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Old May 10th, 2004, 04:07 PM
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Default Celebration - I need some reassurance, please.

I begged hubby to let us do a second cruise this year, and he finally caved. (Yeah, like it took a great deal of effort to convince him!) Anyway, to make the cruise more affordable, and get rid of some of the economic "guilt," we decided to book 4A GTY (inside cabin) on the Celebration this November.

Our last cruise was on the Carnival Miracle, a huge spirit-class ship, and we had a room with an extended balcony. We're going from that to an inside stateroom on a much older and smaller ship. Last cruise was 6 days, Western Carribean. This one's 5 days, Bahamas. So here's where the reassurance comes in:

How's the newly rennovated Celebration? Is there plenty to do? Are the staterooms nice? How are the public decks? What about Spa Carnival - is the warm rock massage available? Are there many exercise classes? Does the ship seem too crowded, or does everyone seem to have enough elbow room?

I read some of the ship reviews already posted, and have a hard time picturing myself NOT enjoying a cruise, but I want to be sure hubby has a good time, too, and is not disappointed. (After all, we're leaving on his birthday and returning on our anniversary.)

Any advice?
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Old May 10th, 2004, 04:45 PM
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Default Re: Celebration - I need some reassurance, please.

where r u departing from ? we just got back from Celebration from Galveston... if you are going from there... Ive got all kinds of info for ya
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Default Re: Celebration - I need some reassurance, please.

We're leaving from Jacksonville. Any info would be great, though!

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Default Re: Celebration - I need some reassurance, please.

Our Texas version was GREAT ! It looked wonderful, we had a oceanview on Empress Aft... actually we had the very back cabin so we were in the wake ! the lights @ night were awesome over the water.... not at any point did the ship feel crowded and everyone had lots of elbow room... I do know our ship was sold out, but @ times it seemed like there were no people around... the disco hardly ever had anyone in there (saw it in passing several times) - the lounges appeared close to empty as well... the theater was full for most of the shows... but the majority of people late @ nite were in the casino.

The rooms were adequately sized... I think ours was a tad bigger than my sons who was also oceanview but on the side, not the rear. The crew was AWESOME, although that really wont affect y'all leaving on different ship & all ! There was some vibration in our rooms, I guess due to being in the aft.... but it was nothing we couldnt live with....

I would have no qualms taking this ship as many times as I possibly could... now the ports I could pick better I imagine... but the ship itself was awesome !

any other questions... feel free to email me... as I may not check the board quite so often now that we are home....

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Old May 10th, 2004, 07:29 PM
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Default Re: Celebration - I need some reassurance, please.

I can't comment on the Celebration, but I can comment on the balcony v.s. inside stateroom situation. I have done both, twice. Of course I prefer the private balcony, and it's wonderful. However, to be able to afford to cruise more often, we've booked another inside. When you really think about it, how much time do you really spend in your cabin?
You sleep a few hours at night when there's nothing to see, and then you're up an out all around the ship or on an excursion all day, with a litle time to freshen up for dinner and back out again for the evenings. To me, booking an inside is acceptable just to be able to cruise again!

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Old May 10th, 2004, 09:37 PM
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This ship does have a lot of engine noise and quite a vibration. (Doesn't really matter where you go on the ship.) If you have cruised before, it is very obvious. However, as long as you go into it knowing that this is an older ship with fewer "bells and whistles", I think you will still have a good time. The wonderful staff and good food are abundant, and any cruise is really what you make it.
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my daughter went with her drill team on the celebration in april and she said it was nice. we had been on jubilee the year before and the layout is the same, so she was glad she didn't have to learn her way around. she didn't use the spa, so i don't know what they offer there. check some of the reviews and see what you can find there. cruisecritic.com may have some posters with some more info for you.
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Old May 11th, 2004, 11:19 AM
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We sailed on this ship last May. Although an older and somewhat small ship, you will be pleasantly surprised. There is a vibration that seems worse on the Lido deck while eating the wonderful pizza. Don't feel that just because this cruise is enexpensive, it is less than your last cruise. You will love not only the ship, but the great crew. We will miss this ship when she is no longer in Galveston.
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It doesn't have a Centrum area with glass elevators - be warned. We loved the ship and have sailed on her and her sister ship many times but they are really starting to show their age and if you have any thoughts to compare your last cruise with this one be warned. The ship is nice enough and I love the size (only 1400 people) it is real easy to get around but you can tell it's age and it is not at all as "pretty" as the other cruise you were on. Given that I went for the price after I had a balcony on a brand new RCl ship and loved the cruise and went back for more... just stay open minded and do not compare one to the other without realizing each time the difference in price. Personnally I think a newer ship out of Florida doing the short runs would be a better choice if you are not open minded.... Debbie
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Old May 11th, 2004, 03:33 PM
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Default Re: Celebration - I need some reassurance, please.

Actually, I don't find any of the sailings out of Galveston cheaper than elsewhere, given the lack of competition. Our four day sailing on Celebration coming up in June costs as much as a seven day out of Miami.
Despite Debbie's fairly negative report, I think you will find Celebration to be a very nice ship. It's not a keeled amusement park like the new megaships but it has a certain class all its own. I don't think you'll be disappointed a bit.
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Old May 11th, 2004, 05:42 PM
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Default Re: Celebration - I need some reassurance, please.

Thanks, all, for the replies! I'm really looking forward to my next cruise, and now I feel better about trying out a smaller ship and cheaper room.

We're already prepared for any vibration on the Celebration - the Miracle was rocking and rolling something fierce one night! So much so, that our cabin creaked and groaned like it was going to fly apart!

I WILL prepare hubby for the less extravogant decor, although I don't think he really pays much attention to that stuff anyway. Sounds like he'll have plenty of stuff to do, a chaise in the sun, and plenty of good food on this cruise, so I'm sure he'll be happy.



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Default Re: Celebration - I need some reassurance, please.

We didn't notice any vibration on our 2001 Celebration cruise (except that caused by the headboard banging next door). We were mid ship on the Empress deck, so maybe that helped. I've read some reports from people who have sailed Celebration both before and after its recent overhaul who have said that vibration now is almost non-existant. I supposed it depends on where you are located.
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