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Our first ever cruise was with Princess in 1994. In the last few years we have travelled with HAL, NCL, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity (which has become our line of choice). In January we are joining a group of friends on Star Princess out of Buenos Aires. What differences can we expect between Princess and Celebrity? How does it compare with our other recent cruise lines? What are the 'do not miss' features?
Thanks for your help
I love the International Cafe. HAL, Celebrity, and RCCL don't have anything like it. Pastries, muffins, donuts and breakfast sandwiches for breakfast, paninis, sandwiches, salads (shrimp, chicken and Greek) as well as pastries the rest of the day and night.
I'm a 3-star Mariner on HAL and have been on both HAL and Celebrity in just over a year. While food is very subjective, I think Princess has better food and service than both. The shows and entertainment are better as well.
On Princess, cabins are ready as soon as you board so you can start your cruise immediately, unlike Celebrity. HAL changed to that just a year or so ago.
Hopefully, you'll like Princess.
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Like the OP, I haven't been on Princess since 1999 and will be on the Island in January.
After sailing with 4 other lines (RCI, NCL, HAL, Celebrity), I am very interested in what people have to say about the OP's question
RCCL Vision of the Seas - Western Caribbean - 1/24/2015
Celebrity Infinity - South America & around the Horn 1/19/2014
Island Princess - Panama Canal Full Transit 1/9/2013
Celebrity Solstice - Western Caribbean 1/22/2012
Celebrity Summit - B2B 1/15 & 1/22/2011
Celebrity Summit - Southern Caribbean 1/16/2010
Celebrity Summit - Christmas Cruise - 12/20/2008
Holland America - Southern Caribbean & STL Cardinals cruise - 1/2004
Princess - Alaska Cruisetour 9/1999
Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas - Western Caribbean (the one that got this started!) 6/1998
Since 2000, we have sailed three times on Celebrity, twice on HAL, once on Carnival, and are about to sail on our 12th Princess cruise. I've enjoyed them all--even the Carnival one. There's always something that another cruise line does better. I generally look for the best price and itinerary to meet our vacation schedule. DH teaches and doesn't have much flebility with his. Princess has earned more of our business because it has had affordable cruises that fit our schedule. The past passenger perks are also nice. Even though after we finally make it to Elite, I'll still look at Celebrity and HAL to see if either has a good value.
__________________ We've been on Carnival: 27 voyages; 184 days Celebrity: 3 voyages; 24 days Holland: 11 voyages 152 days Norwegian: 2 voyages; 16 days Princess: 16 voyages; 154 days Royal Carib: 5 voyages; 35 days Vantage: River 2 voyage 39 days
GRAND TOTAL: 66 Cruises 604 days
NOT YET SAILED
Princess Coral 10/14-11 days Holland Prinsendam 11/14 -28 days Holland Ryndam 1/15 -14 days Holland Volendam 3/15 -28 days Holland Rotterdam 4/15 - 18 days Holland Veendam 6/15 - 14 days Vantage River Cruise 8/15 - 21 days Princess Emerald 8/15 -14 days Holland Eurodam 9 /15 -17 days Holland Prinsendam 10/15 - 28 days
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