After having taken a number of cruises with Royal Caribbean, Last year we upgraded to Celebrity. It was a nice switch. We found this cruise with a number of stops that were unusual for the Caribbean runs. Yes it had Grand Cayman and Cozumel, but it also had Cartagena, Columbia, Porto Limon, Costa Rica, Panama, and Belize.
while we had been to Cartagena many years ago, we were amazed by the change, especially in the Boca Grande Area. As experienced cruisers we don't normally take the ships cruises, since we can find local operators with a greater ability to meet our needs.
The ship is quite beautiful, but I understand it's going into drydock after the Caribbean season. Celebrity is noted for upgrading their ships usually every four or five years. This make the experience quite pleasurable for the traveler.
The entertainment was not up to par, with the exception of a Cirque de Soleil type of show which was spectacular. The first production show was so bad we left halfway through.
Our cabin seemed smaller than we were used to, though the veranda was larger and I spent quite a few hours there while we were under sail. The bed however was the most comfortable i've slept in on any cruise I've taken in the past.
We did not try any of the specialty restaurants, since we found the food and service in the main restaurant exceptional. My only criticism was with the maitre'd, We had asked for a table of eight or more, since we like to spend time with a company of cruisers. My wife and I were on a table of eight, but their was only one other couple. We asked him to find another with others. We finally had to discover a group of two couples ourselves who we sat with for the rest of the cruise.
The only other disappointment was disembarkation which took two hours. I don't think the fault was Celebrity's but our own ICE government agency, since it appeared that at least half of the immigration staff seemed to be missing..
In the past the in room entertainment contained a few entertainment channels. They have mostly disappeared, with TNT only remaining.
Costa Rica is very environment oriented with large areas of nature preserves. They also maintain a number of animal sanctuary's.
The highlight of this port was a visit to one of these sanctuary's. We were able to handle many of the animals housed there, while being brought back to health. They have sloths, monkeys, Parrots, Toucans, and owls, as well as other species.