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PumpkinPatches July 14th, 2010 01:32 PM

Has anyone sailed on Princess AND Holland America?!?
 
Hi all,

My parents have been on both ships, and they are having a debate on which cruiseline is better..

I have only sailed with Holland America, but I would like to try Princess at some point.

To anyone who has been on both lines, are there any major differences between the 2 cruiselines?

LisaK July 14th, 2010 02:32 PM

it is almost impossible to compare one line to another, its like trying to compare apples to oranges. What one person thinks is important or awesome might not be an issue to someone else, its all about personal preference in what you are looking for in your cruise experience.

PumpkinPatches July 14th, 2010 02:42 PM

I think I'm more interested in finding out the differences between the types of passengers that sail on HAL vs Princess (age groups, families, etc..); and the types of onboard activities each line offers.

LisaK July 15th, 2010 09:47 AM

since you have sailed on HA you have a basic idea of what she has to offer. I would have to say that for me Princess is a bit more lively, especially on the larger class ships. A huge plus from Princess is the Horizon Court Buffet which is open 24hrs, we love the Grand Class ships, the center of activity being Neptune's Reef Pool, Princess limits the number of kids on each sailing, and we never felt overwhelmed with kids being aboard, i remember one cruise, we were told how many kids were aboard, and we were like really? where are they all hiding lol. Princess service is very good, as is the food. On the last formal night we love the midnight Champagne Fountain, everyone stays dressed in their fancy duds for the most part, and its a great party

PumpkinPatches July 15th, 2010 01:40 PM

I had no idea that they limited the # of kids on board.. thats good to know!

My main concern when cruising is that it will be more of a playground then a sophisticated cruising experience.. with that in mind I might be more willing to give Princess a shot!!

LisaK July 15th, 2010 02:11 PM

absoutley not a playground! lol. I decribe Princess as casual/nice with the right touch of refinement.

PumpkinPatches July 15th, 2010 03:20 PM

That's great to hear, Thanks Lisa!

Nurse Debra July 15th, 2010 06:34 PM

We have sailed on both HAL and Princess. The Hal ships that we have sailed were part of the older fleet and the decor was a little too dark for my tastes. We felt the food and service was about the same. I do agree that the Princess ships do seem to be a little bit livelier than HAL ships.

Overall I would definitely give the nod to Princess for many of the reasons stated above.

Debra

SkiBum July 19th, 2010 05:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PumpkinPatches (Post 1303393)
Hi all,

My parents have been on both ships, and they are having a debate on which cruiseline is better..

I have only sailed with Holland America, but I would like to try Princess at some point.

To anyone who has been on both lines, are there any major differences between the 2 cruiselines?

I've been on both and they are both good. Holland America ships are smaller and therefore the service seems a bit better.

mikesw July 20th, 2010 05:50 PM

We've been on both lines, and I would say the passengers were more senior on HollandAmerica, but now HollandAmerica have done away with some of their quirky but lovable eccentricities there isn't any real difference for us.
Yes, now it just comes down to cost date and itinerary.

shanicans July 21st, 2010 02:59 PM

My husband and I are really liking Princess.....we do notice there are an older crowd, however, that doesn't bother us....food is great...love the huge screen at the pool for movies....Holland is nice but I almost feel that Princess is a bit more active. Enjoy

shanicans July 21st, 2010 03:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LisaK (Post 1303402)
it is almost impossible to compare one line to another, its like trying to compare apples to oranges. What one person thinks is important or awesome might not be an issue to someone else, its all about personal preference in what you are looking for in your cruise experience.

I agree with Lisa...all depends on what you like to do, etc.....I like Princess....it does seem to be a bit more lively....love the food, horizon buffett...the huge screen theatre at the pool......no complaints here....the crowd does seem a little older but no biggy

Bruce Chafkin1 July 22nd, 2010 03:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LisaK (Post 1303520)
since you have sailed on HA you have a basic idea of what she has to offer. I would have to say that for me Princess is a bit more lively, especially on the larger class ships. A huge plus from Princess is the Horizon Court Buffet which is open 24hrs, we love the Grand Class ships, the center of activity being Neptune's Reef Pool, Princess limits the number of kids on each sailing, and we never felt overwhelmed with kids being aboard, i remember one cruise, we were told how many kids were aboard, and we were like really? where are they all hiding lol. Princess service is very good, as is the food. On the last formal night we love the midnight Champagne Fountain, everyone stays dressed in their fancy duds for the most part, and its a great party

Princess previously limited the number of kids onboard. But the Sales and Revenue Departments won the battle. No limitations anymore. Now the only limits for 3rd and 4th berths are life jackets and lifeboat capacities.
On family holidays, it is not unusual to find between 800 and 1,000 kids on a Princess ship. It's a shopping mall at sea.

Kamloops Cruiser July 22nd, 2010 09:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PumpkinPatches (Post 1303393)
Hi all,

My parents have been on both ships, and they are having a debate on which cruiseline is better..

I have only sailed with Holland America, but I would like to try Princess at some point.

To anyone who has been on both lines, are there any major differences between the 2 cruiselines?

We have been on both HAL & Princess.

Our preference will probably be Princess . The biggest difference is the price

of the cruise . We have found lately Princess can be up to $500 CDN less

for a cruise that leaves at the around same time and does the same ports.:-)

Princess seems to have a younger age group the HAL on board.

As to food ,tours,entertainment etc that is subject to personal preference.:oops:

alshasta July 30th, 2010 11:59 PM

I have sailed both lines on more than one occassion. Both lines are very good but I give the edge to Princess. Princess seemed to have more daytime activities than Holland. I also think the Princess ships are a little more elegant but Holland is no slouch, very nice ships as well. Food on both lines is very good although I really enjoyed Sabatinis' on Princess. Service on both lines was excellent. Hollands staterooms are slightly larger than Princess but not by much. I think you will be happy with either.

Previous ships sailed:
Princess Diamond, Golden, and Emerald this coming Oct
Holland Westerdam, Oosterdam, Ziuderdam.

Tom Tom August 1st, 2010 04:20 PM

Hal verses Princess?
 
I have cruised several times with Holland America and loved them each time.
I will be taking my first Princess Cruise in a few months from Venice, Italy back to Ft. Lauderdale with stops in Naples, Rome, Cannes and Barcelona so will be able to compare after that.
I have cruised on Norwegian Line and hated it!!! It has small (and I mean tiny) state rooms, and has a feeling of being a cheap cruise line.
Norwegian did have good shows in the theatre and the food was good but both were no where as good as HAL.
Enjoy your cruise.

rollerdonna January 23rd, 2017 09:33 AM

We have sailed both lines and like them both. Comparable in most areas, although sometimes it depends on the Cruise Director and entertainment staff whether a ship offers all it can.
As for the general "clientele", I think that also depends on the timing. Certain times of year there will be more kids, other times, more elderly, other times more middle of the road. In general I find Holland America older and more refined, Princess more couple and family oriented, but have never been bothered by hordes of kids on either one.
Good luck finding the right cruise to fit you!

donna

Sistersolo January 23rd, 2017 10:34 AM

Rollerdonna, why did you resurrect a 7-year-old thread?

On the other hand, since you did and since there will be people probably looking at it who might like opinions, I'll give mine: although there is not a great difference, I prefer HAL over Princess. The food and service are fine on both, but it annoys me tremendously that Princess intentionally makes their main theater noticibly smaller than other lines do. The result is that people come 45 minutes early to the "early" show, with their e-readers, and save batches of seats which of course they are not supposed to do. Princess claims that the lounge theater in the back makes up for the smaller primary theater, but it has only a low platform rather than a stage, and the pillars there block the view.

Another problem is that the passage areas on the main activity deck are too narrow. Around the times that people are moving between dining and theater, there always seem to be crowds and congestion.

Lakers Fan January 23rd, 2017 09:00 PM

Having been on HAL cruises with Sister Solo ,I concurr .

AllstaedtX2 August 4th, 2017 12:32 PM

Rollerdonna, Thank you for resurrecting the 7-year-old thread
 
I am currently scheduling our Alaskan cruise and have reserved a balcony room on the Zaandam in late May to early June. Last night a friend told me I was crazy because HAL is dated, worn-out and food is mediocre. I like the idea of small ships and sedate crowd versus huge and crazy crowded. It's our 20th wedding anniversary, I;m just turning 60 and my husband is 65. We are active, healthy eaters and not huge drinkers

So, today I am seeking input regarding Princess (the line she said is best) (not including the elevated lines like Crystal, etc.) for cruising Alaska versus HAL. She proposes to be an expert.

With that said, I liked the itinerary of the 14 day Great Alaskan Explorer out of Seattle.

The thread, although old, has been helpful and to find input relevant to this year is great. Thank you.

storybookcruises.com August 4th, 2017 04:27 PM

As I always tell people about opinions; everyone has one. Keep in mind that we're all different and what one person loves, another will hate. So, take advise from friends with a grain of salt. Just because your friend likes Princess over Holland America does not mean you will.

With that said, I've cruised on both many times and enjoy both of them, so I honestly feel you'll have a good time no matter which one you choose.

Holland America has been doing Alaska longer than any other cruise line. They also have more ships and itineraries than others. And if you want to do a tour along with your cruise, they not only own their own lodge, but they also own all the hotels you'll stay at. They are also only one of two who own lodges in Denali - Princess being the other one, but Princess does not own any of the hotels they us.

And yes, the Zaandam is a smaller older ship. But that's one thing we like about it. It has a more intimate feeling along with an old-style cruise character. Food is very good and the staff is wonderful. This is why they attract an older demographic, because those people appreciate what Holland America has to offer. So, Holland America caters to that level very well.

By contrast, Princess is also really nice, but in my personal experience, I feel the food on Holland America is a bit better. Their demographics is basically a bit younger. I never got the intimate feel that I got on the smaller ships of the Holland America fleet.

Keep in mind that cruises to Alaska are less about the ships than they are about the itinerary. So, take a long look at where you want to go and what you want to see. If both go to where you want, then you need to choose which one you feel will match your lifestyle and budget the best.

Talk with your agent as they can be a very good source of information to help you decide. But the important thing is for you to make a decision on what's best for you, not what's best for others.

Pete

chiefjim October 23rd, 2017 06:43 PM

I have done 33 cruises on Princess and 4 on Holland. I think Princess is the best value of all. The food on the last Holland cruise in November was awful. They were only giving out small portions in the buffet. Princess has great food and all you want. Also, the shows on Princess are much better.


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