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Old 01-04-2010, 01:24 PM
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Alaskan cruise this summer, first cruise, trying to choose HAL Ryndam or Statendam/or Princess/Coral Princess orIsland Princess. Any input?
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I've cruised both and love both. The Princess ships are larger, have more venues and are a little more elegant. The Holland America ships carry fewer passengers, are more reserved, have better food and service (in my opinion--and I'm not saying there is anything at all wrong with Princess' cuisine or service), and have a more intimate small-ship feel.

I think I would recommend Princess for a first cruise; but either will give you a wonderful experience. You should talk with a cruise-oriented travel agent, who can tell you more about how the two lines and ships compare.

One other consideration: the Holland America ships you mention don't have any moderately priced balcony cabins; they jump right from "oveanview" to "Verandah Suites". The Princess shps have hundreds of affordable balconies, and a balcony is really nice to have, especially in Alaska.

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Old 01-04-2010, 03:43 PM
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Welcome to cruise-chat, lovesnow.

Demographics are a consideration. Who will be cruising? Any kids or young adults? Holland America offers an outstanding cruise, as does Princess, but of the two lines Princess would have the younger average passenger and is perhaps better suited for younger families.
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