Renaissance or Celebrity?

Jan 30th, 2000, 11:36 AM
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Renaissance or Celebrity?

We are booked on the Celebrity Line's new ship, Milennium, for Europe this July, 2000. However, we just noted that Renaissance also has Europe on the R6 or R7 at about $4000.00 less (CDN). We are tempted to go Renaissance but have been aware of a number of negative comments in particular concerning their monetary policies. Any comments would be appreciated.
Jan 30th, 2000, 05:40 PM
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We have not sailed on Celebrity, but have sailed on Princess (similar type of ships) and Renaissance. Ren. is a MUCH smaller ship (680 psgrs) with less entertainment and things going on, smoke-free, no children, etc. Rather than make a decision based on cost, I would suggest you make it on amenities and what you are looking for in a cruise. We loved Renaissance and, personally, would not cruise on a ship with more than 1600 psgrs (such as the Milennium). We are not interested in discos or Vegas type shows, casinos, bingo, dance lessons, golf, tennis, rock climbing or whathaveyou offered on the mega-ships, nor the crowds of psgrs. Important to us are the destination ports, cabins quality, food, and ambiance of the ship. You have to know what is most important to making your cruise a wonderful experience for you. Don't just look at price. Yes, Ren. policies are restrictive, buy insurance, we thought it was worth it and will sail on the Ren. XIII this fall - 143 psgrs!
Jan 31st, 2000, 10:33 PM
Paul Therault
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I can not believe Celebrity being $4,000 cheaper than Ren. Check with some other TA's. Of course it is a new ship and it is in demand.

You should check the price of Royal Olympic's new Voyager. It has the BEST itinerary of all the lines and the tours are much more reasonable than Ren. Also tipping guidelines are standard. And they DO have entertainment. Also, although you are getting complimentary hotels with Ren., you do have to pay for meals (keep this in mind).

Another tidbit, unless you live in NY, you will have to get your own air with Ren. Hope you make your connections. You may have to sleep in the airport.

All-told, the Celebrity has the perfect ship, even though you should search for another price.

You do realize you get what you pay for.

Feb 1st, 2000, 04:46 AM
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Howie, Cash is absolutely right. If you want lots of shops and glitzy entertainment the R6 or R7 will not be for you. We were on the R1 and absolutely loved the size after sailing larger ships with RCCL. You can't go wrong with Renaisance.
As Paul, the TA Renaissance hater has pointed out, they do have severe penalties for cancellation, etc. so if you decide on Ren. just purchase insurance and hopefully you won't need it. You'll enjoy whatever cruise you're on -- I'm jealous!
Feb 1st, 2000, 05:20 PM
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Maybe I'm in the minority but I thought the Renaissance was very boring! I don't need lots of glitter or activities but a little something would be nice. If you're port intensive (as I am) you may want to consider the Marco Polo. I went on a wonderful mediterranean cruise on the Marco Polo. It is smallish (about 850 passengers), great ports and the price included pre & post hotels stays. It was a much better experience(food, service etc)IMO than Renaissance and was similar in price. Some have described intimate but I describe it as boring. You'll need to decide just what you want in a cruise. Good Luck!
Feb 1st, 2000, 06:09 PM
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Thomas: I am thinking of going on another cruise with Renaissance but I saw your message on the Marco Polo which I had not considered. However, are the passengers on the Marco Polo mostly European and do they smoke a lot? While on my Renaissance cruise, we pulled up next to a mostly European ship and everyone was smoking away. It would really have ruined my trip so I'm curious. But the better food seems a plus! Thanks.
Feb 2nd, 2000, 06:28 AM
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No Jeanette, The Marco Polo was mostly Americans although there was a mix of other Europeans, and there was a group from Australia. I believe you may be thinking of Costa Cruise Line which is very popular with Europeans. I know smoking was not allowed in the dining room or show rooms....I don't recall it being a problem. Like many ships, the casino was probably the "smokiest" inside room.
Feb 3rd, 2000, 11:42 AM
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How did you find the cabins on the Marco Polo? We decided against it because we were told that the beds were only twin berths (no way to put together) and we have found that many of those older ships have short twin beds and my husband's feet hang over about a foot. So we have been fussy about bedding - we thought that Renaissance's cabins were the nicest we have ever been in and loved the balcony (now I don't want to sail without one). Regarding Ren being boring as someone suggested - I have never been bored in my life so I can't answer to that. I can entertain myself or find entertainment anywhere easily. Thanks

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