Posted May 16th, 2009, 07:17 AM
Which one should I sail - I am a first time cruiser. This is a veryhard decision for me.
Both are new or nearly new ships, and both are large and beautiful. However, the atmosphere is different. Celebrity features a more formal atmosphere overall, with only fixed seating times in the main dining room and a quieter ambiance. Food and service are excellent, although not everyone agrees that Princess lags behind. Princess has more options and a more relaxed atmosphere. You can choose either traditional (fixed seating with the same time and table and waiter everynight) or anytime dining, where you show up for dinner when you are ready from about 5:30-10:00. Princess has 24 hr buffets, freshwater pools, Movies under the Stars and more evening entertainment than Celebrity. Hope this gives you some general idea. We enjoy Celebrity but prefer Princess -- of course, others have different views!we are booked on both. We were on both sister ships, the Crown and Solstice. I agree Princess has so many more options on entertainment. Both ships are beautiful. Anytime dining on Princess is a real plus. I think I would go on the Ruby Princess 1st. Overall I think they offer more! Both are wonderful.
Food on our particular ship Pacific Princess in the dining room was absolutely outstanding.. We found the PP people on our cruise pretty stuffy to put it mildly..and very brand, i.e. Princess, conscious..which means nothing to me..as to how many days nor which category they are and what benefits.. What mattered was the lovely size of the smaller ship..and the ports.. As a matter of fact we are booking the Equinox for 2010 trans-atlantic.. AND I DO KNOW THAT there are many people on this board who will strongly disagree with me..but trivia, pottery painting and a dull area around the pool seem to be the highlights for many...I was bored..lol and I don't like "hairy leg contests"..lolI don't know much about Pacific Princess and would never pick a small ship over a large one. In this case, OP is deciding between two big ships with all of the bells and whistles.