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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/
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
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.
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.
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?
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.
Last edited by JBM; November 5th, 2011 at 12:57 PM.
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!
Last edited by cb at sea; November 5th, 2011 at 01:02 PM.
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!
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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.