We stayed in Fort Lauderdale 2 1/2 days prior to sailing. It was nice to get used to sunshine and warm temperatures again. We walked around a lot and also explored the city by the water taxi. Highly recommendable.
Embarkation went smooth. We were in Port Everglades around 11.30 a.m. The people checking us in was in a great mood, and I think we waited approx. 15 minutes to get on board. Disembarkation took a little longer, as there were some problems with the luggage (not ours specifically) but we enjoyed this extra time outside the cafe in the sun. As we did not have a flight this day, we just relaxed.
All in all the ship was fine. I was never a fan of carpeting, but I guess it is a good solution on a ship. I liked the size, easy to be familiar with.
Cabin with balcony with obstructed view. We were on deck 6, and under us were the life boats. We could look straight out with no obstruction and actually see the water between the life boats. So no problem.
The Muster Drill was a joke. We were called to our muster station as usual and did not need to bring the life vest. They showed a lot of commercials for other Celebrity cruise destinations, while we were waiting for everyone to arrive. After a very long time we were told they had tech problems. Suddenly a staff person came running in with her life vest, could hardly speak after running and told us what to do. Then we waited for the captain to call off the drill and it was over. This was a joke of a safety demonstration. I sure hope they have better procedures in case of a real emergency.
Fixed dining at 6.00 p.m. The room was very large covered 2 floors and the noise loud. The waiters were a new team. Their first cruise. They did the best they could and with a few more cruises under their belts, they will be excellent. The Sommelier always found the perfect wine not only to the food but also my taste. In general it would be nice with more vegetables to the different dishes. The best was the companions we were seated with. Every evening we all looked forward to meet and exchange stories of the day.
I was not so impressed with the entertainment in the theater. I took part in some of the activities and the very best was Silent Disco - super funny.
Service was great, the cabin always nice and clean.
Shore excursions were booked from home. As I had hesitations regarding one of the trips, we decided to cancel it. No problem, we were refunded the full amount as we came 2 days prior to the date. When we arrived home, the money was already on my credit card.
Nice but dates cabin. Space ok also in the bathroom. Many places to store things. The obstructed view was no problem. I would book the same in a heart beat. It was placed relatively close to stairs and elevators. No noise from elevators but very convenient.
A great way to see "The Venice" of Florida. We learned a lot about the local area and even came close to Port Everglades. We hopped off to get lunch and back on for the whole tour. Happy hour came and we even enjoyed a drink then.View All 19 Water Taxi Reviews
We were in 2 mini buses and the official guide was in the other bus. Our driver was a fountain of knowledge and wit so we learned a lot about the history of Antigua, at the pirate times, slavery, coming into independence and how they live today. How the hurricanes have affeced the island and so on. Super value for money.View All undefined undefined Reviews
At first we were a bit hesitant. On the ticket it said: Can not guarantee turtles.
But already when snorkeling at the ship wreck I saw a turtle - and my husband and another friend saw a sting ray. WOW.
It was fun to see the ship wreck and all the fish living there.View All 38 Shipwreck Snorkel Reviews
Next stop was to swim with turtles. And they came. Before we got into the water one of them came up to breathe. Such a sight. We saw 3-4 turtles and also other fish. Great experience. Last stop was beach stop. All in all a great experience. Could we have done it ourselves? Yes, it was very close to the ship, but this was our first time on Barbados. Next time we will just walk to the beach ourselves.View All 96 Turtle Swim Reviews
A long bus ride to the other end of the island. Picturesque, lush rain forest and beautiful blue green waters. The road were narrow and hair pin bends all the time. We when on a small hike at a natural park with beautiful views to the two Pitons. On the way back my husband showered in a waterfall. The drive back to the ship was a bit nerve wrecking. The driver was in a hurry and especially to overtake when there were other cars.View All 8 Hiking Reviews
We did a privae beach tour and afterwards did a bit of shopping. This is a duty and taxfree area. I did not know before.
The goal of the tour was to go to Maho beach to see the airplanes take off and land. It was an experience, and even though we had seen it on Youtube - it was something special to see it for real. Afterwards we sailed via the other bays back to the ship. We never lacked rum punch. The captain was telling a lot - but since he had no microphone, we missed a lot of the stories.View All 92 Catamaran Tour Reviews