U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Travel > Cruises
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 07-03-2012, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
71,970 posts, read 83,640,243 times
Reputation: 41777

Advertisements

I know this is not an easy question but it is always fun. I am a lover of cruising period and most lines. I have 2 favorites and none I really do not like: My favorites are HAL and NCL.

HAL: the service is impecable
the food outstanding
you can have a full breakfast in your cabin, compared to other lines that only offer this in certain catagories.
the cabins are large and well appointed

cons: most people are almost the walking dead it seems
the casinos are dead and very small
the entertainment; to get to enjoy it, because the showrooms are small you have to get there about 1/2 before showtime.

NCL: the crew is so friendly
they usually have more interesting itineraries with more ports compared to other lines, especially Carnival
the choices in dining and no actual formal nights.
the cost on most cruises is a little lower
a great mixture of ages.
Nice casinos and good entertainment

cons:main dining room food isn't as good as some lines, the buffets are probably better then other lines in our opinion.
cabins are smaller than Carnival and HAL.
The pool areas are more crowded cause there are not as many choices.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 07-04-2012, 02:45 PM
 
5,553 posts, read 6,983,406 times
Reputation: 2806
Carnival - best all around value.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-04-2012, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
16,738 posts, read 23,170,683 times
Reputation: 5847
It's really hard to say because it depends on the ship, for me at least.

I've been on NCL Majesty - it was an awful experience. But I've heard great things about their new ships.

I've been on Freedom of the Seas and it was an amazing time, but the Explorer out of New Jersey was terrible, as was the Serenade out of San Juan.

Overall, I think Princess is best. Passengers were classier. Food was better. Ships more high end.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-04-2012, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Fairfield, CT
5,846 posts, read 8,607,880 times
Reputation: 6286
Quote:
Originally Posted by kidyankee764 View Post
It's really hard to say because it depends on the ship, for me at least.

I've been on NCL Majesty - it was an awful experience. But I've heard great things about their new ships.

I've been on Freedom of the Seas and it was an amazing time, but the Explorer out of New Jersey was terrible, as was the Serenade out of San Juan.

Overall, I think Princess is best. Passengers were classier. Food was better. Ships more high end.
What made your experience on Explorer of the Seas bad?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-04-2012, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Fairfield, CT
5,846 posts, read 8,607,880 times
Reputation: 6286
I have only been on Carnival and Royal Caribbean.

I like Royal Caribbean because it has a good age mix (not too young or too old, generally) and offers good service. They also have some really nice ships.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-05-2012, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
71,970 posts, read 83,640,243 times
Reputation: 41777
Quote:
Originally Posted by kidyankee764 View Post
It's really hard to say because it depends on the ship, for me at least.

I've been on NCL Majesty - it was an awful experience. But I've heard great things about their new ships.

I've been on Freedom of the Seas and it was an amazing time, but the Explorer out of New Jersey was terrible, as was the Serenade out of San Juan.

Overall, I think Princess is best. Passengers were classier. Food was better. Ships more high end.
I agree with most of what you say: I did not cruise the Majesty but heard some horror stories about her. She just was't built for freestyle to start with. As for Princess, I agree about the passengers though we have found them snooty as well, especially on the longer cruises. We were very disappointed in the food last fall. We did a 12 day cruise on Princess; even the specialty dining rooms left a lot to be desired, like Lobster not cooked through. It wasn't just us, many people were complaining. The ships are beautiful.
Even though I do have my favorite lines and least favorite, you are right, it is the ship and class of ship that makes the difference as much as the line. I think, if I could cruise 3 or 4 times a year (which we can't) there is only one line we have done I would never do again: it is Costa.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-05-2012, 11:18 AM
 
14,253 posts, read 15,334,945 times
Reputation: 13682
Seabourn (bigger ships) .......

Yes, it is expensive .... but .......

1. The smallest room is a junior suite

2. Almost all rooms have a veranda

3. Only 450 passengers ... no lines.

4. All inclusive .... includes wines and hard liquor (with the exception of 'premium' brands).

5. No tipping

6. For 450 passengers ... 4 restaurants, 4 bars, coffee bar, two swimming pools, 5 hot tubs (not including Spa area).

7. No 'premium' restaurants (i.e. no extra fee)

8. Food is outstanding

9. Service is outstanding

10. Generally, very few kids (not really suitable for kids).

11. Smaller ships allows access to smaller - often more interesting - ports

12. Very new, modern and well designed ships. Tons of public space.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-05-2012, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
16,738 posts, read 23,170,683 times
Reputation: 5847
Quote:
Originally Posted by dazzleman View Post
What made your experience on Explorer of the Seas bad?
The food was awful - literally, awful. I couldn't even down a piece of grilled chicken in the dining room. The steak was tasteless and fatty too. I found myself eating salad and bread the first few nights (and I'm not too picky when it comes to food - only pizza). We spent an extra $25 pp and dined in the specialty dining room the last 2 nights, which was better. Was that RCCL's intent? Not sure...others on the cruise were complaining as well.

I was really disappointed in RCCL (used to be my favorite line) this past Fall when Irene hit. We were scheduled to leave San Juan on the Serenade but due to Irene hitting PR, the ship left early. No call from the ship, no email. We're lucky we arrived early to the pier and found out about early departure. Unfortunately hundreds of people did not, and were stranded at the pier as the hurricane's outer bands began hitting the island. RCCL did not offer hotels, or to fly them to the next port.

Last edited by kidyankee764; 07-05-2012 at 11:47 AM..
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-05-2012, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
16,738 posts, read 23,170,683 times
Reputation: 5847
Quote:
Originally Posted by nmnita View Post
I agree with most of what you say: I did not cruise the Majesty but heard some horror stories about her. She just was't built for freestyle to start with. As for Princess, I agree about the passengers though we have found them snooty as well, especially on the longer cruises. We were very disappointed in the food last fall. We did a 12 day cruise on Princess; even the specialty dining rooms left a lot to be desired, like Lobster not cooked through. It wasn't just us, many people were complaining. The ships are beautiful.
Even though I do have my favorite lines and least favorite, you are right, it is the ship and class of ship that makes the difference as much as the line. I think, if I could cruise 3 or 4 times a year (which we can't) there is only one line we have done I would never do again: it is Costa.
Never been on Costa, but I'm surprised to hear that about Princess.

Have you tried Celebrity? We're doing the Equinox next...
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-05-2012, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
71,970 posts, read 83,640,243 times
Reputation: 41777
Quote:
Originally Posted by kidyankee764 View Post
Never been on Costa, but I'm surprised to hear that about Princess.

Have you tried Celebrity? We're doing the Equinox next...
We have done Celebrity about 3 times, but not for years. they are at the top of almost everyone's list. My only problem, we did find the people a little on the uppity side. I still think for the money we prefer HAL, but if traveling with kids or teens Celebrity would win out over HAL. I have heard Equinox is the ship or all ships. Enjoy!!!!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Travel > Cruises
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top