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Old December 26th, 2006, 01:04 PM
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Originally Posted by You
I found Holland America service to be superior to my Celebrity cruises on my cruise on the Statendam.

In my opinion the food is far superior on Celebrity, with a wider variety of entrées and a greater depth in flavor and a superior presentation.

Entertainment on Celebrity wins hands down. Holland America's entertainment is lacking and there is usually little to do after 11:00 p.m. Even the casino shut down, on many nights at 11:30 p.m.

The passenger demographic on my 14 day Asian cruise was older but FAR from being in the eighties. I would say the average was in the early sixties.

Regardless, I would sail Holland America at the drop of a hat.
Sounds like a pretty balanced comparison. Celebrity's menus are not exactly my favorites, either, though I usually manage to find something that I will enjoy.

Originally Posted by You
Holland America's demographic, especially in the Caribbean, has changed to a much younger crowd. While the, older HAL regulars, may be more vocal and want things to stay the same, the reality is that many more young people are sailing Holland's, larger class ships and even their smaller ships.
Thanks for the updated information.

Yes, I'm aware that the caricature of Celebrity's demographics ("median age of about eighty") probably is somewhat of an exaggeration, but it does make the point that the line historically has drawn an older crowd. If that's changing, as you and Kuki indicate, the broader appeal will make the line much stronger in the future.

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