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Similarities and differences - P and O and Celebrity

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Have not cruised with Celebrity, but price would be the main thing for me.  Also they don't sail anywhere much from Southampton.

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Celebrity has better food, service and cleanliness standards, possibly P&O has better  entertainment although we always found Celebrity's  production shows better quality than P&O, and Celebrity's Solstice class ships are light years ahead of the current P&O fleet.  But with the recent drop in Sterling's value then price might be more of a deciding factor, and my last Celebrity cruise was in 2016 so things may be different now.

 

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Just looked at cruises on Celebrity from southampton and even in 2020 they are way more expensive than P&O.  also, they do not have the longer cruises, like 19 nights that we enjoy.  I believe drinks are far more expensive too?

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Celebrity is more expensive than P&O for onboard prices and tips and of course all dollar charges to subject to currency fluctuations.

 

Drinks prices in particular are high however they do offer some lovely choices and excellent selection of cocktails, try the ice bar for martinis. If you get the “free” drinks package drinks are limited but still a reasonable choice, the best ones are on the premium package which is an extra charge.

 

I prefer the buffets on Celebrity, a much larger range and better quality of food IMO. They also offer a lots of healthy option foods.

 

The Celebrity stage show productions are really good but there is less overall entertainment than P&O.

 

The Celebrity ships have different features eg a grass lawn for playing cricket or having a picnic listening to jazz. The have more wow factor.

 

Like P&O Celebrity also offer good quality extra pay restaurants which are well worth visiting.

 

Most things on Celebrity are just a slightly higher quality than on P&O, just small things like thicker towels, better quality beds on the sun deck etc. You are however paying a large premium for things that are nice but perhaps not worth the much higher Cruise package cost given, as John says above, the drop in the pound.

 

The passenger mix is more cosmopolitan, not all just Brits.

 

 

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It is not a level playing field anymore mainly due to exchange rates which are have made 2019 and 2020 cruises on Celebrity more expensive and the drinks prices on board are exorbitant IMO. We have drifted back to P&O for this reason but would choose Celebrity every time for a comparatively priced cruise. Every time we have been on Celebrity it has been because the price has been good compared to P&O. Last year we went to Baltic on Celebrity on the same day as Azura and our cruise was cheaper than P&O and we had a drinks package included but that does not happen often. Looking at 2019 and 2020 prices they have increased on Celebrity to more than we are prepared to pay for a standard 14 night with Balcony cruise and we could not justify the on board spend either without a drinks package.

Celebrity are just a click above P&O in all aspects IMO particularly Service. Food is superior IMO and we loved the Buffet selection. The Speciality restaurants are very good but expensive ($50 pp last year). 

On a like for like cruise, Celebrity wins every time for us. 

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We have mainly sailed with Celebrity apart from a week on the Marella Dream, which we also enjoyed, but we have booked a 19 day cruise to the Med on the P & O Arcadia for June 2020. So we are interested to see how this thread progresses. We thought we would try a different line, although we love Celebrity.

 

The one little gripe we have had about Celebrity is that there seemed to be no quiet corners apart from our cabin where we could go to relax and get away from it all. Last year we were on the Baltic cruise with Celeb which followed the Bravo cruise, (we were also on that) and apart from our niggle had a fabulous time.  We would do it all over again if we could.

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We have sailed on Celebrity on the Silhouette and the Constellation.  We have been Oceana, Britannia and Ventura on P&O.

We have always sailed in the school holidays on both cruise lines and travel as a couple of 50 somethings ;-)

 

  • P&O definitely has more of a British feel to it - from the passengers, the entertainment and the food. Far fewer Brits on Celebrity and it is nice to meet others from different parts of the world on Celebrity
  • The drinks are far cheaper on P&O and you can take 2 litres of spirits per couple max. with you when you board. P&O drinks are UK pub prices. E.g. small Peroni 330 ml on Celebrity was $10 and on P&O a pint is about £5
  • We enjoy the sailaways on P&O - there seems more of a party atmosphere which can be avoided if you don't feel like it.
  • There will be about 2 formal nights each week on P&O. Personally we love the formal nights when the vast majority of passengers dress up in their finery for the evening. Really don't get the Glitz and Glamour on Celebrity and didn't feel in any way special. If you want to avoid the formal nights though you can
  • There will be tea and coffee making facilities (and biscuits) which are replenished twice a day on P&O in your cabin. We had them on Celebrity in August 2018 which was a novelty for us and am not sure if they are doing this more often.
  • Speciality restaurants are far cheaper on P&O - from about £6 per person on Oceana, about £25 on Ventura (can't remember the exact cost). On Celebrity it is more like $50 cheapest
  • Some people think that the speciality restaurants are better on Celebrity but we think it is hit and miss - there are good and bad on both dependant on your taste
  • Fly cruising with P&O is much easier as you leave your cases at the airport and the next time you see them they are by your cabin. On Celebrity you have to collect them at the foreign airport and load them on to the Celebrity bus etc
  • Food - personally we prefer the food on P&O in the Main Dining Room. It is more to our tastes and we were not impressed on Constellation last year. When it comes to the buffet, however, Celebrity win hands down - the buffet on Silhouette is amazing
  • Ship excursions on P&O are far cheaper - even if it is the same excursion there is definitely a mark up on Celebrity
  • Entertainment - we don't tend to bother with the shows so can not comment.
  • Cabin stewards good on both
  • Staff on P&O are more reserved but still friendly
  • Celebrity is way more expensive if you are stuck to school holidays
  • The in cabin entertainment on P&O is better - i.e. the movies on the new ships are new to watch but have to pay on Celebrity
  • Solstice ships and larger ships like Britannia have a good sized adults only area. Solstice ship areas are beautiful though
  • Celebrity have more areas on ships where only Suite passengers are allowed to go - not aware of this on P&O
  • We love the Solstice Class (Silhouette) - they are stunningly beautiful ships. We love Britannia and Oceana remains one of our favourites. She is much older though so not too fair to compare the two. Did not really like Ventura that much and would not sail on that class of ship with P&O for a Med. holiday again. (Infact, we chose Celebrity for 2019 rather than Princess for our 25th anniversary as we did not fancy 2 weeks on Ventura's Princess sister ship)
  • There are quiet places to hide away on both
  • We love the outdoor area of the buffet restaurant on the Celebrity ships and the Sunset bars

We have often wondered what we would do if we saw the exact same cruise itinerary, for the same price on P&O (Oceana or Britannia) and Celebrity Silhouette. To be honest, we really don't know what we would do as both have their pluses and minuses and we tend to just go an enjoy ourselves.

 

It is also important to remember that when people compare P&O and Celebrity Celebrity's costs are way higher for the school holidays / high season at the minute so you are not comparing like for like.

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16 hours ago, MrsNorman said:

We have mainly sailed with Celebrity apart from a week on the Marella Dream, which we also enjoyed, but we have booked a 19 day cruise to the Med on the P & O Arcadia for June 2020. So we are interested to see how this thread progresses. We thought we would try a different line, although we love Celebrity.

 

The one little gripe we have had about Celebrity is that there seemed to be no quiet corners apart from our cabin where we could go to relax and get away from it all. Last year we were on the Baltic cruise with Celeb which followed the Bravo cruise, (we were also on that) and apart from our niggle had a fabulous time.  We would do it all over again if we could.

We are booked on the Arcadia next year so will be interested to see what you think 🙂

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On ‎2‎/‎20‎/‎2019 at 7:59 AM, AmandaLMcL said:

We are booked on the Arcadia next year so will be interested to see what you think 🙂

I like writing reviews, so I will post one when we get back!

 

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We are going on our 1st P & O cruise to the Fjords in June. We did our 1st cruise on Celebrity last June to Russia and Northern Europe. We sailed on Eclipse and we were very impressed with what Celebrity had to offer. I am however looking forward to our June cruise on Britannia.

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