Cruise-line Comparison

There are so many lines to choose from – which is the best for you? Tips, pros and con and more on choosing your next cruise line.

Carnival Cruise LinesCarnival is predominantly thought of as the party line. Great for the 20-40 year olds.
Pro: Some really great itineraries. Great online activities.
Cons: No built in drink packages – really Carnival?
Celebrity CruisesGorgeous ships, even if a bit dated. Celebrity features the finest of dining and shows.
Pros: distinctive experiences featuring the best of dining and shows.
Cons: pricing
Holland AmericaDefinitely skews to the older traveler, though HA is trying their best to overcome this.
Pros: Very interesting ports and itineraries.
Cons: Onboard activities tend to be aimed at the much older crowd.
MSCA relative newcomer to the North America market, MSC has some of the newest and fanciest ships at sea. MSC tends to attract a large number of European travelers.
Pros: If you love Mediterranean style food this is the line for you. The ships are absolutely stunning. Great prices on drinks and drink packages.
Cons: If you are looking for American style dining you won’t be happy. No lobster night like most American lines. A bit more formal than Carnival and NCL. Very little for late night fun.
Norwegian Cruise LinesNCL is a very large cruise line – and are quite well known for offering “free” add ons to their prices.
Pros: tons of fun onboard activities, great ship vibes, pretty good food on most ships. Tons of late night activities.
Cons: tends to “nickel and dime” you with tons of additional prices on a large number of their activities. Food is really varied from ship to ship – with some being great and other inedible.
Princess CruisesFor the more selective cruisers, Princess offers top notch experiences.
Pros: High end dining, beautiful ships
Cons: Tends to be higher priced, not a lot of late night activities