How does Celebrity compare to Royal Caribbean

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#1
phoenix
56 Posts
Joined May 2009
We are looking at Serenade of the Seas, Celebrity Solstice, and Celebrity summit for December 2009 cruise. They all have very similiar iteneraries. Has anyone been on both lines/ships? We want to book soon. Thanks!
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kamloops bc canada
39 Posts
Joined Jun 2002
Just back from Rhapsody of the Seas, RCI. Previously cruised twice on Celebrity Mercury. While Rhapsody was a larger ship, Celebrity food quality and service blows RCI off the map. For instance, Celebrity had 5-course meals at dinner (soup, salad, appy, entree, dessert with at least 5 choices for each), RCI had 3 (soup, salad or appy, entree, dessert). Overall will choose Celebrity again. Celebrated anniversary and birthday on Alaska cruise with Celebrity - they decorated the doorway of our cabin, provided special dessert and sang. Celebrated same on this RCI cruise, they did nothing. Everything I have read on the Solstice says if you can afford it, take it.
#3
S.F. East Bay
1,445 Posts
Joined Aug 2007
I have not sailed RCI but one thing to think about is the Summit is a smaller ship than the Solstice. You might want to check out the amenties onboard before deciding.
We just sailed the Infinity and it was so much better than anything else we had tried in the past,very laid back.
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#4
Granite Bay, CA
399 Posts
Joined Feb 2003
We sail both, and there are different things that I like on each. We have been on the Mariner and the Millenium this year, and had a wonderful time on each of them. My preference for Celebrity is the inside pool area and the aqua spa cafe, but the food on the Mariner in April was perfectly satisfying as was the Millenium. I thought my meal in CHOPS on the Mariner was among the best that I have had anywhere. That being said I might try the newest ship which happens to be the Celebrity Solstice.
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Coastal Delaware
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Joined Mar 2006
We like and sail on both lines. My favorite ship so far is Century. Also love Millennium, which we are about to sail for the second time. But we have also had great cruises on two Voyager class ships (Explorer and Adventure) and have several more RCCL cruises booked. We make the menus on RCCL give us all 5 courses by ordering appetizer, soup and salad from the menu. Easy to do, and they are happy to accomodate. Yes, we will probably try Solstice class some day, but no hurry to do so soon. We also want very much to try Radiance class on RCCL, and that is likely to happen sooner.

David
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#6
Detroit, Michigan
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Celebrity is more of a layed back atmosphere, not as many activities. There is a better smoking policy, I'm not sure if Royal Caribbean changed their smoking policy. Celebrity's smoking policy was no smoking on the balconies or the casino. I was surprised when the casino didn't smell like smoke like on a Royal Caribbean ship. There are no announcements (or one announcement a day). No announcements selling you on Bingo, Art Auctions, etc. No towel animals on Celebrity but that didn't bother me one bit. This was my first Celebrity cruise on Celebrity Solstice. I liked the food overall a lot more than Royal Caribbean. The buffet definitley had more options. I would pick Celebrity Solstice over almost any ship. The decor on Celebrity Solstice was beautiful, although I've heard some people thought it might have been too modern. It feels like an upscale Nordstrom's with lots of comfy seats. It didn't feel like a cruise ship around the Purser's Desk. It felt like an upscale hotel. I was amazed with Celebrity Solstice, my expectations were a little lower since the ship was smaller than previous Royal Caribbean ships I've been on. Celebrity far exceeded my expecations. There are several other differences that I didn't mention but Celebrity is by far an awesome cruise line.
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#7
Chicago (North Shore)
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My first cruise ever (other than a European river cruise) was October 2007 on Celebrity, Galaxy (no longer in the fleet)/Mediterranean. My second cruise was this past February/March with RCI on the Serenade/Southern Caribbean. My third cruise will be on Celebrity Equinox /Holy Land 2010. While they are totally different itineraries... This was my experience.

Celebrity- refined elegance. Better food, service and refined ambiance/ship.The atmosphere was much more relaxed on Celebrity than the Serenade. The crew (all around) seemed much more seasoned and at ease. Very pleasant experience. Dinner was very relaxing and not rushed at all. Passengers were slightly more mature and not as many children on board.

Royal Caribbean Serenade- fun and beautiful ship with many more activities such as rock wall, basketball, etc. If those things are important to you. Me, not so much. The food was just above average (semi-rushed service), service was ok but not nearly as good as Celebrity. I would/will definitely cruise on RCI again but I have to say that Celebrity was more to my liking. Personally, I don't think you can go wrong with either... I like the RCI family so it's all good but if you want to feel a little more special, treat yourself and go for Celebrity. BTW- we had an unpleasant experience, we ended up with rooms above the Casino and had to listen to LOUD announcements around 10-10:30 pm. Texas Hold'em or something... Yeah, we are big late night partiers! LOL. You could even hear it out on the balcony with the doors closed. It was really annoying and we called to complain the first few nights but they didn't seem too sorry or seem to care much either. There were about 5-6 other cabins that heard it too (and complained) as we all looked out in the hall... just don't book a room above the Casino or any area with loud announcements. Live and learn.

With all that said...personally, I would go for Solstice. Good luck!
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#8
Moundsville, WV
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Originally posted by Montana
I thought my meal in CHOPS on the Mariner was among the best that I have had anywhere.
AMEN. We still talk about our Chops meal on Mariner 3 yrs ago. Wow. We did the specialty dining on Carnival's Legend this month and it was yawn city. I swear the MDR was better. That may be because our reg wait staff was incredible and made each night's meal incredible, but Chops blew whatever Legend's restaurants name was out of the water.
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#9
Ontario, Canada
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Joined Mar 2006
Originally posted by stillafloat
We are looking at Serenade of the Seas, Celebrity Solstice, and Celebrity summit for December 2009 cruise. They all have very similiar iteneraries. Has anyone been on both lines/ships? We want to book soon. Thanks!

Only one word needed here SOLSTICE recommended to me by someone who has done more than 200 cruises and some one who cruised SOLSTICE first.
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#10
Plano, TX
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Joined May 2008
There is no bad choice between the Solstice, Summit and Serenade. Yet they are very different. It really depends on your lifestyle and preferences.

We have sailed on all three, and enjoyed them all.

Ambiance: Serenade is very beautiful and more vibrant and active. More suitable for a young family . Summit more understated, traditional and elegant, Solstice more like a modern upscale Four Seasons hotel.

Entertainment is better on Serenade. The show "Solstice" is great, similar to Circe de Soleil. More activity on Serenade.

Food is superior on Summit and Solstice. But it is not bad on Serenade.

We faced the same December dilemma as you, and booked the Solstice.
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#11
Fishers, IN
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Joined Sep 2008
We are trying to decide between Royal(Serenade) and Celebrity(Summit) for a Southern Caribbean cruise Jan/Feb 2010. I have a hump balcony reserved on RC and an aft CC balcony on Celebrity. Celebrity comes out to be a little less than $200 more for the cabin. Ports are the same except RC= Dominica & Barbados vs. Celebrity= Antigua & St. Lucia.

I like the room and itinerary of Celebrity a little more, but would be happy with either. We enjoyed our last Celebrity cruise but would like a little more nightlife and from what I have researched, RC may have a little more to do at night. HAL cruise(alumni cruise so no choice) was a snooze to us. Can anyone give a reason for one over the other.
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#12
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Joined Sep 2005
I find both lines good. We always use Royal Caribbean when traveling with big groups of multigenerational family members. Tons to do and entertainment better for us as a group. Food acceptable.

When my dh and I have cruised alone, we chose X as we really enjoy the food better and service just feels more personalized. Don't like the shows as well tho. Pick and choose what we are interested in. We like the quieter and more traditional style. None of the really outlandish pool games. Altho we did enjoy watching them, I have to admit. And definitely the no smoking rules are a big plus! We like the M class size of ship. But definitely will try the Solstice or Equinox soon.

I don't think you can go too wrong with either. Keep doing research and figure out which "style" is more you.
#13
Imaginary cruise ship
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Joined Jan 2008
Both - a little different. Celebrity is perhaps a little older passenger-wise and entertainment not as lively.

We were very recently on the Voyager and Brilliance and the food was very good on both. Certainly far better than a couple of years ago.
#14
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Joined Sep 2005
Originally posted by bigtony777
We are trying to decide between Royal(Serenade) and Celebrity(Summit) for a Southern Caribbean cruise Jan/Feb 2010. I have a hump balcony reserved on RC and an aft CC balcony on Celebrity. Celebrity comes out to be a little less than $200 more for the cabin. Ports are the same except RC= Dominica & Barbados vs. Celebrity= Antigua & St. Lucia.

I like the room and itinerary of Celebrity a little more, but would be happy with either. We enjoyed our last Celebrity cruise but would like a little more nightlife and from what I have researched, RC may have a little more to do at night. HAL cruise(alumni cruise so no choice) was a snooze to us. Can anyone give a reason for one over the other.
Why not try RC this time around? You have already done X. (Altho I'd prefer Antigua and St. Lucia to Dominica for sure.) Nightlife might be a bit livelier on RC. Jan and Feb will not draw big groups of families on either so it will be naturally quieter than summer cruising on either. I really don't think you would be disappointed on either. Know that Presidents week in Feb is big for one week cruising because of many school systems giving a winter break that week.
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Coastal Delaware
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Joined Mar 2006
The aft CC balconies on Celebrity M class ships are absolutely WONDERFUL cabins. See photo in my signature below, taken on the balcony of 7208 on Millennium, while we were hosting a wine and cheese party for 10. Plenty of room. Nothing else comes close.

That said, we want to try an RCCL Radiance class ship on our next southern Caribbean cruise, probably Serenade in 2011 if we can get a good aft D1 balcony. If not, Summit.

David
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#16
3,125 Posts
Joined Feb 2004
Originally posted by d&a Delaware
The aft CC balconies on Celebrity M class ships are absolutely WONDERFUL cabins. See photo in my signature below, taken on the balcony of 7208 on Millennium, while we were hosting a wine and cheese party for 10. Plenty of room. Nothing else comes close.

That said, we want to try an RCCL Radiance class ship on our next southern Caribbean cruise, probably Serenade in 2011 if we can get a good aft D1 balcony. If not, Summit.

David
We had a D-1 aft cabin last year on RCCL's Brilliance of the Seas and have had a number of CC aft cabins on Celebrity's M class ships. The D-1 aft cabins on Royal Caribbean's Radiance Class ships are larger than the CC class cabins on Celebrity's M Class ships and feel a lot more spacious.
#17
RICHARDSON
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Joined Jun 2009
I tell people that Celebrity is what RCCL used to be before they started taking away the 'little' extras.
The production numbers are much better. Celebrity hires a company to handle performers. RCCL trains in-house. This makes Celebrity production shows more professional.
We did the Solstice in Feb. and loved it. We did not realize the size of the ship because of the why it is laid out.
BUT do not book the cabins on the pool deck. The are under the cafeteria and can be noisy.
#18
3,125 Posts
Joined Feb 2004
Originally posted by sauelk
I tell people that Celebrity is what RCCL used to be before they started taking away the 'little' extras.
The production numbers are much better. Celebrity hires a company to handle performers. RCCL trains in-house. This makes Celebrity production shows more professional.
We did the Solstice in Feb. and loved it. We did not realize the size of the ship because of the why it is laid out.
BUT do not book the cabins on the pool deck. The are under the cafeteria and can be noisy.
I personally think that both cruise lines should eliminate their production shows, which are mediocre at best, and use that money to provide better entertainment such as a good short play, a concert, or talented entertainers who aren't past their prime.
#19
San Diego
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Joined Jul 2005
and for us Celebrity is the best...but we don't have kids, or grandkids. We did the Solstice T/A in April and loved it...but it is very different...and modern...no wood or"old world charm" (whatever that is?) but new and fresh! To each his/her own! We loved it!

We have been on RCL and we loved the ship! I thought that the design was wonderful and we loved the Captain (Have a cookie and a "hurty-goody day") But we thought that the food and service was "average" Again... to each his own! If we had family we were travelling with...I would pick RCL in a heart beat! But based on our own Demographcis...I would choose Celebrity. LuAnn
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Coastal Delaware
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Joined Mar 2006
Originally posted by Bridge Maven
We had a D-1 aft cabin last year on RCCL's Brilliance of the Seas and have had a number of CC aft cabins on Celebrity's M class ships. The D-1 aft cabins on Royal Caribbean's Radiance Class ships are larger than the CC class cabins on Celebrity's M Class ships and feel a lot more spacious.
Thanks, Bridge Maven. That's good information to have. Still a secret from Allen, but for his 50th birthday I have booked Serenade for a 7 night Southern Carib. (which does NOT include St. Thomas) and have managed to get corner aft D2 9256. I'm very excited about that cabin.

David
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