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That's a tough one to answer. I think we all favour and use as a base for comparison. I loved P&O and have had 3 cruises with them. Have 2 booked this year so am really hoping standards haven't changed much. Friends say Royal Caribbean....can't fault them. Might try them. Again now sailing from Southampton makes them more appealing. Other friends say Thonson are superb. Wrongly I assumed they would be much cheaper than P&O and was surprised they are sometimes more expensive. Again might try them. Other friends say Cunard.....

Think this is where we get to express our individuality with the cruise lines and destinations.

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Hi  If I just review the cruise line and the ship in joint first place would be Silversea's - Silver Cloud and Crystal - Serenity both ships offered excellent food and service in understated eleganance with no glitz).  However, if you consider the overall cruise experience (itinerary, fellow passengers, weather etc) the answer may be different.  If I consider value for money then Azamara would be near or at the top.   I also have very fond memories of my first cruise on P&O's Victoria.   I have sailed on over fifty cruises (ocean and river) with fourteen different cruise lines.

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Currently my favourite cruise line and ship is Celebrity Eclipse, but then I don't have a great comparison.  The food is excellent.  They have modern, spacious ships that don't tend to feel that crowded.

 

My least favourite is Royal Caribbean Splendour of the Seas.  The food was pretty bad, and the ship felt quite crowded and not as luxurious.  It was an older ship though, so there's that.  Some of the entertainment seemed better on Royal though, and there was much more going on generally and it had a younger feel to it.  It'll be interested to see how my perspective changes after sailing on Anthem of the Seas later this year.

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Our favorite cruise line and ship is the Celebrity Constellation. The service, food and entertainment was all outstanding, however that cruise was 8 years ago. The other 3 Celebrity ships we cruised on prior to the Connie have been retired. We would love to book one of their newer ships but so far it has not worked out.


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At the moment I am sailing on the new Scenic ship Jasper which has just raised the standard of river cruising. This is real luxury where every cabin has a butler, everything is included in the fare, fabulous walk in showers, toiletries of the highest order and service is some of the best I have experienced. Will be sorry to leave on Sunday.

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Hi  If I just review the cruise line and the ship in joint first place would be Silversea's - Silver Cloud and Crystal - Serenity both ships offered excellent food and service in understated eleganance with no glitz).  However, if you consider the overall cruise experience (itinerary, fellow passengers, weather etc) the answer may be different.  If I consider value for money then Azamara would be near or at the top.   I also have very fond memories of my first cruise on P&O's Victoria.   I have sailed on over fifty cruises (ocean and river) with fourteen different cruise lines.

I'm with LA on this one.  Silversea are tops with us for line and ship but our best overall cruise experience so far was on Azamara Journey in Autumn 2013 (Dubai to Singapore).  The whole package was extraordinarily good, all stemming from the Captain and his senior officers and their highly visible "hands on" approach.  Also done Celebrity, Cunard, Princess, P&O and Thompson (our first cruise experience, back in the last century!!!).

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My favourite cruise line and ship would differ. I am a big fan of P&O Cruises and have been for a long time. I've sailed with multiple cruise lines but have always enjoyed returning to P&O. I think in order to class something as your favourite, it needs to be something that has been consistent and P&O would tick that box for me. While there has been the occasional speed bump along the way with them, it's been put right immediately and I do think they are still a very good cruise line, one that I will certainly be travelling with again in the near future. 

 

As for my favourite ship. This one is a little more difficult as the consistency factor is difficult to implement seeing as I like to try different ships. As far as an overall experience goes, I would say Celebrity Silhouette would be my choice for this. The design of the ship and the "wow" factor is excellent, the cabin was superb and the food was exceptional on board so I would highlight that as my favourite ship thus far although I have had many special cruises over the years.

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Have discussed this topic with many other people who have cruised. We took our first cruise on QM2 nearly 10 years ago and we have remained faithful to Cunard ever since. We have cruised on all the 3 Cunard ships,being lucky enough to be on the maiden voyage of Queen Elizabeth. The only difference during the cruises we have taken is that we have moved up from Club to Queens Grill. Can only say that we always enjoy the experience and are pre booked on cruises for 2015 and 2016 again with Cunard. I suppose my only comment is that we have never felt the need to try other cruise lines although have reviewed Silversea and Princess but have never quite made the step. However, that is not to say it will never happen.

As regards to the Cunard ships,whilst enjoyed QM2 we favour the smaller Victoria and Elizabeth, they are very similar in tonnage and design.

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Favourite ship for me is Arcadia. Went on the inaugural cruise and fell in love with it. Those were the days when an inaugural cruise meant free champagne sail away, star entertainment and an unforgettable experience. Reading about the Britannia maiden cruise things have gone down hill.

 

Still travel on Arcadia 10 years on - not always perfect but I feel it's my second home.

 

Some things have spoiled it - cabins built on my favourite relaxing space on Sun Deck, plus invasion of the Rising Sun by partitions removed and casino ever nearer - but I will stick with it for now.

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Our favourite cruise line is Thomson.  Favourite ships are Spirit, Celebrity and Majesty. What we like is they are smaller than most cruise ships and are therefore more friendly and cosier that some of the huge ships that are on the seas at the moment. They cannot compare in design and luxury with some other cruise lines but make up for it with excellent on-board entertainment that cannot, in our opinion, be beaten. Days at sea are all catered for in excellent, enjoyable ways. They also sail from Newcastle and Liverpool which are nearer to us up North than the 6 hour journey to Dover and Southampton.  We have tried Royal Caribbean and MSC and although they are ultra luxurious and well presented, they were very impersonal and we got fed up of the on-off situation in every port we visited.  People lugging suitcase on and off the ships and blocking gangways and dock sides.

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I have tried Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Perhaps I am old fashioned but I like Fred Olsen-  Balmoral, No children, formal dressing and just a general air of being cocooned in good service. Used to like P and O but food last time let it down. Am trying with them again this year.......

Of course there is always Hurtigruten - different experience, but a fabulous one.

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I have tried Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Perhaps I am old fashioned but I like Fred Olsen-  Balmoral, No children, formal dressing and just a general air of being cocooned in good service. Used to like P and O but food last time let it down. Am trying with them again this year.......

Of course there is always Hurtigruten - different experience, but a fabulous one.

I am inclined to agree with you lauro60. I was on Hurtigruten in January and it now rates in my top 5 cruises. I was on Boudicca last week and agree with you about Fred Olsen, good food, good service and a dress code that is adhered to on ships that are in good condition. No blown or misted windows the like of which I have seen on 4/5 star ships over the last 9 months. The constantly high repeat figures speak for themselves. Last month I was on Scenic Jasper a true 5 star experience. I am on Anthem of the Seas next week which will prove a different experience.

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We like P and O Ventura and Azura and don't find them too large or impersonal. If you join in say the shuffle boards or deck quoits etc or whist you tend to meet the same people each day. The entertainment staff really get things going. Headliners are really good but some acts we had seen the year before but still enjoyed them.If you were on your own it would possibly be unlikely you would see the same person again on the whole cruise but then they have single afternoon tea tables and meeting up for shore excursions. Did not enjoy Oriana as much as felt "hemmed in" on the atrium area with stalls and overflow from the shops with clothing racks. Was fed up with seeing white paint over rust. Was on it in November and they were hammering for 45 mins in a film in Chaplins cinema and renewing carpets so no lift access on some floors. Toilets smelt and were blocked on 4 days (health hazzard) and unable to use many of them and too far to dash back up to your cabin. We complained on our form at the end of the cruise. I think the passengers were older and we are too but not as young at heart  as we are 69 and 75 - sorry! Feel home from home on P and O and the children are very well catered for provided you can get an allocation on the ship for under 7's as this can be limited. Ventura has the glass roof over one pool so inclement weather is easier to manage as decks can be very slippery.

 

Think Celebrity Eclipse is our favourite and we go each October to the Canaries after our harvest and land work - an absolutely fabulous ship very comfortable and we feel very pampered. Drinks are expensive but we don't drink very much anyway and I think they go the extra mile to give you a wonderful holiday. The buffet is fantastic, huge amazing choice and the dining room palatial. Glass roof over a pool and calming music and sponge bases on sun beds and tartan rugs for cooler days on deck make it special. A couple can snuggle up in a cabana - try getting out of them over 65yrs old though! Toilets immaculate with paper  on seats for hygiene and small white terry flannels to wipe your hands on. Ice creams (other than in speciality coffee and ice cream bar) are free and fruit drinks available all day from self service areas on deck. Only complaint sometimes hard to find a really comfy chair after the theatre as Michaels bar is mostly full and Baccio coffee bar has nice winged arm chairs but you pay for the coffee there and it is also full each evening. Some seats in the Sky lounge are hard to see the stage up there. You are greeted with a glass of champers as you board, have ice cold towels and drinks by the gangway when you come back on board after a hot day on shore. You get nibbles with a drink on the Captain's meeting. All very nice.Out of Soton you get tea and coffee in cabins and anything else like hot chocolate, ice and iced water and teafar more than P and O.

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