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Old December 28th, 2006, 02:13 AM
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Kuki,

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I've sailed both lines several times. In my own view Celebrity is a "notch above" Holland America.

Food is better, service comparable, and onboard entertainment is better on Celebrity.
Douglas Ward and the other folks at Berlitz seem to agree with you. I just got the new rankings for 2007. Here they are, along with the median and upper and lower quartile values. It's possible that I missed a vessel of Holland America Lines or two in going through the book, so I'll be glad to add any missing vessels into the list and adjust the statistics if somebody can tell me their names.

Holland America Lines:
>> MS Amsterdam: 1545
>> MS Maasdam: 1537
>> MS Noordam: 1548
>> MS Oosterdam: 1546
>> MS Prinsendam: 1691
>> MS Rotterdam: 1545
>> MS Ryndam: 1537
>> MS Statendam: 1536
>> MS Veendam: 1537
>> MS Volendam: 1543
>> MS Westerdam: 1546
>> MS Zaandam: 1543
>> MS Zuiderdam: 1546

>> Upper Quartile: 1546
>> Median: 1545
>> Lower Quartile: 1543

Celebrity Cruises:
>> MY Celebrity Xpedition: 1404
>> MV Century[: 1648
>> GTS Constellation: 1680
>> MV Galaxy: 1590
>> GTS Infinity: 1684
>> MV Mercury: 1588
>> GTS Millennium: 1685
>> GTS Summit: 1683
>> MV Zenith: 1494

>> Upper Quartile: 1683
>> Median: 1648
>> Lower Quartile: 1588

Source of Rankings: Douglas Ward, Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships 2007, Berlitz Publishing, London, 2006.

The closeness of the rankings for Holland America Lines reflect an amazing consistency of the product, but Celebrity scores consistently higher than Holland America except for two outliers -- a small yacht-like expedition vessel based permanently in the Galapagos Islands and an older vessel that will leave the fleet within a matter of months.

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