The main driver for choosing this cruise was to cruise with friends so they could try Celebrity. We were a group of 8. 2 had cruised celebrity many years previously and did not like the line due to poor time management, 2 are P&O stalwarts and 2 had never cruised before.
So for us the itinerary was to some degree secondary to the timing and the price, so we opted for the cheapest inside cabins which were fine, although 3 did suffer from noise from the adjoining maintenance corridor but Guest Relations were very quick to help with this.
We all thought the food was excellent, I have read other reviews of this cruise criticising teh buffet.We never use the buffet normally, this time we did for lunch and breakfast because there were no queues, the food was fresh and hot and there were always plenty of empty tables. Streets ahead of P&O which we have most experience of.
MDR experience was again excellent we chose Select dining and pre booked a time online for each night.We were allocated a wonderful table and as we were 8 together it seemed to suit them and us to keep the same table throughout.Service was super, 2 of the group had the wine package and the service to us and them was identical and very attentive, and the wait team worked really well together.
We had one meal in Ocean Liners and that was worth the cover charge, especially as they were offering deals of varying sorts to fill it on odd days (we went on an odd day!)
The ports were as we expected them to be having researched ahead of time. We opted for private tours or DIY and had a great time.
Photos of the ship and the ports are on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/jobloor/sets/72157631851176778/