Neil and Ida Down - Answered a Question by Allen (10 Aug 08 20:48)

There are younger people who go on Artemis' cruises but it is true that P & O do have more elderly than many other cruise lines. If you are looking at next year you have some time to look around at itineraries and prices and also take your time reading up about various cruise lines and what they offer. I don't know what you are hoping to find on a cruise except that a youngish set of people would be more ideal. The cruise market is like any other in that a cruise line has to find it's niche in order to survive and so they all tend to settle in to a particular part of the market and offer quite different experiences. I could write a book about this but it is better if you can give us a much better idea about, activities, class of ship, food you like, formality or informality, time of year, hot or cold, anything really that we can work on. It's a big area but good information is important to make good decisions. .... Neil.

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Allen - replied to Neil and Ida Down (11 Aug 08 10:15)

Hi thanks for that. Its just there is so much choice now. We were on the Ventura this year and found the ship to be just too big. (too many people). I would like to go on a Carribean cruise. The whole idea of cruising just appeals to us - we get bored going to one location and spending two weeks on a beach. The whole dressing up thing is great. We love good food - I guess its not so much a problem as we can do our own thing. I like the look of the Princess cruises but as this is americanised it sort of puts me off a bit. Don't get me wrong there are a lot of older people who are very much young at heart and probably have more energy than us but we do find they tend to moan a lot.

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jepson - replied to Allen (22 Sep 08 21:03)

We have sailed with Sea Princess flew from Doncaster our local airport to Montego Bay then round 10 Caribbean islands and it was brilliant it was a 85% British cruise and there were some americans on the ship but they were lovely I am going on the artemis in Dec 08 but I have booked Princess for June as We really do like the ships and crew and the passengers if you sail from southampton on Princess you will get mainly British people on the cruise. We went on Liberty of the seas Royal Caribbean fantastic ship but too big and food was not as good as on Princess or Carnival(this cruise line has nearly all americans on but we had a fabulous time on the cruise and the food was the best we have ever had on any cruise, princess comes a close second. However after all we have said it really comes down to personal choice what 1 person likes another one dislikes. There are always people on cruises as you probably know that moan about everything food, cabins,service,entertainment etc: .

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Neil and Ida Down - replied to Allen (11 Aug 08 15:05)

I wouldn't knock out Princess totally, there are many English ideas and traditions on these ships and many of the activities and entertainment staff are English too. It also pays to go and find out what you don't like so that it can be avoided in future because there will be so much that you do like anyway ( I hope that makes sense). We have fallen in love with Azamara and two of our next three cruises are with them. So, if you can get one as they're like hen's teeth, look at that and see if it's to your liking and , of course, you can always look on the net. Smaller, classy, more intimate ships, really nice. ... Neil.

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jepson - replied to Neil and Ida Down (22 Sep 08 21:08)

Hi Neil and Ida Please could you tell me if Azamara is a cruise line? and what is it that makes you prefer Azamara to the other cruise lines are they smaller ships, who owns them? and can you book them through an agent or do you book direct. Thanks Julie.

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