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    cruise gurus: celebrity vs. holland america

    Those of you who know cruises, help me out.

    I'm getting married in April, looking at a cruises for possible honeymoon ideas. I found two that work well with our schedule, one on Celebrity (ship: Constellation), one on Holland America (ship: Zuiderdam). Both would be in the Caribbean.

    Ports aside, is there a reason to choose one of these two cruise lines over the other? If so, have you had experience with both? They both look pretty good to me...

    Thanks!

    #2
    Many cruises under my belt. Four Holland, a couple of Royal Caribbean and one Carnival. Carnival and RC are more party oriented which may be more honeymoon oriented depending on your flavor. Holland typically has nicer ships, much better food, caring staff and a classier feel. Personally, I'd choose Holland. Good luck and congratulations.

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      #3
      Thanks Chris. I'm looking @ these two b/c the dates are best. I've considered the other lines already, but none work as ideally.

      Thinking of avoiding a party barge for this. Something relaxing & *nice* is what we're after.

      I've been on a grand total of zero cruises. The feedback I've gotten elsewhere is that the Celebrity option is likely a little less geared towards the older crowd, plus a great price @ $1250/person for 11 days w/ a stateroom w/ a balcony:

      http://www.celebritycruises.com/sear...Search+Results

      Here's the Holland one:

      http://www.hollandamerica.com/find-c...ateCode=4_2009

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        #4
        Haven't been on celebrity so not sure. Holland is an older, more feeble (like me) crowd.

        You youngin's go and raise the roof on Celebrity.

        No matter which you choose, cruising is great for accessibility, etc. You'll have a great time.

        Btw, KLD has been on many cruises, she'll have plenty of insight. Might want to pm her if she doesn't see this thread.

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          #5
          ummm...go with celebrity. it's supposed to be the best HANDS DOWN. i interviewed a cruise expert not too long ago, and she just gushed about celebrity (no, they dont pay her to gush either). is the constellation a newer ship?
          May the fetus you save be gay

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            #6
            Agree about getting KLD's input.
            We enjoyed our week on the Oosterdam, Zuiderdam's sister.
            - Richard

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              #7
              Originally posted by Theophania View Post
              ummm...go with celebrity. it's supposed to be the best HANDS DOWN. i interviewed a cruise expert not too long ago, and she just gushed about celebrity (no, they dont pay her to gush either). is the constellation a newer ship?
              Cool. The Constellation is new as of 2002. I guess that's new enough?

              Chris, Richard... thanks!
              Last edited by -scott-; 2 Dec 2008, 5:08 PM.

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                #8
                Hi Scott. I've been on the Zuiderdam, and it is a great ship. I'd highly recommend Holland America for any itinerary. Though I've not been on Celebrity, I think you'd find the two lines to be very similar in terms of atmosphere and amenities. The key for me would be the itineraries -- the accessibility of the ports of call, how many ports require a tender (which could limit your ability to go ashore), which places you would be most interested in seeing, and what activities you would be interested in doing. My preference is the Holland America itinerary because it does a partial transit of the Panama Canal. Check out www.cruisecritic.com. Congratulations and have fun!

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                  #9


                  I thought about the Panama Canal part... that would be pretty neat.

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                    #10
                    First of all, do you know if you can still get a wheelchair accessible cabin with that short of a notice? Many sell out 12 or more months in advance.

                    HAL is an older crowd, a little more sedate, but the food is better. Their wheelchair accessible bathrooms are a little on the small side on some of their ships, and don't get dupped into getting their "modified" cabins which are NOT fully accessible but designed for slow walkers and scooter users who can still walk. Their tender lifts are a great way to get ashore, but you must use only a manual chair of less than 18" width for this...no power chairs, no big chairs, and you will have to fight to get off at a reasonable hour as they try to make you go last. On the other hand, HAL does not use service carts for the room stewards so you don't get trapped by these in the hallway during the AM and PM room cleaning periods that you can on most other cruise lines.

                    RCCL has a good reputation, and on some ships have pool lifts, but often they are broken or no one knows how to use them. In their buffet, often there are stations that are not accessible, so you would have to have someone else get your food from those places. A younger crowd, so you will actually find someone in the disco at 1AM. Good sized and designed accessible bathrooms.

                    Celebrity usually puts all their accessible cabins all togetherr on the same deck, with a wide hallway so their use of service carts is not such a problem. This does limit the price range of their cabins though. We have had mixed experiences on them as far as services, but generally they are helpful in carrying trays at buffets, etc. Popular with families with children. Our last cruise on them we had problems with service in the dining room though, which tended to sour us on them a bit.

                    As always, I strongly recommend reading some posts on this site and posting more questions: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/forumdisplay.php?f=190

                    (KLD)
                    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
                      First of all, do you know if you can still get a wheelchair accessible cabin with that short of a notice? Many sell out 12 or more months in advance.
                      No, but I can certainly try.

                      HAL is an older crowd, a little more sedate, but the food is better. Their wheelchair accessible bathrooms are a little on the small side on some of their ships, and don't get dupped into getting their "modified" cabins which are NOT fully accessible but designed for slow walkers and scooter users who can still walk. Their tender lifts are a great way to get ashore, but you must use only a manual chair of less than 18" width for this...no power chairs, no big chairs, and you will have to fight to get off at a reasonable hour as they try to make you go last. On the other hand, HAL does not use service carts for the room stewards so you don't get trapped by these in the hallway during the AM and PM room cleaning periods that you can on most other cruise lines.
                      Good points.

                      RCCL has a good reputation, and on some ships have pool lifts, but often they are broken or no one knows how to use them. In their buffet, often there are stations that are not accessible, so you would have to have someone else get your food from those places.
                      I guarantee that a little assertiveness will go a long way. These issues aren't unique to cruise ships, nor am I new @ dealing with them.

                      Celebrity usually puts all their accessible cabins all togetherr on the same deck, with a wide hallway so their use of service carts is not such a problem. This does limit the price range of their cabins though.
                      The Constellation has accessible rooms scattered throughout 5 decks. I already have a message into the 'special needs' dept. about options.

                      Our last cruise on them we had problems with service in the dining room though, which tended to sour us on them a bit.
                      Again, all that takes is speaking up about any issues. No worries.

                      As always, I strongly recommend reading some posts on this site and posting more questions: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/forumdisplay.php?f=190
                      good resource, thanks.

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                        #12
                        Just my input. I don't think I should have to complain to get good service for what we are paying on a cruise. Obviously I can be assertive and insist, but it is so much more pleasant when good service and consideration is provided without having to push for it.

                        (KLD)
                        The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                          #13
                          ps. if u cruise celebrity, youll need a drs note saying you legitamitely need an accessible room. serious. they do this to prevent AB people from stealing the accessible rooms, because most know theyre bigger.

                          :/
                          May the fetus you save be gay

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                            #14
                            i have cruised 5 summers in a row. this last summer i did not. i've been on Holland and Royal Carib (Celebrity is owned by Royal and is their "cheaper" end). I vote Holland, hands down. Was even on the Zuiderdam 2 yrs ago (3 cruises on HAL, 2 on RC). Can send pics.

                            Holland was classy, had great rooms (by % wheelchair accessible, had twice as many as RC), great food, great service (geesh, too many ppl jumping up to help me at buffets, etc.).

                            I still dunno what KLD means about rooms...as long as i asked for wheelchair accessible, i had roll-in showers, the works. and i have never had to provide a doctor's statement that i needed these rooms as theo suggested. my 2 cents.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by cass View Post
                              I still dunno what KLD means about rooms...as long as i asked for wheelchair accessible, i had roll-in showers, the works. and i have never had to provide a doctor's statement that i needed these rooms as theo suggested. my 2 cents.
                              My sisters booked rooms for HAL last April for a June cruise in (Alaska) and they omitted the detail about my needing an accessible room (and using my manual chair fulltime). My sister called special needs desk only a few weeks before departure and they were able to shuffle rooms to accommodate my disability to a fully accessible room. I was pretty impressed at how quickly they had coordinated all that.

                              I've cruised Celebrity millennium in the Mediterranean and that was pretty uneventful as well.

                              I think you'll have a great time no matter what you pick, Scott. Congrats on your upcoming nuptials and please express my best wishes to your beautiful bride.
                              Daniel

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