I am trying to decide between 2 cruises. Both departing from Hong Kong in November 17 for 14 nights and arriving in Singapore. I read reviews on both, which one is best for young 46-49 year olds? Which has the best entertainment, from reviews Holland America is for older people. We enjoy live music, trivia nights, cocktails and the shows. We have cruised before only on P&O and the entertainment is fantastic.
Personally, I like both Princess and Holland America for different reasons. Princess does tend to draw a younger crowd and has more activities towards that end. Whereas, as you alluded to, Holland America caters more to an older crowd, so it does tend to be a more sedate cruise.
Food is very subjective on a cruise and I'm sure you'll get different impressions as to what people like or dislike. I think the food on Holland America is a bit better than Princess, but both are very good.
Keep in mind that when doing a longer cruise like this, especially in November, will draw an older crowd no matter the cruise line. School is in session, so families aren't cruising. And, on average, younger cruisers usually don't have the time for cruises longer than 7 days. So, I have no doubt you'll encounter many seniors on both of these cruises.
We spent 4 nights in Hong Kong before leaving on our 17-night cruise to Beijing and it's an awesome city to explore. The subway system is very clean, easy to get around, and inexpensive. Hopefully, you'll be spending at least a couple of days there before your cruise. We did the Hop-On Hop-Off bus and it was a great way to see many of the sites, especially around Hong Kong Island. And if you have the time, you definitely want to go see the Tian Tan Buddha and the Po Lin Monastery - very interesting.
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Thanks for your reply Pete. I am not concerned that the crowd will be older and prefer not to be travelling with a lot of children. My husband is not a good cruiser and likes to be entertained, I am worried about sea days. We do enjoy entertainment at night so I am leaning towards the Princess Cruise. Thanks for your tips on Hong Kong, we are planning a few extra days there and in Singapore. My husband has worked in China so he has a few spots he would like to show me. Nicole