A challenge

Discussion in 'Disney Cruise Line Forum' started by disneysunshine85, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. disneysunshine85

    disneysunshine85 Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2012
    Messages:
    287
    I was on the fantasy earlier this month. Loved every minute of it. The ship was GORGEOUS. Especially since it was decorated for Christmas. I have a trip booked for Jan on the Carnival Breeze. I got a really good price and it is a chance for my mom and I to go away together. I am trying to wrap my head around the fact that it will not be Disney and trying to lower my expectations for the trip. I guess I should stop reading reviews about the ship bec some of them are less than glowing... Has anyone gone on carnival and had a good time?
     
  2. Avatar

    Google AdSense Guest Advertisement


    to hide this advert.
  3. eyesing4u

    eyesing4u DVC Member

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2012
    Messages:
    124
    I went on Carnival Holiday for a 5 day Western Caribbean for $149. I could EAT $149 worth of food for that price! Turned out it was the oldest ship in their fleet. The ship, stateroom hosts, and food was subpar. We still managed to have a great time and the ports were awesome. We knew what we were getting into, so we lowered our expectations and made lemonades out of lemons. Hope you have fun!
     
  4. stsomewhere

    stsomewhere DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2008
    Messages:
    3,400
    We have sailed on Carnival twice. We did not enjoy either time.
     
  5. disneysunshine85

    disneysunshine85 Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2012
    Messages:
    287
    Yes I am trying to lower my expectations. I'm hoping that it won't be that bad because it is their newest ship... But who knows!
     
  6. ilovetexas

    ilovetexas DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2012
    Messages:
    1,323
    Oh for heaven's sake, you've already made up your mind that it's going to be bad....don't bother.
     
  7. heatherb819

    heatherb819 Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2009
    Messages:
    394
    We've cruised Carnival plenty of times and had a wonderful experience each time. Yes it's not Disney but there are things on other lines we like better and things on DCL we like better than the others. In my opinion, it's what you make of the vacation, if you sit around and think about how it's not DCL & how terrible this & that is, then yes you will probably have a bad time. If you go with the attitude that it's a whole new experience then I think it will be fine!! Enjoy!!! After all it's a cruise!!
     
  8. disneysunshine85

    disneysunshine85 Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2012
    Messages:
    287
    I'm just saying that it won't have the magic and quality of Disney that's all
     
  9. disneysunshine85

    disneysunshine85 Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2012
    Messages:
    287
    I think I just read too many reviews today! I am going to walk in with an open mind. Thank you so much.
     
  10. lodge

    lodge DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2012
    Messages:
    861
    Oooo, tough one. I would rather not go than to try to enjoy something that is not what I've come to love. I'd be looking around the whole time, thinking ugh-this and ugh-that.
     
  11. Scillycruisers

    Scillycruisers Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2011
    Messages:
    301
    You're on holiday, you're on a cruise, who cares about the rest - enjoy!!!!!!!!
     
  12. quickcat

    quickcat Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2011
    Messages:
    419
    Dont read the reviews from cruise critic- you should go to the carnival section on cruise critic and the family section under cruise critic and then you'll read some positive reviews. The others seem to just be negative.
    We have sailed Carnival before and had a fine time. We did not see anyone drunk, no wild party groups, etc. We are not out at night though ;) We are early to bed, early to rise people but I do want to sail the Breeze sometime. Trying new ships is the fun part of sailing. Go and then you make your own review of sailing on Carnival.
    We had great staff- always friendly and smiling. None seemed to hate their job or be mad for working.
    Have a great time- I read their ropes course is great! :goodvibes
     
  13. mmouse37

    mmouse37 DCL Diva!!

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2001
    Messages:
    27,490
    DCL is obviously my all time favorite cruise line but we have done a few Carnival cruises and always had a great time and I purposely do not compare when I am onboard. I just have a good time and try not to think about the differences.

    I truly believe you make your own fun and if you go into something with a preconceived notion then every little thing will reinforce that and you will have a horrible time.

    Go in knowing it will just be a different experience...not necessarily a bad one.

    MJ
     
  14. ekatiel

    ekatiel DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2008
    Messages:
    1,902
    We are sailing DCL for the first time in February, so I can't compare, but we've been multiple times on both Carnival and Royal, and we like both lines. Go to the Carnival boards on cruise critic, and find out all the little things that will make your cruise special. The warm chocolate melting cake is SUPER yummy on Carnival, and you can get it every night if you want to :thumbsup2. Carnival bartenders make a drink called "A Kiss on the Lips" which is one of my favorite fru-fru drinks. I also hear that Guy's burger bar is good, and it's free. You'll also have the two waterslides and the ropes course. Anyhow, each line has extra touches that make it unique, so head over to the Carnival Boards on cruise critic and see what they are! --Katie
     
  15. Tonka's Skipper

    Tonka's Skipper DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2010
    Messages:
    5,067
    We did 2 carnival cruises and never again. We had problems with the drunks and the noise in the middle of the night, drunk in the passageways, but I am told the longer cruises are better.

    I do have problems with Carnival Inc., safely record and they are being investaged due to the Concordia sinking and other vessel fires, casualities,etc.

    I would try RCL if you want to safe some money, We did the Freedom andenjoyed it, but DCL is our favorite.

    Sorry I will not permit my family to sail on any carnival Inc, line vessel, with the exception of Cunard and Princess. They seem to operate with a little more independence.


    AKK
     
  16. MND

    MND DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2011
    Messages:
    1,178

    No. No one has ever sailed on Carnival and had a good time. That is why they have a zillion ships that sail all over the world. :rotfl2:

    You will have a blast, if you go in with the right attitude. Remember, it's you who controls whether you enjoy your experience or not.

    Personally, I hope you have a lot of fun.

    Mike
     
  17. jahber

    jahber DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2012
    Messages:
    1,460
    A long-time friend of mine takes her family (her, DH, DD9, DD11) on 2 cruises a year. They have sailed DCL, RCI, and Carnival. This last Carnival cruise was a few weeks ago on the Breeze. I specifically asked her about it when she returned and they said they loved it! One thing she mentioned off-hand was that Carnival had changed the decor to be less Vegas-y, if that makes any sense. I trust her opinion--she and I have similar tastes. We don't like casinos, we don't drink much, and we want our vacations to have a certain level of classiness, for lack of a better word. I expect the rooms and public spaces to be well maintained, the staff to be courteous, to feel safe, etc. I don't want to feel like I'm in Daytona Beach for a budget Spring Break in college. Those days were fun, but now I have a family and I'd like to be pampered just a wee bit on vacation ;) Granted, I don't expect it to be Seabourn for that price!

    I say go for it! The Breeze is a brand new ship and she sails a longer itinerary--this *should* mean fewer college students in a party frame of mind. YMMV, of course. And now as I post this, my DH is asking if we can book the Breeze for his birthday cruise. As he puts it, mommy gets to pick the "expensive" DCL cruise and daddy gets to pick the "cheaper" Carnival cruise. Whatever makes him happy! ;) Have a great cruise!
     
  18. SnipsNSnails

    SnipsNSnails DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2011
    Messages:
    894
    I've sailed Carnival many times and have had a lot of fun each time. Now I've never sailed DCL before, we're sailing for the 1st time in Feb. and we're quite certain that it will spoil us a bit, but reality is that it's vacation! You get to relax, don't have to cook or clean, it will be warm......it's what you make of it. If you choose to have a good time, then you will! Every vacation has the potential to have moments that aren't what you expected or are even less than pleasant and it will be up to you what you do with it.

    For example, one Carnival cruise boarding got delayed for whatever reason, we had been there a little early to begin with so we ended up sitting for a couple hours listening to this loud, obnoxious person with a mic/speaker in the terminal shops try to sell everyone liquor. I think we were sailing from San Jaun. They were repeating the different brands over and over...Bacardi, Captain Morgan, etc. etc., buy x amount get a FREEEEEEEEEE Backpack! Now that could have been a terrible experience for sure, it was super obnoxious and we could have been grumpy about it the whole trip. Instead 8-10 years later it's still a family joke. Every once in awhile, someone will bust out FREEEEEE Backpack! I kind of felt bad for the lady in one of the shops we went to on an island who tried to sell us a watch with a free backpack. It was super hard to keep a straight face until we left the shop where we all burst out laughing. Many backpacks have been exchanged as gag gifts in our family too.
     
  19. Luv2Diz

    Luv2Diz We love the Wonder and Magic of Disney cruising!

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2005
    Messages:
    1,175
    I'm in the same boat as you, so to speak! We've done two DCL cruises now and loved them. They set the bar pretty high.

    But....I am thinking of trying a Princess cruise next since we can easily drive to the port of Seattle. I don't expect it to be the same as Disney by any means. I've heard that the food is actually better along with some of the amenities. An open mind to a different cruise experience is the way to go!

    I have co-workers who love Carnival and Princess. There are options out there for everyone!
     
  20. disneysunshine85

    disneysunshine85 Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2012
    Messages:
    287
    Thank you all for you input! I'm sure it will be a good time and Im sure anything is better than being in the cold weather in MA!!!
     
  21. super mike b

    super mike b DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2012
    Messages:
    500
    Have a great cruise. The rest of us will probably be at work! :)
     

Share This Page