I want to take an Eastern Caribbean Cruise (St.Thomas, St.Maarten, Bahamas) in the fall. I have narrowed it down to two cruise ships:
Mariner of the Seas
I have only been on one cruise before: Sovereign of the Seas/Nov.1st - 5th 2004.
I liked it, despite of the major renovations going on during the cruise. However, I hear good things about Princess cruises in general. As well as it's newest ship: Caribbean Princess.
So, I am wondering what you all think. I would especially like to hear from anyone that has been on both cruise ships, and can give a comparison?
You are going to get everything you mentioned on both ships, so it will be difficult to choose. I can't recommend one over the other. But, you can't go wrong.
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In fact, the quality of the food is one of the aspects I would value most in a cruise. So, if I could figure-out which ship has better food, I would choose that one.
Frase... I am a travel agent and while they are both WONDERFUL ships, I get more clients tell me that the quality of the food on Royal Caribbean as not as good as Carnival or Princess. Maybe this helps!!!
My choice would be Celebrity. The reason being you mentioned the quality of food. I have not had better quality or service on any ship. They may be a little more money, but it is well worth it. Trust me you will not be dissatisfied with Celebrity.They are owned by RCL, but a step or 2 up. JMHO.
If food is the tie breaker, I would go with Princess. I just came off the Mariner (10-17 Apr 05) and we did not care for the food. I was very disappointed in RCCL. My cousin has been on more than 10 RCCL cruises, so after listening to her my expectations were high. The dinning room food was good (not excellent, but good). The buffet food left a lot to be desired. I had read some reviews on this site that indicated that the food on Mariner was not good, and I found that to be true. However, I did talk to folks on the ship that liked the food. So, what I am saying is that this is a subjective thing. For me the food a Carnival was much better, but that is always a matter of opinion. Also, The Mariner was a beautiful ship.