids are like mine they will love Carnival....we took our kids on 12 DCL cruises and they were ready for something different now that they are 22, 21 and 18.....we did a large extended family cruise last summer on Carnival out of NYC (great itinerary BTW) on the Legend....my kids had a fantastic time.....really enjoyed the cruise and there were many more kids (young adults) their age to bond with.

Here are some links to pics of our cruise on the Legend.

http://community.webshots.com/album/392088732kqsOep (part 1)

http://community.webshots.com/album/393162528ZUjTWh (part 2)

http://community.webshots.com/album/393168736KwiLGx (part 3)

Everyone from Grandma and Grandpa (both sides of the family) down to a toddler had a great time. The ship was beautiful (in a different way than DCL), food was great, service was great and the bed was so comfortable!!! Their breakfast buffet blew DCL out of the water and formal night was a lot of fun with people dressing up moe than DCL!!!

pppiglet
05-02-2006, 03:32 PM
On the Carnival Pride (Spirit class) we had a balcony room deck 7 and on DCL we had a verandah room deck 7. Both were the exact same size rooms. Same stuff in them. DCL had the split bathroom, but Carnival's bathroom was bigger which I really liked! And then the bedding on Carnival was just exceptional!

captaincrash
05-02-2006, 05:06 PM
Here's the link to my Carnival Pride pics.

http://s21.photobucket.com/albums/b293/debrouth/Carnival%20Pride/

If you go from there and click on the Debrouth at the top you can get to the Disney Magic pictures and my scrapbook pages.

Pppiglet:

Loved your pictures. The Pride was on our "to do" list and conveniently we can check out the ship through you photos... thanks! BELOW in my signature area is a link to our recent (Valentines week, 2006) sailing on the Carnival Spirit out of San Diego. Any who have interest are welcome to browse a few of our photos from that sailing.

And seperately, on another note... we have taken 15-17 cruise voyages with 3 being Disney, and 4 being Carnival. Our position is you generally get what you pay for - with a couple of notable exceptions. And we feel that Carnival is definately less costly compared to DCL. And there is less of interest to our family on Carnival compared to DCL. But we took the Spirit from San Diego because we got a nice veranda for 8 nites for less than 7 nites sailing on the Magic with a window cabin. Plus, we had no air fare expense for Carnival being that we live just north of Los Angeles.

Generally, our feelings after this past Spirit sailing were that it was worth our money to return to DCL - even with the travel and expense savings of not flying, a veranda and extra day on Carnival at lower cost. HOWEVER, the Carnival cruise remains a grand vacation - any way you slice it. We know many folks who have NEVER been on a cruise. Heck, they would probably sail on the 3 nite Paradise out of LA and think it was supreme! And we HAVE sailed once on the Paradise on the 3 nite trip - and we thought it was decent at the time.

As with anything - we feel you are going to do YOURSELF better service by being open minded and a little flexible in your expectations. You HAVE already paid for most of your trip by the time you step aboard. SO it's not as if you'll get a refund if you're less than 95% satisfied. As such - we always try to make the best of our travels.

So - take a glance at our Carnival Spirit photos if you like. There is a "watch show" link buried somewhere in there (at the top right edge of the screen click "albums",... then in the next window look to the left for the "eye" icon under "watch show"... this will bring on the show. Then if you like click "full screen".)- and if you click that it will bring up a slide show of enlarged images set to music. And in that mode you can advance to a full screen viewing mode - set to music with random fades. Otherwise it will be manual review of a field of thumbnails with one by one enlargement of photos of interest. Enjoy! :thumbsup2

woody73
05-02-2006, 07:56 PM
We have been on DCL so many times, we too are considering a change of pace. Don't get me wrong -- we love cruising on the Magic. But, how many times can one sit through the same entertainment? (I'm glad they added Twice Charmed in May 2005, but how long has DCL been running some of the other shows and entertainers, like Gary Delena and Rich Pupura?)

I wish (upon a star) that DCL would rotate in some different stageshows and entertainers, so there would be something new to look forward to.

OurDogCisco
05-02-2006, 08:53 PM
Can't wait to hear about your cruise....

leslieh
05-02-2006, 09:30 PM
We just booked RCCL FOS for Sept. - 50th birthday. We have cruised Disney 3 times but could not pass up on a brand new ship and a lower price. I hope its not a mistake and me comparing it to disney the whole time.

zeke11
05-02-2006, 09:43 PM
I have absolutely no complaints about DCL and love both ships. But, its just nice to have something different to look forward to... just a little variety!

Kris

CPM
05-02-2006, 09:58 PM
I wish (upon a star) that DCL would rotate in some different stageshows and entertainers, so there would be something new to look forward to.

I so agree!! I cruised the Maiden Voyage of the Magic. Not much has changed since then. For a cruise line with so many repeat cruisers, you would think they would have a lot of new shows and entertainment. This is the first year I don't have a DCL cruise planned.


BTW, the CCL bedding is to die for!!
The only think I miss about DCL when I cruise CCL is the different restaurants. I like the way they rotate them.

woody73
05-02-2006, 10:04 PM
. . . BTW, the CCL bedding is to die for!!


Is it anything like the Westin hotels' "Heavenly Bed." It's absolutely lovely!

CPM
05-02-2006, 10:23 PM
Is it anything like the Westin hotels' "Heavenly Bed." It's absolutely lovely!


Yes!! Just like it. I just bought similar bedding for my bed at home. I love it!! Just need some colorful curtains for our room. It's a bit white around here now ;)

CPM
05-02-2006, 10:28 PM
In fact, click here: http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b2/cheryl1106/kevincozy.jpg

My son in the cozy bed, not wanting to get up!! LOL

dairyou
05-02-2006, 10:40 PM
Yes, we love Disney too. Our first cruise was our honeymoon on "The Big Red Boat" way back when. But, it is true...you can only see the same act so many times....do the same Navigator activities so many times. If they would have set sail to Alaska or Hawaii, we would have been there.

So hopefully we will have a good time and not compare the two cruise lines. I'll report back. We just made our reservations today. 1858.00 for all 4 of us. You can't beat that. As one poster said, you get what you pay for. Hopefully will be happy with our 1858.00 :)

Deb

dairyou
05-02-2006, 10:41 PM
Oh, forgot to add...I am so looking forward to that bed. Ahhh....the comfy beds...rocking of the ship...I'm sleepy already!

Deb

zeke11
05-02-2006, 10:44 PM
Know what? You might compare the two lines -- but you won't feel sad about it - LOL! I cruised NCL in between my two DCL cruises. I loved NCL because of things they offered that DCL didn't. For instance, we just could never afford the balcony on DCL and it was AWESOME to have one on NCL. I think this is the hugest thing I am so looking forward to on CCL. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the balcony! And since we are getting two staterooms (family of 6), our balconies can connect -- the divider between them can be removed so we'll have one large awesome balcony :-)

To the person who posted the comfy bed photo -- ahhhh!!!

Do you have any more photos of your CCL cruise?

Kris

CPM
05-02-2006, 10:59 PM
And since we are getting two staterooms (family of 6), our balconies can connect -- the divider between them can be removed so we'll have one large awesome balcony :-)

To the person who posted the comfy bed photo -- ahhhh!!!

Do you have any more photos of your CCL cruise?
Kris


Yes, we had for in a row and removed the divider, it was so much fun!
I have plenty of pics. They are on Kodak gallery, if you email me I can send the album to you if you'd like.
The bed is as comfy as it looks. Bad part was I couldn't get that kid out of it!!

suzct
05-03-2006, 08:51 AM
My husband and I have cruised a couple of times pre-kids (celebrity and RCCL). We are considering taking a cruise w/ the kids now DD5 abd DS3. I would love DCL but got a quote from DU for $7k :guilty: for a 7 day in 2/07. That doesn't include air. Way more than I expected unfortunately. Any opinions on the next best cruise w/ sm kids?
Thanks

gometros
05-03-2006, 09:07 AM
On the Carnival Pride (Spirit class) we had a balcony room deck 7 and on DCL we had a verandah room deck 7. Both were the exact same size rooms. Same stuff in them. DCL had the split bathroom, but Carnival's bathroom was bigger which I really liked! And then the bedding on Carnival was just exceptional!

Thanks for this post. I've been trying to get a first hand comparison of the two staterooms. Our Fantasy stateroom seemed so small to our experience with DCL and I was afraid that I got spoiled. It's comforting to know that I won't be cramped on the Legend.

lorrainesy
05-03-2006, 12:14 PM
I wanted to save money so I tried RCCL and will NEVER do it again. I missed Disney and kept compairing the two ships and RCCL just did NOT add up. I will never leave Disney again. I have heard good things about Carnival so good luck with it.

becka
05-03-2006, 03:50 PM
Does anyone know about the Sensation? My best friend and I are considering a 3 night quick get away this summer on the Sensation. We just want a good price, decent room, good food, decent spa and a place to just kick back and relax without DH's, kids, work, etc..

Disneycrazymom
05-03-2006, 07:14 PM
Does Carnival offer the bunk bed set up like the Disney cabins? I would like to try another line but want the beds set up like Disney. They are perfect for our family. If so which ship and line? Thanks much! :goodvibes

CPM
05-03-2006, 10:52 PM
Does anyone know about the Sensation? My best friend and I are considering a 3 night quick get away this summer on the Sensation. We just want a good price, decent room, good food, decent spa and a place to just kick back and relax without DH's, kids, work, etc..


Well, it's one of the older ships. We went on the Fascination, pretty much the same ship. I knew what I was getting, we only paid $249.00 a person for a 4 night cruise. We did have a good time. There aren't any balcony cabins unless you get a suite. Our cabin was fine,clean, great steward, and I think by now all the CCL ships ahve the new bedding. Food was also good.
Just keep in mind it is a much older ship. I think it's great for a quick, cheap getaway. Check Cruise Critic for updated reviews.

CPM
05-03-2006, 10:55 PM
Does Carnival offer the bunk bed set up like the Disney cabins? I would like to try another line but want the beds set up like Disney. They are perfect for our family. If so which ship and line? Thanks much! :goodvibes

Well, they do have the beds that pull down like Disney. I think most of the lines have those if the cabin sleeps 3 or 4. I've had ones on CCL that have three twin beds when we had a triple and I've had cabins that have the pull down too over the couch.

jeast
05-03-2006, 11:59 PM
DH and I did a five nighter on the Sensation. It is considered a mid-sized ship. Big enough for amenities but small enough to find your way around on. We thought the ship was great. They keep it neat and clean, in tip-top condition. I would definitely recommend it.

waldomommy
05-04-2006, 03:11 AM
My husband and I did our first cruise on Carnival's Ecstasy in 9/03. It was horrible, but we figured that's because of the cruiseline and not cruising in general. So our next cruise was Disney's 5/05's Inaugural Mexican Riviera cruise. Now that's what I'm talkin' bout! This ain't no "mickey mouse" operation -- pardon the irony...

Granted the "horribleness" might have a lot to do with the fact that it's a 3 day 2 night cruise to Ensenada from Long Beach. But the food was college cafeteria'esque, the rooms and linens were Motel 6'ish, the shows were not "Las Vegas Style" (as they billed it) by a country mile, and the smoking practically EVERYWHERE drove me crazy from suffocation.

My husband and I were traveling just the two of us, and unlike on a Disney cruise where you've got an instant Disney connection with your dinner-mates, we had nothing in common with our tablemates and usually ate dinner in silence. (That sucked.) By contrast, on our Disney cruise, we've gotten together several times with the other dinner couples, and just came back from a wedding at Disneyland last week of one of our dinnermates!

As for the Ecstasy, last I heard was that it got sent to Hurricane Katrina-stricken waters to provide temp housing (what a marvellous stroke of idiocy on the part of our national government). Even in that situation, they could hardly get anyone to stay on the ships! (How bad was it that ppl with no food and no shelter would pass on the Ecstasy?!) But nevertheless the fed gov had to fork over money because it was part of their contract with Carnival. Our tax dollars at work!

So for us there's no looking back. DCL all the way. Always wanted to do an Alaska cruise, maybe after Europe, they'll think of heading north?

umber
05-04-2006, 07:18 AM
My DH, DD and I have only cruised on DCL, but in December we're doing 7 days on Carnival Valor. We're really looking forward to it, PLUS it was half the cost of DCL. But fear not, we are booked for the Magic in February. OMG! I've become one of those people who have 2 future cruises booked at the same time! And I thought I would HATE being trapped on a boat!

CPM
05-04-2006, 11:18 AM
My DH, DD and I have only cruised on DCL, but in December we're doing 7 days on Carnival Valor. We're really looking forward to it, PLUS it was half the cost of DCL. But fear not, we are booked for the Magic in February. OMG! I've become one of those people who have 2 future cruises booked at the same time! And I thought I would HATE being trapped on a boat!


LOL usually we have two cruises a year booked as well. This is the first time we didn't because Alaska is so dang expensive!!
I have Valor photos, if you're interested email me.

dairyou
05-04-2006, 11:23 AM
CPM,

I'd love to see your pictures! Can you pm them to me?

TIA!

Deb

CPM
05-04-2006, 07:47 PM
CPM,
I'd love to see your pictures! Can you pm them to me?
TIA!
Deb

I don't know how to PM them to you, because they are on Kodak Gallery. If you can email me, I will send you an invite to view them on Kodak Gallery.
Cheryl1106@aol.com

woody73
05-05-2006, 10:15 AM
I so agree!! I cruised the Maiden Voyage of the Magic. Not much has changed since then. For a cruise line with so many repeat cruisers, you would think they would have a lot of new shows and entertainment.

Cheryl: My sentiments exactly!

We are visiting Las Vegas. Last night we saw Lance Burton, master magician. He is absolutely amazing. It would be great if DCL booked someone like him.

Woody

dairyou
05-05-2006, 11:26 AM
Well, we just put our deposit down and are all set...except for the waiting :rolleyes:

My husband was thrilled that our cruise is over half paid for already. Such a change from DCL. We paid a deposit of 1000.00. Now we only have 858.00 left to pay. We've made our 4 night reservation at Old Key West so we are all set!

We are optimistic that we will have a good time on Carnival and will make sure to go in not comparing the two lines.

CPM has helped us alot with her great advice and photos. Thanks again Cheryl!

Looked at Cruisecritic and they only have one person posted for roll call on the date we're sailing. So not meeting up with anyone before hand.

Deb

CPM
05-05-2006, 11:31 AM
CPM has helped us alot with her great advice and photos. Thanks again Cheryl!
Deb


Not a problem, I hope you have a great time!!
When is your cruise again?

dairyou
05-05-2006, 01:56 PM
Our cruise departs Port Canaveral on 11/4/06. Now, I just found out that they took out Key West. DH may not be very happy about that and may switch to Carnival Miracle. I'm waiting for him to wake up so I can ask what he'd rather do. The Miracle is a little more expensive, but we've saved so much money already he may go for it.

Deb

CPM
05-05-2006, 02:17 PM
ahh, I didn't realize the Valor leaves out of PC. We left out of Miami.
Key West @@. That port changes all the time because it's a Navy Base. they get first priority. It's nice, but it's one port I can live without anyway.
The Miracle is a smaller ship, you may like that better.

msteddom
05-07-2006, 01:54 PM
I sailed on the Carnival Valor Eastern last summer and overall I was very happy with it. The ship is beautiful and very well laid out. the service was excellent, especially our room stuard. The only area I felt was lacking was the food. It seemed very cafeteria style. I learned early on to order two entrees becuae one of them was going to be dissapointing. Would I sail Carnival again? Yes, but I need to give Disney a try first!


Melissa

dairyou
05-07-2006, 03:04 PM
ahh, I didn't realize the Valor leaves out of PC. We left out of Miami.
Key West @@. That port changes all the time because it's a Navy Base. they get first priority. It's nice, but it's one port I can live without anyway.
The Miracle is a smaller ship, you may like that better.

Hey Cheryl,

We are actually on the Glory which sails out of Port Canaveral. We wanted to be close to WDW so we could spend 4 nights there after the cruise. I just found out they took out Key West and added Nassau and Cozumel. I'm excited about Nassau because I've wanted to go to the Atlantis so here is my opportunity!

Deb

CPM
05-07-2006, 03:17 PM
Hey Cheryl,

We are actually on the Glory which sails out of Port Canaveral. We wanted to be close to WDW so we could spend 4 nights there after the cruise. I just found out they took out Key West and added Nassau and Cozumel. I'm excited about Nassau because I've wanted to go to the Atlantis so here is my opportunity!

Deb

Duh, that's right. It was someone else that was sailing the Valor.
Atlantis is beautiful.

rtphokie
05-07-2006, 04:54 PM
After a long discussion with DH we decided to try the Carnival Glory in November. It is almost half the price of DCL. The driving factor was being able to add another 100 points to our DVC. We wanted to cruise, but wanted to add more points, so this was a good compromise.

We've sailed RCCL and didn't like it at all. We'll see about Carnival. I'll report when we get back.

Wish us luck!

Deb

The thing about Carnival and RCCL is that your experience has a lot to do with who happens to be onboard at the time. We've had 2 Carnival Cruises and both were less than satisfactory because of falling down drunk passengers. I dont like being yelled at by someone who doesn't think I'm drinking enough for their liking.

Both lines (especially Carnival) do a lot of group business and you'll be greeted by a swarm of like minded people you didn't expect. It could be sports fans, it could be quilters, it could be fans of some radio station, it could be fans of a particular band. These groups can get rowdy, depending on the group of course.

We were surprised on our last Carnival cruise that a famous country band was on board and brought a couple hundred of their biggest fans. Their fans knew how to party too. The one plus to this was that during the private events with the band, the pools were quiet and much less crowded.

Orlando residents might have heard about a cruise planned by the "Monsters of the Morning" morning radio show. NCL was so spooked by the thought of this show and their fans on their boat that they cancelled everyone's reservations and refunded their deposits.

I dont think this would ever be a problem with Disney since they dont seem to attract huge groups, but if I ever cruise with any other line, I'm going a Google search on the sailing date to see if anything comes up. Book lovers cruise, no problem. Star Trek convention cruise, that's free entertainment! Any more cruises with bands and their fans or radio stations and their fans, forget it.

woody73
05-09-2006, 12:49 AM
. . . Both lines (especially Carnival) do a lot of group business and you'll be greeted by a swarm of like minded people you didn't expect. It could be sports fans, it could be quilters, it could be fans of some radio station, it could be fans of a particular band.

Could it be the Amish?

markey
05-09-2006, 05:30 AM
Since I live in the middle of Pa. Dutch Amish country I don't think their horses would make the trip or that the ports have hitching posts. I remember a post one time complaining of a Disney cruise where a large group was on board and they did not like it also. We sailed on the Glory in December and followed the Magic around for only $499 and were upgraded to a balacony, the ship is beautiful, crew was great and the food at lunch had a lot more to choose from. We love DCL, have sailed 6 times with the 7th booked for August. But without kids the Glory is a much better bargain and we saw no drunks, the age group was mostly over 50. The RCI we were on was the party ship, we saw one leaving the ship still puking his guts out on the parking lot. I think the cruise line has nothing to do with a party ship, it all depend on the passengers for the cruise you are on and possibily where the ship sails from. The RCI was out of Baltimore, a lot of local not your normal cruise crowd. The Glory was out of PC with a lot of retired Florida people.

umber
05-09-2006, 07:03 AM
Thank you for sharing your photos CPM! They were great! I'm getting very excited about my Dec cruise!

CPM
05-09-2006, 10:27 AM
Thank you for sharing your photos CPM! They were great! I'm getting very excited about my Dec cruise!


Glad you enjoyed them! Have fun on your cruise. :sail: