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Celebrity vs Princess Cruises for Alaska
Is there a difference between an Alaskan cruise with Celebrity and one with Princess? Find out here.
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Both Celebrity and Princess Cruises run three ships around Alaska, offering itineraries that let you take in everything from the diamond-like glaciers of the region to the salmon rivers.
So how do you tell the lines apart? We compare and contrast them both on everything from onboard activities and food to the overall cost of a basic cabin to so you can decide if one line is better for you.
Celebrity vs Princess Cruises for Alaska cruises
|Feature||Celebrity Cruises||Princess Cruises||Verdict|
|Where does it sail to?||Celebrity covers more ports of call in Alaska.|
|Does it have Wi-Fi?||Paid Wi-Fi is available.||Paid Wi-Fi is available.||Both offer paid-for Wi-Fi.|
|Does it provide towels?||Yes.||Yes.||Both offer towels.|
|Contact options||Celebrity offers live chat.|
|Is it all-inclusive?||No.||No.||Neither line is all inclusive.|
|Does it have a gym?||Yes.||Yes.||Both have gyms.|
|Does it have hairdryers, laundry and irons?||Hairdryers are available free of charge. Laundry and ironing is available at a cost.||All are available. Charges apply to self-service laundry.||Both charge for laundry.|
|Does it include food?||Yes, includes Alaskan seafood on Alaska sailings.||Yes.||Both include food.|
|Does it have casinos?||Yes.||Yes.||Both have casinos.|
|Does it have an ATM?||Yes.||Yes.||Both have ATMs.|
|Does it have formal nights?||Smart-casual evening chic nights.||Yes.||Celebrity’s formal nights are pared down.|
|How much are drinks?||US$6-7 for beer and US$9-11 for wine.||Around US$5-6 for beer and US$7-11 for wine.||Drinks cost a similar amount.|
|Is it good for families?||Yes, including an Alaskan Explorers Youth Program on Alaska sailings.||Yes.||Both are family friendly.|
|Does it have child care?||Yes, for children over 12 months old. Fees apply.||Yes, group kidsitting.||Both offer some form of childcare.|
|Does it have virtual balconies?||No.||No.||Neither has virtual balconies.|
|Does it have a waterslide?||No.||No.||Neither has a waterslide.|
|Does it have a promenade?||Yes.||Yes.||Both have promenades.|
|Does it have free room service?||Yes, 6am-11pm.||Yes.||Both offer free room service.|
|What are my payment options?||Princess offers a few more ways to pay|
|Can I price match?||No.||No.||Neither price matches.|
|Does it allow for cancellations/changes?||The minimum cancellation charge is the deposit.|
Charges apply to some changes.
|All fares come with cancellation penalties, from the loss of deposit to the full cost of the cruise||Both have some cancellation penalties.|
|How much are airport transfers to the departure port?||Fly-cruise packages include transfers to the ship.||Prices vary. Most transfers cost around US$18 for 10 miles.||Transfer options are hard to compare.|
|How much are gratuities?||Daily gratuities are automatically added to your bill. These are US$14.50 per person per day interior, oceanview and balcony stateroom guests. You can opt out or adjust.||A discretionary gratuity of US$13.50- 15.50 is added to all on-board accounts daily.||Gratuites are similar.|
|Has a ship ever sunk?||No.||No.||Neither has lost a ship.|
|Book||Book your Celebrity cruise||Book your Princess cruise|
Who offers the best price?
Prices for a 7-night Alaska Tracy Arm Fjord Cruise sailing from Vancouver to Seattle and stopping at 4 ports of call and sailing through two scenic waterways start at $1,609 per night with Celebrity.
Prices for a seven-day Inside Passage cruise with Tracy Arm Fjord stopping at 5 ports of call and sailing through one scenic waterways starts at $1,399 per person with Princess.
In a like-for-like price comparison Princess Cruises wins here though only by $200. It does also include an extra port of call which could reason out the cost difference.
These prices are correct at the time of writing in April 2018, and are merely an indication of possible cost differences. They may change during sale periods which could alter the verdict over which is cheaper.
Is this cruise line good?
Emerald Princess, Star Princess and Ruby Princess all cruise around Alaska. Their star ratings on cruise review website are 4.5, 4, and 4 out of 5. Reviewers mention great food and well-planned itineraries.
Celebrity Solstice, Celebrity Millennium and Celebrity Infinity sail around Alaska. Their star ratings on Cruise Critic are 5, 4.5 and 4 out of 5. Celebrity also gets credited for its well thought out itineraries.
Any other differences worth noting?
Princess Cruises really pushes the boat out for Alaska sailings. Guests can meet locals on board to learn about things like mountain climbing and being a lumberjack and also experience Alaskan-themed evening entertainment.
What are the deals like?
Princess Cruises runs deals like 5% deposits and money off flights. It also puts on regular specials for specific destinations, including Alaska, with deals like $1,000 onboard spend per couple, or low cabin rates.
Celebrity runs frequent deals on free drinks and onboard spending. Plus it offers discounts on last minute cruises, including itineraries to Alaska.
Both cruise lines offer frequent deals on Alaska cruises. These are often centered around added on-board credit and extra perks. One of the few times you’ll see a clean discount out of either is on last-minute cruises.
Keep an eye out on both as they remain quite competitive against one another.
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