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Mar 20th, 2011, 09:50 AM
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Southern cruise-Which boat?

My Wife and I are thinking of taking a Southern Carribean Cruise in late October of this year. I currently have two quotes from different Cruise Liners. My question is, is the Royal Carribean (Serenade of the Seas) much better then Celebrity ( Summit)? We are first time Cruisers. The price difference for 7 days is $800.00.
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Mar 22nd, 2011, 04:56 PM
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My impression is that Celebrity is the better line. We had back to back cruises on RCL followed by Celebrity a few years ago. The RCL cabins were smaller, and the ship was not as nice. The only thing better was that the RCL crew was friendler. This was a while ago, so things may change. Also in your case I think that the RCL ship is newer and larger. Check it out.
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Mar 24th, 2011, 04:28 AM
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FYI... Royal Caribbean owns Celebrity and and Celebrity is upscale. Have not been on the Summit, but check out the reviews on both ships.. Parrot Pop and I love Celebrity, especially the service which we have found to be outstanding.
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Mar 24th, 2011, 08:55 AM
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I have not been on Celebrity yet. However, I have been on the Serenade OTS several times. It is my favorite ship in the RCI fleet. She is a Radiance class ship with expansive windows everywhere; glass elevators looking out onto the ocean. Consistently voted (by passengers) as best ship in the fleet for friendliness, service, etc. I am booked to cruise on her for two weeks next January.

Celebrity is supposed to be a bit more upscale. Not as many "games" at the pool, crew a bit more reserve, etc.

As first time cruisers, you have nothing to compare either cruise with. I think you would be happy with either cruise. If you go to cruisecritic.com, you will find a wealth of information on cruising.
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Mar 26th, 2011, 09:18 PM
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I spoke with Celebrity last week about some options for next year, and Summit is to be upgraded this spring. I'd choose Summit in a heartbeat as the food will be better and the service and overall experience a step up or two from the smaller RCCL ships.

Love RCCL too. Have cruised many times on RCCL with no complaints. I'd still choose a Celebrity ship over RCCL, over Azamara (unless it's a super super sale) and Oceania. When you choose an Eastern or Western caribbean itinerary, though, look for the Solstice Class Celebrity Ships as well. Good luck.
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Mar 27th, 2011, 05:42 PM
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Picky, picky, but please know that these are ships not "boats" - you wouldnt want to cruise in a boat.
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