My favorite is still (believe it or not) the Norway, my transatlantic trip on her in 1984 was really special, she looked great, the shows and entertainment were beyond belief and what a classic she was.
My worst ship is the Crown Princess. Sailed on her in 1999, Tahiti to Hawaii, you had to work at trying to find a place to see outside, worst layout of any ship I've been on. None of the public rooms had windows to the outside, you had to go to the dome to see out and then you heard casino noise all the time. Strange ship, yet I read posts about repeat passengers and they love it, that's what makes the world go around, difference of opinion.
I'm with Mgram.. my favorite so far is the Millennium. Just a great overall cruise experience. Cruising on that ship made me almost feel like a grown up <G>
Can't wait for the CruiseMates Let's Get Lei'd cruise on the Summit, because I hear she's and even prettier sister!!
Least favorite is very tough!!!! They've all been so good. If pushed, I'd have to say Nordic Prince. Just because RCI had sold her already prior to our sailing, and it was obvious they were just letting her rundown before turning her over.
Favorite: Royal Princess (without a doubt the best ship floating the seas)
Least Favorite: NCL Leeward (ugh!!!!)
Susan - will disagree with you about the Crown Princess, good deck space (and I was in a wheelchair 1/2 of the 16 days). I do agree about the casino/dome, weird having the casino there, but we loved the ship.
I really liked the small Island Princess, very easy to get around and intimate. It was perfect for that "up close and personal" feeling in Alaska. I was very impessed with Statendam on my recent Alaskan cruise, now if she was only run by Princess I would have really loved her!
Least favorite by far was the Norway, very old decor and layout (duh!) and also absolutely no place to look outside while seated. Poor entertainment and food made this towards the bottom of my list.
Well, least favorite is pretty easy, the Norway. I know she is a classic but she is long past her prime and falling apart. Many things were broken or in sad shape, elevators tiny and often not working, dining area small and dark, room was beyond belief for being small. Staff was very good but there is only so much they can do with an aged ship.
Favorite is harder to say. I loved the staff on our CCL Fascination, loved the ship itself on the Ren4, ease of finding your way around onboard any Fantasy class ship, but then again, favorite usually ends up being the one I am on at the moment. <G>
No question on the favorite ... Meridian ... but she's no longer sailing.
That sinking thing.
Of the "new girls" Amsterdam gets the nod with Rotterdam and Millenium running close behind. Can't wait to see Summit in May and the two new NCL babes next week before sailing off on another sentimental favorite.
Queeg and I have consulted. Song of Flower is the big winner because of the small ship's complement, fabulous food and wonderful itineraries. Legend of the Seas trails because of size, quality of food, and stupid dinner theme nights.
Favorite......well it's a toss up. Splendour of the Seas or Legend of the Seas.
Least Favorite.....right now it would be between the Norway (last time we sailed her) and the Norwegian Dream (also when she was the Dreamward).....they just didn't improve her any, just made her more of same.
Favorite - tie between Splendour of the Seas and Vision of the Seas - layout and aft balconies
Least favorite - Dreamward - lousy layout
Spa from the Millennium
Aft balcony from Vision of the Seas or Rhapsody of the Seas
Centrum from the Grandeur of the Seas
Dining Room from the Sea Princess or Sun Princess
Stateroom from the Norway (S1 Suite)
Promenade Deck from the Vision of the Seas
Horizon Court from the Sun Princess
Viking Crown Lounge from the Vision of the Seas
Flower Shop from the Millennium
Wine Steward from the Nordic Empress
Waiter from the Sovereign of the Seas
Food from the Norway (long, long ago)
Cost from the Texaribbean Norwegian Sea
Elevators from the Millennium
Embarkation/Debarkation from the Millennium
Favorite ship still in service: Norwegian Crown.
Favorite ship no longer in service: Britanis
Least favorite still in service: Norwegian Wind (after stretching)
Least favorite out of service: Mardi Gras
My favorite was the Norway in her prime. Tempted as I am to go back and take advantage of the lowest prices I've ever seen, I know it would break my heart to see how she is now compared to 1987.
Least favorite... hmmm... I'd have to say the Triumph. Too damn big. Too many people. Lines everywhere. Hard to find your way around, and even harder to find neat places to sit outside and watch the world go by, my favorite cruise activity.
Most favorite - Millennium. Loved everything except service at dinner (excluding the Olympic). Hoping for better on Summit.
Least favorite - Crown Princess (in 1992). And this is after I considered the bedraggled Viking Serenade. I was impressed with the size at the time, but hated Crown's layout. Had waiters who didn't understand English. Food was only ok, and I still remember being disappointed that the rolls were not fresh-baked and cold. Not much open deck space. I didn't like the casino in the same area as the observation lounge (you could never get a table near the window).
Boy, these have been fun to read and helpful, too. Because of the bargain prices I was considering going on the Norway again for old times sake but something tells me I would be disappointed. I would rather not see the way people describe her now. Glad you liked the Crown, John!!! The one thing I did like was the cabin. Average cabin size was very spacious. Crown and Regal are unique, kind of like Costa, no middle ground. You like them or don't!!!
okay, I have a question-of all the people who have sailed Princess and list this line as either fave or least fave- has anyone sailed on the Dawn? And what is your opinion of her?
We have sailed on the Grand Princess and loved that, but our next cruise with Princess is on the Dawn, (know it is smaller, but not worried about that )
Tiffany - I sailed on the Sea (sister of the Dawn.) I liked the fact that it is smaller than the Grand - easier to get around; the photo shop is not in the middle of a major hallway so traffic does not get as tied up. The Atrium is much more beautiful than the Grand's, there is a sit down pizzeria with made to order pizza; I just feel the Sun class ships are more "user friendly" than the Grand class. jmho
I like the way you did it, Divetex. There are good things about every cruise I've ever taken & every ship. (Yes, including my first, the old Emerald Seas!)
Ship I was most impressed with overall my first time on her: Rhapsody of the
Best Entertainment: Seaward (Grease, the entire stage play.)
Most pleasantly surprised: Norway. At first I wondered if we would have a good time. This was about 4 years ago & she was aging, but still had class. Food was great; service good. Overall a really neat vessel, even it we did have to go a round about way to get to the top. Once we were up there, a really neat spot! And what an impressive ship she is if you view her from a distance on the sea!
Best Value for the $: Norway, again.
Liveliest Disco: Norway AGAIN! (Another big surprise for us!)
Best Service: Grandeur of the Seas
Best Kids & Teen Programs: Rhapsody of the Seas
Best Little Kids program: Premier's Oceanic back when she was hooked in with Disney.
Best deck party: Carnival's Destiny, followed by Seaward.
Best inside cabins: Any of the RCCL ships built after the Sovereign of the Seas.
(Same for best balconies)
(Same for solariums)
Best Pizza: Carnival Destiny
Best Caribbean band on deck: Rhapsody
Best Cruise Host: Carnival Destiny- John H.
Best Asst. Cruise Host: Enchantment - Bingo Matt (alias Austin Powers!):
Most "entertaining" bar waiter show on deck: Rhapsody