We are a married couple, both 40.
We drove into Fort Lauderdale the night before and stayed at CAMBRIA SUITES. It was a great place to stay. Very large rooms. We got shuttled to the Port and boarded very quickly. We were put into chairs and got called up in sections. Took about 1/2 an hour.
We went directly to the Bistro on Five for lunch. Cost was $11.50 for 2 of us (including gratuities) We had a full lunch including salad and dessert. It wasn't busy at all and they had lots of staff. Most people go to the buffet right after boarding but this was the better choice. Much more laid back. No crowds. This was the only specialty restaurant we went to. The service was excellent.
The ship is very understated. Muted earth tones. Very relaxing and modern looking. The couches and chairs throughout the ship are extremely uncomfortable. They are all very deep and for women especially, you need to sit at the edge of them.
The Silhouette dinning room looked nice. The round tables for four were very close together which made it difficult to get by them to your table. We are not large people so I can imagine if you're a little bigger it could be embarrassing.
The service in the dinning room was comparable to the rest of the ship. Just good. Not great. We have cruised on Carnival and expected Celebrity to be comparable or better and were completely surprised to find the service not as good as on Carnival. The waiters just had too many tables. They couldn't keep up. It wasn't terrible and had this been our first cruise we would have been quite happy I'm sure, but in comparison...
It was the same throughout the ship. Everyone was friendly and professional but the little things got them. For example I ordered a blender drink in Quasar and the man washed out the blender before he gave me the drink. Not a big deal since I wasn't in any kind of hurry but just a little weird.
Quasar is the dance club on board. The main problem I had with this bar was that there is no front walls on it. Right outside they have musical acts which means they can't have music playing except very late. We went in at midnight one night and there was no music!! A DJ came in shortly after and closed the bay doors to the hallway and cranked up the music but by this point there were maybe 10-20 people left.
The shops on the Boulevard were very nice with a variety of items for sale.
The staff pretty much left you alone unless you asked which was nice.
We played a little bit on the slots. Didn't leave with anything but they were paying out little bits. There was a good selection from penny machines and up.
Not smoky at all.
The theatre was a good size. It was the one area of the ship that had comfortable seats. The shows however weren't very good at all. The circus one was pretty good and a couple of the extra acts were good but the majority of the ship acts were not worth sitting through.
I must mention the hot glass show. My husband loved this and made it to as many shows as he could. It's a completely different entertainment. There were all age groups as well.
The lawn area was pretty much a big waste of space. We saw it used occasionally for some lawn games but the area was mostly empty. It would have been better to have a few more deck chairs set up.
The video arcade was kind of sad. They need some pinball machines. I don't see a lot of kids spending too much time in it.
The Oceanview Cafe (the buffet) was pretty good. There was a good range of food offered. We ate there for breakfast and lunch most days. It is good to keep in mind that if you're eating breakfast at a main time (9-10) you're best to order room service because it's packed!!! And really hard to find a chair.
Room service was great. Fast and hot.
Friends with us used the spa service and said it was very good and worth the money.
My husband used the gym most days and says it didn't really matter what time of day he went it was always busy. Here's a tip though. Don't wear black under armour shirts while working out. This is what the trainers wear and my husband was continuously being asked for help:)
Disembarkation was pretty bad. Our time was 9am and we didn't get out until 11am.
One thing to keep in mind when deciding on this ship. The general age is at least 60 to 70. At 40 we were definitely the young ones...by a lot! This is fine but the entertainment is definitely skewed to that age group. And I must say that they don't mind pushing you out of the way at the buffet or asking really dumb questions on every excursion.
There is a lot of nit picking in this review and most of it is very minor. I think we were expecting more from Celebrity then we got from Carnival. Given the choice between 2 exact same itinerary we would choose Carnival. But we would do Celebrity again.