thanks for all the replies!! Very helpful!
I have some comments and questions:
chiliburn: you asked about kids, big/small ship; dress up, etc. I should have been clearer in my original question; I meant all things being equal, and ONLY considering those 2 things (so whether it has stuff for kids or not, I don't care, etc.). Just considering food and nice well kept ship. thanks!
blackduck59: thanks!! so you've been on the Eclipse! and you're doing the Jan 26 cruise! that's one of the ones we're thinking of! BUT I just learned that that ship hasn't been refurbished in about 10 years? and it's going into full complete dry dock refurbishment in March; it was originally scheduled for this November. So I'm wondering if the ship is a little run down? when were you on the Eclipse? is it really nice?
miccanberra: I agree; I did one other celebrity cruise (but it was celebrity constellation not the solstice or eclipse I'm thinking of). But we were very disappointed in the food. But as people have said every ship is different! I'm definitely willing to give Celebrity another try!
fletch1: thanks; turns out the Viking one was a little too long; oh well. we would have liked that.
pully8: which celebrity ship did you go on that you liked the food?
the Big M: you nailed my question! (all else equal or irrelevant); thanks....so you'd put Cunard over Celebrity; thanks
phoenixx: I'm so curious now! because we are torn with booking this Dec or Jan 21! and you mentioned no cruises 'down here' this year. Are you from there? So is that the word on the ground?! And so do you think there's only a 10% chance any large cruise ship will make to Australia or NZ in December? thanks. I was hoping they'd all be up and running for their busy Christmas season; what do others think?
pushka: thanks; yes, um....as you say...mature; for sure we are! so we'd fit right in. ha ha; And why is Viking sooo much more expensive than the others? I wish Viking weren't so long, that would have been the choice.