The embarkation process went extremely easy. However, the cruise staff directions were very poor. Had it not been for my imitative to seek information, the bus group that we came into port from the airport would have been waiting in a very long line for not reason. The process once inside went uneventful. The boarding of the vessel matched the fine service we expect with Celebrity.
Our cabin was a little tight but generally acceptable. We opted for a smaller cabin with a larger deck. We were most satisfied with our choice. The shower was large enough to handle my large frame. The cabin was very clean and kept that way during the cruise. The balcony was of good size and enjoyed by us.
The public rooms, stairways and elevators were extremely clean. This was something that I remembered from my first Celebrity cruise and have not seen on other cruise lines and some other Celebrity ships to a lesser degree. This is not intended to down grade the level of cleanliness on other ships but to emphasize the superior cleanliness on this ship.
Celebrity aways provides that little extra service such as carrying your spouse's tray to the table, cold towels to wipe yourself in line, the pool towel service was always stocked, music at the pool at nonparty times was mellow, and they annoy you trying to push drinks while always being there if you want one.
The ambiance of the main dining room was diminished by the seating plan. You have other options to enjoy such as speciality rooms, casual dinning, sushi, and pizza. This is absolutely great. However, it creates a problem with the standard dinning room seating. The fixed tables in the dinning room could be a problem. We asked for a large table because we enjoy meeting a variety of people. We were assigned a table of eight with only four people. This left four spots open at each meal. We also like to partake in using the speciality restaurant. However, if we elected to do this we would leave the other couple alone at dinner. This fixed seating arrangement should be reevaluated by Celebrity.
The meals were very good both at dinner and the buffet lunches. Breakfast and lunch offered excellent choice other than the buffet. Pancakes and waffles were great. The omelets were very good. Burgers, hot dogs and fries at pool side and the light lunch area were also very good. If you can't something good to eat then you have the problem.
The dinning room service was the only area where the the high level of expectation of Celebrity was not met.
The ports were good and Margarita Island offered an unexpected surprise. The market and beach right at the dock were very nice. Of course Aruba's beaches were great and the other islands were overall very good. This represented one of the finest selections of ports in the Caribbean.
The entertainment was top notch. Each show was great, If I had to rate on a scale of 1 - 10 with 10 being the best. Every show would be rated 10 and some would be 10+. The best overall shows we have ever seen on a cruise.
IF YOU ONLY GO ON ONE CRUISE - GO ON THIS ONE!!!!!!!