Just back from a fabulous cruise around the Med on the lovely Celebrity Summit.
We had a lovely journey, was met at Venice and taken straight to the ship with no waiting for other flights therefore we were onboard by midday which I was impressed with. We had a look around and was pleasantly surprised to find our cabin ready before 13.00. It was our first time in a balcony cabin and I have to sat its worth every penny. We had breakfast on it most mornings and watched many sail aways with a glass of wine. Venice is particularly stunning as you sail right past St Marks square. Get a good seat Starboard side, we were lucky enough to have a cabin that side!
The first day in Venice we had a walk around and found a supermarket (co-op pronounced coop) to get some wine. You are allowed two bottles per stateroom on embarkation day only, although they do not mark it down so you could always go back and get more!! After reading about the high prices onboard I pre-ordered some wine via the gift section to be delivered to the cabin, this works out much cheaper as the onboard price for the same bottles were much higher. However most days they have offers on in the waterfall cafe where you can buy wine for your cabin or lunchtime but not for the MDR.
On the second day in Venice we did a ship excursion which included some of Venice and a gondola ride- this was great and highly recommended.
Croatia was probably the biggest surprise, it was lovely. We went into the old town via the ship shuttle (Expensive at 12 USD each) and walked the city wall for breath taking views. There is an option for audio tour as well.
Athens was very very busy!!! Do not get cabs as the traffic does not move. We did a trip to the acropolis and did not stop into town because of the trip back in the traffic jams.
In Turkey we went to Ephesus which is amazing and the highlight of our cruise we have been to Turkey three times and finally got to see Ephesus. The next day we got a cab to a local beach, there is one within walking distance but being so near the port I wanted to go to another one. Its called Ladies Beach and about 5 euros each way, but you have to haggle as they will try to double prices for cruise ships!!! The sunbeds are also 5 euros with a table and cushion etc.
In Naples we took the hovercraft over to Capri hoping to see the blue grotto but it was closed due to the sea condition. So we did a tour of the island which was nice but a bit samey (seen one cave you've seen them all). It cost 32 Euros per person for a round trip and we really wished we had gone to Pompeii instead.
In Civitavecchia we took the train to Rome, you can get a travel card for 9 Euros which covers train metro and buses for 24 hours. I found Rome very busy but we managed to see all the main sites and the next day like many others did we stayed onboard and relaxed in the sunshine!
Florence- we went to Pisa on an organized trip which was very good.
Nice (Villefranche) was beautiful, the ship was tendered (hope that's the right expression) we just walked around the lovely area full of nice restaurants and winding streets. There is also a really nice little beach area here if we had known we would have taken some towels and settled there for a few hours but we were to lazy to go back to the ship and back across again.
The entertainment on the ship was OK but the best singer was put in the aft bar away from the main areas (she actually left due to this). Being in our 30s we found the entertainment was mostly aimed at an older age group and we prefer RCI having said that we had a great time and have still booked another celebrity cruise on the new Eclipse.
The ship does show some signs of wear and tear but there is constant improvement work going on. The pools were not that clean and the service around the pool not great but service elsewhere was excellent. I think we had the best waiter and bar service waiter on the ship, Vasilica and Bobby!!!
Unfortunately our flight back was changed so having left the ship at 08.40 we had to wait till 18.30 for our hour and half flight home!!!
Overall I would highly recommend this cruise I was not ready to come home!!!