Carnival Suite Perks

My Ocean Suite on the Carnival Dream was a great room on a great ship. The Carnival suite perks, however, significantly lag Royal Caribbean.
My Ocean Suite on the Carnival Dream was a great room on a great ship. The Carnival suite perks, however, significantly lag Royal Caribbean.

I sailed the Carnival Dream just before Christmas, and I had a great time. I sailed in an Ocean Suite. This Summer, I also sailed the Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas in the Villa Suite. Galveston Cruise Reviews readers know I loved the suite perks. Today, I am not writing to compare the two lines, the two ships, not the two overall experiences. Instead, I want to focus on one specific aspect of my trip. The Carnival suite perks included some very nice touches. Unfortunately, however, they don’t provide the same premium experience as does Royal Caribbean.

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January 2020 Galveston Cruise News

The Allure of the Seas, an Oasis class ship, is coming to Galveston in November 2021.

Welcome to the new news format for Galveston Cruise Reviews! Our primary focus remains on providing reviews of the ships sailing from Galveston as well as things to do and places to stay on the island. However, we also want to keep you up to date on all of the latest news. The easiest way to do that is with our new monthly newsletter. We will review all of the news from the previous month and tell you what is coming up. The last month has been particularly busy, and it was highlighted by a huge announcement from Royal Caribbean. An Oasis class ship is coming to Galveston in 2021, and a new pier will be built to support it. The Allure of the Seas will sail regular 7 night itineraries to Roatan, Costa Maya, and Cozumel. There was a lot more, as well.

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Is the drinks package worth it?

Pictured here is the R Bar on the Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas. Each of the cruise lines offers a drinks package to cover the cost of onboard beverages.

Is the drinks package worth it? Regardless of whether you sail Royal Caribbean or Carnival, the answer depends on a lot more than the cost of your alcohol. I explain more in a short YouTube video. However, yes, there are several reasons I always invest in purchasing the package before boarding.

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Carnival to switch to Pepsi products

A view of the Please Pier from our room at the Hotel Galvez in Galveston. Carnival offers multiple departures from Galveston every week.

Carnival Cruise Lines Brand Ambassador John Heald announced today that Carnival is changing soft drink providers. While Carnival currently uses Coke products, they have signed a new contract with Pepsi. The new contract will begin in January 2020, although implementation will vary by ship. There is no planned change in the price of drink packages. Carnival offers multiple sailings each week from Galveston.

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Carnival 2021 Galveston schedule

The Galveston ship channel seen from the Tremont Hotel. The Carnival 2021 schedule features sailings on 4 ships.

We wrote earlier this month with the complete schedule of cruises from Galveston through April 2021. Happily, Carnival has since updated their schedule. Even better, there is great news for cruisers from Texas. The Carnival 2021 Galveston schedule is expanding. Carnival will offer cruises on 4 different ships on a wider variety of itineraries.

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