Celebrity Princess Cruises ships

Royal Princess cruise ship

Both lines offer class at affordable prices. - Photo by Celebrity Cruises and Princess Cruises

What’s not to like about Princess Cruises and Celebrity Cruises? They’re both people pleasers designed to offer an upgrade from the entry-level experience, though not at the level — or price, for that matter — of the luxury lines. They both offer an elegant and tasteful experience and serve primarily couples, but also families with kids, as well as larger groups. So which one is right for you, and which is our favorite? Read on to find out.

Design

In an industry full of excess, Princess ships are impressively restrained, without the too-loud lighting and over-the top-décor you often find on large ocean-going vessels outside the luxury market. Celebrity ships, however, really blow us away with interior design in public areas that feels chic and effortless, yet playful. Case in point: Look for cool seating areas (with, say, egg chairs or hammocks or daybeds) in spaces that tend to be ho-hum on, well, just about every other line.

Standard Cabins

Neither line has the most innovative cabin choices, but both offer respectably sized rooms with all the must-have amenities, plus solid, helpful service from cabin stewards.

Specialty Cabins

Both lines offer lovely suites. Celebrity’s choices include the AquaClass suites — with access to both the spa and a private restaurant — and a specialty two-bedroom suite with a glass shower that appears to hang out over the edge of the ship.

Dining

Both lines do a fine job in their main dining rooms, casual spots, and specialty restaurants. The highlights on Princess ships tend to be the Italian and steakhouse options, which are both nicely done if not especially memorable. Some ships have a Cajun eatery; newer ships include a pizza restaurant with Naples-style pies.

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Q&A

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Is there a secret/secluded/dark area on a Princess Cruise ship like Carnivals? | Yahoo Answers

If there is a dark area, it'll be forward, ahead of the ship's bridge (wheelhouse). Reason is obvious - the officers on watch need to have good night vision, not to be dazzled by lights. However, on some ships the bridge is so far forward that there is no passenger-accessible open deck ahead of it. Have a look at the ship's plan or photos of the ship you're thinking of using to see whether there is a forward open deck.

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