What is your favorite cruise line and ship, please?

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Joined Nov 2002
Hi! My husband and I have been on 2 cruises: the Norwegian Dawn and the Golden Princess. We loved both cruises. The Dawn was our first cruise ever. The Golden really had much better food and service, we thought.

We are now planning our next cruise for next March. What is your favorite line? Which ship do you prefer in that cruise line? Why?

Thanks for your ideas!
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We've cruised with a few different lines and they've all been very enjoyable sailings...but our very favorite line is HAL and our favoriite ship of all is the MS Amsterdam! We've always had wonderful service on all the HAL ships...but there was just a little something that I can't pinpoint that put that crew/staff and ship just a slight notch higher in my opinion.
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My favorite ship to date is the Rotterdam, a sister flagship to the Amsterdam. She's an elegant vessel but not stuffy. Great crew. Good layout, easy to navigate. The Rotterdam sails some interesting itineraries, so you should be able to find a sailing to suit.
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Holland America without question is our cruiseline of choice.

Favorite ship is hard.....Hmmmm

Maasdam, Rotterdam, Zaandam, Veendam, Statendam, Zuiderdam, etc etc..........we love all the 'dam' ships.

I think Maasdam will always be our sentimental favorite though
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I have truly enjoyed the SS United States and the France. Today I would say the SUMMIT , Amsterdam,Rotterdam. In the 60's on both the United States and the France, you felt like a "somebody". They truly made one feel like a king.
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Joined May 2000
Holland America has always been our favorite line, and while we "try out" other ships, we always come back. We have sailed the Zuiderdam twice and are going again in November. There is something about the unobtrusive way they go about their jobs and go out of their way to make you comfortable.

Originally posted by mackie
We are now planning our next cruise for next March. What is your favorite line? Which ship do you prefer in that cruise line? Why?
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Joined Dec 2003
We've always come home to HAL. And our favorite ship is
Volendam - with the Veendam a close second!

Now we're waiting for the Westerdam, back-to-back
February 6, 2005.
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Ankeny, IA
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Our favorite line is Princess. Our favorite ship was the Norwegian Star because we received an upgrade to the Penthouse Suite. We are anxious to see if we change our favorite pick from Princess to Holland. We leave for the Zaandam tomorrow (7/16)
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Holland America is my favorite cruise line.
I really like the Volendam; I have been on her three times now, and each time she has been a joy to board again. She has a GREAT crew and a wonderful layout. I also loved the old Rotterdam V, but she's no longer in the fleet.

I also really liked the Orient Line's Marco Polo ... she's a real ocean liner, not just a cruise ship. I like that.
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Joined Oct 2000
Well, this is a toughy!!!
HAL is definitely our most favorite cruiseline. But selecting our favorite ship is harder. At first we loved the Maasdam, (our first cruise) but when we celebrated our anniversary on the Ryndam, that became our favorite. The Ryndam is a great ship with fine art and other antique furniture items aboard and remained in first place for several years. But last year we sailed two segments of the World Voyage on the Prinsendam, and I guess now it has replaced the Ryndam. The Prinsendam is a wonderful size, easy to get from one end to the other and now has a fabulous chef, Ed Sayomac. The ship itself is a beauty to look at, especially the shape of the hull and overall balance. Makes one think of some of the magnificent yachts in the Mediterranean. So -- the Prinsendam is in first place for us.
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Joined Apr 2001
I have to say Holland America is my favorite cruise line, of course, and the Amsterdam being my favorite ship.
Franklin, MA USA
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Joined Apr 2003
For now it's Celebrity, ship Century. We'll see if it's going to change?
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We have been on Cunard, Princess, NCL, and RCI - haven't sailed on them in years.

Love HAL - have sailed them the last few years.

SHIP????? - We have been on the Ryndam, Maasdam, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Oosterdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Noordam.

And are looking forward to up-coming cruises on the Statendam, Westerdam, Volendam, and Veendam.

BUT and "dam" ship will do.

Toronto, Canada
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Joined Aug 2002
We have sailed on RCI, Disney, Carnival, Norweigan and are going on the Zuiderdam August 14th. My very first cruise was on the Monarch of the Seas in 1994 when it was one of the largest ships in the world. The cruising experience when compared to my last cruise on the Carnival Spirit Dec /03 was totally different. The atmosphere, the way people dressed, how special it was to be on a ship no longer exists as it was back then. The level of service, the quality of food were completely different. Don't get me wrong I love all my cruises and prefer cruising over any land vacation but i yearn for that lost feeling that I had on my first cruise. The Mega ships are great, but your expectations must now consider that cruising has become mainstream and will never be the same as it was.That being said I love them all equally and look forward to trying as many new lines and ships as I can get into one lifetime....
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Joined Jun 2004
HAL is still our favorite after twenty four cruises with them. Tried several other lines, but still will sail with HAL. Our favorite ship is the Rotterdam followed by the Statendam.
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Joined Nov 2000
Of our limited experience, I would say each ship has had unique features we enjoyed versus another (listed below). Like you, that first cruise is what you base all others to it seems! But as far as crewmembers knowing our name, I actually must say Norwegian in that regard. Holland America appeals to us for their smaller ships and little extras that are included versus other lines (afternoon tea, java cafe, etc). That said, our next cruise is on HAL Zuiderdam, which we booked for her itinerary - the extra long time in St Thomas so that we could enjoy St John at our leisure, as I am limited to only cruising when school is not in session. However, I understand Zuiderdam's decor might give us a small taste of what Carnival cruise ships are like.

Features we appreciated on our 7-nt cruiseships (various cruiselines):
- NCL Sky - first cruise, loved the Freestyle aspect being in our mid-20s, relaxing and casual, many restaurants on board to choose from each night that were included
- Celebrity Galaxy - loved the AquaSpa, dining, and ample-sized cabin with fridge included, but the week we were onboard had a totally different passenger clientele from anything we had ever read about Celebrity, as it was a total party ship that week and we are not "party people" (people playing their own guitars they brought trying to be louder than the band by the pool, people dancing ON the tables, "jeans" were considered "formal night attire" by some in the nice dining room, and I learned what "funny cigarette smoke" smelled like ... and hubby had to tell me it wasn't a cigarette or cigar or pipe I was smelling)
- NCL S/S Norway - no longer sailing, but we had read of her history as the S/S France and wanted an opportunity to sail on her; she had a beautiful spa, and it was neat seeing the "two-class system" passengers used to have to sail on (different dining rooms, stairways that only connected certain decks, etc). The history lectures onboard were very good as well.
- HAL Maasdam - beautiful artwork and floral arrangements, loved the size/layout, favorite place onboard was Crow's Nest in evenings, but very limited spa
Just my personal opinions based on our experiences. I am not glued to one cruiseline and am open to try different lines and ships.
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Favorite Line - Holland America

My Favorite Ship - Amsterdam - with Noordam a very close sentimental second...

DH's Favorite - Veendam

Kids Favorite - Zuiderdam
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I am going to show my ignorance

You said the Marco Polo was a real ocean liner and not a cruise ship.

What is the difference?
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Joined May 2002
What's the difference in a real ocean liner and a cruise ship? To me it's all in the attitude and behavior of the pax, the ambiance of the ship and the service/amenities provided.

Pictures speak a thousand words.

Go to Blockbuster and rent the older version of "An Affair to Remember", the one with Cary Grant- THAT's an ocean liner.

Then watch the next time an ad comes on tv for a "Fun Ship". THAT's a cruise ship.
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I have sat through that film one too many times *LOL*

My ex was crazy about it

although I know the ship scene and what you mean.