This was our first time on Celebrity and the cruise was great. There were some minor annoyances, but in general the ship and staff and ports were all great. Weather was close to perfect and the seas were calm.
Our cabin was 1026 a disability friendly state room it was on deck ten at the sharp end of the ship It is a great cabin with a veranda Really roomy and one could always find shade on it.
We had select dining with a reservations this was a choice they we regret We requested a table for 2 as we didn't really want to sit with people we didn't have any connection with
What we got was placed alongside to other tables of 2 so we ended up on a table of 6 by default .
Our waiter tried very hard but he was a student of the corporate Celebrity" Have a nice day school of customer service " A nice guy who really was a victim of the process of what the company wanted rather than what there customers needed !!!!!!!!!!
We tried hard but gave up after 3 meals and just used the the self service buffet on deck 14
each to there own but this type of dinning was not for us
Food in the main was very good, but we did notice as the cruise went on the food was not as hot as it could be
2rd niggle the ship didn't seem very busy as a 1st time cruiser we couldn't judge if it was full or not
but we never had to Q for anything so we suspect the crew where under pressure to Sell Sell
Up grade your drinks package ,Up grade to dinning ,etc etc it was non stop as where the approaches to get a drink from the bar
it became after a time a nuisance and an annoyance as you felt that your relaxation was constancy being intruded upon
The ship entertainment was better than expected. Dancers, singers and acrobats were well worth seeing
An example of the overuse of trying to wring the last $ out of customers a tour of behind the scenes of the ship was listed see the crew rest room !!! The food prep areas, the bridge,the engine control room all for only $150 each I think not
The plus side
Stateroom attendants worth their weight in gold ( yes we doubled tipped them )
The organization of the whole process of moving people around safely was 1st class
The attention to hygiene was very very good
I wish our NHS hospitals were as clean and paid this detail
And the old Cruise line joke
Its the only place you can get up to use the toilet in the middle of night and your beds been made by the time you get back in to it
Dont do it just dont do it
As Naples was the last port before the end of the cruise we decided not to book anything and just go for a walk around the city
As soon as you step off the ship you are surrounded by taxi drivers and tour reps
We kept our heads down and walked off the pier and the last taxi driver give him his due shouted as we walked away " not that way sir very bad"
We walked up in to the city
Its dirty and smells of P we saw human poo in the street and its a very hostile city
very much a poor relation to everything else we had seen so far
It was a welcome relief to get back on to ship