We booked our cruise a little late because we were debating whether to go on Carnival or Celebrity. We have cruised with Carnival before and the experience was unforgettable. We had a blast. We are creatures of habit and we didn't want to ruin a good thing. After long deliberations we finally decided on Celebrity because it fit our budget better and because they had the option to get a drink package. We flew into Ft Lauderdale and took a shuttle to a Miami hotel and stayed in Miami over night. We drank A LOT! We barely made it back to our hotel and woke up w/ terrible hang overs. This experience saved us $400.00 because we decided against the drink package. Glad we did. We got to the Port of Miami around 1pm and we were allowed to board the ship EARLY. We hung out on the top deck and toured the ship to see the hot spots. THEY HAVE HAND SANITIZERS ALL OVER THE SHIP GREAT IDEA!!!! We finally got to go to our rooms around 3pm and our luggage was delivered about 40 minutes later. Some of the buffets were available and we took the opportunity to check out where the main dining room was so we could figure out where we would do late dining. One thing is for sure-we did the formal dining once and that was enough. Honestly, the buffets are open late and they have such great food that it makes the formal dining look weak.
So, lets talk FOOD:Pasta bar with four or five different pastas and four different sauces. Several different bread options. Chicken, steak, so many options. An Asian buffet with wasabi or whatever that is. Pizza Bar with several different toppings. Sandwich options with a spread of meats and different cheeses. An amazing salad bar! Unlimited FREE lemonade (Tart and Yummy) Unlimited FREE ice and water. The food was top notch! My only complaint was the ice cream bar. They had both soft and hard ice cream, but you got one scoop and that scoop was so little it often fell down into the cone. **** out of 5 stars
ROOMS: We had an Ocean View room and it was literally the first room at the front of the ship. We planned this because we knew the food would be at the other side of the ship and we figured if we ate a lot we could kind of justify it by getting our exercise walking back to our room. The room had two bunk beds that were folded up above our bed, which made it extremely difficult to get into bed without banging something. It was an OK room...CLEAN...but just tight. Our friends had a room w/a balcony and their room was the same size as ours, with the exception of their balcony. The bed was comfortable you would never know it was two beds put together. Good views. It did get loud every once in a while because I think we were above a Rutter or something.
*** out of 5 stars
SHIP: The ship is an older ship and even though you really can't tell you're on a boat when you're sailing, there are times when you have to grab on to something to steady yourself. It was a peaceful trip
**** out of 5 stars
PORTS: HONDURAS was depressing. Saw so many neglected animals that we ended going back to the ship and not making it to some of the hot spots on the island. Never again
* out of 5 stars.
COZUMEL: Awesome! We went to Senor Frogs and had a blast. Then took a cab ($7)to the city and shopped. Probably not a good idea to shop with a really good buzz on. However, you can walk around the city with a beer in your hand and nobody will say anything to you. You can also take your drink with you in the cabs. It's legal. The free Margarita coupon that you get from your crew member for Margaritaville-isn't really free, you have to buy a drink to get a drink free
**** out of 5 stars.
CREW: WOW! They were fantastic. Rich the Cruise Director was by far the funniest guy I think I have ever met. He is quick, witty and yet very professional! The rest of the crew...Funny, caring, attentive-a really great group of people. We loved our room attendant but it got a little creepy sometimes when we would be coming back from being somewhere and he was always there. He would open our door for us if our hands were full.
****1/2 out of 5 stars.
ATMOSPHERE: We were the ONLY four lesbians on the ship. I'm lying there was actually one other couple on board. No Lesbian crew member not sure about the guys. There were a lot of gay men. They even had a "Friends of Dorothy" meeting, which was kind of cool. I wish they had more "gay" friendly activities on board, just so we didn't feel like the token lesbians. The staff treated us with the utmost respect and did not make us feel uncomfortable in any way. The reason we were so hesitant to go on Celebrity was because we kind of knew we were going to be the only lesbians on the ship, but we also felt like we were going to be one of the youngest on the ship and we may have been, but there was a great mix of people.
**** out of 5 stars.
FITNESS ROOM: Top notch! They have hand sanitizer all over the ship and they have wipes in the fitness room. The views are amazing while you are working out. It was amazing to watch the sun rise while sweating your #ss off. The running track on the top deck is very tiny and there aren't any instructions for people who are walking the track to move to the side to make room for the runners. It is surreal running on the open waters. Beautiful!
All-in-all it was a great time and we sail on Celebrity again in a heart beat!