We wanted to spend enough time on the ship to explore it fully. We did have concerns seeing some of the early re3views. We decided to stop reading them as some where so very negative!
We were in a suite 7306 aft S1.
At the outset let me give some background. We are seasoned Celebrity cruisers. We are Elite +. We have travelled in all levels of stateroom on all ships other than Flora and Reflection! We are from UK so flew out from UK to Fort Lauderdale. We went to the cruiseport early, around 10-30. After an extremely quick check-in on computer, we were shown to the lounge where drinks and snacks were served prior to embarkation. After a quick coffee we were on board, straight to our room where we found our room keys, dropped off our handheld and were ready to explore!
We just love the overall design of the ship, the big open spaces, the artwork, wonderful inspired seating inside and out. The pool areas indoor and our are just beautifully designed areas. The retreat sundeck and lounge areas have interesting modern design, nice seating, lots of private space as well as social areas. Some areas took a bit of getting used to, the club and the martini bar. They have plusses and minuses compared with similar venues on other ships. We found the club to be a little dark for our personal taste, and the twin levels at the martini bar a little odd, although we loved the live music and dance floor now in this venue. Tiny martini glasses though kept the bar staff very busy with those of us with premium drinks packages lol!
Some of the entertainment we felt was aimed at an older crowd for this sailing… we are in our 60s!. When they did get it right on the last formal night the ship was buzzing and the dance floor crowded. Celebrity don't assume older folks don't like to rip up the dancefloor!!
We went to one show on the first night. Nice venue, comfortable seating, but shows aren't really our thing and we didn't go to another. A bit predictable for us. We did go to the Eden show. It was a little mysterious, challenging and puzzling. Overall we enjoyed the experience, we loved seeing the acrobats from very close quarters. Maybe a narrator is needed to help some like us understand the flow of the evening.
We ate in Eden. We sat by the kitchen and watched the Chef and his staff preparing food with great precision. The food was excellent in a very modern style. Entertainment very enjoyable and service just perfect. Eden was a wonderful place in the day. We had lunch from the café We sat outside at one of the 2 external seating areas. We also sat in the floating chairs just looking at the ocean. A beautifully designed multi use venue. Celebrity also threw a party for those married over 30 years. The cheers to the years event was beautifully handled with the support of cruise critic members. The ship provided champagne and a wonderful cake.
The art work on board is modern and we loved walking round the ship to see it. Like all art it isn't to everyone's taste but overall we liked the décor. It was fun to find the photographs in stateroom corridors was themed and we saw many areas of the world we had travelled to and it brought back many happy memories.
Luminae was as always a wonderful experience and a cruise highlight. Loved the photos in there and the themed colours and lighting. It might have been nice to break up the larger area with some screening to make it a little more intimate. The staff did a great job, never had to wait for a table, food was great and waitstaff and sommelliers very accommodating. We had premium drinks and were served a wide variety of excellent wines.
Retreat lounge was a beautiful area. Nice seating lovely outside terrace. Beautiful pool area, loved the hanging chairs, great bar service, nice selection of chairs and loungers in busy and quiet areas. I do have reservations about the food and drinks in the retreat pounge. I dont think it is modern luxury especially on chic night to have self service food and drinks. There is someone behing the food counter but hey dont serve onto the plate. There is a wash station but very very few used it. Some helped themselves with their hands. For wine self service some were filling wine glasses almost to the brim to take into Luminae for dinner. The concierge told me very nice glasses for the retreat were being found all over the ship! one night there weren't ANY glasses available! Cofee and tea were a problem also with the small machine unable to cope with the deamd and resulting in people standing in lines. I bypassed it by asking a server for what I wanted. They were very willing and I was well satisfied but puzzled by the self service elements which clearly weren't working in the evening and for afternoon tea. With some staff and good service the lounge would work wonderfully well.
Le petit chef we had dined at previously on Sillhouette. This time it seemed a slow night and although we enjoyed the food we found by comparison the animation to be a little dull. The somellier told us we couldnt use our premium wine package for the wine pairing. We asked for the wine list and ordered full size glasses rather than the smaller taster sizes in the pairing. It seemed unnecessary nickel and diming on good spenders!
magic carpet. It was a great experience and fantastic food. Shame it doesnt have a glass floor like some buildings have. If you get the chance do it! Also loved having a drink out on it in the day. The weather didnt allow us to do it every day but when we could we did
Fine cut steakhouse was a great meal, wonderfully presented and served. Would do this one again.
We wanted to try a sandwich and pastry at the bistro one day, but we were told it was only the set meal at lunchtime. Again we thought this very restrictive and a missed opportunity by Celebrity for a nice lighter lunchtime venue.
The spa, I was dying to see. Celebrity give access to the thermal suite to aqua guests but not suites. I live in hope they will readdress this and give a even a limited number of days or hours to suite guests. We booked a day in the thermal suite. It is a beautiful area, well designed with a series of rooms and showers to try. A day was really too long especially as the guidelines indicate no more than 10 mins in many of the rooms. Little things that can be addressed let the area down. Robes provided had no pockets so no-where to put spectacles when in the rooms, No slippers provided, the showers in the changing rooms leaked all over the floor of the changing room and a cleaner was almost permanently stationed there to clean up. It was a nice experience spoiled by those little things that make a spa a luxury experience.
As always, the captain, his officers and crew are the stars on Celebrity. We have nothing but praise for their excellent work.
The ship is different, will appeal to a new audience and the old audience if we dont constantly make comparisons with older ships. It wont be for everyone, and some may want to move over to other more traditional ships. Fo us the Kelly Hoppen designs were refreshing light and classy. With a few tweaks this could be a modern luxury experience........
This is a corner S1 aft. We loved the room. It had a different layout than others in the SI category. Bed doesnt face the windows, no peep through from the bathroom. We found it spacious and practical. It has an entrance from main corridor to 2 rooms an SV and anSI with their own entrances.
We loved the room the position and view out oover aft. The only downsides were the much reported shower issues, despite curtain. Stateroom attendant provided extra towels and did his best to help us with what is clearly a design fault. Also it is a long walk to the retreat facilities and Luminae. Didnt bother us, but maybe not for those who find long walks a challenge.