(Closed) Cruise Lines?

posted 10 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: Which cruise line?

    Carnival

    Royal Caribbean

    Princess

    Disney

    Celebrity

    Norwegian

    Other...comment below!

  • Post # 17
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @Misscandice8907:  I think $3k is definitely do-able for the majority of the common cruise lines that people have recommended here. The difference would be location of the cabin (inside or with a porthole or with a balcony) and length of stay. If you are open to when you are traveling, you can definitely get some great deals as the Caribbean is a very popular destination with all the cruise lines.

    Personally, I would splurge and get at least a cabin with a porthole (balcony is even better!) because then you can tell when it’s day or night out. I love having a window and waking up to the sun. The inside statesrooms make me feel claustrophobic, as do hotel rooms with no windows.

    There are tons of reviews of all the ships/locations/cruise lines online and you can definitely get a feel for each one. Some sites will even tell you which rooms to request to get a balcony at a porthole price.

    Post # 18
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    First off cruise lines fall into a bunch of categories, and no two are the same.  They each market themselves to a specific demographic.

    I’d say the following about the 3 of them…

    Carnival is certainly more of a party atmosphere… and a way younger crowd.  Attracts a lot of families, as well as Teens and College Kids looking to get drunk / laid (More so if you travel when during holiday timeframes or school breaks… so looking at April, be sure you know WHEN Easter falls etc)

    Royal Caribbean is pretty much a middle of the road line. And owned by the same company that owns Celebrity Cruises & Azamara Cruises.  This is their “family line”.  But it also has a good mix of couples too.  This would be my preferred cruise line from your list if you are in your 20s, 30s or 40s, and wanting to have a good time and lots of activities while aboard for your honeymoon.

    Princess is owned by Carnival Corp.  And this is what I’d call their middle of the road cruise line.  Although it markets itself to a more refined clientelle than Royal Caribbean… so a lot more 40 and 50 year olds aboard.  Still some kids, but not tons.

    Celebrity Cruise Lines is RC’s more sophisticated line.  It markets itself almost entirely to couples… ranging in age from 30s to 80s… with its strongest draw for those 40 thru 70.  It offers more of an all-inclusive experience (ie Beverage Packages, and Spa Class Cabins) that Couples are looking for.  Costing is midway, and for many good value, because you can customize to your own needs, while still enjoying some of the perks associated with the luxury lines (such as Celebrity’s Amazara Club).  Some of the big attractions with Celebrity is the healthier lifestyle they feature (ships are almost totally non-smoking) and they have both traditional eats as well as Spa type eats (Aqua Class).  They also offer more “traditional” cruise line experiences like 2 Formal Evenings in the Main Dining Room (men in suits or tuxes), but have casual and country club casual venues available round the clock.

    Holland America is Carnival Corp’s equivalent to Celebrity.  But their ships tend to be older (Celebrity has built 5 HUGE Solstice Class Ships in the last 5 Years… and ALL of them are award winning in design and amenities).  Pricing between the two lines is similar, but the demographic on HAL tends to skew a bit higher… and there aren’t as many organized activities etc.  They also have a more traditional take on dining, and have formal evenings as well.

    When suggesting a cruise, it is important to look at a lot of things for comparisson sake.

    WHEN do you want to go.  There are distinct HIGH and LOW Seasons, and a lot of that is driven by the weather in the locales.  WHAT Itinerary interests you, and WHERE do you want to visit. HOW MUCH do you want to spend… price points are all over the map… and some cruises include more in the base price than others.  ADDED COSTS include… Taxes & Fees / Port Charges (at the time you book), Airfare, Airport Transfers, Before & After Accommodations, Tips, Gratuities and Service Charges (some are fixed, some are not), and ALL onboard expenses (MOST Beverages, Specialty Restaurants, Photos, Souvenirs, Some Workshops & Experiences, Spa Costs etc).  And any OFF SHORE costs… so if you take an organized Ship Tour, or go on your own, there are usually costs involved.

    Generally speaking, Mr TTR and I say there “can be” a third person tacked onto the basic per person cost you see in the brochure (so if the pricing is $ 1000 per person, you could easily count on $ 2000 for the cabin, and another $ 1000 in extras).  Of course this is just a generality, as everyone spends their vacation differently.

    The one thing that Cruises have over any other sort of vacation IMO, is the fact that you unpack once.  And you can do as much or as little as you like.  The crew is very good at taking care of you, and pampering you… many things you didn’t even know you’d like “will just happen”… people seem to anticipate your needs.  The bettter lines have better food, wine and entertainment as well.

    Mr TTR and I are most definitely doing a cruise for our Honeymoon… and we cannot wait !!

    PS… If you want more info you can drop me a PM.  Or I also suggest that you check out the Cruise Critic Website (sister website to TripAdvisor) they have a TON of info… and lots of great stuff for first time cruisers.  All the ships are reviewed on there, and you can read up on what each has to offer and what sets them apart from others (good place to do comparissons etc)

    EDIT TO ADD… Norwegian is very similar to Royal Caribbean.  BUT has a very heavily dedicated group of followers.  And another good choice for those honeymooning in their 20s, 30s or 40s. 

    Disney is the consumate ship for those with kids… but it also is priced quite high (just like Disney).

    RE – Formal Nights on Cruise Lines.  Quite frankly, you either like them or you don’t.  I personally LOVE them because they are so refined and “romantic”.  Something really nice about getting dressed up for each other and a special night out.  And the photos taken those evenings are superb.  Realize though that formal isn’t for everyone, so as I said, the ships do offer those events, also offer alternatives.  Again this is info you’ll read on their websites… so know what is what BEFORE you book / pay out any monies.

     

    Post # 19
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I’ve been on Royal Caribbean and Carnival. Royal Caribbean was sooo much better! RC was a family trip and Carnival was for our honeymoon. RC had better food, activites, and shows. Carnival seemed to be more crowded. Most times it was hard to find a beach chair to lay on. RC seemed a bit classier, with more dressy dinners. (Some people don’t like having to dress up but I thought it was fun!) So I vote Royal Caribbean! Oh, and you must get a room with a balcony! :]

    Post # 21
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I have only been on the Carnival and it wasn’t really that bad. I don’t have anything to compare it to, but I enjoyed myself.

    Post # 22
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    We booked with NCL! My aunt is a travel agent and highly suggested them. We are only doing 4 nights, due to work. Our total cost including flight, freestyle dining on the ship, and 4 nights on the ship was only $1160.00! Great deal if you ask me.

    Post # 23
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    @Misscandice8907:  With your ages, and the little I know about you, I’d say look primarily Royal Caribbean & Norwegian.  And also at Carnival & Disney if their demographics don’t bother you.

    Celebrity, Princess & HAL aren’t what I’d call stuffy… in that you don’t have to have your face on and be all turned out perfectly each time you leave the cabin, but they do skew older, so therefore you might not feel quite so comfortable or find a lot of other couples your age to hang out with (altho I certainly have seen people in their 20s on them)

    Probably better to save one of those lines for an Anniversary Cruise… somewhere down the road.

    Post # 24
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @Misscandice8907:  We decided on 5 days, Cozumel and Key West. We got the early bird rates since we paid really early and I was happy with the price 🙂

    Post # 25
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I have only been on 1 cruise and it was with Princess. It was sooooooo classy and elegant. It may be slightly more expensive than Carnival or Royal Caribbean, but not a ton, and to me it was worth it.

    The ship was so gorgeous I almost cried when I boarded! lol

    And one of my favorite aspects of the trip was that there were almost NO children. (not saying anything bad about kids, but if you’re looking for a kid free environment, this might be it). Seriously I think I saw 5 children on the entire ship.

    There were also A LOT of honeymooners and elderly people. But those old people know how to party! I’ve also heard that Princess is known as the “romance” cruise so I think it’d be a good choice for a honeymoon.

    My fiance has been on, like 100 cruises and he says Royal Carribbean is a good comparison to Princess, just more affordable and family friendly. He also said Carnival is DEFINITELY a party cruise line and caters towards college kids and other “low budget” crowds.

    Have fun! 

    Post # 27
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    i have been on 2 royal caribbean and 1 carnival (two years ago to the caribbean).  Honestly, both cruise lines are pretty similar.. As for  “party ship” sure, there are a lot of people your age going on these cruise lines because its cheaper than princess cruises…  Princess cruises are more for the older crowd i would say (40s and up age range)..  Regardless if you are a “partier” or not i would say go with royal caribbean or carnival.. more people your age.. and cheaper

    Post # 28
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I’ve only ever been on Carnival and Holland America.  Carnival blew Holland America, even though they’re supposed to be higher end, out of the water in terms of service and food.  Really enjoyed our times on Carnival cruises.

    Post # 29
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    Depends on what atmosphere you want.

    Carnival = PARTY!!!  We call it the Busch and Nascar crowd though because it’s usually the bargain cruisers.  However, I had an awesome time on a 7 day Carnival cruise to the Western Caribbean; lots of dancing and drinking.

    Royal Caribbean = Active cruisers.  Especially on the newer ships and 7 day cruises there are so many activities you can stay pretty busy the entire time.  I am a Platinum member with RCCL and it’s my go to for vacations.

    Princess = Luxury for Less.  If you have the money spend it on Celebrity or Holland America to get the most luxurious cruise.  If not, Princess is a bargain with much more luxurious amenities than Carnival and Royal Caribbean.

    When in doubt, check out cruisecritic.com for reviews of ships and to get an idea of what’s available.

    Post # 31
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Just to echo what others have said, Fiance and I went on a princess cruise when we were in college actually and got a really good deal on it beacuse my parents have a time share that gives discounts on cruises.  We were on the younger side of the ship when we went (we were 21 at the time), but we didn’t feel like we were the youngest or that people were being rude or snotty.  We didn’t have to choose a dining time and I wore dresses to dinner but was in shorts and a tank top the rest of the time.  The only other thing I would suggest is to look at what the ship offers for exhibitions and then do some research and try to book them outside of the cruise ship.  I did this for all our exhibitions we went on and not only did I save us a good deal of money, but many of the exhibitions were just Fiance and I and the group of 4 we were traveling with, and we’d pass the cruise exhibitions and there were 20-30 people in them!  Good luck!

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