Our embarkation point was San Juan, we arrived the night before to ensure that we had plenty of time prior to embarkation. The embarkation process was easy, organized and hassle free. Our first impression of the ship was amazing. It was wonderful to be greeted by some of the crew as we stepped on to the ship. There were plenty of activities for travellers to participate in. They were well organized and like the rest of the ship ran like clock work. We had excellent service throughout the ship but especially in the Main Dining Room; our waiter and waitress were amazing. After the first night they knew what we liked and made sure that we had it. The Chef even prepared a couple of special meals for us.
There are a couple of minor complaints about our cabin: the bathroom needs to be updated, especially the shower it is looking extremely well used and dated. The other is the lack of space for luggage, we had to jam ours under the bed as they did not fit in the closet. There is lots of closet space and drawers for all of the clothing. Overall the cabin was quite comfortable and well appointed. As we spent very little time in there we found it adequate for sleeping, and dressing.
The lack of free wi-fi was really disappointing, especially as it was expensive to purchase. We don't understand why it's not offered for free with a time limit per session. We understand that they don't want people streaming large files, but with an expiry time limit or file limited file sizes per session or per day that would not be a problem. Most people want to check emails and do some quick searching which takes up very little band width.
The ports of call were somewhat disappointing. The shore excursions are expensive and don't always come up to par.
Disembarkation was well organized and hassle-free. There are line-ups to put up with, but that is to be expected. The luggage is easy to find as it is set out in rows by alphabetical order.
Overall we had a wonderful time, we have heard really good things about some of the other cruise lines, so will probably give one of them a try. I would not hesitate to recommend Celebrity to anyone.
Dominica offered a little better environment yet again. There was definitely more shopping available and a little more to see.
There was a lovely "Carnival" type parade, that was fun to watch and the bar/restaurant by the shore was ok, they offered free internet. We believe that's why most stopped there for a drink. We did not eat there, so I cannot comment on the food.
Grenada was more vibrant, busier and more affluent than the other three. For those who want to shop Grenada had the first establishment that could be called a mall.
We walked up to St. George Fort and than hired a taxi to give us a tour of the island. We were shown places that would not be on a regular ship excursion and had a wonderful time and got a reall feel for how Grenadans live.
We stopped for drinks at Sails Restaurant and Bar at the waterfront. If you are looking for beautiful views, excellent service and a nice clean restaurant we highly recommend this one. The bar man was excellent and our young waiter provided excellent service and was extremely polite and considerate.
There is a tunnel near the restaurant that takes you directly to the pier.
Not sure why there is a stop at St. Croix, for those that do not want to purchase a shore excursion there is nothing to do or see. Most of what we saw in Frederiksted was abject poverty and they had nothing on offer that could not be purchased somewhere else.
St. Kitt's was a little better than St. Croix but they too had little to offer for those that did not book excursions. The excursion vendors were quite aggressive and kept on chattering even after they were told no. We found that we had to ignore them and not respond; when we did respond they would follow us as we kept walking away. This port of call was also a disappointment for those of us who are more interetested in cultures than in shore tours.
For shoppers, St. Thomas offers the best shoppingof all of the ports of call we stopped at. We did not shop at any of the stores off the pier as the offerings were not different than the other islands.
Downtown St. Thomas is worth exploring, there is lots of shopping, lots of restaurants and the opportunity to learn about the culture of the island.
The beach excursion to Megan's Bay on the ship costs $35 US, per person, for a stop at rakes point and drive to the beach. The local transportation, available at the pier, will take you there for $4 US, per person. There is no stop at Drake's Point but there is lots of beautiful scenery to photo on the way there.