So what are the differences between a standard veranda stateroom on the new Royal Princess (and her sister the Regal Princess) versus the Celebrity Silhouette (and her sisterships, the Celebrity Solstice, Eclipse, Equinox and Reflection)?
Princess has clearly designed its ships, including its new Royal and Regal Princess ships to get you out of your stateroom and into all the public areas...where you can (and will) spend, spend, spend. Along those lines, the plea I heard when I advised Princess I would not accept being given - as their guest - a view of a lifeboat for seven days, was that I wouldn't be spending any time in my stateroom because there is so much to do.
Let me tell you what I tell everyone that says that to me: You aren't spending time in your stateroom because you have a bad stateroom. Meanwhile, since you are in those public areas you buy that extra drink or two, you go to bingo, you buy something in the shops, you go to the art auction. You pretty much do anything NOT to be in your stateroom...and some cruise lines train you that is what your vacation is supposed to be about.
But there are many, like me, that actually enjoy the sea. We enjoy sitting on our balcony reading a book, doing some work, enjoying a glass of wine, or - get this - doing nothing. As you will see below, Princess clearly is not looking for that kind of guest.
Meanwhile, Celebrity Cruises has just announced it's new advertising campaign: "It's About More Than A Moment - It's About Everything." And that, to be sure, includes your stateroom. (To be fair, it also means Celebrity has plenty of things for you to do and spend your money on when you aren't in it.)
Though Princess doesn't want it to be about "everything"...at least not the Staterooms - Let's start there!
You are paying for a Veranda Stateroom, which implies that you will actual receive a usable balcony. Well, while the standard balcony (veranda) on the Celebrity Silhouette is a generous size with quality furniture, the Royal Princes balcony is hardly usable...especially if you want to gaze directly out to sea, a have your breakfast or do anything other than look at your partner, as the balcony is so narrow the chairs have to be placed sideways:
|Celebrity Silhouette Balcony|
|Royal Princess Balcony|
|Celebrity Silhouette Veranda Stateroom|
|Royal Princess Veranda Stateroom|
And then there is the bathroom. On the Royal Princess the bathrooms are, well, fairly utilitarian white bathrooms with molded sinks and standard shower curtains. The Celebrity Silhouette has a far more stylish bathroom with a vessel sink and a "glass" enclosed shower. One pet peeve of mine: Princess has pump bottles of shampoo/conditioner (and no separate conditioner) and bath gel mounted to the shower wall rather than there being personal amenities...and separate conditioner (as Celebrity supplies). Also, though I am "folliclely challenged", I note that on Princess the hair dryer is built into the vanity, and that is not what most women want.
|Royal Princess Standard Veranda Bathroom|
|Celebrity Silhouette Standard Veranda Bathroom|
I will continue my comparisons as I cruise on the Silhouette. There are plenty of comparisons to make!
Of course, if you are interested in booking a Celebrity or Princess cruise, please email me at email@example.com or call me at (877) 2GO-LUXURY.