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  1. Some very good recommendations. Looking at Celebrity cruise at the moment. Might give them a try for a cruise next year.
  2. Very confusing statement. Guys I have very limited experience of cruising, like I've said before I've only done two Cunards and one P&O cruise. But I can definitely tell/feel/appreciate the difference between them. That's for sure. Granted, my original post was in itself confusing, having posted in the "wrong" section in the first place but also for not being too sure what was on offer with the different cruise lines, the different categories etc and I might be even looking for something which doesn't exist! (Big ship with water slides/3d cinemas/plenty of tech and activities etc but which is to the standard of HAL/Celebrity ships in terms of decor, quality of food and room, common areas etc). I've managed to have a look at some YouTube videos for HAL Niew Statendam and Royal Caribbean Independence of the seas. Basically, I want a cruise ship/line that would be a "mixture" of those two ships! Hence why I'm saying that I might be looking for something that doesn't exist! But surely, there must be something out there that could be a close match? I'm a petrolhead and in my world if someone is looking for a fast car but also something that can provide some practicality, the car to have would be the BMW M5 (or its AMG counterpart). Supercar performance with 4 doors. Granted its no Ferrari but the performance is fairly close. Although the purist might disagree (but that's a discussion for another time). That's the only way I could find in trying to convey what I'm after. Please do keep the suggestions coming as I'm still researching and undecided at the moment.
  3. If the Admins could please move to the mass "peasant" section please (only joking, please move to the relevant section but please keep this thread open). It would be very helpful if we had a section for the premium light/upscale mainstream lines.
  4. Thank you all once again for the recommendation and insights. I looked briefly at HAL and Celebrity (not many pictures on their websites), that's the kind of ships I was after (the interior decor and dining etc). However, they all seem to lack the other facilities/entertainment of the "mainstream" lines. It does look like I will have to decide between lines like HAL/Celebrity vs Royal Caribbean. Will keep you guys posted.
  5. I agree with your thinking. Hence why, I normally go to 5 star resorts when going on all inclusive holidays.
  6. I just saw your post. Probably looking at something like 7 nights. 5 too short and anything over 10 might be "too long" for me. Budget would be around £1500pp. But could go up if needs be. So far, I've only tried balconies so will stick to that. And probably departing from the UK.
  7. Spot on!!! I think I got the "luxury" classification all wrong and the more I read, it looks like maybe I wasn't after a "luxury" cruise line after all (not to mention that they are out of my budget anyway). But wasn't too keen on the smaller ships and too much of a "personal" butler kind of service. What I'm actually after is good food (I know very subjective, but I'd like to think I can tell when something has been well prepared etc and my reviews on TripAdvisor normally is in line with other "senior" reviewers... ). I would like great variety but also quality, from freshness and sweetness of the fruits in the buffet restaurant to the fine dining etc I would like it to be of "above average" standard. I would like a modern ship aswell, with lots of facilities, new decor and fancy cool stuff like, maybe some massive water slide or 3D cinema etc... The cabins don't have to be spacious, but I like modern and good quality fittings etc. Having said that, I don't want to end up in a "mass market" cheap theme park with queues of rude people shouting and screaming etc. Or some cheap buffet all you can eat restaurant. I'm really tempted to give Royal Caribbean a go. About £1500 pp, so hopefully won't be too bad. I'm a novice with cruises as you can see from my posts and not even sure what is a "decent" budget for a 7 night cruise.
  8. Thanks I will look at the ones you've mentioned. Looking at the luxury ones, they are definitely out of my budget range. Even the premium ones are still high. So I think, I need to start considering the "mass market" ones but ones that will be slightly better. Maybe something that will be just under the "premium" /premium light category.
  9. Ah thanks for this. I'm currently looking into Royal Caribbean and maybe MSC. Will have to keep reading I guess.
  10. Very interesting! I'm a foodie too. Very keen to read on people's views on this topic. Very new to cruising (done 2 cunard and 1 P&O). Now looking at doing one next year but struggling to find a cruise line that will meet my requirements. Anyone got recommendations for a cruise line for a "foodie"? I'm looking for something slightly above the cunard level, would prefer larger ships with plenty of facilities and entertainment but also want the quality. I didn't really enjoy the P&O cruise I did. I'm finding it quite hard to navigate my way around the forum and would be grateful if someone could post links to the different classes/types /ranking of cruise lines there are etc and where would you class Cunard and P&O lines? Whether Cunard is considered "premium" etc.
  11. Hi again Been trying to do some reading on the different "ranking" of cruise lines. Could someone kindly please give me a breakdown? Assuming "Luxury" would be at the top? With "premium" after? What would be next down? Etc
  12. Thank you all for your comments and very useful advice. I will have a look at the cruise lines mentioned. Maybe I shouldn't have said "cheap" but a "step up from cunard" would have been more appropriate.
  13. Thanks will do. Really struggling to find a cruise line at the moment that is in the "premium" range or at least slightly better than Cunard. Don't really know much about all the different cruise lines out there. I did a P&O one and thought that it was very average.
  14. Thank you for all your comments. Any recommendations for "premium" lines that I could consider? Not going solo but with family. 😀
  15. Hi all Great forum as always and very friendly members. I know cheap and luxury don't go together but what cruise lines offer a luxury type cruise at relatively lower price? I have done two Cunard cruises (not sure if they fall in the luxury band) and the prices per person weren't too bad. Silversea and seabourn definitely out of my budget! I'm a very keen foodie and 38yrs old. Thanks for all your advice and recommendations. We are in the UK aswell and would prefer something less than 10 days.
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