We flew into Fort Lauderdale the night before the cruise and stayed at the Hyatt 17th Street Convention Centre. They provide a free shuttle service from the airport to the hotel in Fort Lauderdale. We took the flight to Fort Lauderdale because it was a direct flight from Ottawa. We enjoyed the hotel and the spaciousness of the room we had and the excellent buffet breakfast. The next morning we had SAS pick us up to go the ship in Miami. They only charge $15 per person which is a good deal. We had booked a noon departure with SAS but they arrived 35 minutes early. Fortunately, we were ready to go.
When we go to the ship in Miami it was chaos. Boarding was delayed because of a virus on the ship and they were sanitizing the whole ship. We had been advised that there would be a delay but it took even longer than expected. We did get on the ship in later afternoon and our room was ready shortly after. We found our cabin stewards very efficient and the food was very good. I think the beef was the best I have had on any ship. Certainly the cuts of prime rib were excellent.
The shows in the theatre were varied. We had a magician, a juggler, a singer and one production show. The theatre is very comfortable and one of the best we have had on any cruise ship. We found the daytime offerings were lacking. If you wanted to gamble or shop or do fitness activities there were plenty. Other than that there was not much to do. Finally, they showed movies in the Theatre for 3 days but stopped after that. One of the worst we have had as far as activities go. Would have been nice to have more trivia and name that tune etc. and movies every day. We had five sea days and it seemed longer because it was so boring.
All of the staff were very pleasant. Unfortunately we ended up at a table by ourselves in spite of having a table for 6 as we requested. Nobody else every came to our table so we dined alone. After four or five nights they stopped setting the table for 6. We were staying on the ship for another cruise and were promised by the maitre'd that we would have company (which we did have).
Overall, we enjoyed Celebrity (this was our first cruise with them). We have cruised with a few of the other lines and like all of them for various reasons. We would not take another transatlantic with Celebrity because there's not enough to do. They need to provide better onboard activities.