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Sal Jul 8th, 2002 08:02 AM

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About 3 yrs ago we went on the Carnival Fantasy 4-day Bahama cruise and didn't like it at all. Food was terrible. All we ate was pizza and salad. Ship was not all that.Rooms sucked. I even felt confined to the ship. We are thinking about trying another cruise for the 2nd time- Voyager or Adventurer of the Seas. I'm really nervous about booking another cruise period since we did not like the first one on the Fantasy. Some people have said the longer 7 day cruises are better. What are your thoughts. (help!!)

matt Jul 8th, 2002 08:05 AM

Sal:<BR><BR>Your experience on Carnival should not be considered a cruise. We "won" a trip on Carnival Bahama Cruise and it was a nightmare. We enjoy cruising but never on Carnival.

MaryK Jul 8th, 2002 08:19 AM

You should have a great time on any other cruise line that Carnival. We took one cruise on Carnival (7 days) and my husband and I promised ourselves that we wouldn't go on that line again. It was awful

Frank Jul 8th, 2002 08:19 AM

In general the Fantasy is a good first cruise. It is a smaller ship (60,000 tons I think), it only is 3 or 4 day cruise, it is Carnival's training ground for its staff (so the service is the worst of all Carnival's ships).<BR><BR>Thus, your future can only look brighter. You are thinking on taking a cruise on the Voyager or Adventure? Well, these are some of the largest ships in the world. So, you will obviously see a size difference. Also, the Fantasy was built in 1991 and the other two you mention are only a couple of years old.<BR><BR>So, you will be talking about apples and oranges.

xman(the real) Jul 8th, 2002 08:21 AM

RCCl is not better than Carnival when it comes to the short cruises. These are usually filled with the discount shopper. the longer cruises are better.

xman Jul 8th, 2002 12:12 PM

RCCL is so much better than Carnival it's not even close.

yman Jul 8th, 2002 01:07 PM

The fake xman loses credibility with anyone who has sailed both RCCL and Carnival.<BR><BR>Both lines cater to discount cruisers and are similar. In general longer cruises result in better service. It is easier for a cabin attendant to get to know you and your lieks and dislikes on a 7-day cruise than on a 3-day cruise.<BR><BR>

linda Jul 8th, 2002 01:59 PM

Sal,<BR> I have done short cruises on RCI and Carnival. had the same feelings as you did! RCI was a bit better, IMO. (Jubilee and Sovereign)However, the longer cruises were great. I loved the Grandeur and we just returned from the Voyager. We booked a sister ship the day after our return. Apples and oranges isn't a good comparison. How about hot dogs and filet mignon? You will love the Voyager class ships. They are spectacular, and you never feel confined nor overwhelmed. The Adventurer's port is Puerto Rico. There are more Spanish speaking people on this ship. You may want to check out reviews at, or I can't say enough good things about our trip!

xman(the real) Jul 8th, 2002 07:00 PM

As Yman put it very plainly. Both RCCL and Carnival are pretty much the same on short cruises. The shorter cruises attract the bargain hunter types. Guess where else the shop/ Bargain basement stores. Their attitudes and presentation reflect all of this.<BR><BR>So to the FAKE xman I say :oP<BR><BR>The longer cruises cost a little more, but are usually worth it.<BR><BR>Even Paul will agree on this one.

cd Jul 9th, 2002 05:20 PM

We've been on two cruises but I need someone to tell me what RCCL stands for please.

RCCL Jul 9th, 2002 05:37 PM

CD: Royal Caribbean Cruise Line also referred to as Royal Caribbean International (RCI)

cd Jul 9th, 2002 05:46 PM

Thank you.

cd Jul 9th, 2002 06:00 PM

Does anyone know what kind of reputation Royal Olympic Cruises have?

Champ Jul 11th, 2002 07:53 AM

Yes, Carnival is definately the Walmart of cruise lines. Don't expect anything from a cruise line if you shop price alone. RCCL and Royal are better. <BR><BR>I haven't been in the cruise forum for a year. Paul is still slithering around in here it seems. yuck.

Paull Therault Jul 12th, 2002 11:13 PM

Sorry Champ I am going to "yuk" you out again.<BR><BR>Have to agree with the real xman that both RCCL and Carnival will cater to the party crowd for the short inexpensive cruises. For the longer cruises RCCL is a tad "dressier" but not a dramatically different cruise experience. They are both mass-market cruise lines.<BR><BR>To reply to cd ..... Royal Olympic has a fine reputation as a Greek cruise line. No reason to fear their ships but I would advise cruising with their two newest Voyager or Explorer. Their older Eprotiki ships are very shop-worn and tattered. Great for Europeans who are not fussy. I cruised their Voyager in the Med. and found it wonderful. Quite a speedboat.<BR><BR>Paul

cd Jul 14th, 2002 06:16 PM

Thanks Paul!

xxx Jul 14th, 2002 07:38 PM

Royal Oplympic SUCKS

Sal Aug 20th, 2002 09:44 AM


Missy Aug 20th, 2002 10:38 AM

First of all, for the record The Fantasy is not at all a small ship. 60,000 tons is way off. When it came out is was considered one of the first "mega ships". Granted, their are others larger now, but many smaller.<BR><BR>I have cruised on the Fantasy and Ecstasy as well as Nordic Empress and Sovereign of the Seas (RCI) for short cruises. To say they are the Walmart of cruise ships is accurate, however leading people to believe that the food is horrible is pretty dramatic. There are many options at all three meals to accomodate most tastes. <BR><BR>If you want to really enjoy a more upscale atmosphere try Celebrity Cruise Lines (owned by RCI). They are delightful and food is oh so yummy!

deedles Aug 20th, 2002 11:35 AM

What are you people smoking out there? How pampered do you think you can be on ANY ship that holds over 2000 people. Maybe you should learn to research your vacations before you just book one. Carnival is a great line and it's hardly the "wal-mart" of cruises. What a bunch of clowns!

frank Aug 24th, 2002 07:53 AM

Sailed on the Royal Olympic Voyager in Oct. 2000 on the 7 day 3 continent cruise. Had a wonderful time. The ship is quite elegant for a smaller ship. The food we thought was OK, some dishes were better than others. We tended to order the mainstay dishes a few times. But man is she fast!! This was the only ship afloat that was capable of doing the itinerary to 3 continents in 7 days. Had a great time. Great ship.<BR>The ship was exciting and the ports were spectacular. The entertainment was kinda low key, but good. Because the ports were so exciting, there wasn't much time to do shipboard things. Included Athens, Santorini, Egypt, Israel (we skipped Jerusalem because of the uprising there...went to Cyprus instead..a bit disapointing but safer), Rhodes, Kusadasi, Mykonos, Istanbul.

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