• Royal Caribbean's Star of the Seas vs. Celebrity Xcel!

    Royal Caribbean's Star of the Seas vs. Celebrity Xcel!

    Gabriela V.

    Created: Dec 07, 2023

    Last Updated: Dec 08, 2023

    Royal Caribbean's Star of the Seas vs. Celebrity Xcel!

    We are BUZZING with the many surprises surrounding Royal Caribbean's upcoming ship, Star of the Seas

    If we compare the prices with Celebrity Xcel from Celebrity Cruises, you will be shocked that there is indeed a difference, since Star of the Seas is getting (way) more expensive!

    We already told you that both ships are set to launch in late 2025. A new peek at Reddit discussions shows that Celebrity Xcel, known for its upscale offerings, usually offers a more sophisticated experience compared to the family friendly vibe that Royal Caribbean is used to give us, right?

    ROYAL CARIBBEAN

    Analyzing prices for 7 night Caribbean trips from Florida during the winter of 2025-2026 showed us some interesting findings. Star of the Seas consistently has higher prices than Celebrity Xcel. A basic look at the interior, outside, and balcony cabins across five itineraries reveals that, on average, Celebrity Xcel IS 41.24% CHEAPER than Star of the Seas.

    Even when considering Celebrity Cruises' All inclusive pricing, which bundles discounts on drinks and the internet, Celebrity Xcel remains more budget-friendly

    How much is it?

    The average cost for Celebrity Xcel across the analyzed itineraries is $3,658, a 23.07% reduction compared to Star of the Seas at $4,755.

    In Social media you will find a lot of discussions, especially on Reddit, showing different opinions on this pricing difference. Some say it's like comparing apples to oranges, emphasizing Royal Caribbean's family focus and extensive amenities, while Celebrity Cruises is for a more relaxed and elegant experience.

    CELEBRITY CRUISES

    It's not all about the prices because, still, we are still excited about Royal Caribbean's Icon class of ships. Icon of the Seas, the predecessor to Star of the Seas, has seen unprecedented demand, becoming the company's best performing product ever. 

    Meanwhile, Celebrity Xcel, the fifth ship in Celebrity Cruises' Edge class, continues SHINING with promises of new and innovative experiences. Let's remember both cruise lines seem to attract different groups, creating an interesting scenario for cruise fans and first timers as the cruise industry evolves.

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