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Old March 6th, 2004, 09:41 AM
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Default Celebrity vs RCI

I am thinking of sailing Celebrity for my next cruise. How does it compare to Royual Caribbean? Food, Cabins, Activities. Price Please help me out here. Thanks Sweet
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Old March 6th, 2004, 11:31 AM
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Celebrity overall will give you a more subdued experience. Food is superior, fellow passengers are quieter, decor is more refined and the spa facilities slightly superior. Entertainment on Celebrity is OK but does not beat RCI. Neither do the ships. Celebrity has stunning vessels, especially in the Millennium class, but you won't find an actual street on them or ice skating and rock climbing for that matter! In short, Celebrity is a step up from RCI but you do have to prepare for an experience that will be slightly quieter. NP
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Old March 6th, 2004, 09:47 PM
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You nailed it. Npoitras, your analysis is exactly how I compare the two lines. Celebrity fits my needs perfectly. Does that mean that I'm old or maybe getting old? Anyway, I enjoy the great food and quiet relaxation that celebrity offers.
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Old March 7th, 2004, 09:34 AM
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If that's any comfort, my wife and I are 32 and very much enjoy Celebrity's subdued experience!
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Old March 8th, 2004, 12:45 PM
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Npoitras,

I think the rock-climbing and especially ice-skating rink aspect of RCI is overblown. There's only ice-skating on the Voyager ships and its not on the same level as most of the other public areas. It's possible to miss it. I think what defines RCI more is the Centrum as hub of activitiy and major crossroad of the ship, the more entertaining service style and dining room antics compared to Celebrity, the Royal Viking Lounge as a signature area, and a generally higher level of activity than Celebriity. I went on the Explorer and while I noticed the rock climbing wall, it was less a prominent feature of the ship than one of many athletic choices, there was also mini golf, inline skating, and the usual basketball//volleyball choices. Also, the only RCI ships with the street on them are the Voyager ships, however, the Radiance, Vision, and smaller classes do not have Royal Promenades. The Royal Promenade is the most prominant feature of the Voyager class, however, much more so than the ice skating rink or rock climbing wall.

I agree with you about Celebrity being more subdued. It's more sober as well, less festive.
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Old March 8th, 2004, 05:54 PM
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Everyone explained the differences perfectly.

So far I only cruise Royal Caribbean or Celebrity. If you want a little more glitz go for the RCL. If you want a quiet, more refined cruise go for Celebrity.

I like Celebrity because you don't here "It's Bingo Time!", but I love RCL's promenade and their shows.

Celebrity has a great spa and spa food. Royal Caribbean has Johnny Rockets and 24-hour pizza, coffee, and great cookies.

This year I'm booked on the Explorer of the Seas in May and the Constellation in October. If you want the best of both, flip-flop the two lines.
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Old March 10th, 2004, 10:54 PM
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We think it is miles above. We were on the Monarch, 4 day, last month.

It was very clean, not a sign of Carnival gaudiness anywhere. The casino was extremely smoky, and the corridors outside the cabins smelled of smoke.

Dining staff very attentive. Food edible. Soups good, but always lukewarm. Beef
not top quality. Cabins small, compact, well laid out.

We would rate it 3 stars. They don't pretend to be luxurious, they advertise value,
and you get it. We just prefer more luxury.

We've been on the Summit and the Mercury, loved them both. Cabins on the Mercury are smaller than the Summit. We had balconies on both.

Dining staff on both were great, food very good to excellent. We liked the entertainment on Celebrity much better.

Had dinner at the Normandie Restaurant ( extra charge ) on Summit twice. It was one of the most incredible evenings we have ever had.

Would rate Celebrity high 4 stars or low 5 stars. Better than HAL and Princess, worlds above Carnival.
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Old March 12th, 2004, 09:28 AM
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Celebrity...is much like a floating Westin, Four Seasons....., "W" hotel .like. More urban Traditional settings............And marketing is put towards moe of the style concious cruiser............Celebrity resonates the feeling of an upper end trendy bar or resturant/ bistro in New York.......................Put it this way the I love rcl....but in a comparison rcl is like a Macys department store and Celebrity is like a Neiman Marcus or Saks Fifth
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Old March 12th, 2004, 10:03 AM
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Christie,Very well put and also the others above you.Celebrity is now challenging Holland in many areas and you will definitely see the improvements RCL in my opinion has much more to offer in the way of activities and better entertainment and would appeal more to famalies travelling with children.For a first class cruise experience go with Celebrity and their larger ships.The food is much better and the service is a step up ftromRCL.From many critics the Olympic alternative restaurant is the best of all alternative rests. and is on the Millennium.The interior is done with the wood from the sister ship of the Titanic.Have never had as good service in all of my 30 some cruises.Was told last month on Holland that they were to be given extra dollars to meet the challenge of Celebrity which '' has raised the bar"
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Old March 13th, 2004, 09:58 AM
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Wife and I will being doing our 6th Celebrity on Millie in May. This will be our second time on Millie. We have done RCI only once, and had a aweome time, but our hearts go to Celebrity.
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Old March 19th, 2004, 08:36 PM
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Celebrity all the way! We are sailing on the Connie 4/3/04 and can't wait. Sailed on RCL last April had a great time but just a step down from Celebrity, food service, etc..
Our heatrts belong to Celebrity.
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Old March 20th, 2004, 01:13 AM
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I have sailed Royal Carribbean once and will be going on my fifth Celebrity cruise this summer. Overall, Celebrity seems to be a more personal cruise. My family and I have enjoyed every aspect of a Celebrity cruise, which is more than we can say for Royal Carribbean for several reasons. Like everything else, it comes down to personal preference.
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Old March 20th, 2004, 09:16 AM
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Celebrity hasn't raised any bars. Celebrity is lowering the bar regarding their food with the concentration on specialty restaurants versus the type of food and service that was once their standards in the main dining room. I'm not convinced they are maintaining their ships as well as they once did. I'm not convinced they are brave enough to go after discerning passengers the way they marketed at one time.

They are still a fine cruise line and a very good value. They have a different overall ambiance than RCI, certainly more subdued and I think more refined. But, they need to get the food consistently outstanding in the DINING room, every inch of the ships sparkling clean, and be more selective as to who they want on the ships. I'm sorry, the dress code should not be an issue, those sailing Celebrity would expect to follow it or sail elsewhere. There should be no issue of rude walkie-talkie use, it should not be allowed. There should be no issues of unruly kids, they should be well-controlled and perhaps their numbers limited. There should be no issues of spring break rowdies. It is supposed to be premium, even if it is mass market premium.

As far as RCI goes it is more entertaining, ships decor very pretty but not on the same level, ships not as clean, and a more fun, festive cruise. They have toga parties, sexy legs contests, towel animals, and things of that sort. I think they have a very good product and I think in some ways they represent their segment of the market better than Celebrity represents its segment of the market.
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Old March 20th, 2004, 12:03 PM
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Just back from Summit 10 day (3/5) & will post a mini review later --I agree with most stated already but subdued is not the word I would use. at all. We had a mixed age crowd but great parties at the pool & in the club (no overt drunkeness or anything distateful like that ) & the casino was lively at most times. The party/pool band was fantastic & the ship rocked. Also enjoyed the harpist & quieter classic music as well. I think overall Celeb is a cut above Royal in most areas but do agree that Royal ships are much brighter & lighter--the centrum is a great focal point. Summit is a bit drab but layout was OK. Had a great cruise as I will describe in another post or review! We are on Celeb again in Sept (Constellation)& then Royal (brilliance) then gong back to celeb (Infinity) Either way--you can't go wrong unles bad weather f ruins your trip!
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Old May 19th, 2004, 01:38 PM
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I actually think that Celebrity is going after MORE discerning passengers now than years ago, by doing away with the very passe cigar bars on their Millennium class ships.
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Old May 19th, 2004, 04:34 PM
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We are in the opposite boat (literally & figuratively!) Having sailed Celebrity and only Celebrity, we are currently booked on the Jewel British Isles & Scandinavia cruise for 2005. I had posted earlier, asking about the differences. Since this will be a port-intensive, mainly sight-seeing trip, I hope we won't feel let-down because of inferior food ,service or cleanliness.
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