We have been on 40 + cruises. We are 65 & 77 years old & fairly active. We had a wonderful cruise. I truly believe everyone on Celebrity from the lowest crew members to the officer's really try to please everyone. You are always greeted with a hello & a smile.
We spent the night before the cruise at the Fairfield Inn. We met 4 other couples here that we have cruised with before. We all took the 10 AM shuttle to the cruise port. We were taken to Michael's Club when we embarked & were served champagne and hor-dourves. We met Ti Ann the Captain's Club Hostess here. She is the best Captain Club Hostess we have ever sailed with. After this meeting, she remembered everyone's name & room number.
Our cabin was an inside room on the 2nd floor. It was adequate & had enough storage. Our room steward Anthony did a good job.
We don't participate in many activities. We just relaxed & enjoyed ourselves. Dh went to several lectures on the Canal & Mexico which he enjoyed. We had been to all these ports on this same cruise last October. We didn't do any tours just went ashore and walked around. We enjoyed the craft market in Costa Rica. We also especially enjoyed Cabo San Lucas. It was hot & humid.
We ate breakfast & lunch at the buffet. There was a lot of good selections here. The pizza was good and the burgers & dogs by the pool were also good. We went to the Elite Breakfast in the SS United States for latte's, bloody Mary's & mimosas. We were served here by Istvan from the Ukraine. He did a great job. We ate most of our evening meals in the dining room at 8:30. Our waiter Cedric & Asst. waiter Raoul were great. We finished by 10 every evening. We had a table for 2. The food was very good. There were a few nights we didn't like the menu but always found something that was good.Our maitre-d stopped by almost every night to check on the food. Although we never ordered wine, a young wine steward stopped by our table every night & asked if we enjoyed our day? Everyone dressed appropriately on the formal nights. Most men wore dark suits. On the 2nd formal night, I saw the maitre
-d ask 2 men to step aside & gave them a jacket to wear. The last formal night there were a few men with just a shirt & tie.
We ate 1 night in Qsine. It was wonderful We had a group of 12. We were given a special rate of 2 for the price of 1. We let the wait staff just select the food and bring it to us. The presentation, wait staff & food were great. It took 3 hours & there was way too much food.
We ate another night in the SS United States. We were a group of 11 on this night & also received the special of 2 for the price of 1. 6 waiters served our table here and did a great job. The food here was also great. It took 3 hours and we ate too much.
We attended the Elite Happy Hour each evening from 5-7. We were served by a bar waitress Iryana from the Ukraine. This was her 1st week on the cruise & she did a great job. Ti Ann(Capt. Club Hostess) was here each evening & did a great job. Patti(cruise director) visited several times along with several officers.
We attended the shows at 7 each evening. The entertainment was probably the weakest part of this cruise for us. We had seen all 3 production shows before but they were great. This cast is great. They also appeared at the special functions at 10 most evenings, singing & dancing. The aerialist as usual were also great. Fred Klett-Comedian. This was our 3rd time to see him on a Celebrity ship & he was great. A very clean comedy show. We laughed throughout the show. Richard Rubin-Mediocre pianist. We did not enjoy his show at all. His attempts at comedy were not successful. He would be good doing children's shows. Joey Vann-Comedian & Impressionist-terrible.Several people walked out. He is over the hill and none of his impressions were recognizable. Kamika-Guitarist & vocalist. Very talented but we didn't like the show. They did impressions of lady Ga Ga & Jason Bieber. Not good for the age of the crowd on this cruise.Barry John -Juggler & Comedian was very good. Mark Merchant -Ventriloquist. He was a talented ventriloquist but I didn't like his show. He did a lot of political & racial jokes that were not appropriate for a cruise ship and several were offensive. I even heard some boos. Louis Johnson-Comedian. He also did some political & racial jokes that I didn't like. He was humorous but really didn't make me laugh.
The Leal Quartet played in the Rendevous on most evenings and were pretty good. A-capella group These Guys were good but only did 15 minute shows. String Trio was good but had no rapport with the audience. They totallly ignored the applause and acted as if no one was there. Twist of 8 Party -Band was the best band on the ship. We enjoyed Rod Ondros, guitarist several nights in Michael's Club. The Celebrity Orchestra was new to the ship and were having a little trouble playing together at their jazz jam sessions. They were individually talented and will improve over time. Overall this is the worst entertainment on the 20 Celebrity cruises, we have done.
Disembarkation went well for us. The ship arrived in Seattle about 3 hours late because of rough seas & high winds the last 2 days of the cruise. We always do the carry your own bags off. We were in the 1st group off the ship and it was around 10:00. We took Shuttle Express to the airport. We booked it at the pier for $21 each. There were 3 people on the shuttle & they missed their flight. It was a 11AM flight which is against what Celebrity recommends. It took about 30 minutes to get through security at the airport. We had a 2 PM flight and had no problems.
Over-all this was a great cruise. We were happy with everything but the entertainment and some of it was very good. We will definitely sail Celebrity again. We enjoyed the Cruise Critic Slot Pull & Cabin Crawl.