Cruise Ship Reviews
We created this special category of reviews due
to the special nature of cruise ships and their increasing popularity
as a travel choice. Having been on a number of cruise ships/lines
around the world, we have rated both the cruise line overall and
each ship we have been on. We hope it is helpful to you. We encourage
people to send their experiences to us so we can share them with
our other readers.
Carnival sometimes gets a bad rap for being a bit
low frills. Well, the truth is, it is all about style. Carnival
Cruises can be great if that is the style of vacation you want.
Yes, the decor is a little loud and the food is average for those
used to fine dining, but for those not used to such sophisticated
things you will love it. Of all of the cruise lines, it is the most
like Vegas at sea. The staff and crew on each ship really work hard
to ensure that you have a great vacation. It is really an excellent
travel bargain. Set your expectations low and you will be really
surprised by how much Carnival will exceed them. We give it a rating
of 3 rolls.
This upscale line owned by Royal Caribbean Cruise
Lines, originated with Greek owners. The famous X on the stack is
really the greek letter Chi which was the first letter of the originators,
the Chandris family. Noted for its fine food and elegant service,
this cruise line has fallen a bit into the mainstream from its original
vision. However, that does not mean that they do not deliver an
excellent product for an incredible price. This cruise line has
a special place in our hearts and we can't recommend it enough.
The ships are beautiful and tasteful and the staff are pleasant.
However, being mostly Eastern European, don't expect them to be
overly friendly. It just isn't their way. Because their food and
decor are so exceptional for a mainstream priced line, we give Celebrity
a 4 out of 5 rating.
This line owned by Carnival Cruises is noted for
its Italian heritage and style and is distinguished by blue "C"
on the distinctive triple yellow stacks. Costa's ships are graced
with innovative architecture and design, as well as grace and style
not found on many mainstream cruise lines today. Well worth considering
for your next vacation. Note that on cruises in the Mediterranean,
the line caters to locals so English may not be the first language
used onboard. For their design and architecture, we give Costa and
4 roll rating.
Crystal Cruises is noted for its luxury and it does
not disappoint. But note, you will pay for it. This line is VERY
expensive but does not cater to poor folks like us. Offers a more
adventurous destinations as well. If you've got the dough, go for
it. Four out of 5 rolls for providing all of the amenities of a
big ship but with an upscale product.
Norwegian Cruise Line
Now owned by Star Cruises, this originator in the
industry is making a nice comeback due to its innovative onboard
product. This review is brought to you courtesy of our Middle Eastern
Royal Caribbean Cruises
Known as the "other" cruise line to Carnival,
Royal Caribbean offers a good product at a good price. Their older
ships are horribly dated looking but their new ships are super nice.
Royal Caribbean's style is a bit vanilla compared to Carnival but
it is hard to go wrong with this company. A good solid 3 rolls.
I was lucky enough to cruise a bit out of Singapore
with this popular local line dubbed the Carnival of Asia. It was
a strange experience compared to the cruising I was used to. For
instance, these ships cater mostly to Chinese gamblers. This means
that regular cabins get stuffed with eight or so people who will
"hot bunk" meaning taking turns sleeping while the others
are gambling. Also, there are many casinos throughout the ships,
with escalating levels of exclusivity going all the way up to private
rooms. The food had a distinctive Asian flare as well and replacing
the all you can eat buffets we might be used to, they use a ticket
system. Otherwise the Chinese would eat up all of the profits. To
get a cabin that we would consider a normal one, you have to stay
in their "club" level. However, despite all of the differences,
this was still a cruise. And a good one at that. If you ever get
the chance to go to Singapore, try a Star Cruise. A solid 3 rolls.