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Celebrity is an excellent cruise line, I don't now if you have cruised before but they are a little quieter than most lines. They don't have a lot of activities like rock climbing walls and surfing machines (nothing wrong with them) however they will provide you with a relaxing atmosphere, elegant dining, and plenty of activities.
Celebrity also has some of the best Specialty restaurants on their ships. I would suggest at least once try one of the Specialties.
Sorry, I saw your entry about Epic I have sailed NCL also and both NCL and Celebrity provide an excellent product. YOu will find food better on Celebrity and entertainment better on NCL. Celebrity also seems to have a better space to passenger ratio, doesn't seem as crowded. Do not know if it is an issue but Celebrity has one of the strictest smoking policies of all the mass market cruise lines. No smoking in cabins, on balconies and totally indoors.
Do not know when you are booked but Connie will be going in for major rehab next year in which they will add Aqua Class cabins and a couple more Specialty restaurants as well as many of the features of their very poplular S class ships.
Last edited by dkjretired; July 20th, 2012 at 10:47 AM.
Thank you very much for the info! Especially the comparisons to ncl and the epic, that will give me a good idea of what to expect!
We are going march on 2013, and i am very much so looking forward to a nice relaxing time. I really like the idea that it will not feel too crowded. Although i did love the epic, there were times it did not feel as big as it was and we were crammed with people!
NCL Epic 2012
"A painter paints pictures on a canvas, but musicians paint their pictures on silence"
We have been on the Connie 3 times, the last being for 2 weeks over Easter of this year in the Caribbean.
We love the ship.
As one other poster mentioned, Connie and all of the other M-class hips have an adults only area which is forward on the pool deck; you can't miss it. In there is our favorite thing, and why we love the M-class ships: the Thalossotherapy Pool, or as we call it, the T-pool.
It is a heated pool, adults only, seawater, that features areas on both sides that have a series of round bars that you can lay one....underneath the bars, the water bubbles and provides a massage like experience...you will love it.
Also in this same area is what is known as the AquaSpa Cafe, and it is behind the T-pool. It features light fare. We always have either the yougurt parfeits or the meusli in the mornings....for lunch the have various light dishes, and I am told you can order broiled (?) salmon any day for lunch. Try it....you'll like it...to steal a line from an ancient Alka-Seltzer commercial....
Our other favorite on this ship in particular is an entertainer called Perry Grant. He is featured nightly in Michael's lounge. I think his show starts at 7:30, but if you are not there by 7:00 or a little after, it's SRO. I won't try to describe his act, but it involves a lot of music - he sings and plays the piano - and some "campy" banter. You will either love him or not care for him Try and get to at least one of his shows. He also has a late shown nightly.
As for specialty restuarants, we have eaten twice at Tuscany, and can't say enough about it - we love it. Also very good is Bistro on Five. We have not done Ocean Liners, but have dined in the equivalents on other M-class ships. truth be told, to us, once was nice, but we prefer the less formal Tuscany. Again, personal choice.
We have opted for the Anytime Dining option, or whatever the name Celebrity has for it. We are early diners, and are usually there either at opening time or soon thereafter. We have had excellent service and have never had to wait for a table for 2.
Another nice venue is the Rendezvous Lounge, just in front of the MDR. It has a comparatively large dance floor, and the music there is nice as well. We particularly enjoy watching the skilled couples dance, and it seems like there are always a one or two couples that are really good.
That's all I can think of for now, but if you have any specific questions, I will try and answer them.
I was on her 5 years ago for a transatlantic and will be on her again in January. I will post after my cruise.
I loved the T-pool mentioned that is in the adult's only solarium area. Michael's club was a great a piano bar-we did not get to enjoy it much though as it was always super crowded. There is a bank of glass elevators and the 2 on the end face the ocean-which I loved. I also loved the coffee bar area which had music entertainers usually in the evening.
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