Years ago, I went on a cruise with my best friend and we cruised on Norwegian Cruise Lines. I loved the ship we were on and we were treated very well.
I have also sailed on Carnival and they were good.
We went on Carnival for our honeymoon in September. It was our first cruise, and we had a lot of fun! I've heard Royal Caribbean is better, but I'm not sure on what basis. I think either way, you'll have a blast!!
I've only sailed on Carnival, and like elise, I have heard that Royal Caribbean is better. Mostly I've heard they have more activies, and are a bit more "classy". Having said that, I have had an AMAZING time on each of our cruises!! We are leaving for another next Friday.You should research what kind of activities you want to do and see what each ship could offer. DH and I decided we absolutely had to have a ship with a nice adults only area, which Carnival as on most (if not all) of their ships. It is lovely to sit in the sun all day without kids running around and splashing. We didn't mind it all the time, but sometimes, especially since we do not have kids, it was nice to get away from the chaos.
Either way, you cannot go wrong with a cruise!! They are a blast!
I love Norweigan and its Free Style Cruising!!! I will never sail another ship now!
I've cruised on Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, and Disney. I think it depends on what kind of experience you want to have.
DH and I prefer Celebrity, it is more upscale and adult oriented. There are plently of activites onboard if you want to participate but you don't feel forced or lazy if you just want to hang out. The solsitce class ships are truly amazing and the food is to die for.
Royal Caribbean is a nice line as well, there are onboard activites and depending on the ship you sail on there is a wave simulator, mini golf, etc. The dining is okay, nothing out of the world. I prefer Royal Caribbean's older ships to the their newer ones.
Disney is centered around children, there are a lot of adult only areas but it doesn't make up for the number of children onboard.
*Feel free to ask me any questions, I'd be happy to help.
We are going on Norweigan for our honeymoon. My parents have sailed on both Royal Caribbean and Carnival and they liked them. The reason we ended up picking Norweigan was of the great upgrades and offers they had when we booked. We also picked it because we wanted a cruise that was a bit more "upscale" without having the price to go with it. We tried to do a ton of research and watched many specials on cruises and that's what we decided. We have been reading a lot of reviews on the boats and different cruise lines to try and get a good overall opinion of what it would be like.
I have sailed on Norwegian and enjoyed it very much. I would definitely choose them or Royal Caribbean, but like amsa2010 said, I think it largely depends on what type of experience you are looking to have.
One thing I really liked about Norweigan Cruise Line is the staff. They were always right there and when Ricky (6 months old at the time) rolled off the bed and his nose started to bleed and I called the ships doctors they were AMAZING. I was all panicked. The doctor calmed me down and told me he was going to be just fine.
Oh and if you think you will hear screaming crying kids think again! They put them into a seperate area of the ship and had a "CAMP" if you will. You only saw them at meal times and I promise my kids did not fuss or cry about going to their programs they loved it!!!
I loved the shows and the dinners. I am so looking forward to sailing them again this summer.
I read everyone's response and I everyone's response is very different! We did a Norwegian Cruise for our honeymoon and this was my first cruise. I was disappointed because my expectations were so high and DH was disappointed as well. It could have been the ship we were on. He has done all his cruises on Carnival and he loved all of them. We were looking forward to the Captain's Dinner Ball and found out they no longer do it! There were no shows on the ship and we had to pay for our upscale dinner. I want our next cruise to be on Royal Carribbean or Carnival. We had a great time and made the best out of it regardless because where ever the Youngs go, there is a party! One night there was a White Party and we were dressed just alike and taught everyone how to dance! Lol. We were the life of the party!
Not sure if anyone was looking to cruise with Celebrity cruises but DH and I just booked a couple cruises today, there is a great promotion out there for either a drink package, free gratuities, or an on board credit included with your booking.