My husband and I are 28 years old and took this cruise for a relaxing getaway. We have both cruised before, but this was our first cruise being just the 2 of us. I've been on one other Celebrity cruse and one Royal Caribbean, but this was my husbands first Celebrity cruise, after previously cruising Holland America and Royal Caribbean. We chose Celebrity because of its reputation for being the best of the best. Overall, the trip was great and relaxation was at a maximum!
The ship is very nice and fairly modern. I have read other reviews where people are extremely picky about such minor details, such as soft spots in the carpet of the dining room...big whoop. The ship was clean and easy to navigate. The ship sailed from San Juan, so we flew in the day before the cruise and spent the night at a not-so-great hotel. The day the ship sailed, we were on the ship by 12:30. Embarkation was a breeze and took 5 minutes, at the most. We got to eat lunch at the buffet and have some drinks before the ship got too crowded. Just after 1:00, they announced that our cabins were ready and we were able to get into our room. Our luggage arrived shortly after. Our cabin had plenty of space to unpack our belongings and our luggage fit nicely under the bed...out of sight, out of mind. We had a balcony room, which was great. The balcony had 2 chairs and a small table, but it was so nice to have space to sit outside and enjoy some peace and quiet.
We found the food in the dining room to be quite good. Plate presentations were always very professional and inviting. The menu had plenty of options every night for every type of palate. Lobster night on the 2nd formal night was the best. There were also vegetarian options each night. We are not vegetarians, but the variety of options was great. The food in the buffet was average. Breakfast was OK, but if you got to the buffet after 10, the pancake and waffle station was closed. One morning we decided to get up early and go to the dining room for breakfast. We were expecting something better than what you get from the buffet, but we were very disappointed. I ordered pancakes and my husband ordered french toast, but they were the same as what you get from the buffet. The buffet lunch was decent with many options. The ice cream and frozen yogurt was great, as always! We ordered room service a couple of times at the very beginning of the cruise, but we were not impressed.
Overall, we think the service was exceptional. Our wait staff, Vladimir and Ramazan were wonderful and very attentive. They were a pleasure to talk to each evening and even gave us some extras we didn't ask for, such as fruit with fresh whipped cream to share with our dessert. Our cabin Steward, Elizabeth, was great as well. Even though she didn't make the towel animals, she was very pleasant and kept our room in immaculate condition.
The Entertainment was mediocre. The shows were very short and not greatly impressive. The acrobats that performed were great, though. We did not partake in many of the entertainment options, though, so I don't have much more to say about this area.
The first port was St. Thomas. We walked around and went into the many shops that are right off the ship. Around lunchtime, we wanted to go back onto the ship to have lunch, but they weren't letting people back on the ship. In fact, they were evacuating the entire ship. We were kept off the ship for about 4 hours. We never found out why. We ended up having to spend money to eat lunch on the island.
The second port was St. Croix. I cannot comment on this port because we did not get off the ship this day. Just needed a day to stay on board and enjoy the pool.
The third day was St. Kitts. We got off the ship briefly to walk around, but there were not many stores and the area was very small.
The fourth port was Antigua. This port was the first one we decided to venture off the pier. We took a cab to Jolly Beach, and it was beautiful. The clear blue water was awesome. We paid $5 each to have lounge chairs for the day, but was well worth it. We had lunch at the beach restaurant, which was decent. The cab was affordable as well, although I can't remember how much we paid.
The last port was St. Lucia. We took Cosol Tours, which was great. We got to see many different parts of the island. Breakfast, lunch, and drinks were included. Breakfast consisted of local food and rum punch. Lunch was bread and cheese. It doesn't sound like much, but the bread tasted great! It was fresh baked and warm. Cosol, our tour guide, was personable and informative. The only problem I had with the tour were the extremely windy roads, which gave me some motion sickness on the way back to the ship. The island of St. Lucia was beautiful!
Overall, we had a great time on the cruise. We will definitely sail Celebrity again!