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Old July 15th, 2004, 10:10 PM
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Default What is your favorite cruise line and ship, please?

Hi! My husband and I have been on 2 cruises: the Norwegian Dawn and the Golden Princess. We loved both cruises. The Dawn was our first cruise ever. The Golden really had much better food and service, we thought.

We are now planning our next cruise for next March. What is your favorite line? Which ship do you prefer in that cruise line? Why?

Thanks for your ideas!
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Old July 15th, 2004, 10:40 PM
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We've cruised with a few different lines and they've all been very enjoyable sailings...but our very favorite line is HAL and our favoriite ship of all is the MS Amsterdam! We've always had wonderful service on all the HAL ships...but there was just a little something that I can't pinpoint that put that crew/staff and ship just a slight notch higher in my opinion.
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Victoria III 4/99 (Yangtze River)
Maasdam 5/00 (W.Med) & 11/01
Veendam 10/00
Zaandam 5/01 (Alaska cruisetour)
Millenium 12/01 & 10/03 (transatlantic)
Amsterdam 5/02 (transcanal)
NCL Star 12/02 (Hawaii)
CCL Paradise 3/03
Noordam 4/03 (transatlantic)
NCL Dawn 8/03
Regal Princess Elaine 3/04 (Yangtze River)
CCL Spirit 9/1/04 (Alaska)
Oosterdam 11/7/04
Anuket 2/05 (Nile River)
Prinsendam 11/9/05 transatlantic
Disney Magic9/23/06
RSSC Paul Gauguin 10/28/06 French Polynesia
Oceania's Nautica 11/5/07 Athens to Rome
Ryndam 4/25/08 Sea of Cortez
Noordam 10/28/08 Southern Caribbean
Celebrity's Infinity 1/18/09 South America
Oceania's Regatta 3/9/09 transatlantic
CCL Imagination 7/6/09
Eurodam 10/31/09
Westerdam 2/21/10
Disney Magic 4/10/10 transatlantic
Rotterdam 9/4/10 Alaska
Clelia II 12/4/10 Antarctica CX due to storm damage
Nieuw Amsterdam 3/27/11
Celebrity's Constellation 5/7/11 transatlantic
Corinthian II Dec 2011 Antarctica (rebooked)
Celebrity's Century 4/5/12 Hawaii via San Diego RT
Oceania's Regatta 6/11/12 transatlantic
Celebrity's Equinox 11/14/12 Eastern Mediterranean
Disney Wonder 5/6/13 transcanal
Nieuw Amsterdam 12/1/13 Eastern and Western Caribbean (b2b)
Celebrity's Constellation 8/1/14 Baltic
Viking Baldur 11/23/14 Danube River
Emerald Sky 3/25/15 Rhine River
Viking Odin 7/23/15 Cities of Light--Paris to Prague
Celebrity's Constellation 10/23/15 Istanbul-Rome
Viking Delling 5/18/16 Avignon-Lyon
Celebrity's Silhouette 7/13/16 British Isles
Celebrity's Millenium 9/2/16 Transpacific

RCI's Vision of the Seas B2B 10/29/16 Med/Adriatic
Celebrity's Eclipse 1/8/17 Western Caribbean
Celebrity's Eclipse 4/29/17 Norwegian Fjords
Oceania's Sirena 5/19/17 Polynesian Treasures
Viking Torgil 11/21/17 Portugal's River of Gold
Celebrity Millenium 12/24/17 HK Holidays Cruise
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Old July 15th, 2004, 11:10 PM
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My favorite ship to date is the Rotterdam, a sister flagship to the Amsterdam. She's an elegant vessel but not stuffy. Great crew. Good layout, easy to navigate. The Rotterdam sails some interesting itineraries, so you should be able to find a sailing to suit.
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Old July 15th, 2004, 11:14 PM
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Holland America without question is our cruiseline of choice.

Favorite ship is hard.....Hmmmm

Maasdam, Rotterdam, Zaandam, Veendam, Statendam, Zuiderdam, etc etc..........we love all the 'dam' ships.

I think Maasdam will always be our sentimental favorite though
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Old July 15th, 2004, 11:25 PM
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I have truly enjoyed the SS United States and the France. Today I would say the SUMMIT , Amsterdam,Rotterdam. In the 60's on both the United States and the France, you felt like a "somebody". They truly made one feel like a king.
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Old July 15th, 2004, 11:42 PM
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Arrow HAL and Zuidy

Holland America has always been our favorite line, and while we "try out" other ships, we always come back. We have sailed the Zuiderdam twice and are going again in November. There is something about the unobtrusive way they go about their jobs and go out of their way to make you comfortable.

Originally Posted by mackie
We are now planning our next cruise for next March. What is your favorite line? Which ship do you prefer in that cruise line? Why?

Candy the ZuiderPrincess (and Sir James)

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Old July 16th, 2004, 12:00 AM
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Smile Our Favorite Cruise Line?

We've always come home to HAL. And our favorite ship is
Volendam - with the Veendam a close second!

Now we're waiting for the Westerdam, back-to-back
February 6, 2005.

until Veeeeendam!

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Old July 16th, 2004, 12:26 AM
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Default Princess

Our favorite line is Princess. Our favorite ship was the Norwegian Star because we received an upgrade to the Penthouse Suite. We are anxious to see if we change our favorite pick from Princess to Holland. We leave for the Zaandam tomorrow (7/16)
Carnival Jubilee 07/95 Mexican Riviera
Carnival Imagination 06/96 WC
Carnival Destiny 11/98 EC
RCCL Grandeur 06/99 WC
Disney Magic 11/99 Bahama
Grand Princess 03/00 EC
Carnival Celebration 02/01 WC
Carnival Elation 03/01 Mexican Riviera
Celebrity Century 03/02 WC
NCL Star 06/02 Hawaii (Suite Paradise)
RCCL Navigator of the Seas 03/03 EC
Carnival Paradise 11/03 WC
Grand Princess 03/04 WC
Holland Zaandam 07/04 Alaska
NCL Dream 03/05 WC
RCCL Adventure 06/05 & 6/12 Back2Back SC
NCL Jewel 07/06 Mediterranean
All-Inclusive Riviera Maya 06/07 (Gonna try it once)
Dawn Princess 01/08 Mexican Riviera
RCCL Mariner 06/09 Mexican Riviera
Emerald Princess 03/10 EC
Carnival Triumph 07/10 WC
Carnival Splendor 01/11 Mexican Riviera~Drydocked due to fire~unable to sail
Carnival Legend 01/11 WC
All-Inclusive Cancun 07/11 (Had to do it again)
RCCL Voyager 03/12 WC
RCCL Oasis 05/12 WC
Celebrity Reflection 01/13 EC
Celebrity Summit 06/13 Bermuda
Celebrity Reflection 03/14 EC (Loved it once, gotta do it again )
Caribbean Princess 07/14 EC
Celebrity Reflection 03/15 WC (We do love this ship)
Norwegian Breakaway 06/15 Bermuda
Celebrity Reflection 03/16 WC (Our fav!)
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Celebrity Reflection 03/17 WC
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Old July 16th, 2004, 02:55 AM
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Holland America is my favorite cruise line.
I really like the Volendam; I have been on her three times now, and each time she has been a joy to board again. She has a GREAT crew and a wonderful layout. I also loved the old Rotterdam V, but she's no longer in the fleet.

I also really liked the Orient Line's Marco Polo ... she's a real ocean liner, not just a cruise ship. I like that.

Booked Future Cruises:
Rotterdam - 11-Southern Caribbean / January 2 - January 13, 2017
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Old July 16th, 2004, 05:44 AM
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Smile Favorite cruiseline and ship

Well, this is a toughy!!!
HAL is definitely our most favorite cruiseline. But selecting our favorite ship is harder. At first we loved the Maasdam, (our first cruise) but when we celebrated our anniversary on the Ryndam, that became our favorite. The Ryndam is a great ship with fine art and other antique furniture items aboard and remained in first place for several years. But last year we sailed two segments of the World Voyage on the Prinsendam, and I guess now it has replaced the Ryndam. The Prinsendam is a wonderful size, easy to get from one end to the other and now has a fabulous chef, Ed Sayomac. The ship itself is a beauty to look at, especially the shape of the hull and overall balance. Makes one think of some of the magnificent yachts in the Mediterranean. So -- the Prinsendam is in first place for us.
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Old July 16th, 2004, 08:05 AM
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I have to say Holland America is my favorite cruise line, of course, and the Amsterdam being my favorite ship.
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Old July 16th, 2004, 09:44 AM
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For now it's Celebrity, ship Century. We'll see if it's going to change?
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Old July 16th, 2004, 09:46 AM
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We have been on Cunard, Princess, NCL, and RCI - haven't sailed on them in years.

Love HAL - have sailed them the last few years.

SHIP????? - We have been on the Ryndam, Maasdam, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Oosterdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Noordam.

And are looking forward to up-coming cruises on the Statendam, Westerdam, Volendam, and Veendam.

BUT and "dam" ship will do.

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Old July 16th, 2004, 11:40 AM
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Default Too many changes to choose

We have sailed on RCI, Disney, Carnival, Norweigan and are going on the Zuiderdam August 14th. My very first cruise was on the Monarch of the Seas in 1994 when it was one of the largest ships in the world. The cruising experience when compared to my last cruise on the Carnival Spirit Dec /03 was totally different. The atmosphere, the way people dressed, how special it was to be on a ship no longer exists as it was back then. The level of service, the quality of food were completely different. Don't get me wrong I love all my cruises and prefer cruising over any land vacation but i yearn for that lost feeling that I had on my first cruise. The Mega ships are great, but your expectations must now consider that cruising has become mainstream and will never be the same as it was.That being said I love them all equally and look forward to trying as many new lines and ships as I can get into one lifetime....
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Old July 16th, 2004, 02:44 PM
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Thumbs up Favorite Line and Ship

HAL is still our favorite after twenty four cruises with them. Tried several other lines, but still will sail with HAL. Our favorite ship is the Rotterdam followed by the Statendam.
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Old July 16th, 2004, 04:22 PM
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Default Each is so unique...

Of our limited experience, I would say each ship has had unique features we enjoyed versus another (listed below). Like you, that first cruise is what you base all others to it seems! But as far as crewmembers knowing our name, I actually must say Norwegian in that regard. Holland America appeals to us for their smaller ships and little extras that are included versus other lines (afternoon tea, java cafe, etc). That said, our next cruise is on HAL Zuiderdam, which we booked for her itinerary - the extra long time in St Thomas so that we could enjoy St John at our leisure, as I am limited to only cruising when school is not in session. However, I understand Zuiderdam's decor might give us a small taste of what Carnival cruise ships are like.

Features we appreciated on our 7-nt cruiseships (various cruiselines):
- NCL Sky - first cruise, loved the Freestyle aspect being in our mid-20s, relaxing and casual, many restaurants on board to choose from each night that were included
- Celebrity Galaxy - loved the AquaSpa, dining, and ample-sized cabin with fridge included, but the week we were onboard had a totally different passenger clientele from anything we had ever read about Celebrity, as it was a total party ship that week and we are not "party people" (people playing their own guitars they brought trying to be louder than the band by the pool, people dancing ON the tables, "jeans" were considered "formal night attire" by some in the nice dining room, and I learned what "funny cigarette smoke" smelled like ... and hubby had to tell me it wasn't a cigarette or cigar or pipe I was smelling)
- NCL S/S Norway - no longer sailing, but we had read of her history as the S/S France and wanted an opportunity to sail on her; she had a beautiful spa, and it was neat seeing the "two-class system" passengers used to have to sail on (different dining rooms, stairways that only connected certain decks, etc). The history lectures onboard were very good as well.
- HAL Maasdam - beautiful artwork and floral arrangements, loved the size/layout, favorite place onboard was Crow's Nest in evenings, but very limited spa
Just my personal opinions based on our experiences. I am not glued to one cruiseline and am open to try different lines and ships.
Upcoming: 11/16 Celebrity Infinity (full Panama Canal transit), 03/17 RCCL Liberty, 06/17 HAL Noordam NB Alaska.
Previous: 05/16 Fathom, 04/16 NCL Escape, 03/16 NCL Dawn, 11/21/15 NCL Jade, 11/30/15 NCL Sky (15th anniversary of cruising - same stateroom!), 01/16 DCL Wonder, 05/14 Carnival Dream , 08/14 Norwegian Star - Baltics from Copenhagen , 09/14 Westbound Transatlantic on Disney Magic BCN-SJU
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09/11 - Disney Westbound TransAtlantic BCN-MCO , 03/09 - Celebrity Southern Caribbean
03/06 - Celebrity Infinity Eastern Caribbean , 06/05 - NCL Sun Alaska
11/04 - HAL ms Zuiderdam Eastern Caribbean , 11/03 - HAL ms Maasdam Western Caribbean
03/2003 S/S Norway E. Caribbean Wedding Cruise ~ Married on the beach on St John, USVI!
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Old July 16th, 2004, 04:37 PM
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Favorite Line - Holland America

My Favorite Ship - Amsterdam - with Noordam a very close sentimental second...

DH's Favorite - Veendam

Kids Favorite - Zuiderdam
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Most Recent:
Maasdam - March 2004
Noordam III - Final Voyage - November 3, 2004
Volendam - April 2005
Noordam IV - February 22, 2006 - Inaugural Voyage
Noordam IV - Mediterranean - July 30, 2006
Oosterdam - 20th Anniversary Cruise - March 3, 2007
Westerdam - December 2, 2007
Maasdam - April 14, 2008
Maasdam - August 23, 2008 - Canada/New England
Rotterdam - 12/23/08 - Christmas & New Year's Cruise
Westerdam - November 15, 2009

What's Next:
Oosterdam - 4/24/2010 - 14 glorious days!
Maasdam - 12/6/2010
Noordam - 3/8/2011

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Old July 16th, 2004, 05:36 PM
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I am going to show my ignorance

You said the Marco Polo was a real ocean liner and not a cruise ship.

What is the difference?
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Old July 16th, 2004, 05:50 PM
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Default Great question!

What's the difference in a real ocean liner and a cruise ship? To me it's all in the attitude and behavior of the pax, the ambiance of the ship and the service/amenities provided.

Pictures speak a thousand words.

Go to Blockbuster and rent the older version of "An Affair to Remember", the one with Cary Grant- THAT's an ocean liner.

Then watch the next time an ad comes on tv for a "Fun Ship". THAT's a cruise ship.
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Old July 16th, 2004, 06:07 PM
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I have sat through that film one too many times *LOL*

My ex was crazy about it

although I know the ship scene and what you mean.

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