DH and I are planning a 40th Anniversary cruise in February 2013.
We have been on several cruises. Carnival is my least favorite.
Would like the best possible ship for dancing. Oldies, big band music.
We love to dance.
Coral Princess to Alaska - no dancing
Our last cruise out of Ft. Lauderdale --- Latin music only
What would be the best?
Carnival Celebration 2-1998, Caribbean
RC - Sovereign Of The Seas 6-2002 Bahamas
Carnival Conquest 11-2004, Caribbean
Coral Princess 9-18-06 (Alaska)
Carnival Fantasy 02-04-2008, Caribbean
RC - Grandeur of the Seas 8-2010-Caribbean
Ruby Princess 2-3-2013 Caribbean
Caribbean Princess - 9-21-2013 - New England
RC - Serenade of the Seas 4-2014 - Bahamas
Congratulations on your 40th! Nancy and I celebrated ours last week. I decided since she put up with me for 40 years, she deserved something special, so I treated her to a 2-week cruise to Tahiti! It included a 7-night cruise on the Paul Gauguin, which is by far our favorite cruise out of the 43 we've done. We followed it up by spending 6 days on a private island - the owner/manager was also the cook and he is a trained master chef - needless to say, the food throughout our 2 weeks was amazing!!
Personally, at our age (62), we prefer the finer things in life without wanting to pay alot for them. So we really like Celebrity as our overall favorite for a really nice cruise with great food and great service. Their new Solstice-class ships are absolutely wonderful. Obviously, that would be our first choice.
Next, we like Holland America and have sailed with them several times. Last one was during our 32-day trip to Europe where we also did a 12-night Baltic cruise on the Eurodam.
Both of these offer a more 'classic' style of cruising, so they do tend to attract an older crowd and as such offer music and activities for those not into rap, heavy metal, or all night parties. Definitely more laid back and relaxing, which is why we enjoy them so much.
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Cajun, Congratulations on the upcoming anniversary. I won't contradict Pete. I was surprised there was not dancing on your Princess cruise. We sailed Ruby in the Med. and there were couples dancing (ballroom style) in the Grand Lobby nightly. I guess all the cruise line can do is provide music and it is up the the passengers to do the dancing.
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Carnival: Glory 2004, Destiny 2008, Splendor 2009, Freedom 2011, Valor 2012, Dream 2013
Celebrity: Summit 2011
Princess: Ruby 2010, 2014, Caribbean 2013, Coral 2014
As Cruise Planner said, Celebrity is probably the best bang for your buck in terms of style, glamour and details. We are 23 years come this October and are planning our 25 anniversary on Celebrity. We just have to find one that fits our needs!