My husband and I are in our early forties and left the kids at home for some "us" time. After reading the reviews we decided to keep an open mind as out of two thousand people on the boat you have to realize only a very few have complaints. We got to the new Singapore Ship Terminal just after lunch and were offloaded right at the front door no holdups at all. We handed our bags in about three meters away and walked straight through to check in. We had a Concierge room so we could go into the special line. We beat the only other couple standing in line so no big deal yet with the concierge benefits. Best check in and boarding ever, and to be greeted with a cold glass of champers was lovely. Staff all very friendly we couldn't fault them the whole trip. Our room was nice and seemed refreshed from the colours of the rooms we saw on you tube etc. The balcony was a good size and had a larger table on it where you could eat meals if you wanted. We had two lots of flowers in our room the More
whole two weeks but that didn't really matter as long as they didn't smell as they drooped after a few days. We didn't have the canapes as you had to specify a time you were in the room each day to get them. The bathroom was great and had a glass nightlight picture on the wall which was a brilliant idea no waking my hubby up at night turning bathroom light on. We went to trivia each day which was fun. We saw a few shows which were pretty good and had dinner in the main restaurant most nights. Marina and Hilerio were excellent nothing was too much trouble. Alexander knew our drinks each night and had them waiting for us, thanks again Alexander. I thought the food there was of good quality and you had good choice each night. The buffet was well a buffet and not bad. We had a problem with knowing when the 3 formal nights and brunch were on as it was in fine print on the nightly newsletter and never announced on the ship so we missed the brunch altogether and so did a lot of other people. We were told they keep if pretty quiet so they don't have two thousand people turn up for it. So if you want to go find out when its on and put it in your calander. Fully expected lobster earlier then the second last night formal night and the baked Alaska was just served to your table like a normal desert, no waiters going around the room with them on fire etc. We were told it was too old fashioned for Celebrity. All tender ports worked well if you were not one of the people who had to get off the moment we got there. I heard people complain about Bali tendering to get back to the boat and if you have to back on board by 5pm why the hell would you wait till the last minute to get back to the port. You are to blaim for the que not Celebrity. We got back about an 3.30pm and walked straight on to a tender. Komodo Island was great but wouldn't bother with a tour. Just wait till mid morning then go ashore there are ranger (in tshirts) everywhere and they will take you out the back of the buildings about 100m to the water hole where about five or six of them are. We trekked over island for nearly two hours with one siteing to find them all back near where we started. The amount of rubbish in the waters of Indonesia is amazing we went through islands of rubbish and even saw one of the rented tenders throw rubbish overboard in front of everyone in Bali. Went snorkelling and had to push rubbish aside on their reefs. Before we got to Malaysia we were told we could change money over in port but we were off the ship in first few groups but line was a mile long already and we had a tour so no money it was. Ship does not change most Asian currencies so make sure you get some before you go. They do take US in some places. We had the Classic beverage package and for us it was worth it as we added up our bill (drinks has 0 next to them) and we would have spent well over $2500 in the two weeks and not one day were either of us drunk. We did have a few very early mornings in the nightclub. Basic spirits were $8 and basic beers $6. Would get it again just for the convenience and knowing my hubby isn't spending too much. The Apple store was biggest letdown as we wanted to buy new Ipad but they only had old ones and not many models in Stock. Russian guy just said next cruise will have new model but what good is that to us. Singapore was about $170 dearer then BigW at home (Aust) to buy and theSingapore airport duty free wasn't much better. Aust duty free were out of them on way home so hubby not happy. We found everything very expensive in Singapore but it was the most beautiful city we have ever been to and we will be back. My other big gripe is the photos were $25 each to buy so we didn't buy any but would have bought about five if they were a more reasonable $10 each. We didn't feel the big sell on the ship as with all the other ships we have been on which was great. All in all I am already planning our next Celebrity Cruise but we will do one with the kids first on Royal or NCL as they seem to have more for them to do. PS the lollies in the free icecream bar and all the different flavours or softserve was excellent. Loved our cruise. Less
Lovely room with great balcony with large table to eat on. binoculars didn't work unless you looked through only one eye of them. Room was clean and cabin steward friendly. Did have problem with loo flushing a bit but someone seemed to be working on all of them up our end one morning and was fixed quickly. Stewards need to clean outside as well as inside too. Beds were comphy and TV worked well. Very happy with the room.