tinkerbella10
Contributor Level: Third Mate

Which Cruise Line do you prefer?

As someone that has only been on one previous cruise,I want to know before I spend all of my hard earned vacation time building up points for the wrong cruise line. Can anyone tell me what cruise lines they prefer and what makes them better?

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Buttershoes
Contributor Level: Purser

Viking river cruises through Europe rivers are great :)

JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

That is a very individual question.  On here you will find that some people love one line and others dislike it.  I would need to know more about you before I could recommend a line to you.   It will depend on your age, if you cruise with kids,  if you don"t like kids around and your idea of fun?

For me,  if it is a longer cruise I like Celebrity Cruise lines,  modern elegant ships with style,  good food,  lecture series, refined professional crew, relaxed atmosphere  and more space per passenger so the ship does not feel to crowded. Think elegant and understated.

If it is a 3 or 4 night to Baja and I'm looking for fun and party then nothing like Carnival for Las Vegas tacky decor ships with loud music and louder people,  the food is OK,  Crew friendly and tons of activities to keep you busy..... think party at Wall Mart, kids running around and yelling but for the price a great cheap quick get away.

If going with extended family that has kids Royal Caribbean that has activities for the kids and for the adults, OK food, good crew and lots of activities.

If your thinking of your points with one cruise line,   RCI, Celebrity and Azmara cruise lines let you transfer your loyalty level,  so my Diamond level at RCI get me Elite level benefits on Celebrity.   The level transfers but points do not combine for the 3 lines.  This could be great if you cruise RCI with kids now and later in life change to Celebrity for adult trips,  you do not have to start over at zero.

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

 

I love the service and food on Holland America.  Also what I like is for every $300 you spend on such things as shore excursions, drinks, purchases, gratuities, etc, you earn a bonus of 1 sail day so you reach levels quicker.  I also like Celebrity for good food and service.  

 

 

 

 

tinkerbella10
Contributor Level: Third Mate

Thank you so much for the overview of the cruise lines in general. Basically I'm married, late 20s, one day I will cruise with my children, but not until they are old enough to appreciate the experience. Ive only been on one cruise, which was on carnival. Ive known people to go on other cruise lines and I want to know if I should bother building up points with carnival or go with something that may cost more but is well worth the money.

noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

When we began cruising, we started with NCL, moved on to Carnival and then RC within the first 5-6 years.  Once we cruised with RC, it was a while before we returned to either NCL or Carnival.  

We gave HAL a try and found that for all our assumptions about catering to the more mature cruiser, the ship we were on was ill-equiped to accommodate someone with a mobility impairment. We also did not find the crew to be very compassionate on that particular ship. As a result, we have not cruised HAL since.

We gave Princess and try and loved everything about the experience... except the price.  Don't take this the wrong way but we found this line had less of an issue with minor children running about. We do not have children and go on vacation to relax in relative peace and quiet. Too many parents tend to let their offspring run amuck while on cruises without considering the impact on other travelers. I know it is not all parents, but all it takes is one to spill something on you or cause you to trip and fall, to put a dent in one's fun. Also, because our budget was limited, we opted for less expensive voyages on other lines. However, that said we have six Princess cruises lined up between now and next summer.  Being semi-retired has its perks.

We finally got around to trying Celebrity earlier this year. We were very impressed with the level of service, quality of food, and personalized service. Honestly, those were the three best weeks of the entire winter because we were out of the cold, snowy muck of the greater Boston area (you may have heard we had a helluva bad winter up here). In retrospect, we laugh because a tent pitched somewhere warm would have made us happy. Be that as it may, Celebrity is pricier but well worth it in our estimation. We have one Celebrity cruise booked in January and look forward to it.

Over the years, we have gone back to NCL, Carnival, and RC for three specific reasons

- Itinerary suited us better

- Cruise departed from our home port or close enough that we did not have to fly

- Just needed a getaway and the price was right.

The most important thing is to select the cruise that meets your key criteria and factor in other cruisers' feedback as a secondary consideration.

Happy sails!

 

Kennicott
Contributor Level: Captain

The truth is, it is very difficult to rate cruise ships since they keep changing as the industry evolves and matures. There is no such thing as a best cruise line or best cruise ship only the ship and cruise that is best for you.

Buttershoes
Contributor Level: Purser

I would say Viking cruises - ran into their offer through https://www.riuscruises.com/ and I liked the idea of the river cruising. One can see a lot of nice places and cities with long history and culture, beautiful architecture etc. 

Definitely sounds very attractive :)

coasterking
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

We live 38 miles from galveston's pier 21.  So we always travel with Carnival.  We are getting the Breeze and Liberty, so more different ships to sail on.  We know what to expect from Carnival, so we don't want to change cruise lines and have to get into a different groove.  We have taken our grand daughter with us on a couple of cruises and she had a blast as they have things for kids to do.  My grand daughter "lived" at the pool most of the time

Ewoodspark
Contributor Level: Captain

How lucky you are in being so close to a cruise port. We have to take a 2/3 flight to somewhere in Europe to embark or a 250 mile drive to Southampton and risk the rough English channel

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

We sail Norwegian mostly. If for no other reason they sail out of NY year round and we live ( now ) 15 min from the terminal.    We also like their food and ships.

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