Everything leading up to the cruise & all of my plans turned out to be a nightmare including my mothers plane flight being cancelled at 3:30am the day we were to fly & had to get her a new ticket! All that changed when we got to the open arms of Celebrity........& BOY DO I MEAN OPEN ARMS!!!!! From the moment you walk into the building until you are shaking the hand of the cruise director & the officers dis-embarking you are coddled, you are loved!
First off I want to straight up say this. Celebrity is the most incredible righteous honest easy to deal with cruise line & business to do business with ever!!!!!! I won't go into details out of respect for them but they cost themselves $$ M$O$N$E$Y $$ by giving it back to us & flipping some things around to OUR benefit. WHO does THAT NOWADAYS???!!!!! My daughters & I are sailing Royal March 25th & we bought a dining package & had to select a time to eat. I can't even change ONE TIME to 6:30 out of those nights to make a special event, just saying....sister company too.
It doesn't really matter at this point because of the total refurbishment within days but I have to comment, yes if I looked under a microscope I could pick up on reflections of repaired damage from some immature moron. Honestly the ship is gorgeous, immaculately clean & awesomely looked after. I understand the group after us had some mechanical issues with thrusters. Anything in the corrosive salt water gets damaged, it's just a fact plus wear & tear on anything used as much by so many people like it is on that ship is expected.
Our Oceanview cabin which I am not sure about the category & really didn't care. I had a shot at the bid up program but didn't get it probably due to bidding the least possible amount or the ship being truly sold out. This room was outstanding & our room steward did her job adequately. There was no towel animals nor night clothes turned into living legends nor moving figures. Standard chocolates on your daily planner. Nothing wrong with that.
Barrachina restaurant in old San Juan will store your luggage for you for a tip from 9 am until 5 pm which makes it nice for walking around waiting for flights out. Condal Tapas restaurant is AMAZING!!! Rooftop dining. We had drinks Veal chops & Lamb Chops for dinner that were the best ever!!! OMGosh don't miss this place in Condado which is VERY close to both cruise piers and is open for lunch and dinner!! TOP NOTCH 5 star!!!!
Beaches right near ship are fine and water is really gorgeous!! We came in on a Sunday & I read town is dead on Sundays as it should be on the Lords day. It was also my B day so I wanted to stay close to that premium liquor package! :)
Definitely do the RT water taxi here for $7 us pp. Went to Maho beach and did the plane thing finally. OFF THE HOOK FUN FOR EVERYONE!!! My 74 year old mother LOVED IT!!! Beach massages 1 hour $35 They braided moms hair Jamaican style too. Been here at least 9 times and never went to Maho. I'll be baaaaaaacccccckkkkkk!
We did a private excursion as a group with 27 Cruise Critic members on the KATA MAMBO HUGE CATAMARAN!! Virginie works setting up the trips. OMGOSH WHAT INCREDIBLE FUN!!!! Contact them if you are EVER GOING TO MARTINIQUE!!!!!!!!!!! SERIOUSLY!!!!!!!!! They take individuals and form their own groups too. You don't need to have your own huge group but gosh was that FUN!!!!!!!!!! BEST DAY EVER!!!!!!!
Indian Bay Beach is Gorgeous for sure!! For swimming snorkeling or anything you want to do!!! Indigo Dive has a $40 3 hour 3 stop snorkel and is a VERY NICE family ran operation with the family being from Switzerland. Great people! Call them to dive or snorkel as it's first come first serve & they pick up & drop off right up at the front of the cruise pier through the shops by the entrance.
Barbados Rocks!! Harbor Lights SUCKS they robbed us & wouldn't give our money back!!! The cruise line changed itinerary around. SO GLAD THEY DID because we went to BOATYARD..... A MUST DO!!!!!! AWESOME PARTY & FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!! What a PARTY!!!!!!! Gorgeous beach and several FUN WATER TOYS & SWINGING ROPES!!!!! Free taxi back too!!!!
Reduit beach crowded and people bug the heck out of you here but it is very pretty! Very steep beach with heavy currents for getting in & out. Going to island tour & beach hop in March heading towards the Pitons with:
DANIELS TAXI & TOURING
air conditioned Mitsubishi 4x4 that runs impeccable
Daniels number is good on WhatsApp as well let him know you got his info from chad or off of cruise critic Bc he gave me a full day price for 3 of us at $175 from 8-5 including rum punch and juices Thats cheap for a 3 hour RT to the Pitons alcohol juices and all day driving to the falls the mud baths and all the beaches along they way!!! Daniel is in his early 60's and was shown much respect as we drove through town with many waves & hello's from all different kinds of folks so that is why I set up with him to take the girls and I in March. He is incredibly attentive and extremely useful & way willing to accommodate so please feel free to check him out.
Went to grand Anse Beach here & took the water taxi for a $10 RT Easy Breezy but they do tend to overload the boat and some people act silly. They're gonna do it one way or another so it is just better to set still or walk up the hill & take the bus for $2.50 Caribbean. Gorgeous beach beach massages cheap & ice cold beers.
Made a deal with the taxi's to go to Mero Beach. WOW!! Drop Dead Gorgeous!!! GO GO GO if you love the beach. Cheap great everything & the people want you to know you're safe & they love us!!! :) Great music on da beach!!!!!
Valley Church Beach ALL DAY LONG!!! WOW!!! Rode the local bus, so easy & so cheap! Busses run this road constantly & it was so awesome to ride with the locals!! Most busses here are vans so you get to know the passengers & they tell you all about the place & things you see! Can't go wrong!!!
We went to cockleshell beach & the Reggae bar. The bar was cool and we got GREAT massages from the awesomely experienced girls there for $35 again of course we tipped as well the one has a new baby. The beach however was VERY crowded chair packed tight next to each other in rows tight together with avenues every once in awhile to head towards the roped off swimming area which was also very small. Tons of fish. It was overcast this day so the water didn't have any sparkle either.Too packed for me so in March we are taking the $49 catamaran to nevis for 5 hours over to Pinneys beach which looks promising and hopefully keeps that 5 star rating or I will drop it to 4 if not. I say 4 because where the Caribbean meets the Atlantic on this island is GORGEOUS!!!!