This was our fifth Celebrity cruise dating back to 2003. Celebrity has been known for its cuisine and entertainment which we've previously found to be outstanding. Both were much lower in quality. We had the late seating in the dining room. We were seated promptly at 8:30 and we were non-drinkers. There wasn't a night when we received our appetizers before 9:15 pm. This set everything back so the main course was between 9:30 - 9:45 pm. We weren't out of the dining room until 10:15 pm. Evening activities were already going on and we were just tired of sitting. It wasn't the waiter's fault. We had an experienced waiter who had too many tables to attend to. Secondly, the quality and quantity of food was embarrassing. We'd heard portions had been cut back but 2 pieces of asparagus as the vegetable and the main entree that could be eaten in 3 or 4 bites was hard to believe. The lobster which used to be Maine lobster was a rubbery rock lobster. Veal and ribeye steak were completely fatty. Baked Alaska was "fake". I could go on but you get the point. After 4 nights, we stopped going to dinner.
Entertainment was much below Celebrity's tradition. First night including a lame attempt at an interchange between the cruise director in the theater and the activities director on from a live feed on a deck somewhere. Activities director seemed tongue-tied and got the name of the destination speaker wrong. We went to the show to see a show, not to listen to people talk.
Show cast was very mediocre and 3 shows were the same as on the Solstice from Feb. 09. A cappella group was terrific but their repertoire consisted of about 8 tunes. They were placed at various venues around the ship all week for about 15 minutes at a time - hardly enough to enjoy. But how many times can you sing the same tunes? By mid-week, we'd had enough even though we enjoyed their voices.
Pool area remains too crowded with not enough seats in the sun when ship is fully booked. Celebrity attempted to solve this problem with Pool Butlers several months ago. These folks were worthless. All we saw them do was pick up towels, not manage seats that had been empty for awhile which was supposedly their role.
Cabins are nice with larger bathrooms but attendant never left us his phone number. We had to ask for beach towels. The safe wouldn't lock once and wouldn't open once. The coldest the water got in the sink was lukewarm.
Went to island owned by Royal Caribbean, Labidee. Ship was late in arriving due to wind and currents so announcement was made the the bar-b-que supposed to take place on the island would be on the ship instead prior to disembarking. What wasn't announced was that because of this change, there would be no food at all on the island. So everyone got off at about 1 pm and if you hadn't eaten on the ship prior to getting off, you found that there was only fruit and drinks on the island. In addition to not having time to set up the bar-b-que on land, the ship couldn't unload its other foods to the island venues. So many of us went from breakfast at 9-10 to getting back on the ship at 5:30 pm with only fruit. Talk about a line in the OceanView cafe at 5:30! Other disatisfaction with Labadee was inability to escape natives approaching to sell everything from CDs to marijuana.
Other than a speaker talking about ports, there was no enrichment speaker on any topics of interest, something Celebrity has also been known for in the past.