Early flight meant a taxi pick up at 2.30am arrived and printed boarding cards then had to wait an hour for the bag check in to open. That done another wait for the gate number , boarding was the usual scrum ( why does it have to be like that? ) luckily Rome is only a 2 hour flight so avoided the extras on food and drink. On arrival we were impressed with the number of celebrity staff on hand to guide us. Coach transfer was efficient and check in about 10 minutes our cabin was ready which was a bonus. After a lunch in the oceanview we rested and when our cases arrived unpacked before muster. We were on freedom dining and because the food and service was so good in the MDR we decided not to bother with the speciality restaurants. Breakfast next morning taken in MDR I made the mistake of ordering brown toast instead of whole wheat and what came was inedible. I am not going to detail every port as each person has their own preferences just a summary.
Messina we walked into town and watched the midday clock tower performance.
Valletta we did a tour with boat trip to blue caves, poor in my opinion.
Mykinoss we took the shuttle and walked the town very pretty but it rained on us.
Rhodes was my favourite place we did a tour of excavated ruins and the old town.
Santorini was a very early start and lots of waiting for the tenders to commence did a tour to oia and a winery before descending on the cable car not as impressed as I thought I was going to be.
Athens was good we did a trip to the Accropolis but be very careful as it is very uneven and a number of people stumbled.
Naples we went to Pompeii and were lukey enough to have a very good guide which made for an interesting visit.
The entertainment on board was average with Jayne Curry being the stand out performer.
Overall we thoroughly enjoyed the cruise an find Celebrity to provide excellent service although one niggle is having a drinks package and finding that the bars were shut in the areas where some of the activities were taking place such as quizzes and the lectures. The final night was awkward as we had prepaid our gratuities and felt we were leaving the restaurant without due reward to the staff who had given us most excellent service.
Standard type of cabin note there is a three feet wide shelf outside the balcony so you cannot see directly down to the sea and the theatre can be heard when the entertainment performers rehearse.
We walked into town visited the church and watched the clock tower at midday, the lion roars and the pieces move to the music.
Not as exciting as I thought it would be, the guide on the coach I could not understand, the walk to boats hazardous, the boat ride basic and uninteresting.View All 32 Blue Grotto Boat Trip Reviews
We took the shuttle to town and after a short walk we were in the town, very picturesque but unfortunately it rained so we curtailed our visit.
Enjoyed Rhodes immensely and would consider going back to the island, the trip to the ruins was good and well lead, the old town interesting and vibrant.View All 6 Ruins of Kameiros Reviews
Average tour, Oia whilst very pretty was a waste of time for us as we are not shoppers, the wine tasting was manic and devoid of information. The walk back to the cable car was tiring but luckily the queue was short.View All 110 Oia Wine Tasting Reviews
Athens was busy as a capital city would be, the trip to the Acropolis was excellent however I would advise caution as the climb is strenuous and the ground underfoot very uneven with some people turning their ankles.View All 390 Acropolis Reviews
The guide for this trip was the best I have ever had. He had a good knowledge and was able to communicate well with the diverse group.View All 505 Pompeii Walking Tour Reviews