Posted February 10th, 2012, 11:26 PM
In 2004 we 'graduated' to Crystal after many, many cruises on a variety of the mass market lines (see the line up in my signature)! The step up, for us, anyway, was night and day difference, despite that fact we sailed in an inside cabin on the old (but grand!) Crystal Harmony compared to balconies and suites on most other voyages.
We still sail mass market lines (usually Celebrity) in between our Crystal cruises. While it's true your money will buy more real estate on HAL than Crystal, it is the total package that keeps us coming back. The higher-quality food, the wonderful service of the entire ship's crew that we have NEVER experienced the likes of anywhere else, lecture series, no "nickel and diming", excellent shore excursions, space to passenger ratio (it really shows), the always-interesting well-traveled-yet-not-stuffy fellow passengers, where do I stop? !!
We hope to try Seabourn someday, hopefully sooner than later.
If memory serves me correct, you stated some time ago that for very personal reasons you would never sail Crystal, which of course is a personal and private decision that is respected.
But since you asked......
579 Days at Sea
222 - =X=
133 - Crystal
76 - Princess
68 - NCL
36 - Royal Caribbean
17 - HAL
17 - Disney
10 - Cunard