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Like many, most of my interest has always been in Carnvial or RCI. I have cruised both lines before and enjoyed them both very much. I found Carnival to be very good and RCI to be excellent.

For some reason, I started becoming curious about other lines. I had always thought of Celebrity as more of a luxury cruise probably out of most folks price range. However, I was browsing their web site the other dayas we are talking about possibly doing a 5 day west' Carribean cruise next Feb. I was very surprised to see that Celebrity's prices were right around the same as Carnvial and RCI for an inside cabin.

I guess my question is..Is Celebrity worth doing once just to see what it's like? Is it really a bit more luxurious or is that just hype? In some ways, I'm tempted to go with RCI again because I feel like they earned my return business. While we enjoy things like the quest & love and marriage games, I thought it might be nice to see something a bit different as long as it's still fun like that and not stuffy. Hope that makes sense and would like to hear all points of view.
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I would give them a try. I've never sailed Carnival or RCI, so I'm not qualified to do a comparison between the three. We mostly sail Celebrity with a Princess thrown in.

I can say that IMO, you don't have to worry about X being stuffy. What you should expect is great service, with attention to detail, & excellent food. While they never have been noted for their entertainment, it has been much better of late.

What you won't find is rock climbing walls or water slides. I think that X caters less to families that the other two, but they do have a great kids program, especially on summer cruise when kids are out of school.

A five day would be a good way to try them out.
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I have sailed on Carnival and RCCL, I think that you wuld enjoy Celebrity.
Celebrity is my favorite cruise line.

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Like many, most of my interest has always been in Carnvial or RCI. I have cruised both lines before and enjoyed them both very much. I found Carnival to be very good and RCI to be excellent.

For some reason, I started becoming curious about other lines. I had always thought of Celebrity as more of a luxury cruise probably out of most folks price range. However, I was browsing their web site the other dayas we are talking about possibly doing a 5 day west' Carribean cruise next Feb. I was very surprised to see that Celebrity's prices were right around the same as Carnvial and RCI for an inside cabin.

I guess my question is..Is Celebrity worth doing once just to see what it's like? Is it really a bit more luxurious or is that just hype? In some ways, I'm tempted to go with RCI again because I feel like they earned my return business. While we enjoy things like the quest & love and marriage games, I thought it might be nice to see something a bit different as long as it's still fun like that and not stuffy. Hope that makes sense and would like to hear all points of view.
It depends upon your style and tastes. If you have cruised on Royal Caribbean and Carnival in the past, you definitely will notice several differences, including these.

>> 1. Celebrity's ships are definitely more "upscale" in several ways. The specialty restaurants offer gourmet cuisine with fully syncrhonized service and a selection premium wines, including some that go for as much as four or five figures per bottle, with a surcharge of $30 per person per night. The coffee bar in the atrium, branded as "Cova Cafe di Milano," is quite pricy, and I the spas also push more "upscale" treatments than on other lines. There's also an absence of self-service laundry facilities, in keeping with the line's more upscale ("premium" tier) standards.

>> 2. Except on the four night and five night Caribbean cruises aboard MV Century, Celebrity's passengers tend to be upper middle class to upper class individuals trained in traditional social etiquette who follow it and expect those around them to do likewise. Thus, the overwhelming majority of passengers do dress properly for the "formal" evenings and you probably will feel very out of place if you wear jeans or a "T" shirt to dinner even on "casual" nights. Celebrity's passengers also tend to be fairly reserved, so don't expect to see well-inebrieated passengers barhopping around the ship carrying party-colored drinks with lampshades on their heads.

>> 3. Celebrity's onboard activities are very traditional and often have an intellectual orientation. You won't find Carnival's waterslides or Royal Caribbean's skating rinks and rock climbing walls, but you will find guest lecturers and a slew of cullinary and artistic demonstrations ranging from cooking to napkin folding to vegetable carving to flower arranging.

>> 4. Celebrity keeps onboard announcements to a minimum -- usually one per day (the Captain's noontime announcement if the ship is at sea or the announcement when you may go ashore if the ship is in port). The line publishes the schedule of activities in the daily bulletin, "Celebrity Today," and leaves it to you to show up at the appointed time if you wish to participate. If you are taking a siesta, neither the PA system nor the staff will awaken you to cajole you to join in the fun.

So will Celebrity be a better match for your style and tastes than Carnival or Royal Caribbean? Only you can decide.

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Like many, most of my interest has always been in Carnvial or RCI. I have cruised both lines before and enjoyed them both very much. I found Carnival to be very good and RCI to be excellent.

For some reason, I started becoming curious about other lines. I had always thought of Celebrity as more of a luxury cruise probably out of most folks price range. However, I was browsing their web site the other dayas we are talking about possibly doing a 5 day west' Carribean cruise next Feb. I was very surprised to see that Celebrity's prices were right around the same as Carnvial and RCI for an inside cabin.

I guess my question is..Is Celebrity worth doing once just to see what it's like? Is it really a bit more luxurious or is that just hype? In some ways, I'm tempted to go with RCI again because I feel like they earned my return business. While we enjoy things like the quest & love and marriage games, I thought it might be nice to see something a bit different as long as it's still fun like that and not stuffy. Hope that makes sense and would like to hear all points of view.
Hi ready2board:

My point of view is that Celebrity like all cruise lines has things that it does well and things that it does poorly. If thinking about Celebrity, it does indeed depend on your style and your willingness to overlook some defects in an older fleet of ships that Celebrity currently sails.

1. Celebrity is certainly not any more upscale than other lines that I have sailed, such as Princess and Holland America. If upscale includes such things as reliability, good customer service and a company that is dedicated to maintaining their ships, then I would rank Celebrity below most other cruise lines in its class.

2. The class of people on other cruise lines that I have sailed on is exactly the same as the people that I have met on Celebrity cruises.

3. The activities offered on all cruise lines are varied and offer such things as lectures, culinary and artistic demonstrations.

4. Celebrity does tend to keep announcements to a minimum and many other cruise lines are rapidly moving in that direction.

5. The only two things that I have noticed is that Celebrity does offer welcome sparkling wine when you first board and there is someone at the gangplank handing wet face clothes as you return to the ship after port time.

6. One of the many areas where Celebrity does fall way short of other cruise lines is the Celebrity "so-called" past passenger program. Another fact that the last new ship built by Celebrity that is in service was over six years ago. Most other cruise lines have introduced many new luxurious new ships during that period. The maintenance of some Celebrity ships also does fall below what is the norm in the cruise industry. Last and certainly not least is the propulsion problems that have plagued the Celebrity Infinity, Summit and Millennium. These problems, which to this day are denied by Celebrity to prospective customers, have happened seventeen times over the past eight years.

So in the end it all depends on what is important to the individual.

Hope this helps.

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Sorry Norm... you may be a Celebrity fan, but what a "croc" this statement is.

I've been on enough Celebrity cruises to be a Elite member of their Captain's Club, and I, like MANY of other of my fellow passengers on these cruise have never been "trained", other than to go potty by my mommy.

I've been fortunate to also reach top level repeat passenger status on Carnival.

Honestly, I think real, average, and "untrained" people can fit in and enjoy all of the cruise lines by simply researching, and understanding each cruise line's strengths.

When they are taking the time to do such research they should at least get accurate information, not such pretentious statements.

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Please do not leave out Holland on one of the better lines in choosing which you should try.My guess is that The Carnival cruise around South America will also have some very elite cruisers with the cruise being 49 days in length and we are now getting quite excited.
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After reading all the threads, I had to laugh a little.
Remember, Celebrity and Princess are the youngest of the Cruise lines offering main line cruises.
Your right about celebrity's fleet, but they have 4-new ships comming into the fleet with some new inovations, Intertainment and food are being the main focus, Celebrity intends on leading the pack again.
When you shop for cruises, either your focus is on itenary or age of ship and size.
Carnaval has some of the larger staterooms out there and Royal Caribbean have some of the smallest.
I have had good meals and not so good and numerous cruise lines.
Princess has been introducing new ships and there mini suites are a great value on specific dates, during the non peek weeks, the laundry facilities are a bonus, not all ship have self serve laundry . The big screen at the resort deck are a big hit too. I like the 24 hour buffet aswel.
Carnaval Corp. owns almost 40% of the births out of the US after acquiring Princess along with there other cruise lines.
I suggest taking the new Celebrity Solstice, or Ruby Princess.
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Like many, most of my interest has always been in Carnvial or RCI. I have cruised both lines before and enjoyed them both very much. I found Carnival to be very good and RCI to be excellent.

For some reason, I started becoming curious about other lines. I had always thought of Celebrity as more of a luxury cruise probably out of most folks price range. However, I was browsing their web site the other dayas we are talking about possibly doing a 5 day west' Carribean cruise next Feb. I was very surprised to see that Celebrity's prices were right around the same as Carnvial and RCI for an inside cabin.

I guess my question is..Is Celebrity worth doing once just to see what it's like? Is it really a bit more luxurious or is that just hype? In some ways, I'm tempted to go with RCI again because I feel like they earned my return business. While we enjoy things like the quest & love and marriage games, I thought it might be nice to see something a bit different as long as it's still fun like that and not stuffy. Hope that makes sense and would like to hear all points of view.
If your flying to your Port of departure, Calculate the total cost for hotel and flights, your value is deminished after all the time and extra cost involved, when you compare the 5-day vs 7-day cruises. Book a flight out around noon on date of disembarkation back home.
Your destination will dictate you perdium per person. Europe and Alaska are the big summer draws, The Caribbean and Panama Canal are the winter destinations, with the Caribbean being most competitive.
You mentioned inside cabin, this tells me your cost minded, which is great.
The real value of a cruise is determined by the money you spend during the entire trip, dropping money in ports, casino, drinks etc. will be the final denominator for value.
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Buon giorno,
I have cruised on Cunard QE2, Costa Magica 3x, Costa Mediterranea 2x one TA, Seaborne Legend, Crystal, Raddison Diamond and once Carnival. The first and last time.
I enjoy a good time like everyone else. People are noisy when on vacation, they're excited. Some people just can't accept that. The ships are big, go somewhere quieter.From what I read about Celebrity, it sounds like a good cruise line. I have booked the TA Solstice in April 09. I'm looking forward to seeing what X is all about. It reads good, the people on the forums seem good, and whatever it is, I'll make the most of it, as long as my B wife is with me.
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We really enjoy Celebrity- my favorite is there 'zero announcement' policy!
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Everyone has their own opinion and taste, from cuisine to cruiselines.

I can only speak for the one Carnival cruise I took. I am a Celebrity Elite Captains Club Member, however. My experience on Carnival was OK. At the time, I was single and enjoying a cruise with a close friend and we had a great time.

Personally, I do not even look at the Carnival cruises, when shopping. It's just my preference. We really enjoy Celebrity and I think for us, we just enjoy a smaller ship...not as small as Azmara, but smaller than the giant RCL or Carnival ships.

I have been on enough Celebrity cruises to say, it is not all upper middle class, in my opinion. Isn't Carnival dubbed, "The Fun Ship"?

I would definitely give them a try. Check out some of the 90-day ticker specials to get a really good deal! Post back and let us know what you think.
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Celebrity's passengers tend to be upper middle class to upper class individuals trained in traditional social etiquette who follow it and expect those around them to do likewise.
Sorry Norm... you may be a Celebrity fan, but what a "croc" this statement is.

I've been on enough Celebrity cruises to be a Elite member of their Captain's Club, and I, like MANY of other of my fellow passengers on these cruise have never been "trained", other than to go potty by my mommy.

I've been fortunate to also reach top level repeat passenger status on Carnival.

Honestly, I think real, average, and "untrained" people can fit in and enjoy all of the cruise lines by simply researching, and understanding each cruise line's strengths.

When they are taking the time to do such research they should at least get accurate information, not such pretentious statements.

Realty check please.
Kuki, I think your first sentence really sums it up and was short but eloquently stated. The other point is that saying that not offering something as a service (i.e. self service laundry) is somehow a good thing and shows more class than those cruise lines that do offer this service, would fall into the same category that you so eloquently described. It is just one advantage that some cruise lines have over another, for those who wish to use them. On my last Princess cruise, I don't recall anyone being forced to use the self service laundry.

To answer the OP's question, I think that any cruise line is worth trying. I have sailed many different cruise lines and have found each to have their good points and their not so good points. There is no such thing as the "best cruise line" and each person should read as much as possible to get factual information and then decide which one sounds like the best fit for them.
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