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Old 02-12-2013, 08:17 AM   #76
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We have been on cruises for almost 100 days. Five different cruise lines including Carnival. Carnival is the only cruise line that I will not get on again. Entertainment consisted of bars and the casino. No activities that I was interested in. My kids like to hang out in the arcade - half the machines were broken - the machines took their money anyway. Food was good. Cigarette smoke everywhere. Garish decor.
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:46 AM   #77
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I've been on 6 Carnival, 2 NCL, 2 Royal Caribbean, 2 Holland America, 1 Celebrity and 1 DCL cruise. The only one I would NEVER go back on was Celebrity. The food was beyond awful, and inedible at times, and the ship felt like it shut down at 10:00 pm. The clientele was mostly senior citizens, at least on the one we were on. It could have been a fluke.

I honestly loved every Carnival cruise we went on. They were all 7 or 8-day cruises, and there has always been the same mix of people on them. About 1/3 families, 1/3 seniors, and 1/3 younger couples/singles. I have never seen the frat party atmosphere, but I have heard that it exists on the 3-4 day spring break cruises.

They have come a long way with their food. Some of the ships have burger bars on the pool deck which are run by Guy Fieri, who is a famous chef. They are excellent! The kids clubs are run really well, and when my kids were younger you couldn't keep them out of them. One of my kids' favorite memories was getting dressed up as pirates and going on a treasure hunt on Half Moon Cay which is their private island (not to mention one of the most seriously beautiful places on earth!)

It is interesting, but most of the people that I know who bash Carnival have never been on them--they all"heard it from someone". i say go, enjoy yourself, and judge for yourself.

If you are interested, i've done a couple of really long, extensive picture reviews of the Liberty and the Freedom on Cruise Critic. Let me know if you would like the links. I've got lots of port pictures too. Which ones are you going to? We've done tons of different excursions, some good, some great and some awful. I would be happy to tell you which ones are which!

Have a great trip!
We, too, have been on a number of cruises with various lines and I agree that Celebrity is the only one we have concerns about. Of our 4 Celebrity cruises, two broke down and had to limp back to port spoiling both cruises. We also had poor experiences with food which has been hit or miss. We've not had bad experiences with any other cruise lines and enjoyed all out other cruises, but we're not eage to get back on Celebrity.
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:06 AM   #78
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We have been on cruises for almost 100 days. Five different cruise lines including Carnival. Carnival is the only cruise line that I will not get on again. Entertainment consisted of bars and the casino. No activities that I was interested in. My kids like to hang out in the arcade - half the machines were broken - the machines took their money anyway. Food was good. Cigarette smoke everywhere. Garish decor.
We haven't had your cruise experience but we have cruised with Carnival twice in the last two years. We found lots more entertainment than in the bars and casinos, there were plenty of activities to take part in if you wanted to, arcades were fine, food was great and we didn't notice the cigarette smoke unless you went through the one smoking area or parts of the casino.
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:56 AM   #79
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Altho it could happen to any cruise line, with all the news about Carnival's Triumph stuck in Gulf of Mexico for 3rd day, due to engine fire, sure doesn't help their business . Thankfully everyone is safe, but what a huge disappointment and inconvenience. http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel...-fire/1910573/
I'm a sicko, I realize, but my second thought (after wondering how those poor folks are doing) was, "wow, there will probably be some great sales on Carnival cruises coming up!"
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:57 AM   #80
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We have been on cruises for almost 100 days. Five different cruise lines including Carnival. Carnival is the only cruise line that I will not get on again. Entertainment consisted of bars and the casino. No activities that I was interested in. My kids like to hang out in the arcade - half the machines were broken - the machines took their money anyway. Food was good. Cigarette smoke everywhere. Garish decor.
Entertainment was only the bars and casino? Did they cancel all of the shows on your cruise?
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:04 PM   #81
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Entertainment was only the bars and casino? Did they cancel all of the shows on your cruise?
I was wondering the same thing. Last year on the Carnival Freedom they had a different show every night in the main theater. Plus, the comedy club had 2 different shows per night, and every single lounge had a different kind of live music. The piano bar and karaoke bars were packed every night too. We never had trouble finding entertainment at night, or during the day for that matter.
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:45 PM   #82
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Entertainment was only the bars and casino? Did they cancel all of the shows on your cruise?
Sorry, wasn't counting the nightly shows. Every ship I've been on has those. I like more cerebral or interactive activities and didn't find much to do that interested me on the Glory. I stay away from the bar scene/lounges. I prefer things like Bingo - this ship was the worst I've been on - or game shows or talks.
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Old 03-31-2013, 12:05 PM   #83
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We've been on two Carnival cruises with a third planned and have never seen "frat party" stuff going on. In fact, on this last one, a 7 day out of Tampa, most of the passengers were seniors, I would have liked a little more partying! I think the 3 day ones out of Miami might be a little crazier, but most of the 5-7 day cruises are not. The 5 day cruise we took out of Charleston last year was full of very polite southeners. We like Carnival because it fits our budget and frees up money for excursions, etc. we also like that they allow one bottle of wine per adult and a 12 pack of soda per person to be brought on board. Carnivals slogan is the fun ships, and we go on vacation to have fun!
I agree with this. We have never seen out of control partying on our cruises. It may depend on when you go or how long you are cruising for.

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The bad about Carnival and really most cruise lines, except Disney is that they nickel and fine you.

Carnival is apparently one of the worry offenders. They apparently charge for ice cream, sodas (even with dinner), even room service.

They aren't the worst though, I just read about one line (I forget which) that everything, except your room is extra (including food).
There are a few ships that have a "shake shop" that is extra, but ice cream is free all the time. My daughter loved that!

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Ice cream and frozen yogurt are free on deck fleet wide.

I have sailed in Carnival and sell it regularly to my family clients, including my rabbi. We've all had wonderful experiences, and have never seen the frat party atmosphere. Carnival has really worked to become a very family friendly cruise line. We live near the Port of Baltimore, and the Carnival Pride is always filled with families.

I am so amused when people look down in Carnival because its the least expensive. Not every can afford Disney. I have friends, a family of six, who want to cruise this summer and need two cabins. Carnival is what they can afford. They are not trashy, low class or the frat party types. Just a family wanting a good vacation without taking out a second mortgage.
I tend to agree with this as well. For my vacation dollar I choose Carnival. It is not a cheap vacation in my opinion, but when we were looking I priced out a Disney cruise at the same time. for the same type of cabin a Disney cruise would have cost my family 2 1/2 times more. I'm sorry but that is not a cost I can justify and I do not think that the service and food would be that much better.
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Old 03-31-2013, 04:29 PM   #84
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Maybe the shorter Carnival cruises have more partying because it fits within college kids' budgets?
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Old 03-31-2013, 07:48 PM   #85
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You don't pay for room service. It is up to you if you want to give a $1.00 tip or not.
I don't drink pop so I can't comment on that. We drink the free ice tea and lemonaide or water.
I have enjoyed the ice cream on board and have not paid for it. Not sure where all these these come from about paying for everything.
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