(Closed) Norwegian vs Royal Carribean

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
201 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

We sailed royal Caribbean  for our honeymoon in July 2014. It was great…i don’t remember alot of kids but they did have a kids area on the ship so i assume some were on there. We cruised for 5 days 4 nights  (which was long enough for me)…and saw the Bahamas and the keys… it was a great  experience and I definitely would do it again.

Post # 3
1195 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1995

We’ve sailed Norwegian 3 times.  It was great!  I hardly remember seeing any kids at all.  We really liked the freestyle dining.  

Post # 4
9252 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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futuremrs1617:  Personally I thing the RC ships are better equipped than NCL’s. But I also found more kids on the RC cruise compared to the two NCL cruises and I think it was because of those extras on the ships (like ice skating). 

We are CFBC so overall due to the less kids thing we found NCL better but we only cruise during school terms to limit the number of children. Food was comparable, staff are always friendly and helpful on any cruiseline we have sailed and ships all have the expected level of wear and tear.


Post # 5
1309 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

November should be fine for avoiding kids unless it’s thanksgiving week. I love NCL – the flexible dining is much more my speed than an assigned time and table. 

Post # 6
424 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I prefer Royal Carribean cruise line. I have not been on Allure but if you go on cruise critic.com you can get some good reviews on their chatboards. We are sailing on Adventure of the Seas for our honeymoon next month. I picked the ship because of the itinerary. 

in November you should be ok to sail without many school age children on board. There may be some younger kids. 

Good luck planning your trip. 

Post # 7
3247 posts
Sugar bee

Princess for lack of kids… Loved it! 

I have heard good things about Royal Carribean, but I always end up like Princess itineraries better. 

Post # 9
2688 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

In my experience Norwegian had way less kids than RC

HOWEVER the food, entertainment (basically everything) on RC was way better than Norwegian. I’d never travel on Norwegian again FWIW

Post # 11
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

We’re sailing NCL for our honeymoon 🙂 We’ve only heard good things about NCL!

Post # 12
94 posts
Worker bee

I’ve cruised on the Allure and on a different NCL ship. I would pick the Allure no question, but I think I also had an uncharacteristically bad experience on NCL (garbage piling up in the stairwells, a terrible steward who stole from a couple cabins in our hall, a Noro virus outbreak, etc.).

Going on a cruise that is longer than 7 days will definitely guarantee fewer kids, but if you go on a 14-day cruise you will probably get one group of people the first week and another the second. November is a good time because there are fewer school breaks outside of Thanksgiving. I 100% agree with the PP who said Princess would have fewer kids than either NCL or RC, and it is priced about the same as RC. Celebrity is also a good choice, but more expensive.

You can do flexible dining on RC. We’ve always had a great experience with their dining options, and I agree that the food and service was significantly better.

Post # 14
422 posts
Helper bee

We sailed with Royal and had the most amazing time. Everything was wonderful, from the service to the food, to the activities. We were never bored and would go again in a heartbeat! Our ship was Navigator of the Seas, not sure how that compares to Allure – but you seriously can’t go wron with Royal!

Post # 15
651 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I have traveled on both and can personally say I would choose Royal hands down. The food is better, the shows and entertainment are also really good and all around the ships are beautiful, especially if you are considering the Allure. The one thing I did enjoy with Norwegian was that there was no specific time for meals, which did provide for a more relaxed experience in that area, but aside from that, I am still a bigger fan of RC. Fiance and I are planning on doing an RC cruise for our honeymoon since he has not been on any of theirs yet.

I will say though, the Getaway looks like a beautiful ship, so your experience might be different.

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