If you have read the post titled "Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Expert," you know that I am a big fan of their cruise line. But, here comes the surprise twist at the end... I cheat on Royal Caribbean with other cruise lines! (insert suspenseful music here)
I know! Blasphemy! The #LoyalToRoyal crowd is ready to throw me overboard! But, I have enough love in my heart for all the lines. Why pick just one when they all have incredible and varying offerings?
I love that "fun" is the priority on Carnival. I love the "freestyle" way things are done on Norwegian. I love that Princess is laser-focused on the ports of call and wants you to "Come Back New" every time you sail with them. I love that Cunard has the only true ocean liner for its transatlantic crossings. I love that MSC and Virgin are tirelessly working their butts off as the newest players in the Caribbean market and are blowing everyone's mind with what they're coming up with. And, I love that they are all trying to one-up each other with the latest and greatest things they can dream up! It all means a big win for us!
I also love what the premium lines are doing by including everything. I love that they have smaller ships that can get to places the big boys can't. I love that their itineraries offer ports way outside of the norm.
And, I love the luxury lines! But hey, who doesn't!? The service! The pampering! The quality! If you can afford it, it's the only way to go!
It's the only way to go unless you're on a river, that is. Then you may want a riverboat! But yes, there are luxury riverboats, too. In fact, they run the gamut, but in reality, they are all very swanky! And yet, their swankiness is merely icing on the cake. Where riverboats shine is in their ability to take you where seafaring cruise ships cannot. Think of it - before there were planes, trains, and automobiles, we transported goods along our oceans and rivers by ships and boats. That's why societies of yesteryear grew up around the water. So, when you're on a riverboat cruise, you step off, not an hour's bus ride away from the action, but right in the middle of it! River cruises are not for Broadway shows and ice-skating rinks. They are for upscale elegance, astounding service, fine dining, and ACCESS, ACCESS, ACCESS!!
So yes, I cheat on Royal Caribbean. Sorry, Royal. But, don't worry! You were my first, and you will always feel like "coming home."
If there is one mass-market cruise line I know better than all the rest, it is the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCL). In their Crown & Anchor Society (loyalty program), I have achieved "Emerald" status, which one receives after 55 nights on board an RCL ship - I have 60. Additionally, I have two more cruises planned with Royal. So, you could say that I am a fan of what they are doing over there at Royal Caribbean International. You could say it and you would be right.
I took my first cruise with Royal on March 24, 2007, on their Legend Of The Seas (retired) for a 7-night Western Caribbean cruise, and it was love at first wave! Since then, I have been on the following:
It is safe to say that I will continue my climb in their Crown & Anchor society as long as they keep on delivering the same cruises experience I have come to think of as "coming home."
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