We are a 50-60sh couple who have sailed several times, this was the first time on Celebrity. And it won't be the last time! We can't understand most of the mixed reviews this ship gets. we spent 3 nights prior to cruise at the Hilton Molino Stuckey Hotel. It was very nice, but next time we will choose a place closer in to center of city. Embarkation was smooth & easy, used the luggage tags that came to us and luggage was delivered to our room almost immediately. We were on board by just after 12 noon, had lunch in the buffet, and came back to our luggage waiting.
We found the food delicious in the main dining room in just about every case. we especially enjoyed the French Onion soup & Caprice Salads. The beef dishes were always tasty & tender. Chicken & seafood selections good too. Our waiter, Lisme, and his assistant were great...funny & helpful & always anticipated our needs. The Waterfall buffet was great for breakfasts, especially the omelette & waffle bar. Didn't have lunch on board often as we were in ports so much.Probably the only disappointment was in the Normandie specialty restaurant. Although the service was impeccable, the food wasn't any better than the MDR.
We thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment nightly. there was a violinist we would have gladly paid to see in Vegas. The Broadway productions were good & the aerialists fantastic. No complaints at all.
Our stateroom (just a lower deck ocean view) was very nice. Plenty big (larger than our previous cruises on Holland & Carnival) and well equipped. our room steward was wonderful...always went over & beyond what she needed to do, left more toiletries than we could use. I've read reviews about the rooms being in poor condition - ours was just great!
We love the Therapy Pool, wish i could have brought those jets home! After a long days touring, the pool with a peach daiquiri hit the spot!
We did all the ports with Cruise Critic friends...folks we'd met online & arranged tours with or just grouped together & did it on our own. much more fun to get lost in a group! This was great in every country. Made friends we are still in touch with.
Disembarkation was even quicker than embarkation! Totally smooth & easy with our luggage just where they said it would be.
All in all, this was truly a wonderful "trip of a lifetime". We hope to do lots more cruises with Celebrity.