(Closed) Best Cruise Lines?

posted 6 years ago in Travel
  • poll: What is the best cruise line in your experience overall?
    Celebrity : (1 votes)
    5 %
    Holland America : (0 votes)
    Carnival : (4 votes)
    21 %
    Norwegian : (1 votes)
    5 %
    Royal Caribbean : (10 votes)
    53 %
    Princess : (2 votes)
    11 %
    Regent : (0 votes)
    Crystal : (0 votes)
    Other : (1 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Several people I talked to said Royal Caribbean. They said Carnival is more “party” focused it seems..which isn’t really me or Fiance. They said Celebrity was really good and pretty relaxed (a lot of retired people take these apparently?)

    Post # 4
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    161 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    My top two are Princess and Royal Caribbean. 

    Royal Caribbean:  I cruised on Liberty of the Seas a couple years ago (one of their huge ships) and had such a good time.  It’s so big, so there’s a ton to do.  You will never be bored (unless you want to!).  I also thought the food variety was fantastic. 

    I cruised with Princess last year for the first time (on the Crown Princess).  The ship was a bit smaller than the RC ship, but felt more luxurious.  Not all the activity options that RC had, but the level of customer service was superior.  I didn’t think the food options were as great as RC.

    Overall, I would highly recommend either.  It just depends on what you’re wanting out of your vacation. 

    Enjoy!

    Post # 5
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Royal Carribbean was great.  I went on their Alaskan cruise, which is typically more popular with the older crowd, and I still had a good time.  The ship was very nice with good amenities and some fun stuff, good shows, climbing wall, good shops etc.  The service was EXCELLENT.  It was really great.  The food as well, awesome.  There was a nightclub with a pretty decent crowd, but not that over the top party atmosphere that I hear Carnival can have.  The pools and hot tubs were nice.

    Post # 6
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    7902 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    Carnival is like a 24-hr spring break party. The service is usually not as good and the food is good, but not always as good as on their more expensive line, Princess.

    My favorite is Royal Caribbean because of the balance between quality and cost. Plus, the cruises are fun, but not annoyingly so, and the food is good.

    I haven’t been, but my dad and BFF have, on Holland America, and the ships are great and everything, but the crowd is decidedly older and quite tame (ie, old and boring).

    My dad (who cruises like 4 times a year) puts Princess, Royal Caribbean, Norweigen, and Celebrity on equal footing.

    Post # 7
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    If you can afford it or have one h*** of a good travel agent, either Cunard or Seaborn. 

    Cunard is A-mazing!  I was surprised when I traveled with them at the diversity of ages, since I’d always thought they were more for the retirement set.  The food was awesome.  The accommodations top notch.  The entertainment choices great.  And, they are really just plain nice.  Very much a “traditional” luxury cruise experience.  BUT, it costs a FORTUNE.

    Seaborn is equally expensive, but is completely different from any other cruiseline.  Small, intimate yacht-like experience.  Very custom and very friendly.  Their itineraries are pretty limited, but spectacular.  Again, it costs a FORTUNE.

    FH actually recommends Disney (I know, I know…)  He got a free trip on their line while working for them.  He LOVED it.  I haven’t traveled with them, though.

    Post # 8
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    We took a Alaskan cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line for our Honeymoon and LOVED it! So, that was the first cruise I’ve been on, so maybe I’m not the best judge, but I thought it was great.

    Two of my favorite features were that you could eat on your own schedule (i.e. no fixed dining times) and the entertainment was great!

    Post # 9
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    Celebrity! I have cruised on 5 different lines and they have top notch food, super nice bars/speciality restaurants, the ships are beautfiul, and you can have a good mix of older and younger people.

    Plus you can pre-purchase a drink package for unlimited drinks for the entire trip so you don’t have to worry about a pesky bar bill at the end of the trip.

    If you want constant activity and lots of kids go for Royal. No offense to anyone here but I don’t go on a cruise to climb a rock wall or go to Johnny Rockets, I can do that at home. I want to relax by a pool with excellent service and without kids screaming in my ears.

    Princess would be my second choice.

    Post # 10
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I am partial to Celebrity Cruise Lines, seeing as I worked for them for a few years!  I was ‘cruise staff’, meaning the activity/party staff and we always had a blast!  There is a great mix of guests ranging in age, so there is something for everyone to do.  If you love to get involved in activities there are loads of them, ranging from poolside activities to karaoke to ping pong!  But if you’d rather just have some quiet time for you and your new hubby there are many places for that as well.  The food is amazing, the drinks are incredible…No seriously….I have been unable to find drinks on land that are as well made as they were on the ships!  And the staff are, well….THE BEST!  Send me a message if you need any more info 🙂

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