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#1
Florida
2,742 Posts
Joined Mar 2000
decided that you all were so nice I'd stay longer. Love the thread about tablemates.

I'm considering a Celebrity cruise this fall for our 20th wedding anniversary. I usually sail on RCI(I have teenagers) but want something more upscale since this is the first time DH and I have been without kids for more then 4 days.

Thanks for having such a nice board where I feel I can get the info I need.

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Then Jewel of the Seas
#2
Ontario Canada
411 Posts
Joined Mar 2004
Welcome RM,
We're glad you decided to stay and join us. Hope all the info you find here will make your decision in regards to your anniversary cruise an easy one.
we're cruising in November on Celebrity to celebrate our 25th anniversary....and I can't wait.
#3
Ft. Lauderdale
509 Posts
Joined Mar 2003
Thanks for the nice words about us! Glad you decided to stay on!

When you sail Celebrity, you will see some of the things you like about RCCL onboard. Understandable, since they are owned by the same parent company. I would just say that the food is better and it is a little more white glove.

Galaxy 5/23/05~~honeymoon!
Century 5/24/03
Majesty of the Seas 6/3/02
Chandris Victoria Summer 1984
SS Poseidon: New Year's Eve 1972 (haha)


 till I cruise for my honeymoon!!

#4
Issaquah, WA
128 Posts
Joined Feb 2003
Greetings RM,

As previous cruisers on RCCL four times (and we loved it), NCL 3 times, Princess, HAL 4 times, Carnival (not my cup of tea) 2 times, our last cruise (14 day Panama Canal east to west(our 18th Anniversay) was our virgin Celebrity cruise. We have just signed up for an eleven day Mexican Rivera cruise in February 2005 from San Diego on Mercury.

You will love Celebrity for it's "just a step up" atmosphere, more layed back "50-60" clientele, not so many "party hardy" customers. We found our cruise on Infinity more relaxing, less stressful and much more enjoyable overall. Do not read into this that fellow passengers are all "older"(70-80 plus). There seemed to be a greater percentage of European cruisers, maybe because we were on a Panama Canal trip. Whatever the reason, we thorougly enjoyed this sailing.

Our recently booked cruise will be our first in a Celebrity Sky Suite. We are looking forward to the added verandah space, and we are curious as to whether the butler service will be the extra perk it is advertised as. This booking was a fluke to good to pass up, or we never would have booked the suite. A regular verandah cabin suits us just fine.

Glad to see new visitors from other cruise lines joining our boards. Hope you are as passionate as we are about cruising, which ever line you choose.

mjarens

Next Up Mercury 11 Day, Feb 7, 2005.
#5
Rowlett, TX
3,819 Posts
Joined Aug 2003
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by mjarens:
Greetings RM,


You will love Celebrity for it's "just a step up" atmosphere, more layed back "50-60" clientele, not so many "party hardy" customers. We found our cruise on Infinity more relaxing, less stressful and much more enjoyable overall. Do not read into this that fellow passengers are all "older"(70-80 plus). There seemed to be a greater percentage of European cruisers, maybe because we were on a Panama Canal trip. Whatever the reason, we thorougly enjoyed this sailing.

mjarens

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Well put and I agree 100%. If you want to see more about the Century take a peek at my site www.Celebrity-Century.com. I have pictures of the Century, the menus from our cruise, and a few other odds and ends that you might be interested in seeing.
#6
Los Angeles, CA
93 Posts
Joined Jun 2002
RM, you will appreciate the finer food (the main dining room is more like eating in the specialty restaurant on an RCI ship)..plus the extra staff members to pamper you and the "touches of luxury". Nightlife is a little more sedate, of course.

CRUISES: Queen of Bermuda '89 Tropicale '99, Explorer of the Seas '02, Radiance of the Seas '02, Vision of the Seas '03, Queen Elizabeth 2 '03, Infinity '03, Serenade of the Seas '03, Monarch of the Seas '03, Norwegian Star '03, Queen Mary 2 '04,
Diamond Princess, '04

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#7
Battle Ground, WA, USA
3,180 Posts
Joined May 2004
I heartily agree. You will undoubtedly love Celebrity. It has a marvelous, somewhat upscale feel, and the ships' ambience is terrific for relaxing and appreciating life at sea.

You didn't mention what length of cruise or what ship you were looking at. For a first-time Celebrity cruiser coming over from RCCL, might I suggest you try a Millenium class Celebrity vessel.

As to the posting that said nightlight might be more sedate. Hmmmmm...? My experience is that all depends on the luck of the draw. For instance, if you're on a short 7-day cruise you might find more folk who like the disco nightlife. On the longer 11, 14-day, or more sailings we haven't found nightlife to be quite as 'hopping.'

Congratulations on your anniversary, and best wishes for a delightful cruise celebration!
#8
Harpenden, UK
13,080 Posts
Joined Nov 2002
Welcome RM. Yes, this board is a fun place to be and despite the reputation from some, we are not stuffy at all!

I can only endorse the comments made by others. Our two Celebrity cruises have been very special. We have been pampered without being smothered and have met some wonderful new friends from a variety of places and countries. The ships are classy, not glitzy and it all starts with the white gloved champagne served whilst you are boarding and then being escorted to your cabin.

I'm sure you will love Celebrity.

Phil

Mercury Western Caribbean November 2002
Galaxy Eastern Caribbean November 2003

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13th November 2004


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#9
Jacksonville, FL USA
47,908 Posts
Joined Jan 2003
Hi RM another welcome aboard!!! I love Celebrity too...have only been on Royal once...Sovereign of the Seas, so for me the comparison was more like apples to oranges...(no comparison really). I have been on Century twice, Mercury once and going on Horizon in September.
Enjoy your cruise...whatever ship you decide to sail.

Hi Matt Great to see you again!

Hey Phil!!

Next up...HORIZON Sept 18th to Bermuda!

See My Century and Mercury Pictures at:
http://community.webshots.com/user/lovescruising
#10
Harpenden, UK
13,080 Posts
Joined Nov 2002
Hi Lois!

I'm still doing that dance for ya!

Phil

Mercury Western Caribbean November 2002
Galaxy Eastern Caribbean November 2003

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#11
Jacksonville, FL USA
47,908 Posts
Joined Jan 2003
Thanks Phil...it rained somewhat yesterday...the weird thing is...some areas are STILL having fires.
And some folks are just plain STUPID....throwing their cigarette butts out their window ..I don't care if folks smoke...but, someone did that last night...it was on the news this morning...2500 acres are burning due to this person's actions.

Next up...HORIZON Sept 18th to Bermuda!

See My Century and Mercury Pictures at:
http://community.webshots.com/user/lovescruising
#12
Florida
2,742 Posts
Joined Mar 2000
Thanks all for making me feel welcome.

I'm looking at the Mercury cruise to Mexico 9 days in September. Trying to decide if it's worth the fly time.

Can you tell me how late the casinos are open in general? My DH would hate it if he had to go in too early.

I agree the fires are awful. We had a little rain last night in central FL but not nearly what we need.

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Then Jewel of the Seas
#13
Jacksonville, FL USA
47,908 Posts
Joined Jan 2003
Hi RM..I was always in bed before they closed . Phil...do recall how late the Casino stays open?

I had a wonderful time On the Mercury in March...she is a beautiful ship. And I met a fantastic group from these boards on her as well...we had a blast .

Next up...HORIZON Sept 18th to Bermuda!

See My Century and Mercury Pictures at:
http://community.webshots.com/user/lovescruising
#14
Dublin, OH, US
4,008 Posts
Joined Jan 2001
RM,

Casino is open until the "wee hours". Whatever that is its well after midnight so DH can lose his money well after dinner .

The slots and blackjack tables are pretty active, but on Celebrity we noticed the craps table not so much.

Hope this helps. Mercury is a great ship, we loved it.

George & MaryBeth
#15
Florida
2,742 Posts
Joined Mar 2000
Can someone tell me what a typical sea day is like? Not looking for the Hairy chest contest type of stuff......

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Then Jewel of the Seas
#16
Jacksonville, FL USA
47,908 Posts
Joined Jan 2003
Hi again No Hairy Chest Contests...
Typical Sea Days..the usually offer different activities...I love trivia..they have trivia We played Battle of the Sexes which was quite fun Some days it was in the Rondeaveau Lounge, other times it was in Navigator.

They also had music trivia...We played teams for "BEATLES MUSIC"..we came in 2nd place.

They had cooking demonstrations...YUMMY .
They have Art Auctions, a wine tasting, lets see...I don't always participate in "daily activities"...for me it is just wonderful to sit outside...(On the Mercury AFT) there is a lovely deck area with tables and chairs just beyond the "Palm Springs Buffet". I love to just have a drink and read a good book.

I can't think of the other activities at this moment...I sailed her in March...gosh, my mind is going fast .
But "Hairy Chest Contests" were not listed on the daily....so not to worry .

Next up...HORIZON Sept 18th to Bermuda!

See My Century and Mercury Pictures at:
http://community.webshots.com/user/lovescruising
#17
Portland, Oregon, USA
1,230 Posts
Joined Jan 2001
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by RM:
Can someone tell me what a typical sea day is like? Not looking for the Hairy chest contest type of stuff......

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Nothing like that on the Constellation (we were on a 13 day Best of Europe cruise). Then again we weren't in the tropics either. But that just doesn't sound like Celebrity. Here is what I remember - guest lecture, movies, art auction, cooking demonstrations, tea. Also bingo, napkin folding, flower arranging, scarf tying. Overall, IMHO, lots to do. For me, walk on deck, couple hours in the thallostherapy pool, nice long lunch, cocktails with new friends, dress for dinner. Never bored that is for sure!

Joe

Constellation Transatlantic 09-07-2004
#18
Jacksonville, FL USA
47,908 Posts
Joined Jan 2003
Hi Joe love your statement!!!!

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"For me, walk on deck, couple hours in the thallostherapy pool, nice long lunch, cocktails with new friends, dress for dinner. Never bored that is for sure!"
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Sounds like a Celebrity Cruise to me as well

Next up...HORIZON Sept 18th to Bermuda!

See My Century and Mercury Pictures at:
http://community.webshots.com/user/lovescruising
#19
Florida
2,742 Posts
Joined Mar 2000
Thanks sounds very nice. If I think of anything else, I'll ask......

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Then Jewel of the Seas
#20
Harpenden, UK
13,080 Posts
Joined Nov 2002
Hi RM. No, I don't remember a hairy chest competition either. Shame really. That would be one thing I was good at

CruiseClues website has posted 'typical' events as listed in the dailys. Here is the link. It gives you a good flavour:

http://cruiseclues.com/galaxy/activevent.htm

Phil

Mercury Western Caribbean November 2002
Galaxy Eastern Caribbean November 2003

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Until Galaxy Panama Canal Out Of Galveston
13th November 2004


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