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Old August 15th, 2002, 08:18 PM
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We have just recently returned from Alaska with Carnival. We had a wonderful trip. This was our second cruise and both have been with Carnival. We are planning for another cruise BUT this time we would like to try another cruiseline for comparison. Questions is which one??? Any suggestions? Now, we have been reading a bit on the free style cruising with NCL. That sounds attractive to us. For us, we would rather not have a specific time for eating dinner and also we could do without formal attire. We enjoy dressing nice but casual is more our style and this way of cruising sounds attractive. Would like any suggestions/experiences. Also, does any other cruise lines offer this type of dining. What about princess? We haven't received their brochure yet? Thanks in advance.
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Old August 15th, 2002, 08:40 PM
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I would check out some reviews of the freestyle cruising concept on NCL - while some like it, others find it too much work to try and find a place to eat every night - you do not always get what you want and to have to make reservations in advance does limit you in ways that are not anticipated (and the wait times are sometimes awful). I would choose Princess and their personal choice cruising over NCL any day - you can chooose traditional dining, or you can choose personal choice which means you can show up anytime between 5:30pm and 10:00pm for dinner (or you could make reservations for a specific time after the first night) - you can also choose from the casual dining alternative venues (on the Sun Class ships the Sterling Steakhouse, the Horizon Court and the pizzeria; on the Grand Class ships either Sabatini's Trattoria, the Tex-Mex alternative restraunt or the Horizon Court). IMO there is just more flexibility on Princess than on NCL.

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Old August 16th, 2002, 07:33 AM
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We recently sailed on NCL Majesty for the first time and we really enjoyed the freestyle concept. We had such a good time with NCL we booked another cruise with them on the SKy to the southern caribbean. The majesty was sold out but we never waited longer than 5 minutes for a table for two. If you prefer sitting with a larger group there was never a wait. We always went to dinner between 7:45pm-8:00pm and went to the late shows. Freestyle disembarking on NCL was great. We went to breakfast at 7:30am and back to our cabin to finish packing our carryon and to freshen up. We left the cabin at 9:00am and waited about 30 minutes in one of the lounges and off the ship at 9:45am.
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