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 onboard activities.
Cons: 15 drink per day with drink packages seems to annoy a lot of sailors.
|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.
|Cunard Cruise Line
|For the more discerning cruiser. Focus on fine food and wine and destinations that are prime for smaller ships.
Pros: Fantastic itineraries, classy gorgeous ships.
Cons: Can be expensive, not a lot of activities on board for younger sailors. No lobster served in the Britannia restaurants, only available in Queens Grill.
|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.
|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. A bit more formal than Carnival and NCL.
|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, decent 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.
|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
|This adult only cruise line is shaking up the market with their un-cruise themes and sailings. Gone is the buffet and over crowded main dining rooms. Sailors dine from a selection of specialty dining restaurants.
Pros: The adult oriented theme is fun and refreshing. The food is leaps and bounds above other lines in their class.
Cons: No drink packages, rather sailors purchase bar tabs. We found the drinks to be more expensive than lines such as MSC and even Cunard.