Holland America vs Royal carrebean?


Mar 1st, 2018, 04:14 AM
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Holland America vs Royal carrebean?

I look for ship to Norway on summer 2019 and hesitate between two companies (for Holland America Rotterdam ship or Nieuw Statendam ship and for Royal Carribean serenade of the seas ship)
We go with children but they do not not need all the enormous slides and also going to sleep early so night life is not so important for us.
We look for:
- fancy ship With very good maintenance, Clean and elegant lobby and facilities.
- great food, not variety but quality.Also Good desserts. excellent food.
- indoor pools/jacuzzi since it might be cold in n Norway
- nice places in o see to watch the view
- excellent excursions while ship in port
- not very crowdy
- big ship
Any recommendation?
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Mar 1st, 2018, 08:00 AM
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Adding also sapphire princess

Adding also sapphire princess
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Mar 1st, 2018, 11:13 AM
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Go to vacationstogo. Look at each ship. It tells you size, age, when last refurbished, etc.
Then go to cruise critic for reviews of each ship, ports, excursions, food, etc.

From what you say you want, Holland America Nieuw Statendam seems to fit best. It is brand new. Food seems to be a focus.

None of the ship's are mega-ships, but this one is bigger than the others except Princess Saphire which is bigger.
The Rotterdam is the oldest and smaller.
RCCL Serenade is also older and smaller.
Saphire is also somewhat older, but the biggest of the four.

I have not been on a Holland America ship, but have been on several Princess and Royal Caribbean ships and like them all.
IMHO, currently, Princess is more elegant and gets a slight edge for better food.
RCCL is a bit more casual with better entertainment and great service.

Age and size is not too important for me, but one important thing would be itinerary and how much time in each port.
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