This is our 10th cruise - first on Celebrity - selected this cruise specifically for the itinerary - Perfect !!
Hope I can provide some factual information that will help other future cruisers.
Upgraded from Conceirge class to Sky suite three weeks before sailing - got a really great price for residence/senior discount - glad we did this. The extra space in the cabin and bathroom was great, especially on a 12 night cruise. We were in cabin 9111 mid-ship near the elevators - very quite and no noise from deck ten as some people have reported. The cabin was very similar to the Jr Suite on RCCL- perks were good but not like the perks on a “full sized suite”. Cabin was nice size with very large walk-in closet and plenty of drawer space. Bathroom good size with tub/shower combo - great showerhead, water pressure & hot water. My husband is over 6’ tall and fit in this fine- no problem with head hitting the ceiling. The hair dryer was awful so make sure you bring your own!
We flew non-stop from Philadelphia to Amsterdam the day before - spent one night at the Marriott Amsterdam - great location - directly across from the Blue Boat canal tour and the main outdoor center with restaurants and cafés a block away - got a good rate directly from Marriott (Sr Rate) but had to book early - much better than the Celebrity pre-crusie package offerings. The taxi from the airport to the hotel was approx $56.00 (41 Euros) and no limit on luggage - People suggested that we use the Schipol Travel Taxi but they only permit one piece of large luggage pp and then there is an additional charge - with 3 pieces of luggage it was the same as a regular taxi and we did not have to wait or stop at other hotels. We were a short cab ride to the Anne Frank house and walking distance to some of the museums - we really loved Amsterdam and wished we had stayed an second day - we did Amsterdam on our own, no formal tours.
Taxi from hotel to pier including tip was 20 euros ($28.00) - 15 mins on Sunday with no traffic - embarkment was a little confusing - given priority number to board but went up the stairs and it was all one big line - then 2 lines thru security- after that we breezed through the suite line -
The service on the ship was outstanding - all areas of the ship and all personnel - it was the best I have ever received on any of our past cruises - Our wait & bar service staff in the dinning room was excellent! And our room steward and butler were very attentive and professional. We never had any issues or problems.
The entertainment was good - not the best we have seen but it was entertaining and we did go to all of the evening shows. The casino was very nice with great staff ! I love to gamble and go to Las Vegas often, but the payouts were so bad that after the first day we did not go there very much - it is a shame because we usually like to spend part of our evenings there.
The food was somewhat disappointing - it was not as good as I was expecting. The food presentation was very nice and what we ate was really good - it was the selection of food that I found to be the biggest disappointment - the buffet for breakfast & lunch were the same each day (no big deal about that) but the dinner buffet was not anything that I expected - it looked just like lunch! Many nights in the dinning room we ordered off the alternate menu - but again it was just the selection that we were unhappy with.
We booked all of our excursions through celebrity - we always feel more comfortable that way especially since we took the long trip into Berlin. We were pleased with the tours- the tour guides were very knowledgeable and led the tour well. We knew what we wanted in detail to see in each city, and selected the tour that met that criteria- and felt that we accomplished it all.
We took the Celebrity transfers back to the airport -total $66.00. A cab might have been a few dollars cheaper but this was very organized and easy - our flight was an early one at 10:50 AM and we were the first group off the ship and at the airport by 8:15 AM with plenty of time to get through check-in and security. ONE TIP - print out your boarding passes on the ship - it is faster and easier to get you and our bags checked-in. If not there are two different lines you will have to go through.
We were very impressed with the ship for our first Celebrity cruise. Enjoyed the smaller size ship and relaxed atmosphere. Would definitely cruise Celebrity again.