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Old 11-28-2012, 06:57 AM   #12
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Keishashadow, I was expecting there to be someone at the gangway, but no. The shopping guide was stationed inside the ship, near the elevators. Outside the ship, there was a photographer facing you as you exited, to take your pic with the crowd behind you, back to ship, then two more photographers on each side of the gangway, one where the gangway from the ship meets the gangway metal piece on land (and the ship steering wheel pic is taken there), the other directly when you step on the dock, with another ship something or other for picture taking. That was it. Five photographers, no one else.

Across the way from us, at the Disney Dream, there were two exits from the ship, and what I assume is an officer (all in white uniform) standing to the side of each gangplank. And the hand sanitizers, of course!

The newer ships may be different on Carnival than the older ones, the demographic of the people on the cruise and Carnival's offerings, I have not experienced a difference. Carnival aims to be a "Fun Ship". For those that perhaps like what Disney offers, but want to try something new, knowing the differences helps with the decision on which line to try. I just find the whole package of Carnival to be very different than Disney's, from corporate (as a travel agent, I have dealt with the corporate side, too), to activities, to emphasis on what is considered "fun stuff", to even just the little things.

Other than the friendly crew this time (which I am very happy for, and was very impressed by! ), in my 5 Carnival cruises, some things have always been the same. The family shows will have thongs and provocative dancing, smoke will be abundant, start time is only a suggestion, organization is void, I will never feel the life boat drill is as thorough as Disney's, and there will be a large group of people that have a different idea of fun than I do. There will also be great water features, interesting foods to try, and most importantly, time to be with my loved ones to enjoy each other's company.

I will still pay DCL's prices, because for my husband and I, it is worth it for what Disney offers. And I will still go on Carnival, because for the price, it is worth it, for what Carnival offers. I will just have a much smaller onboard bill!
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