Very interesting comments! And all are valid points to consider. Regarding the
history of this cruise line, didn't Celebrity used to be part of the Chandris line and
wasn't that considered a budget line years ago?? I seem to recall vaguely that
the Chandris line owned Commodore Cruise Lines which went defunct and there
was at one time a connection between these companies and Celebrity in those
early days when Celebrity first started cruising with the Meridan, Horizon and
Zenith (wasn't there another ship?).
I think PapaBill is closer to accuracy when describing "upscale". Obviously,
Seabourn, Radisson, Crystal, are in a class by themselves; followed by
premium mass market cruise lines with Celebrity at the top, followed by Princess
and Holland America and perhaps RCCL. It is my opinion that Carnival is more
of a budget cruise line-- prices for that line is so low that almost anyone in any
income bracket can take a 7 day cruise.
Some people may consider Princess, Holland America, and RCCL true middle
of the road mass market cruise lines; it just depends on what amenities people
consider important enough to qualify as "upscale". To each his own.....
I like Carnival, but I'm also realistic enough to realize that it is a budget line
that gives a great big bang for your buck. The lines are different enough to offer
different experiences that satisfy me. I look forward to my first experience on
Celebrity's Horizon- after 4 cruises on Carnival, 1 on Holland America and 2
on NCL, I suspect that Celebrity will provide a different experience. Am I right?