Celebrity is still offering some kind of (modern) luxury compared to many other big cruise lines and although they are not so good they used to be. The Solstice-class ships have some nice features. The Aqua class gives to the cruise a special touch but the price compared to the normal balcony is relative high.
The cruise terminal in Miami is absolutely too small for Celebrity. Some time ago we embarked Enchanment of the seas in the same terminal with no queues but with Celebrity it was rather chaotic. We could use the Aqua class line which still was no fast lane. Same problems seemed to occur in the Captain class lines which we choose to skip this time although we had the status. After waiting for check-in people were directed into other line which was between the check-in lines as there is no waiting space in the terminal. Boarding has started but it was extremely slow. Before the stairs some workers tried to short people into two line, the "normal" line was hopeless but the line for status, suites, concierge and aqua was not so much better.
Before the cabins were open the Ocean view cafe had enough space for all hungry ones. That is not so often in other ships. Beverage packages were offered very eagerly but you could also get a drink quick otherwise. Cabins were open 1.30 but the bags arrived first after safety drill. We needed to get our one of our bags from downstairs as it has alarmed by the security. The line was impossible and people rather aggressive. After quite a wait we got our bag which was marked safe and nobody wanted to know what is inside. Wonder why it was not delivered to the cabin. Safety drill was extremely long, the new video was totally useless and the whole drill was a strange combination of extreme seriousness and trying to be amusing at the same time.
Standard balcony cabin which is just called aqua. You get some strange juice and daily canapees, but no cutlery to eat them. It felt also a bit dangerous that the canapees were left in warm for hours and consisted often of shrimps and ingredients like that. We did not use the Persian Garden but mainly took the aqua cabin because of the Aqua restaurant.
Nice french village, had to walk quite a long from the ship, felt safe although ship was warning people and some stayed because of that on board, absolutely worth visiting