TravelOnly Cruise Expert
ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL
Royal’s service, food, worldwide itineraries, shipboard activities and entertainment simply can’t be beat by any other cruise line. It’s hands-down the best overall cruise line for travelers of all ages and is the first (and pretty much the only) cruise line that without hesitation I recommend to all my clients.
My wife and I are a huge fan of the brand! Our license plate frames on both of our cars read: “Royal Caribbean Recommends Using a Travel Agent”! We’ve cruised aboard most of the other major cruise lines to experience the differences in the brands. We keep going back to RCI. We are about to embark on our eleventh RCI cruise this year!
Voyager Class Ships – These amazing ships feature the Royal Promenade, specialty restaurants, basketball courts, English-style pubs, themed bars and lounges, teen-only clubs, ice-skating, inline skating, miniature golf, and more!
Adventure of the Seas – I “popped the question” almost 9 years ago to my now wife,
Deidre on our stateroom balcony before we headed to dinner on our first formal night aboard Adventure of the Seas. Ten cruises later with RCI, and about to embark shortly on our eleventh. We still have a soft spot in our hearts for Royal’s Voyager-class ships, and they never disappoint.
I love Princess Cruises – they always give their 100% to ensure their customers are happy. I was on Ruby Princess – a lady decided she wanted a drink, regardless – she demanded a drink! The employee she asked was ‘deck staff’! He could have just direct her to the bar – about 20 feet away. He said, ‘Sure, just one moment please’. He ran to the bar, and ordered what the lady wanted, came back to the lady with her drink, and then introduced her the waiter. The employee’s attitude was amazing!
Celebrity’s Solstice class ship has been one of my favorites since I had the opportunity to sail on the pre-inaugural cruise in 2008. Since then, Celebrity has matched the brilliance of the Solstice by adding sister ships Equinox, Eclipse, and soon the Silhouette and Reflection (in 2011 and 2012).
The décor is breathtaking and the interior architecture is phenomenal, as the ship never seems to feel crowded. There are many “green” innovations on the Solstice Class, and the greenest of all is Lawn Club on the top deck – complete with real grass, you can putt a golf ball, play bocce or croquet, or even have a picnic!
The entertainment is unique and exciting, the food is diverse and delicious, and there are many other diversions such as the Hot Glass Show, and a fabulous art collection. I recommend taking advantage of the impeccable Celebrity service by upgrading to a Concierge Class balcony cabin.
AZAMARA CLUB CRUISES
If you are looking for Las Vegas style entertainment then this is not the ship for you, but if you want guest lecturers, small intimate performances and a spacious library (even has a grand piano), then you will feel right at home.
I recently sailed on the Azamara Club Cruises, and it fast became my personal favourite. Part of the attraction was the small size. I like the intimacy of a ship that holds less than seven hundred guests. The crew get to know you, and the Captain is an active participant in the everyday of life on a ship. Each time you had an encounter with a crew member, they not only said hello, they asked how your day was going, how you were enjoying your cruise and was there anything you needed. They really know how to make you feel welcomed and appreciated.
The added advantage of complimentary water, specialty coffees, wine with lunch and dinner, and no gratuities was the icing on the cake.
I must admit that the Captain greeting us at the bottom of the gang plank when we came back from the Copper Canyon shore excursion late at night remains my favourite memory. It truly embodies what is different about Azamara Club Cruises.