What is the best cruise line at a decent price?
I’m looking to take a cruise for 3 people that isn’t too expensive but I’m afraid that if I choose a cheap cruise line I won’t get a quality cruise. About 3 years ago I went on a Holland America cruise and absolutely LOVED it but it’s a little out of my price rang right now. Any suggestions for a fun, reliable, cruise line that is a decent price?
Holland America may not be out of your price range, particularly if you book far in advance to get the “early booking” discount. As a past passenger, you will also qualify for a bit of a discount. There are also some very good cruise companies other than Holland America. (Yes, I know that Carnival has many loyal repeat passengers, but I have NEVER met anybody who has enjoyed Holland America or Princess and then enjoys Carnival.) A travel agent will be able to help you find the best cruise for you! My travel agent always does a great job for me!
What cruise line includes alcohol drinks in the cruise price?
Looking for a cruise line out of the US, that offers all free drinks, including alcohalic ones, in the up front cost of the cruise. We’re fed up getting the additional bill at the end of a vacation. It’s bad enough paying all the enforced “tips”. We’d like to pay everything up front.
The luxury lines, for which you’ll pay between $300 and $500 per person per day. You’d have to drink to the point of alcohol poisoning to make up for the difference in what you’ll pay with the mass-market lines. On some lines, you CAN pay everything up front, by buying a drink card [Celebrity has them, don't know about other lines].
Those tips you seem to resent paying are a small price to pay for the [usually - maybe not on NCL] service you get. More well-deserved than is usually the case in land-based restaurants.
You can check the cruise lines’ websites to see whether they offer drink cards for alcohol. Or, go to CruiseCritic.com, click on “Boards” and then go to the boards for the lines you’re considering and browse to see whether that topic is discussed. Or, if you join CC [it's free] you can post your question or do a search.
What cruise line would be appropriate for a romantic getaway?
I’m planning a vacation for later this year and I was wondering what cruise line is the best for couples. We are looking for cruiselines that are not so much family oriented, because we are looking to get away from kids for a while. Also something that is relatively inexpensive. I KNOW all cruises are rather pricy, but just give me some ideas of where to start. I’ve never been on a cruise before and I’m clueless as to where to begin my search. Any suggestions?
I would go on Carnival, Holland, Princess or Norwegian cruise lines. They all offer different options for a romantic cruise.
With the ship be so big they have areas just for kids and areas just for adults.
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What is the best cruise line for two young adults (23 years old)?
I am planning on taking a Caribbean cruise with my boyfriend sometime next year. Which cruise line is the most youth-friendly? We are both in our early 20′s, and don’t want to be stuck on a boat with a bunch of kids and families or older people.
Also, which cruise route do you recommend. I want to go on a Caribbean cruise, not a cruise to Mexico. I’ve already been to Mexico, and would like to go somewhere different.
A Caribbean cruise is great, depending on where you would like to go. Eastern Caribbean are usually 7 nights and they usually include St. Thomas, St. Marteen, and Nassau, or the cruiselines private island. A Western Caribbean cruise usually includes Jamaica, Cozumel Mexico, Key West, Progresso Mexico, Belize etc.. This also depends on which line you choose to go with. A Southern Caribbean includes San Juan, Aruba, Barbados, and most of the deep southern islands, but this one usually goes out of San Juan, so you would have to plan on flying to the cruiseport.
If you are looking for a cruiseline that is “Youth” friendly then most of them will have families and children on them, unless you book during off season when school is in session, but there will always be children on the ships, just not as many.
The most active cruiselines for your age group would be Royal Caribbean, Carnival and NCL. You will find more older adults on Celebrity and Holland America, but there are pretty much all ages on most of the mainstream lines.
I would suggest that you look at the three mainstream lines websites: www.ncl.com , www.carnival.com, and www.royalcarbbean.com to get an idea of what itineraries are offered and what length of cruise is offered. Either that or contact a cruise specialist agent to ask these questions. They are trained in all the different lines and will be best able to qualify you to the best line based on your answers to questions they will ask.
Royal Caribbean offers many things on the ship for all age groups. They have the rock climbing walls, the newest ships have the flow rider, there is also mini golf, pools, games etc.
Carnival offers quite a bit of activities for your age group, and if you are planning on a 3 or 4 night cruise, you will find more people your age on the ship…remember they were once known as the “party” ship. But they are catering more to families now..but again, book in off season (not summer, spring break or Christmas time) and you will find less children on the ship.
NCL offers a bowling ally on their newer ships, along with a variety of other activites to participate in, there are plenty of activities for your age group.
Also, the cruiseline you decide on would be dependant on how much money you want to invest in your cruise.
Good luck in your choices.
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