My wife and I really wanted to do a Mediterranean cruise. We had a few choices, but this cruise was supposed to be special. We have been on many cruises before, but we had never been on a Celebrity cruise. We have always read that Celebrity was the best, so I booked this cruise with Celebrity. It was considerably more in price then the competition, but we were hoping to be with the best and were willing to pay for it.
First, I booked the Aqua Class cabin. It appeared to give you a whole lot more for the value. I originally paid $2849 per person for this cabin and then saw the price come down to $2249. Celebrity reduced my price to $2249 because I had not paid in full yet. Then after I paid in full I saw the price come down to $1679. When I called to get a credit they refused. They would do nothing. Needless to say it didn't feel good knowing that there would be many people enjoying the same benefits as me for $1200 less per cabin. But we over looked it and wanted to make the absolute best of our cruise. After all we would be cruising with the best.
We arrived in Rome and boarded the ship. The very first thing that we noticed after entering the gangway was the dirty and stained carpet. It just stood out to both of us. Not a big deal, but certainly not a good first impression.
Cabin was very nice. Larger then most. Room attendants were on it. Only draw back to balcony is that it was covered by Deck 10 and got no sun. Otherwise this was a beautiful cabin.
We had a great tour of all of the sites of Rome and a ride to the cruise ship. Our guide was very thorough, spoke fluent English and was very prompt in picking us up and getting us to the ship on time.
We received a tour of Taormina and then had the opportunity to get a private cooking lesson from a Sicilian chef. The cooking lesson was extremely professional, informative and fun. We thoroughly enjoyed it.
We took our own walking tour of Malta. It was an interesting town and we loved getting to know the history of this island.
Rhodes was the least desirable of our ports of call. Lindos didn't offer much other then a shopping opportunity. We really like learning about history.
This tour was EXCELLENT. We loved visiting Ephesus and getting a Biblical tour of the area. The only drawback was ending at a "carpet" place where we felt pressured (and gave in) to buying a Turkish rug.
This was a great little tour which began and ended at a winery. Our tour guide was excellent
Excellent tour. We toured Athens landmarks as well as Corinth. This was a long tour and very informative. We were very glad that we got to do it.
This port was absolutely beautiful- but the most expensive port that I have ever visited in all of my cruises. Nothing is even reasonably priced except for our Gyro's at Lucky's. One of the best lunches of our entire cruise.
This was one of our favorite ports. Our excursion was not until the afternoon, so we took our own tour in the morning. We visited the tomb of St. Matthew and we toured the city on foot. They were not used to having cruise ships in port and this was very much a "local" area. We like experiencing the real culture. Shopping, restaurants, and very few english speaking people was great.