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Have never been on Princess. Lots of Royal Caribbean and Carnival experience. Will I like Princess?

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Depends on what you enjoy most. If it's climbing walls and Party All the Time, then no.

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So let’s say RCI, NCL, carnival lover who doesn’t rock climb or cruise only drunk. I’m still interested in the OP’s question...

 

 

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My gut instinct is "no." Princess is a lot less of a party atmosphere, lacks a water slide, climbing wall, wet t-shirt contest, etc.

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My guess is not likely... unless you are looking for something quieter than you are used to. Things quiet down around 10. It’s great to relax, rejuvenate, but there is no party scene. The dance club has 18 year olds if there are any and usually it’s empty. We cruise Princess exclusively and enjoy it but we enjoy the relaxation

 

 

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Have never been on Princess. Lots of Royal Caribbean and Carnival experience. Will I like Princess?

Maybe, maybe not.

 

What is it you like about RCI and Carnival? What makes you want to try something new?

 

Princess offers a somewhat more traditional, laid back cruise experience - not a lot of later night activity, quieter pool afternoons, good food and service, more traditional cruise activites - ie bingo, trivia , game shows, some audience participation activites, theater shows, still has formal nights, etc

 

If it's the more active experience of RCI and Carnival you enjoy, Princess is likely not a great option. NCL may be worth a look. If you're looking for a somewhat more laid back and more traditional experience , Princess may be to your liking.

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We tried the Regal Princess last year and the service and food was excellent!

 

I did miss the lively sailaway. You won't be doing The Wobble or Cupid Shuffle on Princess.

 

However, to me, the cruise was more upscale with better service. Not that I didn't

get good service on Carnival or RCCL. It just seemed as if Princess went above and beyond more.

 

For example, Movies Under the Stars, they put cushions on the lounge chairs with pillows. I was given a blanket, handed popcorn. During the movie, they came around and gave out pizza.

 

The Regal buffet stayed open late into the night, with real dinner food.

 

I'm remembering as soon as I sat down with my tray, 2 or 3 servers wanted to know what I wanted to drink and would get my juice.

 

Hubby loved the interactive TV with all the free movies.

 

If you're an active person, and like to stay busy with activities. Princess is not for you. At times I found myself bored.

 

I think on that cruise, hubby and I realized we liked the quietness, hardly any kids and just maybe we had outgrown Carnival and RCCL.:o

 

I say give it a try. Book the Regal or Royal if you can.:)

 

Also, I'm 50 and felt very young onboard.

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We tried the Regal Princess last year and the service and food was excellent!

 

For example, Movies Under the Stars, they put cushions on the lounge chairs with pillows. I was given a blanket, handed popcorn. During the movie, they came around and gave out pizza.

23 Princess cruises and I've never seen that.

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I too have never seen pizza handed out but, then again, perhaps it's because I've never sailed on a Royal class ship. I can remember watching Casablanca one afternoon on MUTS and having a cart come around with cold milk and warm cookies. It was great but then I never saw it again. Of course I haven't watched an afternoon movie on MUTS since then either. :rolleyes: I think the milk and cookies went away.

 

As for the interactive TV it's not on all Princess ships - or even on most. The new Royal class ships and some older ones such as Caribbean Princess have the movies on demand and such. I believe Caribbean has it because they were prepping for the medallion before they found out it didn't work as planned. Admittedly we have limited cruise experience - only 9 cruise so far - but none of the ships I have been on other than CB had that type of TV.

 

As to being young at 50 I have to agree that is on the younger side for many Princess cruises, especially the longer ones. I'm 65 and was told a number of times how young I am on a 28 day cruise last October. Longer voyages tend to an older demographic.

 

If the OP is interested in a livelier time on a Princess cruise then perhaps a cruise of 7 days or less in the Caribbean might work? I haven't done those so really have no idea but I "think" those get a lot more young people and families than the longer cruises.

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We have gotten the pizza offered on three or four of three dozen Princess cruises. Cookies seem to have disappeared. And the popcorn isn’t a guarantee anymore.

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I'm not a big fan of RCCL, but I do love Carnival and Princess. I love them both for different reasons. Try it, you might like it.

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It depends on the itinerary. If you are thinking Alaska, you would probably enjoy it. Princess has a good Alaska program. If you are thinking Europe, South America, Australia/NZ again probably yes. These are mostly port intensive cruises where the port visits are the most important part of the voyage.

If you are referring to a standard Caribbean cruise you will have to be ready for a change in on board activities and amenities.

Princess does have lots of evening live music around the ship. Most ships have a party band, soft music group, individual performers, piano entertainer, classical music group.

Princess ships also have lots of choices for no charge food. DR's are open every day for breakfast & dinner and lunch on sea days. The buffet is open from 6am until late evening, never closes during that time. The International Cafe, on almost all ships, is open 24/7. There is also a grill and pizza by the pool open from 11am until mid to late evening. There is a pub lunch on some sea days. Royal Class ships also have Alfredo's, a sit down pizza & other selections restaurant open 11am until late evening. Alfredo's also available on two other ships, but pizza only.

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Have never been on Princess. Lots of Royal Caribbean and Carnival experience. Will I like Princess?

 

I have sailed on all size Royal Caribbean ships, been on NCL and the laid back experience. Took my first Princess cruise July 2017. Had a wonderful time; the ship ;and staff and food were excellent. I am taking my second Princess Cruise Feb 2018. I am active and love to have a great time. But, I have decided when I go on vacation and cruise; I want to relax and not have to rush around the ship trying out all the bells and whistles; like rockclimbing, ziplining, surfing, go karts, etc. I want to go to the pool and relax, go to a show at night; visit a few bars and eat; so Princess has given me and my family just that. Hope this helps you make a decision.

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23 Princess cruises and I've never seen that.

 

We have when attending the late show at MUTS.

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Yes to the popcorn, pizza, and warm cookies and milk during MUTS (we go to the early showing).

 

We have been on the Coral, Emerald, Ruby and Caribbean Princess and had the same experience on all the ships.

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Have never been on Princess. Lots of Royal Caribbean and Carnival experience. Will I like Princess?

 

IMO, absolutely. We're diamond on RCI and our last 2 of our last 3 cruises have been on Princess and you can see that I have two more Princess cruises booked. We find the entertainment equally good on both lines, the food is noticeably better on Princess and the service seems to be a notch above as well. The buffet is much better on Princess. We've also found that RCI prices seem to be getting to the point where they've priced themselves out of our budget while Princess (at least the last two and the next 2 anyway) are more competitively priced.

 

You will enjoy Princess.

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It really depends on what you want- one of the things we really love on Princess is the enrichment lectures. We also like the food, service and entertainment. We are not drink and dance late night people. If you want a faster paced cruise line then Princess to try you might like NCL.

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My gut instinct is "no." Princess is a lot less of a party atmosphere' date=' lacks a water slide, climbing wall, wet t-shirt contest, etc.[/quote']

 

Wet t-shirt contest??

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We were Diamond on Carnival and wanted to see the world. Started cruising on Princess and found it a better product and now most of our cruises are on Princess.

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Wet t-shirt contest??

 

Well there was a time on Princess that I was standing there minding my own business and DW got annoyed about something and threw a bucket of water on me and splashed me and a few others and next thing I knew won a contest.

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I cruised on Carnival and loved it until I tried Princess. It's more upscale all around from food to service to clientele. It's quieter with less of a party atmosphere. I would say the entertainment is a notch below Carnival. There are far fewer children on board Princess and the ships are more traditional and elegant. The ship quiets down earlier as well.

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I did miss the lively sailaway. You won't be doing The Wobble or Cupid Shuffle on Princess.

 

Odd. I've done dozens of Princess sailaways and, except when there was rain, there's always been dancing on deck: the Wobble, the Cuban Shuffle, and of course the Electric Slide and Y-M-C-A. Wobble baby wobble baby wobble baby wobble...

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Odd. I've done dozens of Princess sailaways and, except when there was rain, there's always been dancing on deck: the Wobble, the Cuban Shuffle, and of course the Electric Slide and Y-M-C-A. Wobble baby wobble baby wobble baby wobble...

 

OK. I gave in and did as search to find out what the heck The Wobble could be. Looks to me like one of what I call "robot dances". Line dancing looks to me like a bunch of robots all doing the same thing. Whether it's actually The Wobble or not I have definitely seen line dancing at sail away and they have classes during the cruise. While I have absolutely zero interest in participating there are many who seem to enjoy themselves greatly. I just had no idea there was one of those dances call The Wobble. :rolleyes:

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Odd. I've done dozens of Princess sailaways and, except when there was rain, there's always been dancing on deck: the Wobble, the Cuban Shuffle, and of course the Electric Slide and Y-M-C-A. Wobble baby wobble baby wobble baby wobble...

 

At sailaway, they do play the Love Boat theme on the ship's horn - on the Royal and Regal.

 

Have been on many RCCL, Celebrity and Princess cruises - very much alike.

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I appreciate all the comments. It is interesting that some think I’m a partier to like RCL and Carnival. I’m not. Sounds to me like I might enjoy Princess.

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I appreciate all the comments. It is interesting that some think I’m a partier to like RCL and Carnival. I’m not. Sounds to me like I might enjoy Princess.

 

I’m 29 my wife is 26 and we have booked princess. Everything I’ve read here is right up our alley. We like to have fun, but want to unwind and enjoy the sights and slightly more upscale, not be around a bunch of drunk partiers.

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Well there was a time on Princess that I was standing there minding my own business and DW got annoyed about something and threw a bucket of water on me and splashed me and a few others and next thing I knew won a contest.

 

Best laugh I’ve had all day. :)

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After my first Princess cruise i never set foot on Carnival again. Princess is an all round superior experience.

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While we have sailed more on Royal then Princess, we have had wonderful cruises with Princess. We did feel Princess appeared more laid back then Royal but again I think it had more to do with a particular itinerary then anything else. Our 17 day Panama a few years back had something going on all the time while the 7 day coastal i did with friends in 2013 hardly anything happened. My only real complaint with Princess, is their standard balcony cabins are smaller because they include the balcony with the dimensions.

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We cruise on Princess because we like the on-board talks and discussions about the ports we are about to visit, the ocean and its wildlife, and the geographical and cultural aspects of the voyage. We like to learn something about the places we are visiting. We enjoy the laid-back relaxing atmosphere. On sea days, we like to sit quietly on our balcony and watch the ever-changing ocean and sky.

 

We don't need: a climbing wall, go-karts, water-park type slides into the swimming pool, high-decibel karaoke, high energy nightclub action at 2 A.M. with rap or trap music bands that can be heard in every stateroom, wet t-shirt contests or tequila chugging contests. If you need any of that to make your cruise a happy one, then it's best to stick with Carnival.

 

We fun activities like bingo, trivia, line dance classes, live music in the Piazza, as much as anyone else, but the atmosphere in general on Princess is more relaxed, educational, and sophisticated. In general, it appeals to a more mature demographic. Just my opinion. We're really happy on Princess because of the on-board discussions and presentations that help passengers learn about the ports they are visiting.

We're perfectly happy to let the party-all-night-long-and-throw-empty-beer-bottles-over-the-railing crowd sail on Carnival. To each his own.:)

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Just got off the emerald princess. Last cruises have been , Royal, NCL and Carnival. We really enjoyed it. It had great points and less desirable points. I would say if you are curious and have found a good itinerary and price go for it.

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I cruised on Carnival and loved it until I tried Princess. It's more upscale all around from food to service to clientele. It's quieter with less of a party atmosphere. I would say the entertainment is a notch below Carnival. There are far fewer children on board Princess and the ships are more traditional and elegant. The ship quiets down earlier as well.

 

This is the best answer to your question so far. Not only are the ships more traditional and elegant (far less likely to see people trying to do formal night in jeans) but the passengers are better mannered and well-behaved without being stuffy. The International Cafe and the beautiful lobbies are wonderful, and it is a very relaxing experience. It fits well for our family and was a great choice for Alaska.

 

Regardless of which line we are on, we enjoy evenings in a bar or listening to music, don't really care about the shows, but will attend if it is something new and will occasionally watch a movie. During the days we don't hang out of the lido deck (we love the huge Carib deck balconies on many of the ships) but rather our balcony or spend our time walking the track or the ship, perhaps playing some trivia, watching an ice carving, or sampling food or having tea. On Princess, on a sea day, they may very well have a true informational talk (not one of those cheesy where to shop talks Carnival does) on the next port, or offer a movie in a lounge or the theater. We don't partake of the deck parties or the dance club on either line. So, if you don't need those bells and whistles or the Funship parties and are just happy to be sailing, Princess could work for you.

 

We cruise Carnival because it gives us a lot of bang for our buck and is the leader in itinerary options close to home in the Caribbean; we tend to sail at Christmas and spring break with our kids and need 7 day or shorter itineraries that have ports in the US. As our children age, and as we get closer to retirement and the ability to take longer trips, Princess is definitely going to be our line of choice to see the world.

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Nope- we have done all three and our least favorite is Princess. I would suggest you go on Royal- Oasis or Freedom class

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Let me add, I would look for an itinerary you like and pricing and go with what you feel you will enjoy. I do believe many have offered their views on what Princess offers so give them a try and decide for yourself. I will agree A&J family in that the Princess Ships are more elegant, and are beautiful ships. Royal has probably more outside activities with the flow riders, Bumper Cars etc, but believe Princess goes more with offering their passengers a more relaxed cruising experience. I do miss the talks. Whatever you decide, have a wonderful cruise.

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Have never been on Princess. Lots of Royal Caribbean and Carnival experience. Will I like Princess?

Pretty much what Shepp says is right. If you like relaxing, you'll enjoy(though the daily annoying announcements are getting more numerous)If you like Hairy chest parties/water slides/dumb pool side games/rock walls etc. then no, Princess(or Celebrity aren't your thing)

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I appreciate all the comments. It is interesting that some think I’m a partier to like RCL and Carnival. I’m not. Sounds to me like I might enjoy Princess.

 

 

 

Almost impossible to answer this question unless you are willing to share what it is you like about the other 2 lines.

 

If someone told me they liked Carnival and RCL I would assume they like a more active onboard experience because both lines cater to that.

 

Princess IMO offers a more refined product, with generally better service, better MDR food, and more dining options throughout the day.

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I appreciate all the comments. It is interesting that some think I’m a partier to like RCI and Carnival. I’m not. Sounds to me like I might enjoy Princess.

 

I find Princess and RCI to be more similiar than different.

 

I do prefer the food and more personalized service on Princess. It is a little more subdued, but that's nice sometimes. I do go back and forth a little bit once I get bored with one, it's nice to have a little different experience.

 

Both offer a great product, albeit a little different.

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I cruised on Carnival and loved it until I tried Princess. It's more upscale all around from food to service to clientele. It's quieter with less of a party atmosphere. I would say the entertainment is a notch below Carnival. There are far fewer children on board Princess and the ships are more traditional and elegant. The ship quiets down earlier as well.

 

I would agree with this the most, but a Carnival LIVE sailing gives them points in the entertainment department in my opinion. With that said I love both lines for the different experiences they give and I have fantastic memories with both as well.

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We are 58. We agree the food is better on Princess. The comedy better on Carnival. The singers and dancers better on Princess. The steak house better on Carnival. We got bored on Princess easily. They had a lot of spa talks and nothing really appealing to us. Our 12 day Alaska on Princess they said the average age was 72 on board. No one was out and about walking or doing anything. They were all inside and there was not a lot of inside places to sit. The Alaska ports were great and that's what we went for. (and the fact our friends got married on board)

It was not a bad cruise though. I would go again. It was our 2nd Princess cruise. The 1st one was the Coastal cruise and that I would say the average age was 80.

 

That being said....Disney is still our favorite (and we have no small kids) Best service, restaurants, entertainment, food and last we went they allowed alcohol to be brought on board. :)

 

I think you may like Princess though. It is relaxing.

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