Rotational bands have been studied to high spins in the neutron-deficient 124,125 Ce nuclei. The nuclei were populated using the 64 Zn ( 64 Zn ,2p2n ) 124 Ce and 64 Zn ( 64 Zn ,2pn ) 125 Ce reactions, with a beam energy of 260 MeV . High-fold γ -ray coincidence data were collected using the Gammasphere germanium-detector array. The Microball charged-particle detector array was used to provide channel selection. The previously established level structures of both 124,125 Ce have been extended to high spins ( ∼30ℏ ) . In addition, several new bands have been identified. The alignments of pairs of h11/2 neutrons and protons are observed in both nuclei. The alignments are compared to the predictions of Woods-Saxon cranked shell model calculations and to the systematics of h11/2 quasiparticle alignments in neighboring nuclei. The apparent ability of the cranked shell model to explain the h11/2 neutron alignments in 124,125 Ce highlights the previously reported discrepancies between experiment and theory for the 128 Ce isotope and, to a lesser extent, 126 Ce .