Originally Posted by momofmeg
I do a little short crusie on the Connie in a couple of weeks. I did a 12 day on the Solstice lat summer. The ship was too big for my taste-although beautiful. I have heard some say the Connie is really worn looking-that makes me sad because she was a wonderful ship. I felt the same way about the Zenith-even though there were no balcony rooms on her.
I hope Celebrity will do something to "save" these smaller ships and concentrate on giving them back some of their former glory now they have finished building the S class.
I suppose hubby and I should just look into Azamara or similar lines. I guess that may be the future for hubby and I. We need to cruise lines like Azamara and cruise only every 2 or 3 years-since we would not be able to afford to as often-but to keep going on ships we are not as happy with the experience in order to cruise more often is a waste of money I guess.
I actually did not feel as though the S class ships seemed that much larger than the M class. I agree with you that the Solstice is a beautiul ship, although I miss the Rendevouz Lounge of the other Celebrity ships. Without them there is no main area for pre dinner drinks & dancing.
I have not heard of reports that Connie is worn looking. Hasn't she been recently "Sosticized"? How bad can she be? It does not seem that it's in Celebrity's best interests to let their ships go downhill. They usually are very good with upkeep.
Zenith also is an old favorite of ours, even without balconies. We sailed her many times, & were on board for her last Celebrity sailing, which was one of our favorite cruises. Her last port was Bermuda, & Bermuda gave her an emotional sendoff, with fireboats escorting her out of Hamilton harbor with firehoses spraying & many boats saluting her with their foghorns & her answering in kind. We just saw her again during our Med. cruise in October, anchored in Mykonos. She still looks good, & has the X still on the funnel, but it's painted over. She looked so tiny next to Equinox.
I also wish they had kept Galaxy (which we also saw in Rome under her new flag) & Mercury; both great ships. I guess that's progress??