My family has been enjoying cruise vacation for the last few years. This is the 1st time we cruise with Celebrity. We went on the Celebrity Solstice out of Ft. Lauderdale this time, the ports of call was Grand Cayman, Cozumel Mexico, Costa Maya Mexico, Roatan Honduras. The ship is less than two years old and it was excellent. All public facilities were extremely clean, the staterooms were clean, the shows were very good it consist of comedians, dancers, singers etc. The food menu had a wide variety, buffet and gourmet (formal & smart casual dining). The ship's service was superior, staff was very attentive, they had a lot added services that the other cruise ships we experience didn't have. For example bathrobes, ice cold towels and fruit punch served while waiting to board the ship after an excursion out on port.
We would definitely sail with Celebrity again. We sailed last week on an off season week which had it's good and bad. The cruise price was reasonable, my children join their kids club and made many new friends, the excursions that we book on land not with the cruise ship was extremely cheap, you can bargain with the local people. For example: I got an one hour beach/water front massage for only $20 USD. We rented a wave runner for two people at $35 USD for half an hour, my daughter went scuba diving for $90 for 2+ hours.
Cabin was very clean. No the biggest cabin we experienced but comfortable. The lay out of the room and bathroom was nice. Sufficient storage space for 2 adults and 2 children. The large LCD TV is a big plus comparing to the small tube TVs we had with other ships. Balcony was nice size with two nice lounge chairs and small table. The location of our cabin has pros and cons. 1st the pros; The cabin is in the very front of the ship on deck 6, one floor above the main theater. That provided use easy access by walking one flight down to the main show each night. No need to wait for elevators. BTW, we don't hear the theater at all. Our kids use the Kids & Teen club facility and that is also in the very front of the ship. Easy access by taking the elevator straight up to deck 15. Now the con; since we are on deck 6 and very front of the ship, you will hear very loud noise when the ship anchoring at port each morning. It will not be an issue if you are a early raiser and up before the ship docks. Otherwise it will work like a ware up call every morning.
The only compliant we have is that the passengers on the ship were mostly senior citizens. Which wasn't so bad because it made us slow down physically and mentally. Sometimes we try pack in so many things in our itinerary and we come back extremely tired. Celebrity cruises is known to attract more of the matured crowd that likes to get dressed up for dinner. We had two formal nights, tuxedos and all.
We missed Earl, we traveled the western Caribbean, Earl hit Eastern Caribbean. In fact, other cruise ships that were scheduled to travel to the eastern ports were reroute to the western ports.
I highly recommend it.