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Thread: Would love to take a cruise...which cruise lines do you like, which ones should I avoid?

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    My husband and I would really like to take a cruise..7-10 days to Alaska, or the Caribbean.
    We would prefer a cruise that caters to adults, rather than young families.
    We have been looking into Oceania cruises which look particularly nice, 2 for 1 fares, free airfare, all inclusive.
    I'm hoping some of you have cruised and will have some advice to share. Thanks.
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    We recently went on an Alaskan cruise with Holland American. It was very nice. Definitely adult oriented.

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    Stear clear of Carnival in the Caribbean. I took a 4 day, 3 night cruise and it was full of kids and more kids. Folks were not very friendly and they pushed past me and my elderly mother to get on the elevator. The crew was worse. During the life jacket drill they yelled at both me and Mom for not having our life jackets done just so.

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    Holland America! The staff is fabulous, ditto food. They mostly only get kids during the holidays. They are mostly smaller ships which makes getting around easier.

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    I agree: Holland America! I have been on an Alaskan cruise (lovely and planning to go again next year), and the Grand Asia & Australia. Wonderful crew and staff on both ships. Always helpful. Definitely more adult clientele.

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    I have only been on the Royal Caribbean ship but I think price will be a big reason there would be more kids so if you can avoid the really rock bottom priced cruises then it would work to your advantage.
    Our ship had a number of under 35's but not so many that it was a problem and we had a very nice crew and friendly shipmates!
    Enjoy your cruise!

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    Cruised on Celebrity twice, loved it. Sailed Norwegian once, in our opinion, the Motel 6 of cruise lines.

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    Been on Royal Caribbean twice and plan to go again this winter! It was top notch for my taste!

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    Royal Carib and Holland Am are the best. Carnival was awful. Once for them was enough for us.

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    I go every year with Royal Caribbean, love them!!! I made a mistake once and went on Carnival, never again.

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    All four my cruises have been Holland America. Three were Carribean and one Alaskan ship/land tour. They know how to provide service.

    We were booked into a Carnival with 3 other couples when my husband had open heart surgery, so we had to back out.

    They came back to tell me I didnt miss much, they hated Carnival. Service wasnt so good and other problems.

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    I used to live in Ketchikan, AK and vouch for the HOlland America lines...very adult oriented, very classy, great food...we used to be able to have luncheons on them as part of the Coast Guard spouses club.

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    I have cruised Carnival many times. Mostly because of the price as they are lower. Kids and students are EVERYWHERE! I saw 3 girls take an elderly woman's scooteer while she was in the restroom. The (all 3) rode the scooter around the pool deck. Inconsiderate twerps! We cruised the next time on Royal Caribbean and it was awesome.

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    We've been on several cruiselines and for what you want, Holland America or Princess would be good. The service on Holland was amazing!

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    have fun on your cruise, never been to Alaska yet

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    I have done a Celebrity and Royal Caribeain- Freedom of the Seas, Celebrity - The Summit, was by far superior. Very Adult orientated, we did the Panamal Cannal 14 day, would do it again in a heartbeat!

    Royal Caribean had many young adults and the entertainment was lacking in coordination, IMHO.

    Have a great time!

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    We've cruised with Princess several times - all to Alaska - and have been very, very pleased. On our next cruise we'll definitely go with them again. Alaska seemed to be more adult-interest based.

    We've taken a couple cruises on Norwegian in Hawaii and didn't have quite the same experiences. There were certainly fewer kids when we went in February than when we went in July, though.

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    I did the Alaskan cruise with Princess. Very pleased!

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    My husband and I used to cruise often. Holland America is absolutely fabulous in terms of ship decor and service. The cruises on H A were mainly adults. We also cruised on Royal Caribbean - another fantastic cruise line. We did see more families, but they must keep the kiddos pretty busy because there were never kids underfoot.

    Do not, repeat, do not cruise on Carnival. The ship was very disappointing, the service non-existent, and we had to battle with crowds of rude people everywhere! There were a lot of young adults into clubbing and partying all night.

    You will love cruising if you're smart about which cruise line you take.

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    We did a Princess cruise through the Panama Canal - good entertainment, food, shore excursions. No kids, but that might have been the destination. Cruised Norwegian to Alaska, the ship was set up to accommadate kids and there were lots of them.

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    Well, it looks as though I am the only one who has repeated going on the Carnival. I have booked each and every cruise with the same rep and I really have not been disappointed.......

    I don't let someone else's kids bother me.......they are not mine so I can just ignore them and go about my cruising......
    If they do eventually annoy me, the ship is large enough to find another area to enjoy away from them.......

    I am going on my 17th cruise in February..and having the advantage of VIP embarkment and disembarkment makes for a pleasant time.....

    My advice is to enjoy one's self and not worry about someone else's kids..........

    those three that took someone's scooter should have been reported and I am sure that they would have been dealt with accordingly...rather that just watch them perform their meanness and get away with it.

    With all that said, I wish you all happy cruising wherever you go and on whichever ship you choose.

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    Oh geez...all the bad news about Carnival! I leave in two weeks for a Carnival cruise (quilting cruise with Bonnie Hunter). This will be my first cruise and I am determined it will be wonderful!
    I haven't had a vacation in 14 yrs.

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    I have cruised on Celebrity twice and it is definietly an Adult line. Less parties than Carnival and the service is wonderful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antdebby1
    Oh geez...all the bad news about Carnival! I leave in two weeks for a Carnival cruise (quilting cruise with Bonnie Hunter). This will be my first cruise and I am determined it will be wonderful!
    I haven't had a vacation in 14 yrs.
    It will be fine. They will be catering to Bonnie Hunter and all her guests since it is a special cruise.

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    Choose the time of year; fewer kids when school is in. Go for the specials,i.e. get a suite with a window or veranda. Check out the costs of trips and other "extras"; they can add a lot to the price. We went to Alaska on Norwegian in early May. The weather was better than friends experienced in August!

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