We decided to sail again (for the 5th time) on the Bahamas Celebration to celebrate my husband's 60th birthday.
Once we paid the $30 for 2 nights parking, as usual,embarkation was dispatched with quiet efficiency and we were onboard and stowed our luggage in our stateroom, 7306 (an oceanview cat 4)and were soon on our way to deck 9 for lunch. Lunch is served buffet style with simple but delicious fare. If you like sail away parties and games, hang out here till sailing time. If not, there is entertainment in the Pub 437 on deck 4, the restaurant deck and
plenty of other places to just sit and relax and unwind. Invariably you will find the ship's comedian, Steve Zimmerman,(who by the way is one of the funniest men I know)(he just doesn't laugh enough) sitting in the corner in the Pub. He greeted us warmly, as did any of the other crew members with whom we have developed a relationship over the last 4 sailings.
We have joined the Captain's VIP Club and got some very nice perks by doing so.
The food, as usual, was excellent in both the Rio and Crystal dining rooms, it amazes me how they manage to maintain the Beef Wellington to be exactly as excellent from one cruise to the next!
Our head waiter, Everton (who is awesome) brought a small birthday cake for my husband and the wait staff sang happy birthday to him. Our next cruise on Celebration in December we will try their specialty restaurant, The Cove.
While the cabins are smaller than on a luxury ship (unless you are in a suite - which we were upgraded to, 7212) the beds are very comfortable and cabins are adequate. The stewards are all extremely pleasant and efficient.
The shows had changed since we last sailed at the end of July, but Cruise director, Jim Ward continues to locate excellent entertainers for the shows.
My husband joined the competition for Caribbean Idol, won a $25 on board credit but unfortunately for the really talented, it seems like more of a popularity contest based on how many of your friends are in the audience and vote for you, rather than a true talent contest.
We ended each night in the pub where there wers several different entertainers, Ship and Green, a husband and wife duo, and Steve, from Yorkshire, with keyboards and vocals. All are excellent and very personable.
We disembarked in Freeport and strolled around the straw market for a little while, went back had lunch and took a nice nap.
The ships photographers are the best of any on any ship we've been on. We always have such a hard time deciding which photos to purchase. They always have special packages for you and are less expensive than the major lines. Showtime was great and we ended the evening in the pub singing along.
Disembarkation took a bit more time than usual due to Customs, Immigration and Homeland Security, but once we cleared and gave the valet our ticket for the car, it was brought in less than 5 minutes.
We think this cruise is one of the best values for the price, and we will keep on returning again and again.