|Subject: Re: Wanted: A primer on Cruising|
I'm certainly not an expert having cruised only once. However I do have a couple of thoughts.
We travelled with Century on the Galaxy and although it's definitely in the big category we never felt crowded. Our cabin was very spacious and, unlike the many people who really don't mind taking an inside cabin, we really enjoyed the very large picture window in ours. We were on a carribean cruise and appreciated the fact that we never had to be tendered into port, allowing flexibility to come and go as we pleased (I'd definitely check this out)
My one gripe was that there were few dining options. We really don't enjoy the formal cruise type dining night after night (although it's fun some of the time) and would definitely look for a ship offering more options. I believe that this is more the trend over the last couple of years.
We travelled with friends on that cruise and they have taken a couple more since then and have chosen to go more upscale with the Radisson line which they love. Everything is inclusive, including wines, and they say that there is no feeling that on=going tipping throughout the trip is expected by the staff. They felt that this was the case on the Galaxy.
Happy cruising! Best regards, Judy Abbotsford BC Canada