Our second cruise on this ship proved to be even more relaxing and enjoyable than our first trip on her in Dec 03. We found the ship still as beautiful and clean as she was two years ago when she was nearly new. The staff were even more finely tuned than we remembered, totally professional and very customer friendly. We had a week of being pampered and catered to without having to ask for anything. This is what a vacation is all about!
The food on Celebrity has always been a notch above other cruise lines, but the current Connie kitchen staff outdid themselves, turning out one fabulous meal after another. The wait staff seems to have been selected not just for their ability to deliver the meal, but to do it with personality. The latter makes all the difference. Mushi was our waiter and every night he made his recommendations for the best menu selections and he was seldom wrong. We were treated to magic tricks apres dinner that had us giggling riotously like children. By week's end, this group of once total strangers were hugging each other goodbye like old friends.
Our night at Ocean Liners was totally top notch. Love that goat cheese souffle, but Katrina knows how to do a Zabaglione tableside that will knock your socks off at the end of the meal. She sent the Maitre d' scrambling to the kitchen to retrieve a selection of fresh strawberries and raspberries to add to this dessert at my request and then topped it off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Oh my! Everyone at the table had to have a bite of my dessert and said they would come back to the restaurant just to have her prepare it.