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Celebrity Constellation or RC Independence of the Seas?


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New to cruising any cruise line outside of Disney Cruise Line. Looking for recommendations...would Celebrity Constellation or RC-Independence of the Seas be better for kids (ages 6 and 9)?


Both RCI and X have great kids clubs (or so I have been told by numerous friends) so I suggest you check out the ship's decks and information for a comparison. I am not sure what the Independence has on board but RCI generally has more kids type fixture activities like Putt putt Golf, rock walls, ice skating and the like than X.:D

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Apples and oranges.


Connie is a small ship (Wonder/Magic sized) and Indy is bigger than anything you've seen on Disney - 32k tons larger than the Dream/Fantasy. Independence will have a lot more "active" activities. Rock wall, ice skating rink, surf simulator, and splash park area. Constellation will have many fewer kids aboard and maybe more personal attention in the kids clubs.


Celebrity has better food in my experience but if you have more plain or picky eaters Royal might be a better pick. Celebrity's crowd definitely dresses for the evenings where Royal is more casual. Even they will be a touch more dressed up than Disney is, which lately is like being in the theme parks, only floating.


We have been on both ship classes and enjoyed them for different reasons. However, if I was a typical kid (I wasn't) I'd probably pick Indy.

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Sailed on both, love Celebrity and if just

Us Would choose the Constellation,

However if I was taking the Grandkids it would have

To be the Independence, lots more going on

For them, whichever you decide I'm sure you

will have a great time, I would also add don't

expect the Disney Magic,

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  • 4 weeks later...

We have sailed both and with kids hands down Independence.


RC Independence

better pools for kids

better kids club

mini golf.

wave rider


kid restaurants (Johnny Rockets)

Ice cream stands on the pool deck


To me the Connie was just not kid friendly.

Kids club had weird hours...

pool has NO SHALLOW end... its like 9ft deep the ENTIRE rectangle pool. So kids end up standing and trying to play on the stairs (where they are in the way for adults entering and exiting).

Basketball court is nice (my 12yr old son spent much of the cruise on the BB court).

Food was not an issue for my son as he eats off the adult menu (read lobster, scallops, shrimp, etc). however the entire ship never had Root Beer, even though it is listed and was one of the reasons we purchased the soda beverage package for him.


Your kids will have much better time on the Independence.

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