I chose this cruise because the medical centre has dialysis machines and my wife has kidney failure. However at the last minute she was unable to travel. Celebrity Cruises insisted that I pay the fare for a single person travelling in the cabin although the dialysis company did refund some of the cost of dialysis and a small portion of the additional cost that dialysis patients and their partners are forced to pay by Celebrity. The cost is very high as Celebrity charges a premium for dialysis patients and their accompanying partners in adding to the cost of dialysis. In the traumatic circumstances I had hoped that Celebrity would only charge the cost for the cabin but they insisted on the cost for a single person travelling in this cabin class.
This is a huge ship with some thousands of people on board. I had a premium cabin which I thought entitled me to priority but it certainly didn't work out like that. The designated restaurant was poor with second rate food. I normally ate in the restaurant of other classes which had a much better selection of dishes and better service. There was nothing particularly attractive or special about the so-called "special" class for which I paid and many of the advertised benefits did not materialise.
Most of the passengers seemed intent on sitting at the numerous bars or in the casino or shopping in the many, many overpriced shops onboard. If that is your idea of a holiday then this will suit you.
The elevators are constantly packed and it takes forever to get between decks on the ship.
There are children everywhere, the pool facilities are overwhelmed with children, and the other facilities are taken up by groups traveling together.
I found this cruise a most unpleasant experience, extremely highly priced for what you receive and I certainly would not recommend it to anyone who was interested in the sights of Alaska. The priority seemed to be ship board partying rather than Alaska as a destination.
Others on board who made comments to me similarly decided they would not cruise again.
I would not choose such a cruise again nor have I found Celebrity Cruises at all responsive to my needs, concerns, or particular situation.
Reasonable and quiet large. However there was constant scraping noise from chairs being moved on the restaurant deck two floors above. The "butler" was not around unless I called him which I was reluctant to do
The best member of staff was the woman who was in charge of Michael's Lounge