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luv4cruises

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    Poway, California
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    Cruising, Snorkeling Reading, Walking
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Celebrity, Princess
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Tahiti

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  1. I have cruised on 6 different cruise lines with 43 cruises sailed. Princess used to be one of my favorites. IMHO Celebrity has outdone them in the Caribbean. Celebrity’s cruise fares for mid level balcony cabins are less expensive, The cabins are better, sofas in every cabin(but with less storage, a beautiful and roomy bathroom, a decent sized balcony with nicer furniturewit, faux teak wood decking not that ugly blue stuff. The entertainment and activities are comparable to Princess, the food and service equal. The Soltice class ships are among the most beautiful at sea, with an adults only Solarium, with Pool, hot tubs, a healthy food cafe in it, a beautiful Ocean View buffet with ample aft outdoor seating, a lovely Cafe al Bacio similar to Internatiinal Cafe, a Martini Bar second to none, and a Grand Foyee similar to the Piazza. The Solarium (with nobutler service) is avaiable to all adults, unlike the costly Serenity are on Princess. On Celebrity you are welcomed aboard with Champagne. Celebrity runs many more promos - most of the time I get a less expensive fare than Princess for a better or same category cabin, itinerary, and it includes the classic drink package that includes the 18% gratuity and a choice of free daily gratuities,Internet or OBC. Furthermore Celebrity offers reduced deposits of 25.00 /pp often. Celebrity is the first to open booking windows 2-3 years out. I have been trying to find a cruise on the Royal Princess that can offer me all that I get on Celebrity for a comparable price. So far no luck. I have sailed on the Royal, the Regal and 6 other Princess ships. I hope that sometime soon Princess will be more competive with Celebrity. An additional less known benefit for sailing Celebrity and Royal Caribbean is the reciprocity of loyalty levels on both lines. Once you reach Elite on Celebrity you are automatically Diamond on Royal Caribbean. This works well for cruisers with grandchildren and teen or young adult family members. Royal Caribbean is a wonderful multi-generational cruise line. The big ships with all the bells and whistles are surprisingly comfortable offering a wide range of activities, extraordinary entertainment, excellent service and comparable food. Our young grandchildren love cruising on Royal Caribbean. With so many children the age groups at the kids club’ are better designated 3-5 etc. A nominal fee nursery is also avaiable for children from 6 months to 3 years old. Let me add Princess is truly # 1 in Alaska.
  2. I have cruised on 6 different cruise lines with 43 cruises sailed. Princess used to be one of my favorites. IMHO Celebrity has outdone them in the Caribbean. Celebrity’s cruise fares for mid level balcony cabins are less expensive, the cabins are better, sofas in every cabin, a beautiful and roomy bathroom, a decent sized balcony, with faux teak wood decking, not that ugly blue stuff. The entertainment and activities are comparable to Princess, the food and service equal. The Soltice class ships are among the most beautiful at sea, with an adults only Solarium, with Pool, hot Tubs’s, and a healthy food cafe in it. No paying extra for the Serenity experience. (There is no butler service). On Celebrity you are welcomed aboard with Champagne, They run many more promos - most of the time I get a less expensive fare than Princess for similar cabin, itinerary, and it includes the classic drink package that includes the 18% gratuity and a choice of free daily gratuities,Internet or OBC. Furthermore they offer reduced deposits of 25.00 /pp often and they are the first to open booking windows 2-3 years out. I have been trying to find a cruise on the Royal Princess that can offer me all that I get on Celebrity for a comparable price. So far no luck. I have sailed on the Royal, the Regal and 6 other Princess ships. I hope that sometime soon they will be more competive with Celebrity.
  3. Just like Carnival’s “Faster to the Fun”! Another way to squeeze more money out of the average cruiser and diminish loyalty benefits. As a frequent cruiser on many cruise lines and once a Princess cheerleader, I find Celebrity to offer more on similar itineraries- better promos, better prices, a fee free adults only Solarium, better cabins, great entertainment and activities, on Celebrity they welcome all cruisers aboard with a glass of champagne not a gimmick to grab more money! Cutbacks abound on all cruise lines. It is sad to see the cruise experience deteriorate little by little. Royal Caribbean has cut back more than other cruiselines with deceptive promos and expensive prices. IMHO Royal can do this because they attract younger cruisers and families who do not have a varied and long cruising history on different cruise lines. They don’t remember the good old days and have little basis for comparison. They willingly pay the inflated prices and accept the cutbacks! Princess, please do not go the way of Carnival! Stop fee for boarding first!
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