As Nessie said they do, just have to watch for them. I'm with her though! No matter what Carnival is charging, I would still go on the identical itinerary from RCI paying a higher rate, but that's just me. :grin
Another good point on the Bahamas sailing is that Carnival goes to Nassau and parks for 24 hours. RCCL stays at Nassau all day then sails to their private island for a fantastic beach day. The extra port is WELL worth it.
luv2travel2, as we said they are not. When checking same type cabins for same date they are about the same. Also they both have specials for $199.99 and up. The lower price cabins for the short cruises are also for bunk beds not regular twins. So the cabin is smaller. We were just saying that even IF the price was higher on RCCL we would still pay it . But the fact is I see RCCL ads all over the place for $199.99 and up for 3 and 4 night cruises and $399.99 for 7 .
Sorry don't mean to confuse anyone. It's just that I've read on this board and other boards from people stating that both lines are similar and if thats the case I always see Carnival being alot cheaper than RCI. I haven't seen any cruises for $199.00 or $399.00 for RCI but I will keep checking....As that is the next family cruise I would like to take.(including my parents)
The reason could also be that Carnival has more empty cabins and they are offering the cruises at a discounted rate. Keep checking some of the online sites for cruises. You can sign up for the specials on most of the sites and they will email them to you.
Good Luck with your search. Family cruises can be a lot of fun!
Carnival and Royal Caribbean arein direct competition for the mass market cruiser, but have differentiated their product to appeal to different segments of the cruise market. Both cruise lines have many cabins to fill and must be competetive, price wise, to fill enough bunks on each sailing to turn a profit. I follow the pricing of their Mexican Riviera cruises pretty closely and find that they are very competetive, particularly when the sailing dates get close.
Carnival has a larger standard stateroom size, and has a more contemporary decor. RCI has much nicer theater,and dining room facilities with a more luxurious feel. Food and service are comparable. Carnival's lounge entertainment may be oriented more towards the younger cruisers. We are among the older cruisers and have sailed with both cruise lines, and enjoyed both products. We prefer RCI and might pay a small premium, but haven't found it necessary.
If you'd like, maybe I can help. Let me know where and when you want to sail. I'll do some comparing and let you know. I have sailed 4 Carnivals and 4 Royal Caribbeans....my pick is still Royal Caribbean. Since this is what I do for a living, I think I could get you the best prices and then give you an objective opinion as to which I would suggest. my e mail is mbandy@cruise addicts.com. Good luck.
I had mentioned before that there are deals out there for RCCL. I found 1 on mytravelco.com it is on their home page and it is for the Majesty of the seas for 4 nights @$199.99 inside and for alittle more you can get an outside. Just to give you an example and a place to look. Hope this helps.
Why does it cost more at a Hilton or Hyatt than at a Motel 6? You get what you pay for. RCCL is just a cut above. If Motel 6 and Carnival are what you want or looking for, great. If you want a little more, you have that option with RCCL.