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Old 09-10-2012, 08:48 PM   #46
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You sure do drink a lot of soda !!
We do but not THAT much, lol. When I checked there was about a $500 difference but that was a few months ago. I didn't check anything out of Miami.
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Old 09-10-2012, 08:50 PM   #47
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Hi OP. I've been on multiple Carnival and Disney cruises and loved them all. I would go on a hundred more per line (plus other cruiselines!!) if at all possible. There will always be fans of one, haters of one, lovers of both, haters of both.

Speaking as a lover of both, I think the best way to know what you like is to try them both. Carnival overall is generally a large amount cheaper than Disney overall, particularly for longer cruises. Yes, I do have more expenses on board Carnival due to having to pay for soda and alcoholic drinks are more expensive, but the overall price is still significantly less.

Try Carnival first. Try a 7 night on one of the bigger ships, newer or recently renovated. The Liberty is gorgeous, and the Dream, Magic, and Breeze are all newer. They all have the new Red Frog Pub, and the new Guy Fieri gourmet burger station (no charge.) Also, the Spirit class ships are more classically decorated and get high marks. For a first cruise, if you like beautiful beaches, try an Eastern itinerary, they have lots of blue water, white sand, and still other more active excursions available than just lying on the beach if you want them.

No doubt, Carnival is a cheaper line and the product provided is not the same as Disney. It is still a great value for the price! The rooms are not as well appointed though they are plenty comfortable. The bathroom isn't split into two, but it is a pretty decent sized room. The shows are more Vegas style than Broadway, but they can be a lot of fun. Carnival has done a great job of adding family-friendly, stand-up comedy acts to most nights. The kids clubs aren't as over-the-top as the Disney themed ones, but my son has always loved going to them. They are available most of the day and evening and sometimes late night as well. Food is so subjective but really the two lines are pretty comparable in having a few standout entrees each night. I personally give Carnival a smidgen of an edge here since they have instituted their new menus, but I've always found plenty of food to enjoy and never gone hungry on either line.

And don't let the posts about smoking put you off. Carnival has recently cracked down on smokers a good bit, which has caused some strife in their fan base. Only certain portions of the Casino, balconies, and some outside areas on one side of the ship are open to smoking. No more smoking in the piano bar, no more cigar bar, very little smoking inside at all.

Then, once you've tried Carnival at a decent price (and hopefully really enjoyed it ) work your way up to a Disney cruise. Try a 3 night during the cheap season, that's the only way we've been able to do our Disney cruises. They are amazing and wonderful, and I would love to do a 7 night on the Fantasy one day, but I wouldn't give up my very fun Carnival cruises!
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Old 09-10-2012, 08:54 PM   #48
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I did a price check a while back and it wasn't that much either. It was 500 to 800 diff depending on what level of sale you purchased with Carnival.

I like to save but I love Disney more and we are quite happy with the trips and Iten we have sailed with them. I won't take a WC year after year, but that's not a big deal. We take other vacations and when Disney offers something we want, we are on board.

Of course, if I'm dying to sail somewhere Disney isn't, I'm sailing RCCL (1st) or Carnival (2nd).

That being said, bring on 2014 itineraries.
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Everyone has there opinions on style and lines of a ship.. almost all carnival line vessels are boxy, square biult bus looking, las vegas chrome and glass as others here have stated, I disagree with you.

As to the drunks, others have agreed there are drunks and alot of parting ...........other have not. I never said every ship on every cruise is a drunk party.......but my 2 criusres of getting woke up every night will drunks bouncing off the bulkheads and U tubes videos will back my statements.

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Many people on here you take every opportunity to disparage Carnival so everything you write has to be taken with a grain of salt. Curious as to when you 2 Carnival cruises happened?
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:26 PM   #50
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Good point- but I talk Disney to just about everyone, and the opinions I was referring to were from people I met out and about. I have talked to 4 parents at my kids' new school who swear by DCL. I am anxious to try it out for myself but have concerns about cruising with DS who has autism.
We went on the carnival magic for spring break. On that cruise they had a group called "autism on the seas".
The group handling these disabled children were top notch. I am not sure if they were carnival staff and trained medical staff or just carnival staff alone handling this big group. The counselers were very young so I doubt they were any kind of medical staff. But I will say they were patient, calm, interactive and attentive for these families.
The crew made sure the cruisers of the autism group and people around we're catered to and happy. They used the surrounding environments to help these kids and I was very impressed.
You may want to check for groups cruising like this. I think it may be great for the whole family.
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We went on the carnival magic for spring break. On that cruise they had a group called "autism on the seas".
The group handling these disabled children were top notch.
You may want to check for groups cruising like this. I think it may be great for the whole family.
Thank you for this info. DH & I did a Carnival cruise last year just the 2 of us & really want to share that experience with our boys. An opportunity like the one you described would be perfect!
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Carnival ships are very different from DCL. cCarnival are basicly, grudy, las vegas type floating buses. DCL have a much more classic feel to them, like the liners from the 1st part of the 20th. century. The interiors are art deco and that other french type, the name of which just went out of my head.

The DCL cruises are very different from most other lines they do *the disney exprience* and only Disney can do that.

DCL does have discounts and especailly at the times of year when schools are in session are cheaper. However in the long run Carnival was will be cheaper and you get what you pay for.

As others have said.....Carnival does often have a big drinking crowd, if your into that.....great!.. We enjoy a drink or 2 or even 3...but not the drunken crowds we saw on 2 carnival cruises.

Carnival has a safety issue of the last few years.

As you can guess we love DCL, but enjoy other lines like RCCL. IMHO, I would not sail carnival,..ever!, but RCCL does have better prices then DCL and offer a good criuse!

Which ever you go on!.....enjoy the one you pick and wait until to try the others before you compare !


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I looked up the word "grudy" and can not find a definition, could you please define this word for me?
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Everyone has there opinions on style and lines of a ship.. almost all carnival line vessels are boxy, square biult bus looking, las vegas chrome and glass as others here have stated, I disagree with you.

As to the drunks, others have agreed there are drunks and alot of parting ...........other have not. I never said every ship on every cruise is a drunk party.......but my 2 criusres of getting woke up every night will drunks bouncing off the bulkheads and U tubes videos will back my statements.

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Yes you did imply that all Carnival ships are a "drunk party" when you made the statement..." Carnival does often have a big drinking crowd"
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Carnival ships are very different from DCL. cCarnival are basicly, grudy, las vegas type floating buses. DCL have a much more classic feel to them, like the liners from the 1st part of the 20th. century. The interiors are art deco and that other french type, the name of which just went out of my head.

The DCL cruises are very different from most other lines they do *the disney exprience* and only Disney can do that.

DCL does have discounts and especailly at the times of year when schools are in session are cheaper. However in the long run Carnival was will be cheaper and you get what you pay for.

As others have said.....Carnival does often have a big drinking crowd, if your into that.....great!.. We enjoy a drink or 2 or even 3...but not the drunken crowds we saw on 2 carnival cruises.

Carnival has a safety issue of the last few years.

As you can guess we love DCL, but enjoy other lines like RCCL. IMHO, I would not sail carnival,..ever!, but RCCL does have better prices then DCL and offer a good criuse!

Which ever you go on!.....enjoy the one you pick and wait until to try the others before you compare !


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Carnival Corp. is a cruise line that encompasses 5 separate cruise lines under one parent company and over all has a much larger fleet of ships than Disney with there 4 ships. With that said when you put this into proportion with the fleet sizes of each, the safety records are more likely equal.

You can not lay blame on Carnival Corp. for the Concordia accident as that was the result of a "rouge" captain. To blame Carnival for this would be like blaming a major airline if one of there captains "buzzed" a house of a friend .
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Good point- but I talk Disney to just about everyone, and the opinions I was referring to were from people I met out and about. I have talked to 4 parents at my kids' new school who swear by DCL. I am anxious to try it out for myself but have concerns about cruising with DS who has autism.
Disney does a great job, and I believe I read on the website about accommodating special needs, of any age.

I went on my first cruise in 2010 Disney. I don't think I can do anything else. My DH has been on carnivals and i loved listening to him the hole time planning knowing what cruises had to offer and etc. when we step foot on the DCL he was oh wow! And when one night I asked him to compare and he pointed out!
1. Accommodations are better quality
2. Food is better
These are my additions:
3. The restaurants feel like and act like 5star resturants.
4. The staff get to know you by name and begin to know what you what before you do***i added this one
5. Kids club I would t trust anyone else with my kids This is what Disney does cater to kids of all ages and heart!
6. You can't beat the activities on board the ships with Disney
7. 3 different pools to meet the needs of everyone
8. DCL is truly magical..

My DH did say the CC he went on the boat was dirty and old and was smelly!

I booked another Disney Cruise for 12/13 waiting for 1/14 dates to come out to switch so we can go for DS 5th birthday.

You really need to go on Disneys website and google pictures of the ships to kind of get an idea for the differences. I think the extra money is worth the service and the experience your getting with Disney. The shows are great the kids got to go to bed with a Movie that wasn't even out in theaters yet. There's just so much to experience. That we didn't have time for. This te around we are going to experience more of the adult activities on DCL..

If you go during a non peak time, yes your paying more than CC at that time but maybe your no peak time for Disney will Cost the same for peak time with CC.
Good luck planning!!!
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Many people on here you take every opportunity to disparage Carnival so everything you write has to be taken with a grain of salt. Curious as to when you 2 Carnival cruises happened?


Thank you for your opinion and attack.


As I have the proof and others repeating similiar expreinces and 43 years in the Maritime industry, including sea time, marine survey/consultant and casualty/accident investigation.......not to mention the saftey issues...I think I'll take your attack at a grain of salt.


If you like carnival.........great...............enjoy, but I feel it is wrong to attack others and stalk me becuase we have issues with Carnival and offer a different opinion.

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For reference sake our CCL was in 2001. Our DCL cruise was April this year. Both times on ships less than 2 months old.
Our experience on CCL was such that we did not cruise again for 11 years. Our experience on CCL was that the ship while new, was not kept clean. You could go up on deck at night to walk and there would be dishes and trash everywhere from earlier in the day that no one had taken the time to pick up. The ship smelled bad. Not only did it have the sewage smell in the cabins that also plagues many ships on many lines, but there was smell even up on the decks. There were a few bright spots in the food (24 hour pizza and a deli where they would make subs), but overall the food was not very good. Dining room staff was not up to par. I was pregnant and was not drinking alcohol or caffeine and had a difficult time getting beverages because they were not put on a bar tab. We did not have children at the time so no experience with the kids clubs. There was so little on the cruise that interested us that we ended up carrying a deck of cards everywhere we went. Lots of people drinking and smoking everywhere. Lots of unattended small children. Entertainment that was not family friendly (hairy chest contests, how much fruit can you stuff in your bathing suit etc). The evening shows with the exception of a magic show were horrible and was the same line of dancers every night do the same thing in different costumes. Cabin was OK and the cabin steward kept things top notch clean, but we never got to know him or even see him to make special requests. We did shore excursions and we were on old school buses that were on the scary side. Such that they had cases of oil sitting next to the driver and I worried we might not get back to the ship. Again, reference is 11 years ago. Things may have changed, but not sure we would give it a shot again. We do not want our kids in that environment

DCL in April, food was good (although not pizza). Service was top notch. Shows were great. Plenty to do. While expensive the shore excursions were well run. Saw 2 smokers the whole week and this when we wandered into a smoking area by accident. Cabin and ship was nicer (decor). Can't wait to book for 2014. The kids say it was the best vacation they have ever been on.
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Thank you for your opinion and attack.


As I have the proof and others repeating similiar expreinces and 43 years in the Maritime industry, including sea time, marine survey/consultant and casualty/accident investigation.......not to mention the saftey issues...I think I'll take your attack at a grain of salt.


If you like carnival.........great...............enjoy, but I feel it is wrong to attack others and stalk me becuase we have issues with Carnival and offer a different opinion.

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When was the last time you sailed with Carnival?

By the way, I wasn't attacking you. Don't you take issue with Carnival every time someone asks about them? I seem to recall that you do and the people who sail with them.
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You and your children will be missing out on something REALLY big if you sail with Carnival instead of Disney. It's not just the characters, it's the atmosphere....from the moment you walk into the terminal to the moment your leave.

You walk out of a movie that touched almost every emotion you are capable of; you laughed, you cried, you giggled, you sighed and the only words you could muster were "wow!". Or you walk out of an 'average' movie and say, "well, that was 'entertaining' I guess...."

Trying to explain the the atmostphere of Disney is like trying to explain the joys of parenthood to someone who has never had children. They will tell you, "I have neices and nephews" but we parents know it's not the same.

Take the cruise you can afford but hold on to the dream of taking your children on a Disney cruise....at least once....before they are grown and gone.
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I think everyone can agree to disagree on this topic...

Most people who experience Disney Cruises will probably be disappointed if they go somewhere else just because they will. E comparing everything to the Disney cruise.

You pay for what you get! If you are looking to just get out in the world by means of a cruise ship and go on shore excursions then CCL might be for you. Your paying for cheep entertainment, food and a ride.

Disney is expensive but your paying for top notch facilities and service. Disney Caters to everyone just not the one with the pocket book the Kids Clubs are the best it's about all the extras.

I would google carnival cruises and read reviews of moms who experience carnival with their kids.

I was thinking if it was just DH and I I might do a CC, but with our kids there's no way!
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