I have to go with Princess because we did Alaska on that line and it was fantastic.
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I find the 2 lines to be virtually interchangable as far as quality of product goes. We are not fans of traditional dining so prefer NCL as there are many more dining options both free and surcharged. We loved the Pearl and loved Alaska too.
Holland America holds the prize as first place for cruising Alaska. Princess had gained a solid reputation for providing a quality Alaskian cruise. NCL's business model is focused on "mass market" appeal.
Selecting between Princess and NCL is easy. Princess is a much better cruise line than Norwegian.
I was glad to see this post because I am also wondering the same thing. We are a family booked for an Alaskan cruise at the end of June 2008. Our travel agent reccommended the Star Princess but since we booked I have read great reviews on the Pearl. I am especially concerned which the children (13,13 and 17 )might enjoy more. Any suggestions would be great. Also any recommendations on excursions. Thanks in advance.
which is the better line is a matter of opinion, you will have those who are true Princess fans and those who are loyal to NCL> I happen to be very pro NCL but one thing about Princess: they do know how to do Alaska. FOr those traveling with kids, NCL has a better kids program. My opinion is based on reviews, both professional and those posted by cruisers themselves.
That's what I heard too, from a lady I met on one of my cruises this year.She told me that she went last year on Princess with her kids, and they were really bored, because there wasn't much to do for them.
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