Traveling were myself and my husband both in our early 40's. This was our 10th cruise overall, 2nd with Celebrity.
Embarkation: Exceptional. Note to first time cruisers - your documents will tell you NOT to board before 5:15 pm - which is ridiculous - the life boat drill is around 5:00 pm. You can arrive anytime you like. We arrived around 11:30 am - were seated comfortably in chairs. Within 15 -minutes were allowed to board. They take you by rows of chairs depending on how you were seated, which was dictated by when you arrived. A Very easy and stress free way to begin the cruise.
Ship: Nice clean ship - showed no signs of it's age. Staff was always cleaning. The only problem was the movement of the ship. The ship rocked from side to side even while docked at port! It rocked even more as we were cruising each night. People would have to hold on to keep their balance. The weather was clear, so this was not an issue. In our room as the ship rocked at night it also made noises, which sounded like an old ship about to fall apart.
Cabin: Room 6046 - We had a balcony which we loved! Upon arriving we noticed a smell in our cabin - kind of a dirty diaper smell. We called Naik our room steward who told us he would make sure it was taken care of. By the time we came back from dinner that night, he had re-cleaned the room and the smell was gone.
Fellow Cruisers: Definitely an older more refined group. If you are looking for more of a party atmosphere - then I would go with Carnival (which we love too). Our cruise was sold out, however after 8 pm we felt like we had the ship to our self as it appeared empty most of the time. Seemed we had a lot of French speaking passengers on our ship - most likely from Canada.
Dinning: At booking we had asked for a table for 2. Upon arriving we always check with the Maitre D' to verify our table arrangements. They had us at a table for 8 - however quickly made the change for us without issue. Dinner each night was in the main dinning room. Food was just okay. You had choices that changed daily, as well as standard choices that stayed each night. Standard were: Chicken, grilled salmon, steak and a few other choices. Our waiter, Alfred and his team were excellent. Buffet choices for breakfast and lunch were okay, not great.
Entertainment: The comedian was pretty good, there was a singer one night, but we didn't go. The Broadway style shows reminded us of high school plays and musicals. The other types of entertainment were enrichment classes, which cost extra to participate.
Staff: Most of the staff was excellent - you would never pass anyone without them saying hello, or asking if you needed anything. The customer service staff, however not so much. We had an issue with a charge on our bill that should have been removed. Over a 5 day period, I made 5 trips to the 3rd floor customer service desk, each time I had to explain again what the problem was, each time they said they would remove the charge. I then made 2 additional phone calls asking for the charge be removed. Finally a supervisor came to our room. I again explained the problem - he said he would make sure it was credited. Come to find out on the last day - he only issued a credit for half of the charge - even though he knew it was a mistake. The Captains Club desk was never open.
Pool area - of course the T-pool was awesome, the others were nice as well. They never seemed to be too crowded - only a few chair hogs. One day in the T-pool I did notice that a lady had removed her bathing suit top and placed it on the deck. She stayed under the water, but still - kind of strange.
Ports: Dominica, Grenada and Tobago were like the same place. We took tours at both Grenada and Tobago - $20.00 per person for about 2.5 hours. We do not take tours through the ship since they are double the price of what you can get at port. As you get off the ship there will be many, and I mean many people who are certified to give you the tour you want.
St. Marten- tour of the island and beaches $20 per person. Ended up at Orient Beach then took a taxi back to the ship. Part of this beach is a nude beach however men, don't get too excited - trust me it was mostly old men that like to let it hang and older ladies who needed to cover up :O) But good for a laugh.
Barbados - went to the Boatyard beach. $10 per person to enter, but this gave you each a chair, an umbrella to share, a rum punch drink and paid for your taxi back to the ship. Our taxi driver tried to get us to go to another beach and lied about the entry fee to boatyard, don't be fooled. It was a great beach.
San Juan - stayed 1 day before the cruise at Comfort Suite Condado and 2 days after at the Coral Princess. Both very nice. We loved San Juan and have decided next year we will stay for a week. From Condado a taxi ride to anywhere is $15-$20. If you are patient you can take a bus for .75 - we were told they run on no set scheduled but the time we took it back from Old San Juan they were right on time. The Plaza Las Americas mall is huge. 3 levels. They have a movie theater, restaurants and any store you would want. It is very busy.
Disembarkation: Smooth as can be - you are given a set time to arrive at your departure area then called by tag number and color - this way not everyone is sitting in a large room waiting for their turn to leave. Since we were staying in San Juan we were one of the last groups to disembark - we were scheduled to disembark around 10:40 am which we did easily at this time.