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Old 07-15-2008, 05:53 PM
 
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My family and I are planning a vacation for '09 and thought a cruise would be great.

We are not looking to go on a booze cruise so for us Carnival is out.
Instead we are looking for a high end line with a great reputation.

If you have cruised in the past and have a recommendation I would appreciate any information you could offer.

I guess I should also ask,did you like it? & would you go on a cruise again?

Thanks!
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Old 07-15-2008, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Seaford, Delaware
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Cunard Lines. QE2 or QM2. Both high end and both great ships with great ports. I'm not sure of itierary, it chages with the time of year. I usually go to Europe in the summer, but cruise home and have no jet lag and get lots of rest and quiet and/or fun. Whatever I'm in the mood to do.....fun or quiet. 5 days of wonderful.
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Old 07-15-2008, 10:22 PM
 
Location: Catonsville, MD
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I LOVE cruises (though I've only been on three.) I haven't been on a Carnival cruise, though I have friends (with kids) who have and they had a wonderful time. From what I understand, if the cruise is a week long or more, it tends to be less wild. But, truly, I have no first-hand experience with them, so I can't personally say one way or the other.

My first cruise was my favorite of the three and that was on Holland America which is an upscale cruiseline. Service was wonderful and the ship was gorgeous. The clientele was definitely an older, more subdued crowd which was fine with me. Very few kids (mine at the age of 28 months was the youngest on board during that cruise.)

The second cruise was on Princess and it was great. It's hard to compare this cruise with the Holland America one since we went on Princess at Christmas. The ship was absolutely packed and there were TONS of kids (of course!) The ship was amazing (though larger than I like) and food was great.

THe last cruise we went on was a Disney cruise. While Disney cruiselines says their cruises are great for those without kids, I don't think I personally would go without kids. It's a more expensive cruise and it was great fun with all the characters and activities for kids. If you are thinking of Disney, let me know and I'll tell you more. This ship had the best staterooms by far.

My suggestion is that you go to Cruise Critic - Cruises, Cruise Reviews, Cruise Lines. This is a cruise-specific forum and you can find out EVERYTHING you ever wanted to know and more than you ever wanted to know, too! Please feel free to ask specific questions!
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Old 07-16-2008, 02:42 AM
 
Location: Milan - ITALY
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Please, see the website Cruise Line Fans: Cruise Reviews and Chat From Real Cruisers

It's fantastic. Here, you can have more information!
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Old 07-16-2008, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Catonsville, MD
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Thanks, MinnieMouse, for that link. I had never seen that site before! Given your username, it makes me think you might be a Disney kind of person. Is that Disney ship over there in Europe this summer (or is it over on the west coast of the US?)
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Old 07-16-2008, 12:40 PM
 
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I LOVE cruises (though I've only been on three.) I haven't been on a Carnival cruise, though I have friends (with kids) who have and they had a wonderful time. From what I understand, if the cruise is a week long or more, it tends to be less wild. But, truly, I have no first-hand experience with them, so I can't personally say one way or the other.

My first cruise was my favorite of the three and that was on Holland America which is an upscale cruiseline. Service was wonderful and the ship was gorgeous. The clientele was definitely an older, more subdued crowd which was fine with me. Very few kids (mine at the age of 28 months was the youngest on board during that cruise.)

The second cruise was on Princess and it was great. It's hard to compare this cruise with the Holland America one since we went on Princess at Christmas. The ship was absolutely packed and there were TONS of kids (of course!) The ship was amazing (though larger than I like) and food was great.

THe last cruise we went on was a Disney cruise. While Disney cruiselines says their cruises are great for those without kids, I don't think I personally would go without kids. It's a more expensive cruise and it was great fun with all the characters and activities for kids. If you are thinking of Disney, let me know and I'll tell you more. This ship had the best staterooms by far.

My suggestion is that you go to Cruise Critic - Cruises, Cruise Reviews, Cruise Lines. This is a cruise-specific forum and you can find out EVERYTHING you ever wanted to know and more than you ever wanted to know, too! Please feel free to ask specific questions!
Thanks so much for posting your experiences it really is so much better to hear from real people as opposed to just advertisements.

Also the link looks awesome I will be checking that out today.

Again thanks so much for your input!
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Old 07-16-2008, 12:43 PM
 
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Please, see the website Cruise Line Fans: Cruise Reviews and Chat From Real Cruisers

It's fantastic. Here, you can have more information!
Thank you!!
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Old 07-16-2008, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Milan - ITALY
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Thanks, MinnieMouse, for that link. I had never seen that site before! Given your username, it makes me think you might be a Disney kind of person. Is that Disney ship over there in Europe this summer (or is it over on the west coast of the US?)
I had never tried to do a cruise but one day, I hope to do a Disney Cruise!

In Europe...I don't know but I don't like Europe places. I prefer USA and ..I hope to return to USA!
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Old 01-19-2009, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Monmouth County NJ
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I just came off of a Disney Cruise "Disney Wonder" Great ship. Differnt experience that RCCL and Carnival. They have a different product. If you have small kids or if you are Disney nuts like us, you'll love it.
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Old 01-21-2009, 01:06 AM
 
Location: Arkansas
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I hear that the Disney cruises are really nice but my gf and her husband recently got back from an Alaskan cruise and they LOVED IT!!! Not a booze cruise at all! They take cruises at least once a year and she said that the cruise to Alaska is by far her favorite! Just an idea.
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