We booked the Alaska cruise with Celebrity. I doubted the wisdom of booking a veranda cabin at first, but the entry level concierge “sky suite” cabin was well worth the extra dollars. We were looked after exceptionally well. There were families with children on board, and a very mixed age range. We have cruised for over 20 years, with most of the cruise lines, and for the money, I don’t think you can beat the value that Celebrity still gives. I’d be really disappointed if they dropped their standards. The Alaskan cruise, and all we experienced, has been the highlight of our cruising life so far. We added a few days in Vancouver post cruise, and had some more great Canadian experiences.
On HAL you trip over the zimmer frames - definitely a senior demographic on board - go with Celebrity for a touch of class!
I would definitely choose Celebrity fantastic line good food and definitely a touch of class. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves on Celebrity and what I liked about it was that there were all ages and everybody mucked in no zimmer frames and I am in my 60s but still do not like to go where there are only pensioners because I like a mixed group we are young at heart and like to drink and dance not ballroom dancing either.
I suggest that you read the revue by bell on the ms statendam 29th Aug 08 i think that it will make your decision for you.
Yes read the review as suggested here but then realise it is a rant and not a reasoned review. I've cruised to Alaska 3 times with HAL[we were in our mid 30's on our first cruise there and early 50's last year on our 3rd visit].I know nothing about Celebrity but I do know we have had 3 super holidays.The average age is probably a little higher than some of the other cruise lines but the guests are, on the whole,well travelled and very interesting and make great travel companions. If you want glitz then HAL is not for you.I once read a review of HAL Alaskan cruises in the Times many years ago as a 'parka and pearls' holiday. Still pretty apt I'd say.
Yes i agree that is a rant but there is some useful information be be gleaned from it,I myself would choose celebrity over hal for service.
From my experience Celebrity as Holland America cater to a mature (not old) client, but I have found the service and the itinerary usually much better with Celebrity, we would choose Celebrity any time.
The answer lies in the cabin availability. We took Celebrity this year and had a cabin ( no balcony) facing the front at the side. The views were to die for and my wife, who origianlly wanted a balcony cabin agreed with me it was the best on on the ship ( for this cruise) As wew were from UK we woke early and to be able to get the hot chocolate and cookies and watch the sun rise was magical.
Hello. Which ship was it and what cabin number? It sounds fab!! Thank you.
Mercury and the cabin numkber was 8007 also is 8004 the other ones at the front do not have so much room but do have the view!!
Good luck .