Celebrity happens to be one of our favorite cruise in the big ship genre. However, having just returned from this 12 niter, not so sure. The ship was beautiful and had all the bells and whistles, but I did not enjoy hanging out on so many sea days in cooler waters and found the average age of the passengers to be median age 75 and overall a bit boring. The dining room chairs as mentioned in the main venue were cumbersome and your spouse or the waitstaff had to push you in at each meal. We never visited Michaels Club (Perry where are you?) The dining was nice, our table off toward the back, so we never experienced the full beauty of the Grand Cuvee Dining Room. Opt for a center table. The last nite so glad we experienced Murano very lovely French restaurant, quite and nice.I would have enjoyed earlier dining than 8:30 seating, too late, but found the earlier seating to be crowded. To go to an earlier scheduled show impossible standing room only unless you got there an hour earlier. The main 3 production shows were wonderful. A very nice guitar player on 5 outside of Muranos.
The ports,O.K. not much to say. Labadee had a nice lunch provided, St. Juan could have skipped, St.Thomas Megan's Bay Beach extremely crowded, St.Martin nice, Antiqua lovely, St. Croix took snorkel trip to Buck's Island not my favorite since the sea is choppy always.
Our deluxe stateroom, O.K. attendant wonderful. Draw space well over the bed there it is.......
Negatives: Alot of elderly people, crowds, deck chairs in Solarium pool pushed together you have to crawl in unless you find an end chair. No thalossotherapy pool like on Millenium class ships. Upper deck 15: cabins $150 a day!!! never used, we never went up there. Art classes? only 10 people could sign up at a time, not user friendly even for a charge! Zumba? not really a psuedo thing going on in Quasar. Too many sea days.
...and let's not forget to top off our experience, the Norovirus............ All six of us got very sick which took about 4 days to fully recover. It happened in the middle of the cruise. Many passengers fell ill but didn't report it, crew members were ill as well. When we disembarked we heard several 100 passengers were stricken. Towards the end of the cruise passengers were not allowed to take ANYTHING for themselves in the dining venues they were served a glass of water by the crew, everything was roped off and plasticized in the buffet areas. Service in the dining room for breakfast was extremely slow. 3x my husband waited over 20mins to get a glass of o.j.
Positives: Lovely ship, clean ship, Aqua Spa Cafe, friendly staff, accommodating staff, NO SMOKING applied to upstairs in Sky Lounge deck 14!
NO SMOKING most of the ship! Murano restaurant, nice entertainment.