i admit i prefer celebrity to other lines as i have found the service to be exemplary, the food just a notch above the rest, and the "older" ships are a more intimate size. that said, this particular 14 day southern caribbean cruise was the finest i`ve experienced.
Embarkation: arrived FLL at 10:00 am, grabbed our bags, hopped a cab ($14) and arrived at the port st 11. although there was a "line" it moved quickly and we were checked in with sea passes in hand in about 15 mins. after a short (10 min) wait in the lounge we were welcomed aboard. our cabin was available at 1:00. there was a very short muster drill and we shoved off at precisely 4:30 as sheduled.
beginning with two sea days , cruising the straights of florida past cuba, between cuba and haiti and into the caribbean, the weather was certainly the star. there were only 2 days of "motion" (going to barbados and the first night/day in the atlantic) which were in no way uncomfortable.
the combination of calm seas and sunshine allowed for considerable "pool time" along with resting and reading between meals. we had an extraordinary dinner at ocean liners the first night,and select dining worked well for us, as we were able to get our table for two on the rail every night. the food in the san marco was delicious, with many new appetizers, soups and entrees served with friendly enthusiasm. the variety of food in all venues on this voyage was remarkable.
we visited 8 islands, with grenada, where we took the 7 sisters hike and encountered mona monkeys on the return trip, being our favorite. each island has its own flavor and scent, as the blooms and the greens have returned exponentially as the drought of 2 years ago has been vanquished by restorative rains.
entertainment on board was excellent as well, with perry grant holding court (as only he can) in michael`s club, the celebrity orchestra was magnificent,and the "acts" and performances were pleasantly surprising.
Debarkation: we had a 10 am flight from FLL and were a bit concerned when we saw the lines for "early debarkation" which wound up and back and up again through the starboard hallway deck 3 midships. we got there at 7:30 (7:45 was suggested) and the crowd was unexpected (i guess i was under the delusion that only passengers with early flight times would be present)but cordial for the most part, and about 8:15 we began to move. we were in a cab headed to the airport at 8:30.
i must say that the crew on this vessel, from zaldy to geronimo, to gede, and all the other wonderful people that demonstrably enhanced our experience made this cruise the finest in my lifetime. ty all.