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How would you classify Royal Caribbean?


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I just was watching my cruise video on Princess Cruise Lines (a promo DVD) and they really showed some great aspects of Princess.


How would you go about classifying RCCL? (ie: A premium Line, or a modern line with great ships and some premium amenities etc) Also, do you think they have one of the more innovative ships at Sea?


Also, doesn't RCCL have a Video besides "Get Out There" that really focuses on what they have to offer. (ships etc)??

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Same calibur as Princess as far as quality, but RCCL is geared towards a younger, more active crowd wanting more physical activity, Princess more of a laid-back crowd looking for less action and more relaxation.


I guess it's like anything depending on each cruise. We sailed the Grand 2 years ago and most of the people on their partied during the day and at night. What a great cruise it was.:D

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Here's my take:

First of all, I've cruised on 7 different cruise lines...

Obviously, I have my preferences...I love Celebrity...I like RCCL...I don't like Princess or Norwegian as much...All of these lines have their subtle differences...and everyone is looking for something different in a cruise...or maybe, actually, we're looking for a lot of the same things as well, but we all have different priorities and ways of rating them...


BUT...Overall, all of the "mass market" cruise lines (Royal Caribbean, Princess, Carnival, HAL, Norwegian, Celebrity and though somewhat of a slightly different niche, Disney, Costa, Cunard and anyone else packaging 3-14 night cruises on 50,000-160,000 gross ton ships) do a lot of the SAME things roughly in the same way...


They are all marketing to and competing for the SAME customers--you and me...They all monitor what each other do (heck, several of them are owned by the SAME parent corporation--RCCL owns Celebrity, Carnival owns Princess, Cunard, Costa, etc.)...


There are certain standards and traditions all of them have ingrained into them...Other innovations they copy from each other...


But, when it comes down to it, all of them have ships that are more similar than dissimilar...they all have Main Dining rooms, a buffet, and, nowadays, specialty restaurants...they all have nightly shows in a main showroom...plus piano bars, discos, casinos, bars and lounges...They all have a pool or two and some jacuzzis up top, a spa...


Each one puts together itineraries that, depending on the size of their fleet and other factors, cruise some combination of most of the Caribbean, the Mexican Riviera, the Mediterranean, Alaska and sometimes Asia, Australia/New Zealand, South America, the Baltic and the Fjords and the Panama canal...They stop at several ports and offer shore excursions...and so on and so on...


In the sense of a general "classification", they are ALL IN THE SAME CLASS...(as opposed to, say, the "luxury" classification--the Seabourns, Regents, Silverseas, etc. that run smaller ships at much higher rates and cater to a less general clientele)...


Now, between RCCL and Princess, MY preference would be RCCL...but, like I said, everyone's criteria and preferences and priorities are different, so I can easily see how others might favor Princess...and, of course, we all base our opinions on specific experiences...and those might vary ship to ship...I could take another cruise on Princess and my opinion of them might be swayed entirely...

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A mass market line that competes with Carnival, Princess and NCL in this arena.


New ships built since 1999 are designed to draw families and active adults who would normally book a land resort. Food is good but not great. Equal to what one would find at a Marriott or Hilton type banquet facility. Good entertainment and consistently good service.

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I also have the DVD from Princess and it does a great job of promoting the cruise line. This morning I happened to turn on the Travel Channel and they were showing an RCI advertisement that lasted over a half hour! It was excellent. If it is available on DVD like the Princess one I would say it does an EXCELLENT job of promoting RCI which I feel has the best looking ships at sea.


I need to find out if this is available on DVD as I could watch it over and over.

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Bruin Steve you have hit it right on the nose IMHO! This is exactly how I feel! I don't even need to go onto a different cruise line to figure it out. They all offer the same type of amenities and the same type of activities and they are all on a ship. Your choice on which amenity or activity is more important to you and that will decide which cruise line or ship you will like the best! :D

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