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I don't like or do everything on the ship. Could I gripe about several things on a cruise? Yes. We are all not the same, to me its the overall package and X's package fits my bill. I booked three days in Alcoves on our last cruise. After the first day I knew it was a waste of money so I cancelled the last two. Didn't complain just cancelled. I am sure they got the point without me throwing a fit. Enjoy all of your cruises!!!

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I've lost count over how many threads I've read the past few days about how bad Celebrity is now. Poor food quality, buffet is terrible, specialty restaurants are not so special, rusty ships, bad customer service, etc., etc., etc. I'm expecting to see comments from people complaining that they got 1 ounce less champagne in their glass when they boarded....

 

Can anyone seriously point out something, anything, positive about Celebrity? The two cruises I've taken I definitely enjoyed them quite a bit and I look forward to the next one. Whatever problems/complaints I did have certainly won't stop me from sailing on Celebrity again. Overall, I love the experience Celebrity gives you.

 

Someone else must have a positive experience they can mention, right??

 

My son, Jordan Peterson, is the solo pianist/entertainer on the Summit....I think he is pretty awesome :)

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Thanks! I also see you were on the Breakaway...which would you do/prefer today...Breakaway or Summit? I haven't done a NCL in more than a decade. Has it changed for the better?

 

Celebrity has always been my cruise line of choice but I loved the Breakaway. The Summit brought me back to what cruising was like years ago, I like that too. The smaller ship was nice because we met more people and our CC group was fabulous on the Summit.

The Breakaway has so much more to offer, the Cirque show, Burn the floor, the Jazz club,Rock of Ages, deck 8 is awesome with its outside bars and restaurants, the plank, the ropes, the slides.

If your looking for that older cruise experience the Summit is your ship but if your looking for something new the Breakaway is great! Having said all of that I would probably alternate as I like them both.

Yes NCL has changed for the better, we sail them all the time!

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We do cruises in about eighteen month intervals and still see the ships through new eyes as each adventure begins.

 

Celebrity Cruises would not be too happy if too many frequent cruisers only take 1 cruise every 18 months... But then again my membership in the CRS club would make me forget stuff as soon as we get off the ship. If I didn't scan and upload stuff I would have no reference point of changes on board.

 

I find it significant though that some people have to get away from life on board because it makes them jaded.

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Celebrity has always been my cruise line of choice but I loved the Breakaway. The Summit brought me back to what cruising was like years ago, I like that too. The smaller ship was nice because we met more people and our CC group was fabulous on the Summit.

The Breakaway has so much more to offer, the Cirque show, Burn the floor, the Jazz club,Rock of Ages, deck 8 is awesome with its outside bars and restaurants, the plank, the ropes, the slides.

If your looking for that older cruise experience the Summit is your ship but if your looking for something new the Breakaway is great! Having said all of that I would probably alternate as I like them both.

Yes NCL has changed for the better, we sail them all the time!

 

Many thanks!!! I just took a peek and there are many restaurant options...looks interesting! I may track you down for some good tips if we decide it's a better option for us. Two couples (sans children) would we be out of place? :)

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New Gilchrist and Soames toiletries are a vast improvement over the lemon grass stuff. The new chaise lounges on the Summit are nice. Tea time at 4pm in the Aqua Spa Cafe allows those people wearing swimsuits to indulge. The cakes, scones, sandwiches at tea are superb. Entertainment from 54 Below was excellent. New tote bags are much nicer than the paper totes. The table service at the Elite Breakfast is a lot better than a buffet.

 

I also could give you a list of the bad changes. However, you've read them.

 

My husband and I are waiting to see how well the changes affect the entire fleet. We were on the Summit last week. It seemed like the Summit was trying the new Buffet for the first time. It has many problems which I hope will resolve themselves. If things do not improve, I may be rethinking future cruises.

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#32 - Sitting at the Sunset Bar on the S-class, toes in the grass of the Lawn Club, enjoying the sunshine and watching the immense deep blue of the ocean pass by with a drink in hand :cool: paradise!

 

Can't wait for our upcoming Eclipse cruise! Yes we are already looking at booking the next one - and inviting our friends to come along and become Celebrity converts ;) they focus on the positives in life, as we do, and I'm confident they'll love it.

34 - safety and security

35 - overall cruise experience

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I've lost count over how many threads I've read the past few days about how bad Celebrity is now. Poor food quality, buffet is terrible, specialty restaurants are not so special, rusty ships, bad customer service, etc., etc., etc. I'm expecting to see comments from people complaining that they got 1 ounce less champagne in their glass when they boarded....

 

Can anyone seriously point out something, anything, positive about Celebrity? The two cruises I've taken I definitely enjoyed them quite a bit and I look forward to the next one. Whatever problems/complaints I did have certainly won't stop me from sailing on Celebrity again. Overall, I love the experience Celebrity gives you.

 

Someone else must have a positive experience they can mention, right??

 

 

Kevin I agree with you. We have been sailing with Celebrity a couple of times a year for the last several years and we have nothing to complain about. The food is very good, the specialty restaurants are great, the ships are beautiful, the staff is excellent. In short we have nothing to complain about. In fact we are doing our yearly Trans Atlantic in November. We sail from Rome to Fort Lauderdale and we love it. We either go out of Rome or Barcelona. Usually, we change it out every other year. We are and expect to be loyal Celebrity customers. Enjoy your next cruise!!

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We love sailing with Celebrity!! How bad can life be when your food is cooked and if you don't like it you get something else , then the dirty dishes just go away. You crawl into a nice bed that was turned down for you and someone makes your bed the next day and cleans your bathroom

The crew are so friendly, we make new friends every cruise and somedays we wake up in a country we weren't in when we went to bed.

Sometimes living like this for a week cost less than the fare to sit on a plane for 6 hours to get to the ship!!

We should all be thankful that we are in a place in life that we can enjoy this . So many are not!!

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Neither. I am trying to figure out why people are so negative.

 

Celebrity cruisers, those that have sailed recently, are experiencing changes from their previous Celebrity cruises. The reason that they are repeat cruisers is that they enjoyed or were impressed by that earlier experience.

 

Celebrity has cut many things that some people call change but few cruisers have come back to say how these changes have improved their cruising experience.

 

The ships are the same as before, the cabins have not changed, the crew is still generally friendly and being on a ship is still better than doing your own stuff at home or being at work.

We continue to cruise with Celebrity, had a wonderful increase in perks courtesy of Captain's Club but other changes over the last six months have led to a few disappointments. Others who do not share our interests won't be impacted and can't see the fuss in complaints by many posters who actually report what the short comings are. These same cutbacks might be occurring on other lines but we understand the cause of the negativity on this board.

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Celebrity cruisers, those that have sailed recently, are experiencing changes from their previous Celebrity cruises. The reason that they are repeat cruisers is that they enjoyed or were impressed by that earlier experience.

 

Celebrity has cut many things that some people call change but few cruisers have come back to say how these changes have improved their cruising experience.

 

The ships are the same as before, the cabins have not changed, the crew is still generally friendly and being on a ship is still better than doing your own stuff at home or being at work.

We continue to cruise with Celebrity, had a wonderful increase in perks courtesy of Captain's Club but other changes over the last six months have led to a few disappointments. Others who do not share our interests won't be impacted and can't see the fuss in complaints by many posters who actually report what the short comings are. These same cutbacks might be occurring on other lines but we understand the cause of the negativity on this board.

Very well worded description. And we understand that the express luggage feature worked to perfection for you this weekend! ;)

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Many thanks!!! I just took a peek and there are many restaurant options...looks interesting! I may track you down for some good tips if we decide it's a better option for us. Two couples (sans children) would we be out of place? :)

 

No one is out of place on a cruise ship. The specialty restaurants are all very good and the cruise line has some great deals if you buy it for the entire cruise. My favorite is LeBistro but I really like most of them.. The food in the MDR is also very good but we like the feel of a nice restaurant so we mostly do the specialties. Best part is that you can dine outside on some of them.. Feel free to look me up if you have any questions

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New Gilchrist and Soames toiletries are a vast improvement over the lemon grass stuff. The new chaise lounges on the Summit are nice. Tea time at 4pm in the Aqua Spa Cafe allows those people wearing swimsuits to indulge. The cakes, scones, sandwiches at tea are superb. Entertainment from 54 Below was excellent. New tote bags are much nicer than the paper totes. The table service at the Elite Breakfast is a lot better than a buffet.

 

I also could give you a list of the bad changes. However, you've read them.

 

My husband and I are waiting to see how well the changes affect the entire fleet. We were on the Summit last week. It seemed like the Summit was trying the new Buffet for the first time. It has many problems which I hope will resolve themselves. If things do not improve, I may be rethinking future cruises.

 

 

 

Anyone notice this?

It must be another new idea being tried out on the Summit.

I hope it goes fleet-wide. (Not that I need another excuse to eat, mind you :o )

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Nice post and I like your cruising philosophy. Our previous favorite was HAL until we found Celebrity............it was so different and the officers so much more involved with the passengers. The acapella singers were great and the string quartet before dinner very restful (both of those are either gone or greatly reduced).

 

We enjoyed the activities staff, multiple rounds of Trivia each day and the jewelry workshop on Celebrity ships without the glass show (e.g. Silhouette) that we also enjoyed VERY much on the Eclipse. Now the activities staff is down to 2 people and it is unknown what has happened to the workshop and what will happen to the glass show, the size or even existence of a band (recorded music instead?) and the quality of food that is rumored to have changed drastically.

 

We will still enjoy are 2 cruises booked for 2014 but will definitely miss those "differences" that initially lured us away from HAL and to substitute Celebrity

 

Our other most recent cruise line was HAL, we tried it after reading how Princess had changed. While we enjoyed HAL we never had the amazing experiences the long time cruisers had. Being new to line, we had no memories to sustain us. The smoking policy brought us to Celebrity, but as other lines also tighten their policies we may shop around if the cuts begin to feel like they did for us on HAL.

 

Maybe new things coming to Celebrity will make it just as enticing as what is leaving. I sure hope so! But they seem to be for suite class only.

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We were booked on the Millenium in September 2013 on the cruise down the West coast (wonderful itinerary) but that cruise was cancelled when they lost an azipod. So with airfare already paid to Seattle with a return from San Diego on Southwest, we chose to do a land tour and Southwest was happy to change the return from San Diego to Seattle.

 

We will not ever forget that trip into the Canadian rockies with a rental car that cost $200 for a week but conveniently had a satellite radio that never lost reception in the mountains! [Don't ask about the cost of gasoline that easily had a total cost well over the rental}. The trip from Banff/Lake Louise up the Icefields parkway past 2 glaciers was spectacular and Whistler in BC on our way back to Vancouver was fantastic especially the mountain to mountain gondola.

 

It wasn't a cruise and I did have to drive that 1500 miles through BC and Alberta, but it was worth every second......including that $5.85/U.S. gallon gasoline!!! This was a good example of making lemonade when you are handed lemons (in this case when our perfect cruise itinerary was cancelled).

 

PS: The total cost of the land trip with hotels, food, car, gasoline, etc. etc. came out well below the cost of the cruise. Celebrity refunded the cruise fare in full plus 25% off our next cruise which will be to Alaska in Sept.

 

 

We've also done this. And strangely everytime we cruise again, they've changed.

 

What is feeding the cruise lines now is that they provide cheap vacation alternative. But as prices of food, fuel and services goes up, the lines are sacrificing a lot to hold those competitive prices. I wondering what it will take for us to say enough.

 

Burt

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Celebrity cruisers, those that have sailed recently, are experiencing changes from their previous Celebrity cruises. The reason that they are repeat cruisers is that they enjoyed or were impressed by that earlier experience.

 

Celebrity has cut many things that some people call change but few cruisers have come back to say how these changes have improved their cruising experience.

 

The ships are the same as before, the cabins have not changed, the crew is still generally friendly and being on a ship is still better than doing your own stuff at home or being at work.

We continue to cruise with Celebrity, had a wonderful increase in perks courtesy of Captain's Club but other changes over the last six months have led to a few disappointments. Others who do not share our interests won't be impacted and can't see the fuss in complaints by many posters who actually report what the short comings are. These same cutbacks might be occurring on other lines but we understand the cause of the negativity on this board.

 

Here is one change they made several years ago that was a def POSITIVE for me...smoke free casino. I'm sure some were not happy but as a reformed smoker I love it!

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Celebrity has always been my cruise line of choice but I loved the Breakaway. The Summit brought me back to what cruising was like years ago, I like that too. The smaller ship was nice because we met more people and our CC group was fabulous on the Summit.

The Breakaway has so much more to offer, the Cirque show, Burn the floor, the Jazz club,Rock of Ages, deck 8 is awesome with its outside bars and restaurants, the plank, the ropes, the slides.

If your looking for that older cruise experience the Summit is your ship but if your looking for something new the Breakaway is great! Having said all of that I would probably alternate as I like them both.

Yes NCL has changed for the better, we sail them all the time!

 

What is the plank and the ropes?

 

 

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A drink? A sushi roll? What?

 

 

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It's my favorite cocktail in the molecular bar

 

so #32 could also have been the molecular bar with the best cocktails at sea!

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There should be NO “free” champagne, period. They could save what, $2000 per cruise every week for every ship? I hope the free champagne goes away. As someone who drinks NO alcohol, I question why that should be built into my fare. I’ll be sure to write in my comment card : No free champagne please.

 

Want not, waste not. Also, certain religions are offended by free champagne.

 

So don’t just reduce it by an ounce. Reduce it by 100%. The complainers will complain no matter what.

 

I do not like champagne but I do not begrudge them giving it out to others who enjoy it. I just said no thank you.

 

The one thing that I would hate would be if they started doing something like have cartoon people on the ship. I like the more adult atmosphere on the ship.

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It's my favorite cocktail in the molecular bar

 

so #32 could also have been the molecular bar with the best cocktails at sea!

 

My wife and I tried sitting at the Molecular Bar on our last cruise, but it was always extremely crowded. It's probably the one place I regret not being able to enjoy while on board....

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