My husband and I did not know what to expect since this was our first cruise. We are ready to go on another!
EMBARKATION/DISEMBARKATION We were really impressed with the seamless operations of this ship from embarkation to disembarkation. Once our flight landed and we went through customs, we found the Celebrity station at the airport for our transfer to the boat. They took our luggage and delivered it to our room for us. Once we got to the pier, everything was as quick as it possibly could have been. It probably took us about 30 minutes to get on the boat. Disembarkation was stunningly painless. We went to our disembarkation location at the designated time which had already been dismissed, so we just walked right off the boat - no line, no wait.
SHIP The ship was very tastefully decorated, and had just gotten some updates. We loved every space on the ship we spent time in. One of the best places to sit and have a drink was on Deck 11 at Cosmos. This was a great place for whale watching and for watching the ship leave a port. The main theater is beautiful and very comfortable. The seats are couches and have small tables beside them for your drinks.
SERVICE All of the employees were friendly and helpful. We were amazed at the international diversity of the crew. Our room attendant was phenomenal and knew us by name the minute we walked into our room. He was very detail oriented and knew exactly when we would go to dinner so that we were not disturbed when he came for the turn down service. Our room was pristine during the entire cruise. The wait staff were great too, catering to everything you asked for. If you didn't like your meal, they would want to bring you something else to try.
STATEROOM Being that it was our first cruise, we thought the rooms were going to be much smaller but were pleasantly surprised with the amount of room we had. There was ample amount of storage space. The mattress was comfy and the bedding was great. We chose an ocean view room and were glad that we were able to look at all of the amazing sights to be seen, including mountains and sea life.
ENTERTAINMENT The entertainment on the boat was great too. There was a really funny comedian, a superb magician, and an amazing production crew. We got to see 2 shows that the singers/dancers put on and were surprised at how good they were. There was constant entertainment on the boat from bracelet making to musicians to singing groups. If we wanted something to do every minute of the day, we didn't have to go far.
FOOD We did not try any of the specialty restaurants. We ate in the Oceanview Buffet for breakfast each morning. It could get a little crowded during peak times which made it difficult to carry around a tray and find a seat. The breakfast food was decent, our favorite spot was the pancake/waffle area near the back of the restaurant. For lunch and dinner we stuck to the main dining area which was much less hectic. We thought the food here was really good, and we always cleaned our plates, even after eating 3-4 courses each night! The desserts were the best part of the meal in the main dining - always delicious. If you can't decide which one you want, order two!
ATTIRE There are two kinds of attire during evening time on the ship - smart casual and formal. If you don't want to dress up, you can always stick to the buffet restaurant. When we went to the main dining room for dinner, they did enforce the dress code each evening. For formal nights, most men were in suits or a sport coat and slacks. Most women had on a cocktail dress or nice pant suit.
We had so much fun on this boat that we hope someday to take another cruise with Celebrity!