We sailed from Bayonne on 8/12/12 which was a great port to leave from as we are from NJ, so the ease of parking, security, embarkation was a breeze. We arrived at 11:30 am, which allowed us ample time to tour the ship before it got crowded and to sit by the pool and get some drinks. If you like to imbibe, I recommend the Premium Drink Package - well worth its price ($391). With what my husband drank over the course of the week, they lost money on him! Drinks are not out of control expensive either. Martini Bar (large glass) is $10 and $6 for smaller glasses. Beer selection at Micheal's Bar is exceptional - Belgian's etc. although the entertainment there is a downer. Usually a guitar player and apparently your frowned upon if you'd like to actually have a conversation within the bar. The Martini Bar is quite fun! Boom Boom puts on a great show (he's a bit arrogant though, and doesn't make the best drinks - the other bartender is better). Rendez Vous is the most ridiculous lounge on the ship. Awful singers, although Karaoke night was funny, as well as Celebrity Idol. The comedian, Troy, was hilarious! The piano player, Craig Dahn, was absolutely unbearable to listen to. He dressed like Liberace but did not have the talent. We walked out after the 2nd song. The production team is very talented and the shows were ok.
Our teens said the Teen Lounge was boring with nothing to do. Xbox was only Kinect which is beat if you're a gamer. Have to question the "mixers" they have for 18 - 30 y/o...that age range is a bit odd. Not So Newlywed game was very funny and the cruise director, Jason, is quite good. Thalassotherapy pool (adults only) is very relaxing and their food bar offers sushi and healthier options than the buffet. And it's close to the pools. The outdoor pool is ridiculously small. It says no kids on the sign, but there is no kids only pool so the older guests were angry that kids were in the pool, but they had no place to go. Be prepared to get bruised in the pool when it's crowded.
Food was excellent, and the menu was quite diverse - filet mignon, prime rib, lamb chops, veal shank, lovely cold strawberry soup, desserts (with the exception of the baked Alaska - blech) were good. Definitely order the chocolate souffle.
Bermuda is beautiful and pristine. If you plan on jet skiing, book it way in advance. Horseshoe Bay was lovely - do NOT go cliff jumping (and there are signs saying it's not allowed - but people are stupid). Many arriving back on the ship with crutches, bandaged up, road rash from scooters. Navigating the roads of Bermuda is difficult if you are not experienced riding on the other side of the road or riding a scooter. Snorkel Bay (Royal Dockyard) while close to the ship, is quite difficult to walk around in the water due to all the coral. Many people cut up their feet etc. Hamilton is gorgeous and worth the visit. Don't buy food there unless you plan to spend $60 for 2 hamburgers and a soft drink.
Get to the pool early if you want to get a chair. Even though they say no saving seats, you can if one person is there, but if you leave your stuff for more than 30 minutes you risk it being taken away by the pool butler for safe keeping. We had to sit at the stern for 2 days as we couldn't get chairs any closer to the pool. It's nice and quiet there, but not close to bathrooms/pool/food, and occasionally a waiter would come by. Veranda cabin was awesome. Beautiful to wake up to in the morning. Fitness center was crowded and had old machines. Not a lot of diversity of cardio machines or free weights. Staff was excellent, Capt. Panos was seen around the ship quite often. We had a great family vacation as there were a lot of us, but we won't ever cruise Celebrity again.