When and why did you try another cruise line?

I've been toying around with trying another cruise line. I love Royal, don't get me wrong, and I just made platinum, but part of me wouldn't mind sampling another line (if the price is right). 

Problem is my BF is hard headed and is focused on building our status with RCI. 


When did ya'll decide to try a different line (if you have) and why? 

21 Answers

I tend to get burned out using the same line time after time. Switching it up between two or three lines helps alleviate that problem.

Also, no line offers all things to me. Some are good at one thing, while others are better at another.

Lastly, you never know what you are missing until you try it!Big Smile

I cruise Princess pretty consistently but I always have an eye on other lines and would not hesitate trying something else if a good offer comes along. Status is overrated to me.

So far all our cruises have been on NCL. Mainly because we really like NCL and also because of their departure ports of NY and Boston. We did book a trans Atlantic on RCL for last spring but had to cancel that. I am not adverse to other lines but NCL works well for us and the convenience of their departure ports just makes it easy. Easy works well for me.


We spent our first few cruising years trying out different cruise lines. As we became more discerning of what was more important to us our preferred line changed. At this point, we are extremely happy with Princess. I do not see us cruising elsewhere but do not preclude the possibility. Itinerary plays a big part of our selection process.

We tried a few different cruise lines early on – there wasn’t much in the way of past passenger perks back then – and found that we enjoyed the completely different feel of each line. Now we have our favorites (and others we can’t wait to try!) but we’ll still go on a cruise that may not be our first choice in order to sail with family and friends!

Trying something new is a double edged sword and you really need to go into it with the right attitude. If you’ve cruised one line several times and been happy with it, you may dislike a new line simply because it’s different. On the other hand, you may be missing out on something you’ll love even more just because you never tried it!

Cruise lines are like cars..... they all go from point A to point B. What you like in your 20's will be different then what you like in your 50's or 70's. You will not know until you try. There is comfort in being familiar with your cruise line, but there is fun in trying something new.

I started out being Loyal to Royal then tried some different lines at suggestion of my TA and kept going back to Royal. I had avoided Carnival like the plague for over a decade until they had prices so low I had to try them on a 4 night cruise. Now I have done 7 Carnival cruises and have # 8 booked for the concert series. I was never "unhappy" with Royal, I just tried something different before I got to caught up in loyalty programs.

I now book a cruise by 1) Itinerary 2) Cruise line 3) price.

No one cruise line is perfect, have an open mind when you try new ones, don't keep saying "on RCI they do this". Explore and enjoy. I happen to dislike NCL, others here love it..... try everything and find your fit.

I really don't have a brand loyalty. It's the opposite for me. I want to try all the cruise line. I have only sailed on 3 (Carnival, NCL, RCL) and enjoyed them all. My selection is based on Itinerary, price and sometimes if there's a specific ship I want to try. When I booked Oasis of the Seas it was specifically for the ship (didn't care about the ports).

We started with Carnival because I won our first cruise and stayed with them because of familiarity. We planned to try another line and then Carnival started it's VIFP program. So we we decided to see what that was all about (we were already Platinum when it started). Finally, in Jan.2015 we branched out and tried Princess, because we wanted to experience the sky-walk. We have gone back to Carnival simply because we have been cruising with larger groups of people with more limited incomes and we find that it is the "biggest bang for the buck". We do plan to try other lines, as said by others, "you don't know if you'll until you try it". We are looking forward to the adventure!Happy

Hubby and I mostly cruised on Celebrity, and I cruised RCI a couple of times. For Hawaii we chose Carnival. He had sworn up, down and sideways he would never cruise on Carnival, but the price was right and the dates worked with our schedules. Our next cruise will also be on Carnival because my cousin picked it for her retirement celebation.

Id like to try Royal but stay with Carnival cause of the price. I always book a balcony so I cant see paying an extra grand for the same itinery. I also agree most of the time its the ship and not the ports just cant justify the extra grand.


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