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What does everyone think about Celebrity? I'm looking to expand my horizons and just want some honest feedback.

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We have been on two ships Constellation & Eclipse, the standards were extremely high in everyway, the only downside for us Brits is the 15% on drinks & high level of tips levied. Not "posh" but I guess a bit more ''dressy'' than some, just right for us, classy without being stuffy. I say one more 'star' that P&O. Maybe not for a spring break type cruise but apart from that I would recommend =X=.
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What does everyone think about Celebrity? I'm looking to expand my horizons and just want some honest feedback.

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Lisa,

With Celebrity it is hit or miss. When Celebrity is good it can be very good, but when Celebrity is bad it can be very, very bad. If you want to try one of the newer Celebrity ships, I would imagine that your experience would be as good as that on any mass market cruise ship.

My problem with Celebrity is with how the land based management reacts when there are any problems, such as the long history of propulsion problems on the Millennium, Infinity and Summit.

Your best bet is to do your own research and then decide if Celebrity is right for you. Since you are asking this question on the Celebrity board, you can imagine that there a lot of champions of Celebrity who will try to tell you Celebrity is the best. I just happen to totally disagree with their opinions, but to each their own.

I hope you enjoy smooth sailings on whatever cruise line you decide to trust your vacation too.

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I have enjoyed all of the eight Celebrity cruises that I have taken.
Their service is superior their food is excellent and we loved the entertainment.
I am looking forward to cruising on the Equinox this coming april.

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I have enjoyed all of the eight Celebrity cruises that I have taken.
Their service is superior their food is excellent and we loved the entertainment.
I am looking forward to cruising on the Equinox this coming april.

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Same for me, the S class ships are spectacular, food and service is wonderful. Entertainment in main showroom somewhat lacking compared to other lines. A little more formal than some lines but that is changing. I do like no announcements and no heavy sell on items. Celebrity's has probably the best specialty restaurants of any cruise line...
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Hi Polish,
What other ships have you sailed on to give us an idea of what you are used to and the differences?
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It all depends on what your looking for in a cruise. If your into late night partying and a very active lifestyle, Celebrity may not be for you-it's all a matter of personal preference. Everyone has a favourite for different reasons. Ours is Celebrity and we've sailed all the mainstream lines other than Carnival. Nothing is ever perfect (we had a really bad noise problem on our first Celebrity cruise but managed to get over it) but the overall experience on our 6 "X" cruises (number 7 coming up in Jan) has been excellent...for us. Understated elegance but never stuffy, great food and service plus other small extras that the other lines don't have. The entertainment can be lacking but I understand the Solstice class ships have really raised the bar. The average age of X passengers is over 50 I'm guessing but there always seems to be enough of the younger crowd to keep things lively. Try it-I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time even if you decide not to make it your "favourite".
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It all depends on what your looking for in a cruise. If your into late night partying and a very active lifestyle, Celebrity may not be for you-it's all a matter of personal preference. Everyone has a favourite for different reasons. Ours is Celebrity and we've sailed all the mainstream lines other than Carnival. Nothing is ever perfect (we had a really bad noise problem on our first Celebrity cruise but managed to get over it) but the overall experience on our 6 "X" cruises (number 7 coming up in Jan) has been excellent...for us. Understated elegance but never stuffy, great food and service plus other small extras that the other lines don't have. The entertainment can be lacking but I understand the Solstice class ships have really raised the bar. The average age of X passengers is over 50 I'm guessing but there always seems to be enough of the younger crowd to keep things lively. Try it-I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time even if you decide not to make it your "favourite".

Was not impressed with the entertainment on the S class ships, they do have a circque type show which is very slow and has weird music. I fell asleep on both Solstice and Equinox while watching it. The lounge entertainment was good but didn't see any difference in S class ships to entertainment on Celebrity ships going back to Meridian.
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i've only been on one celebrity cruise. i liked it but didnt think it was much to write home about. the service was good, really no complaints, but i think maybe there are better options available
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What does everyone think about Celebrity? I'm looking to expand my horizons and just want some honest feedback.
More than anything else, it's a question of personal style and preference.

Celebrity offers the most traditional cruise experience of any major cruise line. In my experience, the line's "formal" evenings tend to be quite dressy (except on the four-night and five-night Caribbean cruises, which draw a completely different crowd). On my cruise to the Southern Caribbean aboard GTS Celebrity Millennium last week, I saw only two or three men who were not dressed to the published standards on the "formal" evenings and very few people who "dressed down" after dinner for the show. Just when I was thinking that there seemed to be fewer gents wearing tuxedos and dinner jackets than on most of my previous Celebrity cruises, I overheard a few remarks at nearby tables to the effect that they were surprised to see so many gents wearing tuxedos.

Celebrity hired a new culinary director, Jaques van Staden, just over a year ago. On my most cruise last week, the dinner menus seemed to be a significant improvement over the dinner menus on my cruise a year ago.

On sea days, Celebrity seems to focus on intellectual activities such as guest lecturers, cullinary and related demonstrations, wine and cullinary tastings, and personal enrichment activities such as computer and foreign language classes in addition to the usual array of trivia contests, bingo, crafts, art auctions, etc. Don't expect a lot of pool games and other physical activities. You also won't find rock climbing walls, water slides, and ice skating rinks aboard any of Celebrity's ships.

On the other side of the coin, Celebrity makes very few announcements on the public address system. If your goal is to relax on deck, your rest won't be disturbed.

Of course, Celebrity does offer very good children's, youth, and teen programs that tend to keep the youngsers away from the adults. OTOH, the youngsters who come on Celebrity cruises typically are not the disruptive type. You may well see them at dinner or the show, even decked out in tuxedos and fancy dresses on the "formal" evenings.

In the evening, Celebrity offers decent shows -- both production shows featuring the "Celebrity Singers and Dancers" and "headliners" that perform a broad variety of acts. All of the shows are family-friendly. There's also a lounge with live music suitable for ballroom dancing, a piano lounge, and a lounge that typically features a classical string trio or quartet. You'll also find the usual karioke, the casino, and a disco/night club with a disk jockey where the music goes into the wee hours, and a tropical deck party on cruises in the tropics.

Of course, the critical question is whether or not this Is this a good match for you.

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We started out on RCCL and loved the Explorer, then friends asked us to cruise with them to Alaska on Summit and we fell in love with the ship and the line. DH and I did 8 cruises in 6 yrs (4 RCCL and 4 X) before he passed away in Aug. '08. I found other people to go with me on the 2 cruises we had booked ahead for '09, both on X. Next Jan. and June I am going again on X. As you can tell those are the two lines for me, with X in the lead.
I don't think you can go wrong with X, but I wouldn't pass up a RCCL cruise if circumstances were right. I would probably stick to the Radiance or Voyager class. I think the newer ones are too big.
I am really looking forward to my next cruises. I got hooked on the trivia and other games several years ago. I almost always like the entertainment; the food and service are great.

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More than anything else, it's a question of personal style and preference.

Celebrity offers the most traditional cruise experience of any major cruise line. In my experience, the line's "formal" evenings tend to be quite dressy (except on the four-night and five-night Caribbean cruises, which draw a completely different crowd). On my cruise to the Southern Caribbean aboard GTS Celebrity Millennium last week, I saw only two or three men who were not dressed to the published standards on the "formal" evenings and very few people who "dressed down" after dinner for the show. Just when I was thinking that there seemed to be fewer gents wearing tuxedos and dinner jackets than on most of my previous Celebrity cruises, I overheard a few remarks at nearby tables to the effect that they were surprised to see so many gents wearing tuxedos.

Celebrity hired a new culinary director, Jaques van Staden, just over a year ago. On my most cruise last week, the dinner menus seemed to be a significant improvement over the dinner menus on my cruise a year ago.

On sea days, Celebrity seems to focus on intellectual activities such as guest lecturers, cullinary and related demonstrations, wine and cullinary tastings, and personal enrichment activities such as computer and foreign language classes in addition to the usual array of trivia contests, bingo, crafts, art auctions, etc. Don't expect a lot of pool games and other physical activities. You also won't find rock climbing walls, water slides, and ice skating rinks aboard any of Celebrity's ships.

On the other side of the coin, Celebrity makes very few announcements on the public address system. If your goal is to relax on deck, your rest won't be disturbed.

Of course, Celebrity does offer very good children's, youth, and teen programs that tend to keep the youngsers away from the adults. OTOH, the youngsters who come on Celebrity cruises typically are not the disruptive type. You may well see them at dinner or the show, even decked out in tuxedos and fancy dresses on the "formal" evenings.

In the evening, Celebrity offers decent shows -- both production shows featuring the "Celebrity Singers and Dancers" and "headliners" that perform a broad variety of acts. All of the shows are family-friendly. There's also a lounge with live music suitable for ballroom dancing, a piano lounge, and a lounge that typically features a classical string trio or quartet. You'll also find the usual karioke, the casino, and a disco/night club with a disk jockey where the music goes into the wee hours, and a tropical deck party on cruises in the tropics.

Of course, the critical question is whether or not this Is this a good match for you.

Norm.
If you are expecting a formal cruise on Celebrity as Norm describes, it is probably not going to happen. His is the only review I have seen from recent cruisers where people were dressed formally for the most part and stayed in those clothes throughout the evening.

I have been on two recent Celebrity cruises and the majority of those reporting back on this board and others is quite contrary to Norms comments. There are very few tuxes, usually ranging in the 5 to 10% area, suits are what most men wear however sport jackets and ties are much more prevelent than tuxes. Add to that are the fact that more and more people are going on Celebrity cruises without taking formal clothes whatsoever. This is due to the fact that the only place where formal clothes are requested on Celebrity ships is in the Main Dining room and that only on Formal nights. Specialty dining rooms are now smart casual every night and Jeans are now permitted in the dining rooms.

With all that being said, the Solstice class ships are spectacular and very popular. I probably won't sail on anything else that Celebrity offers right now.
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I have sailed the Century, twice,[hated it] and the Mercury[loved it] and just got off the media cruise on the Eclipse,and I thought the ship was visually stunning,and I want to sail her again...

The service on the Century was spotty,and the entertainment on the Eclipse while, good, paled in comparison to other lines. I liked Edge, more than the Ovations show. You can take a peek at my blog on this forum.
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Check out how Celebrity is treating the ill-fated passengers of the Century, Oct. 13th cruise out of Barcelona. If you google, you should find lots of info.

If all goes well, you will be OK. If not, be forewarned.
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I personally think that Celebrity offers "the best bang for the buck in the business". I have sailed on many of the ships from Mercury to Millennium, Constellation to Solstice and Equinox. I do agree that the Solstice class ships are pretty spectacular offering outstanding staterooms, excellent alternative dining and public areas.

I will be sailing on Century for the first time in January as part of a group I am hosting and know, up front, that the ship and experience will necessarily pale in comparison to the Solstice and Equinox. But that will not necessarily be a bad thing; just different.

Being that I spend the vast majority of my time on luxury lines (especially Seabourn) I can confidently state that if your idea of a cruise is a more upscale experience where enrichment rather than shows, venues to socialize rather than party, Celebrity is an excellent choice.

BTW, Celebrity's handling of the problem with Century is a matter of perspective. But that rare instance is a topic for another thread.

ABTW, the long ago issues with the azipods on the Millennium class ships is a long ago issue and not one worth considering since the problems have been now addressed.
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Thanks for that.. I am looking at going on Celebrity Silhouette to the Middle East next September. It's maiden voyage is next July I think. Can I be confident that the ship will be reliable with no "teething problems" at that time?
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I am quite confident you will not endure "teething pains". The Solstice class ships have been great performers from the get go.

One of the great things about being the second, third, fourth or fifth in a series of virtually identical ships is that you learn from the prior ones, so the mistakes are not made again and adjustments are made to improve the product.

I have been on both the Solstice and the Equinox and they are, well and truly, two of my favorite ships.
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I think the new Solstice class ships are great - just beautiful. I also like the Millennium class ships for style (Its been a long time since I sailed on one).

I sailed on Century about five years ago. While it is a classic old-style ship, you have better want that quieter cruise experience. It is not the mega-ship experience we have come to expect - especially on the newer Celebrity ships.

It is more of a "read a book" type of ship.

But I see that Iamboatman does a lot of groups. Traveling with a group of friends can make a big difference.
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Actually I don't do many groups. It just happens that I am involved in few now. The vast majority of my bookings and personal cruises are individual.
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