I personally have been using NCL because of their free perks, but I am starting to see them cutting back on things and am wondering if I should try another cruise line for our next cruise. What are your favorites or least favorites and why?
What is your favorite cruise line?
so far Carnival is as we have cruised 21 cruises with them, BUT the Allure of the seas is coming to Galveston in 2021 and we are going to give them a try. We only cruise out of Galveston as we live close by, so we stay with carnival for that reason.
Have only cruised Carnival. The ports of call, price and amenities fits us quite well. If the price is right, we would cruise other lines but it has not happened yet.
Royal's Liberty of Seas sails out of Galveston and its a nice ship. I just saw an article about the new cruise terminal and Allure moving to Galveston, we may need to check that out in 2021 as well.
Well I normally answer, my favorite cruise line is the one I’m on! We have sailed on Celebrity, Princess, Holland, NCL, Carnival and RCL.
Our top three are Celebrity, Princess and Holland. But we are deal seekers the best deal on the itinerary we like is where we go.
Nice reply, I have only been on NCL and RCL. May need to try one of the others.
Do you typically get the drink pass? NCL adds perks that normally makes them cheaper for the ones I have seen. But if you do not want the drink pass, dining, etc then Carnival is probably the better deal.
Well ... no such thing as free perks. We have sailed RCL and NCL and I find both comparable but I prefer NCL just for the feel and atmosphere. I agree that they have nice perqs but you do pay for those. Example .. a few months ago we booked out cruise on the Gem for March. We (for the first time) booked a sail away balcony rather than picking our own because the price difference was considerable. Just before final payment that they had some better perqs offered so we called to see if we could bonus in. They pointed out that the sail away is excluded from the offers but if we wanted to move up they offer the same thing as a sail away with the offers ... at $360 CDN extra. We just booked a new cruise for a year and a half from now and the difference between the 2 stateroom prices .. with or without the offers was $450 CDN so no the perqs are not free, they are just included in the price.
That said we are still fans of NCL.
We have only sailed on Carnival and Princess. We have sailed often enough on Carnival that we receive loyalty benefits and the prices tend to be reasonable and so far we haven't been disappointed (a few hiccups but nothing major). Princess is more elegant and has had itineraries not available on Carnival. We enjoy being able to press our clothes for the cruise and both of these lines have that option. Sometimes you just need to go with what you know.
I've been through Cocomango Travel, they have very good offer.
We are Diamond on RCI and Platinum on NCL. Obviously we like them both, but like RCI the best.