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Old July 9th, 2013, 11:57 AM
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We've completed nine cruises to date and sailed with four different lines. We book based on itinerary, price and time of the year we want to travel. On a couple of occasions, such as the sailing out of Sydney and Southampton, the ships we booked were the only ones sailing on the dates that fit our travel plans.

When checking out itineraries, we will compare Princess, Celebrity and HAL lines, as well as the specific ships, and determine which suits us the best.
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Our first cruise was 82 days on Cunard Queen Victoria. We loved it so we decided to try all of their ships. Last year we did 82 days WC on Queen Elizabeth. This year we did 120 days WC on Queen Mary 2. This year the itinerary was very much similar to the last two cruises. We did not want to see the same places, so we did three overlands to the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall, and Victoria Falls. Next year we are doing a 99 days world cruise on the Queen Victoria.

We like Cunard because of their dress code, and most passengers are our age. My husband and I got married on the ship this year. We met the best man and his wife on our first cruise; they were on last year’s cruise as well. Many people we have met on our prior cruises will be on next year’s cruise. So yes, we like Cunard for their services and the people we meet.

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Old July 9th, 2013, 04:10 PM
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We have tried other lines, but when we go as a family we always choose DCL now. When we go on adult cruises, we choose other lines. We have taken our kids on one other line, and probably won't again in the near future unless we find a great deal. What works best for some families, doesn't work best for others. Why we love DCL?

1) Our kids love it (Ships, Clubs, Activities)
2) We love the shows and movie theater (but we are Disney people)
3) My kids are familiar with the ship (My oldest two are in their teens now so we trust them a little more)
4) We can carry our own alcohol on board and soda is included so that evens out the cost a little- so we don't feel like we are nickled and dimed like we have felt on other lines
5) We love the rotational dining and the wait staff (three main dining rooms that are included and food is usually great!! More cruise lines are moving towards extra cost dining. DCL has those restaurants but not as many like other lines we have experienced)
6) We love castaway cay!!!!!! Our favorite port!!
7) Did I mention you can carry your own alcohol on board??
8) The whole staff is amazing and friendly!!
9) The ships are well maintained. We have been on several cruises where the ships were worn out and dirty.
10) Staterooms are better than some lines, especially the newer ships
11) Fits our age groups (children and adult) for the time being!
12) We enjoy the no smoking!!!
13) Adult areas are not near as crowded as other lines IMO

I completely agree why DCL isn't everyone's favorite though. I am just happy cruising in general though ; )
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Old July 9th, 2013, 04:19 PM
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We recall meeting a cruiser who told us they were bored with cruising. That same person only cruised on a single cruise line...and refused to expand their horizons. Go figure. We have been fortunate to have cruised on 14 different cruise lines (over 70 different ships) and have enjoyed each and every cruise. Perhaps the reason we still love cruising (after nearly forty years of going on ships) is because we vary our cruise lines and itineraries (6 continents so far). As to the frequent cruiser perks, they are nice to have...but not a deal maker or breaker. The best overall perks are probably on Celebrity and the worst perk package is on Holland America (we are in the top groups of both those lines). Princess has so-so perks and RCI is pretty good.

By the way, the HA cruisers are an interesting lot. They treasure their Medallion's (probably made out of tin) and love their Mariner Luncheon.. Just think of it...HA gives us a "wonderful" perk of a free lunch on a sea day. On a 62 day HA cruise we did get 2 cocktail parties as perks (one of them in the Captain's cabin). But on Celebrity, if we did a 62 day cruise we would have had 61 cocktail parties (not on the first day). On Princess they would have given us a single set-up for our in-cabin bar. Most lines give us free internet (various amounts of time) except for HA who gives their best customers zip!

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Old July 9th, 2013, 04:50 PM
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I have seen a lot of people only stick to cruising on one cruise line and are very loyal to it. I'm just wondering why? Are the perks that great for repeat guests? I guess some say "If it's not broken, why fix it?"...but doesn't it get boring to see some of the same activities over and over again? The food must get boring after awhile as well. I guess I like variety and try what the different cruise lines have to offer. If the price is right, I'd be willing to go on any cruise line! =)
Same reason people may order the same meal at their favorite upscale restaurant. It's a BIG expenditure. When you're spending that kind of $$, it's reassuring to KNOW you'll like what you're getting.

I eventually switched from one line to another, based on a recommendation from someone whose opinion I trusted to be like my own. I might do that again at some point, but for now, I'm happy where I am!! And yes, I do enjoy some perks for loyalty, but obviously not very many, since I've only cruised four times so far with my now-FAVORITE cruise line!
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Old July 9th, 2013, 08:21 PM
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To go even further, some people might feel that someone who constantly goes on cruises, or always go on camping vacations, or nothing leaves their state, a person who is limiting their vacation opportunities. And yet, for a person in one of those categories, they see vacation time as being limited so why not do something they know they like. Or they have limited finances so they feel the need to go on a budget-type of trip.
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To go even further, some people might feel that someone who constantly goes on cruises, or always go on camping vacations, or nothing leaves their state, a person who is limiting their vacation opportunities. And yet, for a person in one of those categories, they see vacation time as being limited so why not do something they know they like. Or they have limited finances so they feel the need to go on a budget-type of trip.
I figure we each do what we want to. I have a sister who rents the same house on the (New) Jersey Shore for the last two weeks of August every year. They have been doing it for 30 years or so. On the other hand, I am found pretty much in any part of the world on a Princess cruise. I would never tell her she is wrong. She is happy. I am happy. I see no problem with either position
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Old July 9th, 2013, 09:45 PM
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I have been a Princess loyalist to the tune of 17 cruises so far, with 2 more booked for later this year.

My reasons for choosing not to try another cruiseline ...
1) I like Princess' itineraries
2) I like the quality of Princess' service, both in my contacts with the CSAs precruise and with the crew members of all levels onboard Princess ships.
3) I like the casually elegant decor of Princess ships, and the accomodations, no matter what category of cabin I choose.
4) I like the food and the dining options offered on Princess ships
5) I have done many Princess excursions, and like the variety available to me.
6) I love the comfort level I have ..... the feeling of returning to a familiar and welcoming place every time I board a Princess ship. I know what to expect, and Princess has not disappointed me.

Elite perks are great, but they are not the reason I continue cruising with Princess.
I just like Princess' product.

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like most posts state it is comforting! if we try a new restaurant that looks good and turns out not good we won't go back and are only out $100 or so. but I won't spend thousands to find that about a cruise line. Princess fulfills all of our needs
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We recall meeting a cruiser who told us they were bored with cruising. That same person only cruised on a single cruise line...and refused to expand their horizons. Go figure. We have been fortunate to have cruised on 14 different cruise lines (over 70 different ships) and have enjoyed each and every cruise. Perhaps the reason we still love cruising (after nearly forty years of going on ships) is because we vary our cruise lines and itineraries (6 continents so far). As to the frequent cruiser perks, they are nice to have...but not a deal maker or breaker. The best overall perks are probably on Celebrity and the worst perk package is on Holland America (we are in the top groups of both those lines). Princess has so-so perks and RCI is pretty good.

By the way, the HA cruisers are an interesting lot. They treasure their Medallion's (probably made out of tin) and love their Mariner Luncheon.. Just think of it...HA gives us a "wonderful" perk of a free lunch on a sea day. On a


62 day HA cruise we did get 2 cocktail parties as perks (one of them in the Captain's cabin). But on Celebrity, if we did a 62 day cruise we would have had 61 cocktail parties (not on the first day). On Princess they would have given us a single set-up for our in-cabin bar. Most lines give us free internet (various amounts of time) except for HA who gives their best customers zip!

Hank
Perhaps HAL does not need to give free drinks. If people cruise for the overall experience, they might not particularly care for little extras.
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