Anyone know what Celebrity's plans are for Transatlantic and European cruises for 2003? Nothing is on their site yet, nor does there appear to be any information on any other sites. While on the Summit I spoke to the Future Cruise person and she said that Celebrity was planning on 3 ships on Europe next year. So, what's the delay in publishing their itenararies?
I just got off the Glaxy from 11 days yesterday in Canada and New England... The Century, and Constellation will all be in Europe in 2003 and pricing is now availible.
Food quality and selection at Celebrity continues to decline..... After 9 Celebrity cruises we will be sailing someone else next cruise.
Dining room service was truly outstanding, but that doen't make up for very average food and poor selection and bland taste of food offered.
( I wish I didn't have to report this, but anyone that has traveled Celebrity for a few years will be disapointed in the current meals now being served)
Thanks for your response. However, no websites that I've searched, including Celebrity's, lists the itenerary or cost for next year's transatlantic yet. I always check the websites before I book so that way I know the itenerary and cost.
I am sorry that your recent experiences on Celebrity have not been good. I've been debating a little myself as to whether to give HAL a try. After 7 cruises with Celebrity, and will be going on our 8th this October, it's hard to switch. And yes, I've noticed a little decline but not a sharp one.
We just returned from the Constellation and found just the opposite; in our estimation the food was excellent in the San Marco Dining Room. Even in the Seaside Cafe we felt the choice and quality had improved, we're not fans of buffets but was always able to find something to our liking. Perhaps it varies from ship to ship but poor quality isn't throughout the fleet.
Just curious...how many ships on Celebrity and how long have you cruised with them.? I can only base our recent opinion on the last 2 cruises(within the last year) and the fact that we have sailed with them 9 previous times and started when the line was Chandris. Granted, you can't live in the past.....but even my two teenage kids have recognized the selection and quality(not to mention portion)of Celebrity food has decreased and is "nothing special" any more.
We have continued to sail Celebrity as we feel they still offer a "good" product, but the line made there reputation on food and we just don't see it on any of the recent cruises we have sailed.
I can truthfully say we had the best waiter and bussboy ever on the Galaxy during our recent 11 day cruise.( and we are considering 38 previous cruises on lots of lines and different ships over many years of cruising).
Maybe its time to return to Princess or give HAL a try. We have not tried HAL( always felt we would be too young for some of the senior citizen brigade that they often attract, but who knows . The Galaxy was recently filled to the brim with old folks and the average age was 68. I would just prefer a wider variety of passenger ages.
You have more experience with Celebrity than we do; although we've done 23 cruises only four have been with Celebrity, the first being in "92" on the Zenith followed by the Century in "99", the Infinity in "01" and our latest on the Constellation. We much prefer the "Millie" class ships, booked on the Summit in February.
Our other cruises have been with Princess, RCI and one HAL but have always felt Celebrity had the lead in the culinary department. Sailed the Ocean Princess in February and while we truly enjoyed "Personal Choice Dining" and excellent service, food in the dining room was good but paled to Celebrity, the buffet area was almost inedible and poorly presented.
Our cruise with HAL was shortly after Carnival bought them and they seemed to be somewhere in limbo at the time and not high marks for their food but would definitely give them another try, their ships are quite lovely. As you mention they do draw an older crown. Our Ocean sailing was much older also but ten days was the draw.
There will be three ships in Europe next year. Constellation, Millennium and Century.
Some of the transat pricing is now available on Celebrity's site. The rest is yet to come.
Give the guys in revenue a chance. A lot of Century's schedule is brand new for Celebrity!! It'll be out before you know it.
Regarding the food...well I've got 23 Celebrity cruises under my belt....7 of them between April 2001 and April 2002......there has been a dramatic decline in the quality of foodstuffs and the talent in the kitchen. I sailed Century, Zenith, Millennium, Summit and Galaxy. Zenith and Century twice each.