Never been on a cruise before so no preconceptions when we were invited to go with friends. Our only committment was that we would meet for dinner each day so we often went our separate ways for other meals and excursions, this gave us the opportunity to meet other people on shared tables. I think it was day 2 that experienced cruisers asked our first impressions to which I replied "It's Butlins at sea!".
I hope this is not going to be a long review, plenty supply all the details, but more a flavour for others who may be in our position.
Overall, given that the cost of a cruise from cheapest to most expensive cabin has a factor about 10 times, Celebrity do a great job of providing something for everyone. The art seems to be to miss out the bits you don't like and concentrate on the things you do like, then you'll have a great time. It only took us about 2 days to figure this out. Personally, the cafe on 10 felt like a motorway service station most of the time and the entertainment(?) in the Constellation lounge during the evening was cringe worthy, but we accept some people like these things so we just avoided them. Theatre entertainment also just needed to be selected. Food in the MDR for b'fast lunch and dinner was of a good standard and that in the speciality restaurants was superb with great service(SSUS) and fun (Qsine). We would rate SSUS up to some Michelin starred restaurants and went twice!
Upgraded to the Premium drinks package, a good investment and gives a good opportunity to try new things without worrying about the cost. The bars are fine but Rendez-Vous can become suddenly crowded as the set time dining room empties.
Did a couple of Celebrity excursions, reasonable to good overall.
Formal nights they still let in those who could only be described as scruffy; enforce the dress code.
Service in coffee lounge Al Bacio could be a little tardy, even when it was not busy; motivation issues?
The stock of Peroni (my favourite beer) was late ariving and ran out quickly; why advertise it?
Despite all the warnings about the Flam railway being fully booked, it was easy to buy tickets from the station on the day, at about half the cost of the excursion; that's one expensive waffle!
Yes there are bits like Butlins (and we went to butlins many years ago when the kids were small) but luckily we shared a table again later with the day 2 people so could update thoughts then.
The logistics of the operation are impressive, getting everything and everyone to where they need to be seemed to go like clockwork. Yes, there was a delay on car park entry for embarkation, and I see that other reviews make a big deal of this, but in the scheme of things it is minor, nay negligible; loosen up guys you're on holiday!
We expect to go again one day.