Going on my 3rd Cruise

Joined the forum not too long ago, only after my 2nd cruise last fall.


Wife and I are going to our 3rd cruise this summer. It will be on the Celebrity Eclipse, going to West Europe from Dublin, Le Havre, Liverpool, Belfast, Waterford, Cork, St-Peter Port then Amsterdam.


First time cruising with Celebrity, we went with Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Sea at the Mediterranean last October and with Carnival Conquest at the East Caribbean 3 years ago.  We love both cruise in the past.


I expect Celerity will be as good as the last two or even better! Anything the fellow cruise lovers want to share with the on Celebrity and how is it compare to RCCL and Carnival?


If any past cruisers went with the same ports as I will be going, pls chime in your experience as well. :)



Tags: #celebrityeclipse

9 Answers

Sounds like a great cruise!

I have been on the Celebrity Solstice and a handful of Carnival ships. The décor on Celebrity will not be as gaudy as that on Carnival. The activities are a bit more refined (instead of a belly flop contest, you can expect a (in the case of the Alaska tour) very interesting lecture series. The service will be more refined.

At the risk of stereotyping (and irking some posters -- sorry), If you think you would enjoy a business professional atmosphere more than a college freshman type of atmosphere, then I think you will enjoy Celebrity.

(In my defense, I do enjoy what Carnival offers, occasionally.)

I have not been on RCI, so I cannot offer a comparison there.

Ok so Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and Celebrity Cruises are owned by the same company. If you liked Royal Caribbean, you will like Celebrity. Think of cruise lines like buying a car: certain types of cars appeal to certain types of people. Celebrity is a more upscale version of Royal Caribbean. Continuing with the car analogy, if Royal Caribbean was a Chrysler car, Celebrity would be a Fiat, a more luxurious car.

I've been on both cruise lines and will be sailing my 8th cruise with Celebrity in August. I prefer the activities and lifestyle more on Royal Caribbean, but Celebrity is much more subdued. I like both though, so it's all on personal preference.

Looking forward to your comparison of these cruise lines. Enjoy your adventure!

Yes, I'm aware the Celebrity is owned by RCCL. But is it really a upper end cruise compare to the normal Royal Caribbean ships? Like a Lexus vs a Toyota? From what I see, the newer Royal Carribean cruise ships are amazing. I was plan to get on the brand new Symphony of the sea for the West Mediterranean cruise, but most of the dates are fully booked around my vacation time so we shift to the West European Cruise. If Celebrity is the upper scale of Royal Caribbean, what are the significant items which are superior at the Celebrity?

I'm going out on a limb here -

RCI (and Carnival) are geared to the under 25 crowd, Celebrity (and Princess) are geared to the over 35 crowd.

RCI and Carnival are very active physically, where Celebrity and Princess are more subdued (or active mentally, if you will).

You will not have a rock climbing wall, ice skating, carousel, etc on Celebrity. You will have a crew well trained in customer service, entertainment geared to adults (not necessarily R or X rated), etc.

(Although they are geared to adults, they do still offer a good kid's club).

Thank you. That made it clear.

I'm right within that age group, so I think I'm going to have fun either way! Wink

Hi skylai! We’ve found the service and especially the food to be far superior on Celebrity when compared to Royal Caribbean, but we love the entertainment on Royal. While they don’t have things like rock climbing, we’ve found the gyms on Celebrity to be far more crowded than those on Royal, so the passengers are definitely active.

I expect you will really enjoy cruising with Celebrity and your itinerary looks wonderful. Have a fantastic trip! Please come back and tell us all about it when you return. Happy cruising!

Celebrity is known , or was known, to attract the best chefs. Celebrity is much better than RCCL

Sounds good.


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