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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.
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.
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.
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.