We chose this ship because a family member cruised Princess prior.
We are afraid to fly since Sept 11 and I used to frequently travel, sometimes twice a year. We live in NJ and figured it would be easy to disembark from NY. I cruised Carnival Sensation Years ago out of FLA, had a wonderful time... very crowded.
I keep hearing about the rough waters in the trans atlantic and how small the ship is? Is it that bad? I really want to travel again without fear... Love to be romantic... any suggestions would be appreciated!
I prefer RCI to Princess. The entertainment is better, service is better, food is comparable, and I just feel like the RCI cruises are targeted for a younger crowd than Princess.
I've been on Nordic Empress (some years ago). I was a lovely ship, however the newer and bigger ships offer so much more. You will definitely feel the seas more in a smaller ship, but in normal weather it isn't bad at all.
While Nordic Empress is older and smaller than many others in RCI's fleet, it is considerably newer, larger, and offers more emenities than the Pacific Princess. That is not to say you wouldn't have a wonderful time on the Princess ship, since service and food should match what you would find on their newer ships and the smaller size also means fewer passengers sharing the facilities with you. We only have one past Princess cruise to compare with our many Royal Caribbean cruises, but I would rate entertainment higher on RCI than on Princess, food slightly higher on Princess (my wife might disagree on that assessment proving that such opinions are highly subjective) and friendly service about the same. Rooms on both ships will be compact, but a few staterooms on Nordic Empress do offer balconies in case that is a consideration. Whichever you choose, have a great cruise to Bermuda. It is a special destination.
I have been on the Nordic Empress and it is a beautiful ship. The food was great and the entertainment was good. If you can, I would go for the balcony cabin. It gives you the feeling of a little more space.