This was or first ever cruise, so we took friends' advice and went for the higher end of the market. We were not disappointed!! (Gross understatement!!). It was fabulous from start to finish.
I can't understand what possible cause for complaint anyone could have with this cruise or ship.
From the moment we boarded to the time we disembarked we were treated to what can only be described as service more akin to a floating 5-star hotel. We were on deck 8 and had the most attentive and willing deck attendants- nothing was too much trouble for them, The cleanliness of the state-room is the standard by which future cruises (yes - there will be more with Celeb Cruises!!) will be judged. We had clean towels twice a day and the shower curtain was changed each day. There was champagne waiting for us and canapes delivered each afternoon. Every member of staff had a smile and a genuine greeting for everyone they passed by - it was amazing how they made everyone feel welcome.
The food was outstanding. The Ocean View had an amazing selection to choose from - breakfast, lunch and dinner. San Marco was excellent with the waiters and someliers giving perfect service. What can you say about the Tuscan grill - except absolute perfection in terms of service, ambiance and quality. WOW!! Even though we tried not to, we put on several pounds - the food is amazing.
Disembarkation for shore excursions went swiftly and efficiently - they dealt with huge numbers of people in a calm and professional manner. It is a mark of pure class when you get back to the ship and waiting for you are ice-cold towels and cool drinks underneath gazebos. The officers were sometimes there to either see us of or welcome us back, even though I'm sure they had other things to do.
The entertainment was totally professional in a wonderful theatre. On the decks throughout were musicians of the highest quality,
The only disappointment we had was on the Dubrovnik shore excursion - there were so many other tourists that it was like a cattle yard within the old town: I would warn others that this might not be a good option. The trip to Aix en Provence could have done with being a little longer - the guide was pushed for time, and there would have been plenty of time for an extra hour as the guests who went to Florence were back a couple of hours later later. What a lovely town.
Our stateroom was perfect. It was clean when we arrived and our attendants kept it spotless throughout our stay. Clean sheets and towels in a spotless bathroom each day with beds turned down each evening and chocolates on the pillows - a touch of class!! There was no noise from the rooms on either side of us and there was no engine vibration or noise at all. It was so smooth that we couldn't tell when we docked early in the mornings and it was totally stable - no rolling or pitching at all.. If we hadn't see the sea going past, we wouldn't have known we were moving.
A beautiful city, We stayed for 3 nights prior to boarding so did our own things around the city.
The boat trip there was okay but the walk around the city disappointing. There were too many people in our group to keep together with our guide and the town was crammed with other tourists, We didn't get anything out of this excursion and wouldn't do it again.View All 77 Walking Tour Reviews
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