So fast-forward 20+ years to today, and a cruise on any of the "mainstream" cruise lines (Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Princess, Celebrity, and Norwegian) compares to those old cruises of the past like a dinner at Luby's compares to dinner at the Bellagio buffet. So much so that my wife and I have given up cruising for now.
I do believe what we are looking for is available in one of the "luxury" lines, but after researching this a bit, I'm still not sure which one. We really don't want "luxury" as we don't want pampering, but just a casual fun environment, with reasonably good food, a band or two, some nightly entertainment, and typical guests under 90. (Were in our 50's)
So what cruise line do you think fits us best? Does this even exist anymore?
We are exploring Crystal, Oceania, Viking Ocean, and Regent Seven Seas but are open to any if its a better fit. So middle-aged crowd, better food, non-stuffy environment, some entertainment, maybe some enrichment/destination lectures, etc.?
We don't care about alcohol, casinos, and art auctions.