Posted August 15th, 2017, 02:26 PM
I really think all these discussion become repetitive and boring. Let's just be grateful that there are cruise line out there which suit different people and we can choose what we like best. No need to tear down one line just because we prefer a different one.
Well as someone who is newly exploring options on luxury lines, I'm not finding it boring at all, however I am trying to find a cruise line that will suit DH and I. I'm not looking for tear downs, just honest comparisons by those who have done both. I'd rather do some research than spend a lot of money on a cruise that isn't going to suit us from the get go.
I've mostly cruised on Carnival in the past because I usually cruised with my sister and that's what her budget allows. DH and I are now retired, and we are well enough situated financially that we can and want to upgrade. We recently did a Viking river cruise and were very happy with their product, so we booked an ocean cruise with them. Now I know many if not most in this section of the CC universe do not put Viking up with the likes of Seabourn, Crystal, Regent & SilverSea, but we liked them a lot. We are not particularly brand loyal and we're open to new options.
We are primarily looking for newer, but smaller ships. We do NOT want to cruise on the huge floating theme park, mega mall monstrosities. We want to cruise on a ship that's not pretending to be something other than a ship - preferably with a good space to passenger ration. We do not need to be entertained 24/7.
We would prefer to cruise without hoards of young children running around unsupervised by parents determined to use up all their included drink allowance in one sitting. We would rather cruise with well-traveled adults with a broad range of interests and a love of good conversation as well as traveling. We would rather not cruise with snobs who will look down their noses at us. As I said, we're well situated, we're not top 1% - probably not even top 20%. We worked hard, and we're not leaving any inheritances
I want some pampering and excellent service. We want good food and wine. We like good wine, but we're not wine snobs either - though we both worked for a wine importer and distributor. I want a nice room - doesn't have to be a suite, but it must have a balcony and a comfy bed. We don't have any specific itineraries in mind - we're open on that aspect.
We do like a more casual atmosphere - or I should say DH does. I don't mind dressing up, but country club or business casual is fine with me. DH on the other hand is done with suits, dress shirts and ties. He'll do a dress shirt and if pressed a jacket - never a tie - and only 1 or 2 nights. Mostly he likes polo shirts and dress pants for dinner.
This is last is mostly the reason I haven't explored some of the more upscale lines. I know he won't be happy. I'm kind of interested in Seabourn and I'm not ruling some of the others out. I just need information and personal accounts are great - I can weigh them against what I like and it makes it easier to judge
So no - this thread and others like it are not boring!