This was our first Celebrity - we love Royal Caribbean but decided to check out Celebrity.
The ship was very tastefully decorated and was stunningly beautiful.My husband loved it so much that we changed our next sailing to a sister ship. The ship does not have the promenade of RCI but smaller public areas. To me, the ship felt empty a lot of the time,but that was great for this itinerary which was less about the ship and more about the ports.For this itinerary the ship was perfect.
Dining: We were in aqua class so we ate at Blu the majority of the time. Disappointed at first because the wait staff was terrible - but a different waiter made all the difference and we requested him the rest of the time. We ate at all 3 specialty restaurants and enjoyed them. I think 150 Central on RCI has them beat, but a personal opinion.I enjoyed Silk Harvest a lot, maybe because we didn't have a high expectation, but the food was wonderful and the service was top notch. I think we ate at the buffet once and it was okay. Two formal nights for this sailing -not quite as dressy as RCI Oasis class
Tip - try the chocolate cake on the daily dinner menu - yum.
Spa: The Persian Garden area and aqua experience didn't really live up to expectations. The steam room didn't work very well and the relaxation area was often full. Just so-so. Massages and other on-board services priced comparable to other lines.
Entertainment: We were up early each morning and went to bed early most nights so we only took in a few shows. They were nothing showstopping but entertaining. They have quite a bit of entertainers around the ship. Good not great. This itinerary has on-board "educational" seminars that were quite good. In Tauranga the Maori come aboard for a dance demonstration.
Lawn - neat idea. We enjoyed the hot glass show, but if it isn't your thing it would be boring.
Room: what you would expect. Nicer mattresses and pillows than RCI.
Smoking- no smoking on your balcony or in the casino - very limited smoking areas.
Tip- when you are cruising the fjords try to get a spot on the front or back of the boat for the best views. Two bottles of wine can be brought on board when you arrive only.
Travel Advisory - be sure to check with the airlines before you leave home regarding luggage. We saw several people ditching items rather than pay Air New Zealand's baggage fees.