Ok we've pretty much decided on Bermuda, now which cruise lines? We're a family of four (outside quad cabin a must) kids are or will be 11 and 17, sailing end of May 2002. Hubby doesn't want to dress up too much although he will put on the suit once.
I've been on both Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. To be honest, I prefer Celebrity, especially for the food. Also, I was on the Monarch of the Seas on it's last voyage prior to going into drydock for a rehab, so my experience with Royal Caribbean may not have been typical. It looked tired and in need of repair and updating.
I think you'll find a slightly younger crowd, and probably more for your children to do on RCCL. I would say that at 47 I'm probably on the younger end of the range of Celebrity passengers.
At the end of the day, you'll have a good time on either line.
I think both lines are fantastic but if I were you I would look at the port stops. My friends sail to Bermuda every summer and are Diamond RCCL members but in this case think Celebrity's ports are more desireable.
I have been on the Nordic- caribbean itinerary- and I love this ship.
I am not sure that you will find many kids cruising Bermuda in May on either line. Hope it helps.
Do a Caribbean cruise. Bermuda is the worst cruise. 2 days at sea each way-usually windy and often rough-sometimes so rough you have to hang on-no on board entertainment while in port. Have done the NYC-Bermuda cruise twice. Will never go that way agaian. Now I fly to Bermuda. It's a gorgeous place. Why would you suffer for 2 days each way when you can fly there in 2 hours! Now , don't get me wrong, I love cruising and have taken dozens of cruises, I won't take a Bermuda cruise. The best cruise is Alaska. It's scenic and fun. Also, very smooth sailing. I also love the Caribbean-especially the southern route out of San Juan. It's fun, warm, and a different beautiful island each day. Also, since the ship is sailing at night, there is great evening entertainment and gambling. If you want to see Bermuda, fly. If you want to cruise,go somewhere else.
I havet to strongly disagree with the previous posting. We have sailed to Bermuda on three occasions and while we have encountered some rough seas, they have only lasted a few hours, and the rest of the time we were in relatively calm seas with plenty of sun and warm temperatures. When you consider the relatively high cost of lodging and meals in Bermuda, you might also find it is less expensive to cruise and use your ship as your hotel in Bermuda. As to which line would better fit your particular family, I believe RCI might be the better bet. However, both lines are limited in the number of cabins they can fill with more than two passengers due to Bermuda's restrictions relative to the number of passengers they will allow on Bermuda bound cruise ships. Ask your travel agent to check and see which line can best accommodate you. That may play more of a role in which ship you choose than any other factor. I love Bermuda as a cruise destination. A Bermuda cruise is certainly a different experience than one on any other itinerary, but "vive la difference".
I dont recommend bermuda for a first time cruise for the following reasons:
You are not getting a true cruise experience since the ship is docked half the time
There may not be as many kids on b oard -- most schools arent out the end of may --
The ships that sail to bermuda are "older" which means fewer quad cabins and smaller cabins overall
Get some answers to what the sailing will be like going to bermuda in May -- it sounds like it might be rough -- and if you have never been on a cruise in calm waters, you will not know what to expect.
I know ive posted this before as have some others --
Now for your question regarding which line--
not celebrity for first time cruisers -- they expect you to know what's going on -- no announcements -- not much help at shore excursion desk -- most of the service staff assumes you know what is going on, and many frequent cruisers like that the staff is less instrusive. HOwever, we took another couple on their first cruise on the Millenium -- and they really were lost without us filling them in.
also since your husband wont dress up -- celebrity is much more formal -- many more men in tuxes -- more women in long evening gowns. Even on "informal" nights it is very dressy.
my kids all loved their cruises -- but prefer RCCL-- especially the teens.
I love Bermuda. It is a favorite of mine. Fly there. It may be expensive, but you get what you pay for. I also love to cruise, but not to Bermuda. Prefer calm seas, several different ports, sail at night (when ship's shops are open and enetertainment is on) If you're in Bermuda on a ship, the ship really closes down while in port - No entertainment, no casino, no shops, deadsville. Bermuda is a great place - not for cruising.
Have cruised both lines & prefer Celebrity. But with teens I think RCCL may be a bit more lively & casual, and has a more family style, less gourmet type menu in DR. The cabins are bigger on Celebrity and both seemed to have activities for teens/children. Have been to Bermuda--would not cruise there due to northen waters but that's just a preference.