This was the 35th cruise for us, 5th on Celebrity. We looked forward to being
on a new ship and this did not disappoint. The ship is just beautiful and in perfect condition. We had a balcony room deck 6 with obstructed view. We had some noise in the wall especially at night and the smokers from below on deck 5 were noisy as well. However, we were close to the elevators so it was
easy to get around the ship.
We flew to Miami and stayed one night precruise on points at the Intercontinental downtown. Traffic in Miami was pretty awful. We walked to dinner at Fratelli's, luckily we had reservations as it was packed. We found some passable wine at CVS. We walked around Bayfront for awhile. Next day we went to the port around noon. The embarkation was long and disorganized. Bus loads of groups were arriving, many elderly people among them who had to stand and wait for long periods. This cruise had many
older cruisers and even my 90 year old father in law could not believe how many electric scooters were parked outside the dining room each night.
The food was pretty good in the dining room and we ate one night in Tuscan where the service was slow. The dining room Maitre D was frequently not at the door so we saw a couple of men in shorts who slipped by. People were well dressed on formal nights. The lunch buffet was very good. We hung out at the pool on sea days and were able to get seats on the upper deck. It was windy at times but we had good weather.
We had a late stop in San Juan and walked around downtown where we found a Holocaust memorial and statues of all the American presidents who visited Puerto Rico. In St Martin, we went to Simpson Bay Beach which we had to ourselves and could watch the huge planes land and take off. In St Kitts, we went to Cockleshell Beach for the day. We loved that island, it reminded us of Hawaii.
On the sea days there wasn't much to do. The shows were standard cruise shows, nothing great, but they were crowded. We did buy a wine card to us at the wine machines and we tried the Martini flights. We didn't have any trouble bringing on our 2 bottles and found they never checked.
For our Meet and Mingle we were never notified so we missed it. By the time we inquired about it, it was over. The Cruise Director changed mid cruise, I have no idea why. There were a couple of good bands around the ship. The fitness center was crowded on day one. It looked very well equipped. Zumba was held by the pool.
All in all, a pleasant enough cruise. They are still working things out. The captain made daily announcements and was quite visible during the cruise.
A few other things: they had music on the Lawn one evening. The waffles were my favorite at breakfast. A younger crowd is booked for the next 2 sailings at least (500 kids). Disembarkation was pretty good, although there was a slight wait for taxis.