Having done both cruiselines, I personally prefer RCL. However, Princess is a top rate cruiseline also. It just depends on what you are looking for when you cruise. IMHO, there is more to do on RCL, but the food and entertainment on Princess were very good. They are pretty equal quality-wise, in my opinion.
Mary Lou Scanlon
NCL Pride of America April 24, 2010
NCL Epic February 12, 2011
RCCL Allure of the Seas - September 18, 2011
Celebrity Eclipse - February 11, 2012:
RCCL Navigator OTS - February 9, 2013
both lines are very close --it depends upon what you are looking for. If you want the rock-climbing, in-line skating, ice skating, main street parade then you would want to book the Voyager Class ships of RCCL.
If you are looking for something a little less chaotic with a casual-elegant feel then i think Princess would be a good choice. I think the food on Princess is better, and the service on Princess is better. Princess offers Anytime Dining. Princess also offers Movies Under the Stars
RCCL has a little bit better entertainment but we aren't into going to the big production shows, we like smaller bars with good bands - Princess wins in this catagory(imo)
Both have really good kids/teens programs, both have lots of activites.
We ahve been on both. I perfer RCC, we went on CP to see something different. It was nice but not what a family of 4 is looking for. (teenagers)
CP have spacious rooms, and the staff was wonderful.
RCC, I prefer the layout, Princess decks never flowed, very chopped up layout. Food: same to me, Princess does offer alot more sea food, huge crab legs lots of lobster tails during the evening buffet. We don't eat sea food. Any vacation would be wonderful
We won't be taking anymore trips on Princess, just didn't care for the ship.
They are both very similar except for the night life. RCCL seems to attract a crowd that wants to stay up later and have fun at night. Princess's crowd seems to be more subdued. If you are not interested in staying up later (between 11:00 and 1:00) pick the Cruise in which you are most interested in the ports and you will have a similar experience regardless of the Cruise Line.
19 cruises total on all different lines including RCCL, NCL, Celebrity, Princess, Holland America and Sea Dream. Our 20th Cruise is October 2007 on the Mariner of the Seas.
It is an opinion ..but as well many questions as well now.. eg: which vessesl, crew, times of year places...etc..
we have been on a few of there vessels and liked each one for different reasons. Our times on all were great that is what having a vacation is abouit..Now with Carnival Cruise lines owning the majority of shares of Princess Lines ..P&O... it is really a better comparison of Carnival and RCCL...
With the Crime recently committed aboard tthye RCCL vessel of Rape of a pasenger I do hesitate going on RCCL until they can implement security measures to control there staff members of commiting such atocities...
the missing person(s) aboard there vessels as well are not a keen idea....
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