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I cannot recommend staying in the "luxury section" of a large cruise ship.  We have been in the luxury section of NCL and Celebrity.  Once you leave the private dining room and lounge for suite guests, you are on a mainstream or premium cruise line.  Definitely not a luxury experience

 

Travelcat/OP - I’m going to give a different perspective here.  Although I have only tried this concept once (Yacht Club on MSC Seaside) and our only luxury line (so far) has been Seabourn, we found the YC to be a wonderful (and considerably less expensive) alternative ....no it was not luxury, per say, but it was pretty much all inclusive (or as much as Seabourn was).  Our suite was almost as large (and I actually preferred the bathroom).  The food was not as “sophisticated” and service not as “polished”, but we certainly enjoyed it.  Yes, once you leave the confines of the YC you are on a massive ship, but we enjoyed having the multiple Nightly entertainment and Lounge options which we don’t get on SB...my point is, it can be nice alternative to someone looking for upgraded service and food paired with the bells and whistles that come with a large ship.  I wouldn’t necessarily want to do this in the Med where itinerary is king (I prefer the smaller ports only the small ships can provide), but for a “been there, done that” Caribbean vacation at a great price?  I think it’s a value that can’t be beat. YVMV 

 

 
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chefchick - thank you for posting your perspective.  Although almost all of our cruises have been luxury cruise lines, we did sail on the NCL Bliss for her christening cruise in The Haven and sailed in a top suite on Celebrity so we have had that experience.  In our case, the food was the main issue on both cruise lines.  We enjoyed Celebrity but found ourselves going outside of the ship (port intensive cruise) for lunch every day since the restaurant for the suites was not always open and the dining choices at lunch were poor (food looked great but the quality was not there).

 

I agree that it is a lower cost alternative to luxury cruising but have learned that when you book a top suite on Celebrity (for instance) and add in everything that is not included (particularly Business Class International Air - something that is included on Regent), the price difference is very close.  

 

Take the cost of sailing in the luxury section of a cruise line and add in flights, some excursions, tips, the cost of specialty restaurants and alcohol as well speciality coffee drinks (with or without alcohol), you may be surprised by how much extra this costs.  

 

In any case, it is a good alternative but it is sure nice to not sign for anything on a luxury cruise line.

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To reverse the scenario ... process by elimination ... which luxury line would experienced cruisers consider the ‘most stuffy’?
Which has the strictest dress code?
Which is the most ‘formal’? By that I do not mean multiple black tie nights [emoji6]
Which line is most likely to enforce their dress code?

My understanding is Cunard is the most stuffy but they are not luxury per se.


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5 hours ago, MBP&O2/O said:

To reverse the scenario ... process by elimination ... which luxury line would experienced cruisers consider the ‘most stuffy’?
Which has the strictest dress code?
Which is the most ‘formal’? By that I do not mean multiple black tie nights emoji6.png
Which line is most likely to enforce their dress code?

My understanding is Cunard is the most stuffy but they are not luxury per se.

 


Cunard is NOT luxury in any way. What they call luxury is Queens Grill which is fifties food in an unimpressive room with stuffy overly pompous people. Once and never again!

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On 8/9/2020 at 1:19 AM, orchestrapal said:


Cunard is NOT luxury in any way. What they call luxury is Queens Grill which is fifties food in an unimpressive room with stuffy overly pompous people. Once and never again!

I agree with you in full ... some of the food was identical to my first cruise on the former QE2 in 1990

and sommeliers constantly trying to sell you a more expensive bottle  

and the party even for QG guests was a very poor performance with basic drinks   -  sparkling wine and the cheapest brands 

never again !! 

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On 2/17/2020 at 11:49 AM, LHT28 said:

We never saw anyone in shorts in the evening on Crystal  & no dining outdoors at night either 

we were on 16 days in the Caribbean

The Brazilian place is  a joke   IMO

I'm surprised when I see guys at the Crystal Cove bar in the late afternoon, just prior to early dinner. We love hanging out there for a couple cocktails and appetizers, and have been disappointed a few times with guys in shorts.

 

We too agree with you in the Churrascaria is terrible! I don't see how they can serve the beef that they do???

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It is an interesting thought.... but what is Luxury ???

 

Land based.... could be your own chef... cooking s special meal for you...  seamless service...  knowing what you what to drink....  asked of something and you can get it...

 

Also you dine without other guests.....  

 

Sea based   ... it is a different kettle of fish..... One day we might do it, but will stick with land based to go luxury  for the mean time

 

Don

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On 2/1/2020 at 1:53 AM, vistaman said:

I do recommend Crystal :  silversea too formal , seadream not suitable for a lady in her 80s, seabourn not much entertainment except for music and lectures   and trivia 

 

I have just booked my first Luxury Cruise on Crystal for the end of July 2021.  I am 63 and my wife is 61.  Any suggestions you can give us to make this cruise outstanding would be appreciated.  We are frequent cruisers that simply wanted to improve our cruise experiences in the future.

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I  presume the cruise is on the Serenity 

try to make your reservations for the speciality restaurants on line  otherwise you must go to the maitre d' after embarkation around 2 pm - usually he is in Prego

tell your stewardess what you like -  and which soda's you want in the mini bar 

unless it is changed you can ask for  2 bottles in your cabin from a list 

crystal does have the best bartenders  : if you do not like a brand in a cocktail just ask to change 

i do not like smirnoff wodka  so no problem to ask for another  - you can ask to make your drinks with real Cointreau instead of regular triple sec  - all inclusive - if you want Champagne be sure to ask for French Champagne otherwise you will receive Roederer Estate 

may I say the very best bartender is Afzal  - ? if he is on board try to find where he does work 

if you do not like the suggested complimentary wine ask for another one  

if you want something special ask it a day before  one of the headwaiters will take care of it 

and i do give some gratuities as well  but that is of course entirely at your discretion 

you even can bring your own wine  - there is no corkage fee 

if you like hamburgers - try to be early on deck there is always a line despite the guys are working extrememy hard and fast 

 

 

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7 hours ago, Sthrngary said:

I have just booked my first Luxury Cruise on Crystal for the end of July 2021.  I am 63 and my wife is 61.  Any suggestions you can give us to make this cruise outstanding would be appreciated.  We are frequent cruisers that simply wanted to improve our cruise experiences in the future.

you can ask addtional questions on the Crystal  board  - there are cruisers with far more experience + 100 cruises as myself  i did 20 so far 

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2 hours ago, Texas Tillie said:

 

One person's opinion. That has not been my experience on almost 40 Crystal cruises over 13 years.

That is  good  news

 A good bartender should know how to make a classic cocktail   not just  a spirit with mixer added

 

One lady asked for a drink  the bartender did not know how to make it  told her if she went on the internet & brought him the recipe he would try to make it

 

I asked in 3  different  bars  the 3rd one said what is the recipe I will give it a try

 It was not perfect  but OK  the other 2 just said NO

That was my experience

YMMV

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I wonder what the original poster ended up doing because I think her cruise was supposed to go last summer---we all know what happened to those sailings.☹️.........did they re-book Crystal for a future cruise?....did they decide on something else?   

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On 4/15/2021 at 7:58 PM, Azulann said:

Viking Ocean Crusies are true luxury , both in aesthetics, food,  and in the type of passengers. 

Well educated,  love conversations and fun.

NOT if you have ever been on a true luxury ship!

 

The only thing that is similar to luxury are the Viking prices.

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2 hours ago, orchestrapal said:

NOT if you have ever been on a true luxury ship!

 

The only thing that is similar to luxury are the Viking prices.

Have you been on a Viking Ocean cruise?My criteria posted above is luxury to me. As this forum header state: Luxury is a state of mind .

which is your favorite cruise line that meets your standards ?

 

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33 minutes ago, Azulann said:

Have you been on a Viking Ocean cruise?My criteria posted above is luxury to me. As this forum header state: Luxury is a state of mind .

which is your favorite cruise line that meets your standards ?

 

Yes we spent 22 days on Viking Ocean for the convince of coming and going from NY.

We find Viking more in the Oceania category but not up to O’s food.

Since we started to travel onLy on Crystal we have found what is true luxury to us.

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Interesting thread.  After reading through I have a couple of observations.  First, all-inclusive does not necessarily mean luxury and vice-versa though if a line is all-inclusive it is more likely to be in the luxury category.  The OP wanted to make sure the younger members of the party would not be bored so my first inclination would be to suggest a larger vessel with more pax meaning more options onboard for entertainment and diversion.  So her choice of Crystal was a good one.  
 

As for stuffiness it seems that dress code and formal dinners tend to convey that feeling for some.  I find it ridiculous to have to dress up even more for a formal night especially when all else regarding the meal remains the same as any other night, which is the case on SS.  But I will do it if it’s dictated but I also don’t feel dressing formally or dressy up is “stuffy” per se. I have observed pax “putting on airs” on luxury lines all day long no matter the attire or occasion LOL.   Bottom line - who cares what other people think if you are not quite fully up to the dress code or if other PAX are snooty. They’re usually the exception anyway.  I wouldn’t avoid a cruise line just because of the dress code.

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On 5/17/2021 at 8:20 AM, Azulann said:

Have you been on a Viking Ocean cruise?My criteria posted above is luxury to me. As this forum header state: Luxury is a state of mind .

which is your favorite cruise line that meets your standards ?

 

 

So true.

 

If I look to replicate the standards I experienced on the old British liners back in the 70's, then no cruise line today meets my expectations of luxury. Some are more all-inclusive, but based on my research, none meet my expectations of "Luxury". Hebridean Island Cruises is probably closest.

 

Like you, Viking meets our needs.

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