We always cruised Royal Caribbean and built up loyalty points to Diamond status. We decided to try Celebrity last April because of the ports and it being a part of the Royal family. It was not a problem transferring the status level to Celebrity. We are empty nesters and cruise by ourselves, the kids aren’t interested. Another reason we chose Celebrity Is that is seems to be more adult oriented. We didn’t really see very many children, a few teenagers. The cleanliness and friendly staff of the ship also impressed us.
Living in South Florida makes for easy access to cruises are an easy drive. Leaving and arriving in Miami is beautiful.
We started booking suites on Royal and booked one for this cruise- we are hooked on suites now. On Celebrity you get a butler and he was a wealth of information with top notch service. He also told us about his experiences while working on a ship on an Alaskan cruise- we did book one onboard after hearing about the beauty and his adventures.
From start to end Celebrity treated us like we were the most important person on the ship. We like the suite amenities- the exclusive dining room and lounge. The dining room is smaller than the regular dining room. The Lounge, Michaels, is a cozy intimate bar with friendly staff.
In the suite only dining room , Luminae, you have a slightly different menu, you can get the main dining room menu, you just have to ask. The food was excellent. On one evening we were bothered in the dining room by a rather loud couple a few tables away that felt the entire place needed to hear them. This went on for a while. you could see other passengers getting frustrated too. We quickly finished our meal without desert and left after telling our wonderful server why. The next day the head waiter came to us and was very concerned that we were not happy. We told him it was not our server but the loud couple... We told him how much we loved our food and server and we didn’t want to be seated anywhere else. He said we should have told him about the couple( we didn’t want a scene created at the time). The staff went above and beyond to make sure we were happy while dining.
We did try the sushi in the specialty restaurant- very good. We felt the prices were reasonable.
Debarking for shore excursions is very organized and timely ( we had one nightmare experience on a Royal ship). Returning is also easy. Don’t wait until the last minute to return. The places we visited do take US Dollars.
We did Segways in San Juan , our time was bumped to late afternoon.You have to pass a Segway proficiency driver test due to the hills and cobblestones. Four people were refunded their money due to difficulties mastering the Segway and returned to the ship. We finally started as the sun was setting. It was really beautiful to see Old San Juan and the fort at night but would have preferred more daylight. We learned a great deal from our tour guide.
We did Snuba in St Kitts- So much fun, we didn’t want it to end. Our tour guide was very attentive and pointed out various sea creatures.
In St Maarten we returned to “ Jet Blast Beach” with an excursion . We went on a previous Royal cruise a few years before, we took a local taxi right outside the cruise terminal, and boy oh boy has it changed. The formerly small resturant /bar on one side is now a huge venue with a nice sized gift shop. If you want to sit at a table to see the jets you must order food or drink. They have a board listing the flights and times.
The beach is on the small side, get there early if you want to rent a chair and umbrella or get a beach spot. The water is a beautiful blue and warm.
BEWARE of the jet blast!! DO NOT HANG ON THE FENCE! People do get seriously hurt and yes die when the departing large jets take off, they literally get blow off and get slammed on the road/ curb. It is a tiny two lane road that separates the landing area and beach. Do be prepared to get sand blasted on the beach if you are in the immediate perimeter of the blast.
We walked over to the small outdoor “Mexican” resturant nearby to grab a bite to eat while waiting for our return van. It was good and not too pricey.
We enjoyed the variety of entertainment and activities on board. We would go again.
Celebrity has spoiled us and highly unlikely we will ever use another ocean cruise line- they are that good. We did book our Alaska cruise while onboard, more perks with a small deposit if you book onboard.
We are very excited about our upcoming Celebrity Alaska Landtour and cruise!
Roomy with spacious closets, top notch amenities. Butler service is outstanding and very helpful for all sorts of questions. We slept well in that room and enjoyed th views from our balcony
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