Booked this Cruise for the places it was stopping in, having not cruised with Celebrity before I carried out some Critic searching and was seemingly happy with the general reports (you can only go once its booked and then come back again!!!)
We had an overnight airport hotel in Hong Kong and made our own way around the islands, Overnight on ship in town too right beside the Star Ferry Terminal.
Boarding went well and we again made our own way around.
Set sail a bit late due to unforeseen circumstances and cruised out of Hong Kong heading to Vietnam.
First Impressions of the ship were good but on a day at sea it could be seen that the refit didn't quite cover the ship as a whole, especially the open decks.
Most of the refit had been to increase revenue making areas and not the cabins we were in, new restaurants and the like, that's fine by me but don't list it as a refit as a lot of the paying public expected a glistening ship and not just a couple of Christmas Trees!
Not a lot done for Christmas day and just the band and a glass of champers on New Years Eve, when I was expecting a lot more from previous cruises over Christmas
I realise that the Cruise company want to make as much money out of you once on board with the tours but found their constant portrayal of anyone even thinking of sorting out their own travel/ tour as either mad, stupid or suicidal as somewhat derogatory to the host countries, okay so their are sharks who will rob you if you're not alert but this applies in every city in the world, so we took our lives and belongings in our own hands and ventured out at most ports, bidding a price for a tour or taxi and having a great time for a quarter of the price and that included feeding the driver and tipping them too.
Tours on board were well overpriced, Halong Bay boat tour direct with captain on shore $60 for a group doing the same as the ship. Hong Kong, so easy and cheap to get around. Bangkok trip 25% cost when booked in advance direct. We paid full for the Cu Chi tunnel tour as it was a 2-3 hour journey but taxis were plentiful at the quay side.
My only guide is that you speak to a couple of taxi drivers first to gage a fair / reasonable price, if you can go as a group of four plus it gives you more reassurance, and always agree to pay once you're back at the Quay side, these people know the system and see Cruises coming in regularly so know they can earn a good amount so why would they spoil it by robbing someone?
the ship is one I wont sail on again, to many silly things to list but the food in the seaview is the same all the time and on days out when returning to the ship too late for formal dining its nice not to look at the same stuff lunch and supper time, every day!!!!
Main dining was okay but not to the standard the advertise, No English Mustard on the Whole ship, come on Head Chef.
Great ports shame about the Cruise Company.
A shout must go out for the mainly girls at the Cafe Al Bacio coffee bar
Good memories and met some Great people but not too many working front of house on the ship, and again our bill was wrong, another long wait in line to speak to the harassed crew, goodo