Should You Stick with the Same Cruise Line or Try Differnt Ones?

Everyone knows the benefits of staying loyal to one cruise line.  As you move up the ladder in the loyalty program, you receive perks to tempt you to keep returning.  But what are the advantages of trying new cruise lines? 

 

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I've been on 6 cruises on 6 ships from 3 lines.

I am seriously considering 2 other lines for future cruises.

 

When the lines show me loyalty, then I may show them loyalty. Otherwise, I will choose my sailings by who can get me where I want to go, while doing what I want to do for the least expensive rate.

These are good insights into the different lines, but there is a lot to be said for what is comfortable. If you find something you like, it's nice to know it will be similar on a different ship on the same line.  The best reason in the article, from my view point, is visiting different ports.  How do you know you don't like something until you try it?

Loyalty perks are not important to us, it's all about the cost, and so far, Carnival has been lower in price for all of the cruises we have gone on.

My preferences are Celebrity and Royal Caribbean, but I have cruise with Carnival and enjoyed. Hubby not so much. He doesn't like their food.

Have sailed four cruise lines so far and appreciate the differences in each.  My preferences right now are Princess and NCL but I do want to try Celebrity and RCCL someday.  HAL and Carnival I'm not considering booking again for my own reasons but I did enjoy those cruises.  

 

Sticking to one line means missing out on the good the others have. 

It takes cruising a few lines to find the line you like the like best.   The line that fits you good today may not be a good fit in a couple decades.   I have enjoyed most of the lines I have cruised on.   

 

It is nice that RCI honors your loyalty level on Celebrity and Azamara.  CCL does not do this from line to line :-(

 

If you don't try you will never know if another line is better.    I had avoided Carnival for over a decade,  Once I tried them,  they were fun and I have now done 8 of them. 

Most of our cruises have been with Carnival. I've considered trying out a different line for one of the trips next year, for a different mix of ports. Looking at RCI, NCL and MSC.

Loyal to Princess BUT, MSC may be tried in the near future due to pricing and the differences in their ships.

You must try as many cruise lines as possible.  How else do you determine what you like or don't like.  Don't let one cruise line determine how you think. CCL, parent company of Carnival, Princess, & Holland America, doesn't want you sailing on Carnival forever.  Carnival whets your appetite.  Then you move up to Princess as you get older. Finally, when you are ready for a more traditional experience, and you don't want children running around, you move up to HAL.   3 choices to take your vacation $$$.    

RCCL owns Royal Caribbean & Celebrity.   Celebrity being the more refined experience.

NCCL spans the generations with their Freestyle experience.

 

I always hated when someone would post " I only sail Carnival because they are the best.  I don't need to find out what I don't like ".    This person is not qualified to say who is the best.  It's okay to state why they always cruise Carnival, but shouldn't make comparisons.   

We’ve sailed with eleven different cruise lines so far and we’re trying at least one new line later this year.  We’ve enjoyed them all and found different lines excel in different areas.  Entertainment, dining, service, accommodations, inclusivity, and destinations can all vary drastically from line to line.  I know we’ll be trying several more cruise lines in the future and don’t expect to ever settle on just one!

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