I used to be a loyal Carnival cruiser for years till I sailed Celeb. I'm by no means going again, particularly now that my youngsters are grown.

  • Between 2012 and 2022, my household and I sailed on 9 Carnival cruises. 
  • We had enjoyable with Carnival, however the vibes and rowdy youngsters we regularly noticed on board obtained to us.
  • Celeb is unquestionably a extra grown-up line, and I favor its laid-back vibes and choices.

I fondly keep in mind my household’s first cruise — it was with Carnival. 

My husband and I took our three youngsters (who had been 11, 12, and 13 on the time) on the Carnival Conquest for a seven-day cruise to the Japanese Caribbean. We had been hooked, and eight extra cruises on Carnival adopted. The final one, in 2022, was simply me and my husband, as my youngsters had grown and had been off at school. 

Though we had a fabulous time, Carnival wasn’t at all times excellent. We had been able to strive one thing new, particularly now that we might be crusing with out youngsters. 

Celeb is understood for catering to adults and providing a extra grown-up expertise, so once I acquired an e mail a couple of deal for the Celeb Constellation, I wished to provide it a strive. Our expertise with Celeb was so totally different from our journeys with Carnival, and the road looks like a greater match for us at this level in our lives.

This is why we’re saying goodbye to Carnival and sticking with Celeb.

I beloved that there have been hardly any youngsters on the Celeb cruise

The very first thing that struck me in regards to the Celeb cruise was the quiet — or, slightly, the absence of children operating round and screaming.

I knew our ship, the Constellation, was crusing beneath capability, however I infrequently noticed youngsters on the ship. At one level, I overheard an officer say there have been solely six youngsters on board. Six youngsters!

It is a totally different story on Carnival. On each Carnival cruise we have gone on, youngsters have been all over the place. They’d crowd the swimming pools and scorching tubs and a few would run wild whereas their dad and mom performed.

Renae Gregoire and her kids in front of a bahamas sign on their first cruise

My household’s first cruise was with Carnival and it was nice.

Courtesy of Renae Gregoire

To be truthful, Carnival is identified for being among the best finances cruise strains for households — typically youngsters can sail for a greenback. Children are to be anticipated.

As a result of my youngsters share my quiet nature, they by no means wished to attend Carnival’s youngsters’ packages or swim in the principle, kid-packed swimming pools. As a substitute, they frolicked with us. We explored the ship, learn, and performed plenty of household video games. 

There are a couple of adult-only areas on every ship, however the variety of youngsters can really feel overwhelming.

In 2022, Carnival up to date its code of conduct and pre-boarding emails to cruisers to incorporate a well mannered reminder for visitors to oversee their youngsters and maintain noise within the hallways to a minimal.

The vitality degree on Celeb was a lot chiller — cruisers appeared to need to chill out greater than social gathering

Carnival cruises aren’t precisely identified for being relaxed — it has a popularity as a high-energy and upbeat line. In my view, Carnival’s belly-flop and hairy-chest competitions epitomized the social gathering vitality on the Carnival cruises I went on. (Carnival did away with these occasions in 2022.)

Each ships had nightclubs (Carnival’s tended to be open a bit later), however I discovered that the Celeb leisure choices additionally appeared to be up my alley, that includes plenty of Nineteen Seventies music. On Carnival ships, I discovered plenty of ’90s music and leisure catering to youthful crowds.

wine next to string quartet

The drinks and leisure on Celeb cruises swimsuit my tastes.

Renae Gregoire

I feel the music quantity on the ships additionally say so much about their respective vibes. For me, the amount was excellent on Celeb — no earplugs required. On Carnival ships, I typically discovered myself reaching for my earplugs to keep away from the chest-thumping music all through the ship. 

Do not get me flawed — I wish to social gathering. And social gathering we did on our Celeb cruise, primarily by consuming so much and listening to plenty of reside music. Even so, the vibe on the Celeb ship was way more relaxed than our Carnival cruises. 

Celeb can price a little bit bit greater than Carnival, however I discovered it to be a greater worth (particularly for drinks)

Our worth for the 11-night Celeb cruise got here to about $240 per individual per evening, and it included all meals plus the traditional drinks bundle, which incorporates “choose beers, spirits, cocktails, liqueurs, frozen drinks, and wines by the glass for as much as $10 per serving.” For drinks over $10, we simply paid the distinction. Specialty espresso drinks are included within the bundle, too.

Carnival, alternatively, doesn’t embrace drinks in its costs. The value of our final Carnival cruise, a seven-nighter, got here out to about $213 per individual per evening sans drinks.

Celeb price us simply an additional $27 per individual per evening, however I guarantee you, my husband and I drank far more than $27 value of spirits, wine, and low every day.

Talking of drinks, one other bonus — and a giant deal to me and my husband — is Celeb’s streamlined drink-buying course of. On Carnival, servers often handed us two tiny receipts with every beverage order — one slip to signal, one to maintain. We had been so happy to not need to cope with that course of on Celeb.

On Celeb, all we needed to do was inform the server our room quantity and present our SeaPass playing cards so they might see we had been on the classic-drinks bundle. No moist slips of paper or signatures required. 

Carnival served us effectively whereas our youngsters had been younger, however we’re Celeb cruisers now

Renae Gregoire's husband on Celebrity Cruise

My husband on the veranda of our room on the Celeb Constellation.

Renae Gregoire

There are many good issues to be stated about Carnival, and I am certain it is nonetheless an important match for lots of people. We have immensely loved most of our cruises with the road, notably Carnival’s New 12 months’s Eve cruises. We boarded these cruises able to P-A-R-T-Y, and Carnival made it straightforward. 

However we’re older now. Our youngsters have grown and we’re prepared to sit down again and chill out. Above all, Celeb impressed me with its leisure and perks whereas eliminating some points we have at all times had with Carnival cruises.

At this level, Celeb ticks all my bins, so I am able to bid farewell to Carnival.

Representatives for Carnival did not instantly reply to Insider’s request for remark.