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Old June 24th, 2004, 05:19 PM
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My husband and I are in our early 40's and we like to travel with our best friends (also in their early 40's). We were on the RCCL'S Voyager OTS in 2003 and the Mariner OTS in 2004 and we were very disappointed by the quality of the food both times. Is there a cruise line out there that can produce consistent quality from the kitchen without being too "stuffy" or too "old" for our demographic? We're still young enough to party and we are very active, but we are old enough to enjoy a little sophistication. Have we slipped through the cracks? Should we consider Princess, Carnival, or Celebrity? What about the others? Help!!
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Old June 24th, 2004, 06:55 PM
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Hi.. We've been on most of the lines. We prefer Princess, or Carnival. However, if I were you I'd pick a newer ship on either line, like at least 5 years or newer. Don't believe all you hear about Carnival, at least their newer ships. You can review them all at Carnival.com and Princess.com. We've been on several Carnival and several Princess. They are both good in our opinion.. We were just on the Carnival Glory in May and we leave June 26 on the Caribbean Princess. We tend to favor these two lines, but will take advantage of any good deal. We are now shopping around for a good deal for the fall.
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Old June 24th, 2004, 09:40 PM
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Give Radisson a try. There are a lot of us 40-somethings onboard.


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Old June 24th, 2004, 10:37 PM
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The itinerary is as important as the line (maybe more so) when it comes to the age demographic.

If you choose, for example, Celebrity to the Caribbean, you'll find a good number of 40-somethings (along with an older crowd as well). If you can get one that leaves from someplace other than Florida (like Baltimore), you'll cut down on the older demo. Also, shorter runs (7-10 days) tend to fetch a younger group because of limited vacation time. 14 days + means an older crowd. Alaska is another good bet for finding a younger group, because it's considered adventurous, and many seniors don't like the idea of long flights to the embarkation point.

I mention Celebrity because many people, including me, believe that their food is very good, and their specialty restaurants are top notch. I don't think Princess or Carnival measure up to Celebrity for the kind of dining you're talking about.
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id do carnival lots of partying and good stuff like that and dont worry about the food its great! and they have the 24 hour pizza and in the afternoon through the evening they have hamburgers right off the grill ...............GOOD!!!.....lol we love carnival havent had a bad cruise yet............begging the family for the Destiny in oct for a southern caribbean!!
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Old June 25th, 2004, 12:19 AM
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I would look at either Princess or Celebrity....especially on the 7 - 10 day length cruises. I have been on both and greatly enjoy both lines. Carnival would be the last of the choices I would consider - there is fun but not a lot of sophistication.

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Old June 25th, 2004, 07:53 AM
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Since you are looking for a cruise with a bit more sophistication,not stuffy with a good age range and fun activites and nightlife i would choose Princess. Princess is like a floating resort hotel, service is great, food is really good, a good mix of all ages on board, great pools (freshwater-open 24hrs), choose the Grand Class ships -good shows and entertainment choices. I think of Princess as "casual elegant"
If you want to take it up a notch from Princess then i would go with Celebrity, a bit more subdued than Princess -imo.
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Old June 25th, 2004, 08:22 AM
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Well, I know that I am going out on a limb here, but I would steer clear of Carnival! just returned from the Elation (6-13-04) The children ( ages 8-16) were an extreme problem the whole cruise. Yes, there were some well behaved children who were with their parents, but the other 50 + children that were running like a herd of elephants down the halls to 2:00 am in the morning basically ruined the cruise experience for my husband and myself. We were located on the Empress level and experienced problems for the entire trip! When adults are opening their cabin doors asking the children to please keep the noise level down and security tells us that they have had 50 complaints all over the ship, you know that Carnival has a problem! Security told several of us that there was not really that much they could do other than ask the children to please be more quite. Elevators during the day had children riding up and down while some were literally sitting on floor of elevator eating pizza! No exaggeration either!
Bottom line, choose another cruise line where they have a handle on problems of this nature. It really does not matter how great the food or ports are on a cruise line if you can not rest because of the numerous children disturbances.
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Old June 25th, 2004, 11:14 AM
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Celebrity would be my first choice by far if food and excellent service( at decent pricing).are important to you.
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Old June 28th, 2004, 06:29 PM
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I really appeciate all your feedback on this topic. Lots to consider! You've all been great! Thanks!
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