While we are open to other cruise lines, we have had a preference for Celebrity, and its passenger-focused efforts. We find that Celebrity ships focus more on delivery of what matters, than on partying and glitz. We picked there 4 night 10/24 cruise to Key West and Nassau for that reason - we expected (and received) a comfortable extended week end vacation.
This was an experiment for us - we have cruised in Aqua class for the last several cruises, and we wanted to see if we missed it. The jury is out.
Embarkation was a breeze. We got to the ship around 12:30, and were to our room around 1. There were simply not problems. Debarkation was delayed, maybe 30 minutes, due (the ship reported) to Customs crowding. However, on the whole, it was very easy. DIdn't see any difference from Aqua to non-Aqua.
Our room, 7172, was well laid out, but tired. The tile in the bathroom, while very clean, was stained; tile repairs were evident, and more were needed. Nice toiletries were provided. Air conditioning could not keep up with the temperature, without the drapes closed - we had the temperature set at the coldest throughout the cruise. The beds were set up in the queen bed format - we had to move one frame into position after banging legs walking buy. The mattresses were well used. The sofa had significant wear. The rail on the balcony was rusted on the bottom and had shedding finish on the top. While initially we thought storage was a problem, it turned out to be more than adequate. Our cabin steward was outstanding. Our location was excellent - a few doors off the stairway. No noise; easy to walk up to the Lido and down to the MDR.