We booked this cruise about 7 months in advance. Someone on our roll call alerted us that our cabin on the aft and was able to get it that day when I contacted our ta. We went one day early by flying into Ft. Lauderdle. Used Ambassador limo to get to Conrad Miami, which were all stellar. Would do it all over again.
The ship was well maintained. Thought it looked great for 10 years old.
I was very impressed that they had complimentary scrapbooking class. I loved going and the quality was great.
There were only 3 ports of call to Hamburg. First was LaHavre and took ship's tour Paris on your own. It was a long bus ride for the 5 hours. We had been before so just visited our favorite cafes and shops. Next, Dover, where we toured Canterbury and Faversham on a private tour which was outstanding. Rotterdam was last port before Hamburg, we took the shuttle provided by port to train station where we took train to Delft. Loved Delft!
We had a C1 aft. It was really the best. Loved the size of the balcony and had a wine and cheese party one night with two other couples. Our room steward was wonderful.
The food started out great, but declined in the MDR after 4 nights. The Oceanliners was okay, really thought the Normandie on Summit was more of a speciality venue with superior service & food. The food in Aqua Spa was very good. Room service was prompt and good. The waffles were a huge disappointment. This was one reason we wanted to go on Celebrity. They were outstanding on Summit. The buffet was okay . The standard quality and variety.
Loved Perry Grant and the guest piano player from Julliard. The Latin show was also very good.
Guest Relations in all fairness had their hands full because of the volcano, but they were very under-staffed on the last night at the desk. At 10 pm they had 2 people and a huge line of people. The problem was airline changes were posted on guests doors around 9 pm.
Disembarkation was without incidence. We waited in Concierge area and didn't even have to go through Immigration.
Hamburg personnel were great. There was a shortage of wheelchairs with only 6 for the whole airport. Our flights were all changed because of the volcano. We did have complications without tickets just a paper from Guest Relations for Choice Air. Next time I want more because in Paris almost was denied boarding without ticket just boarding passes.
Entertainment was what we expected. Loved Perry Grant in Michael's Club.
Dining in MDR was great first four nights then declined. It was the quiet of food. Oceanliners was just okay. It was not as good as Summit. Waffles were terrible! Tried more than once and didn't improve. Aqua Spa was good as always. Room service great in morning with CC menu.
Guest relations under staffed on last evening. In light of volcano and flight changes they needed all windows open.
Disembarkation was smooth. We didn't even go through immigration.
Shuttle to Hamburg was fast and very nice.
Flights home were complicated because of flight cancellations. Almost denied boarding in Paris because we didn't have anything but a piece of paper fom Guest Relations for Choice Air.
Celebrity has not kept it's level of quality of food and service up to four years ago. Really feel RCCL is just as good except for food presentation.