Post # 1
What cruise line have you used before? Why did you choose it? And finally what did you think of it?
I have done Royal Carribean and Holland America. H.A. was amazing, but the more research I do, I find it is a cruise designed for older individuals (my mom had won a cruise years ago and it was family friendly so that is why we went with H.A.). FI has never been and I think he would greatly enjoy going.
Post # 3
Royal Caribbean – My personal fave, food is good, crowd is a decent mix of ages.
Princess – Graduation gift from my g-ma was a trip to Alaska. Food was really good, crowd skewed muuuuch older
Disney – Went when I was a kid, would never go as an adult. I remember the ship shutting down at like 9 pm. They had the best private island though
Costa – Cheeeap, went for Spring break. We got what we paid for. The food was terrible and the shows were unintentionally hilarious (think mimes).
Post # 4
I am at work now, but wanted to give you a quick run down of my experiences.
Royal Carribean – Went in college with my grandmom. It had a good mix of young-middle age people. We both enjoyed it.
Carnival – Went with family – very diverse in age/demographic, but defintely aptly named “The fun ship.” Not the kind of cruise I would want to go on for a honeymoon though.
Celebrity – Honeymooned with this cruise line. It was fantastic, but a muuuuuch older crowd. Everyone (except for maybe…100 people?) was retirement age and up. The ship was so elegant though and the staff was phenomenal.
Post # 5
@rachaelrobin: In regards to Celebrity, I think that reminds me of how Holland America was. I am kind of thinking- it’s our honeymoon, we want to spend time together not with other people. Who knows maybe it would be more fun if it were just the 2 of us with older people. I can’t even begin to explain how absolutely amazing the food was. Midnight buffets with 20 different desserts every night! Yummm!
Post # 6
We did a cruise with Norweigian (NCL) and loved it. I would say the passengers were a good mix of ages. The food was great and we went on awesome excursions during the day and really liked the shows they did at night. The best part about NCL is their “Freestyle Cruising”. There are no set dinner times which is awesome.. and it’s a much more casual feel than a lot of other cruises that require men to wear jackets at dinner. No chance hubs was doing that on vacation : )
Post # 7
I’ve done 2 Carnival cruises and found that my experience differed widely depending on the time of year. The first time I went during Thanksgiving week and had a very chill time. It wasn’t too crowded and there was a range of ages. It wasn’t “fancy”- definitely more on the discount side, but very fun. The second time we went on spring break week and EVERYONE on the boat was young and crazy! I mean I was 21 at the time so I had a great time too, lol, but it was MUCH different. The on-ship bars that were empty on the first cruise were packed every night on the second. Carnival is good for a cheap drinking vacation but I wouldn’t want to go on one for a honeymoon.
Post # 8
@Lolasmomma: We did a one week cruise to Alaska from Seattle on the Princess Cruise line, it was great but as someone mentioned before the crowd was much older.
Post # 9
i’ve only ever been on carnival (3 times) but it was a blast! def “the fun ship” like others have said. just dont go during college spring break! haha i made that mistake once. it was entertaining to say the least.
Post # 10
@Lolasmomma: That was my thought exactly. I’m not hating on the spring breaker-type crowd, but I didn’t really want that on our honeymoon! But as it turns out, we met two really amazing couples on the cruise who were also on their honeymoons!
Post # 11
I have done 2 Royal Caribbean and 2 Disney. On a whole, I thought the Disney ships were cleaner, bigger, nicer. The staff on Disney was more pleasant and the food was better too, in my opinion. I liked RC’s private island better because it was a little easier to navigate (I like how they drop you off in the middle of the island… with Disney, they drop you off at one end, so EVERYONE is clustered near that end and you have to be pretty dedicated to keep walking past the crowds).
One PP mentioned never going on a Disney cruise as an adult. I don’t entirely agree with that, but I think you need to know what to expect. Yes, it’s a Disney cruise, so there will be Mickey and Minnie and kids running all over the place. However, they have some really nice adults-only areas and some great shows. No casino, but that may not be a deal-breaker for you. I think as long as you know that there will be a lot of families and you make an effort to steal away to the grown-up areas, you can have a fantastic time on those ships.
Post # 12
I’ve cruised on Carnival (with a group) and we had a great time. There were lots of families, but the age range and cultures were diverse and that made it FUN, for us. We did see a few couples who were honeymooning and they actually ended up doing a lot of things together.
As mentioned above, Carnival is the “FUN SHIP”, I enjoyed the food and shows…definitely was not a boring trip and the destinations were GORGEOUS!!