About us: We both are in our thirties, we dress with good quality clothing but we don't dress up often in gowns or tux but are willing to do so on our cruise but we would also like to have some casual or informal options for nights when we just want a meal and then watch a movie or hang out by the pool (in other words, we understand that most of the ship will dress up and we won't go in the main lounges or shows but we may walk through the ship to get to the pool, promenade, sports bar).
Here are the 3 options we are looking at, all are ok for our budget, and all have a balcony:
Crystal Serenity - ''B'' Stateroom with Verandah (108 days - 57 970$)
269 sq. ft, including verandah (50 sq. ft ???)
Regular closet, not a walk-in (- ... will we have enough room for such a long cruise? Is there anywhere we could fit an extra foldable closet?)
Alcohol not included but softdrinks are included
Great choice of activities (+)
2 seatings (- ... we don't think we would like this rigid form for a long cruise)
In-stateroom dinning, ordering from the main dinning room menu (+)
Casual pool side dinning, no reservation required (+ ... someone knows what the menu looks like: snack bar, bistro or gourmet cuisine?)
2 free speciality restaurants (+ ... is informal wear OK every night or is formal wear is expected here on formal nights?)
Sushi Bar (+ ... is informal wear OK every night or is formal wear is expected here on formal nights?)
Cunard Queen Victoria - Princess Suite with balcony - 54 704$
2000 + guests (-)
335 sq. ft, including balcony (+)
Closet, on QM2, do the Princess suites have walk-in closet, enough storage for World Cruise?
Most beverage not included (-)
Single-seating Princess Grill (+)
1 speciality restaurant only, with a fee (-)
Lido (at night, I hope it is not a buffet, do they require formal attire on formal evenings)
Pub Lion: Do they serve dinner or just lunch?
Grills Terrace, do they offer dinner in casual or informal atmosphere?
In-Suite dinning (+)
Regent Seven Seas Voyager - ''H'' Suite with balcony (117 days-58 000$)
(the price is based on per-day price of 2007 World Cruise)
356 sq ft (306 + balcony)
Shipboard gratuities included (+)
Complimentary liquor package
Walk-in Closet (+ ... from the room plan, it seems to me the closet could handle an additional small foldable closet, am I right?)
Wine included at dinner
Activities seem less diversified than other two ships (- ... am I right?)
Open seating main dinning room (+)
3 open-seating speciality restaurants (+)