We have been on over 40 cruises. I am 65 and DH is 77. We have done about 16 Celebrity Cruises. We go on cruises for 2 reasons food and entertainment. Both were excellent on this cruise. I know there were problems for most people on this cruise but they didn't seem to affect us. We had 2nd seating dinner which we prefer and it was not crowded at all. There were empty tables since a majority of people on this cruise wanted early seating. Obviously it was not possible for everyone that wanted 1st seating to be accomodated. The tendering on this ship was definitely a probelm. It took way too long. We were elite members and were always on the 1st or 2nd tender. We don't do shore excursions with the ship so were not affected at all by the tendering.
We don't do a lot of activities on the ship. My husband did go to most of the lectures about space and thought they were excellent. Our service was excellent. Our waiter Mike & Shinde(Asst.) were excellent. We were out of the dining room by 9:45 every night. Our cabin steward also did a good job.
We thought the entertainment on this ship was the best we have ever seen on a ship. All the guest entertainers were very good. I mentioned this to Caissie and she said even she was impressed. Most entertainers only did 1 show and only stayed on the ship 1 or 2 nights. The celebrity orchestra was one of the best ship orchestras we have heard. The Production Shows were good. We didn't really like the song in the I Hollywood but they did a good job with it. We liked the other 2 shows better. Phil Tag-a Comedian from New York was very funny. Gary Arbuthnot- a flute player from Ireland was entertaining. He did a variety of music from popular to Broadway to Classical. The show Bande Artistique(Emile & Marie-Claude) was great.It included opera, singing, & juggling. It was very funny & was great. Adam Trent a magician was great. He did simple magic tricks that were very effective. He got a standing ovation at his 1st show. He also did a show at 10:30 in the sky lounge which was very good close-up magic. Paul Tanner-Singer/impressionist was very good. He sang a song especially to me and to several other ladies in the audience. Brooks Ashron-Classical pianist was very entertaining. He did 2 shows and was very well received. We also enjoyed the a-capella group and the band Rhymix.
We went ashore at all the ports. We did our own thing in most. In Prince Edward Island we joined 2 other couples from Cruise Critic for a tour. We booked through Fair Island Tours but had a driver Irwin(Rusty Rover Tours). The tour was supposed to be 4 hours but we agreed to 5. He was a good guide. He spoke very good English and knew a lot about the Island. We saw the House of Green Gables, the bridge, and a lot of the countryside. We paid him $100 + $10 tip. The van was a little crowded for 6 people but we did enjoy the people and the company of the other 2 couples. I took a ship tour in Quebec on the 2nd morning with a friend on the ship. It was a city tour and the falls. The guide was very good, very informative and spoke excellent English. We got back to the ship right before the rain.
My only complaint on this cruise was the handling of the cruise critic party. It should have been on the 1st sea day and instead was several days into the cruise. The whole idea of the get together is to meet fellow members. It was held in Michael's Club which was not large enough. Caissie (CD) attended but no other officers.
Disembarkation was fine for us. We went to the Elite Lounge at 8:40 and left at 9. We found our luggage and walked straight thru customs. There was no line. I Called Independent Driver to pick us up. He was at the port and was there in about 5 minutes. It was $45 for 2 people to the airport.
For us one of our best ever cruises.