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Hi All,

We are considering trying Celebrity Line on the next cruise in 2011.

 

We would be taking it out of Cape Liberty, NJ - closet to home without flying.

 

Since our regular line we like to travel on (CUNARD) does not have a schedule that would agree on, Celebrity was a line we considered in the past. We know several people who have sailed on Celebrity and liked it very much.

 

Can you also tell me the Pro's and Con's you experienced on Celebrity.

 

Also any tips to pass on.

 

To all booked to cruise, Happy Sailing To You!

 

Looking forward to you comments.

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I had never sailed Celebrity but was invited to the Naming Ceremony of the Eclipse. I had heard so much about it that I was afraid that I would be disappointed - but it exceeded all my expectations.

I loved the decor, ambience, atmosphere and the MDR.

On our mini cruise the dress code was not " Formal " but actually "Black Tie" and everyone complied.

On normal cruises - on Formal Nights are there men with dark suits and not actually tuxedo's ? Due to weight and luggage restrictions it can be a problem carrying the tux.

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Service is excellent. Food exceeds expectations. Spa is wonderful. Shows are good. Best martini bars at sea. :D

 

 

You will see more black suits on formal night then tuxedo's.

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We've only cruised with Celebrity once - on Summit in the Med - it was fabulous. We couldn't fault the food, service or entertainment. We had a balcony cabin and there was plenty of storage etc. We were on late dining and found that was good on a port heavy cruise. Little things make a big difference - like no (or very few) announcements, cold facecloths and drinks waiting at portside ,thalassotherapy pool etc.

The Cova cafe is a fab place for coffees with complementary pastries etc each afternoon. The Martini bar is a must.

We found it to be an 'adult' ship, very elegant.

I don't know if the itinerary makes a difference, but there were lots of tuxes (as well as smart suits) and most of the ladies were very well dressed on formal nights.

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My favorite thing about Celebrity is the smoking policy. Pax are not allowed to smoke in their rooms, on the verandas (balconies), in the casino, in most indoor areas. IIRC there's always one lounge available for smokers, but it's otherwise limited to designated outdoor areas. Great if you're a nonsmoker. Most smokers report it's not too difficult to find a place to light up, though.

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Many Thanks To ALL!

 

Thank you for all your responses.

 

I like the message "adult" type of ship. Since we like Cunard, Holland America, etc.. we would like this type of atmosphere. Nothing against family type of ships like NCL & RCCL, but Mega ships are not for us. We wish the elegant touch that we have look for as in the past.

 

I think the decor should match the description of the mission of the Celebrity Line.

 

I do like the formal type of dress like tuxedos mentioned besides dark suits. This sets a special tone on the ship during the evenings.

 

I have heard alot about the service and food. The food is suppose to be the best in the cruising industry. I really don't think we would be disappointed with the personal care the crew would offer.

 

Like that big plus - NO SMOKING POLICY around the ship.

 

That is a special point the pierside service of refreshing yourselves returning to the ship.

 

I was wondering what the entertainment would have been like. Also wasn't sure if there were other restaurants onboard these ships offering other fares.

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haven't been on X since 2006, but I'd say service & food. Service, imho was the best. Loved having a butler as well as a cabin steward.....:):):)

 

Bob

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Cannot compare the two, but Celebrity stands for Xcellence ..having just gotten off the Soltice, classy comes to mind as is the word "adult".. No rock climbing or ice skating..The word "no" or "not possible" are not in their vocabulary. My review is in not on this board, but on Fodors right now..Which ship are you thinking of? parrotmom@verizon.net

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We've sailed Celebrity once - Summit 2008 in the Med - and it was fabulous!! I echo everything suenruss said - especially about it being an adult ship!

 

Food ~ every Celebrity Ship has at least one special dining room - The Normandie on the Summit could rival any top NYC restaurant - and we've been spoiled at some of the best! - we are foodies!! The MDR is also very good and my husband was well pleased by the wine menu.

 

I see you're from Brooklyn - you can almost walk to Cape Liberty - OK, swim! I would suggest you definitely take the opportunity to experience Celebrity! We loved the Summit so much we're flying to Amsterdam for a Baltic Cruise on her sister ship the Constellation - and praying the ash cloud doesn't cause any delays!

 

Whatever you decide - have a great cruise!!

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Cannot compare the two, but Celebrity stands for Xcellence ..having just gotten off the Soltice, classy comes to mind as is the word "adult".. No rock climbing or ice skating..The word "no" or "not possible" are not in their vocabulary. My review is in not on this board, but on Fodors right now..Which ship are you thinking of? parrotmom@verizon.net

 

Thank you!

 

R U Trying to convince me to take Celebrity.....

 

Well I will tell you by all accounts, Celebrity sounds like what Cunard was like when we were first attracted to the QE2 when it was Cunard and not Carnival flag.

 

I was wondering what the big X on the stack stood for. I totally agree by the sound of it.

 

That is one thing I can not understand stand. Why would someone want to climb a ship's stack, it's for venting. Why would someone want to Ice Skate on a floating vessel in the Caribbean with Blue Skies and the Deep Blue oceans to glaze upon. It's beyond me. Not that I am getting older (59), but common sense is common sense. Those on the Titanic would rise from the sea if they knew what is going on up on top.

 

Good service would never include "no" or "not possible". If needed they should say "Let Me See What I Can Do". That does still happen on Cunard, their very best.

 

We are not targeting any particular ship. We are learning the ports-of-calls, the fleet and the trips that they are setup by the line for now. We are particularly interested in leaving out of Cape Liberty. If all else fails, maybe we would travel to Baltimore but that be the last resort.

 

So we are just starting from the Ground and working our way up to learn the Line.

 

Could you pls tell me the location or link to your review? Appreciate it!

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I'm an "Elite" level Captains Club member...meaning I've done quite a number of cruises on Celebrity...I was just on the Summit in March/April and I will be on the Eclipse in July...and I am also a multiple time cruiser on several other lines (though not Cunard)...

 

I'll echo what has been said about food and service and elegance...but add one more point--the ships are extremely well designed as to layout and convenience...and they have some of the best space-to-passenger ratios in the industry...That really sets it apart from most of the competition...

 

Oh...and the big "X"?

It actually is the Greek letter "Chi"...

The initial for the Chandris family who founded Celebrity...It actually started as the "Chandris Line"...When they changed to Celebrity, they retained the trademark logo "X"...

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See Comments Below.........

We've sailed Celebrity once - Summit 2008 in the Med - and it was fabulous!! I echo everything suenruss said - especially about it being an adult ship!

 

We are more attracted to an "adult" ship. I can't understand ships with inside malls (RCCL). Also interiors like the mall type with upper cabins overlooking them.

 

Maybe someday we will see the Med. My wife always wanted me to experience that.

 

Summit sounds nice. Our decision is open about the ship.

 

Food ~ every Celebrity Ship has at least one special dining room - The Normandie on the Summit could rival any top NYC restaurant - and we've been spoiled at some of the best! - we are foodies!! The MDR is also very good and my husband was well pleased by the wine menu.

 

Yes, the food is an important part of the cruising experience. I have heard of others remarks and also seen the Line's awards for the food. That is why it is important to have open decks to walk around the meals off on.

 

It's hard to cruise and then come home the first night and have pizza.

 

I see you're from Brooklyn - you can almost walk to Cape Liberty - OK, swim! I would suggest you definitely take the opportunity to experience Celebrity! We loved the Summit so much we're flying to Amsterdam for a Baltic Cruise on her sister ship the Constellation - and praying the ash cloud doesn't cause any delays!

 

Yes, we watch the ships come under the VZ Bridge all the time especially from Bayonne. Just jump over the VZ and thru SI and you are at the Cruise Port.

 

Unfortunately due to the very up close experiences my wife and I had with 9-11, we do not like and prefer not to fly anymore. That is why cruises out of NY Harbor is first choice.

 

Since last year, our preferred likes with choice of cruises are changing due to the selections the line (Cunard) is offering. The next closet would be Princess and we have some reservations about the line.

 

We are not hard nosed about this but are particular with the right choice.

 

Below (see Picture) is the Celebrity we saw leaving NY yesterday. We are lucky to live by the shoreline of Bklyn by Ft. Hamilton to see the parade of ships each weekend.

 

Thank you for your wishes!

 

Whatever you decide - have a great cruise!!

 

Many Thanks.....

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I'm an "Elite" level Captains Club member...meaning I've done quite a number of cruises on Celebrity...I was just on the Summit in March/April and I will be on the Eclipse in July...and I am also a multiple time cruiser on several other lines (though not Cunard)...

 

I'll echo what has been said about food and service and elegance...but add one more point--the ships are extremely well designed as to layout and convenience...and they have some of the best space-to-passenger ratios in the industry...That really sets it apart from most of the competition...

 

Oh...and the big "X"?

It actually is the Greek letter "Chi"...

The initial for the Chandris family who founded Celebrity...It actually started as the "Chandris Line"...When they changed to Celebrity, they retained the trademark logo "X"...

 

Thank you Steve!

 

Interesting to mention Chandris. I was wondering about the old X from the past. This would be like an old homecoming. As a child, my very first cruise my whole family took was a No Where Cruise out of NYC for a weekend was on the Chandris Ellinis. WOW! I remember it well. An excellent Greek run ship.

 

That is also an interesting factor in cruising, the space afforded to passengers and the ease of navigating thru the ship. You really don't want to feel like a mouse going thru a maze with it's design. And the space in the cabins are important.

 

Is there enough space for storage in the cabins? Drawers/Closet space. Floor Space. Also that on a exterior balcony?

 

Thank you!

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there are families and kids, and they have an excellent kids program, but it isn't stressed as it is on other Lines, but what I find the real draw on Celebrity is the 'treated as adults'...you decide what you want to do each day, no big press or hard sale, no hrly announcements about bingo, water games and so on. They treat us as if we can decide for ourselves...lots of options, but not a big fanfare.

 

Here are my opinons on the Celebrity Classes:

C-Class: Mercury and Century are the 'smallest', not really that small. My experience is they are intimate ships and their crew go out of the way to make them special. Mecury is probably leaving the Line some time in 2011, but Century will be around for a while. Century has an excllent specialty restaurant, Mercury doesn't. Mercury has a great Aqua Spa pool. Love it.

M-Class: Larger, very special ships. The big plus is the Solarium Pool. Warm Saltwater with lots of water spouts and a steel pipe lounge on the side with bubbles up through it. our favorite pool afloat (or ashore!).

S-Class: Very Large, (not Mega), many specialty restaurants, great common areas. Our Favorites. fantastic modern, elegant decor and art. Love the 'ant room' that has a 'jungle/bird' feel to it and mosaic ants going across the deck.

 

We go with Celebrity as our starting point for cruises and only move to another Line to either join friends or because of a special itinerary.

 

Summary: Celebrity is low key ambiance. And yes, we are trying to 'talk' you into Celebrity. We've cruised many Lines (no Cunard - well my wife crossed on the Elizabeth I when she was 12!), enjoyed them all, but we always look to Celebrity first - Service, ambiance, dining and I find it to be the best value-for-cost of any Line.

 

Denny

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Hi All,

We are considering trying Celebrity Line on the next cruise in 2011.

 

We would be taking it out of Cape Liberty, NJ - closet to home without flying.

 

Since our regular line we like to travel on (CUNARD) does not have a schedule that would agree on, Celebrity was a line we considered in the past. We know several people who have sailed on Celebrity and liked it very much.

 

Can you also tell me the Pro's and Con's you experienced on Celebrity.

 

Also any tips to pass on.

 

To all booked to cruise, Happy Sailing To You!

 

 

Looking forward to you comments.

Because it is my favorite cruise line ;). The entire cruise expereince has always been wonderful.

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Brooklyn Boy....

 

I've not been on Cunard but have been on other lux cruises.

 

If a lux cruiser were to ask me which line to take, IF they were to use a mass-market "big ship" line, I'd say Celebrity.

 

BUT, you gotta be ready for some subtle differences. Food quality, service, crowds, lines, etc. It just won't be as smooth as you might be used to. Also, all Ships Are NOT created equal.

 

If you like, please see 2 reviews in my signature for SUMMIT and MERCURY. Summit was a solid "good" while Mercury is GREAT. If you were going on Mercury, I'd say "do it, you can't go wrong". On Summit I'd say "do it, but roll with the punches a little".

 

Have a nice trip.

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Thank you!

 

R U Trying to convince me to take Celebrity.....

 

Well I will tell you by all accounts, Celebrity sounds like what Cunard was like when we were first attracted to the QE2 when it was Cunard and not Carnival flag.

 

I was wondering what the big X on the stack stood for. I totally agree by the sound of it.

 

That is one thing I can not understand stand. Why would someone want to climb a ship's stack, it's for venting. Why would someone want to Ice Skate on a floating vessel in the Caribbean with Blue Skies and the Deep Blue oceans to glaze upon. It's beyond me. Not that I am getting older (59), but common sense is common sense. Those on the Titanic would rise from the sea if they knew what is going on up on top.

 

Good service would never include "no" or "not possible". If needed they should say "Let Me See What I Can Do". That does still happen on Cunard, their very best.

 

We are not targeting any particular ship. We are learning the ports-of-calls, the fleet and the trips that they are setup by the line for now. We are particularly interested in leaving out of Cape Liberty. If all else fails, maybe we would travel to Baltimore but that be the last resort.

 

So we are just starting from the Ground and working our way up to learn the Line.

 

Could you pls tell me the location or link to your review? Appreciate it!

 

 

My review for personal reasons is not on this board but on Fodors or write me at parrotmom@verizon.net

 

We normally do trans-atlantics and found a great deal for the Western Carribean, but there is much to be said about cruising from a "home port" like Bayonne wh ich I believe is going to have a ship go to Bermuda or to N.E./Canada.. highly underrated in my opinion. Oh yes..will be cruising from Rome in October to do the Holyland on the new Equinix..and can hardly wait

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Brooklyn Boy....

BUT, you gotta be ready for some subtle differences. Food quality, service, crowds, lines, etc. It just won't be as smooth as you might be used to. Also, all Ships Are NOT created equal.

Have a nice trip.

 

Dear JediKnight,

"It just won't be as smooth as you might be used to."

 

Surprisingly the Cunard ships do have their own challenges that you should expect as on any ship. A mix of classes and also attraction to passengers from around the world. There are those that try it due to they have heard and like it and those that say "it's not for me". No rock climbing walls, ice rings, belly wopping contests at he pool. Just wanting to let their hair down.

 

It can be easy at times and then it can be quite an ordeal. Everyone has their own particularizes and expectations of such a grand lady like the Qx Mary 2. Yes, there are also regular people who sail with her. So you go with the flow and make the cruise or voyage your own trip.

 

We are use to crowds waiting in Lido Restaurants, Tour Bus Lines, First Night Settling Dinners. Every cruise is the same. Over the coming days the ship(s) seem to settledown. At for those other times

 

Well that is what trying another ship is about. Will you like it and return or "Well it's not for me".

 

I do like the continous comments and pride/praise all the loyal passengers on Cruise Critics are going the line.

 

True "All Ships Are Not The Same". Look at every cruise port. Each attract people who expect what they hear about it and the way it looks.

 

Thanks......

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My review for personal reasons is not on this board but on Fodors or write me at parrotmom@verizon.net

 

Thank you.

 

I found ALL the reviews and read them soon when I have time and a glass of lemonade in hand.

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I have been on both lines. Love both!! Both very different ships, as far as decor and style. But overall ambiance is somewhat simmilar, of course Cunard being more dressy and formal, celebrity being more lnformal, but both very sophisticated. In my opinon Cunard And celebrity are more simmilar thAn any other cruise line out there, HAL could be also quite close. Food and service is also simmilar. Love both and would not hesitate to sail on either!!!

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I have been on both lines. Love both!! Both very different ships, as far as decor and style. But overall ambiance is somewhat simmilar, of course Cunard being more dressy and formal, celebrity being more lnformal, but both very sophisticated. In my opinon Cunard And celebrity are more simmilar thAn any other cruise line out there, HAL could be also quite close. Food and service is also simmilar. Love both and would not hesitate to sail on either!!!

Dear pumpkin,

Thank you fellow Cunarder. But I do see you favor X in your past cruising history.

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Bklyn based on what you said, I think you'll be fine with Celebrity as others here are telling you.

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there are families and kids, and they have an excellent kids program, but it isn't stressed as it is on other Lines, but what I find the real draw on Celebrity is the 'treated as adults'...you decide what you want to do each day, no big press or hard sale, no hrly announcements about bingo, water games and so on. They treat us as if we can decide for ourselves...lots of options, but not a big fanfare.

 

Equal to Cunard with programs of your choice. Offerings there but up to you to select.

 

Nothing against childern but Cunard also has a childern's program where the childern really don't want to leave. And they are escorted thru the ship with kid counselors.

 

Here are my opinons on the Celebrity Classes:

C-Class: Mercury and Century are the 'smallest', not really that small. My experience is they are intimate ships and their crew go out of the way to make them special. Mecury is probably leaving the Line some time in 2011, but Century will be around for a while. Century has an excllent specialty restaurant, Mercury doesn't. Mercury has a great Aqua Spa pool. Love it.

M-Class: Larger, very special ships. The big plus is the Solarium Pool. Warm Saltwater with lots of water spouts and a steel pipe lounge on the side with bubbles up through it. our favorite pool afloat (or ashore!).

S-Class: Very Large, (not Mega), many specialty restaurants, great common areas. Our Favorites. fantastic modern, elegant decor and art. Love the 'ant room' that has a 'jungle/bird' feel to it and mosaic ants going across the deck.

 

We go with Celebrity as our starting point for cruises and only move to another Line to either join friends or because of a special itinerary.

 

That was the way we were with the other line. Once when the QE2 left it's service to Cunard, we tried the HAL since we were on once along time ago. The Rotterdam was great. On a 10 day cruise to the Caribbean, I told my wife by the 3rd day "If this is the service we are going to receive the rest of the cruise, let's come back next year". Well the service was and we returned the next year, same ship and even same cabin.

 

Unfortunately, not that long ago we had the same situation with the schedule with Cunard. So we tried their new Vista Class - Noordam. Well it was not the same as we experienced in the past.

 

Service and entertainment was great. But the decor and food was very disappointing. On a 10 day cruise, only got good food 3 days out of 10.

 

Now we will not return because of new dining policies. One level is Traditional Dining and the other is Ask You Dine - Open Seating. Not for us.

 

So we are for more Traditional cruising.

 

Summary: Celebrity is low key ambiance. And yes, we are trying to 'talk' you into Celebrity. We've cruised many Lines (no Cunard - well my wife crossed on the Elizabeth I when she was 12!), enjoyed them all, but we always look to Celebrity first - Service, ambiance, dining and I find it to be the best value-for-cost of any Line.

 

Low Key ambiance is traditional cruising. I always said that Cunard, Celebrity and HAL were close to the same. That is till HAL changed their ways.

 

Denny

 

Thanks Denny

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Thank you.

 

I found ALL the reviews and read them soon when I have time and a glass of lemonade in hand.

 

Just remember..each cruise sometimes on the same ship can differ..We did have a negative time entertainment wise on our cruise and I make no bones about it.. overall we had a great time but seven days is much too short for us now, but all in all you get hopefully what you pay for..service and a wonderful cruising experience

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