We embarked on the 18th June in Southampton - very smooth process, everyone was helpful and we were parked and on the ship in less than half an hour. Basically a walk on.
Our room was not ready till 1pm, so we headed for the Oceanview Cafe for lunch. Crowded but not overly so. We found a table easily and had a nice lunch.
Our stateroom was on the 7th deck, in mid ship, starboard. It was very spacious, and we had enough room to unpack all our 6 suitcases. Managed to find room for everything. Suitcases fitted well inside one another under the bed. Some people complained that there was a lack of drawers, but we were ok with the storage provided. There are large storage cupboards above the bed (have to stand on the bed to get to your stuff, but that's ok). There was kettle and things to make tea and coffee with. I have heard that not all sailings have that facility but only those that sail from Southampton due to the large proportion of UK cruisers.
The balcony was very private - noone can look from the top, bottom or side.
The bathroom was amazingly large - biggest shower cubicle we've had in any cabin. Shower was very powerful, and there is a leg shaving rest for ladies!The toiletries supplied were of very superior quality so that I didn't feel a need to use my own as I have done on previous cruises.
The dining was superb. We had freedom dining and could dine anytime between 6 - 930pm. The food was excellent and the service amazing. They couldn't do enough to please you. We were so pleased with it that we never felt a need to try any of the speciality restaurants. However, on the last night, we ventured into Qsine - amazing experience. Really good service and food.
Breakfast and Lunch we had in the Aquaspa Cafe next to the Spa Fitness area. It served a variety of healthy options which we thought was excellent. Organic breads, homemade jams, lots of fruit, beautiful salads.
The shows in the evening were top notch. Amazing shows from their own dancers and the celebrities they brought in were of very high quality as well, from comedian to violinist & hypnotist.
The other guests on board were mostly able bodied over 50s. There were hardly any children (maybe we saw about 20). Apparently children are not common on this ship due to other ships providing more facilities and onboard entertainment for them. This factor was one of the things that made this cruise so enjoyable and relaxing.
The pool area was very civilised. The sunbeds were plentiful, people didn't really hog them and were quite polite. The beds were padded and very comfortable. There were even double sunbeds and various interesting looking comfy chairs for sitting or lying on. The indoor pool area was useful on cool wet days at sea.
We were not in Aquaspa class, but we were able to purchase use of the Persian Gardens for a fee (about $200 for 2 of us for the 14 days). We used it quite a lot for relaxing in, after a day touring, and on sea days. Well worth it if you like that kind of thing, and much cheaper than booking an aquaspa stateroom. There were heated stonebeds, mild sauna and steam room. All communal which was a plus for us. Otherwise there are separate saunas in the changing rooms for men and women.
Altogether this was a wonderfully relaxing mostly adult cruise. People we met were really nice and the crew couldn't do enough. I made a complaint one day about some misinformation they gave us in Stockholm - the concierge sent us a bottle of wine, a glass of chocolates, 2 free shuttle tickets for Copenhagen, and refunded our shuttle for Stockholm that we'd purchased! Talk about trying their best.
We would certainly cruise with Celebrity again. They are the fantastic.