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If you weren’t cruising Celebrity, what cruise line would you choose


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We cruise two lines Celebrity and Holland America Line... If Celebrity would have kept a smaller ship to do longer more exotic cruises we may have never went back to HAL... but Holland has let us do 30+ cruises to some amazing parts of the globe!

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With the exception of one family cruise on the Allure of the Seas with the kids and grandkids, all of our cruises have been on Celebrity and HAL. The easy choice then is HAL.

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6 minutes ago, finny2 said:

If you weren’t cruising Celebrity, what cruise line would you choose?  (Similar priced.)

I guess this question has been asked before and everybody will talk about their alternative favorite cruise lines.  Based upon past experiences.  My answer would have been Royal Caribbean and I have cruised a lot on both of these lines.  But now my answer changes and is based solely on the cruise line and ships that are fully vaccinated - also meaning fewer kids.  So that rules out Royal C for me.  Recently I have been looking at Viking and then more expensive adult-oriented lines like Silversea.

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8 minutes ago, rucrazy said:

We cruise two lines Celebrity and Holland America Line... If Celebrity would have kept a smaller ship to do longer more exotic cruises we may have never went back to HAL... but Holland has let us do 30+ cruises to some amazing parts of teh globe!

 

2 minutes ago, Fouremco said:

With the exception of one family cruise on the Allure of the Seas with the kids and grandkids, all of our cruises have been on Celebrity and HAL. The easy choice then in HAL.

We’ve sailed with several cruise lines but never on HAL. We have friends who swear by them. Maybe we need to give them a shot. 

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23 minutes ago, finny2 said:

If you weren’t cruising Celebrity, what cruise line would you choose?  (Similar priced.)

Oceania.  Have not sailed her yet but I canceled a 2022 Beyond booking and will doing 8/22-9/4 Scandinavia and Baltic’s on Marina.

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our dec 21' cruise on celebrity will be our last as long as they do the "AI" program.. Just no longer affordable for us....Our favorite has been rccl, but their policy on the vaccinations will bear watching for us....We are vaccinated and for us, that should be mandatory for those wishing to cruise..just sayin'

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If not on Celebrity we choose based on itinerary.  Next 2 non Celebrity are on Azamara, we only sail them for the itinerary not the on-board experience.  We have looked at Seabourn & Regent and may try them for 2023.

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some of depends on why you are looking elsewhere and what your price points are.  Some of it is itinerary dependent - more choices of cruise lines ex Florida.  Med/Europe is port intensive and you need to look at the stops that you want to go to 

 

if you normally book a suite of some sort - I would look at Oceania or Viking.  Got more money - Silversea or Regent

 

want a "big" boat but dont drink or use the internet - Princess

 

Want an old fashioned cruise experience - HAL

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10 minutes ago, retired dude said:

our dec 21' cruise on celebrity will be our last as long as they do the "AI" program.. Just no longer affordable for us....Our favorite has been rccl, but their policy on the vaccinations will bear watching for us....We are vaccinated and for us, that should be mandatory for those wishing to cruise..just sayin'

It is the pain isn't it with the AI thing especially for solo Cruiser like me.

I will move to MSC since they offer me diamond status.

I been doing a lot of research about the MSC Yacht Club recently and very much interested to try.

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1 hour ago, finny2 said:

If you weren’t cruising Celebrity, what cruise line would you choose?  (Similar priced.)

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Over the last fifteen years -- besides Celebrity (many times) -- we have tried Princess, Norwegian, Carnival, Holland America, Royal Caribbean, and U.S. riverboats -- each at least twice. 

 

At this point, we don't want to go back to any of Celebrity's competitors, because we do not feel "at home" there.  On the other hand, if X's fares are now ridiculous, because of "Always Included" (which we reject), then we may quit cruising completely.

 

Well, we might make one exception -- a specific, mid-size RCI ship that appeals to us (when it has a good itinerary and fare).

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Celebrity prices motivated me to look at Crystal. Loved it and has become my first choice. Will take Celebrity for TAs and will book if I find reasonable prices.

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2 minutes ago, verizon said:

It is the pain isn't it with the AI thing especially for solo Cruiser like me.

I will move to MSC since they offer me diamond status.

I been doing a lot of research about the MSC Yacht Club recently and very much interested to try.

Generally a solo here too, I don’t like having to pay x2 for Apex AI, but just accepted it is what is, doing it for the itinerary.  On my 2022 Oceania they included 6 bottles of wine/spirts of my choice and they allow to bring on unlimited alcohol to your cabin.

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We've been very happy with Viking Ocean.  Nice ship.  Really nice staff.  No casino if that's important to you.

 

FWIW, if you want to do a river cruise, Viking River Cruises are great too.

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7 minutes ago, LGW59 said:

Generally a solo here too, I don’t like having to pay x2 for Apex AI, but just accepted it is what is, doing it for the itinerary.  On my 2022 Oceania they included 6 bottles of wine/spirts of my choice and they allow to bring on unlimited alcohol to your cabin.

Yes I know I will pay a little more on Yacht Club and the cabin is a little smaller than Skysuite but of what I watch on U tube their services is far much better than Celebrity.

There is no comparison at all.

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1 minute ago, verizon said:

Yes I know I will pay a more on Yacht Club and the cabin is a little smaller than Skysuite but of what I watch on U tube their services is far much better than Celebrity.

There is no comparison at all.

I have heard everything about it is impeccable. Enjoy!!!

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We have young kids so we generally sail RC. 
 

we have taken one cruise without kids, on Crystal. 
 

we would have booked them again this summer but the flights to the Bahamas were extremely costly compared to flying to florida. So we are trying celebrity. 

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If would help if OP specified what '(similarly priced)' means.  If you book Insides on Celebrity, that offers one set of possibilities.  If you book Suites on Celebrity, the list is completely different.  And if you only book Suites to get Luminae, any upper premium cruise line joins the list.

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Done others to join friends and for itineraries, but as many here, stick with Celebrity unless there is a specific reason. As my signature shows, doing Viking Exploration on the Great Lakes; nothing else is providing that and want to experience it…..even at it’s expense!

 

Unfortunately, after booking Viking for a B2B to hit all the Lakes, I realized its even more expensive than a Celebrity Suite. Sooooo, do I cancel the Viking Exploration??? Nope, I book a Celebrity Sky Suite!! Im a sick puppy! 

 

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