celbrity, HAL or Princess..... HELP

Feb 14th, 2009, 03:29 PM
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celbrity, HAL or Princess..... HELP

For overall quality, food, and service?

I have read where Celebrity is falling short lately, but I love the service and food on HAL. The older crowd on HAL is the one drawback.

Love the personal choice option from Princess, but the food was not out of this world...

Emerald Princess vs. HAL Eurodam vs. Solstice

We are a couple in our mid 40's Eastern Carib itinerary
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Feb 14th, 2009, 04:46 PM
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See my review of the Celebrity Summit under the title "Most exciting/ Most disappointing" under the cruises section here in Fodors.

I loved Celebrity!
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Feb 14th, 2009, 07:23 PM
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We have cruised Celebrity Century, Galaxy and Constellation i the past few years trans-atlantic in the fall and I just love the p eple on the these boards.. very warm and welcoming..like one big happy family.. Right now are scheduled for the Pacific Princess the 10th of April and for whatever reason I've met on the whole some of the most unpleasant people, except for three, maybe four.. Have never cruised HAL, but I too worry about the really older people..they have a great t/a itinerary, but Parrot Pop refuses to pay that much..lol. yet we got a fabulous deal on the NCL Gem for the end of November and fabulous ports
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Feb 15th, 2009, 11:47 AM
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I think that HAL gets a bad rap on the old people thing. On our trips with them, we did find that there were quite a few mature people on board, but then many younger people also. On our last trip, I did spot my first scooter and a ditsy couple and there equally ditsy middle age children were disruptive at disembarkation. But on the overall, the impression on board is definitely not of overwhelming age. On the other hand, there was not an atmosphere of 24/7 partying either, which suits some of us fine.
Our Celebrity cruises were fine. I did think that the food was better, but the crew, while not unfreindly, seemed sort of sad. Never been on Princess and probably never will, as someone I neither like nor trust promotes them heavily.
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Feb 15th, 2009, 12:04 PM
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I've cruised on each line you are asking about. My last cruise on Holland America Oosterdam (just retured)to the Mexican Riviera was great. The food was very good. More older people,but I also saw younger people also. Wrote about the trip on Cruise Critic latest report. I like the smaller ship.

Having said that I sailed in Sept. on the Caribbean Princess up the New England coastline. Good food again. I think I saw more older people on that one than the HAL cruise. The young people who work on Hal were more attentive and joyful. The Caribbean Princess to me was not a well laid out ship. I like one like the Oosderdam where you can walk all away around the ship without having to go back inside.

It has been a few years(2004) I was on the Celebrity Century. I thought the food was very good on this ship. It was also smaller and easier to get around. I am looking forward to being on Celebrity Soltice to the Eastern Mediterranean in Sept.

I have chosen my trips more for the itinerary than other things. I really do like the HAL service so I understand why you love them. I will probably be doing more cruises on them as I also like the many learning activities they offered. We also had the anytime dining on Holland as we did on Princess which I like.
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Feb 15th, 2009, 12:14 PM
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I have booked the solstice for jan 2009, but have thought about a mexican riviera cruise... how was it?
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Feb 16th, 2009, 05:27 AM
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Read my report on Cruise Critic.com Just wrote it yesterday so when they finally post it it should be at the top. I loved the cruise. 3 sea days,but we enjoyed the activities on board. The 3 ports were fun for us as we had never been to any of them. Holland America Oosterdam, the ship and service, was great.
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Feb 19th, 2009, 10:18 AM
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We've sailed with HAL for many years, both pre-retirement and post! I find while some of our fellow passengers are "old" others "of a certain age" are youthful, fun and certainly not doddering fools. We enjoy not having the kids that are on board, and appreciate that they are generally well-behaved, seem to have lots of activities to keep them safe and occupied--and out of the adults way. If you want a family cruise specifically, go on Disney! I classify HAL as a good mix of adults and teens. We love their service (where else can you go on one ship one year, two years later another and have the crew remember your name?!) Do remember the staff has had some devastating events happen in their homeland over the last few years and many lost family and loved one. Yes, I'd be a little down, too. Give a smile and you get manyfold back. They aren't servants, they are gainfully employed specialists who take pride in their work and do a superb job; try getting 15 cabins ready for new occupants in four hours and maintain the impeccable HAL cleanliness! The food on HAL is excellent and the dining stewards become friends, and the specialized grill is amazing! They have wonderful culinary classes in excellent facilities. In essence, you get out of an experience what you put into it. And again, please don't be so "agist!" We ain't dead yet. We are solid HAL fans!
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Feb 23rd, 2009, 07:14 AM
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My report on Cruise Critic still has not showed up on the Holland Oosterdam to the Mexican Riviera. Agree with you completely about HAL. I am one of the older ones also,but found some delightful young people on the cruise. Played trivia with a young honeymoon couple and 2 younger guys from Seattle. We won too!!
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Feb 24th, 2009, 10:15 PM
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Emerald would be my choice. Was on the Ruby recently and it is an impressive ship. Love the movie under the star, Vines, Wheelhouse Pub lunch, and the International cafe. They have all new stage shows and entertainment at the Piazza. It is a more active crowd than HAL but not a party boat. Have been on Princess a few times and food is average. The Ruby's food was very good compare to previous Princess trips. That's probably due to the fact that the corporate chef was on the boat. They even have easy over eggs on the breakfast buffet, which was my pet peeve.
I have heard Celebrity's food is slipping (cost cutting?) as well but have not experience it first hand. Friends were on it last summer and it was "okay" only. Typical convention banquet food.
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