Chose this ship to get out of the nasty New England weather for a week.
Pros: Aqua class is worth it for the Blu restaurant which was very good always. The persian garden is no big deal, simply a steam room, sauna, and warm lounge to relax on. Not an outdoor garden as we expected. The ship is large and well maintained and the staff generally very helpful and well trained. The martini bar was fun for a few trips.
Cons: The bars after muster drill don't have any help so get your drinks to your room before because you won't be able to get a drink. If you buy the highest end drink package, you won't get those wines except in the restaurants. The bars don't carry the better wines that you can have in the restaurant. The bars have St. Francis chardonnay, and the Celebrity special brands which were ok. Also the drink packages do not include room service or the mini bar so if you want to drink on your balcony, you have to bring the drink back or pay for a bottle. A little bit annoying.
The food in Blu and Murano was very good. The oceanview cafe and pool hamburgers were overall disappointing. The buffet food was often just warm and no where near as good as we remembered from 2009 when we cruised on Summit. The highlights were the salad bar and soups, which were always good. And the flan and french bread.
The fried chicken was not crispy, the steamship roast of beef was tough, etc.
No sushi anymore on the buffet. Now you have to buy it at Sushi on Five. In 2009, sushi was available on the buffet every night. All part of cutting costs, I suppose.
The biggest disappointment was the Sky Lounge. A beautiful, huge area in the front of the ship where they should be holding entertainment every night. I don't know why they don't use it, but we're guessing the bar isn't big enough. I hope they enlarge the bar and use it more after refurbishment. Also, they stop all music on the ship during the shows 7-8 and 9-10. They should have alternative music since everyone doesn't want to go to the shows or stay up late for other music after 10 p.m.
All our shore excursions were canceled due to weather but the staff didn't tell us until we were onshore in the rain. They should have a system to tell us while on the ship so you don't go to shore only to learn the boats aren't going out due to rough seas.
Ashlie Amber was excellent.
Rex took great care of us. Cabin was fine.
Been here many times so just walked around.
Our snorkel trip was canceled. The port is mainly shopping and the dolphin experience. Was disappointed we couldn't go snorkeling due to weather.
Canceled again due to rain. It cleared up for the afternoon but we were the morning trip. Again, they should have told us before we left the ship that our excursion was canceled. we lugged our gear to shore and then went back because it was pouring and we'd been here many times. Didn't want to shop or drink!
Tried to go snorkeling but they wouldn't take us because we take blood pressure medication. I should have lied! The cruise line should tell you that they don't take you if you are on any medication or if you are over 71. We aren't that age yet, but we will be soon so it is important to note we'll have to do shore snorkeling from now on.