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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-16-2009, 12:02 PM Thread Starter
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Cruise question

The girlfriend and I are thinking about going on a cruise in July. We want to do a 5 day cruise to the eastern Caribbean out of the Miami port. We have a choice between Carnival or Royal Caribbean. I read some reviews online about both but I want to know what you folks think. The good and bad on both.

We will be driving down there too. Girlfriend is afraid to fly. This is going to be my first cruise also.

Or we might say to hell with the cruise and just go to Miami.

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I just booked a cruise yesterday. We went with Royal Caribean. Everyone we've talked to has been happy with them. I've heard no complaints about them as of yet.

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My parents cruise a few times a year. My mom says the Royal Caribbean is better. SHe said the last few times they were on Carnival they had poor service, food and the ship was showing its age. She said that on Royal the service is better, the ship is cleaner and the food is way better. They leave in 5 weeks to go to Alaska for 7 days, on Royal.

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My parents cruise a few times a year. My mom says the Royal Caribbean is better. SHe said the last few times they were on Carnival they had poor service, food and the ship was showing its age. She said that on Royal the service is better, the ship is cleaner and the food is way better. They leave in 5 weeks to go to Alaska for 7 days, on Royal.
this is on par with other things we've heard from other people

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while back, cruise ships were known for a lot of food poisoning sicknesses. Just something to look into.
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while back, cruise ships were known for a lot of food poisoning sicknesses. Just something to look into.

try washing your hands before you eat!!!

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I read that RCCL is less of a party ship than Carnival. More for relaxing than go go go. We are both 31 and are looking to relax without having drunken douche bags or bratty kids all over the ship.

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never been on a cruise.

It was big news years back that everyone on board would get food poisoning.
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My parents say there is a ton of stuff to do on Royal, but it's not a party ship. My parents are in their 50's but both really active. They never complained about carnival being loud or partyish, but complained about the rest of the ship. There is enough to keep you busy on Royal, but not a constant party.

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I liked royal caribbean more than carnival. If you want to party, you can always find something to do on either one. I just thought the overall experience was better with RC, that's why i've cruised with them 4 times :P

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Take RC over Carnival any day. My ex's dad used to do sales for cruise ships and there was a huge difference between the two, least that's what I as told. The few I've been on where through NCL and they were really nice. Personally I'd ether just plop my ass down on a beach and not hv to worry about what time the boat I'd leaving etc but the benefit to seeing multiple places an getting food thrown in is an added bonus. If u plan on bringing booze on board buy small bottles and hide them in your pockets. They will make u check larger bottles as u get on the boat an u won't get them back till u leave the ship for good.

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while back, cruise ships were known for a lot of food poisoning sicknesses. Just something to look into.
I think I remember this and the reasoning behind it was that after meals, they would take the dirty dishes and put them in the refrigerator to slow down on the growth of bacteria. The problem with this is that they didn't clean out the refrigerator after the ship docked, and the bacteria would grow and contaminate the food.
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Thanks for the help so far! RC is sounding like the way to go.

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I'd recommend RC. Great food, great service, and price wasn't outrageous. I was ordering 2-3 different entrees and 2-3 different appetizers at dinner and they didn't care.

I did spend 700 bucks + on booze for a 4 day cruise though.
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I have only done one cruise, it was RC, nice ship, lots of activities, food was great, clean good gym, plenty of MILFs and cougars. I would do it again

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