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Len3
August 2nd, 2007, 03:48 AM
We've been on HAL and found the passenger group to be really older. What's another good line?

eh2zed
August 2nd, 2007, 09:14 AM
We've been on HAL and found the passenger group to be really older. What's another good line?
Len3, from your list of past cruises I don't see Celebrity. Normally considered to be a premium cruise line more or less equal to HAL but with possibly a bit younger clientele. Celebrity is owned by Royal Caribbean. Princess is another normally considered to be on a par with RCI maybe just a small notch below HAL and Celebrity. Princess is owned by Carnival which also owns HAL and others. Hard to go wrong with any of these main stream lines. Of course you could consider Crystal, Regent, etc if it fits your budget.:) :D :) :D

dame2005
August 2nd, 2007, 09:32 AM
have to agree, go with Celebrity.

CharlieT
August 8th, 2007, 01:54 PM
We've been on HAL and found the passenger group to be really older. What's another good line?


Let me be quick to point out two things: (1) For the Price & Value (2) for the ship amenities (3) For an ADULT Cruise without kids...and I love 'em too...

OCEANIA GETS MY / OUR VOTE HANDSDOWN!!!

Kathie44
August 8th, 2007, 04:54 PM
How old are you? I am 63 and DH is 66. We cruise Celebrity and Royal Carib.
There is a good mix of ages on both, although X may have a few more "older" pax. It all depends on what you mean by "older". When we were planning our first cruise, my TA steered us away from the Carnival "young and crazy" image and the HAL "old and stodgy" image. The two we have stuck to are somewhere in the middle. :)
In general X has fewer children, at least it seemed so on the longer cruises, which have hooked us even more. RCCL had an enormous # of kids on the 7-night Carib. winter cruises we've taken. They were not a problem, though.
We are extremely happy with both lines.

1/02 Explorer E. Carib.
1/03 Explorer W. Carib.
8/03 Summit Alaska cruise/tour
2/04 Adventure S. Carib.
2/05 Galaxy Panama Canal
6/06 Jewel Brit. Isles/Nor. Fjords + 3 nights in London
1/07 Mercury Mexican Riviera
1/08 Mercury Aust/NZ + extra days in Syd and Auk.

Keith1010
August 9th, 2007, 03:47 PM
There are a variety of cruise lines you could consider from Princess (Mass Market) to Celebrity and Oceania (Premium) to say Crystal or Regent (Luxury).

Keith

BILLP1
September 22nd, 2007, 07:50 PM
We are in our sixties and always enjoy Regent. It is now all inclusive and is very upscale without being too stuffy.

Mostly a senior crowd ...

Roz
September 24th, 2007, 08:43 AM
Len,

How old are you, and how old do you estimate the passengers on HAL to be? The reason I'm asking is that HAL is my favorite line, and I've sailing them since I was 48. I found the clientele to vary according to destination, time of year, and length of cruise.

Roz

JudyM
October 10th, 2007, 07:52 PM
Len, I'm 60 and I want to put in a plug for Royal Caribbean, my favorite. First, I love their ShipShape $ program, which always offers a very wide assortment of activity levels - walking the deck, aquatics, line dancing, stretching, beanbag tournaments, etc. etc. You get rewarded for participation with the ShipShape dollars, which you can use to "buy" from a nice selection of logo products at the end of the cruise.

Some other reasons: their live shows have terrific production values - they will really knock your socks off. The ships are SO beautiful, especially the Voyager Class, you will enjoy just wandering around and discovering the artwork, and then returning to your favorites. Finally, every Royal Caribbean ship I've been on has a distinctly superior library, well stocked, conveniently located, filled with comfy chairs and terrific views. The library usually winds up being one of my favorite hangouts on every cruise.

LHT28
October 10th, 2007, 10:50 PM
OCEANIA GETS MY / OUR VOTE HANDSDOWN!!!

Not so loud .....we will never get a cabin!! :D

Beach Nut
October 11th, 2007, 02:58 PM
Stick with any and every other cruise line out there, but please don't bother with Oceania! :D

Their prices have already risen significantly since I booked our first cruise with them a year and a half ago, and they are fast getting to the point where, if they rise any higher, they will be out of our price range. :(

People who must have their formal nights will absolutely despise the fact that you need only be clean and comfortably presentable, a la "country club casual", to partake of their delicious evening cuisine in the Grand Dining Room. (And don't tell my DH I said this, but I saw more foxy looking 55+ dudes in their polo shirts and chinos per capita on my O cruise than all the guys in tuxedos of any age on my other 6 cruises put together! Must be either that being comfortable makes a man look happier and therefore more attractive, and/or, the successful but not stuffy demographic that O pulls in?) :cool:

People who don't like books will absolutely hate the fact that so much space and elegant ambiance is dedicated to the lovely library on board. :mad:

People who need continual rock music fed into their ears will go through withdrawal. :eek:

People who love the smell of stale smoke from previous cabin occupants will find their olfactory sense wanting. :(

I could go on but, after all, I agreed not to mention Oceania.

LHT28
October 11th, 2007, 03:03 PM
Stick with any and every other cruise line out there, but please don't bother with Oceania! :D
I could go on but, after all, I agreed not to mention Oceania.

You forgot to mention the lack of lines to get on/off at the ports ..people will not be able practice the elbowing techniques;)
Those fattening desserts at tea time & lunch/dinner OMG I can hear the GYM calling my name...

Lyn

Beach Nut
October 11th, 2007, 03:25 PM
Hi Lyn

Regarding Oceania, I'm glad you mentioned the tendering experience. There is an absolute lack of that special sense of closeness that one experiences when being herded to the tenders on the mass market lines. This, IMHO, is a real deficit on O. After all, when oh when, will I get to interact with fellow passengers if not in the mad competition to get onto a tender? :(

Also, the horrible fact that one doesn't have to wait long at all for tenders. Because of this efficiency, I have less time for daydreaming while waiting, and also less time to practice that ultimate virtue, Patience! :rolleyes:

Keep the humor coming!

Susan

suseg
October 11th, 2007, 03:30 PM
I guess I'll be the only one to mention Carnival. We have sailed on serveral lines, both stateside and from European ports, and I have to say our Carnival cruises have always been great. I think one of the most important factors is that we can now cruise during "off" times, since our children are all out of college and either in graduate school, law school, married, working or parents themselves.

My husband is a retired colonel from the USAFR and Carnival offers the BEST military discounts, another reason. We generally stay in a Cat 11 or 12 suite and have found the service wonderful. Also, all of the suites have a jacuzzi (which is important to me as I have had major spinal surgery and refuse to use a public hot tub). If there's a downside it is that room service does not serve hot meals. I believe Porthole magazine did an article a few months ago basically stating this same opinion.

Our favorite ship is the Conquest, it is just great. The food, in the dining room, is generally very good (we always allow or head waiter to decide upon an entree as they seem to know what is best that day) and the supper club (an additional $30.00 pp charge) is to die for. Yes, they do play all of the silly games but if you don't want to be involved you can sit on your balcony with a book, some tea or wine and just laze the day away.

I think that only you can determine which line is "best", because it's best for you and the only way you can decide upon a favorite line is to try them all. *shaking my head* It's a hard job but someone has to do it!:rolleyes:

cruisnpat
March 31st, 2008, 08:44 PM
RCCL gets my vote.

tomko2
March 31st, 2008, 08:53 PM
I am 57 and my DH is 60; we enjoy RCI and have always felt comfortable with the balance of ages on the cruises we have taken. Generally we avoid spring break however we are sailing this Thursday and much of Florida is now on spring break so we'll see how it goes.
We enjoy the artwork on the ships, music (especially in the Centrum); lounges, spa areas, theatre, dining rooms and specialty dining rooms.
Kathy:)

DocF
April 2nd, 2008, 09:00 AM
Our thoughts regarding this issue are probably different from most folks here. First, my 88 year old mother says HAL is for old fogeys. She found it boring. Second, account price/value ratio, we usually cruise Carnival. At 65, we find we are not among the oldest group aboard. The spread of ages on Carnival is what one would find in any random group--all over the place. It is not a line that caters to a younger crowd; that is a myth perpetrated by some travel agents.

Doc

lady_cruiser
April 2nd, 2008, 04:31 PM
Len, I'm 60 and I want to put in a plug for Royal Caribbean, my favorite. First, I love their ShipShape $ program, which always offers a very wide assortment of activity levels - walking the deck, aquatics, line dancing, stretching, beanbag tournaments, etc. etc. You get rewarded for participation with the ShipShape dollars, which you can use to "buy" from a nice selection of logo products at the end of the cruise.

Some other reasons: their live shows have terrific production values - they will really knock your socks off. The ships are SO beautiful, especially the Voyager Class, you will enjoy just wandering around and discovering the artwork, and then returning to your favorites. Finally, every Royal Caribbean ship I've been on has a distinctly superior library, well stocked, conveniently located, filled with comfy chairs and terrific views. The library usually winds up being one of my favorite hangouts on every cruise.

I just turned 59 (Feb 26) and my sister turned 61 during our last cruise. I have to agree about the Voyager of the Seas (RCL) being a beautiful ship. I didn't know about the ShipShape program, even though we did walk the track every day. I am glad you mentioned it since it sounds like fun. We will definitely sign up for it next January.

Georgiagolfer
April 24th, 2008, 01:33 PM
We've been on HAL and found the passenger group to be really older. What's another good line?

The best line and ship is very subjective, as I have not found the perfect ship. That said, sail on the line and ship that you enjoy, as the saying is "different strokes for different folks.":cool:

deepnite10
April 28th, 2008, 02:07 AM
it s the time of the yr. my wife and i cruise that most of the younger
crowd is back to school..

Jan usually ..and we ve sailed on RCCL, Carnival and more recently
NCL..all have been wondeful..there s no such thing as a bad cruise :p
and inbetween we ll usually take a 3 or 4 day cruise out of San Pedro..

being quite price consious now that im retired..a Carnival agent has been most helpful in getting us the best military pricing among the lines..

wizard-of-roz
May 8th, 2008, 07:59 PM
We've been on most and of all of them...Drum roll please........
Princess wins......

The ambiance/food/decor/cleanliness/entertainment/shipboard activities are better on Princess.

HAL: Can be a bit dull.....not much to do onboard, if you don't do the ports. The ships are very well maintained and the crew is excellent. For a truly good rest....this is a good line!
NCL: Their "Freestyle" is not what they say it is. The buffet area is way too much like "school cafeteria" for us! And, the decor is too "plastic/aluminum!"
RCCL: A pretty close second to Princess. Some of the food was "canned!" Cabins are a nice size.
Celebrity: I didn't like the beds. DH thought the food was better on Princess.
Regent: Lovely but very pricey.....Can't cruise as often, if we take this line!
Carnival: Very lively; lots of fun; lots of noise; lots of announcments; good for families!......I can't take too much of this, all the time. But, for a good time call them!

OHESTHER
May 9th, 2008, 11:31 AM
We've been on HAL and found the passenger group to be really older. What's another good line?

GOING TO EUROPE IN AUGUST;) .....SO FAR LIKE ROYAL CARRIBEAN THE BEST. ROOMS ARE CLEAN....FOOD IS GREAT...WE ALLSO LIKE THE NITE ENTERTAINMENT ON BOARD:D ...WERE IN OUR EARLY SIXTY .WE NEVER SAW KIDS AROUND I GUESS THEY HAVE THINGS FOR THEM TO DO....WE HAVE ENJOYED OUR TRIPS WITH RC.....:)

melank
May 22nd, 2008, 03:06 PM
I've had mixed experiences -

Carnival - atmosphere/decor/ambience all tilted to the 20-30's crowd, but the best food

Princess - a bit stodgy but not as bad as HAL

Celebrity - I got better treatment on the Bolivar Ferry - food/dining room service was horrible

RCCL - Geared to those from 40-60, but Carnival still has better food (beware the Ranch Steak).

My best experience cruising was with Matson Navigation; however, the cruise side of their line was closed down many years ago. It was relaxed elegance at its ultimate!

Grits53
May 25th, 2008, 02:36 PM
I guess I'll be the only one to mention Carnival. We have sailed on serveral lines, both stateside and from European ports, and I have to say our Carnival cruises have always been great. I think one of the most important factors is that we can now cruise during "off" times, since our children are all out of college and either in graduate school, law school, married, working or parents themselves.

My husband is a retired colonel from the USAFR and Carnival offers the BEST military discounts, another reason. We generally stay in a Cat 11 or 12 suite and have found the service wonderful. Also, all of the suites have a jacuzzi (which is important to me as I have had major spinal surgery and refuse to use a public hot tub). If there's a downside it is that room service does not serve hot meals. I believe Porthole magazine did an article a few months ago basically stating this same opinion.

Our favorite ship is the Conquest, it is just great. The food, in the dining room, is generally very good (we always allow or head waiter to decide upon an entree as they seem to know what is best that day) and the supper club (an additional $30.00 pp charge) is to die for. Yes, they do play all of the silly games but if you don't want to be involved you can sit on your balcony with a book, some tea or wine and just laze the day away.

I think that only you can determine which line is "best", because it's best for you and the only way you can decide upon a favorite line is to try them all. *shaking my head* It's a hard job but someone has to do it!:rolleyes:


I'm right there with you, Suse! We love Carnival, and our favorite ship is the Conquest (check out my signature! LOL!). AND we also love the supper clubs! I don't see how dining could be any better than the supper club on a Carnival Conquest class ship. I guess you could say DH and I are "young seniors", since I am not quite 55, and he is 56. To us, age is just a number..... (If you don't factor in the aches and pains of aging! *groan*) We love to DO things on a cruise. We also enjoy being with people of all ages. Our favorite tablemates on any cruise were a young couple, the same age as our children. We thoroughly enjoyed them and found that we had many things in common to talk about. (As opposed to the stuffy "senior" couple we were stuck with once.....:rolleyes: )

My signature will indicate that we have only cruised Carnival and only have Carnival booked for the future. Therefore, I can't comment on the other cruise lines. All I can say is that we have enjoyed Carnival so much that we have no reason to "jump ship" to try a different cruise line. (Plus, the fact that we are working on Platinum status with Carnival! ;) )

Capt. Mike
July 17th, 2008, 04:20 PM
We vote for Windstar, for just a plain relaxing cruise with well traveled and educated folks going to places where the big boys can not go. You meet the greatest people and many have become good friends. We cruise on the big ships too, and that is always fun if you need the excitement. It is fun to alternate.

SantaAna,CA
July 19th, 2008, 11:40 AM
I think one of the reasons there are so many cruise lines is that there are so many different tastes! Some people like big ships with zillions of things to do at any given time. Others want a quieter experience.

I sailed on Holland America's Amsterdam to Alaska. Although I thought the ship beautiful, at 1800 people, that was just too big a crowd for me.

Went over to Seabourn and found a place I fit in perfectly. Only 208 passengers, max, no tipping, all inclusive, and very, very luxurious. I also love the formality of Seabourn and the excellence of their food and service. The passengers are all well traveled and very friendly, such interesting people. And, as a solo traveler, they go out of their way to make me feel included. For instance, extending dinner invitations every night to hosted tables in the dining room. And never a line for anything. I love Seabourn!

Jane

WCAB
August 12th, 2008, 10:43 PM
Have traveled on most. My favorite is alwasy the one I'm on.

Carol

trivial
September 1st, 2008, 02:23 PM
I'm helping my parents-in-law in deciding on their next cruise; their 3rd. Their first cruise was with Princess, which they seemed to really enjoy. Their second cruise was with HAL, but they found the other cruisers to be too old for their liking (they're in their mid-50s), and didn't like that there wasn't a whole lot to do on board. They don't want to cruise with HAL again.

They're considering Princess again, for a 10-14 day Caribbean cruise. I've looked at Celebrity and Royal Caribbean as well, but the one thing I've found with all of my research is this: there's no clear winner between the 3 of them; everyone likes something different.

That said, I wouldn't mind a few opinions. How does the food, service, and onboard activities of Celebrity and Royal Caribbean compare to Princess?

Parsman
September 3rd, 2008, 07:04 AM
Why not try British cruising on small, Norwegian-owned cruise ships? Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines sail the world from the UK and also have fly-cruises in the Caribbean and Mediterranean. They vary from mini-cruises of a day or two to world cruises of more than 100 days. They are quite a contrast to the mega-liners, have small numbers of passengers and great crews.

Chelly
September 14th, 2008, 07:47 PM
From the view of a 60plus traveler, is the cruise experience different on a Carnival 16-day transatlantic cruise than on a Carnival 7-day Mexico or Caribbean?

rimau
September 14th, 2008, 11:08 PM
We just got off our first Carnival cruise. I did find the average age was much younger that on Princess and the crowd was noticably noisier. Some of the shows did not start until 10:30 and other activities I would have been otherwise interested in doing also started quite late . Some nights there was an earlier show but not always. There were also a lot more young children. I was suprised at that because school has already started.

Chelly
September 15th, 2008, 01:48 PM
We just got off our first Carnival cruise. I did find the average age was much younger that on Princess and the crowd was noticably noisier. Some of the shows did not start until 10:30 and other activities I would have been otherwise interested in doing also started quite late . Some nights there was an earlier show but not always. There were also a lot more young children. I was suprised at that because school has already started.

I am wondering the length of your cruise. Trying to find out if a longer, European cruise on Carnival would be quieter, with fewer young folks than a 7-day Caribbean/or Mexico.

wizard-of-roz
September 15th, 2008, 01:55 PM
Absopositutely!!!!!! The longer the cruise the different the crowd!!!!:p

Roz
September 15th, 2008, 02:32 PM
The passengers on my 12-day Hawaiian cruise on Carnival were about the same age as the passengers on HAL. Definitely, longer and more expensive cruises attract an older crowd and/or less of a party hearty crowd.

Roz

2CrusinOldies
September 20th, 2008, 04:37 PM
We are both in our late 50's and have always had a wonderful time on Carnival. Depending on the month, there is not allot of "kids" or "older" people. We'll stay where we are!:D

montana200024
September 27th, 2008, 08:37 AM
I am 55 and hubby 61, and we differ in opinions..

I like Carnival...for the price, it is the best...can't beat the food, always yummy, can't beat the friendliness, I just feel more at home on Carnival...

He likes RCCl...likes the atmosphere better, he just says all around it is better..

But it is something everyone should experience..try different lines...in 2010, we are going on Princess...so that will be a change..

jdnaples
September 27th, 2008, 12:40 PM
I have been on Celebrity twice, carnival twice and RC once. By far the best mix of people in every way was on RC. The ship (Navigator of the seas) was beautiful two. My last cruise was my second time on the Celebrity Millenium and every one thought the service, food, entertainment was terrible. On passenger who had been on the Millenium three times, said it was the worst cruise she had been on. Celebrity turned off the air conditioning in the afternoon to save fuel ( it was in alaska, but still hot) and served a steak that would not pass Sizzler standards. When the waiter put it in front of me, the rest of the table started laughing.

I think Celebrity is living on it's old reputation, and I will never take them again. Ironically, the best cruise was on RC which is owned by the same company. It must be separately managed.

*Luv2Cruz*
October 4th, 2008, 08:15 AM
We've been on several cruise lines and enjoyed them all!:D When we select a cruise we primarily look for our destination and a good price. As you can see by my previous cruises we love Bermuda and we're heading down for #4 next year with a CC Group, on NCL with the FreeStyle dining, which is great when being at port for three days!:cool:

meaclasact2
October 11th, 2008, 12:50 AM
I think the answer would be "which ever cruise line meets your needs." We love NCL - we've been on 3 cruises with them and each one was wonderful.

I enjoy having a mixed crowd (as long as the children are well behaved and their parents instill good manners). I don't like to paint folks with too wide a brush - I've seen older (in their 80's) folks who are so terrific to be around - and then younger ones (anyone under 55) who complain constantly about the most minor of things.

Greselda
November 8th, 2008, 11:03 AM
Hi Everyone!!!

We, too, are now Carnival people all the way!!! We have tried others....

Celebrity - good food, nice cabins, hard beds, great staff, but way to quiet for us....they roll up the "sidewalks" at 9pm!

RCCL - poor food, nice cabins, ok beds, great staff, but way too many children and those kind of activities....don't get us wrong, we have 6 kids and 8 grandchildren and we love them.....but it is now our time!

Princess - great food, wonderful cabins, good beds, excellent staff, and they are the closest we have found to Carnival, so we will probably cruise with them again if the proper opportunity presents itself.

Carnival - great food, unbelieveably comfortable beds, huge cabins, great rates for past military, terrific staff, and as much or as little as you want to do! We love to dance and we have been known to even dance off the elevators as the doors open.......

We tend to cruise for the cruise, and therefore do not put ourselves in long lines, either for eating or getting off the ship at ports, and we have always met wonderful tablemates at dinner, and still cruise and RV with some of them....for years :)

I guess one of the things that I have noticed on Carnival, is their attention paid to some of the passengers that may be a little confused, or have a disability, or are somewhat overwhelmed.......I have seen countless acts of kindness from the Carnival staff and that is what has stayed with us.

BTW, we are both almost 62 and we are spending our kids inheritence:D:D

Enjoy:p

Rick and Janine

Williebill
November 16th, 2008, 10:14 PM
We've been on HAL and found the passenger group to be really older. What's another good line?

I have never had a bad cruise other than my first on the Carnival Mardi Gras. I would have to say that HAL has been my favorite cruise up to now.

momofmeg
December 10th, 2008, 05:28 PM
Len,

How old are you, and how old do you estimate the passengers on HAL to be? The reason I'm asking is that HAL is my favorite line, and I've sailing them since I was 48. I found the clientele to vary according to destination, time of year, and length of cruise.

Roz

My caribbean cruise on HAL Westerdam this past spring I was the "old gal" at 53. That cruise was mostly 30 somethings by far. However my Statendam Alaska cruise in May 2001, 65 would have been young, at 46 I was one of the "young ones." LOL! I suppose it simply depends on who happened to book the same cruise as you.

NYCRUISR
June 15th, 2009, 10:36 PM
RCCL gets my vote.

I agree with you on RCCL.

NYCRUISR
June 15th, 2009, 10:37 PM
RCCL gets my vote.


Did I double post.......sorry about that.:p

Kinkacruiser
June 22nd, 2009, 04:24 PM
Hi All,
In our small Australian Market, we don't have the large choice available to most cruisers in USA and Europe. P&O is the family and younger person's cruiseline (part line) and Princess is for the over 50's mainly.
We are Princess fans most definitely. Hopefully we will have an opportunity to cruise with other lines as they do pop in to Sydney from time to time.
Regards,
Anna

HNI
June 25th, 2009, 01:49 AM
When we were in our early 50's we went on two Carnival cruises (Elation and Ecstasy). We were among the oldest passengers. The cabins were large and the bars had great dance bands. We are not smokers and I am asthmatic. There were numerous areas of both ships which were smoke infested. We then booked HAL (Ryndam and Zaandam). As we waited to board we were amazed to find numerous passengers in walkers and wheelchairs. Some had oxygen tanks. At the dance venues the passengers did ballroom dancing! We thought it was quite odd.

Our next venture was Princess. Now in our early 60's we enjoyed the demographics of our fellow passengers. Princess has a tremendous enrichment program of classes and lectures. Socially we fit in well. However the cabins were small, the beds hard and no plus sized person can fit in their showers.

Next was RCCL. It was a huge ship with a "main street" promenade. It had few encrichment programs and the library was sparse. Since school was almost over we had 200 kids aboard. The next week 600+ would be on board. They have a huge children's program. If you want to avoid kids do not come during vacations. For families this is the ship. I am even tempted to bring my grandson. The cabins were small but the beds were soft. Such a huge ship also sails very smoothly. Very few smoking areas which was a plus.

Our next cruise will be HAL (Oosterdamn). I prefer a smaller ship than Mariner of the Seas. I assume I will be again with an older crowd. However I am getting older. I hear HAL ships have a morgue.

we're sailing away....
June 28th, 2009, 06:11 AM
we think carnival and Love B2B

*Luv2Cruz*
June 30th, 2009, 01:25 PM
The best cruise line is the one you had your last cruise on and the one you're taking next!;) I Luv2Cruz!:cool:

comoxvalley21
July 18th, 2009, 06:26 PM
This is such a difficult question....the best answer is probably "it depends"

Princess-the worst food...but among the best food on next cruises.
Carnival- party party party.....but ii was a short cruise
HAL- the oldest and most infirm....but one of the liveliest & funniest groups
RCL- poor service....but fabulous service on the next two cruises
NCL- second class....but great prices

I firmly believe that the main factor to having a great time on a cruise is your attitude. You are responsible for yourself having a good time....Do your research but know that opinions vary from line to line; ship to ship; passenger to passenger. Ulimately if you plan to enjoy yourself you will no matter what (barring catastrophes of course)

Enjoy your cruise

uppitycats
July 18th, 2009, 06:37 PM
We have been on Carnival twice, the first a short cruise which we hated. We were convinced to try a longer cruise, "the atmosphere is different!" It wasn't. We hate the gaudiness, glitzy-ness, "cheap Las Vegas" atmosphere of the decor, the ever-loud announcements all the time, the false heartiness and "I'm your best friend" behavior of crew and other passengers.

We've gone on to cruise on Princess, and on NCL, and like both of them, for different reasons. Princess for the ambiance, the afternoon teas; NCL for the casual freestyle dining, casual dress, laid back atmosphere. I'm researching for another cruise now, and found this board, so will spend time reading through all the responses. We're 62 and 67; I use a wheelchair (and I didn't find Carnival's staff any more or less helpful than staff I encountered on either Princess or NCL). We're open to other cruise lines...but never Carnival again.

geduffer
July 19th, 2009, 05:48 PM
I was on Adventure of the Seas 3 weeks ago and everyone in our group loved it (wife and nieces). We were on Azamara Journey two years ago and the two of us loved it. We've done Celebrity 5 times and are going out on Summit in January. Celebrity is my preference, but you can't go wrong with RCI or Azamara either.

wizard-of-roz
October 12th, 2009, 02:47 PM
We have been on Carnival twice, the first a short cruise which we hated. We were convinced to try a longer cruise, "the atmosphere is different!" It wasn't. We hate the gaudiness, glitzy-ness, "cheap Las Vegas" atmosphere of the decor, the ever-loud announcements all the time, the false heartiness and "I'm your best friend" behavior of crew and other passengers.

We've gone on to cruise on Princess, and on NCL, and like both of them, for different reasons. Princess for the ambiance, the afternoon teas; NCL for the casual freestyle dining, casual dress, laid back atmosphere. I'm researching for another cruise now, and found this board, so will spend time reading through all the responses. We're 62 and 67; I use a wheelchair (and I didn't find Carnival's staff any more or less helpful than staff I encountered on either Princess or NCL). We're open to other cruise lines...but never Carnival again.

You may want to try HAL....although, we prefer the handicapped cabins of Princess best, HAL ships are extremely wheelchair friendly!

I tend to agree with the "attitude" and garish/loud accents onboard Carnival, that being said......I like to cruise them when I just want to be a "fly on the wall", I can't believe all that I see and hear! That can be fun!

My DH is a huge fan of their pizza and veggie burgers!