I have been on 25 different cruises and you know you have been doing this a long time when some of your earlier cruises occurred on ships that have now been retired. For example there are the Celebrity Horizon, Celebrity Zenith and the Celebrity Mercury — all gone bye-bye. But in their places are some wonderful ships. From ziplines, to rock climbing walls, to glass blowing, and even grassy lawns on the top of the ship, I have seen it all. AND more is yet to come. There are 13 ships that will launch in 2012 and 2013. The fun is just beginning. So here are my top 5 favorites that are still available:
5. The Celebrity Constellation — they call her the Connie, but she is a fine vessel, recently updated, large but not too large, with great service, food and entertainment. Let’s not forget Perry Grant, the only vessel in which you will find this amazing piano entertainer and comedian on the high seas. The ship is well designed and decked out in gorgeous nautical colors. Great ship for cruising Europe or doing a Trans-Atlantic crossing.
4. The Celebrity Solstice — she is relatively new, but has so many innovative features, too numerous to mention here. A grassy green tops the ship where you can dine or just relax in the sun. Then there is the glass blowing demonstrations and — yes free glass giveaways. The service is fabulous, the staterooms are gorgeous and the service is Celebrity’s impeccable best. A great ship for Europe or the Caribbean.
3. The Golden Princess — well many of the Princess ships are about the same. So I will pick just one. The Golden has so many pools, some for adults only and some for just lap swimming. A huge food court and they pioneered anytime dining to perfection. There food is great and their live entertainment is awesome. Let’s not forget the Aussies who are on the entertainment staff. I just love listening to their accents.
2. The Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas — well this is an older vessel that had a super renovation. She was extended by several hundred feet and they added many new features. But the entertainment staff had so many unique things to do from the Parade of Nations, to the Quest game show that was awesome, to the cooking demonstrations and the tour of the Captain’s Bridge (he has a little deck that hangs off the side of the ship which was so cool). I thought the food at the buffet was the best I had ever had at a cruise ship buffet. I loved the fresh baked cookies and the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream parlor. Anyway, the best thing of all is that you can hop this ship out of Baltimore, which for me, is just 45 minutes away by car. I will definitely return to Enchantment soon.
1. The Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas — yes she is large but there is so much to do, even if you have a rainy day, you really don’t care. The diving show is awesome. The onboard Broadway show (as in an entire show) is amazing, the ice skating show is equally impressive, and the dining room with its 3 story tall chandelier can’t be beat. My favorite part was the Central Park with shops and restaurants. I just loved taking an evening stroll outside and of course let’s not forget the “Rising Tide Bar” that goes up and down the Royal Promenade and takes you through the roof into the Central Park. And let’s not forget the zipline (see picture to the left). Just amazing.