Cruising with Theme Park Review - Feb 2011

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Re: Cruising with Theme Park Review - Feb 2011

Postby robbalvey » Thu Feb 17, 2011 1:21 pm

greatamerica1990sfan wrote:You guys should try the Carnival Magic-coming out in May of this year. It will have the longest Twister slide yet & another Drain Pipe slide. Allure Of The Seas really needs a coaster to top it all off! They should build a new deck with a giant kick A$$ coaster spanning the whole entire deck! & A full round of mini golf-18 holes! & A giant A$$ waterslide. Then it will be complete! ;)

I wouldn't go on a Carnival cruise if you paid me, or if it was free. Sorry, but the "Bud Light" crowd is not my scene. I've done one Carnival Cruise and that's plenty for me. I don't know a single person who is into "cruising" who does Carnival Cruises. They are usually cheaper, and the crowd that those ships attract reflect the price.

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Re: Cruising with Theme Park Review - Feb 2011

Postby MayTheGForceBeWithYou » Thu Feb 17, 2011 1:23 pm

^Probably explains why my cruise on Carnival wasn't very fun...maybe I should try a Royal Caribbean cruise...
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Re: Cruising with Theme Park Review - Feb 2011

Postby robbalvey » Thu Feb 17, 2011 1:31 pm

^ I almost always hear the same thing from people who do Carnival as their "first cruise", many of them never cruise again because they just assume that all cruise ships are like that. They aren't. IMO the cruise lines are more like this...

Carnival = Lower income, "bud light drinking", party cruises. Mostly younger adults looking to dump their kids off in the kids club and "party it up" on cheap beer for the rest of the week.

Royal Caribbean = Middle income, "Sam Adams drinking", family cruises. All ages, mostly 30s/40s, but plenty younger & older ages too. The partying is "well balanced" on their ships.

Princess = Upper middle income, much older crowd, "wine drinking", serious cruises. Mostly 40+, probably more like 50+

NCL = Varied mix of the above three. These are strange ships, IMO. I *liked* the one NCL cruise we did, more than Carnival, but I don't think I'd ever cruise with them again. Was just not into the whole "freestyle" thing. Choice is nice, but service left a lot to be desired.

Celebrity = Retired income. Most people go on these cruises to die. Mostly 60+ ages on these ships.

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Re: Cruising with Theme Park Review - Feb 2011

Postby beatle11 » Thu Feb 17, 2011 1:52 pm

robbalvey wrote:I wouldn't go on a Carnival cruise if you paid me, or if it was free. Sorry, but the "Bud Light" crowd is not my scene. I've done one Carnival Cruise and that's plenty for me. I don't know a single person who is into "cruising" who does Carnival Cruises. They are usually cheaper, and the crowd that those ships attract reflect the price.

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My parents have actually been on two Carnival cruises and enjoyed them both very much. I guess it's just what your in to.
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Re: Cruising with Theme Park Review - Feb 2011

Postby packfanlv » Thu Feb 17, 2011 1:54 pm

I hope our cruise on the Carnival Splendor next month is decent. We had to choose Carnival because all of the other ships departed L.A. on Saturday and we will be at WCB! With that said, I can't wait for Freedom of the Seas in October. I am not expecting the Carnival cruise to be on that level, but I hope it isn't bad.
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Re: Cruising with Theme Park Review - Feb 2011

Postby Booligan » Thu Feb 17, 2011 1:57 pm

I've done one Carnival years ago, it was just okay. RC really took the crown for the best balance of fun/price/party. We're not huge partiers, so RC worked perfectly for us.

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Re: Cruising with Theme Park Review - Feb 2011

Postby shivtim » Thu Feb 17, 2011 2:06 pm

I did a Holland America cruise and it was great. A much smaller ship, and the crowd was mostly older (as expected), but it was a great experience that focused more on the natural beauty of the landscape rather than the ship itself. Of course there was still a pool, shows, casino, etc.
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Re: Cruising with Theme Park Review - Feb 2011

Postby robbalvey » Thu Feb 17, 2011 2:18 pm

Actually I shouldn't be too harsh on Carnival as the food is decent and some of the ships are nice. And really being on most any cruise is better than being at work. But I'm just not a fan of the clientele on Carnival. It's more like the weekend crowd at Six Flags where RCCL is like the Universal crowd.

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Re: Cruising with Theme Park Review - Feb 2011

Postby Crazy4321 » Thu Feb 17, 2011 2:18 pm

Ok, after reading this, i really want to go on this cruse ship! :x

Nice job on the report by the way!!

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Re: Cruising with Theme Park Review - Feb 2011

Postby odene497 » Thu Feb 17, 2011 2:22 pm

These pictures make me want to go on a cruise again so bad. I loved our Royal Caribbean Alaskan cruise in 2004. But this ship is insane. Definitely moved up my list. And what's on the "better than regular sex" salad that makes it better than regular sex? I'm not a huge salad person but will enjoy one now and then. I just can't tell what those big chunks are.
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