Celebrity has been a favorite of ours and another couple came with us on this trip. We really love this category of ship as it is not too large and it never feels like "crowds". To think it is an "old" girl and is not 10 years old, yet! The pace of design and technology... That said, the ship was billowing black smoke off and on for a good part of the trip and on the final day, the ship lay dead in the seas for an hour or more. Environmentally, it did not impress.
I will get the gripes over with! Embarkation was ridiculous - standing in line for an hour and a half on a hard concrete floor - the worst ever. Celebrity had conveniently "lost" 3 of our trips on their system so we were not allowed into the fast line. Celebrity's Captn club tells us that we have to "Prove" we were on the lost 3! Their system - their mistake - our problem...! Our dining experience was unbelievably poor - all at our table agreed that we would not have bothered except for the delightful company - so we all showed up for the worst of each evening. Dinner generally took 2 hours - the orders were cold and then they started to mix up the orders!
We dined at the specialty diner, Normandie and it was superb. If you have the time to enjoy dinner that is prepared = not in advance - but when you order. The staff were great and very relaxed - a great time. We find the big shows on Celebrity are cold to warm and this time was no exception. The small pub venues included a great sax player, a classical trio and a superb pianist. It was hard to pick between them as they were excellent. We had been to Bermuda but not R.I. b4 and although the weather was raining in the am by the afternoon it was sunshine. We avoid the ship line excursions and do our own thing. We rented segways and had a great tour of the mansions and the cliff walk. highly recommended. In Bermuda, we took a day on the water ferries and buses using the day pass to get to Hamilton and St Georges and the other day we rented a scooter and managed to get as far as the Botanical Gardens. a word of warning - there were at least 3 accidents the day we were there. It is not difficult but you have to be alert as there is alot of traffic and the roads can be narrow and winding. I personally would not do it if the roads are wet. We took a veranda stateroom for the 1st time. Our balcony was almost double the usual size as it was on an angle due to the ship design - perfect! The Celebrity staff, with our dining staff as the exception, are great. I have wondered how C maintain such a high overall morale. As an interesting aside, there was an unusual disturbance onboard. an older aggressive fellow took some exception to a younger individual and I gather there were several confrontations, hence the security was very evident around the pool area. All in all, we enjoyed but would give Celebrity a grade of 75 vs most cruises of the past would be rated 90.