I started off in a bad place when the man moving our luggage from point A to point B( a matter of just turning around and placing them behind him after adding a cabin label) suggested we could leave a tip., which we did. Only to find when the luggage came to our cabin,it had been opened and a part bottle of Vodka, brought on from our earlier half of the holiday spent in a hotel, confiscated. The lock had been broken which was unneccesary as the luggage only had a strap around it and was not locked. Within minutes of my opening of
suitcase the ship sailed. I would have expected to be asked to be there if my personal suitcase was to be opened. Is this stealing?
Into the cruise. We were happy with our cabin and our Steward ( despite him adding 6 bottles of coke to our inroom bar account instead of the person that had ordered this) We corrected this but it took 2 days.
The islands visited were varied and enjoyable. The food in the main dining room was also mainly very good and our table companions were lovely.
The entertainment was poor and if one went on a back to back cruise it was, I am told, the same the following week.
All being told I would not cruise with Celebrity again. As for the tips, one expects these days to have 15% added to bar drinks, but do we deed the bit on the bottom of the order slip giving us the option to add a further 15, 20 or even 25% extra if the service had been exceptional?. Sorry, there is only so much work goes into pouring drinks.
On the other hand, cabin stewards and restaurant staff work hard for their
gratuities.The company we booked with was Virgin and we had paid our tips in Stirling before we went. This was a better idea.