This was the third of our Celebrity cruises in just over a year.
We enjoyed our previous trips so much we were eager and awaiting this one.
Previously sailed Solstice and Century. We knew this ship was due for an 40 mil. renovation next year, but like the Thurs-Monday sail, however we did not expect the ship to be so run down looking (aside from bad odors and areas with no A.C.)
The general feeling we had was depressed. The champagne was served outside upon arrival (as opposed to inside) and was hot. The servers were not friendly..to be honest most of the employees on the ship appeared depressed.Many of them had very bad attitudes. After the Solstice and even Century, the morale of the crew was just not the same.
The food was completely disappointing. The reason we sailed Celebrity again is because we had such good food in the other 2 ships. The dining room dinner was disappointing. No need to get specific.The waiter just did not make any efforts. I had to ask for more mashed potato because I had literally 1 Tablespoon. I began thinking that maybe they do this because the food is returned so much. I had shrimp scampi that tasted nothing like what this is supposed to taste like, it was overcooked. The next plate came back raw.The only thing I really enjoyed was the creme brulee (although my neighbors was loose and runny) and the cheesecake(the last night) The deserts for lunch were always the same. a 3x1 inch piece of some mousse "cake". The ice cream was too soft. Lunch was actually better than dinner most of the time though.
The need for renovation just shouted out at you, from the worn wooden flooring (no finish left at all), the rusty night stand lamps in the cabins, rusty metal all over the ship- dirty carpeting. there is just no pizazz to the ship.
A HUGE disappointment was the aqua lounge area. On the Century we went to the Aquaspa for lunch every day.It was like a small restaurant and was really nice. In this ship it is outside by the pool area, like a cafeteria. It is hot and humid, and the food just did not compare. The "semi" lounge chairs in the Aquaspa area (Bent down at the legs) were uncomfortable,as you could not recline (who invented these twisted chairs?)and the ladies bathroom door slammed every time someone came out (so you could not take a nap), and there was a constant squeaking noise that the workers could not figure out where it was coming from-sounded like wet sneakers squeaking on floors.
The shows were OK,(comedian was good), except they gather everyone together for a crew talent contest in the afternoon, and there were only 3 who performed!The whole thing was 1/2 hour. Why bother?
Well, it rained all 4 days, and that I guess would add to the gloomy environment. Just not what we expected.Perhaps when they do the Reno, the morale will be lifted, and it will just have that look and feel that it was missing.