Cabin: We loved our cabin and the wonderful bathroom. There was enough space for everything. I have to say we travel "light" with only 1 suitcase each with 16 kg on average (23 kg are allowed on planes in economy).
The only negative comment about our cabin which was right at the end of the ship are sooty particles that come down from the funnel and settle on the balcony. We considered the long way from there to the elevators and stairways as welcome walks after all the fine meals. Our housekeeper Benny and his assistant were very nice and helpful.
Meals: Everything was great. Some meals were less good than others. Some were just outstanding. We chose "select dining", that means we could come to the main restaurant whenever we wanted and never had to wait. My husband preferred a table for two and we always got it. Our waiter Franco was outstanding. His good humor and laughter were catching.
Staff: Everybody was ALWAYS smiling and helpful. They were always greeting everybody, wishing us a good day. The passengers, however, were much more reluctant to be friendly. Were did some people learn NOT to reply to a nice good morning from other passengers when stepping into the elevator??
Shows: The shows were okay but I think that they should be aimed more at a public around 50 or 60. The very loud modern music is just not to the taste of the majority of passengers on such ships. We were especially please with the performances of Mario D'Andrea, The Beatles Celebration and Lindsay Hamilton. They all had standing ovations. I would say they hit the taste of our generation.
Lectures: I did not miss one of Melinda Bates' lectures about her 8 years at the White House. They were very capturing, informative and very well presented. Melinda has a great sense of humor and comes along as a natural, warm-hearted entertainer.
Internet Access: It is extremely expensive on the ship. My advice: As soon as you walk off the ship, you find plenty of cafes and restaurants that offer free internet access. You can drink your coffee quietly and write messages to you friends at home without paying an extra cent.
Transfer from Rome Airport to Civitavecchia Port: The ship charges $ 92 per person (!!) for the organised transfer. We found Bob's Limo service on the internet. You can book it on-line. They are punctual, very professional and only charge $ 39.50 per person!! (airport-port $ 79 for 2 people, port-airport $ 75 for 2 people) As a surplus, their busses are much smaller than the cruise ship transfer busses with only 6 seats, which means less waiting time.
Excursions: The ship excursions are very expensive. We took taxis and explored sights on our own. The leather and carpet factory visits (compulsory on organised tours) were not our cup of tea and we could avoid them that way. But I admit that guided tours have the advantage of more information. But let's be honest, what do we remember after your trip?? Do we not mix up the given information and forget it within a week?
On the island of Santorini we rented a four wheel motorcycle for $ 35 for the whole day. That was a great way to explore that marvellous island. We would have been disappointed just to see the main town Fira (Thira). Oia was much more picturesque and just wonderful and is a MUST to see when in Santorini.
My advice for restaurant visits in Greece, Italy and Turkey: Ask for a menu card and order from there. We sat down twice and ordered two small bottles of water without knowing the price. At the end we were charged EUR 5 per bottle!! They cost less than half somewhere else. They should also give you the receipt. If not, that means they are not paying taxes to their government.
I hope this helps. I strongly recommend Celebrity and their ships.