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Zack July 30th, 2004 12:22 AM

Which cruise line would you recommend to a friend and which
 
Which cruise line would you recommend to a friend and which one to an enemy?

I would have to go with RCL to a friend and NCL to my foes or anyone I wouldn't want to bump into on a cruise.

Alang July 30th, 2004 07:15 AM

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I would recommend RCL for a friend and Cunard for an enemy.

pebbs July 30th, 2004 08:42 AM

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Alang...interesting....I always thought Cunard would be great....QEII QMII and all that rot..

Actually... I would recommend Carnival to a freind and RCL to an enemy but only have been on the Sov. of the Seas...so perhaps I am not a good judge


dalech July 30th, 2004 08:44 AM

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I would recommend any cruise line to a friend, and the White Star Line (Titanic) to an enemy.


Mike M July 30th, 2004 09:34 AM

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Any premium or luxury line to a friend and Premier, Regal, or Renaissance to an enemy.

Take care,
Mike


venice July 30th, 2004 01:27 PM

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if the person is your enemy why would you be talking with that person ?

newmexico Nita July 30th, 2004 02:12 PM

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venice, Very good point there! What I would recommend would depend on their likes and dislikes; no two of us are alike. If they want a little pampering and a little more upscale adventure and still keep with the mass marketed product I would send my friends on Celebrity. If they want to relax and enjoy themselves and do not care about being catered to, but like a friendly crew I would say NCL, especially ships like the Dawn and the Sun. To my enemies, that I have to speak to, I guess I would send them on either Viking Serenade (which isn't RCI anymore) or Majesty of the Sea, RCI especially an inside cabin, on a 4 day cruise where it rains 21/2 days. LOL

DavidB July 30th, 2004 02:51 PM

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Celebrity and RCL for friends and Carnival and Costa for those who would appreciate it better

ousoonerfanintexas July 30th, 2004 04:36 PM

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Crystal to a friend the S.S. minnow to an enemy

Zack July 30th, 2004 04:54 PM

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Venice,

I wouldn't normally speak to an enemy (non-friend) out of choice. But co-workers from hell, some of my in-laws and the family's black sheep are close enough. You speak to them because you have to and you don't get to pick your relatives or co-workers.

It would really ruin my cruise if one them showed and wanted hang out.

Chuck Palm July 30th, 2004 05:20 PM

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H.A.L., Celebrity, Princess, & Oceania to friends
N.C.L. To enemies

CruzNut July 30th, 2004 06:08 PM

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Princess to friends; Carnival, NCL to enemies


sandytoesrose July 30th, 2004 08:39 PM

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I would recommend Celebrity to friends and I would never recommend a cruise to an enemy!!

Rubysky July 30th, 2004 10:00 PM

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RCI, Princess,Hal & Celebrity to friends. Carnival "the K-Mart of the yCaribbean" & NCL to an enemy.

lougee1043 July 30th, 2004 11:53 PM

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hal and carnival


Lynne &Trevor July 31st, 2004 11:27 AM

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Princess to friends. I have only been on one non-Princess, but would maybe recommend some of the older Carnival ships that have had some major problems for an enemy.The White Star Line is a product of Cunard--but I would give the Queen Mary 2 a chance. It's the British/Canadian loyalty coming out in me! Lynne


tr cruiser July 31st, 2004 12:31 PM

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I'd recommend Crystal to both friends and enemies. It could result in some of the enemies becoming friends.


David Starkey August 2nd, 2004 10:46 PM

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I'd recommend Celebrity to friends and Costa or Cunard to those I don't care for.

kwjones August 4th, 2004 08:07 AM

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Celebrity or Princess to friends, Carnival to enemies.

CeeCee August 4th, 2004 12:57 PM

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Okay, now I'm scared. I see more than one who would recommend NCL to an enemy. I'm preparing for my very first cruise -- on NCL. Can someone please tell me what makes NCL so enemy-friendly? BTW, I picked this cruise on my own - it was not enemy-recommended:-)

Zack August 4th, 2004 05:01 PM

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CeCe. It's nothing to be afraid of.

Almost any cruise to a first-timer is a slice of heaven. In my opinion, its only when you have cruised other cruise lines that the NCL comes up short. While there are many things I liked about NCL, there are just as many things that did not. A lot of that comes from my making comparisons of the things I feel are important to me on a cruise.

I did not find the NCL staff as friendly as the CCL or RCCL lines. The overall service and the attitude of my room steward were at best half-ass. We asked out room steward for ice and he acted like we ruined his day. After that we found out where he got it and helped ourselves. The staff is constantly trying to get you to buy water or drinks and you have to say no thank you several times to the same server and then another that was within 5 feet of us and tries his luck. I think it has to do with the tip being included in the final bill. Good service or bad they expect the same tip amount.

The entertainment was weak. On the RCCL the entertainment is top notch. Free style dining means waiting 20 to 30 minutes to be seated. Shore excursions are a lot (in my opinion) higher than the land base excursion companies. NCL is even higher than other cruise lines. However, if you buy your excursion through NCL, you get off the ship before everyone else. As two of the stops made by the Norwegian Sea are by tender service from the ship and they also are the shortest stops. (Go Figure)

The food wasnt too bad. They grill a lot and I love grilled food, but at times it was closer to Beef Jerky than Bar-B-Que. I had to toss the chicken it was blackened crisp on one side and rare on the other.

NCL is probably a good first choice and if you like it, what hell, sign up for Lattitudes. However, should you become a life time cruiser, Id upgrade to a CCL or RCCL. Pack you sense of humor and have a great time!!!!

kwjones August 4th, 2004 06:23 PM

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Hello CeeCee, Zack is absolutely right! You won't go wrong with any cruise,,,especially your first cruise. NCL isn't a bad line at all, and in fact, my wife and I sailed on the "Sea" last year, and had a really, really good time. In fact, I've been thinking of another NCL cruise for next year. If you notice my previous post in this cat., I said I'd recommend Carnival for my enemies. Fact of the matter is, that after nearly 100 total cruises, the very best, and the very worst cruises we've ever had were both CARNIVAL. Go figure????
I know you'll have a great time, and we'll see you on your next cruise.
Ken

Zack August 4th, 2004 06:31 PM

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Yeah! I've only cruised Carnival once and it was my first cruise. So maybe that's why I liked it. Since then the next 6 were RCCL and the last one was NCL. I'm back to RCCL for life.

CeeCee August 4th, 2004 07:09 PM

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Thanks Zack and Ken for the encouraging words. I'm sailing on the very first run of the Star to the Mexican Riviera -- another mistake on my part I suppose in choosing a brand new itinerary for the Star. The good part of all of this is that since I am a first time cruiser, I don't know what I don't know:-) I'm a fairly easy going person so it would take a major infraction to make me unhappy - chicken burnt on one side and raw on the other might raise my ire a tad. In any event, looking forward to a great time and hope it is so much fun that my hubby forgets about any other form of vacation and we can go on to sample other cruise lines.

Zack August 16th, 2004 06:07 PM

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CeeCee let hear abot your cruise, I'd love to hear about it.

Dad Son Team August 18th, 2004 01:10 PM

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Seaborn, Crystal to friends, and specifically, NCL Pride of Aloha to enemies

Grantschim August 19th, 2004 06:01 PM

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I've been on two cruises in my life. HAL to Alaska and RCL to the Caribbean. The service on RCL was far superior to that of HAL. The waiters and cabin stewards are RCL were a lot nicer than on HAL. Not sure why, but that was my experience. I don;t think I would ever go on HAL again.

Cruznut2 August 20th, 2004 03:43 AM

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Carnival to friends, absolutely!!! Celebrity too, Celebrity is a bit stuffy for my taste but still a great cruise. As for my enemies..............Why would I send an enemy on a cruise???

Cruznut2


Donna C August 20th, 2004 10:23 PM

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RCI/Celebrity to a friend...NCL to the enemy!

babe ruth August 22nd, 2004 12:28 PM

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Very specifically, I would recommend the Radisson Paul Gauguin to friends. It cruises French Polynesia. If you catch it when it is "on special" and with "free air", it's not really overly expensive when you consider that most everything is included,except for alcohol at some times and places, and shore excursions. EVERYONE who has taken it has liked it, except for one person who does not like tropical cruises (Duh?).

I have no recommendation for enemies. On other ships/lines we've had and heard both good and bad experiences. For enemies, I'd have to purposely mismatch their personalities and tastes to the ship, as one man's Heaven is another man's hell. So I would send the "party animals" to the Seven Seas Voyager and quiet types who like space and privacy to one of Carnival's mega ships!

Thanks,
Richard


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