embarkation at Dover was the best we have ever experienced; 30 minutes to reach cabin. Our luggage arrived quickly.
Cabin and public areas still in excellent condition (we had sailed on Constellation in 2003). the ship was full with almost no children
Arrived in amsterdam 90 minutes late which delayed to start of our tour and caused it to be 30 minutes shorter than advertised. Tour guide not very good; seemed to feel that we should not require service on a Sunday
Next day we took tour to Brugge; the town is very attractive but the guide was inaudible. we complained but nothing was done.
Our morning in Honfleur was very pleasant; an attractive town and nice weather.
At Greenock the weather was poor, low cloud and rain. The trip to Stirling Castle was fine but the countryside was invisible. this time the guide was excellent and compensated for the bad weather.
Traffic in Dublin was horrific and our trips were cut short because we stood still in traffic. We had to pay for a shuttle bus into town; on previous Celebrity cruises the shuttle buses had been free.
At Cobh we took the train to Cork and walked in the rain.
During the Atlantic crossing we had some rough weather but the captain put on speed so that we could avoid a hurricane that was coming north across the Atlantic. We had much rougher weather during the south American cruise in january on the Millennium.
We felt that the restaurant food quality was not as good as we had previously enjoyed but the service was excellent. The Ocean Liners restaurant was excellent in every way.
The entertainment was similar to our previous celebrity experiences. Some of the special shows we had seen before on the Millennium. Both pianist Pearl Kaufman and singer Linsay Hamilton were excellent, as were the talks by John Maxwell-graham. The only negative about the 30 minute show by Cirque du soleil was that it was too short.
The disembarkation experience at port Liberty left a terrible lasting impression on us. We were told to attend immigration at 7.10am; we with 100's of others stood in line for ages outside the theater waiting for something to happen. We were due to get off the ship at 9.20am but 2000 people were kept waiting until 9.55 am before anybody could get off the ship. If there were announcements we could not hear them. Finally, after getting our luggage, we got to the the Newark terminal at 10.50 am. Many people missed their flights. AVOID any Celebrity cruise that ends at Port Liberty.
Overall a good cruise but spoilt at the end