(Closed) Cruising

posted 10 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Worker bee

I Love Cruises! I’ve been on a few different lines with mixed reviews. But I would completely recommend Royal Caribbean. The ships are beautiful, the food is fantastic and the entertainment at night is great. We’re planning on doing a 2-week cruise for our honeymoon and we’re super excited. We’re going to splurge and get a balcony and I’m so excited!

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Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

I’ve sailed on Carnival’s ships out of New York and I guess it really depends on your age range.  I found Carnival better suited for those 35 and below.  There is always food to be eaten and things to see/do.  I truly enjoy Carnival Cruise Lines.  As a matter of fact, I’ve sailed with them 5 times already!  Oh and on all their ships they generally have  a restaurant on the top deck that you have to pay a premium for (like $20 per person) to enjoy a 7 course meal.  I would def reccommend making reservations early on in your trip because you want to eat and enjoy the food they have to offer.  Closer to the end of the trip, you may get tired of eating and it may not be as enjoyable…their desserts are to DIE FOR!!!

Oh but if you’re looking for a more quiet crowd, Carnival’s designated more for family and teens, so that would not be the way to go.  As a side note, I’ve heard from cousins that sailed on Carnival and then on Royal Carribean and they said the food on Carnival was better…but I’ve never sailed RC so I can’t attest to that.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2008

My Fiancee and I recently took our first cruise. It wasn’t tropical, but it was a cruise with Norweigan that left from New York and went up the coast of New England. The time of the year (Sept) and location guaranteed that it was a TOTAL geezer cruise, but Norweigan was really nice. We really enjoyed the food and that you didn’t have to schedule your meals or anything. A lot of the people we spoke with were really happy with Norwegian as well. I feel like they cater to a slightly more mature crowd (though I don’t think quite as mature as we were dealing with that particular week), whereas I’ve heard that Carnival is a real party kind of cruise line.

Post # 6
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Worker bee

Royal Caribbean is definitly a step up from Carnival. I would put Carnival and Norweigan at the bottom, then Royal Caribbean and Princess (I like RC better than Princess), then Celebrity, followed by those crazy expensive ones like Crystal. Not sure if I am missing any, but those are all the ones I’ve had experience with.

Carnival is definitly a younger-aged ship. But RC has many young people and honeymooners on it. I guess it depends on what kind of honeymoon you’d like – if you’re going to want to party then Carnival is a better option, but if you would rather have a quieter vacation with amazing food I’d pick another option.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I have never been, but my only suggestion is to make sure you’re on an adult only.

Who wants to spend their honeymoon with 400 screaming kids locked on a ship 🙂 LOL.

Have fun! 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

my family prefers royal caribbean. the prices are right and we found the staff more friendly and food better quality over carnival. for a step up beyond this, i would recommend norweigan (free standing dining!) and then princess cruises. you really cant go wrong with RC though. cruises are great! one of our favorite trips was leaving from miami – i think it was the cococay (RC’s private beach), bahamas,key west trip. very fun. there was also another one where cozumel was a stop – awesome!

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2001

I’m a fan of Princess Cruise ships. I like the flexibility of dining when you want and with whom you want. If you don’t want to eat the traditional dining method where you are at a table of 6 or 8 people, with couples you don’t even know, you may want to consider Princess or NCL since they have the freestyle type dining options. Be sure to check out cruisecompete.com for the best pricing!

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

I’ve only sailed Royal Caribbean and Carnival, but I am partial to RC even though I met my FI on the Carnival cruise (and he has worked in the showbands on Carnival). I think the food on RC is significantly better than Carnival, the RC ships are more open, and there are just slightly nicer touches. However, the music and shows are better on Carnival, and I have heard that Carnival treats their employees better. Not that that should necessarily make you change your mind, but if that sort of thing matters to you, there you go.

Cruises ARE fun though. It just depends if what you really want for your honeymoon is to be in the lap of luxury or if you just want to have a good time, if food matters to you or if you really appreciate good entertainment. I advise taking a look at different cruise lines’ websites where they list itineraries. I’ve only done Western Caribbean itineraries but can advise that you sort of steer clear of Belize and Progreso because there isn’t that much to do in either port. Key West is also sort of average as a cruise port. I LOVED Grand Cayman and Jamaica, and Cozumel is always fun.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I love MSC, which is an Italian cruise line.  They have a lot of itineraries, but are fantastic in the Mediterranean.  And although the crew and most passengers speak really good english, there won’t be very many native english-speakers on the ship, which I find really nice (since I don’t leave the country to hang out with a bunch of Americans, in general).  They will seat you for dinner with people who list their preferred language as english (often Brits, Irish, Scottish, and Asians).

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

I just booked my cruise with Norweigan, but I don’t have experience with them yet (although the checking out process & prices were great).  I’ve never been on a cruise before!  Good luck!

Post # 13
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Worker bee

I’m reading the latest copy of "brides" magazine (march/april) and there is a whole section at the back reviewing cruise lines 🙂 You may want to check it out!

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’ve cruised a few times with my mom and my fiance and I just took his/our first cruise together in January.  It was a lot of fun (we went to Royal Caribbean– my mom and I had done Carnival in the past… maybe it should’ve been the other way around!) and LOTS of eating.

We did the LA 4 night cruise with stops in San Diego, Catalina Island, and Ensenada.  We’ve been to all of those places before, so the ports weren’t all that interesting.  We enjoyed the ship and especially the FOOD!  However, I thought that Carnival’s food service/options/offerings/times were better.  We had no problem with the dining room seating (we were at a table of 4 with a young honymoon couple) at all.

The best part was the price… $169/person PLUS $100 onboard credit!

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