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Hi,

The wife and I are hoping to take a cruise in late January 2022 hopefully who knows with this pandemic. We have cruised once on carnival glory. We loved the cruise aspect but looking at trying different lines. We are thinking of either doing a 10 to 12 day cruise or back to back cruises on different cruise lines.

We are in our late 40's and we really enjoy going to the shows comedians etc we are not pool or beach people put like the differnt types of shows and activities, game shows trivia etc. We also want to food to be good quality in mdr. We liked it on the glory both the mdr and specialty dinning. We ars thinking royal, celebrity, or princess what should we exoect cruising with them and the pros and the cons.

What we didnt like about carnival was someone throwing up in hallway pass out drunk and service sometimes wairing 45 min for a drink in comedy club were we left before getting a drink same thing in the main theater and 2 hostess arguing where to sit us for breakfast over 2 empty tables side by side were we just sat down at the nearest table and they both left lol. But main reason was seing people throw up due to intoxication.

Thank you

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I understand this frustration with your fellow passengers. I suggest that you go to the header on this site and click "EXPLORE". There you will find several categories, click on "CRUISE LINES" and you will find a good comparison. Good hunting!

Both Princess and Celebrity cater to "older" clientele, so the incidents of public drunkenness to the point you saw on Carnival are quite rare. On Princess, you can expect a lot of classical quartet music, with a decent number of other bands, as well as a lot of other music. On both, I find it easier to relax completely, whereas on Carnival, I find myself getting uptight. The food on both was much better than on Carnival. My personal favorite so far is Princess, with a close second to Celebrity.

I have not yet tried Royal Caribbean, and am patiently waiting for my first NCL voyage to not be cancelled.

Carnival is well, it's Carnival. It is called the "Floating Walmart" for a reason. Don't get me wrong, I have gone on Carnival 9 times and always had fun, They are after all "The Fun Ship".The food is descent n the MDR and they are a good price. I like Carnival for a short cruise, They are a blast for 4 or 7 nights. It is also nice that you do not have to pack formal wear for Carnival. Carnival hs lots of kids, all over the place kids, so you have to deal with them to play mini golf.

For longer cruises I prefer Celebrity, it is just more upscale, better food and service and nicer ships that are more elegant modern in decor, On Celebrity I like the Lecture series they have on longer cruises. On one Transatlantic they had a retired WWII British Commander give a set of lectures on the Rise and Fall of U-boats in WWII. On my 11 night Greek Islands cruise they had a lecture series of Famous Ships Through History. Both were great. The main showroom shows were goon on Celebrity. Celebrity is my favorite cruise line.

I went on Princess to Alaska back in 1997, the food was bad, worst food I have had on a ship, Service was not great either. After that cruise I did not get on another Princess ship until 2018. They only reason I tried them in 2018 is because it was a cruise with friends so I did not get to pick the line. I will say I was very surprised. In the 20 years it was night and day difference of the food and service. The MDR was great as was the buffet , the Pizza, ice cream and the pastry in the sandwich shop. I did not go to any of the shows on Princess after dinner I went to the gym. The 2018 Ruby Princess cruise had excellent food and service. I was impressed, I would cruise with Princess again.

Royal Caribbean was the first line I cruised with and I had been Loyal to Royal for years until they stopped having Los Angeles as a home port. RCI is good, it is not as party as Carnival but not as high end as Celebrity. The last RCI cruise I was on was a 14 night Transatlantic, service was great in the MDR and cabin, food was just OK, I was told it was a new menu "For the British clients" ( the ship was being home ported in the UK after my cruise) I thought that Carnival had better MDR food. The shows were OK.

I enjoyed all 3 for different reason. If I wanted a nice romantic cruise I'd go with Celebrity or Princess, If I wanted fun and relaxing I'd go with RCI, If I wanted fun and party I'd go with Carnival. It is not only the cruise line but also the time of year that you go. If you do not want all the children and college age kids, do not go while school is out. Most Party cruise I had ever been on was a 3 night Carnival cruise when school was out. It was a blast but 3 nights were enough. You will get a more mature group on the longer cruises.

If you're looking for something more upscale, try either Royal Caribbean or Celebrity!

Thank you all for the information

Glad you joined us on Princess. Hope we can all cruise together again.

It was a pleasure to have joined you on Princess. Cruising is always nicer with a group of friends I'm hoping that 2022 may be time to cruise again for the USA.

I have been thinking of a train trip from Los Angeles to Chicago in a sleeper car when things get safe for domestic travel or maybe a River cruise in the USA. I think the US will be vaccinated before other countries, So US travel may be safer at first.

We had to change our April Riverboat cruise. We are now scheduled to sail on the American Pride October 1,2021 from Clarkson, WA. It will still be the Lewis and Clark themed cruise. I might have time to read Undaunted Courage by then.

Royal Caribbean and Celebrity are owned by the same company, so if you like you will like the other. For them, it's more or less about price point...which one falls within your price range?

Princess is very nice too, I loved my time with them.

I guess it depends on what your price point is and where you want to go!

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