We choose this cruise for the ports of call to India.
Arrived in Dubia Airport and transfered by private taxi to Abu Dhabi Cruise terminal (time 1. 40 mins).
Arabian Sea & India Maiden Voyage
Embarkation was straight forward and we were able to find our cabin quickly.
First impression in public areas was clean upholstery was in good condition.
Daytime, Self service free Tea Coffee & soft drinks available on deck 10
Dinning we only used the Main restaurant once,I prefer to you use the Self Service Restaurants.
Ocean view Cafe on deck 10 the name cafe is miss leading a self service restaurant, no trays provided to carry your meal a variety of food stations if walk to other end of restaurant you find the grill which serves freshly cooked chicken salmon & steaks,I complained to the Restaurant Manager that the soup was always warm French beans and carrots for four nights running the chefs did vary this ,if you like bread and butter pudding it appears every night in a variety of flavours one night it change to a sponge pudding (thought the pasty chief was on holiday) but the bread and butter pudding reappeared for the rest of the cruise ,there is a selection of cold deserts and a ice cream bar. The restaurant is open to 1 am providing pizza or pasta and bread to make a sandwich,The menu gets boring after 12 days.
Visited the Celebrity Theatre every night, Celebrity entertainment team were very good in dance and singing routines + guest artist's, the entertainment was very good.However in the bars /sitting area's the music was poor.
The service was very good considering the bars were busy.
Ports of call Dubia ,New Mangalore,Goa (Mormugao) Mumbia (Bombay), Khasab
On 9th of Dec we could not docked in Khasab due to bad weather and sailed for Abu Dhabi (docked around 1730 hrs) , We were told we could not go ashore, @ 2215 hrs over ships tannoy all Passengers to go ashore with their passports for face time with immigrations officials and hand over their passports in cruise terminal building it would be fair to say majority of passengers (approx 2,000) were not pleased this caused loss of enjoyment on our last night onboard the ship we had to vacate our cabins by 0700 hrs the following morning, the Guest relation staff did a good work that night in handling complains from passengers , No Senior officers were to be seen in fact I never sighted the ship Master in 12 days, We did receive a letter of apology from Celebrity Cruises for the inconvenience caused on the evening of the 9th.
I have sailed into Abu Dhabi with another cruise ship company ,yes there is immigration process but not at 2215 hrs.
Would I sail on this ship again No.
Our cabin was on deck 3 (outside cabin ) a little small for a cruise ship the wash room was large enough for you to turn 360 Deg at the wash basin,pillows (2)were soft and I had to ask for another one,No tea making facilities,flat screen TV but you have to pay watch films. Electric sockets for European or USA plugs. Hair-dryer.