(Closed) Have you been or are you going on a cruise?

posted 7 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I would pick cruise line first for the right atmosphere and then based on when you want to go, pick the best priced ship.  I went on one cruise in March 2009 to the Caribbean.  I narrowed down to Celebrity or Royal Caribbean, and ended up going on Celebrity Summit (which was great).  Carnival seemed too much party to me, Disney too kid oriented.  My SO was anti- Norwegian because he had a bad experience on it previously (went 15-20 years ago and they had sold it as “cruise how you like it” but then required fancy dress code that he & his brother didn’t bring with them based on the unclear advertising, which meant they had to scramble for attire/couldn’t eat in the main dinning room).  A friend recommeded another that was too fancy/expensive for me.  Try researching here: http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/cruise-lines/ 

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I have been on two cruises and would recommend Royal Caribbean over Carnival.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’ve been on 4 cruises and I definitely recommend Royal Caribbean. I had a terrible experience on carnival and wouldn’t recommend it at all. My family has been on princess as well and they definitely recommend that too but it tends to be pricier. 

On Royal Caribbean, I favor the smaller ships because I feel you have a more personal experience. However, if you are interested in ice skating or other activities that only the larger ships offer, then go for it! I prefer the less crowded ships instead of 1000s of passengers but the large ships are incredible looking and they do have more dining options I’m pretty sure it depends on the ship but some do have an adults only pool, you just have to look into each ship. I also remember some hot tubs were designated as adults only but that was not enforced on the ship. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Celebrity and Royal Caribbean are owned by the same people, btw.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have been on 4 cruises: 1 Costa (before they were bought out) and 3 Carnival, 2 of those with FI.  We both loved Carnival but we liked having a lot of stuff to do onboard.  We are on the younger side (both 21 on one cruise, 22 on the other) so that may have influenced our opinion and I have not been on a Royal Caribbean ship so I can’t compare, although I have heard really good things about their ships. 

You should check out vacationstogo.com.  You can do a custom search for a range of dates for departure, where you want to cruise to (even specify ports you want or don’t want to visit), and can restrict the search (or simply exclude) certain lines.  The prices on that website are the same as the ones on the specific cruise lines website, but it does give you a chance to compare a bunch on lines, ships, and itineraries at once.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I am and have!

 

We are actually getting married aboard a cruiseship (Carnival Legend to be exact)

 

CruiseCritic.com is an excellent excellent place to go to get reviews – but remember… take all of them with a grain of salt since everything is a personal opinion!

 

I personally prefer Carnival.  I feel it has gotten a bad rep regards to partying and is more family orientated now but with a good younger generation to party with if that is your thing.

 

The last cruise we went on had a mix of ages (3-63) and everyone enjoyed themselves.

 

Honestly, from talking to people who have cruised a lot, they say it depends more on the people who are sailling that week than it does on the cruiseline.  Royal Carribean and Carnival are almost identical.

 

We pretty much decided based on timing, pricing, and ports.  Decide when and where you want to go and then search which cruises by which lines match up with what you want!

 

 

 

 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Yup – been on 3… Two Carnival and one Royal Caribbean.  I definitely recommend RC… just do your research on the ship.  If you get an old one, it tends to smell.  Definitely look at cruise critic, but also take it with a grain of salt.

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