This was our first cruise. I read several reviews and know they are just that. They are opinions and I respect that. I suggest that you look through all reviews and search engines for Bahamas Celebration. I was going with an open mind, but kept in mind what I had read from others. I understand that this is a cheaper cruise and couldn't expect the greatest of things, but I was delighted in the experience.
We got to the port in Ft. Lauderdale. We got there early and got checked in relatively quick. Once onboard we took a self tour of the ship, famalarizing ourself with everything. A buffet was offered and the food was casual, but very good. I was excited about the carved Roast Beef. We looked through the schedule of events and planned our time around those. There was never a shortage of events.
Breakfeast was always a must. Very good buffet with homemaid omelets cooked to your choosing. Lunch is served by the pool and The Rio. We always ate inside in the Rio. Alway had plenty. Fresh fruit was always a good addition.
There are two main places to dine for supper. The Crystal Room offers a more upscale setting with a waiter taking your order and bringing your food. You can also pay extra for The Cove Restaurant, we didn't choose to do this. We ate in The Rio for all of our meals except one. The first night they had Brazillian Style. It was a combination buffet and meat brought out and carved it off for you. The next night was Mexican Style, again a combination buffet and mexican dishes brought to the table. Trattoria Di Gerry is an italian eatery that is open in between most of the other restaurants. Pizza is awesome, they also have steak. On the ninth deck you can get free ice cream. Cones and such are extra, but it's a very good treat.
Entertainment was great. We went to all the shows and loved it all. They are fortunate to have some talent. We played Bingo one day, didn't win, but had a good time. Some of the participation games/shows were funny, participating always makes them more enjoyable.
We enjoyed the Bahamas. We took a taxi right off the ship for $4 each. Our driver on the way gave us a very good detailed tour. We got dropped off at the Atlantis, they also take you other places if requested. We walked around there and took lots of pictures. There is lots to do there, but we just wanted to look around and take it all in. We then came back and shopped around the streets. Got lots of good deals, especially at the Famous Straw Market. We also went on a Taxi Boat out to a Semi Sub to view 12 different reefs. The Taxi Boat gave us a great shore tour of the houses. We did not purchase any excursions onboard, we wanted to venture around and see what was available. It would have been nice to spend more time there, but you can always say that about anywhere.
We had the lowest end cabin and that's all we needed. We were one floor under the main deck (where the restaurants and entertainment where. We had quick access to everything. We basically had a bed and bathroom, that's it. Only time we were in there was for sleeping and getting ready. More space would have been nice, but not a necessity for us.
I don't think there is anything we did not do on the boat, well except for the casino. We found out afterwards that if you turn your voucher into the casino you get $50 in play. We would have done that of course, but you have to do it on the first day. We also found out you can purchase a soda/pop/whatever you want to call it, plan the first day (but only on that day).
I highly recommend that you take this cruise. I know we will and met several others onboard that would do it again. We met several that have taken other cruises and they said that this one was worth what they paid. Keep an open mind and don't expect the best and it will come to you. Form your opinion and I would think it would be positive...