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Holland America First Timer

Discussion in 'Holland America Line' started by jetblue, Feb 3, 2010.

  1. mickeyboy7

    mickeyboy7 Active Member

    Nice info here on HAL. Wondering how you experts out there compare HAL to Princess.
     
  2. Krazy Kruizers

    Krazy Kruizers Holland America Specialist

    We are also Elite members on Princess but left them years ago when we discovered the larger suites on HAL and at that time the food was better on Princess. I can't compare the food now between the 2 cruise lines as we haven't sailed on Princess for about 8 years.
     
  3. travlDR

    travlDR Well-Known Member

    Hello everyone! I have mostly "lurked" around here so I thought I would say hello. I am a real Celebrity addict, but I keep reading your raves on HAL. I am thinking if I love Celebrity, HAL would probably also be a good fit for me. Someone- give me a few sentences that would convince me to try a switch. From what I read everywhere, I can't convince myself(even tho I have done several others over the years) to try anyone else- except maybe HAL! Thanks for all your help!
    Steve
     
  4. Calgon1

    Calgon1 Awaiting results of mental evaluation

    Probably the biggest differences between =X= and HAL would have be the passenger's average age (HAL being a bit older) and the children/families (more families and children on =X=). Level of service - the edge might go to HAL. Food? Comparable ...
     
  5. GloBug

    GloBug Senior Flea Coller Tester

    DR, I'm a =X= fan too, but I'll be giving HAL a try in August. I'll be sailing with Calgon and Sunflower, so if HAL is a bust, I'm gonna bust Cal's head with a tray, if I can find one on the ship...

    (jees, I shouldn't have said that word....)
     
  6. Calgon1

    Calgon1 Awaiting results of mental evaluation

    Duck-apault!!!
     
  7. travlDR

    travlDR Well-Known Member

    GloBug-- I hope you can find a tray- let me know!! I was just on the Century twice (Dec and Jan) and trays were in abundance.
     
  8. ShipMaven

    ShipMaven Forever Remembered

    Calgon is safe - HAL did away with trays in the Lido Cafe awhile back.

    Celebrity and Holland America are ranked the same - premium cruise lines. I really think which one is better depends on personal choice. Those who are pleased with Celebrity will advise that line, and those pleased with HAL will advise HAL. Both are excellent lines. Compare itineraries and fares...and let them figure into your selection. I personally am happy with HAL, and have 3 cruises booked with them.
     
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2010
  9. Krazy Kruizers

    Krazy Kruizers Holland America Specialist

    Actually there are still trays on HAL.

    In your cabin your ice bucket and glasses sit on a small tray. ;)
     
  10. ShipMaven

    ShipMaven Forever Remembered

    You could always stick one in your suitcase and bring it aboard with you. :whistle:
     
  11. Krazy Kruizers

    Krazy Kruizers Holland America Specialist

    Not me -- clothes go in the luggage.

    We got along fine without the trays on our previous cruises.

    I just mentioned about the cabin trays -- Calgon might not be safe.
     
  12. ShipMaven

    ShipMaven Forever Remembered

    Yonnie - actually, I mentioned trays in a suitcase tongue in cheek!
     
  13. travlDR

    travlDR Well-Known Member

    Maybe get some nice buffet trays made with Cruise Addicts logo on them. We could each take one along, for any cruise!
     
  14. Krazy Kruizers

    Krazy Kruizers Holland America Specialist

    Actually I know of some people from the other site who have packed trays for the Lido.

    I just wanted to warn Calgon1 that he may not be safe from trays.
     
  15. Calgon1

    Calgon1 Awaiting results of mental evaluation

    LOL. I actually have a tray I was thinking of packing ... Could always use it as a shield to protect me from GloBug's splashing at the table ....
     
  16. Krazy Kruizers

    Krazy Kruizers Holland America Specialist

    Now you all behave yourselves -- or you might get thrown off the ship!!
     
  17. ShipMaven

    ShipMaven Forever Remembered

    If they have the usual Master of the ship, he may very well just do that, Yonnie! :truce:
     
  18. earl_m

    earl_m Social Host

    I am sure Globug would miss him , if he had to leave the ship:boogie:
     
  19. SunFlower Star

    SunFlower Star Active Member

    Not really, but SunFlower might ...
     
  20. ShipMaven

    ShipMaven Forever Remembered

    Uh-oh. Is Calgon in hot water again? :whistle:
     

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