Who to CRUISE with!? experience wanted!

posted 3 years ago in Travel
  • poll: Which cruise line to travel with??
    Carnival- despite all the past mishaps! : (9 votes)
    26 %
    Royal Caribbean : (15 votes)
    43 %
    Princess : (5 votes)
    14 %
    Other- Ill explain! : (6 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 3
    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @graygodess20:  Depends on what kind of experience you want.  Princess is really nice so I have nothing bad to say about the line.  I know a lot of people who ahve sailed with them and said they had a great time.  Royal is much more active and usually offers more activities for a mid-20s to mid-40s audience.  I did Carnival once and while it wasn’t bad since it was a 7 day Southern Caribbean, I can say that I wouldn’t sail with them again.  I love Royal!

    Post # 4
    3084 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    @graygodess20:  I’ve been on royal Caribbean 3 times and loved it. The food is good, entertainment is good, and it’s really a mix atmosphere. You won’t really get the spring breakers on that ship because it does cost more than carnival, but I think it’s worth the extra money. The service is great. 

    Celebrity is also really good too. I went on them once to bermuda & the food was amazing. But there’s a little less to do on it than royal Caribbean. We are going on celebrity on our honeymoon though. 

    Post # 5
    1583 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    @graygodess20:  I used to do marketing to cruise companies although I have only cruised on carnival myself.  Did an eastern Caribbean on the freedom and it was a lot of fun.  Carnival has a reputation as a bit of a party ship although I didn’t find that.  Royal Caribbean has some great  looking ships and I hear the food is fabulous.  Their ships are the some of the biggest cruise ships around. Princess markets themselves as the love boat (based on the tv show). Other companies include norwegian, celebrity and many others.  Go on cruise critic and look around for comparisons and reviews

    Post # 6
    10748 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    My grandparents did Princess all the time and liked it. My parents just did a Royal Caribbean and it was way nicer. Carnival is pretty low on the scale. 

    Post # 7
    2174 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    We cruised on Norweigian and it was good… The laid back vibe and freestyle dining were right for us. We discovered we aren’t necessarily cruise people, but I’d go with them again if we decided to cruise.

    Post # 8
    1302 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I really don’t think you can go wrong with any of them, to be honest. I have always sailed with Carnival and it has always been fabulous. My parents were actually on one of the Carnival cruises (the one that got stuck in St. Maarten) and they STILL swear by that cruise line. They love it and said everything that was reported here in the US was blown way out of proportion.

    I have also heard good things about RC, but have never sailed with them.

    I have never heard anything good or bad about Princess.

    Post # 9
    2114 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @graygodess20:  It depends where you want to go, not all of the ships sail or leave from the same ports.


    I have been on both Carnival (9 days) and Royal (5 days) and I enjoyed both of them!! However, I think I enojoyed Carnivals entertainment more. Now they could have had more because this was a longer cruise, but it was marvellous! I participated in the hypnotist show which was a cool experience. The comedians were great and the singers and dancers were to die for.


    I also felt like they had more guest interaction, Bingo every night, on-deck competitions and games, classes things like that.

    The food is probbaly slightly better on Royal, it is clear in the buffet BUT in the sit down restaurant I would say they are comparable.

    Post # 10
    1822 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

    I’ve only been on Carnival, but twice. I feel like it’s the most affordable option, which is my main factor after the general other factors being the same (how different can cruise lines really be?)

    The first time I was only 17 with family so I won’t talk about that one. The second time was my now-husband and I planned it for the first week of May to avoid the kid-rush. First week of May is before almost anywhere’s summer vacation, and highschool/college kids are most likely preparing for or taking finals… it was pretty great. And bonus, the lines for the water slides were short and full of fellow 20-somethings 😛

    I’m open to other cruise lines, but it’s hard now that Carnival has me in their system as a repeat customer. They start offering better prices, on top of the fact that Carnival is one of the cheapest. So… won’t mess with what’s not broken unless there’s a really compelling reason!

    Edit: The food was fantastic!! I actually preferred the specific-timed dining – made friends, and every night felt like a fancy social banquet. It probably all depends whose table you get stuck with, though. (Worst case, I doubt it’s hard to request a switch with guest services)

    Post # 11
    2042 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @graygodess20:  I love Carnival.  Rooms are bigger and its just awesome!

    Post # 12
    3777 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    We cruised with Princess for our honeymoon and had a fabulous time. DH has always disliked Carnival because of the “party ship” mentality, but I’ve never had experience with them. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about Royal Carribbean.

    Post # 13
    3519 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I like Norwegian!  Freestyle dining is very convenient, and their specialty restaurants are very good.

    Post # 14
    3777 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    Also, my in laws have cruised practically everywhere in the world, and they refuse to cruise with Carnival. They usually stick to Princess.

    Post # 15
    4511 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    My IL’s recently cruised with Princess and LOVED it. H and I did a Celebrity cruise last spring and we really liked it – I think it’s similar to Princess. It was spring break time so I think there was a higher-than-usual amount of families with kids, but we would have been happy with their more usual mix of older couples. We chose our cruise company based on destination, dates that worked for us, number of nights, and obviously cost for the kind of room we wanted (balcony – some  ships only have a few balconies in the most expensive suites, while others have balconies lining the entire ship.) We weren’t particualry attached to any one company. The final straw that made us choose Celebrity was they were having a sale where for our particular itinerary you would get the drink package for FREE. (Normally like $40 a day or something.) That was totally worth it – we would have been miserable spending the whole cruise feeling like we were nickel-and-dimed for every drink!

    Post # 16
    3623 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @graygodess20:  I have only done one cruise with Norwegian and would not go through them again. It was fine, but far from outstanding and I felt like I got nickled and dimed at every opportunity. We will probably do Disney next. I have heard great things about them.

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