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Old September 24th, 2010, 10:15 PM
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My husband and I are trying to decide between 2 cruises- one on Celebrity Century and the other on Radiance of the Seas. Does anyone have any experience of these 2 ships or advice on these 2 cruise lines? We usually cruise on Cunard or P&O UK.
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We've been on 13 cruises-(not that many compared to others on this board!)-and 6 of them have been on Celebrity, which is our favourite. Of those 6, 2 were on the Mercury which is a Century class ship so I'm assuming very similar to the Century. We love that ship! Small at 77,000 tons but very classic and easy to get around. The decor is quite elegant but the atmosphere is relaxed. I will miss that ship when it's retired, which I understand could be soon We've only cruised RCI twice but never a Radiance class ship, so can't help you there. We're booked on the Explorer in Jan.-never been on a ship that big before but looking forward to something different. Let us know what you decide.
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Comparing cruise lines is very hard. To much personal bias coming into

people's recommendations . We have cruise RCI , HAL and Princess ,our

preference is Princess . One couple we known prefers Celebrity over

all others ..

Depending your age , activity etc can affect your preference.

When we took my 90+ dad , we went on HAL because it would be

a better fit for him.
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Are you after a specific ship or an itinerary? The Century will be more "adult". Myself, I've found I like my sea days at the onset of a cruise, still the excitement of being on the ship going somewhere and exploring the ship. I found if sea days were at the end, to me the cruise is "over" and I'm on my way home. I know we all have preferences and can differ.
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I have cruised Celebrity (2006) and I found it a boring cruiseline with bad food. I think the food thing might have been bad luck, because everyone else loves the food on Celebrity. Celebrity doesn't plan a lot of activites and they roll the carpet up by 11PM. If you are looking for a relaxing quiet cruise this maybe the right line for you. If you are looking for fun and excitement I would try RCL. However, my last RCL cruise was in 1994 so I can't say for sure. I'm looking at RCL for my next cruise. I don't go on vacation to relax I go for the fun.
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I have sailed the Century twice,and several RCI ships. Between the two. I would say select the Radiance, hands down.

The Radiance class gets nothing but raves, for it's stunning beauty. RCI in general does not get the best food award, but, you will never go hungry and always find some tasty dishes. On the Century, we had service and food issues. That surprised me.....I also did not care for the pool area, something I have always loved about RCI ships.
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Celebrity Century, on its current cruise on 10/13 or 10/14 cruised for one day of a 12 night cruise and then had rudder problems and cancelled the rest of the cruise, but will return on 10/25. It will be in drydock in France during that time period. They are not saying want caused the problem. The passengers on this cruise are to receive compensation equal to their full price plus a future cruise credit worth 25% the value of the fare. Don't know when you are planning, but you may want to wait on Century if planning real soon.
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Royal Caribbean's Radiance class ships are absolutely beautiful, well layed out and easy to navigate around the entire ship. I would look at the itinaries and decide if there are differences, what islands you really want to see. I also agree, more activities on Royal Caribbean over Celebrity...
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Like someone above said,,,it's all a matter of taste. I've done Century 6 or 7 times, and Radiance 2 or 3 times, and I prefer, HANDS DOWN, Century! We've never had a bad time aboard Century, and have always had great cruises with "X". I do like Radiance too, but it simply isn't as classy, the food isn't as good, and the service is lacking compared to Century. Just my opinion, but for me, there isn't any comparison.

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This isn't my thread, and I am not trying to hijack it, but I just wanted to post and say that I appreciate everyone who share there opinions for us newbies to compare. I find it quite funny and interesting the contrasting opinions of liners and ships. It just proves that everyone is different and while experiencing the exact same thing at the exact same time, still have completely individual experiences.

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This isn't my thread, and I am not trying to hijack it, but I just wanted to post and say that I appreciate everyone who share there opinions for us newbies to compare. I find it quite funny and interesting the contrasting opinions of liners and ships. It just proves that everyone is different and while experiencing the exact same thing at the exact same time, still have completely individual experiences.

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This is SOOOOO true, so when comparing ships, cruises, and cruise lines, you must keep that in mind. I happened to be aboard the same Century cruise that Trip was on, when she had the problems in the dining room Our table, and wait staff, only a couple of tables away from Trips, was PERFECT! Just goes to show you that even on the same ship, same cruise, and with the same itinerary, things can be perceived, or actually are, very different.

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I've already posted my thoughts on this thread but now it has new meaning-we just canceled RCI and booked Celebrity! Can't believe we did this after months of planning-the drive and hotels to Bayonne, getting to the port,changing cabins 3 times. We originally decided on Explorer O.S. because a) the port was a reasonable drive from Ontario b) got a good price on a corner aft balcony c) wanted to try a BIG ship d) liked the idea of sailing past the Statue and Ellis Island. Never been to NYC. And an added bonus was being able to transfer our Elite privileges to Diamond. The last time we did RCI was in 1997 on a brand new Splendor O.S.and we loved it! But as time went on, I kept reading some pretty negative reviews of this ship. Now, I know reviews are subjective and some people only write them when they have a beef but there was just too many negative opinions on things that are important to us-like the food for example. I guess we're foodies-pizza, burgers and dogs just don't work for us on a cruise. Then there's the smoking policy-I read that the casino had 2 smokeless nights on a 9 day cruise. Also, smoking allowed in the cabins and on balconies. We just started to have too many doubts. So called my long-suffering TA and switched to "X". We're just more comfortable doing the familiar-this will be our 7th. Celebrity cruise and second on the Constellation. We enjoyed our cruise in 2008 on the Connie and now that it's been "solcitized" it's going to be even better. We had to give up our balcony for an ocean view and have to get to Ft. Lauderdale (will probably fly) but on the up side we're getting 14 days instead of 12-and all 14 will be in hot weather (I hope). Also, get to go to all ABC islands Maybe we've made a big mistake-we could be missing a great cruise on RCI but I guess you have to do whatever feels right for you. Obviously, RCI is doing something right-it has a HUGE fan base but "X" seems to meet more of our requirements. It's an age thing
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I completely understand where you are coming from. While I am new to cruise, I chose RCI because my girlfriend has been on serveral liners and over 20+ cruises. RCI is her liner of choice. She said it is more pampering and upscale than the others she has been on. She has never been on "X" but has been on several of the others. She said she has never needed to go to the paid dining options and that the food has always been excelent on RCI. In contrast, my mother has a friend who has done 1 RCI cruise about 7 years ago, and she hated the ship, the service, the food, the events...everything about it she complains about. She cruises on Carnivale and LOVES them. My thought as a first time cruiser, is that I could probably pick any liner, and any ship, and be in total awe and fall in love with cruising. I am happy to be going on Allure of the Seas. As much as I would LOVE to experience "X" as well, I will most likely never do it, because if im going to spend money, I might as well spend it where I will be building perks and since I already have 1 cruise with RCI...i can build perks faster by staying with them. who knows though, we shall see, right?

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I've already posted my thoughts on this thread but now it has new meaning-we just canceled RCI and booked Celebrity! Can't believe we did this after months of planning-the drive and hotels to Bayonne, getting to the port,changing cabins 3 times. We originally decided on Explorer O.S. because a) the port was a reasonable drive from Ontario b) got a good price on a corner aft balcony c) wanted to try a BIG ship d) liked the idea of sailing past the Statue and Ellis Island. Never been to NYC. And an added bonus was being able to transfer our Elite privileges to Diamond. The last time we did RCI was in 1997 on a brand new Splendor O.S.and we loved it! But as time went on, I kept reading some pretty negative reviews of this ship. Now, I know reviews are subjective and some people only write them when they have a beef but there was just too many negative opinions on things that are important to us-like the food for example. I guess we're foodies-pizza, burgers and dogs just don't work for us on a cruise. Then there's the smoking policy-I read that the casino had 2 smokeless nights on a 9 day cruise. Also, smoking allowed in the cabins and on balconies. We just started to have too many doubts. So called my long-suffering TA and switched to "X". We're just more comfortable doing the familiar-this will be our 7th. Celebrity cruise and second on the Constellation. We enjoyed our cruise in 2008 on the Connie and now that it's been "solcitized" it's going to be even better. We had to give up our balcony for an ocean view and have to get to Ft. Lauderdale (will probably fly) but on the up side we're getting 14 days instead of 12-and all 14 will be in hot weather (I hope). Also, get to go to all ABC islands Maybe we've made a big mistake-we could be missing a great cruise on RCI but I guess you have to do whatever feels right for you. Obviously, RCI is doing something right-it has a HUGE fan base but "X" seems to meet more of our requirements. It's an age thing
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