HAL/NCL Comparison to other lines

Using Princess/Celebrity and Carnival/RCL as baselines, where would HAL and NCL respectfully sit? More on the premium side or the mainline side?

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I agree that one cruise, or even two, cannot accurately portray a line. However, after having three cruises not fit my standards,(different ships, different itineraries, different home ports and different times of the year), I am comfortable stating that I will not sail on that cruise line again in the near future. It was not so much the ship or the line (at least in two of the three cases), but rather with the "vocal minority" of the passenger base.

I do agree that fanning out and finding the best experience "for me" is a great idea (and one that I practice) I do not want to spend a lot of money testing a cruise, hence the above question. I have looked at the various websites, and neither site answered the above question. (I have (and am considering) also looked at MSC).

I do appreciate the help of all who answered here (as well as everyone on the site in other threads) for your advice. As I won't be able to actually put any money down until the middle of next year, I have a lot of time to think about it.

As it stands, I am heavily slanted toward a Haven forward view or garden view room, with MSC yacht club in a close second. Also on the list is RCL for it's Galveston (as close to local as I can get) portage. In short, I am looking for an affordable suite experience.

Never been on HAL .... maybe ask Dave - "HAL: You don't mind talking about it, do you Dave?"

However I would put NCL and RCCL on par with each other. Each having better in certain areas on certain ships or venues but overall both being on par.

As long as the pod bay doors are openBig Smile

BDRebel, I knew you had eliminated Carnival which is why I didn't answer in the beginning as I don't have the data to be helpful with the original question. I was using my experience to show that an opinion is just that. Thankfully, you are asking for opinions because you are wise enough to know that all your answers will be just that. I hope I didn't give the impression that Carnival is the only way to go. Every time we step away from them, something happens to pull us right back in. We had friends that won a cruise on Carnival and pleaded with us to go with them for their first cruise. What could we do but go? Then we started these "Rennie cruises" and the dollars are tight for most of the invitees. Then... well you get the idea.

I know you can't do it all but I sure would like to try.Wink I think we need jobs as a "secret shoppers" for all the cruise lines. Any idea how to get that job?

The great thing about opinions of cruise ships is that everyone can be right.

What a wonderful concept!Happy

It is hard to not have an overall good time on a cruise, unless that was your plan all along. For some people, it seems to be.

Sadly, that is true and seems to be happening more and more. There are also those people who don't care about anyone else. "It's MY vacation so get out of MY way." I can do without either of them, thank you!Surprised

P.S. Sorry about the tangent and the rant.

As long as its your OWN opinion based on actual sailing experience, good bad or ugly. I find sites that print actual (hopefully) reviews of ships, ports, cruises, restaurants, etc etc etc written by real people who PAID for the experience incredibly useful tools. Doesn't have to be literate, its not a test. just informative and has a ring of truth to it.

Like people that cut in front of you at the buffet. We have had people cut in front of us returning to the ship. They thought they were entitled because they were on the same excursion as some people in front of us.

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