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3 hours ago, Traderboy said:

How do these two classes differ and which do people prefer.

I have only  been on the Constellation, an M- class ship.

 

We have had some great cruises on M class but would now only cruise on them for an exceptional itinerary. I have tried to summarise our feelings below...

 

We find the S class to be lighter and more airy. Somehow the ‘flow’ of the ship seems better. Even on sea days nowhere seems that busy, there always seems to be somewhere nice to sit.

 

Also, although Millie and the Summit have had an upgrade the M class are older ships and it does show in areas.

 

A negative on the M class for us is the lack of speciality restaurants. Although some S class have more speciality restaurants than others (Silhouette and Reflection) all have more than M class.

 

There are some variations in room layouts/balcony sizes. You cannot assume a certain category on one class looks the same/has the same facilities as the the other...

 

If you are a suite cruiser then you could be influenced by the addition of a suite deck. M class Millie and Summit have them and on S class the Silhouette does and Equinox has a limited one. Personally we would go for an S class without the refit than an M class with.

 

No such thing as a bad Celebrity cruise but we definitely have a preference for S class.

 

Whatever cruise you decide to take I hope you enjoy!

 

 

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13 minutes ago, chemmo said:

 

No such thing as a bad Celebrity cruise but we definitely have a preference for S class.

Agree with all your points comparing the 2.  The flow of the S class is great.  Very easy class to navigate thru and enjoy.  Nothing wrong with the M class overall, they are great ships in there own right and better than many of the other lines I feel.  The one thing I think that would help the M class is remove Le Petit Chef and put a Murano style in place of it.  The limited specialty restaurants is a drawback but by no means a deal breaker for me.  I usually am good with most things being served in Main Dining room menus.  The Cafe is also much much nicer in S class ships.  I have not been on a refurbed M class so they might be updating them I hope.  The Persian Gardens are also much nicer on S class.  Something I use every day when sailing.  I usually by the pass if I am not in an Aqua Class Room.  

 

Also on S class the balcony rooms are all the same size while M class the Concierge/Aqua ones are around 20sq ft bigger.     

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Celebrity's best specialty restaurant is only found now on the S class ships, Murano.   They had Murano or an equivalent on all the M  class ships but they took them out in one of Celebrity's biggest bonehead moves.  

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I like the pools on "M" class better.   Outdoor pools use sea water and one is a proper pool which is over 6' deep.  The indoor "T" pool is a favorite of many for it's spa like features.   "M" class has a smaller ship feel but agree that includes some flow issues like the main traffic being funneled through the casino between dinner and the show.

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I've sailed many times on each class and I have to admit I don't really have a favorite.  For the most part, I love what they have done to revolutionize M class, for the ones that are done.  They greatly improved the buffet area (a former weakness) although post-Covid who knows how that will work.  And if you stay in suite the Retreat Deck is very nice.  If you sail in one of the two not yet revolutionized the ships feel a bit aged, but not in bad shape either.  By far I like the inside pool on M class better - love the warmth and the spa effect.  Really miss that on S class.  It is true that M class is lacking in specialty restaurants if that is your thing.  My favorite is Tuscan Grill and they have that, but Le Petit Chef is, IMHO, too gimmicky and too expensive for the limited menu offerings.  Some love it, but for many it is a one and done.   If cabin size matters to you, M class inside, ocean view, and regular balcony are smaller cabins than the standard S class cabin.  Concierge and AQ are similar size.

 

Another thing I love about M class is the Rendezvous lounge, which I think is much more comfortable and better designed than the comparable one on S class.  M class also has a smaller (albeit not small) ship feel, which I find more relaxing.  I personally have never found M class more crowded than S class - I have found it varies by cruise and passenger type.  What I mean is, on some cruises such as shorter ones that stop in Key West you may find that it feels more crowded because it is a bit more of a party crowd (not Carnival party type but compared to other Celebrity sailings).  If you go on longer cruises (10+ days) it tends to be an older, more relaxed crowd so the public areas tend not to be as busy.  The only exception is Reflection, which has an extra deck and more cabins so I have always found it more crowded regardless of the cruise.

 

So overall it really depends on what appeals to you.  I like each for the special touches they bring to the table and would sail on any of them in a heartbeat as soon as it is safe to do so!

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