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.