YES... we are Celebrity "Elite" members.... we quaff our tea with a raised pinky, actually dress for formal nights, (tee shirts with a vest will apparently will do on Celebrity these days.... Ed Norton... you are in style on these ships !).... and get some lovely "perks" not avaialble to the "common" cruiser.
This all being put aside for the moments something about the cruise..... "Celebrity" has always been our favorite cruise experience... the ships are immaculate, the wait staff attentive, and the ports often alluring.
It wouldn't be fair to actually discuss this cruise as "One Topic".... there are things that all of you may want to know about, and things that the staff at "Celebrity" should wake up to.
FOR ALL OF US...
While the food has slipped over the years at the maine dining room and (assumingly) also at "Blu" (the speclalty dining area for "AquaClass" passengers ) it seems hardly fair to berate "Celebrity" on this as our 12 night cruise was such a bargain.... considering the $800 price tag for an "Aqua" class cabin on a 12-night cruise it seems hardly fair that they should have had to feed us at all !
The unfortunate fact is that NOT ALL cruises are that good of a value and you can be sure "Celebrity" doesn't improve the food when to cabin prices rise !
All-in-all the dining was the equivilent of a Norwegian or Carnival ship.... nice, a bit common in many ways, and really nothing to boast about. For the other cruise lines that may be okay, but we're spoiled... we're "Elite"... we've done this before... and WE know better ! (I hope you're reading this "Celebrity" !)
We'd been on the "Constellation:" before... (us upper-crust types call her the "Connie").... it was better than than it is now.
ESPECIALLY FOR THE "CELEBRITY" OFFICE....
We were lucky enough to have spent very little at the bars and lounges... the reason ?... there have been cruises that the entertainment staff has been great... we'd stay up all hours not to miss a thing... "Celebrity" has been thoughtful enough to stick us with "entertainers" that wouldn't have been good enough to make the crew ship talent show in the "Rendezvouse Lounge" (the primary regular entertainment source on the ship)... yup, we're talking about the not-so-fantastic "TnT Duo". Truly, these guys would have made fantastic cabin boys... or just "bouys" period. The foiks who book the entertainment on the ship are obviously overpaid and underqualified. (Note: I'm a musician, quality entertainment is very important to me, so I may be more critical than your average passenger with a hearing aid)
The wonderful (but never "swinging") "Fade To Blue" were extremely talented but couldn't get anyone on the dance floor... they just never connected on an "entertainment level" with the passengers.... an EXTREMLY good elevator band.... picture the drum pounding heart-beating rhythms of Henry Mancini.... it kind of covers it. What happened to the days when the bass player actually played like a bassist and not like an alto sax player ?,,, no swing ?... guess why !
The "Celebrity" stage band was great, a true high note (pardon the pun) on the cruise, as was the string trio and classical guitarist. There was also a sole guitar crooner that we'd run into before on board, totally unoffensive and easy to forget.
THE BIGGEST BLUNDER ON BOARD?
THE SO-CALLED CRUISE DIRECTOR..... absolutely the most self-absorbed detached individual we've ever has the misfortune to co-ordinate the ships entertainment schedules. The man must spend more time putting gel into his hair that on deck... (we only ran into him once in 12 days... he was leaving the ship at the time ). You don't need to be a musician to know that either this guy is working "cheap" (or should be) or he's related to someone in the company. Smug, self promoting, & talentless... Thank God for Captain Tasos... possibly the world's most decent guy, a great sense of humor, and (we hope !) a great captain as well.
As always, there's more.... (Celebrity gets the coveted "Gold Finger" award for this trip (thank you Mr. Cruise Director)... don't know what that award is ? That's the award given when you spend more time sitting on your hands than actually doing things !
PLEASE CELEBRITY FEATURE YOUR CRUISE DIRECTOR ALONG WITH YOUR ITINERARIES ON YOUR WEBSITE !
When is a great cruise value NOT a great cruise value ?.... When you have a poor activity staff. PERIOD
We're not swearing off of "Celebrity" yet, we've had too many wonderful times on the past with them. For the folks at "corporate"... we were in #1106.... you know where to find us !