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  • Royston1, Royston1
    started a topic Carnival experiences?

    Carnival experiences?

    We've got flights/villa booked for 10 nights in Orlando for the end of December. I'm really tempted with a short cruise over New Year. The best value option coming up is Carnival Sensation for 5 nights. However, we have never travelled with Carnival before and haven't really been tempted to be honest - but the price is right. We've sailed with P&O, RCI, NCL, Cunard and OV before. We're travelling with our children aged 5 and 8. Can anyone give me feedback (or reassurance) on Carnival? For example how does food and children's clubs compare against other cruise lines we have sailed with?Thanks!

  • Royston1, Royston1
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    Originally posted by Cruise Fairy, Indiana USA (2) View Post
    I see you are in Orlando for a while pre-cruise. I assume you will be visiting the Disney parks. Not sure I would fork out for a Disneycruise after that - they cost $$$ and you might be Mickeyed out by then! FWIW Holiday cruises are the most expensive and I don't recall ever seeing the prices go down....
    No we're giving WDW a miss this time as I have heard it is hideously busy over Christmas (and we visited in April). That's part of the reason we are considering a cruise as it doesn't cost much more than theme park tickets do!

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  • Cruise Fairy, Indiana USA (2)
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    I see you are in Orlando for a while pre-cruise. I assume you will be visiting the Disney parks. Not sure I would fork out for a Disney
    cruise after that - they cost $$$ and you might be Mickeyed out by then!
    FWIW Holiday cruises are the most expensive and I don't recall ever seeing the prices go down....

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  • Wilba
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    If it's any further help, the best Specialty Meal I have ever had on any cruise ship, and there have been lots, was on a Carnival ship..........By a long way.

    Surprised?...............Wilba

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  • Royston1, Royston1
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    Originally posted by Cruise Fairy, Indiana USA (2) View Post
    I just edited a post and when I pushed Submit all that posted was the added comment!.I have sailed Carnival, and if looking at the budget for a quick getaway I might again, on one of their newer ships. Sensation is one of their oldest ships, which has had a pool makeover and Waterworks added, which your children might like. For a beautiful ship and better service all round, I would choose Enchantment of the Seas Dec 30th, 4 nights to the Bahamas.... for a comparable price.
    That one is also on the list! We've been on Freedom and Voyager class ships and I am just a bit worried we might not like Enchantment as much. We've got a villa booked for our whole stay in Orlando so I am partly tempted to hold off booking anything for now. It looks like we at least three possible options, so perhaps worth holding off and see what happens with prices.

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  • Cruise Fairy, Indiana USA (2)
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    I just edited a post and when I pushed Submit all that posted was the added comment!
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    I have sailed Carnival, and if looking at the budget for a quick getaway I might again, on one of their newer ships. Sensation is one
    of their oldest ships, which has had a pool makeover and Waterworks added, which your children might like. For a beautiful ship and
    better service all round, I would choose Enchantment of the Seas Dec 30th, 4 nights to the Bahamas.... for a comparable price.

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  • Cruise Fairy, Indiana USA (2)
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    I just saw your post re Disney Dream. They are expensive, but if this vacation is all about the kids I'd say go for it!
    FYI there are no casinos on Disney ships.
    Last edited by Cruise Fairy, Indiana USA (2); 16th February 2014, 07:06 PM.

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  • Royston1, Royston1
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    Thanks both - that's helpful. A shorter cruise on Disney Dream is also an option and I am leaning towards that I think.

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  • Malcolm, Essex
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    I've not cruised with Carnival but friends have.

    Carnival are obviously 'mass-market' and family orientated. However I told that the food, service and entertainment is very good for the fare, that's why they are number one!

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  • Wilba
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    Haven't been on Carnival for a few years and bear in mind this is an old ship (1993) but food has always been regarded as good, certainly better than P&O are offering at the mo and as good as RCI and NCL in my opinion.

    As for the kids, Carnival are 'Fun' ships so I can't see a problem there as they are geared for the youngsters.

    You can't really go wrong on a short cruise..............Wilba

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