I would go with Celebrity any ship, any cruise, any day. RCCL would be my 2nd choice. I've experienced plenty of luxury on both lines.
I think the lack of activities and entertainment on a "luxury ship" would be boring to me. I never have trouble meeting people, never have trouble finding a seat in the theater unless I get there at the last minute. I'm not interested in the things that cost extra--spa, beauty salon, alternative dining, accupuncture, etc. I shop very little and mostly when things are marked down toward the end of the cruise. I don't overdo it in the casino. I have one drink with dinner (never been disappointed with the food or service on any cruise) and occasionally another at the pool in the afternoon or in the theater.
I book OV cabins. Last summer my friend and I got an amazing, totally unexpected, free upgrade to Concierge class on Summit. It was nice, but I would never pay hundreds extra for it.
In Jan. I am doing a 7-night on Summit to the S. Carib. with my SIL. We're paying $662 for the OV cabin, including port charges and other fees. Air is about $400 to SJ, PR
. We usually book medium-priced excusions. Why would we need to spend thousands more?
I did 8 cruises in 6 yrs with my late DH, whose idea it was to start cruising in the first place. I went on two cruises (booked months before he passed away) last year, replacing him with other people. I have two cruises booked for next year and hope to keep on cruising for many years.
Avoiding the high prices lets me have more "means" to cruise more.
1/02 Explorer E. Carib. 1/03 Explorer W. Carib. 8/03 Summit Alaska
2/04 Adventure 2/05 Galaxy P. Canal
6/06 Jewel Brit. Isles/Nor. Fjords 1/07 Mercury Mex. Riv.
1/08 Mercury Aust/NZ 1/09 Galaxy S. Carib. 6/09 Summit Classical/Med
1/11 Summit S. Carib. 6/11 Constellation Scandinavia/Russia