We just returned from 12 days aboard the Sept 18 sailing. Celebrity apparently used the comments from the last cruise to address some of the earlier cruises complaints. There was no longer a charge for the shuttle services in Le Havre and in La Rochelle. They maintained the charges in Bilbao and Porto though the cost was reduced to $15.
The pluses: Our room butler Bogdan was amazing. Lattes delivered in the morning, suggestions on making our cabin more pleasant (adding a two drawer cabinet under the bathroom sink made a huge improvment.
Subawa in the aft bar and martini bar and Inez in the Cafe Bacio/Michaels Club were both very accommodating.
The cabins are quite small (we are used to Holland America). Our first reaction upon entering our cabin was "where's the suite?" The balcony was tiny barely fitting two chairs and ottomans. While we were right behind the elevators, we never heard them. We were below the pingpong table and the set up at 5:30 am was definitely noticed. We were kitty corner from the i-lounge, which was always busy.
For dining experiences, avoid the Trellis for breakfast, which is quite easy to do...they close very early in the morning. We made it one day and it took 1 1/2 hours. I was ready to leave after a half of grapefruit and 40 minutes. Dinner was unexceptional except for Luis and Anna who made it very pleasant. We only ate there a few times as Bogdan introduced us to Blu. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Much lighter cuisine, beautifully cooked and worth the extra $5 per person. SS United was lovely, though our lobster was a bit overcooked. The grand marnier souffle was exceptional, Wine list was lovely as well. The Aqua Spa Cafe was a treat for breakfast-those yogurt sundaes made to order were great-if you are on the premium drink package they are included. QSine was fun, though its placement at the top of the ship made it very warm in the early evening. Save your money and go to Blu. Cafe Bacio did have the only decent coffee on the ship and we made very strong use of it. Their pastries were free, just ask. The coconut chiffon cake is heavenly.
We did a private shore excursion in Saint Emilion, and did ship tours in Vigo and Porto. Would have loved to spend more time in Porto. We'll definitely go back. We rented a car in Le Harve on the dock and drove down the Normandy coast (couldn't fathom doing a 10 hour bus ride!)