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Old 08-21-2004, 06:08 PM
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Hello folks!
Im brand spankin new to this site and boy am I glad I found this!
I desperately need input on my next cruise. I have been on one caribbean cruise previously with Carniaval (Destiny) and didnt care much for the "fun ship" atmosphere. I want to surprise my wife with a eastern carib. cruise for x-mas! I definitely want a balcony and a more "laid back" atmosphere. We are parents of triplets 2 years old and another one year old child. As you can see we really need to relax. We are not into the excursion/tour thing either. We both figure we paid so much for a cruise, we want to enjoy the ship and its offerings as much as possible.
So with this in mind.....Princess or Royal?
then....Golden Princess or Mariner of the seas?
then....Mariner of the seas or Jewel of the Seas or Serenade of the seas?
Please people I need your input! We need this vacation like we need our next breath of air!!!
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Hello folks!
Im brand spankin new to this site and boy am I glad I found this!
I desperately need input on my next cruise. I have been on one caribbean cruise previously with Carniaval (Destiny) and didnt care much for the "fun ship" atmosphere. I want to surprise my wife with a eastern carib. cruise for x-mas! I definitely want a balcony and a more "laid back" atmosphere. We are parents of triplets 2 years old and another one year old child. As you can see we really need to relax. We are not into the excursion/tour thing either. We both figure we paid so much for a cruise, we want to enjoy the ship and its offerings as much as possible.
So with this in mind.....Princess or Royal?
then....Golden Princess or Mariner of the seas?
then....Mariner of the seas or Jewel of the Seas or Serenade of the seas?
Please people I need your input! We need this vacation like we need our next breath of air!!!
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Old 08-21-2004, 06:23 PM
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Hmmmm, I would lean towards the Mariner of the Seas. Princess is great, but Royal Caribbean has tons going to that a young couple like you would enjoy. However, I have not been on the Golden Princess, so I am probably tainted. I did just cruise on the Mariner and wrote a MEGA review of her at

http://www.cruisereviews.com/RoyalCa...ftheSeas13.htm

There are tons of pictures so you can see what she looks like. Also, I have not cruised on a Royal Caribbean Radiance class ship, but have heard that they are just excellent and sometimes a better choice for couples.

Hope that helps. Let us know what you decide.

Tom
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Old 08-22-2004, 07:18 PM
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Thanks for the advice! Its greatly appreciated. I just havent heard great things for Princess! Im leaning toward Royal and probably Jewel of the Seas.
I'll let you know what happens.
As for our triplets...lets just say I dont recommend it for everyone. Its been an experience that one really cant put into words. There are days were my wife and I want to jump out the window!!! And there are days where we feel like the happiest parents on earth. The only thing i would recommend for triplets is to seek help from every family member possible i.e. parents, sisters, brothers, aunts, and cousins. Without them, we would probably have commited ourselves to a mental hospital!
P.S. If anyone on this web site needs advice on Greek Island cruises, I can be of much help! I am of greek decent and have traveled to greece numerous times.
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Gus, well I have been on three Princess cruises, Grand-Sea-Coral. Now maybee we got lucky, but the food on all was exceptional. The service the same and the entertainment on average was better than RCC or Celebrity.
Once again maybee we got lucky although I doubt it. Princess so far is our favorite cruise line. As far as having a relaxing cruise, you may do that on any ship, just don't go to the night time parties, skip all the shows and don't go into the casino. Have dinner and relax. Now you pay for all the entertainment so thats your call. We did have a great time on EVERY ship we have been on, its just the little extras princess has that gives it the edge, in our view. Such as....1-food ANY time you want it. 2-little things like being able to get ice tea whenever you like. 3-Variety of shows. 4-fresh flowers on deck. Plus on the Grand or Golden you have two main shows at night. Now I am sure some will take exception to what I am saying, believe me we had great cruises all ships, don't think Princess is 'stuffy' it is far from it, and there have been many younger couples on the ship on all our cruises. The child factor may come into play on Princess also. You probably will not have as many as RCC. That may be a plus for you also. (Seeing thats why you are going away). Whichever you choose, I am sure you will have a Grand time. (just a little pun)
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We are going on Mariner of the Seas in a couple of months, but we have been on sister ships Adventure and Voyager of the Seas and loved them both. Rock climbing, ice skating, mini golf are just a few things to get started. The dining options are endless on the Voyager-type ships. You and wife can have a romantic dinner at Portofino or Chops. We have tried the Portofinos in Adventure and Voyager and loved it. Johnny Rockets is always fun. We're like you; we want to relax on our cruises and always have on our RCCL ones. Always get room service for breakfast and have it on balcony. Lots of movies on the TV if you like staying in your cabin. Don't miss the Ice Show,the Midnight Buffett, or the Parade on the Royal Promenade . Good luck in your decision. Can't comment on Jewel or Serenade, since I've been only on the Voyager type ships.
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Hi Gus, I've been on both Royal and Carnival, and my experience on Royal was great. Carnival is loud, too many kids running around and the smoking is terrible. Royal has the ship split in two for smokers and non-smokers. We were on Navigator of the Seas on December 2003, and it was incredible. We are now addicted and are planning a short 3/4 day to the Bahamas this December and a Southern Caribbean in December of 05. We did both the Eastern and Western, and enjoyed the Western itinerary much more, but since you're planning on staying on the ship, that doesn't really matter.
Beware, you can't stop at just one cruise and like us, you'll find yourself booking your next cruise the day that you come home.
P.S., my co-worker has two year old triplets, two girls and a boy.
Have a great time!!!
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Old 08-24-2004, 04:35 PM
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I'd like to thank everyone who has written back in this chat area. You have no idea how much its appreciated.
It looks like Im leaning toward RCL for now and probably the Mariner, although serenade has a nice itinerary also. Unfortunately the Jewel of the seas has been sold out for the tree months I have available to play with.
John, I read your message and appreciate your response. Unfortunately the ship I was considering was the Golden, one which you did not sail on. For this reason, I have opted for RCL. Granted, all your princess experiences appeared to have been great, but the reviews on the Golden have been average or below on cruise reviews.
I'll let you all know what turns out. Again thanks for your input!
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I think you would find the Royal Carribian or the Norwegian Cruse lines just what you want. Any of the newer ships.

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Old 08-29-2004, 09:11 PM
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Hey Gus... just joined this chat area. Hope this isn't too late. I've been on both the Mariner of the Seas and the Golden Princess. You can't go wrong with either one. I was on the Golden Princess last fall on a repositioning trip from England to New York. That is what I call relaxing. I think I like repositioning trips better than cruises that stop in ports. I was on the Mariner leaving Port Canaveral for the Eastern Caribbean in Feb this year. Both ships are great. One thing about Princess... they give you your choice of assigned seating (traditional) or open seating. Royal Caribbean only offers traditional. Also, a little thing probably, when I was on the Mariner, I donít think they have a grill out by the pool for hamburgers and hot dogs. They do have a Johnny Rockets but I think now you have to pay a small cover charge to eat there. It was free when I went. When we were in St Thomas on the Mariner, both the Mariner and the Golden Princess were docked right next to each other. That was an awesome sight. Both ships looked similar in size but I think the Mariner holds more passengers. The staff on both ships was great. Oh, one more thing, my wife loved the cheesecake on the Princess. Hope this helps.

Tim
 
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