We choose this cruise because my parents and some friends had traveled with Celebrity before and really enjoyed it. Our previous experiences had been Carnival and Disney. This was definitely on a par with Disney (Carnival was fun, but not fancy). We chose to get an Aqua-Class stateroom and were definitely glad we did, if only because of how much of the embarkation line we got to skip! The room was nice, the balcony was nice. We did have a bit of noise from the very loud walkers/runners/jumpers upstairs, but it wasn't enough to ruin anything (we were on deck 9, port side, towards the front). We could tell the ship was older, mostly from the decor, but it was well-maintained. The worst sign of age was some looseness and bounciness in the floor of our bathroom. The buffet was fun sometimes, but always very, very crowded and the food was really hit-or-miss.
Finding a table wasn't the easiest, either. We eventually opted for lunch in the main dining room, even though it meant standing in line for at least 10 minutes (sadly, not really longer than for some of the buffet sections). Aqua-Class was also great because of the dedicated dining room, Blu, for breakfast and dinner. We never had to wait more than 5 minutes for a table, and they always asked for our preference in window-or-not. All the staff was wonderful; all smiles and friendliness and efficiency. We were especially fond of our sommelier, Fernando, who just seemed to really know his stuff and love his job. We do not have children, and were slightly surprised at the number of children on board (based on web comments and our friends' experiences), but maybe that was because it was July. The adults-only heated pool in the solarium was our favorite place to hang out. We also found the Silent Disco fun and funny. And our only on-ship sightings of humpbacks and dolphins were from the ports in the Constellation Lounge. We did a Macallan whiskey tasting with Conrad, which was excellent (we always learn new things at tastings). The live entertainment was fabulous; we especially loved the Lighthouse Duo, and the aerialists who performed with the singers and dancers on-stage. We only used the gym once, but that not for any reason besides not feeling like working out; we were able to get treadmills without a wait. We did shore excursions at all three ports; all nature-related, and we did see some wildlife (although not bears! No luck at all!!). The only upsetting part was that somehow they missed giving us our excursion tickets in our welcome package in our room. Therefore, we weren't aware that we needed tickets, and thought things would just be managed all through our roomkeys (like Disney). So, we waited until we had been in port for a little while, then wandered downstairs, only to overhear someone say that, "They're checking in excursions in the theatre." We went there, and the door attendant asks about tickets. Well, that was a panic moment. I ran back to our room to get our receipts, while my husband ran to the Excursions Desk. Happily, they were able to immediately "reprint" them (their words), and we made it to our first excursion on time, but frazzled. The tours themselves were well-organized with pleasant and knowledgeable guides, easy transportation and no feeling of being rushed on our return. We would travel with Celebrity again. We might like to try one of the new ships they advertised. I think we're now too spoiled to go below Aqua Class, though. We also bought the Premium Drink package, which was totally worth it (for us; we kept track to make sure). Made it most relaxing to just order a drink (or a smoothie, or a coffee) any time wanted without worrying about what the bill would be at the end. Disembarkation took just about an hour and was very organized and not confusing, so not bad at all. We stayed on in Vancouver for four days when we returned, but not through the cruiseline. A great trip!
Bed and pillows were slightly hard, but that seems standard on cruise ships (this was our third). Bathroom floor seemed to have gotten a lot of water built up. Comfy couch, nice to have the little table in front of it, and on the balcony. Would have really liked to have something to put our feet up on while we were on the balcony; we might have spent even more of our time there if there had been. Room steward, Harris, was excellent.
We stayed on our own after the cruise.