All good things must come to an end. We just got back from a 7 day cruise with Princess Cruises(Crown Princess) and it’s hard to get back to our normal routine. Imagine having a room steward clean your room 2-3 times a day; unlimited food choices to indulge in; the amazing view and breeze as you sit on the decks while watching the waves go by; and great ports to come down to for a little sightseeing. I wrote about the Top 20 Reasons Why We Love Cruising before, but I might have to update that and make it 30 reasons.
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CARNIVAL VS PRINCESS: FOOD
The difference: Both Princess Cruises & Carnival offers afternoon tea. But princess does it great. With white glove service. Sandwiches, scone, mini desserts served with to you from a big serving platter. Carnival serves it from a cart, where it took forever and they didn’t have enough servers. The tea was better at Princess too, poured from a big pot but good. Carnival gave you tea bags to choose from. But just overall, Carnival VS Princess on afternoon tea, Princess wins.READ: Princess Cruises Afternoon Tea Service – Mommy Daughter Bonding Time
Carnival’s Pizzeria is 24 hours, Princess is not. There’s made to order sandwiches/panini at Carnival, Princess has them ready made but is open 24 hours and they also serve cookies and milk to you if you’re seating at the lounge in the afternoon.
If you don’t want dinner at the buffets, both cruise ships divides you into early sitting and late sitting for the fine dining dinner. But Princess Cruises offers anytime dining, unfortunately though, there’s a waiting time when you get there coz’ everyone seems to want to go for anytime dining.READ: Carnival Cruise Dinner Menu – Is the food free on a cruise?
We personally think Carnival cruise has better food and food options. But Princess has a better breakfast buffet and better tasting pizza..they were really good pizza.READ: Princess Breakfast Buffet with a View
READ: Carnival Cruise Chef Guy Fieri’s Burger Joint Review
PRINCESS VS CARNIVAL: DRINKS
Lots of movies to see at Princess Cruises. We really enjoyed this part as we were mostly in the room(after eating of course), just before a nap. They showed Maleficent, Monsters University, there was football, etc. Carnival has no shows, it’s mostly ads about the ship.READ: 10 Reasons to Cruise with the Kids on your next Family Vacation
READ: How the Princess Cruise Day Care looks like? See the pictures in our post.
Disembarkation was better at Princess. They give you a set time to disembark the ship the night before. You stay at the lounge you were assigned too in the morning. Carnival, very disorganized. Over the years it’s getting better, but still not as good as Princess. We needed to attend the Camp Spooky event at Knott’s berry Farm the morning we were gonna disembark and Princess made it smooth for us so we don’t miss on the event.
Carnival is known as the Fun Ship while Princess’ tagline is Escape Completely. And it’s exactly that. If you want to party and enjoy some fun looking drinks, ride with Carnival Cruise. If you want to relax, book a balcony room with Princess Cruises, less party people heading back to their rooms making a noise will for sure keep you in lalaland.
Note: we rode on Crown Princess, versus Carnival Imagination and 5 more other Carnival ships that departs from Los Angeles and San Diego. They always change the ship. But this write up is based on those trips. All pictures are from our trip with Princess.
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