NCL vs. Holland America
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On my own, with my mother, I'd absolutely pick HAL over NCL. In fact, it's hard to come up with a scenario that would get me back on NCL. It's not that it was bad, the cruise was fine, but the atmosphere just didn't suit.
The age group on HAL seemed to run around fifty to seventy more or less with a sprinkling of younger folks but not too many. But choosing a cruise ship is a personal thing.
Is she helping with choosing the cruise ship? Can you give her details on each one and let her help pick? Then she would be invested in the choice and not as likely to criticize but only necessary if she's that type of mom. Although for some folks, planning it is half the fun so maybe she wants to start the cruise early by helping plan?
* Working on my bucket list one port at a time and spending my kids inheritance one cruise at a time *
* NCL Pearl Oct 2018- 5 days Pacific Coastal- Vancouver to LA- Victoria BC, Astoria Oregon
* HAL Eurodam Feb 2018- 7 days W. Carib- FLL RT- Half Moon Cay, Jamaica, Cayman, Key West
* Carnival Sunshine June 2017-5 days Bahamas- Norfolk RT- Nassau, Freeport
* Carnival Sunshine Oct 2016- 8 days Carib/Bahamas-Norfolk RT- Nassau, Dominican Rep, Turks & Caicos
* Carnival Splendor May 2015- 5 days Bahamas- Norfolk RT- Nassau, Freeport
* Celebrity Millennium Feb 2014- 14 days S.E. Asia- HK- to Singapore- Macau, Lantau Is, Vietnam, Thailand, 3 weeks side trip to Philippines
* RCL Splendour OTS Oct 2012-7 days Greek Isles-Venice RT- Bari, Kusadasi, Corfu, Santorini, Katakolon, side trip to N. Italy, Prague, Austria, Germany
* Celeb Constellation Nov 2011-14 days Holy Land-Istanbul to Barcelona- Kusadasi/ Marmaris Turkey, Athens, Rhodes, Israel, Valleta Malta
* Star Princess Aug 2010- 11 days Baltic-Copenhagen RT- Sweden, Finland, St. Petersburg, Estonia, Poland, Norway
* RCL Enchantment OTS May 2010-6 days Bermuda- Norfolk RT- Bermuda
* HAL Eurodam March 2010- 7 days E. Carib- FLL RT- St Thomas, San Juan, Turks & Caicos, Half Moon Cay
* Carnival Imagination Nov 2009-3 days Bahamas- Miami RT- Nassau
* RCL Voyager OTS Oct 2007- 7 days W. Med- Barcelona RT -Monte Carlo, Florence, Rome, Naples, Sicily
* HAL Maasdam Dec 2006-11 days S. Carib -Norfolk RT- St Thomas, San Juan, Dominica, St Kitts, Barbados, Half Moon Cay
* HAL Zuiderdam Aug 2006 - 11 days Alaska Cruisetour /Yukon
land tour from Anchorage to Denali, Fairbanks, Yukon, Skagway; cruise Skagway- Vancouver