We are a 50-60sh couple who have sailed several times, this was the first time on Celebrity. And it won't be the last time! We can't understand most of the mixed reviews this ship gets. we spent 3 nights prior to cruise at the Hilton Molino Stuckey Hotel. It was very nice, but next time we will choose a place closer in to center of city. Embarkation was smooth & easy, used the luggage tags that came to us and luggage was delivered to our room almost immediately. We were on board by just after 12 noon, had lunch in the buffet, and came back to our luggage waiting.
We found the food delicious in the main dining room in just about every case. we especially enjoyed the French Onion soup & Caprice Salads. The beef dishes were always tasty & tender. Chicken & seafood selections good too. Our waiter, Lisme, and his assistant were great...funny & helpful & always anticipated our needs. The Waterfall buffet was great for breakfasts, especially the omelette & waffle bar. Didn't have lunch on board often as we were in ports so much.Probably the only disappointment was in the Normandie specialty restaurant. Although the service was impeccable, the food wasn't any better than the MDR.
We thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment nightly. there was a violinist we would have gladly paid to see in Vegas. The Broadway productions were good & the aerialists fantastic. No complaints at all.