I have cruised with Royal for 3 cruises, and we have our next one in a few days with Royal. You can say I am brand loyal, and my friends and I were having a conversation at work about our preferred cruise line. For those more experienced cruisers, what and/or how did you branch out from your first cruise line and why? I have had nothing but positive experiences with Royal, and hesitant to stray from what I know. Your wisdom and experience is appreciated!
When did you decide to try another cruise line?
I tried other lines when I got a great price or good Itinerary that my favorite does not go to. Cruise lines are like Cars, what you want when your young and single is not what you want with a family and as you get older you want more luxury and comfort. Pick the cruise line that fits your place in life.
One of the advantages of RCI is that your loyalty program level on RC will get you the same level perks on Celebrity and Azmara. At lower levels this does not mean much but when you hit Diamond you get some free laundry and a cocktail party every night before dinner.
I started out with RC and was brand loyal to them. I tried Princes and did not like it, the food was not good, but this was 20 years ago. I tried Celebrity and loved it. it is now my favorite cruise line. I did NCL and its food and service has it is at the very bottom of my list. I tried HAL because I got a killer price, to old of a group for the age I was when I was on it and now they have lots of smokers since they allow smoking on balconies. I stayed away from Carnival thinking it would be a floating mobile home park until they had a promotion that was so low priced I tried it, it is a blast for a short trip.
Our first cruise was in 1995 on Carnival. We then just started sailing with whoever was the cheapest. Now we shop itenary and price.
I've never been tied to one line -- sometimes I want a party atmosphere, sometimes I want a sedate atmosphere. Each line offers something a little different, and I have decided that it is my mission in life to find all the differences .
Whatever ship takes me where I want to go at the price I am willing to pay with the atmosphere that I desire is the ship that I will sail next.
For the long voyages --between 19 and 28 days we like to take Princess and we have booked again for Bermuda with Norwegian. We were discussing with family members the other day about a longer cruise with all the family. The voting is still coming in but it looks like Princess may be a favorite through the Canal to Vancouver " My Choice". We will see how that works out.
Hey Johngold, when you go to Bermuda do you play golf and if so where do you recommend?
Port Royal is a top notch PGA course. The other course I played is the Belmont Hills.
The biggest problem on both courses is the views from every tee box and putting green. Low Handicap= Port Royal Mid to High= Belmont Hills. Boy I miss those courses......
We usually cruise Celebrity or Royal Caribbean. When we were booking our Hawaii cruise last year, we booked Carnival because the dates fit in our schedules.
I have cruised on most of the Cruise lines , they all have good and bad things about them
I proposed a cruise in October, and possibly looking at Carnival, and my boyfriend had an adverse reaction... But what I want, I will get. He just needs to be educated a little :)
Personally myself, you change brands when you start to notice those things that drew you to the line in the first place are no longer there, or the quality of service has degraded so bad that it is not worth your time. We used to cruise with carnival and (I know, I know, I have read what the reviews have said about them) but we noticed a huge decline in service quality. So this year we are moving on to a different line to "give them a shot"