Best cruise line for quiet, laid back types?

Welcome to Cruise Critic! If you'd like to participate on our forums by joining in the conversation, please Register Now! Be sure to visit our FAMOUS Roll Call forums, where you can meet other cruisers sailing with you and share a tour or shore excursion and SAVE MONEY!

Ask a Cruise Question
Post your general cruise questions here.
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
All times are GMT -4.
The time now is 05:01 AM.
#1
2 Posts
Joined May 2011
We would like to take a cruise next year. We are looking at Celebrity, Norwegian & Royal Caribbean. We are not "party" types. We are more quiet & laid back . Any suggestions?
Thank you!
#3
Brampton, Canada
363 Posts
Joined Oct 2004
You may want to look at Hal, we used them last time and great layed back criuse, very relaxing, great people, older group however I'm in my mid 40 and enjoyed it/
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Alison...
RCL Anthem of the Sea March 2018
X. Reflection March 2016
X. Eclipse March 2015
X Ecliipes Feb 2014
X Reflection Feb 2013
RCL Voyager of the Sea Feb 2012
HAL Nieuw Amsterdam Feb 2011
NCL Jewel March 2010
RCL Monarch of the Sea Feb 2009
RCL Liberty of the Sea Oct 2008
RCL Sovereign of the sea Jan 2008
CCL Glory Jan 2007
RCL Mariner May 2006 Honeymoon
CCL Triumph Jan 2005
CCL Victory April 2003
#4
Toronto
1,129 Posts
Joined May 2011
Princess would be good for you too.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature




Fond memories of:
Island Princess - Grand Mediterranean - Sep 2015
Grand Princess - Mexican Riviera - Jan 2015
Ruby Princess - Caribbean - Apr 2014
Ruby Princess - Transatlantic - Nov 2013
Grand Princess - Transatlantic - Nov 2012
Emerald Princess - Southern Caribbean - Jan 2012
Ruby Princess - Eastern Caribbean - Jan 2011
Crown Princess - Western Caribbean - Jan 2010
#6
Boston, MA
1,304 Posts
Joined Jan 2009
Of the 3 you list I'd suggest Celebrity or one of the Radiance Class RCCL ships (Jewel, Brilliance, etc.). Also look at Windstar Cruises. Yes, they are more expensive but this truly was the nicest cruise we've ever been on. A lovely week to sail from Lisbon to Barcelona. I keep drooling over their catalog and someday hope to sail with them again.
#7
11,342 Posts
Joined Apr 2009
Based on the three you have suggested, the "luxury" lines may be more than you are willing to spend, but the atmosphere may be more to your liking. Depending on the sailing and the time, you can sometimes find deals that make a luxury line cruise only slightly more expensive than the mass market lines. Check out Seabourn and Silver Seas, which each use smaller, more intimate ships.
#8
Richardson, TX
71,091 Posts
Joined Dec 2006
NCL, RCL and Carnival cater to families so will have the youngest pax, and the most kids.

The next tier up, Princess, Celebrity, HAL .. they will have older folks but more subdued.

Im quiet in person, I bring my books, and perfectly happy on any line. If they want to do a hairy chest contest, I dont have to watch if its not my thing.. or whatever. I make my own quiet time.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Celebrity Summit, 11/30/13, Celebrity Summit, 12/7/13, Celebrity Constellation, 2/7/14, NCL Epic 3/2/14, RCL Allure 5/4/14, Allure 11/2/14, Quantum 12/12/14
#9
Palm City,South Florida
262 Posts
Joined Nov 2004
Originally posted by evanzoo
We would like to take a cruise next year. We are looking at Celebrity, Norwegian & Royal Caribbean. We are not "party" types. We are more quiet & laid back . Any suggestions?
Thank you!
I would definitely choose Celebrity. Very laid back. Cruised on the Equinox two years ago...almost too quiet for our taste. However, the public rooms were the most beautifully decorated of any we have seen at sea.
Royal Caribbean (most recently on the Freedom of the Seas) is a bit more glitzy and active. However, you can do as much or as little as you care to do. You will always find a nice quiet deck to go off to.
We found Princess to be similar, yet not as active as Royal Caribbean. The Princess ship we were on, the Crown, was not glitzy at all. We found the atmosphere to be very homey and welcoming.
We are sailing this January on the Emerald Princess.
To sum it up....in order of laid back, my opinion is...Celebrity, Princess then Royal Caribbean.
Have been on Holland America but it was many, many moons ago! and...never on Norweigan.
Good luck in making your choice. I'd be happy to answer any other questions.
#10
Fredericksburg, va. USA
83,448 Posts
Joined May 2001
The thing about cruising....you don't HAVE to participate in any "party-type" activities. You can be as laid-back as you like! So, pick the cruiseline/ship/cabin based on other criteria. NCL has no "formal" nights, if not dressing for dinner is part of your laid-back attitude. If you don't mind making an effort at dinner, then ANY of the lines will suit you! (We aren't "play well together" folks, either and don't participate in the activities). But, we do enjoy dressing nicely for dinner and evening things....and there's always quiet places on the ship to hang out, if you don't want to be part of the masses!
#12
Melbourne, FL
8,010 Posts
Joined Apr 2005
Windstar
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Capt BJ

Costa (1982), Commodore, NCL, Windstar, Princess,
DCL, RCL, Viking River, Cunard (TA)
50+ cruises
USCG Captain, retired - 6 ships, 2 commands, 12 yrs @ sea
Shellback, Golden Dragon, Bering Sea winter vet
Tall ship sailor
#13
northern UT
8,691 Posts
Joined Oct 2005
out of the 3 you posted ...."X".....also too you will get older passengers on average on longer cruises--when we did our Panama Canal cruise on NCL the average age was 65+ and that cruise was VERY LAID BACK and EASY GOING!
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
~~HAPPY SAILS TO YOU~~

LIFE IS NOT MEASURED BY THE BREATHS WE TAKE~~BUT BY THE MOMENTS THAT TAKE OUR BREATH AWAY

NCL STAR~(MR)_12-05/2-07/12-08/2-11
NCL STAR~(PC)_12-09
NCL JEWEL~(W.Carib)_1-10)
NCL SUN~(E/W.Carib)_12-10*/12-11*
NCL SPIRIT~(CN/NE)_ 9/08
RCL LegendoftheSeas-(HI)_11/04
CCL Victory-(W.Carib)_ 1/04
X Mercury-(AK)_7/02
USNS BARRETT-(Guam, HI, CA)_7/64
#14
lakewood, Ca USA
3,025 Posts
Joined Sep 2000
Originally posted by FawnRiver
Princess would be good for you too.
I agree , we are quite (not party type) people and we really find Princess to be a good fit for us. You can be as busy as you want , or do nothing but cruise.
Cori
#15
South Padre Island, Texas
3,576 Posts
Joined Apr 2008
A great deal depends on the cruise more than the cruise line. 7 days when school is out will be noisier and more active than longer cruises, close to the U.S noisier than Med, etc. Of your 3, definatly Celebrity.
#16
6 Posts
Joined Jan 2016
Originally posted by firefly333
NCL, RCL and Carnival cater to families so will have the youngest pax, and the most kids.
I cannot speak of the other cruise lines, but most Carnival cruises don't have a ton of kids on there. They really aren't appropriate for kids anyway, Carnival is more of a party ship (loud music, dancing, drinking, similar to night club atmosphere). Yes, you can maybe find a way to get away from it but who wants to stay hidden away in a quiet corner somewhere, we really just want a ship that is less of a party atmosphere and more relaxing enjoyable areas.
#17
6 Posts
Joined Jan 2016
Originally posted by cb at sea
The thing about cruising....you don't HAVE to participate in any "party-type" activities. You can be as laid-back as you like! So, pick the cruiseline/ship/cabin based on other criteria. NCL has no "formal" nights, if not dressing for dinner is part of your laid-back attitude. If you don't mind making an effort at dinner, then ANY of the lines will suit you! (We aren't "play well together" folks, either and don't participate in the activities). But, we do enjoy dressing nicely for dinner and evening things....and there's always quiet places on the ship to hang out, if you don't want to be part of the masses!
No you don't have to participate but on the cruises I have been on (and I am ONLY speaking of Carnival), you can't "get away" from the party atmosphere unless you pretty much hide in the library the whole time. The party is pretty much going on everywhere else. We'd like a cruise that is less spring break drinking fest and more relaxing, chill on the deck with a cocktail and not hear booty music blaring all day.
#19
Melbourne, FL
8,010 Posts
Joined Apr 2005
resurrection

2011 thread . . .
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Capt BJ

Costa (1982), Commodore, NCL, Windstar, Princess,
DCL, RCL, Viking River, Cunard (TA)
50+ cruises
USCG Captain, retired - 6 ships, 2 commands, 12 yrs @ sea
Shellback, Golden Dragon, Bering Sea winter vet
Tall ship sailor
#20
2,323 Posts
Joined Sep 2011
Any cruise when you can get an awesome suite with a large quiet balcony. We have usually used Carnival- and I am a severe introvert who just wants to relax and chill. We have also done Princess, RCCL and Celebrity. For me it all boils down to the stateroom.