We are experienced cruisers in our 60's-70's. We have been on every major cruise line except Princess. Most of our cruises have been on Rccl & Celebrity with Celebrity being our favorite. We usually prefer small ships & longer cruises. We chose this cruise because of price and we wanted to try a newer, larger ship. This was our 1st time to have a balcony. We booked this because it included pre-paid gratuities and a room credit. We enjoyed the balcony but would probably not pay full price for it again. We are seldom in our room. We were in room 8128 and it was very quiet. A good location. We drove from GA to Ft. Lauderdale and stayed at the Fairfield Inn Airport because we could leave our car parked there for up to 30 days. It was $79 for 1 night. They have a shuttle to the cruise terminal for $8 per person but we took a taxi for $17.
Embarkation: We arrived at the terminal about 10:45 and were checked in within 5 minutes. They allowed us to board about 11:15. We went to the buffet and had a nice lunch. We then explored the ship. It is a beautiful ship. Beautifully decorated and very clean. We were allowed in our room at 1 p.m. The room was quite spacious. We really liked the rounded bed and flat screen tv. Storage space was minimal but we had enough room for a 7 day cruise.
Service: Great! Our room steward Nazareth was the best we have ever had. Every time we left our room, he appeared to ask us if we needed anything. He brought us champagne & wine glasses for our 2 bottles of wine we took on board. Our room was kept spotless. It was always made-up when we returned from breakfast and was made down while we were at dinner. Our dining room waiter and asst. waiter were also great. We had a table for 2 and 2nd seating. There was another table for 2 with little space between them. We liked this and felt like the other couple was our tablemates. Every employee on the ship always greeted you with a hello and a smile.
We took no shore excursions because we had been to all these ports many times. Dining. We ate all our evening meals in the MDR. We had planned to eat in a specialty restaurant one night but decided not to since the food was so good in the MDR. We ate the buffet for breakfast and lunch. It was very good. We liked the separate sections. we never had trouble finding a place to sit and the tables were cleaned almost immediately. The waiters here would get anything you needed if you asked. We had a hamburger one day and wings one day from the grill by the pool. Also very good.
Captain's Club: This was our 1st time as elite members and we were impressed. We loved the 4-6 happy hour everyday in the sky lounge. We drank too much but it was fun. We met several people here and plan to keep in touch. there was also a Senior Officer's club party for captain club members. There were many other perks including free laundry and some dry cleaning. Also some other events. This will make us choose Celebrity again over other cruise lines.
Entertainment:This is one of our main things on a cruise. We went to every show and heard all the other performers. We saw all 3 productions shows. show No. 1 was poor. Very few songs we knew. Show no. 2 was good with broadway show tunes. Show no. 3 was excellent. This was the circus soleil show. The comedian/magician Nick Levin is a genuis. I laughed the entire time. The impersonator Sean O Shea was fair. The late night adult comedian Kevin Meany would have been great except for the foul language. He should be on the main stage without the filthy language. The lounge groups: jazz quartet Tony Viviano-fabulous. Show band-fabulous. Acapella quartet Metro Park-fabulous. Piano players Will Foraker & Lloyd Baskins-both were very good. String quartet was good. Party band Spira-great. Guitarist/singer was not very good. Steel drummer was also good. Cruise director John was very good. Captain was very personable and likable. It was celebrity's 20th anniversary and there was a party with champagne.
Disembarkation: Very food. We elected to the walk off, carry our own luggage. We were to meet at 7. Got to the meeting area at 6:30 and walked off at 7:15. we went through customs and were back at the Fairfiled Inn by 7:40. we are now planning our 37th cruise probably in the fall and it will be on celebrity.