Once again delighted with Celebrity and the quality provided. This was our fourth time with Celebrity and everything was as we have come to expect.
Several days before departure we were offered an upgrade from C2 to a Sky Suite which we accepted at extra cost. The suite was enormous and comes complete with much bigger balcony, a larger than normal television, a butler who was extremely helpful, and even a set of scales in the bathroom. However being situated at the stern there was constant background noise and a slight vibration from the engines. We have previously been midships where there is quiet and a more comfortable motion in rough seas.
Everything you read about the standard of service is true. Embarkation was efficient and the glass of fizz when you get on the ship always a nice touch. The food in the main dining room, Moonlight Sonata, was excellent.It was always hot and if anything better than before on the Eclipse and the Infinity. The food in the Oceanview restaurant is also good but although there is a very wide range to choose from it does become repetitive. We would have thought that with some thought there could be a 'dish of the day' for each style of food to add variety. And why are there no French baguettes for breakfast? They produce them for dinner each evening in the Moonlight Sonata restaurant. Finally, there are not enough tables and chairs to cope with the rush periods. Finding a table becomes a lottery, whether cleared or not.
We were disappointed with the entertainment. Several acts and the main company shows were the same as twelve months previously on the Eclipse. Mike Doyle and Gareth Oliver were excellent, Bobby Davro is a bit like Marmite as you either like him or not, Adrian Walsh was unfortunately just as poor as when seen a year ago. The main company all singing and dancing shows were very professional and you have to admire the quality and stamina of the cast, but the high speed tempo was the same throughout the shows and the themes behind the shows were baffling. What, for example, was the Aztec/Inca show all about? There was no story line just people dressed up in costume singing and dancing at high speed.
Having been on three previous Celebrity cruises we no longer want to see talks and tours on how the ship is operated but no alternatives were on offer. The podium speaker was excellent and it is a shame there were no others talking about different subjects.
The Captain's Club receptions were OK but exactly the same as on previous cruises and spoiled by groups playing loud music for some of the time, as it made conversation very difficult.
Overall it was a superb experience as the few niggles mentioned did not detract from a great cruise. We already have two more cruises booked with Celebrity.