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    We've only been on Carnival and Princess. We prefer Princess, but wouldn't necessarily rule out Carnival in the future. It's just that Princess has longer cruises than Carnival (a plus for us) and itineraries that we prefer.

    One thing that would keep us from sailing on some other cruiselines is that we want to utilize self-service laundries, especially on cruises lasting more than a few days.

    And now that we have experienced flexible dining and decided we didn't care for it, we want a ship that has the traditional experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by swrinfla View Post
    mikeyfaust:

    This will only serve to divide the readers of this site. As a definitive senior, I will NEVER EVER AGAIN sail aboard a Carnival ship! That said, were I some 30-40 years younger, then maybe I would consider the line!

    Being in my mid-70s, I am far more interested in what comforts the crew can provide for me than in how much skin they can expose or how little comfort they can provide.

    Granted: I am picky, picky, picky!
    SWR, I am only 35 and have absolutely no interest in showing off my skin or partying at a nightclub. Nobody will ever see me wear a sleeveless low-cut dress with a miniskirt! My definition of good dresses: t-shirt style bodice and tea length skirt. Anything less is staying out of my closet. There also is no chance I will drink wine, champagne, or anything else with alcohol on the ingredient list.

    That said, what really would keep me away from Carnival is kids. I want to sail on a mature line where "children" means grown-ups whose parents are still living. Give me old people any day but no one too young to drive!

    I am probably one of the pickiest people on the planet.
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    We're in our early 60's and have absolutely no complaints about Carnival other than all the announcements they make. The food, service, and quality is actually pretty good. While there are other cruise lines that are of higher quality, for the price, it's very tough to beat Carnival.

    As for the kids onboard, you'll find a few more on a Carnival cruise because the price is cheaper than, say, Royal Caribbean. But you will not find any more kids on Carnival than Royal Caribbean if you're going when school is in session.

    In fact, I have several senior clients (including one couple in their 70's) who only travel Carnival. The main reason is the price, but they also love Carnival and they travel during the best times of the year, which is when school is in session. And they are always talking about all the other seniors they meet on the ship - for them, there's nothing better for seniors than a good Carnival cruise without a bunch of kids.

    So for those who think Carnival is nothing more than a party ship, that could not be further from the truth. Yes, if you do a short 3-night cruise over a weekend, there will be a party atmosphere. But if you go on one of their newer ships for a 7-night cruise or longer when school is in session, there will be an older crowd and it is very enjoyable.

    And as for 'showing skin', not sure where that came from. But if you don't want to show it, then stay out of the pool. In this regard, Carnival is absolutely no different than any other cruise line. And in most areas, they are exactly the same as all the other mass market cruise lines.

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    Pete, I think the name Carnival and slogan "The fun ships" made it easy for CCL to get a "constant party" reputation. Why would a cruise line call itself Carnival and its fleet "the fun ships" if it does not want to attract the beer-drinking partiers in my age group?

    The only reason I considered sailing on a Carnival ship recently? RCI is too expensive at $600 per person per day for 173 square feet. With a frugal mom unwilling to pay that much it's Carnival or nobody if I want to take a three-day Bahamas cruise.

    I expect to love Princess as much as my sister and BIL did when they got married.
    Stay tuned for my review of the Sapphire Princess northbound repositioner

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    My fav Cruise line Is NCL.. But i haven't been on any other lines.. I will be going on the Royal Carribean we shall c

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    I am sure some posters have more than one favorite cruise line. I also think no matter how much I love Princess I will want to cruise on other lines after that one.
    Stay tuned for my review of the Sapphire Princess northbound repositioner

    Andrea

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    Sounds like the Announcements on Carnival are the most annoying thing. Can someone tell me how often they are ie every 30 minutes when an activity starts for example.
    Are they announced in the cabins ? Are they announced so that they disturb an already ongoing activity like a food demonstration etc ? Do they go on troughout the evening ? I am curious.










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    So far, Princess suits us the best. We have cruised Carnival, NCL and several years ago Costa. We hope to try Celebrity some time in the near future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonylinsdell View Post
    Sounds like the Announcements on Carnival are the most annoying thing. Can someone tell me how often they are ie every 30 minutes when an activity starts for example.
    Are they announced in the cabins ? Are they announced so that they disturb an already ongoing activity like a food demonstration etc ? Do they go on troughout the evening ? I am curious.
    Hey Tony,
    The announcements are not that bad, there are only probably about 3 a day. Like one in the morning, afternoon, and evening. People sometimes over exaggerate.

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