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Old December 14th, 2006, 11:51 AM
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Hi: We are taking our first Celebrity Cruise in Jan through the Panama Canal from LA to FLL -(Conciege Class) - any thoughts - pro or con - regarding ship, service, food, entertainment and shore excursions would be very helpful.
We haven't been away for almost 4 years so am REALLY looking forward to a good time. We are in our early 60"s. Thanks so much. Sherrie P.
Previous cruised with Princess and was disappointed with how "quiet" the
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Old December 14th, 2006, 05:42 PM
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Sherrie,

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We are taking our first Celebrity Cruise in Jan through the Panama Canal from LA to FLL -(Conciege Class) - any thoughts - pro or con - regarding ship, service, food, entertainment and shore excursions would be very helpful.
We haven't been away for almost 4 years so am REALLY looking forward to a good time. We are in our early 60"s. Thanks so much.
You did not say which ship you are on, but I have been on eight Celebrity cruises and have been very favorably impressed with Celebrity's ships and service. Also, Celebrity has a fabulous "Panama Canal" itinerary -- the best that I have seen!

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Previous cruised with Princess and was disappointed with how "quiet" the
evenings were.
If your previous cruise experience was with Princess, you will notice a few differences on Celebrity.

>> 1. Celebrity does not offer "Anytime Dining."

>> 2. Celebrity still has about two "informal" evenings per week (sport coat and tie for gentleen and cocktail dress or other nice outfit for ladies), in addition to the "formal" evenings, during each cruise. Expect that about half of the evenings will be either "formal" or "informal." This tends to draw a crowd that likes to dress up for the evening, so don't worry about overdressing because, practically speaking, you can't. Also, don't even think about changing out of the prescribed evening attire on Celebrity because the few oddballs who do so really stand out.

>> 3. Celebrity's buffet areas do not become bistros at night, but the pizza and pasta bar in or near the buffet areas serves these items and salads from noon to 1:00 AM.

>> 4. Coffee and tea at Celebrity's "Cova Cafe di Milano" are quite expensive, but you can always get complementary coffee and tea in the buffet area.

>> 5. Celebrity's daily tea service is on one of the buffet lines. There's also a fancier tea, which requires "informal" attire, in the dining room a few times each cruise.

>> 6. Celebrity's specialty restaurants are considerably more upscale, and considerably more expensive ($30 per person), than Princess's specialty restaurants. They are a very nice dining experience, though!

>> 7. Celebrity does provide a few touches that Princess does not, like complementary champagne at embarkation and, in warm climes, cold towels and cold drinks on the pier in the ports of call.

And, like Princess, I can't guarantee how lively things will or won't be. Celebrity's shows are on par with the shows on Princess, and there are some "after hours" events (probably including two deck parties, a fifties party, and a big band party on your cruise and, of course, karioke on some evenings). There's also at least one lounge with live music for dancing and a piano bar that operate past midnight. The disco and the casino operate well into the "wee" hours, but have more activity on some cruises than on others (as on Princess).

Anyway, have a great cruise!

Norm.
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