We were on the western mediterranean cruise from 2 oct to 9 oct and we loved everything about it. If you are going on this cruise I'm sure you will enjoy it. The itinerary is very busy and tiring if you do full day tours in all the ports but of course the beauty of cruising is that you have a choice. You could stay on the ship all the time and enjoy the activities, spa treatments, food etc or do as we did and try to see everything in the time available. It is probably a good idea to do something in between.
We booked through an internet agent with no problems there. However, a problem we did encounter was with the airport transfers. These were organised by the travel agent through A 2 b and I cannot stress enough DO NOT USE THEM. When we arrived in Barcelona we were told that the coach would be one hour late as they were waiting for people from another flight. We waited about 1hr 20mins and later found out that there were only two people from that flight that were on our coach. They did not have our names on the list so they took the top sheet/voucher and kept it. We thought no more of it but when we were leaving the ship the following week, we only had the bottom sheet and the guy who was there was very unhelpful and just said "no reference number, no shuttle" We were starting to panic as we had no Euros left to get a taxi. I had to text home to get the reference number which luckily then got us onto the coach. There were so many people complaining, they had been told that the company had gone out of business and another coach company was being used. There were elderly people who could not stand for long but they were told they would have to wait for several hours at the port. I would suggest either using the celebrity transfers or simply get a taxi. Even with 5 cruise ships in port there were plenty of taxis available.
THE SHIP: the ship of course is beautiful. I loved the new carpets and gorgeous upholstery. Everywhere was very clean and there were always staff or automatic machines around dispensing hand gel. We had an ocean view stateroom which was excellent, the only problem was that the shower was not very hot and tended to go cold at times.
THE FOOD: Excellent in every place we used including room service. Our waiter,Jayson was brilliant and our table companions,Gail and Richard from London and Larry and wife(sorry,bad with names) from Montreal were so nice and made our evenings very pleasant.
THE ENTERTAINMENT:we found this to be better than expected. We were lucky to have a wonderful concert pianist on our cruise, Brooks Aehron who was fantastic. Also Lindsey Hamilton the singer was great. We enjoyed all the shows but these two were particularly good. There was also a group of four young men, the High C's who were excellent.The other shows were always well presented with lovely costumes and sets.
THE STAFF; They are all so friendly and attentive, we could not fault them at all. The cruise director Rich, was lovely and always seemed to be there, wherever we were. A nice touch was every time we returned to the ship, several crew members were there to greet us including the captain.