Celebrity Vs. Princess

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#1
145 Posts
Joined Jun 2011
We've sailed on the Disney Wonder and the Dream and liked both, but especially the Dream. We just got back from a cruise to the Caribbean on the Ruby Princess, and we liked that ship, too. So should we try a Celebrity cruise or stick with either Disney or Princess? Just looking for some guidance! I know it's good to stay with one cruise line to get loyalty benefits. Thanks for any help!
#2
Las Vegas
1,406 Posts
Joined Jul 2009
We have cruised with R.C.C.L., Celebrity, Princess, N.C.L., and Carnival and have found different, wonderful things with each of them. I know that loyalty has perks, but why limit yourself to one or two line...
Try all of them or just pick where you want to go and who will take you there, you will learn so much about the wide world of cruising than you never knew. Remember Cruising Is The Best Vacation On Earth!!! The world is out there for you to grab a hold of. Reach for the stars, you never know what you will find... Good Luck and Happy Cruising!!! C.G.
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#4
Jericho, New York
4,692 Posts
Joined Feb 2008
Originally posted by Jaylie
We've sailed on the Disney Wonder and the Dream and liked both, but especially the Dream. We just got back from a cruise to the Caribbean on the Ruby Princess, and we liked that ship, too. So should we try a Celebrity cruise or stick with either Disney or Princess? Just looking for some guidance! I know it's good to stay with one cruise line to get loyalty benefits. Thanks for any help!

We have also enjoyed many cruise lines, but Celebrity compared to Princess wins IMO! The food is much better- including the buffet, MDR , Blu and the speciality restaurants cannot be beat. I truly recommend the newer ships- solstice class. The Martini Bar and Molecular bar are fun and they make excellent drinks. They also have very limited announcements. Another perk is the adult pool. When we travel on princess, it is so crowded that we pay to enjoy the santuary all week- it is pricey, but you don't have to fight for a chair. Celebrity also offers specials, so you get tips, a cash amount and or unlimited beverage packages which really keep the costs down. Enjoy
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Stella Solaris 7/80's?, Sheraton Barge down Nile , 1980's, Celebrity Zenith 2001, Celebrity Summit 4/11,8/12,8/13,8/14,8/7/16 , CelebrityInfinity 1/11 , RC: Liberty of the Seas 8/08,
Oasis ofthe Seas 3/10, Allure of the Seas 3/12, 1/14 ,12/15
Freedom of the Seas 8/06, Disney Magic 01/03, Disney Wonder 1/10,Carnival Valor 8/05 ,Carnival Freedom 08/06,
Carnival Liberty 01/08, Carnival Victory 6/02,
Carnival Legend 8/04, Carnival Glory 06/09
Crown Princess 8/07, Caribbean Princess 8/09, 08/11, Celebrity Eclipse 12/12, Celebrity Equinox 1/11, CelebrityReflection 3/13 ,3/16 Celebrity Solstice 1/09, Celebrity Infinity 8/03,
Celebrity Silouhette 1/14, 3/14,1/16,Celebrity Eclipse 1/15, Quantum of the Seas 3/13/15, NCL Breakaway 8/9/15, RC Harmony of the Sea 3/11/17,
Future:
Celebrity Summit 8/13/17, Celebrity Silhouette 3/18/18, Celebrity Eclipse 1/7/18, Celebrity Reflection 1/18, Adventure of the Seas 8/10/18, Celebrity Edge 3/17/19
#5
Sechelt, BC & Fort Mohave, AZ
26,691 Posts
Joined Sep 2007
We have done a number of cruises with Princess and will do more, however we are finding Princess is getting a bit stale and the cut backs annoying. We have only done two Celebrity cruises with 2 more coming up....I have to say we are finding Celebrity more to our liking but at the end of the day the two lines are pretty close.
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#6
Jericho, New York
4,692 Posts
Joined Feb 2008
Originally posted by Putterdude
We have done a number of cruises with Princess and will do more, however we are finding Princess is getting a bit stale and the cut backs annoying. We have only done two Celebrity cruises with 2 more coming up....I have to say we are finding Celebrity more to our liking but at the end of the day the two lines are pretty close.
We will be on the Silhouette Jan 5th 2014, the week before you! On the Allure Jan 12, 2014. I also found that especially on the Caribbean Princess, as they added more staterooms, the public space , including the theatre was is inadequate. I also like(d) Princess, but agree that the budget cuts, perhaps the Carnival Management, has decreased the quality of the cruise experience.
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Stella Solaris 7/80's?, Sheraton Barge down Nile , 1980's, Celebrity Zenith 2001, Celebrity Summit 4/11,8/12,8/13,8/14,8/7/16 , CelebrityInfinity 1/11 , RC: Liberty of the Seas 8/08,
Oasis ofthe Seas 3/10, Allure of the Seas 3/12, 1/14 ,12/15
Freedom of the Seas 8/06, Disney Magic 01/03, Disney Wonder 1/10,Carnival Valor 8/05 ,Carnival Freedom 08/06,
Carnival Liberty 01/08, Carnival Victory 6/02,
Carnival Legend 8/04, Carnival Glory 06/09
Crown Princess 8/07, Caribbean Princess 8/09, 08/11, Celebrity Eclipse 12/12, Celebrity Equinox 1/11, CelebrityReflection 3/13 ,3/16 Celebrity Solstice 1/09, Celebrity Infinity 8/03,
Celebrity Silouhette 1/14, 3/14,1/16,Celebrity Eclipse 1/15, Quantum of the Seas 3/13/15, NCL Breakaway 8/9/15, RC Harmony of the Sea 3/11/17,
Future:
Celebrity Summit 8/13/17, Celebrity Silhouette 3/18/18, Celebrity Eclipse 1/7/18, Celebrity Reflection 1/18, Adventure of the Seas 8/10/18, Celebrity Edge 3/17/19
#7
South Carolina
27,143 Posts
Joined Dec 2001
While Princess is our favorite cruise line, we are aways very happy with the Celebrity cruises we take!
For sure ... give Celebrity a try!

LuLu
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#8
4,849 Posts
Joined Dec 2008
Originally posted by Putterdude
We have done a number of cruises with Princess and will do more, however we are finding Princess is getting a bit stale and the cut backs annoying. We have only done two Celebrity cruises with 2 more coming up....I have to say we are finding Celebrity more to our liking but at the end of the day the two lines are pretty close.
You may already know this, but your upcoming cruise is going to be a Boston Red Sox themed event, featuring both fans and players/broadcasters. As a Red Sox fan, that's not necessarily a BAD think in my view, but a lot of people are hesitant about theme cruises.

Western Caribbean - Celebrity Silhouette - Jan 12, 2014
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#9
Sechelt, BC & Fort Mohave, AZ
26,691 Posts
Joined Sep 2007
Originally posted by printingchick
You may already know this, but your upcoming cruise is going to be a Boston Red Sox themed event, featuring both fans and players/broadcasters. As a Red Sox fan, that's not necessarily a BAD think in my view, but a lot of people are hesitant about theme cruises.

Western Caribbean - Celebrity Silhouette - Jan 12, 2014
Yes, thank you I am aware of this and are thinking of what we may want to do.
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Previous Cruises:
Hawaiian Islands - Star Princess - January 4, 2017 .. Scandinavia & Russia - Regal Princess - May 26, 2016 .. Hawaiian Islands - Ruby Princess - January 9, 2016 .. British Isles - Royal Princess - Aug 25, 2015 .. Eastern Caribbean - Ruby Princess - Jan 24, 2015 .. Eastern Caribbean - Ruby Princess - Jan 17, 2015 .. Western Caribbean - Ruby Princess - Jan 10, 2015 .. Eastern Caribbean - Celebrity Silhouette - Jan 19, 2014 .. Western Caribbean - Celebrity Silhouette - Jan 12, 2014 .. Athens to Venice - Ruby Princess Sept. 15, 2013 .. Rome to Athens - Ruby Princess - Sept. 9, 2013 .. Southern Caribbean - Emerald Princess - Jan. 16, 2013 .. Eastern Caribbean - Emerald Princess - Jan. 6, 2013 .. Mediterranean & Adriatic - Grand Princess - Sept. 4, 2012 .. Southern Caribbean - Celebrity Constellation - Jan. 14, 2012 .. Mexican Riviera - HAL Oosterdam - Dec. 24, 2011 .. Pacific Coastal - Sapphire Princess - Sept. 18, 2011 . . Pacific Coastal - Sapphire Princess - May 14, 2011 . .Pacific Coastal - Golden Princess - May 11, 2011 .. Eastern Caribbean - Ruby Princess - Jan. 16, 2011 .. Western Caribbean - Crown Princess -Jan. 8, 2011 .. Mexican Riviera - Sapphire Princess - Dec. 4, 2010 .. Alaska - Diamond Princess - Sept. 4 2010 .. Alaska - Diamond Princess - Aug. 28, 2010. Pacific Coastal - Golden Princess - May 9, 2010 .. Southern Caribbean - Grand Princess - Jan. 15, 2010 .. Alaska - Sapphire Princess - Sept. 19, 2009 .. Pacific Coastal - Coral Princess - May 15, 2009 .. Panama Canal - Coral Princess - Jan 6, 2009 .. Pacific Coastal - Golden Princess - May 3, 2008 .. Hawaii - Diamond Princess -Dec.18,2007 .. Alaska - Celebrity Mercury - Aug. 10, 2007 .. Alaska - Canadian National Steamship's - SS Prince George - 13 cruises - May thru Sept, 1963 (crew member)
#10
virginia beach, va
1,382 Posts
Joined Oct 2010
Originally posted by Jaylie
So should we try a Celebrity cruise or stick with either Disney or Princess? Just looking for some guidance! I know it's good to stay with one cruise line to get loyalty benefits. Thanks for any help!
I've been on 14 cruises including some ships no longer sailing. And, I've never been on a bad ship...there's always something to like. My absolute favorite is Celebrity. I think the level of service is superior to all others on which I've sailed. I still have some lines to go and don't believe in 'brand loyalty' til I've tried them all. And, maybe, not even then if a particular itinerary strikes my fancy. I will say that it is obvious that Carnival has made cutbacks which impact the guests. And, I know this because I've been on a Carnival run of late due to other cruisers in my group. And, well, Princess belongs to the Carnival group, though I've not been aboard Princess in about 3 years and it was very enjoyable. It's not BIG things but there is a difference from several years ago -- dirty tables in the Lido area, less waiters, over-worked waiters with not-very-proficient help, stewards with too many cabins assigned, etc. Is it still worth doing? Absolutely! But Celebrity is a better product and - if you are canny - you can get just as good a deal! Happy cruising whichever decision you make. I'm planning on a Norwegian - THAT should be interesting - and then a HAL for my next outings. However, I've heard negative rumblings about HAL slipping in service and food, too -- yet another Carnival holding. And, well, Carnival's Costa ships will never be an option for me - not with captains like Schettino!
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The fascination began in 1989:
1989 - Queen of Bermuda - Cruise to No Where; 1990 - Canada Star - Mexico; 1992 - Celebrity Meridian - Bermuda; 1999 - M/V Island Holiday - Bahamas; 2002 - Carnival Holiday - Southern Caribbean; 2003 - Carnival Fascination - Western Caribbean; 2008 - Carnival Holiday - Mexico; 2009 - Carnival Victory - Southeastern Caribbean; 2009 - Caribbean Princess - Classic Southern Caribbean; 2010 - Celebrity Millennium - Southern Caribbean; 2011 - Carnival Glory - Bahamas; 2012 - Carnival Glory - Eastern Caribbean; 2012 - Carnival Glory - Western Caribbean; 2012 - Carnival Valor - Western Caribbean; 2013 (May) - Carnival Glory - Bahamas; 2013 (Oct) - Carnival Glory - Bahamas; 2015 (Jan) - Holland America Ryndam - Central America; 2015 (May) Carnival Splendor - Bahamas; 2015 (Oct) NCL Dawn - Re-Positioning - East, West & Deep Southern; 2016 (Jan) Carnival Fantasy - Bahamas; 2017 (Jan) Carnival Dream
#11
New Jersey
2,623 Posts
Joined Apr 2008
Originally posted by Jaylie
We've sailed on the Disney Wonder and the Dream and liked both, but especially the Dream. We just got back from a cruise to the Caribbean on the Ruby Princess, and we liked that ship, too. So should we try a Celebrity cruise or stick with either Disney or Princess? Just looking for some guidance! I know it's good to stay with one cruise line to get loyalty benefits. Thanks for any help!
Keep trying other cruise lines. That way you'll get to experience each brand for yourself. You'll find the one or two lines that are a perfect fit for you. We've cruised Costa, Princess, NCL, Celebrity and RCI. Our favorite is RCI with Celebrity as a close second.
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Madeline
#13
Charlotte, NC
715 Posts
Joined Oct 2011
Originally posted by Cruising Golfer
We have cruised with R.C.C.L., Celebrity, Princess, N.C.L., and Carnival and have found different, wonderful things with each of them. I know that loyalty has perks, but why limit yourself to one or two line...
Try all of them or just pick where you want to go and who will take you there, you will learn so much about the wide world of cruising than you never knew. Remember Cruising Is The Best Vacation On Earth!!! The world is out there for you to grab a hold of. Reach for the stars, you never know what you will find... Good Luck and Happy Cruising!!! C.G.
This!!

We've been on RCI and Carnival but this fall, we'll be on Celebrity! To me, each line is a different adventure and we always look forward to something new about cruising. Our reason for choosing Celebrity? The Aqua Class and Blu. We were sold on them!
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Carnival Glory, May 2008 - Eastern Caribbean
Navigator of the Seas, March 2009 - Western Caribbean
Allure of the Seas, May 2012 - Western Caribbean
Norwegian Getaway, May 2014 - Eastern Caribbean
Carnival Vista, Feb 2017 - Western Caribbean
#14
Pittsburgh Pa.
444 Posts
Joined Sep 2008
Princess and Celebrity are my favorites. Princess does a great job with the big screen tv. Late night movies, football games and many other things. Celebrity has great service and even better food. Either way you will be a winner. Have a great cruise.
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Celebrity: Millenium -November 2003
Princess: Caribbean -November 2004
Princess: Caribbean -November 2005
Royal Caribbean: Sovereign of the Seas -August 2006
Carnival: Glory -November 2007
Princess: Caribbean -January 2008
Princess: Ruby -November 2009
Princess: Crown - January 2 2010
Princess: Crown - November 27 2010
Royal Caribbean: Navigator of the Seas - December 10 2011
Carnival Freedom: - September 8 2012
Princess: Caribbean -November 1 2014 B2B
Carnival: Conquest -November 2015
Princess: Caribbean -November 2016
Royal Caribbean: Rhapsody of the Seas -January 28 2017
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#15
Michigan
1,501 Posts
Joined Aug 2004
If traveling with kids, I'd go Princess over Celebrity. If traveling with just adults, I'd probably go Celebrity.
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RCCL Freedom of the Seas -- 04/01/17
RCCL Oasis of the Seas -- 08/27/16
RCCL Oasis of the Seas -- 02/27/16
RCCL Navigator of the Seas -- 12/12/15
RCCL Freedom of the Seas -- 06/14/15
RCCL Navigator of the Seas -- 03/30/13
Princess Dawn Princess -- 10/24/04
Celebrity Horizon -- Jan 2003
HAL Nieuw Amsterdaam (the first one) -- Jan 1987
Carnival Festival -- April 1982