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Old 07-31-2005, 02:07 PM
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Hello all! I am looking for a comparison of HAL and Princess. The itineraries on HAL look nice and it's actually a couple of hundred dollars cheaper for a 7-day balcony to the eastern Caribbean. Are there any major differences as far as things to do, service, food, pools, excursions, stuff like that?
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Old 07-31-2005, 05:41 PM
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Lady, HAL is considered a "premium line" while Princess is considered a mass-market line. Both are great lines and they both have great ships. You might get an older crowd on HAL than you would on Princess, but that is always subjective.

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Old 08-01-2005, 05:20 AM
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To add to Tom's comments: I think you will find the food and service a little better on HAL (but that is to be expected on a premium line), more nightlife and better evening entertainment on Princess and better lecturers and enrichment programs on HAL.

There is a huge difference between ships within each fleet. If you identify which specific ships you are considering - we can provide a better comparison.


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Old 08-01-2005, 01:00 PM
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Okay, I'll go find which ships. My husband and I are in our 30s, but we like to talk to people, so younger isn't necessarily better (grin). We are interested in things like the spa, though, and maybe a casino and shows. Also, do you have set dining times on HAL?
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Old 08-01-2005, 01:27 PM
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Lady Vidora,
Yes, there are set dining times on HAL.
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Old 08-01-2005, 02:48 PM
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I think you will find the shows much better on Princess and being that you are in your 30's - (having been on both lines) I think you might be more comfortable and have more in common with people on Princess.
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Old 08-02-2005, 04:22 PM
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Lady Vidora,

I think you may be happier on Princess.
I have not personally been on HAL, but, know they do run an older crowd. Not that that is a bad thing. I believe the Princess shows, spas, entertainment overall is better.

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