I have sailed on RCCL twice, NCL once (never again) and Celebrity once.
I have not sailed on Princess yet. RCCL was nice but not as nice as Celebrity. The push to spend money was VERY obvious with the overhead announcements. I would sail RCCL again it is middle of the road. Service was good and everything worked just fine. They sailed on time and arrived in port on time. The ships can be the destination unto themselves and they are fun. I am hoping Princess is a little less intrusive. My daughters wedding will be our first experience with it so I guess we are jumping in with both feet.
KennyG - i will have to totally disagree with you about the Freedom of the Seas. She is an amazing ship, we never felt pressured, herded or crowded at anytime. The only time that the Grand Promenade was ever crowded was during the parades. She is a gorgeous, emmaculate ship. The cabin service was great, we found that the dining staff and some of the bar staff to be a bit lacking but overall no complaints about the Freedom of the Seas.
Has anyone here ever cruised on RC? I've only been on Princess and Carnival, but I always hear good things about RC...
I have not been on RC but, from friends who have sailed RC and Princess,
their recommendation was Princess by far. My many cruises on Princess have all been excellent, while my experience on Celebrity turned out to be an absolute nightmare.
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I have sailed several times on both RCL and Princess. Each offers something different. RCL has much, much better shows at night. More Vegas style.
Princess has much better dining arrangements. Truthfully, if RCL would offer anytime dining I would sail more often with them.
The service on both is about the same. Princess seems to offer a lower price for outside cabins with verandas.
The embarkation and debarkation Princess seems to go much smoother.
If you want a lot of activities around the pool area, RCL offers more. Princess has outdoor movies on a lot of the ships which is nice if you aren't into casinos and showroom shows. They show them days and nights which is nice.
I have been on the Vision of the Seas and the Sky Princess (older ship). I would book either of these companies. Each time I was cruising with family (two kids under the age of 10) and both Princess and RC were perfect. We are booked on the Emerald Princess in November only because they had a 10 days itinerary that fit my schedule. I would have gone either way.