We had a concierge class cabin on deck 8, close to the stairs/elevators which was a good location for us. The cabin and balcony were good sized and having the little couch area was nice. The bathroom and the counters in the cabin could use a little love. We noticed several areas of the ship that could use some updating/maintenance but nothing that interfered with having a great cruise.
The itinerary was fantastic, starting in Copenhagen, 5 ports in Norway, Iceland, Faroe Islands and Shetland Islands.
This was our first cruise on Celebrity but we have been on many cruises with Princess and HAL. We were expecting the food and service to be just a notch better than on Princess and HAL, based on what we had read. The cabin steward, bar tenders, wait staff, etc. were all very friendly and accommodating. The wait staff in the main dining room (select seating) seemed to be stretched thin so the service was slow. Not a problem since we were not going anywhere! Natalie the hostess at the front was always smiling, laughing and eager to find a table for us. However the food in the MDR was usually just mediocre, nothing special, no seasoning, dry, etc. The only excellent dish we had was the escargot appetizer and one meal was inedible; a steak that was so tough it was sent back. The food in the buffet was typical buffet food and very crowded. We only ate in one specialty restaurant (Bistro on 5) and the crepes were very good. The other specialty restaurants were just too expensive!
Based on our research we didn’t expect much from the entertainment but most of the shows were quite good (Elton John tribute, dance/variety shows) and the music in the lounges was good. They had quite a bit of classical music in the theatre (violin, opera) which was well attended, but not our cup of tea.
We booked the 123 GO with the Classic Beverage Package included. The wine by the glass selection was very limited (1 each chardonnay, cab sauvignon, merlot, etc.). The first day or two the cabernet was by Wente and was very good then it changed to Smoking Loon which was terrible. The chardonnay selection was Benziger and was marginally drinkable. So we mostly drank vodka, the beverage package included several good choices. Since bottled water and soft drinks were also included in the package we got a lot of use out of it.
Overall it was a great cruise with the itinerary and perfect weather. If the right itinerary, price and promotions were offered we would probably try another Celebrity cruise on one of the newer ships to see if our experience with the MDR food was an anomaly.