Both my husband and I are in our early-mid 30's. Neither of us are huge parties... but we can certainly have sone fun. Out only cruise experience has been the Monarch last Labor Day weekend on a long 3 day cruise. We loved it ... and want to go back. The only thing we really were not impressed with on the Monarch was the food. We still managed to have a good enough time that we want to try cruisin again. We are looking at November 2003, and are thinking of the Constellation. We would both like a jazz singer any day to a pop or rock singer. What do you think about our age group and a Southern Caribbean cruise on Celebrity??? Thank you!
I do think both you and your husband would enjoy Constellation very much, a bit less lively than your first cruise, but still plenty to do and hopefully you will enjoy the food/service a bit better. I absolutely love doing any Southern Caribbean cruise, more ports, but if you love those "sea" days, you'll miss out on those, very port intensive, but to me well worth it. You may find that while visiting an island that you don't care for, simply just stay on the ship if you want..
While we haven't tried Royal Caribbean, my fiancÚ and I are in our late twenties and have sailed on both Carnival and Celebrity. We did an Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Millennium and LOVED it. It was so much classier than Carnival. We were also surprised that there were plenty of people around our age on board. Even though it was a classier, more subdued cruise, we found plenty of fun things to do and the nightlife was much better than expected. I highly recommend you try a Celebrity cruise.
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Your cruise of only three days is a little shy of enough to rate the food on rcl. Either line on a 7 dayer should fit you just fine. A longer cruise on Celebrity might be a little "slow" for you guys however. This of course is being said without knowing a while lot about you at all.
My husband and I are in our early 30's, and we have been on both RCCL and Celebrity. Our first cruise was an 11 night on RCCL (Nov.), and I have to admit that we were one of the youngest couples. We also did the Celebrity Millie 15 night TransAtlantic (Oct.) and had a lot of couples our age.
It sounds like Celebrity is more what you are looking for with the food and the entertainment you mentioned. You said Nov., but do you mean over Thanksgiving? If the cruise is over a holiday, then you will have a younger crowd with children.
A travel agent once explained to me that her opinion of the passanger difference between the two is that RCCL is blue-collar and Celebrity is white-collar. I don't know if I agree 100% with that, but of the two cruises with RCCL and Celebrity, it was the case.
My wife and I are in the same age group, we like to be very active during the day not much into partying.
We've been on a couple of Celebrity cruises and have definately found a home with this line.
Great shore excursions, great gym, yoga...lots to do...we never went to the casino and attended maybe two evening shows on an 11 night cruise.
I find the fellow passangers to be very friendly but also into ther own relaxation, respecting your personal space.
While the evening atmosphere is elegant I never found it 'stuffy' or 'upper-crust' everyone just seems cool and relaxed.
We loved our 2 Carib. cruises on RCI's Explorer and hope to have as good a time on the Summit in Alaska this summer. I don't consider RCI "Blue Collar", at least not the voyager-class ships. The Explorer is absolutely beautiful, classy, and elegant. We were awestruck at first sight. The food, service, shows--everything was great. We are planning to take the Adventure to the S. Carib. next Jan.
Explorer of the Seas--1/12/02
Explorer of the Seas--1/18/03
Summit cruise/tour Alaska--8/3/03
If you thought the Monarch was nice you'll love the Constellation. I was on the Monarch last November and thought it was a tub in need of a complete makeover which it is getting now. I've been on the Summit which is the sister ship to the Constellation and it was great a whole different experience.
Celebrity has a somewhat older group than RCI and the people you meet on a 7 day or more cruise are a little different than the short 3 - 5 day trips. We have been on several Celebrity trips and the mix of ages has been good, everyone get along fine.
The food on Celebrity is much better than on RCI so if you didn't like the food on Monarch I think you'll be more than happy on Celebrity.
Don't want to seem like an RCI basher I'm not actually going on the new Serenade of the Seas in October for 10 days and can't wait, just didn't like the Monarch, found it dirty.
Have a great cruise no matter which line you pick.
I agree with the recommendation to try one of RCI's newer ships (especially the Radiance class ships) before deciding whether you want to move on to Celebrity, especially if you enjoyed your three night cruise on one of their older ships. Celebrity may be a bit more laid back and offer few activities than you want. However, its food and entertainment may appeal to you. Pick an itinerary that interests you and a time when kids are less likely to be present in large numbers and you should be able to get a fairly accurate idea of what the line offers on one of its best ships. You probably in a situation where you can't really go wrong, so pick one (RCI or Celebrity) and see what you think.
My husband and I just got back from the Celebrity Zenith to Bermuda. We had a great time. Definitely up there with the best cruises I have been on. However, there was not much to do on board the ship. I have been on RCCL 3 times, and there is a lot more "going on". It depends what you are looking for. For a laid back relaxing trip - Celebrity, if you want a bit more action - RCCL. Stay away from Carnival - RCCL and Celebrity are much nicer. All in all I don't think you can go wrong with any cruise. I agree with those who said to try the newer RCCL ships. I think you will find quite a difference.
The common wisdom would say Royal because of your age. HOWEVER, from your description it seems you would be very much at home on Celebrity. You certainly won't go wrong.
So here's the logic: you've tried Royal, so why not give Celebrity a shot? Then you decide. It's for sure that you won't have a bad time on Celebrity, and if the itinerary's what you want (the most important thing, after all), then go for it.
We've been on Celebrity M-class ships five times and on Brilliance of the Seas once in the last four years. We're somewhat older than you, but we like both brands. Celebrity's new enhancements over the past few months are wonderful and I'm sure you'll appreciate them. Just back from Millie transatlantic last week.
I don't agree that RCCI is more blue collar and Celebrity more white collar. The length of the cruise and where the ship is sailing have more to do with who is aboard than the line.
When we have been on RCCI, esoecuakkt recentky (the Legend twice and the Splendour) we had a very good mix of ages. The passengers were white collar rather than blue collar. Of course the cruises were two weeks long, on transatlantic, one Arabian Peninsule and one Austalia-New Zealand. There was a great mix of nationalities on board, as well.
We have not been on Celebrity since 1994, when we were aboard the Meridian. There was a lovely intellectual group on board this particular partial Panama Canal transit.
We are sailing December 8 aboard the Mercury round trip from San Diego to the Mexican Riviera and are lokking forward to it. This cruise is 11 nights.
My husband and I are in our early 30s are big fans of Celebrity! We are about to embark on our 4th cruise onboard the Century. We have previously been on the Galaxy, Millennium and Infinity (both sister ships to the Constellation). Between the two of us we have also covered Carnival, Holland America and Norwegian but not RCCL. Celebrity is the classiest of the cruise lines we have been on in this price range, and we have met many nice people our age through mid 40s.
It all depends on what you are looking for. Celebrity food is top rate - especially in the specialty restaurants aboard the Millennium class ships - make reservations right when you get on board, they fill up fast and it is well worth the extra $25 - rivals top NYC restaurants!. The wine list is also very good. The service is supurb and the ships are very clean and well maintained. And even though we were sailing with 2000 other guest, we never felt crowded or had to wait in lines. This is why we cruise Celebrity - the spa is also heavenly.
The comments above about the activities and entertainment are pretty accruate, although we found plenty to do. If you're idea of a good time is loud noisy games by the pool, then this is not the place for you. We found the shows OK, the casino hopping and the disco lively. They have also recently put piano bars in Michael's club. We never made it to the Midnight Buffet, but we are relatively early risers and made the most of the islands during the day.
Sorry for the novel but hope it helps! Enjoy your Cruise.
I took a Southern Caribbean cruise on the Constellation, an Alaska cruise on the Galaxy, and a European cruise on the Century. By far, my least favorite of the three was the Constellation. The SC cruise is a lot of ports, only one sea day and I found less activities on this cruise than other Celebrity cruises. You mention you liked jazz, well, I heard little jazz on this ship where the Century and Galaxy both had plenty of it. I don't know what you like in ships but I think the layout of the Millennium ships is awful, these are not intimate feeling ships in the least where Galaxy and Century have their intimate nooks and crannies and more and varied public areas for socializing and dancing than Constellation (or any other "Millie" ship) (it is not just the size of the ship, it is the size and amount of public rooms and gross amount of wasted space on the Millie ships.) I went aboard the NCL Dawn yesterday, another 91,000 ton ship, and it managed to have many small intimate nooks and crannies and lots of varied public areas,
For whatever reason, and maybe Celebrity was having an off week when I was aboard the Constellation, but the food was very inconsistent in terms of both quality of flavor and presentation. Also the ship lacked several qualities in service and entertainment than my previous Celebrity cruises. I went with a group of people and all of the experienced Celebrity cruisers in our group found the cruise to be substandard. Now, I'm not saying that the Connie is always substandard and my experience is anectodal, but not everyone has had wonderful experiences on the Constellation and if you value some of what I value in ships, then possibly a Century ship would be better for you than a Millennium ship. They are quite different. In the case of the two class of ships, in my opinion, newer is NOT better, and the Connie was "duller" in ambiance than the Century ships.
I cruised on the Explorer of the Seas as well. It isn't anywhere near as elegant as any Celebrity ship, IMO, but it has an electric, urban feel to it with plenty going on and plenty sports and entertainment options. I found the age and mix of pax (passengers) no diffferent than what was on my Connie cruise and, in fact, I think the Connie cruise had younger pax overall. Overall, I found the Explorer of the Seas way too big and the Royal Promenade too much a feature of the ship though I would say most people on the ship loved the Royal Promenade.
I cruised Celebrity at age 39, HAL at 38, and my wife was 32 and 31, on the respective cruises. I'm now 43. It isn't about age more than it is about your personal taste in what you want in your vacation product.
The Celebrity ships are more elegant than Explorer and other RCI ships in the sense of the way things are displayed, for instance the chocolates in the Cova, wine selections, gift boxes, etc. Don't expect the level of marble, brass, and overall splashiness of the Explorer. Celebrity ships are by comparison understated and the elegance much more subtle. Though the Millennium ships casino is pretty flashy the ships have lots of wood veneers and are overall more toned down and a clean design versus the style of RCI. There's no centrum, the Celebrity foyers are much different in feel, no interior glass elevators, not a lot of huge vertical spaces, nothing close to the Royal Promenade. RCI Explorer has no equivilent to Celebrity's elegant Michael's Club, or the elegance of their specialty restrants, and the lounge areas on RCI are more themed where Celebrity's are period (often art-deco inspired) chic. Celebrity, overall, feels like higher-rung ships. In general, ships of Princess, P&O, HAL and Celebrity are more elegant than RCI ships and ships of Crystal and Cunard more elegant than Princess, P&O, HAL, and Celebrity. Radisson and Seabourn are above these and the highest rung and most elegant are Silverseas. As ships get more elegant, they usually get smaller in size and carry less passengers per tonnage (though the upcoming Queen Mary 2 of Cunard will be an exception at a huge 150,000 tons but carrying much fewer pasengers than the Explorer at 142,000 tons).