For this cruise we booked a concierge cabin on the 8th deck. Storage was adequate with lots of drawer and shelf space for two people. We were traveling with two elderly relatives with walkers a few cabins away so the position on the starboard side, a short distance from the aft elevators, was ideal. Our only complaint about the cabin was the creaking of the door that connects to the next cabin. Any movement of the ship generated a lot of creaking that kept us awake at night. We called for maintenance to fix it but it was never fixed to our satisfaction so we stuffed folded paper along the three sides which lessened the noise.
We chose anytime time dining or as Celebrity refers to it as Select Dining in the Cosmopolitan restaurant. Select dining is on deck 5 of the restaurant and fixed time dining is on deck 4. We had nice tables all week and service was very good and the food for the most part was excellent. Highlights were the lamb and veal chops, steak, lobster and chicken offerings. The buffet at the OceanView Café on deck 10 had a very confusing flow and the Plexiglas shields in front of the food making it difficult and awkward to select items. Those who like to eat healthy will find a somewhat small salad area and a few fruit selections. There is also a made-to-order Caesar salad section. Cruisers who like lots of meat, pasta, bread, pizza and desserts will find an ample selection to choose from.
We selected the Classic Beverage package which was one of the three promotional options offered by Celebrity. We only learned of the limitations of the package once we were onboard. First, the Classic package only covers wine selections up to $9 a glass. That includes the Pinot Grigio, Shiraz, Rose and White Zinfandel offerings. Those cruisers who prefer a Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Chardonnay will need to upgrade to the Premium package as these wines go for $10.5 a glass and up. If you think you can just pay the difference of $1.50 when you want a glass of Chardonnay using the Classic package, you will be disappointed as Celebrity will charge you the full $10.50. We had read previous postings from cruisers who said they had to wait until their glasses were empty before ordering another glass and that service was very slow. We did not find that the case on our cruise but sommeliers differ in their pouring of wine. One sommelier took our sea pass cards each time we ordered another glass while another sommelier just poured continuously and said the wine was unlimited and did not take our sea pass cards after the first glass. Never did we have to wait more than 1 minute to get a refill. The specialty drink of the day was covered by the Classic package as were cappuccinos. It is advisable to select a beverage package BEFORE getting on the ship as prices are higher on board.
This was our third Celebrity cruise and our 12th cruise overall. During the days at sea, we found the daytime entertainment to be very lacking. On these days there was no musical entertainment until 1pm and then only inside. Meanwhile there were no fewer than 17 sales and marketing events (jewelry, watches, semi-precious stone, casino, drink oriented) in the morning. Musical entertainment consisted of a guitarist, pianist, DJs, singing duo, quartet and party band. There was only one movie shown all week (Gravity) but lots of movies were available in the staterooms for $12.95. We felt that this number of events each day being geared towards marketing Celebrity products lessened the value of the cruise for us.
Evening shows varied in quality. As you might expect, the shows at the beginning and ending of the cruise were very good to excellent musical productions involving the full complement of Celebrity singers, dancers, and orchestra. The middle of the cruise had an assortment of lesser quality musical productions or comediennes.
Both of us had sailed to Bermuda previously. We took the 5-hour mini-bus tour to get re-acclimated to the sights on the island. The ship docks port side to the wharf and most of the Kings Wharf area is within easy walking distance. Due to the age and mobility impairments of relatives with us; we opted for the free train/tram service that covers most of Kings Wharf with 6 stops on the circuit. Ferry service to Hamilton and St. George is close by but with both the Celebrity Summit and NCL’s Breakaway in port, lines were very long for the ferries. Our choice of excursions was limited due to our elderly relatives, but we did take the glass bottom boat tour to a wreck on the other side of the island which was populated with large schools of fish.
We will not be returning to a Celebrity cruise for a while. This is due in part to the preferred destinations / itineraries offered by Princess and also to our overall experience with this cruise.