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Old 11-03-2012, 08:36 AM   #1
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Who has cruised Celebrity and DCL?

DH and I have tried RCCL and Princess (liked Princess better) but have mostly cruised Celebrity. We have found the food to be more gourmet and the service better. We visit WDW 4 times a year and love it, but for some reason we really have no desire to do a Disney cruise. I can't really explain why??? Are there any Celebrity veterans out there who can change my mind? If it matters, we would probably only do a Caribbean cruise this time.
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:43 AM   #2
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Compared to Celebrity, you will be disappointed in the food on DCL. It has been a long time since I was on Celebrity and I remember how good the food was - but I don't remember the entertainment, and the entertainment on DCL is very good. Although, VERY Disney-themed, so something to take into account. To me, service on both was excellent, but I've never had bad service on any cruise line.

Other than that I can't really say - I know a lot of people go on DCL without kids, but I don't and for me a lot of the the things I love about DCL have to do with family and kids oriented activities.
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Old 11-03-2012, 11:18 AM   #3
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Somewhere on these boards, I did a long comparison of Celebrity vs. DCL.

The food on Celebrity is WAY better. There are more options, more "healthy choices," better taste, etc. I liked the AquaSpa Cafe on Celebrity as well as the outlet that was similar to the Cove Cafe with the almond croissants. Dinner food was also much better. There were a lot more buffet options as well, particularly oriental cuisine. Celebrity served both Japanese and Indian curry!

Staterooms--DCL is bigger, but I was amazed at the amount of storage space built into the Celebrity cabins. Not much "living space," but it was enough.

Entertainment--DCL wins. The Celebrity shows were just BAD--on the level of amateur high school productions. However, the live orchestra was nice. They did have a good naturalist who did several lectures. The other frustrating thing was that when there were things we were interested in, they tended to be at the same time. For instance, there was a vocal quartet....and they usually sang at the same time that the naturalist was speaking. Far too may of the Celebrity "events" were things in the casino.

We liked the enclosed pool on Celebrity. There is not an "adult only" area, but rather there were signs indicating that this area was open to children during specified hours. I did not like that children were permitted in the spa area/locker rooms. Kid programming on Celebrity is much more limited, there is programming and I heard only good about the quality. It just doesn't operate 18 hours a day!

I would cruise Celebrity again in a heartbeat. The cost was 1/2 of DCL, even after purchasing soda cards for those who wished them. However, the entertainment was so bad that the family wants DCL. Of course, they are not the ones who write the checks.
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Old 11-03-2012, 11:32 AM   #4
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We've only done Celebrity and DCL. We've done at least 3 on each (if you count a B2B as 1) but last Celebrity was 2001.

We just returned from the Fantasy 2 weeks ago and at this point is our fave ship ever. Our last Celebrity cruise was on Galaxy though, not the class of ship they have come out with since, so can't really compare there for you. We always went with Celebrity for service, size of staterooms and food. Actually, our TA at the time knew us well and really thought we would only be happy with Celebrity so highly discouraged us from any other lines when we started cruising. This was before DCL though. When we switched to DCL we really only missed the food, otherwise prefer DCL and to be honest, didn't miss the food that much overall. We love the Disney aspects, don't miss the casino much, as there is Bingo and feel the shows are so much better on DCL. Service is great on both. We are really just kids at heart though, so keep that in mind but we really do love great food! We are considering Celebrity again for our next cruise to save $$ and for a few other reasons, but are scared we will be disappointed after DCL. If only there was an unlimited amount of $$ and vacation time we could do both close together to see!!!!

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Old 11-03-2012, 12:04 PM   #5
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Celebrity is a good cruiseline. Since you actually posted, OP, you have a niggling interest in DCL. We LOVE DCL, but enjoyed our cruise on X.
Cruise DCL once, and then decide. If you go to WDW and sail X, money is probably not the issue. Do one of the Fantasy 7-night cruises, so you're comparing apples to apples.
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Old 11-03-2012, 12:07 PM   #6
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Thanks for these responses! kcashner, I did try search but could not come up with your other thread.
We will not be cruising with kids, so kids programming is not important to us. We have always felt that Celebrity's shows were pretty lame, but we often don't do the shows. Maybe on DCL we would do them every night. We will be sailing on Celebrity's newest ship (hasn't even launched yet) this January and we will be in a suite because DH uses a scooter, so I am not too worried about the size of the cabin. We will have a butler in our suite (do DCL suites also have butlers?) DH likes to go to the casino occasionally but some ships do not have areas that are smoke-free (and he has COPD) so gambling is not a big deal either way to us. The food is important to us and that is why we keep going back to Celebrity, but the idea of the better shows is giving me something to consider for our next booking. I don't like cruises less than 7 days otherwise it would seem like a good option to try a short cruise on DCL.
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We've only done Celebrity and DCL. We've done at least 3 on each (if you count a B2B as 1) but last Celebrity was 2001.

We just returned from the Fantasy 2 weeks ago and at this point is our fave ship ever. Our last Celebrity cruise was on Galaxy though, not the class of ship they have come out with since, so can't really compare there for you. We always went with Celebrity for service, size of staterooms and food. Actually, our TA at the time knew us well and really thought we would only be happy with Celebrity so highly discouraged us from any other lines when we started cruising. This was before DCL though. When we switched to DCL we really only missed the food, otherwise prefer DCL and to be honest, didn't miss the food that much overall. We love the Disney aspects, don't miss the casino much, as there is Bingo and feel the shows are so much better on DCL. Service is great on both. We are really just kids at heart though, so keep that in mind but we really do love great food! We are considering Celebrity again for our next cruise to save $$ and for a few other reasons, but are scared we will be disappointed after DCL. If only there was an unlimited amount of $$ and vacation time we could do both close together to see!!!!

Hope this helps a bit...
The Fantasy is the most gorgeous ship we have ever been on, but itinerary is our first consideration, as well as price. We agree that Celebrity has better food. Disney has the best entertainment. Since we're unabashed Disneyphiles, DCL is our fave.
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Old 11-03-2012, 12:14 PM   #8
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Haven't been on a disney cruise yet but we cruised on Celebrity and the food was the best! Not to take over the thread but I do have a question. Anyone cruise on Carnival before and is the food on Disney of the same quality? Hubby and I disliked about 95% of the food on Carnival so I'm hoping Disney is a little better.
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Old 11-03-2012, 03:36 PM   #9
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Kcashner has many good points on the two lines. There were very few kids on my Celebrity cruise so I don't have any opinion there. The entertainment on DCL may be better but I couldn't even tolerate going on the Fantasy in May. I sat through one and one half shows and gave up. Adults and parents in the audience talking, hollering and generally misbehaving. At least you can see/hear the shows on Celebrity.

Also, while most service on all lines is very good, the point where they seem to fall down is Guest Services. They are excellent on Celebrity.

DH and I cruised the Fantasy in May without our kids to celebrate our anniversary. I wanted Celebrity, he wanted DCL. He won but I'm going Celebrity next time.
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Old 11-03-2012, 05:06 PM   #10
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Thanks for these responses! kcashner, I did try search but could not come up with your other thread.
We will not be cruising with kids, so kids programming is not important to us. We have always felt that Celebrity's shows were pretty lame, but we often don't do the shows. Maybe on DCL we would do them every night. We will be sailing on Celebrity's newest ship (hasn't even launched yet) this January and we will be in a suite because DH uses a scooter, so I am not too worried about the size of the cabin. We will have a butler in our suite (do DCL suites also have butlers?) DH likes to go to the casino occasionally but some ships do not have areas that are smoke-free (and he has COPD) so gambling is not a big deal either way to us. The food is important to us and that is why we keep going back to Celebrity, but the idea of the better shows is giving me something to consider for our next booking. I don't like cruises less than 7 days otherwise it would seem like a good option to try a short cruise on DCL.
No butlers on DCL. However, the concierge services are good.

I agree with some of the other posts--Guest Services on Celebrity was amazing. They also have a special desk for "Captain's Club" members with activities available based on level. This desk had limited hours, and since we didn't qualify it was mostly a matter of walking by and seeing their schedule posted. Also, Celebrity released the little cruise newspaper daily--DCL does this on trans-Atlantic and other long cruises, but Celebrity does it even on 7 night cruises. I was very pleased with the lack of smoking on Celebrity--this had been one of my concerns.

On DCL, the better entertainment wasn't just the main shows, it was all the activities thru the day. Celebrity's shows were just bad, but they had very few other things scheduled. Of course, that did encourage me to see the treadmill a bit....
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Haven't been on a disney cruise yet but we cruised on Celebrity and the food was the best! Not to take over the thread but I do have a question. Anyone cruise on Carnival before and is the food on Disney of the same quality? Hubby and I disliked about 95% of the food on Carnival so I'm hoping Disney is a little better.
Food is so subjective. The other stuff is where DCL excels. Food in the main dining rooms is just cruise food. Carnival food was also just cruise food. Not bad, just nothing to write home about.
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Old 11-03-2012, 05:59 PM   #12
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Thanks for these responses! kcashner, I did try search but could not come up with your other thread.
We will not be cruising with kids, so kids programming is not important to us. We have always felt that Celebrity's shows were pretty lame, but we often don't do the shows. Maybe on DCL we would do them every night. We will be sailing on Celebrity's newest ship (hasn't even launched yet) this January and we will be in a suite because DH uses a scooter, so I am not too worried about the size of the cabin. We will have a butler in our suite (do DCL suites also have butlers?) DH likes to go to the casino occasionally but some ships do not have areas that are smoke-free (and he has COPD) so gambling is not a big deal either way to us. The food is important to us and that is why we keep going back to Celebrity, but the idea of the better shows is giving me something to consider for our next booking. I don't like cruises less than 7 days otherwise it would seem like a good option to try a short cruise on DCL.
If I'm not mistaken I think Celebrity is totally smoke free... We loved that when we sailed on the Solstice. also my DH and I recently sailed on the Fantasy without children (ours is grown now ).. And found that it was over - run with children. The shows were not enjoyable because they were loud and disruptive during them. We were seated with all adults during dinner, yet could not carry on a conversation because the dining rooms were so chaotic. We were surprised by this because we have sailed on the Magic & the Wonder and did not have that problem. I'm not sure why the Fantasy was soo different...maybe it was the size and just more people and children. But it was not enjoyable for us. DCL really is for young families with children. Just my opinion

BTW...we love Celebrity for their food, service and think their new ships are awesome, and Hess they cost less
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Kcashner has many good points on the two lines. There were very few kids on my Celebrity cruise so I don't have any opinion there. The entertainment on DCL may be better but I couldn't even tolerate going on the Fantasy in May. I sat through one and one half shows and gave up. Adults and parents in the audience talking, hollering and generally misbehaving. At least you can see/hear the shows on Celebrity.

Also, while most service on all lines is very good, the point where they seem to fall down is Guest Services. They are excellent on Celebrity.

DH and I cruised the Fantasy in May without our kids to celebrate our anniversary. I wanted Celebrity, he wanted DCL. He won but I'm going Celebrity next time.
Totally agree with you! We just got off the Fantasy. My husband and I went for our anniversary. We thought October would be a good month with the kids in school, but we were wrong. We could not enjoy the shows or dinner. There was surprising misbehavior from parents and the children. We will not sail DCL again.
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I have done both, and I personally like the DCL better. DH and I are both in our late twenties and have no children, and on the Celebrity we felt the cruise atmosphere was geared more towards my parents age. Not to be offensive to older people . The food was average on Celebrity. The ship was nice, but there was nothing to do really on Celebrity. Overall Disney had a better vibe.
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My husband and I have been on 15 Disney cruises and 9 Celebrity cruises and a few other cruiselines too. Disney and Celebrity are obviously our favorites. We travel with no children. We do a 14 night Celebrity every year in January and was on one last January and have another one set for this January.

On Celebrity we book a Sky Suite. Disney cabins have spoiled us with their size so to be comfortable on Celebrity, we go with the suite.

Celebrity's food in our opinion has gone downhill in the last ten years but it is still, again ... this is our opinion, better than the other cruise lines like Carnival, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, Princess and definitely better than Holland America. We feel Disney and Celebrity (now) to be about equal as far as food quality.

Service is equal ... maybe Disney a tad better.

Entertainment: Disney wins!!!!!

We like sailing out of Port Canaveral since it is very close to our home and a much easier drive for us than Ft. Lauderdale. We do wish Disney had longer cruises out of Port Canaveral.

Disney's private island ... and in particular the adult beach and adult BBQ ... hands down beats any other cruise line's private island. It's our favorite part of the cruise.

Disney provides plenty of adult only space and adult only entertainment options so you can be away from children if that is an issue. We love Disney and the Disney characters and therefore enjoy the Disney entertainment much more than the shows on other cruise lines.
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