While we’d enjoyed our two previous cruises on Celebrity it’s not our favourite cruise line. However we chose this cruise for the itinerary down the Dalmatian Coast which was marvellous with wonderful ports. And we liked the ship very much as we like the smaller ships. It had a warmer, more intimate feel which we preferred to the bigger Solstice and Eclipse that we’ve previously sailed on.
Embarkation in Venice on a showery morning wasn’t well organised. Once off the people mover there was a staff member directing passengers towards the bus park to get the free shuttle to the ship which was berthed right at the end of the dock. However, at the bus parking, there were no signs or indication of where the Celebrity shuttle was. My husband went looking and found a staff member behind the bus who looked quite puzzled when we pointed that he needed to be on the other side directing passengers. We told the people around us where the bus was but that didn’t help everyone else.
Our oceanview cabin was smaller than we would have liked and only had one roomy armchair instead of a sofa but it was well laid out and we found it comfortable. It certainly had much more storage than the Solstice class ships. Our cabin steward was excellent and very attentive. The bathroom was good with plenty of storage and had a good sized shower even with the clingy curtain. However once again Celebrity let themselves down with old thin towels, some with holes in them, and a duvet that barely covered the bed.
We prebooked the Hop on Hop off bus trip to Piran which was good as it was pretty much sold out by the time we got off the ship. It was excellent. A lovely drive through the pretty countryside to Piran which is delightful. We had no trouble spending two hours there walking up the lovely church with great views and then having a drink at one of the cafes on the other side.
Unfortunately it was raining but even then Trogir was a charming little town to visit.