Question of the Week: How do you pick a cruise line?

How do you pick your first cruise line? How many cruise lines have you sailed on? Do you now sail exclusively on one line or do you have several favorites.

 

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For us, where we have children at home, it is based on price point versus port of calls.  I am not 100% loyal to a cruise line, but we, at this point, have always booked with Carnival based on $$ factor.

We started with Carnival and it is familiar.  We planned to try something else when they started their past guest reward program.  We had already reached the "platinum" level and wanted to see if it was worth staying...so we have stayed mostly with them.  When we bring new cruisers with us, they are mostly folks that need a bargain vacation, so again we sail Carnival.  We have sailed Princess and enjoy them as well.

 

What we mostly look for is itinerary and the slot of time we want to cruise, then compare different lines and choose what best fits our needs.

 

We are open to other lines and other adventures.

We chose Carnival for our first cruise due to recommendation from family.

We have only cruised Carnival thus far due to price.

When I can find a better price on another line, we will probably branch out.  We like Carnival, though, so at this point we don't mind only sailing with them.

I chose Princess because I was offered a free cruise for two by my local casino.  That parlayed into more free cruises and/or deals.  My "status" was based not only on # of cruises but days at sea which allowed me to move right up the ranks in less than a year.

I've had a lot of contact with customer relations who have always worked very hard to resolve any problems/issues I needed help with and went out of their way to accommodate changes I wanted.  

I cruised other lines back in the 80s when I lived in Florida but a lot has changed throughout the industry for all cruise lines so that I don't really compare that to today's cruising.

Unless something comes along with a better deal than Princess continues to offer me, I will stick exclusively with them.

We like the food and service on HAL.  We also like the varied and longer itineraries.  While we don't book exclusively on this line, lately all of our cruises have been on HAL except for river cruises.  I am always open to other cruise lines too and enjoy trying different ones.  We have taken 56 cruises now. 

We started with Princess then began using HAL, later did about 120 days with Regent. Loyalty programs weren't a very big consideration at first, but after we began accumulating and using perks on all three we find it pretty hard to look at another line. I have accomplished quite a bit of research on others and am unable to find enough incentive from an overall quality, service and available itinerary standpoint to book. So we stick with these three, mostly Princess as of late, Regent's pricing about three years ago began to skyrocket compared to the other two (Got up to about three times now of an equivalent cruise on Princess.)  I guess we won't be using them anymore.         

Our first cruise was picked by geography – not a lot of west coast choices 20+ years ago.  Now we’ve sailed with ten different cruise lines so far and we’ll be trying two new lines this year.  We’ve certainly got our favorites, but we often pick a cruise based on what’s best for the friends or family we’ll be sailing with.

We picked our first cruise line (Celebrity) based upon when and where it went - and stuck to Celebrity for several years before trying Norwegian, Holland America and Princess. Now we sail Princess - hooked to their loyalty program.

We picked Carnival for out first cruise completely because of the price. The TA we used tried to talk us into going with Celebrity, saying we wouldn't enjoy the partier atmosphere since we don't drink. She also said we would find the guests to be much younger than us. Needless to say we haven't used her since, and we fully enjoy all our cruises with Carnival, even at our ripe old age of 60+.

We booked our first cruise on Carnival, we have sailed Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Princess, Holland and NCL. We now sail Princess and Holland almost exclusively. We sail other lines if we like the itenerary and price. We have been on 62 cruises.

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