Go Back   CruiseMates Cruise Community and Forums > People > Chit - Chat for Cruisers
Register Forgot Password?

Chit - Chat for Cruisers Open Forum for non-cruise posts. Please refrain from inflammatory rhetoric that could be considered offensive. We reserve the right to edit or delete for any reason.

LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old April 1st, 2003, 10:34 AM
David Starkey
Posts: n/a
Default HAL vs Celebrity

We are booked on both the Amsterdam and Mercury to Alaska the first week of August. We love the Mercury and have sailed her several times, but thought maybe we should give HAL a try.(never sailed them). We will be bringing our 16 year old son along and now I have concerns about the age issue sailing on HAL. The most important issue to us is food and service. Some people say HAL food tends to be bland. I must decide which cruise to stay with. Any thoughts or idea's that previous passengers to both of these ships to Alaska would hopefully will allow me to make the right choice. Its a toss up to me....
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old April 1st, 2003, 11:30 AM
cv girl
Posts: n/a
Default Re: HAL vs Celebrity

HAL is for older people. A sixteen year old won't be very happy here.
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old April 1st, 2003, 12:34 PM
MaryLou's Avatar
Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: A small suburb of Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 4,796
Default Re: HAL vs Celebrity

I would go as far as suggest you look at Royal Caribbean ....this might suit your 16 year old better.

Mary Lou Scanlon
NCL Pride of America April 24, 2010
NCL Epic February 12, 2011
RCCL Allure of the Seas - September 18, 2011
Celebrity Eclipse - February 11, 2012:
RCCL Navigator OTS - February 9, 2013
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old April 1st, 2003, 12:41 PM
Posts: n/a
Default Re: HAL vs Celebrity

Hi I sailed with Celebrity and Hal and both are very comparable. The food is excellent with both, the service is excellent with both and as far as the teenager well sorry You can't have everything. I have to agree with the previous to posts. Royal carribean or Carneval would be better for the teens. But as far as the food and service you could be a little disappointed with these two lines especially if you are used to Hal and Celebrity.
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old April 1st, 2003, 09:16 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 3,014
Default Re: HAL vs Celebrity

I would choose H.A.L. over Celebrity, but only by a nose. Both have good activities for teens. The Amsterdam cruise is fairly port intensive. I know because I too am on this itinerary 06-21. I like H.A.L. because the staffs are usually quite friendly and there are lots of little touches. H.A.L. has bigger cabins and the balcony staterooms on H.A.L. are vastly superior because the decks are about twice as deep. On some sailings you can get a full suite for $1500 or $1600 p.p. I booked ours for $1550 p.p. and do in deed have a full suite. The cabin is nearly 600 square feet. A week with a teen will be easier if everyone has enough space.

Other touches include fresh squeezed orange juice, free capuccino, woolen blankets on real wooden deck chairs, etc. The food on these two lines is quite similar in quality.
(Good but not great) Service is very good on both lines.

Balcony doors on the Mercury open out and literally cut the deck in half because the verandas are so very shallow.
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old April 1st, 2003, 10:31 PM
Lisa's Avatar
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Wisconsin....about 100 miles south of the Frozen Tundra and 70 miles east of Camp Randall
Posts: 9,725
Send a message via AIM to Lisa Send a message via Yahoo to Lisa
Default Re: HAL vs Celebrity

If I were you, I would stick with HAL....I love Celebrity, but I think with HAL's past history in Alaska you will be better off with them....and in the summer, all cruise ships have many families and kids on board.

Carnival Breeze with Ray B and Aerogirl 5/4/14!
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old April 2nd, 2003, 09:32 PM
Brad Krewson
Posts: n/a
Default Re: HAL vs Celebrity

Hal is a good choise . During a summer cruise your son will have cruisemates is own age. We were their in the summer also. Your whole family will love the trip.


Post Edited (04-02-03 20:33)
Reply With Quote


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Celebrity vs HAL?? MarkieMark44 Celebrity 5 February 13th, 2009 02:38 AM
Celebrity vs HAL?? MarkieMark44 Holland America 8 December 18th, 2008 03:30 PM
CELEBRITY VS. HAL/PRINCESS lobokai Celebrity 10 May 24th, 2004 01:25 PM
HAL vs Celebrity LindaE Celebrity 5 June 30th, 2003 06:27 PM
Celebrity or HAL? help! Carolyn Celebrity 4 April 30th, 2002 12:14 PM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:04 PM.
design by: Themes by Design

Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1