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I'm looking at the Caribbean Princess for our honeymoon in early October 2008.
Main reason is that it leaves on a Sunday - second reason is that PCL is a good company to cruise with. Does anyone have any suggestions for us? I've cruised once with DCL and loved the amenities that the ship provided, food was excellent, shows were great and nightly activities were plentifu; he hasn't cruised at all.
Is the ship age appropriate for us? (Early 30's for both of us, active, love to see new places...) I think this is my main concern...
What are the shows like? Are there Broadway style shows, or no?
What's the food like? Do they have traditional and on your own? Is there a good selection for room service?
Do they allow liquor to be brought onboard? Any charges attached to this?
Is there a better cruise that we should consider?
We'll definately be getting a balcony cabin - and if anyone has any other suggestions, please let me know!
Princess is certainly a reasonable
choice of cruise line for your honeymoon. Whether it's the best
choice or not is a question that nobody on this board can answer. I'm confused by your references to "PCL" and "DCL" because those abbreviaions are not standard use in the business. If you intend them to refer to Princess Cruises and to Disney Cruises, respectively, both are "premium" cruise lines -- but any "Premium" cruise line would provide about the same level of service and amenities, though possibly with some variation in the details. Celebrity Cruises and Holland America Lines (HAL) also are "premium" lines that would offer a similar level of service and amenities. I know that both Princess and Celebrity offer various "honeymoon" packages with additional amenities that you might want to consider, and Disney and HAL probably have something similar.
My last cruise with Princess was nearly four years ago, so I'll let others comment as to policies that might have changed I can tell you that Princess is the only cruise line that offers both "Traditional Dining" (first and second seatings with assigned tables) and "Anytime Dining" (open seating), with separate dedicated dining rooms for each, on all ships that have two or more main dining rooms (this includes MV Caribbean Princess
) -- and this is one of the major reasons why I decided to move to another line. The seatings in "Traditional Dining" are syncrhonized with the shows and other evening activities, so the practical reality is that most passengers end up dining within a few minutes of these times anyway. Also, service suffers in the "Anytime Dining" arrangment because you end up with different waitstaff every night, so they don't get to know your preferences. In "traditional dining," by contrast, the waitstaff get to know your preferences on the first evening or two of the cruise and thus anticipate your requests thereafter so things appear before you ask for them. And I also found that most cruises have a waiting list for "Traditional Dining" so it's next to impossible to get it if the line does not confirm it when you book.
As to specific itineriareis, only you and your fiancee can decide whether the itinerary in question is a good choice for you. Most of the major lines do have at least one ship in the Caribbean with Sunday sailings, so it should be quite easy to find other options at that time of year after the major lines announce next year's itineraries, which should happen in May or June of this year. If you and your fiancee can swing two weeks for your honeymoon, though, that would open up some great options -- either a cruise in the Mediterranean or a cruise through the Panams Canal, for example -- if you want to explore new destinations.
The good news is that you have plenty of time since the cruise lines won't accept bookings for cruises in October of 2008 until June of 2007 or thereabouts.