I've cruised with Carnival (1), NCL (1), Royal Caribbean/Celebrity (45 days at sea), and one European Rive Cruise on AMA Waterways. I LOVE cruising. So far my favorite cruise line is Royal Caribbean because of their innovative ships, amount of things to do, the Royal Promenade (love it!) and there's a level of fun but it's not the "everyone get wasted and party" like Carnival was. That was in 1987 when I took the Carnival Celebration and I was in that mode myself back then.
What are your favorites?ise
Great question, trippin'! I have been lucky enough to explore many cruises with my family; they are a lot of fun. I love the Royal Caribbean line too. I am interested to see what other Insiders have to say!
That is great news. I am sure you will have a wonderful time! If only 2016 was closer .
Been on many European river cruises, including a charter of a Viking River ship in 2005. Chartering a Uniworld ship in Bordeaux for a July wine cruise next year. I cannot say enough great things about a river cruise vacation. I hope the industry doesn't shoot themselves in the foot, though. The 120 passenger ships are now almost doubling in size. The cruise lines are taking away the intimate feel of a small vessel by trying to maximize the economy of cruising by adding more paying guests. I am not, and never will be a fan of the megaship experience. Small ships all the way. Oh yes, here are some words to love by when shopping future cruises. "Friends don't let friends cruise Carnival".
i will list Princess as my favorite. While we have had good service on all of our cruises, princess took it to the next level. On a 12 day Mediterranean cruise my luggage was delayed 10 days (thanks BA). Princess immediately took charge of working with the airline and tracking my bag, issued me credits for on ship purchases, free daily laundry, and told me to enjoy my trip and that the bag worries were theirs and no longer mine. They saved our trip and made me a loyal customer.
We used to cruise frequently, but cut back over the last few years as ships got bigger,ports more crowded, and standard food declined (now have to pay upcharge for the 'premium' restaurants). Additionally, my vacation weeks are now used up by my timeshares. Overall, we prefer Holland America for the balance of quality, service, and value. Their ships are more like ships, not floating Vegas casinos. You are also able to bring your own wine on board that you can drink in your cabin or pay corkage to have with dinner. Our last cruise was three years ago. We liked Royal Carribean prior to their monster ships, but we haven't yet tried Celebrity or Costa.
I'm pretty sure it's two bottles per cabin but I'm not 100%. I booked our Feb. 2016 southern Carbibean cruise when the WOW sale just started. We are cruising with another couple - friends of ours - and the prices were so good we booked two adjoining grand suites on Adventure of the Seas. Saved $1000 on our cruise. With the Platinum discount of $150 plus the WOW sale, our cruise in the suite was $2400!!
Congratulations on your great deal. A grand suite for that price leaves you a lot of money for adult beverages. Are you cruising out of San Juan? We really enjoyed that itinerary because we were in port every day and didn't have to worry about the rough nights at sea when ships are traveling at peak speeds (althought this isn't really an issue on these megaships).Enjoy your cruise.
Last year we did our first cruise to New England and Canada with Royal Caribbean--LOVED IT! We just did a Caribbean cruise with my husband's whole family on Carnival. There were a couple things we liked about Carnival, but overall we both agreed that Royal Caribbean was better. We liked the ship better, the staff better, the food...not to say that anything was bad---because it wasn't--RCCL was just better. Our dining room staff on Carnival was awesome, we loved them. Fortunately, this cruise and/or ship wasn't as party-ish as I'd heard some Carnival experiences are. We could potentially do Carnival again if it was a group situation like this one, or if the destinations were right, but we will likely be back on RCCL for our next one. We did an open booking last year before we got off the New England cruise, so we are looking at a cruise to Bermuda for 2016. We want to try to go out of Baltimore next, because we can drive there. This can enable us to wait til the prices drop pretty low, or even go to port the day of and see if they have openings. Trippin'--I also love the Royal Promenade. It's awesome!
My first day back to work was Monday and on my lunch I went to AAA and got cruise catalogs for Royal, Norwegian, and Celebrity. So I can't wait to do some research. I also was at the library yesterday and saw in the travel guides "Frommer's Caribbean Cruises". Just flipping through, it looks great--they talk about the whole booking process, what and how to pack, and review each cruise line AND the classes of ships within each line. "You will like this if..." , "You might not like this if you don't like the party crowd", etc. I think I might sign it out just to look at the reviews of each line.
Speaking of packing, what packing method do you all employ? This trip I used the rolling method and it was awesome! We always pack a few things in each other's suitcases so that if one gets lost, the other person has at least a swimsuit and a change of clothes or two. We also pack a small carryon--even a tote bag--that has a few clothing items. When we got on the boat, we were able to change for the pool immediately because we'd packed swimsuits and a change of clothes in a tote bag...his niece was upset because her stuff was all in the suitcases.
Cruising the rivers of Europe with Grand Circle Tours (www.gct.com) is absolutely first rate. The ships are high class (lots of brass, wood paneling, plush carpets, etched glass, gourmet meals, very accommodating crews and expert program directors/tour guides). Have found prices are much better than Viking. We've taken five 2-3 week trips over the past 5 years. Best cruise is their "Romance of the Rhine and the Mosel" river cruise.
I've done cruises with Celebrity ( Alaska 8 days ), Royal Caribbean ( South America 35 days ), Holland America ( South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand 47 days; Northen Europe 28 days ) and coming up at the end of October with Holland America ( Caribbean/Atlantic Adventure 42 days ). I also did river cruising with Uniworld in China and Europe ( Yangtze River 5 days, Danube River 12 days ). They're all my favorite because each cruise ship and itinerary was different.
well to date I have only used Norwegian . So far four cruises. I do like them for many reasons first fares tend to be less expensive, second I like the flexibility for meals- eat where you want when you want with whom you want, third found the primarily Philippine crews to be great. We will take a river cruise on Viking next summer
Went on the Viking river cruise for 14 days in June. The ship was new and service and food were great. My only complaint and will cause me not to want river cruises is lack of exercise capablity. The top deck had a small track but the deck was closed for six days due to low bridges. Then i guess someone complained that people were noisy walking at 6am so they closed until 8 . Well if you wait until 8 you miss the excusions of that day. Overall a great experience but will stick with ocean size boats
I've been on a lot of different lines: Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Princess, Celebrity, Carnival. I think my favorite would have to be Royal Caribbean. They've always consistently provided great service, great food, beautiful and well-maintained ships, and the destinations I've wanted to go.
Cruising is a great way to see a lot of places in a short period of time without having to repack ;-)
I've enjoyed the European cruises the best. I just got back from a British Isles Cruise that went all over Ireland and Scotland for 12 days on Princess. This picture is of Urquhart Castle in the Scotland Highlands overlooking Loch Ness. It's the only day it rained but it kind of fit the mood of the place.
Ditto to carat, trippin'. But I'm dying to try Disney Cruise Line's Alaska service and their CA to HA service. Would love to give RCCL a try, as well as the upper tier lines from Carnival Crop like Princess, Cunard, and Holland America. OH, and can't forget Crystal Cruises... Especially since they'll be getting their own 787
Hi everyone, Cunard would be amazing. I was pricing out a cruise for my parents because my dad WON'T fly, so it was the QM2 from NYC (he would drive to the port) then a 7 day transatlantic to Southhampton, rent a car and take the ferry over to Ireland for a week then cruise back to NYC. Hope they take me!
Royal Caribbean is most definitely my favorite. I love their Crown & Anchor Rewards program. I've been on the Allure, Jewel & Adventure of the Seas and it feels like I'm on a floating resort. This October I will be on Liberty of the Seas and December Anthem of the Seas! RCCL all the way!!!
Celebrity "Solstice class" ships are my favourites. Royal Caribbean is a closed second. Celebrity is a member of the Royal Caribbean "family" of cruise ships (another member is Azamara). Each member recognizes other members' Loyalty Program and benefits are granted, based on the equivalent membership level. Hence, one can experience different brands and maintain loyalty congruity.