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f-mattox 06-18-2007 09:54 PM

I just discovered the first significant difference between HAL and Princess. When I booked shore excursions on Princess the charge was put on my onboard account but was not posted until the end of the cruise. I just found out that HAL posted the shore excursion charges the very day I reserved them. I've paid for them and I haven't even left yet.

Now you could say, so what? You paid for the cruise too, and you haven't gone yet. Should I pay for my photos, drinks and spa services up front? I don't think so.

So between this and the ease of navigating Princess' website compared to HAL, so far it's HAL - 0; Princess - 2.

f-mattox 06-18-2007 09:54 PM

I just discovered the first significant difference between HAL and Princess. When I booked shore excursions on Princess the charge was put on my onboard account but was not posted until the end of the cruise. I just found out that HAL posted the shore excursion charges the very day I reserved them. I've paid for them and I haven't even left yet.

Now you could say, so what? You paid for the cruise too, and you haven't gone yet. Should I pay for my photos, drinks and spa services up front? I don't think so.

So between this and the ease of navigating Princess' website compared to HAL, so far it's HAL - 0; Princess - 2.

LisaP 06-19-2007 04:40 AM

Interesting, and another example of how Carnival Corp. does indeed treat each of its lines separately.

We had to pre-pay our shore excursions on Celebrity for next month's cruise. Of course, I could have waited until I boarded and run the risk of them selling out, but didn't think that a good idea.

f-mattox 06-19-2007 08:28 AM

Yes LisaP, it's not a really big deal, but I did find the difference interesting.

And as far ahead as I booked (almost five weeks), two of the excursions were already waitlisted; so, no, don't wait until you get onboard.

Rick

penny3333 06-19-2007 09:56 AM

I can't wait for your review after you've returned, it will definitely be interesting to see if you agree with my views. I always love cruising, but just wasn't impressed with HAL. I also want to know how you like the Baltic. Have a wonderful time!

Cruise Fanatic 06-21-2007 10:08 AM

Just a thought--It may or may not have something to do with the suppliers that they are using.

TrvlPro 06-21-2007 04:16 PM

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Just a thought--It may or may not have something to do with the suppliers that they are using. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Nope, just one of many policy differences between the two lines. There are a LOT of differences in all the lines. The two closest in their operations and policies are Princess and Cunard. You can actually use you Captain's Circle # with Cunard and they don't even issue you a past passenger # of their own. The same number is saved in the same system and interchangale for both lines cruises. In every other way the lines differ greatly.

Cheers, Neil

gdjoslin 06-27-2007 09:46 PM

We just got off the Zaandam, we had prepaid for our excursions months ago. We could still change them without losing a penny the night before. On the Spirit this was not the case. Pay in advance and pay a 25% fee if you cancel at anytime. .

gdjoslin 06-27-2007 10:01 PM

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Posted June 18, 2007 09:54 PM
I just discovered the first significant difference between HAL and Princess. When I booked shore excursions on Princess the charge was put on my onboard account but was not posted until the end of the cruise. I just found out that HAL posted the shore excursion charges the very day I reserved them. I've paid for them and I haven't even left yet.

I have only been on Carnival three times, (the Pride twice, and the Spirit once), have been on the Sun Princess, and now the Zaandam. I would Rate Carnival one, Princess two and HAL third.
I will post a review in a week or two when I make it home.

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Hooked-on-HAL 06-28-2007 05:44 AM

Be careful that you are comparing services and not cruise experience. I have only cruised HAL so far (so admittedly not an experienced cruiser) but I read this board everyday. Carnival and HAL will give two very different experiences. I want a quiet relaxing cruise where I can sit in the sun, see the ocean pass by, and read. No excessive noise or poolside entertainment like belly flops & hairy leg competitions (some days I could win that one). I love cruising with the older generation (I am 47!!). Couples enjoying the music, dancing (swing, foxtrot etc), afternoon tea, no excessive drinking. Staff giving extra care to the more senior cruisers. The ship is still and quiet late at night. I would not bring my teenagers on HAL.
I gather from my readings that Carnival is an active, party, alcohol rich, and youthful atmosphere with activities late into the night. I believe that Princess and Royal Caribbean would be somewhere in between but more active and family oriented. My 2008 cruise will be RCL or Princess with my mother and sister (50th b-day). My sister was bored on HAL and loved RCL. Her boyfriend won the hairy back competition!!
I need to hear comparisons about cuisine, staff and entertainment. Please be clear so I can understand what you are rating.
This board is so informative but we have to remember that not everyone is looking for the same experience. Not even sisters.


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