It seems much has changed since my last voyage on Celebrity. I’ve probably done a half dozen or more voyages with X over the years, and along with HAL considered it my favorite line. By way of background, I always travel in suites, so have the array of added benefits that this class of passage affords.
First, the positives: - The WiFi has become far more affordable, and far faster.
- The ship itself, despite many contrary reviews, seems well maintained
- The staff remains friendly, helpful, and efficient.
The negatives: - The food. Far below prior experiences. Quality of items in the buffet
seems more like that I’ve had on Norwegian or Royal C, A long
way from what I had come to expect from X. Even the cuisine in
Luminae (the restaurant reserved for suite guests) is less than
inspiring - some very good, some not so good.
- The entertainment in the main showroom, with an exception or two,
was way below expectation.
- The activities do not seem to be evolving with the times. Granted,
this cruise has an older demographic, but the range of activities
continues much as cruising was 20 years ago. And I still don’t care
for Bingo, art auctions, diamond sales, or karaoke.