We sailed on Jan 29th out of Bayonne. The first day was chaos. No rooms were ready. The average age on this cruise was about 75. All gathered in the cafe to have lunch and then refused to give up the seat so later diners could eat. This continued throughout the cruise. We had taken a package for five nights of alternative dining. With the exception of the lawn grille, save your money. The food did not get any better than the food in the dining room, which was mediocre. Activities were poor and there was no excitement on deck for sailaway.
This is a beautiful ship, but our experience onboard was not. Our cabin was lovely as were the room stewards. The daily life aboard was boring and activities were few. I miss the old Rendevous lounge with it's band and nightly dancing.
We are not kids at 61 and 66, but we're not ready for a nursing home yet. We are also 15 cruises with Celebrity, so we know what we're used to. This wasn't it. This was a lot of show and pseudo-elegance with little substance. Michel Roux should be called and begged to come back to oversee the food service. Friends just returned from a cruise on the Millenium and found the food just as mediocre, also long time Celebrity cruisers.
Lastly, the ship had cases of Norovirus, so precautions were taken. The library was emptied of books, although it was still possible to have your hands all over the computers and slot machines, money makers for the line. No condiments at the tables, but the waiter could handle all your neighbor's dirty utensils and then arrange your clean ones for dessert.
Wish I could have been more positive for a cruise line that has served us well over the past twenty years.