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 Lines||Carnival 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 Cruises||Gorgeous ships, even if a bit dated. Celebrity features the finest of dining and shows.|
Pros: distinctive experiences featuring the best of dining and shows.
|Holland America||Definitely 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.
|MSC||A 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 Lines||NCL 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 Cruises||For 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