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Premium Category Cruise Review

Stateroom design underscores what you find throughout Celebrity Solstice: taste & class. Some say Celebrity’s premium-class vessels are formidable competitors to the luxury lines.

Premium cruises are a bit difficult to define, so let’s start at the beginning. People who follow the cruise industry with regularity know that cruise lines fall into specific categories that often (but not always) connote the quality and value of the on-board experience.

Big Ship cruise lines, such as Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean International and NCL – typically offer the lowest lead-in prices and the fewest added extras. Don’t expect free booze, upscale bath amenities or other perks, but don’t discount mass-market cruises either. They deliver pretty good value with often exceptionally low lead-in pricing.

Next are premium-category cruise lines, such as Holland America Line, Celebrity Cruises and some of the ships in Princess Cruises fleet. Typically, premium ships are smaller, carrying 2,000 or fewer passengers, which is why you may consider some of the Princess ships to belong in the Big Ship category. Space ratios on premium-category ships are greater, meaning that the ship will feel less crowded, than on big ships. You’ll get better bath amenities and other perks. Free booze? Forget about it on premium cruises.

Oceania Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises characterize themselves as upper premium. You’ll get a little more, such as speciality coffees at no charge, wine with dinner (on Azamara), gratuities (on Azamara) and a few other perks. Viking Ocean Cruises, on the other hand, has arguably created a new category between upper premium and luxury.

You will get free booze on luxury lines that operate small ships – Seabourn, Silversea CruisesRegent Seven Seas Cruises and, since the spring of 2012, Crystal Cruises. You’ll also get larger staterooms, better bath amenities, even greater space ratios than on premium-category ships and pampering aplenty. You’ll typically pay more for a luxury cruise, but not always.

So where do premium-category ships fit in? They offer good value on a product that is slightly more upscale than what the big ships offer. As noted, you’ll feel the ship is less crowded than the big ships, but premium ships still fail to match the luxury lines for service and cuisine, although some are coming close. See Celebrity Solstice, A Formidable Competitor To The Luxury Lines? One Person’s Perspective: ‘Crystal Light’

Celebrity Cruises Reviews

To read a review of a particular ship, click the link under "Read the Review." If applicable, our Live Voyage Reports offer a day-by-day overview of an actual cruise onboard. In some cases, there may be more than one report, to be sure to see if your favorite destination is represented.
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Celebrity Constellation Review
Celebrity Eclipse Review
Celebrity Edge Review
Celebrity Equinox Review
Celebrity Infinity Review
Celebrity Millennium Review
Celebrity Reflection Review
Celebrity Silhouette Review
Celebrity Solstice ReviewOur voyage on Celebrity Solstice
Celebrity Summit Review
Celebrity Xpedition Review
Celebrity Xperience
Celebrity Xploration

Holland America Line Ship Reviews

To read a review of a particular ship, click the link under "Read the Review." If applicable, our Live Voyage Reports offer a day-by-day overview of an actual cruise onboard. In some cases, there may be more than one report, to be sure to see if your favorite destination is represented.
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Amsterdam Review
Eurodam Review
Koningsdam• Review with video


Maasdam Review
Nieuw Amsterdam Review
Nieuw Statendam Review• A Recap Of My Time Aboard Holland America Line’s Nieuw Statendam
Noordam Review• Mediterranean Explorer - Rome to Barcelona
Oosterdam Review
Prinsendam Review
Rotterdam Review
Veendam Review (Updated 2018)To Cuba from Fort Lauderdale
Volendam Review
Westerdam Review
Zaandam Review (Updated 2018)
Zuiderdam Review

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