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Wouldn't itinerary be the primary factor? Celebrity's itineraries aren't out yet
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Nov14...European Christmas markets. Paris, Munich, Salzburg, Vienna
Dec 14...Christmas and New Years in Hawaii
April 15...Hawaii Land Trip
Oct 15...Celebrity Equinox. Spain & Portugal
May 16...Oceania Riviera Istanbul to Athens
Hawaii - VCR Celebrity Solstice 2014/Paris Land Trip/Hawaii Land Trip X 2 - 2013/Grand Med. - Ruby Princess/South of France 2012/Hawaii - Land Trip 2012/Hawaii - Land Trip - 2011/Panama Canal and Florida Keys - Coral Princess - 2011/Eastern Caribbean - Ruby Princess - 2010/France 3 Week Land Trip - Burgundy/Loire/Normandy/French Riviera/Provence 2010/Mexican Riviera - Sapphire Princess 2009/Coastal - Sapphire Princess 2009/Alaska - Voyage of the Glaciers - Zuiderdam - 2009/Greek Islands cruise + Monaco and Paris by land - Grand Princess - 2008/Land Trip - Maui - 2008/3 Week Land - Paris to Rome - 2007/Hawaii - Pride of America - 2007/14 Day Caribbean - Sea Princess - 2006/Coastal - Dawn Princess - 2006/Barcelona to Venice - Millennium - 2005/UK & Ireland - Land Trip - 2004/AI Mexican Riviera -2003/Coastal - Island Princess - 2002/Maui - Land Trip x 2/Alaska - Dawn Princess - 2001/UK Land Trip x 3/11 Day Circle the Caribbean - Splendour of the Seas - 2000/Mexican Riviera - Rhapsody of the Seas - 1999/2 Week Land Bermuda - Girls Trip - 1997/Married - Maui - 1997
as you can see from our list, we have only sailed on princess & carnival
but you will find lot of good reviews on celebrity -
seems there are people who have favorite lines & have compared them
we are considering others for our next trip to caribbean & europe -
esp celebrity eclipse for 2 week 8 ports 6 we have never been on
1 feb 2015.
we loved all our princess cruises so far but esp the 2008 on grand & emerald
for greek isles & medit & TA and last summer on carib for brit isles -
the cc groups for all those were sensational - we met some in so calif for lunch
a few months before & enjoyed private tours with several cc members
re ship tours, princess always does an excellent job-
for out of the way places and in mexico, we choose the ship tours
if you have time - we are retired - consider spending as much time
as possible before and after the cruise - there is so much to do & see EVERYWHERE !!
if you can find it, i started a review of our trip - explaining in detail where we stayed &
what we did the 10 days prior in london & southampton - still haven't finished the cruise part or the 6 days after
in fact we loved last year's trip so much, we are considering doing it all over again -
going to the places we missed plus time in wales
whichever you choose you will love the british isles !!
p.s. forgot to say we almost always choose inside cabins on princess
so we have $$ for other things - however last year about a month before the
cruise the prices had gone down so much, i emailed our TA to see if princess
would give us some extra OBC - instead they gave us a balcony across from
the laundromat - which jim used the minute we got settled in our room
washing our 10 days of laundry from land & then the sea day before le havre
so we could pack everything clean for remainder of trip
i must say we really enjoyed the balcony a few times but we were so tired
every evening from the port intensive itinerary most nights we were asleep by 9 !!
we will not hesitate to book inside again if it means we can spend more time on land !!
__________________ future cruises Emerald Princess
7 days 11-16-14 Roatan, Belize, Cozumel
5 days 11-11-14 Merida/Progreso & Cozumel RT drive from cal to texas & 4 day visit w/friend
3 days 4-12-15 pre cruise cruise - princess cays
17 days 4-15-15 TA Fort Laud to Copenhagen 10 days after on land in Copenhagen & Sweden
Pacific Princess 14 days 12-3-15 Sea of Cortez
the special 50th anniv princess & 40th anniv love boat cruise
2016 - paris - bordeaux - reims - belgium - amsterdam
british isles cruise - bath - wales - london
2017 - Caribbean cruises
Alaska cruise w/6 day land tour past cruises
Sapphire Princess 10 days 3-1-14 Sea of Cortez
Sapphire Princess 4 days 1-24-14 San Diego & Ensenada
Sapphire Princess 4 days 1-28-14 Santa Barbara & "
Caribbean Princess 12 days 6-29-13 Brit Isles 10 days London & Southampton pre cruise
6 days post cruise in Stratford upon Avon &
Oxford & the Cotswolds
Island Princess 14 days 4-27-12 Panama Canal
Ft Laud to Los Angeles
4 days in key west post cruise Carnival Glory 7 days 11-6-11 East Carib Carnival Glory 7 days 11-13-11 West Carib Carnival Glory 7 days 11-20-11 East Carib again
Carnival Legend 50 yr h s reunion 7 days April 2010 West Carib
Carnival Splendor 7 days Nov 09 Mex Riv Carnival Paradise 4 days Feb 09 Baja
Emerald Princess 10 days Oct 08 So Carib Emerald Princess 18 days Oct 08 TA 10 days in florence & venice pre cruise Grand Princess 12 days Sept 08 East Med 11 days in rome pre cruise
Island Princess 17 days May 07 Alaska
Last edited by loma linda ca a & j; February 25th, 2014 at 01:12 PM.
My husband and I went on a wonderful British Isles cruise (our first) in June 2011. The itinerary included the Orkney Islands (not all of them do) which was a really interesting stop and one which we highly recommend. Our day in Wales was amazing too. Actually all of our ports were great but Orkney and Wales were my favourite. It was roundtrip from Southhampton and we stayed an extra 2 days in London afterward - which was not long enough but we didn't realize this at the time. This was a really, really nice cruise and we sailed on the Crown princess. Our room was a balcony on the Lido deck and we really enjoyed the location. I would recommend this cruise and would go again in a heartbeat. Have fun with whatever you choose!
We did the British isles on Princess and really enjoyed it. when you plan it you should try and pick a date during the Edinburgh Tattoo. We went to the tattoo when we were docked in Glasgow as it was the last day. It wasn't a bad drive and the ship was in port until about 1 AM so everyone could get back after the ship.
If you like the Beatles, we really enjoyed it in Liverpool. We were over at the Albert Dock area and booked it last minute.
We loved the scenery of Northern Ireland when docked at Invergordon. Our tour guide even snuck in a quickie tour of Belfast right at the end.
We have sailed both Princess and Celebrity and find them pretty equal. I would look at itinerary. And like others have said, you really don't need a balcony because you are so busy!
Tahitian Princess- Tahiti Honeymoon Jan 03
NCL Pride of Aloha - Hawaii Oct 04
Sapphire Princess Mexican Riviera Jan 05
Celebrity Millenium Mediterranean Oct 06
RCI Radiance of the Seas Caribbean Jan 08
Star Princess Alaska May 08
Ruby Princess Caribbean Jan 09
Ruby Princess Caribbean Jan 10
Explorer of the Seas - Bermuda May 10
Crown Princess -The Bravehearts - British Isles Aug 10
Majesty of the Seas - Feb 11 - Warm up to Oasis!
Oasis of the Seas - Feb 11
Crown Princess - Caribbean Nov 11
Allure - Caribbean Apr 12
Emerald Princess - Baltic -Aug 12
Star Princess - Cape Horn Jan 13
Emerald Princess - Dec 13 New Years Cruise
We planned on a British Isles cruise for June 2013. Comparing Princess and Celebrity for that time Princess was one day more for $1000 per couple more. We decided to go on Celebrity and save the money.Ultimately we had to cancel it.
Planning for 2015 also.We will wait for pricing and then we will pick. Can't go wrong with either as both lines are using their newer ships.Did the Silhouette in 2012 for an Adriatic cruise and loved it
I loved the ship. The only thing I did not like is that Celebrity does not have washers and dryers. You need to either wash and hang in cabin, or have Celebrity do this for you. As I only wash my clothes in cold water, let's just say that my cabin looked like a laundramatt. I packed more clothes than I would have due to no washers and dryers. Now the food on Celebrity was excellent. The ship was very adult oriented. No extra charge for their version of sanctuary. Very comfortable padded loungers, etc.
If you don't plan on using Princesses Sanctuary, or don't really care one way or the other regarding Enclave, if you are satisfied with Princess food: then Princess would be easier in regards to laundry.
Now again, I loved Celebrity. But, if the itineraries were basically the same, and the food is good enough on the Princess ship- for an itinerary more than a week, I think I would choose Princess over Celebrity due to the laundry issue. It did drive me nuts on the Reflection for 10 days.
Have not cruised on Celebrity but would like to. We did our first dream Europe cruise on the Golden to the British Isles. We loved the ship and enjoyed the flexibility of the anytime dining. We enjoyed Dublin and Grenock Scotland for beautiful,scenery and a nice estate and castle tour. Bergen Norway was excellent . But our favorite stop was Brugges. Amazing. We stayed on in London for two more nights. A great trip and Princess did a great job with their organized tours and entertainment.
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