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Old April 4th, 2006, 07:03 PM
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Default First timer! Royal Caribbean or Princes??

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Just hoping for some advice... which is better for couples in their mid-twenties, Royal Caribbean or Princess? We're not a rowdy bunch by any means but we do like the nightlife. Thanks for any recommendations!
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jannie711,

Just hoping for some advice... which is better for couples in their mid-twenties, Royal Caribbean or Princess? We're not a rowdy bunch by any means but we do like the nightlife. Thanks for any recommendations!

I would give a slight edge to Royal Caribbean International based upon your ages. You probably would be happy on either line, byt Royal Caribbean International seems to draw more twenty-something adults than Princess Cruises.

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I think it's a toss-up. It would depend on which ship. If you're the athletic type you might enjoy the rock climbing wall or ice rink on the Voyager class RCCL ships. But I don't think you'd be bored on Princess. I would look at the particular ship, the itinerary, the port of embarkation (do youneed to fly or can you drive?) and the cost.

I think the major advantage to Princess is the Personal Choice dining. That means you can either choose traditional dining (eating at the same table with the same group at the same time each evening), which is the way you will dine on RCCL,or anytime dining, in which you go to the dining room of your choice at the time of your choosing. You can request a table for two or join others to make new friends.

Either way, you'll have a good time.
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my wife and i began cruising in our twenties, and haven't stopped since. we have cruised rccl twice, and princess 5 times. we enjoyed rccl, and will undoubtedly cruise with them again. however we believe that, in terms of overall quality, princess is clearly superior. with respect to food, service, cleanliness, and organization, princess has been better. i do think that rccl has more young couples on average; but i think that is because rccl gets more first time cruisers. dont get me wrong, rccl is an excellent line. i think if you stay with either rccl or princess you can bank on a great time. have fun.
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If you are looking for night life you might want to try Carnival. Not to say that the other lines do not have fun too. All of the cruise lines have shows, casino, game shows, comedians, ect. It is just that Carnival seems to me to always have fun stuff going on.
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i have to disagree with those who suggest carnival. we sailed carnival twice, and although i can not say we had a bad time, the quality of carnival is clearly not in the same class as princess. in fact, we will not cruise with carnival again, unless it was free. in almost every category carnival is substandard, when compared to the rest of the competition. i encourage people to cruise all the time with only one recommendation; dont book a carnival ship.
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Having cruised 28 times in 20 years 20 with Princess our vote goes with Princess. We are currently booked on four Princess cruises through March 2007 and trying to book a fifth in September of 2007. Whichever you choose, you will enjoy your cruise.
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I wholeheartedly agree that it depends on the ship. I am partial to the Radiance Class ships with "RCI" and have 2 bookings on them this year. Yet I am also booked on the "Golden Princess" in Nov. due to the unique itinerary. When it comes to the nightlife it is hit or miss anyway. The nightly entertainment is the same format, the bars are the comparable and both lines have the casinos open. Also, the shorter the cruise, the stronger likelihood there is to be a "party crowd."
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We just got off RCI last week and have also sailed on the Golden Princess. For us Princess was a better cruise. It does depend on what is important to you. For us, the food in the dining room, the room itself, and the early evening (prior to 11 pm) entertainment are the prime motivators. Princess also had a better design of the second show lounge with no smoking. In these areas, Princess is tops. Also, the Princess ship was better maintained in the public areas.

Royal Caribbean would get tops for late night entertainment (parties and buffets), the bar (better drinks and easier access), friendlier staff, and a better lunch buffet. Also, smoke was often noticable on the Radiance. I never had a problem with smoke on Princess.

I had a good time on both lines and would cruise RCI again, but only if there wasn't a Princess ship on my itinerary. We are however, in our mid-forties so the rockwall and basketball court were of little interest.
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You must be going to Egypt on the Golden Princess. We are booked on that trip with a pre in Rome and an overnight in Egypt.
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