Probably my favorite would be the Mississippi Queen, New Orleans to Natchez. A leisurely trip up the Mississippi River that took you back in time 100 years. You could picture people sitting on the boat, talking to people on the shore. Historians gave talks during the day about the region. Antebellum mansion excursions and sightseeing tours of the towns. The river was running so high that we were only going 5-7 MPH upstream. A whopping 10 mph downstream! No gambling, that came years later.
The food was wonderful and we had an outside cabin with a view of the river. Accommodations just like on a cruise ship, same cabin, same waiters and porters, etc., only difference all the wait-staff were Americans and spoke English. I had been on Sitmar where the wait-staff were all Italian and the deck crew all Portuguese.
Next would be Royal Caribbean.
new poster, experienced cruiser
Fairsea - Caribbean - approx 1980
Fairwind - Panama Canal, Caribbean - 1982
Mississippi Queen - New Orleans, Natchez
Viking Serenade - Catalina & Ensenada, Star Trek Convention - June 1992
Royal Caribbean - Song of Norway - Panama Canal 1994
Fascination - Key West, Nassau - 2004
Sapphire Princess - Mexican Riviera - Nov 2009
Sapphire Princess - Mexican Riviera - Dec 2010
We've been on Celebrity, Princess, NCL, Carnival and RCCL. I haven't had a bad cruise yet and it seems to me that it's about personal taste. Celebrity is a bit more formal and you can't beat the service anywhere. Princess and NCL have "Personal Choice" and "Freestyle" respectively and that's become a favorite of ours. We get to meet new people at dinner every night. . We're sailing on the NCL Sun for the third time next month so obviously we have no complaints there. My favorite destination was the Panama Canal (or was it Alaska? no, maybe it was the Carribean!)
I have cruised on Royal Caribbean, Princess, Celebrity, Carnival and NCL.
I would rate them as #1 - RCL (Best)
#2 - Princess
#3 - NCL
#4 - Celebrity
#5 - Carnival (Worst)
Note: This is my opinion based on my cruise experiences.
Nov 90 NCL Skyward
Nov 91 Star Princess
Feb 06 Carnival Conquest
Feb 07 Carnival Squalor
Jan 08 Freedom of the Seas
Jan 09 Celebrity Solstice
Jan 10 Crown Princess
May 10 Navigator of the Seas-Med
Jan 11 Oasis of the Seas
May 11 Independence of the Seas-Canary Is.
May 11 Vision of the Seas-Baltic
Jan 12 Island Princess-Panama Canal
Oct 12 Oasis of the Seas-Halloween
Dec 12 Mariner of the Seas-New Years Eve
Feb 14 Independence of the Seas
My vote is royal caribbean but I heared princess is nice as well.
Home State: Michigan
Feb 2001 Majesty of the seas
March 2002 Majesty of the seas
Nov 2002 Majesty of the seas
March 2005 Explorer of the seas
March 2006 Adventure of the seas
March 2008 Freedom of the seas (Married onboard the Freedom of the Sea's)
Isn't that always the last one ... or the next one?
Anyways it turns out it WAS the last one for me. We left out of NOLA on August 25, 2005. Last ship to leave a Caribbean port before Katrina hit. Things that made it great:
precruise hotel and experience in NO. Really phenomenal.
second honeymoon :-)
sharing the ship with other passengers immersed in the tragedy
the challenge of standing straight up
watching - from relative safety - the biggest hurricane in 100 years
The cruise line was Carnival and who would have thought I would have enjoyed it so much (being a real Celebrity snob beforehand). But it was one of the best experiences of my life.
We missed ports, one of our days at sea was basically a rain day, rerouted our endpoint to Galveston, wound up with screwed up travel arrangements. Like everything in life, a cruise is what you make of it and my wife and I turned that into the experience of a lifetime.
Celebrity Zenith, Galaxy, Mercury, Infinity, Millinium
Holland America Eurodam, Rotterdam
I don`t know. I personally enjoy Carnival. It is not said for nothing that they are the most popular cruise line. But I guess it pretty much depends on everyone`s taste and what you expect from a cruise....
Exactly! That is why there are different cruiseline and ships along with different itinaries. People look for different things when cruising. I happen to enjoy a few different cruiselines, but also have a favorite, Royal Caribbean, they just seem to fit what I love about cruising.