We go on a couple of cruises a year. We've been on the Summit before and previous to this cruise we were on the Constellation. Celebrity is our favorite cruise line. However, this cruise just didn't come up to the standard we had experienced on previous Celebrity cruises. We chalked it up to poor hotel management.
Embarkation in Venice: Since part of our luggage stayed behind in Paris and we waited 3 hours at the Venice airport to try to resolve the situation, we arrived at the port after embarkation. Nevertheless, we were checked in quickly and the personnel was very friendly. Felt good to be on the ship and starting our vacation. During the night the ship moved ports and we were delighted to find out we were within walking distance of San Marcos Square and town.
Guest Relations: They were wonderful. They assured us that our luggage would eventually arrive, no matter what port we found ourselves in. One of the staff even lent my husband his wind breaker as it was quite chilly in Venice. We did get our luggage on our second day in Venice. The only time we had a problem was when we didn't receive a notice to turn in our passports. Guest Relations accused us, and many other people, that we must have received the notice as everyone else had. Turns out that two decks, 2nd and 3rd, did not receive the notice.
Cabin 2143. Window was dirty and we had to ask that it be cleaned as we couldn't see out. It was cleaned the following day. We had plumbing problems for 4 days - toilet not flushing consistently, shower water lukewarm. Great location - midship, near elevators, easy access to everything. It was great being able to climb stairs from gangway instead of waiting for crowded elevators. Otherwise, typical ocean view category cabin of 170 sq. ft.
Venice is a magical city. We walked off the ship and wandered around San Marcos Square and the area around it as we were sailing away at 3:00 pm. It was a wonderful experience seeing the canals with the apartments and hotels literally coming out of the water. It was a bustling and busy port filled with water taxis, gondolas and even cruise ships sailing by. The stores along the dock had beautiful masks and Tshirts and other souvenirs at fair prices. We definitely would like to return to Venice and spend a few days.
The weather was awful - it was pouring rain and the temp was 42 degrees. Heard from people who went on tours that it was nothing much.
Busy and crowded. People going to the Acropolis found themselves shoulder to shoulder climbing up and then going down slippery marble steps. Found a nice souvenir shop in an alley near the Hard Rock Cafe which had lots of Greek stuff at reasonable prices.
If you don't take a tour and stay around the port - you will wish you had taken a tour. The shopkeepers won't leave you alone. They try to get you to go into their stores and follow you asking you what you're looking for. We would have preferred Istanbul instead of Kusadasi.
It's called the arm pit of Italy and I can see why. Dirty seaside town. They do have a hydro foil and other transportation to islands but the times weren't good for cruise ship passenger. Not much to see in Naples.
Busy, crowded but wonderful city. Lots to do and two days in port wasn't enough. Definitely take the Hop on Hop Off Bus to get an overview. When you go to the Sistine Chapel try to go when the crowds aren't huge otherwise you'll be pushed along without much time to see everything. The Vatican store has a post office, stamps, Vatican memorabilia and is a must-do.