Posted February 24th, 2013, 08:50 PM
Thanks to all so very much for your input. Things that were said were very helpful.
I really do wish that there were some way to get a "counting" of which lines(s) most people thought best of. Of course, different people are looking for different details, and things aren't always apples and apples. I do wish, though, that there was a clear sense of the company most favored (and why).
That's why I recommended working with a travel agent. It would be nice if, for instance, Doug Ward included river vessels in his Berlitz cruise guide - but he doesn't and I'm unaware of any Consumer Reports-type scorecard.
A simple tally would be of little use. People tend to speak highly of the line(s) they've cruised.
You might get better advice here if you prioritized a bit more what is most important to you besides bed size. (I know you just mentioned crowding/passenger space and had expressed a preference for a full balcony)
Specifically, for instance how important are the following to you:
- Food (quality, variety, specific limitations)
- Cabin size
- Excursions (all-inclusive or some optional for a fee, availability of active or biking options, variety)
- Service (quality level, passenger/crew ratio)
- Alternative dining options
- Passenger profile (age, nationality)
- Pre/Post cruise extensions and transfers
- Mobility concerns
- Passenger Space
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