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What made you choose Carnival for first cruise ?

Ally

Deckhand
This is my first post here :)

We book Carnival for a few reasons....first being that my husband's aunt made us :roflmao: She booked it for us, and paid the deposit. She has been wanting us to go on a cruise for a while now. This cruise was pretty convenient because it leaves from Norfolk, VA, the terminal is maybe a 10 minute drive from our house, so its easy to get to, and I think a great way to break us into cruising.

I heard Carnival is great for kids too, that Camp Carnival is a wonderful program. We will be cruising with our son, who will be 2.5 when we cruise in October 2012, so we wanted to make sure it was going to be a great experience for all of us.

The price was really good too!



Tricia
Welcome to the CruisingTalk family, Tricia, its wonderful to have you here with us & I hope that you'll feel happy & comfortable with us :joy:

We have a bon voyage thread here onsite, so do feel free to add yourself to it and just before departure - usually a week - we will start an individual bon voayge thread for you for everyone to wish you a happy cruise :)

http://www.cruisingtalk.com/bon-voyage-cruise-stalking/5860-bon-voyage-list.html

Happy Posting :joy:
 
Our first cruise was on Carnival because we had a friend organize a group of friends to go and we went. :)
So the next time we booked we had a past guest discount...:biggrinbounce2:and so on to #12, All with carnival. :dancing_banana:
Will hurt to pay regular price on another line when ever we finally do!:bawling:
 

soccersharon

Deckhand
Our first cruise on Carnival was with a group of friends for my brother and sister-in-law's honeymoon in 2008. We had an absolute blast! Although, we almost missed getting on the ship (were late leaving Montreal - day of the cruise:bigeek:). We boarded the Valor, and were hooked! Then, we almost missed our flight home...had WAY too much fun in South Beach...and a few too many. Made it home safe and sound, and we're very much looking forward to taking the kids on the Liberty in March.:heart:
 

Jzygail

Deckhand
Much like my first Holland America cruise, my decision to go on Carnival was more along the lines of someone coming to me, saying, "Hey, we're taking a cruise, wanna come with?" And my answer both times has been, "Sure, why not?" :D

I haven't actually gone on the Carnival cruise yet (it leaves on the 11th), so it will be interesting to see how it compares to the Holland America cruise, which I really loved--even more than I thought I would.
 

Jzygail

Deckhand
I booked a land tour of the Southern United States through YMT Vacations. Embedded in the middle of it was a six-day Western Caribbean cruise r/t out of New Orleans. It didn't matter to me what cruise line it was on. Turned out to be Carnival Celebration. I enjoyed the cruise but found a number of aspects with which I was a bit uncomfortable. Two years later I cruised on Holland America and felt much more "at home". I have since cruised twice more on HAL and twice on NCL. HAL is still the best, for me, and I probably will not cruise with Carnival again. Okay, I know HAL is Carnival, but you know what I mean.
I do know what you mean. and I worry (in a not really worried kind of way) that Carnival won't measure up to HAL, but even if it doesn't, a week off is a week off :)

I'd be curious to know what the differences you found were, but maybe we should hold this discussion after I get back (on the 18th), when I have a frame of reference from both lines.
 

Captain Larry

Deckhand
There were about 80 in the group I was traveling with when I went on the Carnival Celebration. My First Mate and I were among the youngest of the group and we were nearly 60 years of age. I suspect that the 80 of us made up nearly half of the senior citizens on board. Being a short (6 day) cruise out of New Orleans it was readily available to young adults who could do the cruise with just one week of vacation from their jobs. They seemed to be of the opinion that they could sleep when they got back home. On the positive side, there were plenty of seats in the theater for the show productions. Most of the younger folk were somewhere else on the ship consuming alcohol instead of watching the show.

I have no statistics but I suspect that the per capita alcohol consumption on a Holland America cruise would be less than half that on a Carnival cruise. I'm not a teetotaler, but neither am I into drinking with the intent of getting drunk. While none of the other passengers were intentionally rude or obnoxious, they were totally uninhibited.

My first HAL cruise was a repositioning cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Seattle through the Panama Canal. It lasted 19 days, so there were very few passengers who were taking time off from a job. The main entertainment was the Harry James Orchestra, a "big band" that is a carry-over from the Swing era. My "group" for this cruise was only four people and we had no problem at all finding a quiet, secluded spot in which to converse when we desired. The bars and lounges were not at all crowded and the casino was basically deserted.

I later took a Holland America ship from Vancouver to Skagway, Alaska, and a second HAL ship from Seward, Alaska back to Vancouver. Those cruises were in August and the passenger list included a much younger demographic. While the "party" scene was a little livelier than had been the first HAl cruise, it was rather subdued and generally somewhat "hidden".

The quality of the cabins were about equal between Carnival and HAL. The food quality was also about equal in the main dining room, but HAL was significantly better in the buffet. And the presentation of the food in the main dining room was superior on HAL. I did miss Carnival's 24-hour pizzeria, however.

Those are a few of my thoughts. I may have overstated my objection to Carnival. I would, indeed, go on another Carnival cruise if the itinerary were one I really wanted and one not offered by HAL or one of the other cruise lines that cater to an older clientele. On my last 5 or 6 cruises the ship I was riding was joined by several other ships in each port. So the popular itineraries are served by several lines.
 

Jubilee1991

Deckhand
Me and my girlfriend picked CCL through a group called Single World so we were guaranteed a price whether or not they found us additional roommates. I wish that company was still in existence.
 

ILove2Cruise2

Deckhand
I picked Carnival because a relative had gone on the Mexican Riviera cruise through them and it sounded like a good idea. I called a local TA who showed me comparable cruises and the price was right. So, that's why we picked Carnival.

I'm open to any cruiseline that goes where I want to go. We picked Princess for Alaska because of their resorts in Denali. I'm going on Princess to Hawaii because my work club arranged a group tour.
 

Lambie

Deckhand
Living in Texas, five hour drive from Galveston, I was told by the travel agent, book Carnival first. See if you like cruising and can handle the motion and ship board life. But DON'T judge cruising by what Carnival offers. She would book us on a Royal Caribbean for our second cruise -- and then, we know what real cruising was like...

So, the ELATION was our first cruise, Feb 2006. LOVED IT, even though there were many travails and problems... from the cabin being too small for three of us -- my mother, my daughter, and me. It was a handicapped cabin... not much room when it was built ONLY for two and third rollaway bed was always out there!!! We couldn't even open the door to the closets!!! BUT the cruise was a SUCCESS and LOVED IT!!!

Booked the Spendour of the Seas in Feb 2007, and HATED IT!!! Well, I'm exaggerating, but it just wasn't as good! We had an RCCL handicapped cabin, which was SPACIOUS and ROOMY!!! Actually two cabins with a wall removed... but the food, the fun, the activities, the shops, were not what we remembered from the ELATION.

I know things have changed and improved with the newer ships coming into Galveston... so I'll try other lines in the future --

...But I love CARNIVAL!!!
 
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lancashire lass

Guest
We embarked on a road trip to Florida and a few days before leaving I saw a cruise { 5day} offered on the Glory and decided to grab it, it was very well priced. Since then we have treated our family to two more trips simply for the price. I doubt we would choose it again when we travel alone.
I did find them good value but on board activities are not our style at all.
 

Jubilee1991

Deckhand
My first Carnival cruise most likely was because of the price and I could leave close to home without flying. It is how I chose my member name on CT.
 

Beach Mouse

Deckhand
We've never cruised before and the thought of cruising was not something we had ever thought of. My cousin has 6 or more cruises under his belt and kept telling me that when you take a cruise you're treated like royalty. Bit by bit ... word by word ... photo by photo, etc. I began to consider the idea of taking a cruise. We're not travelers and don't have the money for cruises but I've been watching our spending, turning off lights, wearing a sweater instead turning up the heat, etc. trying to save enough money to be able to take one.

My cousin loves Carnival, he says their prices are the best and he's enjoyed every cruise he's gone on. So we're considering an Eastern Caribbean cruise for February 2014 and I'm excited beyond belief! Naturally it will be with Carnival.
 

Pam in CA

Captain
For a terrific cruise, attitude is everything. No cruise is perfect so keep an open mind and stay flexible. There may be lines or you may not like some of the food. Enjoy the experience and the pampering with someone to clean and make up your cabin twice a day, serve you food 24/7 and entertain you. You don't have to cook, clean up, work or do errands. Your biggest decisions are where/what to eat and which entertainment to watch. If you don't like some food after it's served, ask for something else. Don't be afraid to ask.
 

haroldwilliams

Deckhand
I think Carnival was a different company than it is now. At first there were lots of `genuine ` people and schedules that you could depend on. Now Carnival pushes extras, and tries to get as much in as quickly as it can with a small emphasis on a leisure cruise. Years ago they worked to keep prices low. Now they have EPA to deal with as well as SOLAS, not to mention yearly inspections. I think they still have a great following out of Maryland and Virginia, but they are moving the Pride in November from Baltimore, and Norfolk will say bye bye to the Glory. They talk space space space, but don`t follow their own advice. I think they need to diversify more, and include the `scrubbers` if that is what the EPA wants.
 

Pam in CA

Captain
All the cruise lines are trying to hold prices to where they're affordable yet their own expenses keep escalating. It's a fine line between profit and loss so one way is to charge extra for services and features. Can't blame them to a certain extent since they are all "for profit" companies. Plus, there are some things people don't want to have included or pay for. For instance, I wouldn't want alcohol included because at most, I have a drink a day at $5.50. But there are some who drink a heck of a lot more and love having drinks included or a drink package (which is never offered because the cruise line is a "good guy" and wants to save passengers money. Au contraire!) They will do anything to get you to spend more and they make money on the packages. :)
 

Sea2ShiningSea

Deckhand
My first cruise was on the Mardis Gras in 1992. It was the first year Barkleigh put together an industry group cruise (they have done it every year since) and I was eager to sign on for the seminars and ability to take a tax deductible vacation.

I was blown away by how much fun I had and was instantly hooked. I have cruised only one other cruiseline that I have tried to wipe from my memory, it was NOT a pleasant experience and I swore that I'd never sail with them again.... and I haven't. I have stayed with Carnival because I like their employees and the way I've always been treated by this line. I'm not much into the lido deck activities or sunbathing but do like a clean, quiet, relaxing vacation and the value for the dollar just can't be beat. Currently have 4 more booked on Carnival and looking at the 2015 schedule now eager to book the next one.
 

joe rosa

Deckhand
Our 1st cruise was in 2001 with Carnival Cruise Line and have Cruised 18 time since then ,all on Carnival , my goal is to go on every ship that sails in the USA
 

joe rosa

Deckhand
Our 1st cruise was in 2001 with Carnival Cruise Line and have Cruised 18 time since then ,all on Carnival , my goal is to go on every ship that sails in the USA
the reason i go with carnival is the # 1- PRICE 2- DEPARTURE PORTS 3- THE WAY THEY TREAT ME 4- NO HASSEL CRUISING
 

haroldwilliams

Deckhand
the reason i go with carnival is the # 1- PRICE 2- DEPARTURE PORTS 3- THE WAY THEY TREAT ME 4- NO HASSEL CRUISING
Dear Joe,
The main reason I went on Carnival was price and `cruising close to home`. If we have to add another $300.00 to $400.00 dollars for a flight, and still have to pay a single supplement, and transfers and parking, and tips, they all add up. Taxes have increased,too, so it helps to cruise close-by.
 
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