Our flight to FLL and our bus transfer to Miami were all good. Check in was more complicated than on previous cruises. When we filled out our express pass long before going on the cruise we indicated which credit card we would use for any onboard charges but has to fill out a form when we were being checked in with the same info we had supplied previously, redundant and time consuming. All they needed to see was the card and our ID.
Getting on board was effortless and the glass of champagne always welcome.
As to the cruise itself, the weather was good and the food at the Ocean Cafe was as expected but it seemed to me that there was not as much variety as on previous cruises with Celebrity. The crew was top notch and very helpful when needed.
WE had requested late seating but when we got to our cabin found that we had been booked in early seating. A trip to the dining area to confer with the man in charge and we were rebooked into late dining. When we got to our table (262) the first thing I noticed was the heavy engine vibration that was being transmitted to my chair. Really annoying. The group at the next table got up and left before ordering and when I asked our table person why, she said it was because of the engine vibration so I was not imagining things. As a result we did not return for dinner in Opus for the next two nights but did go on formal night. Also, although we were at a table for six there were no other people at our table for the entire cruise???
It seems that Celebrity is now working full time on board ship to sell you on the upscale dining rooms, massages, acupuncture and all sorts of other extras. The stage shows were just OK, the magician was great.The crew were top notch. As to shore excursions, the only one we went on was the train ride around St. Kitts, don't waste your money. WE didn't go on excursions at the other stops as we had been to both places twice before.My overall cruise experience on this cruise on a scale of 1 to 10 would be a 7.
Debarkation in Miami was less than satisfactory The line getting out of the luggage area was ridiculously long and trying to get on the bus to Ft. Lauderdale was mass confusion. This is an area that Celebrity should really get a handle on if they don't want their passengers to remember the end of the cruise instead of the cruise itself.
All in all, we are not turned off to Celebrity yet as we are booked on a transatlantic cruise in April on the "Silhouette" and when that cruise is complete we will decide if Celebrity is for us in the future.
I hope this is helpful to you other cruisers.