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Sail Date: December 2017
We chose this cruise so we could celebrate New Year's Eve at sea, as we had done two years ago. One drawback in my opinion was that the ship departed on New Year's Eve, leaving little time onboard to prepare for the "big event". ... Read More
We chose this cruise so we could celebrate New Year's Eve at sea, as we had done two years ago. One drawback in my opinion was that the ship departed on New Year's Eve, leaving little time onboard to prepare for the "big event". I would have preferred a day or two onboard before New Year's Eve, but we made the most of it anyway. We traveled to Lt Lauderdale from NC via car and parked at the port parking lot. We knew in advance that the ship was departing from Terminal 26 but would return to Terminal 29. Celebrity provided us shuttle service from Terminal 29 to our parking garage at 26 the day we returned. Embarkation was probably the worse we've experienced in 13 cruises. It was as if the staff wasn't prepared for the arrival of the guests. Making matters worse was the escalator up to the boarding area was broken so everyone had to take the elevators, creating long lines. Once onboard, though, everything went very smooth. The ship was in great shape and the crew provided an outstanding cruise. We were met with complimentary champagne and Celebrity provided more complimentary champagne at midnight. Food was excellent, whether in the main dining room or in the Ocean View buffet. Entertainment, especially the production cast, was outstanding. Guest entertainers were also very good, especially VoxAudio (acappela group) and Uptown (singing/dancing trio). Overall the entertainment was the best of any cruise we've been on. Cabin seemed smaller than our comparable cabin on Solstice, but maybe is was just the arrangement. We only did one excursion since we had been to two of the islands before. The one we did was on St Kitts and it was the train ride. This was an enjoyable experience taking us around the island and enjoying lots of rum in the process. We would definitely do this cruise again, already thinking about 2018. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We found a good deal and booked this short cruise to give Celebrity a try. We had no complaints other than it was TOO short and their internet pricing is ridiculously high!!!! The staff were wonderful and helpful in every way. Dining in ... Read More
We found a good deal and booked this short cruise to give Celebrity a try. We had no complaints other than it was TOO short and their internet pricing is ridiculously high!!!! The staff were wonderful and helpful in every way. Dining in the MDR was excellent with some of the best service we have experienced on any ship. We enjoyed the Solarium and happily relaxed in a private little clamshell for hours uninterrupted both on sea and port day. Bar service in this area was very limited but it wasn't too bad going to the bar at the main pool until it got real crowded later in the day. We ate lunch at the Lawn Grill on our first sea day and it was so fantastic we went back on the second sea day too. Great burgers and very attentive staff. We enjoyed the healthy options for breakfast and lunch in the Solarium area. Never made it to the OceanView buffet. We accidentally found an almost hidden iSnap selfie machine that was s fun cruise memento! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
I read many of the reviews about this particular cruise line and ship. This was a first cruise and we were very impressed with the stateroom, very spacious with plenty of storage. The room service was excellent. Our stateroom ... Read More
I read many of the reviews about this particular cruise line and ship. This was a first cruise and we were very impressed with the stateroom, very spacious with plenty of storage. The room service was excellent. Our stateroom attendant,Teodora, was super attentive to our every concern. The food was great, even the buffet was fresh at all times!! I enjoyed the ice cream available each day! The bed was very, very comfortable ! The bathroom was way more roomy than I envisioned! The toiletries were top notch, even though I have to use my own, my Sweetie did use them and was pleased. The bath linens were nice, big, thirsty towels. The whole entire ship in all common areas was very very clean and precautions were taken to ensure good hand sanitation was practiced. We had breakfast each morning in our stateroom, it was warm and tasty, some of the best toast ever!! We ate in the main dining hall three nights, other times we had the buffet and did get to enjoy a nice burger from the Mast Grill. We are looking forward to another cruise in 2019!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
We chose this cruise based on dates as we wanted a 14 day cruise and be gone over Christmas. By doing back to back, we got exactly what we wanted. We booked an Aqua class. Blu is the only reason. Cabin size is same, but supposedly ... Read More
We chose this cruise based on dates as we wanted a 14 day cruise and be gone over Christmas. By doing back to back, we got exactly what we wanted. We booked an Aqua class. Blu is the only reason. Cabin size is same, but supposedly amenities are better. Blu was fantastic!!!! Food, service and staff. Enterainment was so-so. Two of the guest entertainers were very good. Lou Gazarra and Al Ducharme. Felt sorry for the dances and singers. The sets were non existent, the choreorgaphy was repetivie and there was no story line. These entainers are so much better than the shows they were given to perform. Acrobats were amazing. Love the house orchestra. Live music adds to all performances. Room service is no longer service. On hold early mornings for up to three minutes and then was told 45 minutes to get pot of coffee. After comment card, service improved to 10-15 minutes. All was top class as we have come to expect of Celebrity. Hope to sail again soon Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
Been several years since I’ve cruised on one of the floating hotels and now I remember why I gave up on them. Too crowded, too many lines, subpar entertainment, someone always trying to sell something, mediocre food. Very ... Read More
Been several years since I’ve cruised on one of the floating hotels and now I remember why I gave up on them. Too crowded, too many lines, subpar entertainment, someone always trying to sell something, mediocre food. Very unfriendly dealers who tried to keep the game going fast, so fast I wasn’t able to get my bets in sometimes and I’m not a novice gambler. On the positive side dining room waiter, Suki, made dining a pleasure in spite of the foods . Room steward was always nearby when needed but never in the way. I’m headed back to the yachts with 200 to 300 guests. Embartion and debarking was long and unorganized. Embarking clerk needs training, had to ask others for help. We were conserig guest and were supposed to be escorted on the ship with a tour and shown to the dining room for lunch. Our name was not on the list but we gphad the correct sailing card. They just seemed very unorganized. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
I chose this Cruise or the Itinerary..was great! The ship was very clean and the staff and Captain were great. We even did a rescue of 6 on our cruise thanks to the wonderful Captain Kate and her officers. I would love to try other ... Read More
I chose this Cruise or the Itinerary..was great! The ship was very clean and the staff and Captain were great. We even did a rescue of 6 on our cruise thanks to the wonderful Captain Kate and her officers. I would love to try other Celebrity ships if price is right Did not use ships excursions Missed Punta Cana because water was too rough for the Life boat Tenders..for me Entertainment was not the best I ever saw but some of the guest singers were fabulous! I missed having more lounge chairs on Top Floor at back or front of a ship for more privacy and quietness. Love the Roof Top Terrace but think it needs more movable lounge chairs to move away from the movie..couches comfy but not moveable. Would love to have servers in those areas also. Cart with cold water was only for pool area. Loved the facial I got in Canyon Spa The Qzine Restaurant was very cool..Tuscany had great steak but lacked on Vegetables for the price.. Love Love the Sunset Bar area for sail off from the Islands..Great Sunset shots and music! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
We are frequent cruisers with Celebrity. For 2018 we will be at Elite Status with the Captains Club. I was thrilled to book a scuba diving adventure on Aruba. It was only my 2nd time. The ports of call were great except Dominican Republic. ... Read More
We are frequent cruisers with Celebrity. For 2018 we will be at Elite Status with the Captains Club. I was thrilled to book a scuba diving adventure on Aruba. It was only my 2nd time. The ports of call were great except Dominican Republic. Captain Kate, the only female captain had a huge presence on the ship. She rescued 6 people who were adrift at sea for 2 weeks and had no food or water for 6 days. The breakfast buffet was not very appetizing. The Entertainment.. especially the Singers and dancers were phenomenal ! Since this is a rather small ship, I was frustrated with other entertainment in the theater . Maybe because I live in Las Vegas and have seen quite a few musicians from here perform on the ship. There were two groups that left me dumbfounded. I walked out ! They also had some great dance bands , but the timing and location for them to perform was not convenient. I certainly hope my cruise next June on the Summit will be something better. I enjoy the early fixed dining and the food is outstanding. We enjoyed having our balcony and having coffee delivered to our room. I was surprised that several times the public bathrooms near the buffet were out of service.We also enjoyed free bus transportation from the port in San Juan to the airport. That was very generous of Celebrity cruise line to do that for us. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We have Elite Status on Celebrity which says, we are fans! Our previous Celebrity Cruise was on the Millennium as well... Vancouver to Japan. We were on Concierge level which, to be honest, is not worth the extra. Friends were on ... Read More
We have Elite Status on Celebrity which says, we are fans! Our previous Celebrity Cruise was on the Millennium as well... Vancouver to Japan. We were on Concierge level which, to be honest, is not worth the extra. Friends were on Aqua and were raving about it, We had wanted to even see the Blu restaurant and even the Concierge couldn't arrange it. WE found a 'deal' on Aqua for this cruise so booked it. Loved the shower. Tried to get some good non-allergic pillows. The first one was like a brick. The 2nd was like a dishrag. I wrote a comment to the Accommodations Manager but received no comment back. The room attendant tried his best but to no avail. The food in Blu was good... but nothing outstanding... I sent back a rack of Lamb that was raw... and on another occasion a steak that was tough. My wife returned a chicken breast that was so tough she couldn't cut it. SECRET: you can order off the regular dining room menu... or virtually anything else ... so just ask. It was nice to have the same Cruise Director and the same Captain Club manager plus the amazing Tina as Musical Director. The best part of the cruise was a result of logging into Cruise Critic's Roll Call. Jon had arranged the rental of a 10-cabin Junk for Halong Bay. Ziggy had arranged a 2-day tour in Bangkok. Penny had arranged some other day tours in Vietnam. All we needed to do was send money! Check out the Roll Call on your next trip!!! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
We selected cruise because of Celebrity Loyalty Club and the Ports of Calls. The embarkation was fast with short lines. Disembarkation was smooth. There was a shortage of porters on the pier. The lines for cabs were long but moved very ... Read More
We selected cruise because of Celebrity Loyalty Club and the Ports of Calls. The embarkation was fast with short lines. Disembarkation was smooth. There was a shortage of porters on the pier. The lines for cabs were long but moved very fast. There was plenty of transportation options available. The Entertainment and the Dining,The Internet was down for a full day. The Internet speed was slow and often hard to login. The cabin had enough space and shelves to store all our belongings. The service on all the staff was outstanding. The Port of Chan May, Vietnam was closed due to bad weather. We arrived a couple of hours earlier at Ha Long Bay City. The ship anchored in the harbor and we were taken a shore by tenders. The Hong Kong cruise port is far away from any local transportation, A couple of shopping centers offered free transportation to and from ship including stops near the MTR train stations. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We were fortunate to be Aqua class so the cabin was lovely, especially enjoyed the wonderful shower. The food and service in Blu was excellent! The Eclipse is in great shape. The ship is light filled and airy and the décor ... Read More
We were fortunate to be Aqua class so the cabin was lovely, especially enjoyed the wonderful shower. The food and service in Blu was excellent! The Eclipse is in great shape. The ship is light filled and airy and the décor colors soothing and appealing. Lots of public spaces in which to sit and relax. Plenty of music venues in the evening. Several of the production shows were rather odd in concept and music choice but guess they appeal more to a younger demographic. The costumes for Topper were terrific. Did not care for the "stadium concert" show-so loud. The final show with the large air blown puppets was so creative. The ports were typical for the Caribbean and the shore excursions typically over priced. Suggest folks walk off the ship and get a tour from a local or research private tours ahead of time and book them. Nice to have a large and well staffed Future Cruise Sales office. We took advantage of it! Read Less
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