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We started with Princess, moved to NCL after Hawai'i and stayed there till Princess started cruises that NCL didn't do and now we cruise on both.

We find both quite similar in many ways and different in a few and enjoy both and the differences.

You will find our usage in our "information" below our signature.

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For us we have sailed Princess most, followed nit too far behind y Celebrity and I think NCL next. If Celebrity offered more Australian optioned AND charged Aus$ Onboard they may be our first option. Cunard and indeed Norwegian would need to sharpen their prices as well to rise in our rankings.

 

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We have had the most cruises on Disney followed by Princess.  We love the classic Disney ships, the entertainment and the excellent Disney service.  Princess is our second favorite and we have really appreciated their varied itinerary (Alaska, Panama Canal, Baltic, etc.) and will continue to sail with them.  We were on 2 RCL cruises and have no desire to return.  Lately we’ve been a bit curious about MSC.

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Use to do NCL but they are catering more to kids so we now do Princess and Oceania. Love Oceania’s classy ships with fewer passengers.

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I am taking my fourth Princess Cruise in January.  I have also cruised on HAL, Disney, NCL and Carnival.  I am not really brand loyal, but I have cruised on Princess most often and enjoy the experience.  I took my first Carnival Cruise is almost 20 years in September and I won’t be doing that again any time soon.  My friend was offered a “free” casino cruise, so we took advantage of that.  It was okay, but not really my cup of tea.  Fortunately, it didn’t cost us much and we did have a fun week.  

 

Looking forward to the new Sky Princess in less than a month.  

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After cruising exclusively with Princess for about 15 years, we finally gave Celebrity a try. I had been fascinated by their S-Class ships and wanted to experience something different (and I absolutely LOVE them, by the way). We have now sailed 5 times with X, 3 times on S-Class and 2 times on M-Class ships. We really like Celebrity, especially the Aqua Class cabin experience (with dining in their dedicated Blu dining room), which we choose initially to get some of the same perks we get as Elite Captain's Circle members on Princess, though it costs a bit more. Also, although we have always liked the Princess itineraries, it's also nice to have some different itinerary options. But we will not be "leaving" Princess by any means. We enjoy elements of both experiences, and will likely continue sailing on both for the foreseeable future (already have 2 booked on Princess and 1 on Celebrity into 2021.)

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Celebrity and Princess have been neck and neck...just got off the new Celebrity Edge and had another Celebrity and another Princess booked...until my Enchanted Princess 11/4/2021 TA was cancelled...SO DISAPPOINTED...no other Princess option is available so I will be sailing Celebrity again.

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I also look at Celebrity, which I love, MSC, and Royal Caribbean. I go by itinerary, price, and ship. We are always looking for something new.

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We also book cruises from CCL since we can drive to the port instead of flying half way across the US as a minimum.  We also have booked cruises on RCCL but not as many as we once did.  We tried HAL once but decided it was for older pax however now that we have aged into that group maybe we need to try them again. 

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We sail primarily on Princess. Our last non-Princess cruise was three years ago on Holland America. It was $400 less per person than the similar Princess itinerary. It was our fifth HAL cruise. We still get our Carnival Corp. shareholders benefit on HAL. I compare prices on similar itineraries to see what will work out better for us. Princess, though, has won the last eight. I consider the other benefits we'll give up: free internet minutes, minibar, and laundry. But those are not make-or-break deciding factors over price.

 

Our last Celebrity cruise was a big disappointment. I still look at their itineraries and may one day go back on X. We've sailed four times with them, three times on Royal Caribbean, once on NCL, and twice on Carnival.

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Sky Princess 12/4 inaugural was our 50th cruise.  Of them, 21 were on Carnival, where we first began cruising; 11 were on Princess.  We have sailed a half dozen times each on NCL and RCI, three times on Disney and once on Celebrity.  

 

We've had mostly positive experiences with Princess.  We weren't impressed by entertainment or food on the Sky Princess.  We were likewise disappointed with our Caribbean Princess transatlantic.  Otherwise, we have really enjoyed Princess and expect most of our future cruises to be with them.  That expectation will change if Princess continues to roll out shows that just don't appeal to us.  

If the stars align, we'd sail Carnival, Royal Caribbean or NCL again, but are just as likely to go to Las Vegas so we can choose our preferred entertainment.   

 

 

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We cruise by price, promo  and itinerary .

Princess usually wins out with the OBC's for  Shareholder , Military and the ability of allowing our TA to Discount their Best rates .

 

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We use to travel mainly with Princess until the quality of the product drop so much.

We have done Hal, Crystal, which we love, MSC with the Yacht Club.  We still cruise

Princess, but not as much.  If we are using it as a way to get to place to place and it

is reasonable we do Princess.  Crystal is great so is the Yacht Club on MSC for on

board experiences.   

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53 minutes ago, GottaLuvCruising said:

Sky Princess 12/4 inaugural was our 50th cruise.  Of them, 21 were on Carnival, where we first began cruising; 11 were on Princess.  We have sailed a half dozen times each on NCL and RCI, three times on Disney and once on Celebrity.  

 

We've had mostly positive experiences with Princess.  We weren't impressed by entertainment or food on the Sky Princess.  We were likewise disappointed with our Caribbean Princess transatlantic.  Otherwise, we have really enjoyed Princess and expect most of our future cruises to be with them.  That expectation will change if Princess continues to roll out shows that just don't appeal to us.  

If the stars align, we'd sail Carnival, Royal Caribbean or NCL again, but are just as likely to go to Las Vegas so we can choose our preferred entertainment.   

 

 

 

We were on the 12/14 sailing of the Sky Princess and, while we loved nearly everything about the ship and experience (we didn't go to the shows), we were also disappointed in the quality of the food. Nearly every piece of fish we ordered over the course of several meals was so overcooked as to be nearly inedible (the only exception was the sea bass in Sur la Mer); and the rest of the food was uninspiring and largely bland including, unfortunately, most of the new menu in Sabatinis, which we had been excited about.  I'm hoping this improves with time.

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18 minutes ago, 5:00_Somewhere said:

 

We were on the 12/14 sailing of the Sky Princess and, while we loved nearly everything about the ship and experience (we didn't go to the shows), we were also disappointed in the quality of the food. Nearly every piece of fish we ordered over the course of several meals was so overcooked as to be nearly inedible (the only exception was the sea bass in Sur la Mer); and the rest of the food was uninspiring and largely bland including, unfortunately, most of the new menu in Sabatinis, which we had been excited about.  I'm hoping this improves with time.

We, likewise, were not impressed by food on Sky Princess.  

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My first cruise 15 years ago was with Princess.  Next one was with HAL.  I have also tried NCL and Celebrity, but keep coming back to my first two.  I usually choose between Princess and HAL, depending on cost, itinerary and timing.

 

 

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We have only cruised on HAL and Princess.  We like them both but like HAL just a bit better.  We own CCL stock so like that we can get the OBC on both these lines.

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Most of my cruises have been on Princess, but I've sailed one RCCL cruise on one of their smaller ships (Vision of the Seas) and enjoyed it well enough that I would like to try out one of the Oasis class ships.  For the right itinerary I'd probably consider HAL or one of the bigger NCL ships, but don't know much about either.  From what I've heard of Carnival I don't think I'd care for them much.  One of these days I'd really like to try a Disney cruise (my wife and I are frequent Disneyland visitors and have had Annual Passes for a number of years) but the last time I looked a 7 night Disney cruise in an interior cabin costs as much as a 10 night cruise in a balcony cabin on Princess.

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I've been on RCCL, Carnival, & Princess. I stick with Princess for the entertainment (musicians the kids prefer) and my PVP who can lessen the impact of a solo room. Yeah no one actually sleeps in the assigned room if all 8 are going but we don't care. Almost went on NCL for a solo room until I saw how TINY it was. 

 

Started doing just Princess when I started going solo and the extra OBC mattered. Would try HAL if my status transferred along CCL brands. 

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@Rebels82

 

Use to do NCL but they are catering more to kids 

 

Try the smaller ships, longer cruises and during term time.   Most of our cruises have had less than 10 young people on them.

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We are going on MSC for the first time in 9 days.  On Princess we travel in mini-suites.  In the MSC Yacht Club we will have approximately the same size cabin, a butler, dedicated pool, lounge, and restaurant, and other bennies for approximately the same price as a mini on a similar Princess itinerary.  Plus we 'status matched' to MSC's highest loyalty level (another set of bennies) since we are elite on Princess and we received a 10% discount since DH is retired civil service (plus our TA added her usual discount).  We're looking forward to the experience.

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Also fans of MSC Yacht Club, with two Med cruises with them now. 18 cruises on Carnival where we started out and still take one occasionally. Disney once but too pricey for us. Loved Cunard and hope to try again. And trying Oceania this spring. And want to try Celebrity sometime. We also have a deposit down for Virgin, just need to find itinerary and timing that work for us. Viking looks great but too expensive for us. . .same with all the river cruises. 
Princess is our go-to line these days. 

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