This TA was the 2nd leg of a B2B. We were in Concierge class on deck 6 and we had a veranda that was triple size for that class stateroom, it was back where all the large suites were and we felt like "special" guests back there.
Ship: Sparkling clean! This was our third cruise on Connie and she is getting better with age.
Embarkation: As Concierge class we went to a special line with no waiting.
Activities: So many to choose from we had trouble deciding what t do next. Often we had three activities on board we wanted to participate in at the same time so had to make some tough but happy choices. At times we would split up and do our own thing.
Service: Second to none!!!!!!!!!
Stateroom: Perfect and always made immaculate twice a day by the staff. A special shout out to our stewards, Muhajir and Rakesh. They were always smiling, always friendly, and always helpful. You guys are great, thanks so much for making this cruise so special!
Dining: MDR was good as always, but the staff seemed to have more tables to cover so service was a bit slow at times. Tuscan Grille was outstanding, one of the best meals and service we have had anywhere thanks to our Italian waiter Fabrizio. Buffet was above average, you just have to pick and choose carefully. Wife loved the black bean soup at the lunch buffet but it was not served everyday. So she asked "Tiny" the head chef for the buffet if she could get some black bean soup the next day. Tiny said "yes ma'am" and so the whole ship had a black bean soup choice the next day. We loved the Key Lime pie served at Baccio and asked if we get it in the MDR for desert. The next evening our table of 6 was served a whole Key Lime pie much to the envy of the tables around us. Incredible! The expanded room service menu for Concierge class was great and we ate in the stateroom for breakfast several mornings. I loved the Omega 3 smoothies that are only available on the expanded room service menu.
Fitness Center: First time we have ever used the fitness center and it was great. We went there early every morning and there was never a crowd. As a result gained less than 5 pounds during the 15 days.
Entertainment: We were on Connie 18 months ago and the production shows were essentially the same. So we passed on most of the evening entertainment, it's always too loud anyway (I take earplugs to ease the pain). However, all the lecturers were great.
Disembarkation: Concierge class has special waiting room with drinks and pastries. You go there and wait for your number to be called and walk (reluctantly) right off the ship. Easy, peasy.
Summary: Our cruises on Celebrity just keep getting better and better. We have met lasting friends aboard and our table mates have always been great. We have discovered we like "sea days" better than port days so we will be doing more Transatlantics in the future. We are such fans of Celebrity, we are going to purchase stock in RCL.