We chose this cruise to go on the new ship and have quite a few days at sea. Everything about it was near perfect. Embarkation was very quick in Ft Lauderdale, about 15 minutes after we arrived at the terminal. We were allowed to go to our staterooms fairly quickly (the attendant was still working in ours but we dumped our bags and went to have lunch).
We loved the aqua class stateroom with the infinity balcony; wonderful to be on a brand new ship!
We mostly dined in Blu, the aqua class restaurant. We had fantastic service. always got our same great waiters and generally our same table for 4. We thoroughly enjoyed the quality of the food and smaller portions of healthier food, but we never went hungry. We don't usually do sit-down breakfast dining on cruises but did several times on this ship due to the quality and prompt service. Lunches and breakfasts were good in the Oceanview cafe with nice variety; loved the pizza too! We did the Steakhouse specialty dining (good but not much better than what we got in Blu) and the rooftop grill (fun and plenty of food; nice to be outdoors when it is not windy and cool, which it was many nights on a transatlantic).
Besides the restaurants, overall staff and service was good. The Martini flight was fun and an amazing demonstration. Only regular complaint about Celebrity is that if you ever need guest services, they don't answer the phone and there is a long line at the desk many times.
Eden (which came with a lot of hype) was not as expected. It is in the back of the ship and lower deck so suffers from the engine rumble. The entertainment was pretty strange, although we did enjoy the food and presentation specialty dining - it was unique. It did not have the tropical ambiance at dinner as the sun was out past 9 and there is a lot of glass. They do serve lunch (excellent reuben panini) if you want to get away from the crowds.
Only downsides we saw with the ship: no top deck indoor lounge like at the front of many ships. The only way to get a view out the bow is to go through the spa to a small outdoor area on the front of the ship. Many high end shops so very little shopping was being done. And a few bugs to be worked out or tweaks to the next version of the Edge.
Entertainment was good although would have been nice to have another cast production show on such a long cruise. Comedians were decent as were most of the musicians. We did not do many other activities other than poolside exercise and did our own thing in ports or with private excursions. They had trivia about every day as well as other activities if you want to divert from poolside reading.
The spa was really nice with the different type of thermal and salt rooms, the rain garden showers and heated tile loungers (sometimes a battle to get one in the afternoons). Loved the multi-level jogging and walking track with no steps!!
Thoroughly enjoyed Bermuda, the Azores, Lisbon and Bilbao. We did not get off in Le Havre, France as had seen D-Day beach areas previously and most things were closed in Le Havre as a Sunday. Self disembarkation in Southampton was a breeze as you had to check in with British customs officials onboard a couple of days before we disembarked.
We loved the stateroom with the infinity balcony, the comfort of the bed, the spacious bathroom, large shower, large sink and the lighting. We loved having the extra space with the infinity balcony and never closed the interior glass doors. Only a few minor complaints about the room: the bathroom mirror is heated so it does not fog up but you can't shut it off so it always feels too warm when you are close to the mirror to shave or put on makeup; drainage design of the bathroom is not great as water backs up out of the shower into the slotted drain behind the toilet sometimes; and lastly can only set the cooling down to 66 and we like it colder than that at night. If you open the balcony window in cooler climates to cool off the room, it heats it back up to 66. Other than that, we loved the room, the storage and the ambiance. Good power outlets and fun lighting controls. The stateroom attendant service was good but not overly friendly.
Cruise was fun and beautiful but the unlimited rum swizzles had perhaps a drop of rum in each.View All 105 Catamaran Cruise Reviews
booked an independent, day long, private tour for 4 for 200 euros total and had a great experience seeing Sao Miguel. Besides the main sites, we did liquor tasting, a visit to a pineapple plantation and a pottery workshop. It was well worth it and nice not being on bus with 45 or 50 people and for a lot less money.View All undefined undefined Reviews
We had been to Lisbon for 3 days previously, so we did our own thing and booked a gastronomic tour (Airbnb experience) which was great.
Loved the city. We booked Guggenheim tickets well in advance, so took the cruise shuttle bus into the city and easily did the museum in 2 hours right at 10 when it opened. We then took the funicular up the hill to a great overlook, then came back down and walked along the river to old town for tapas and vino. We want to come back and spend at least 3 or 4 days in the future to explore more.
we did not get off tne ship as not much to see if you were not going to Paris or the D-Day beach areas and towns. Not much open on Sunday either.
We had been to Southampton previously so went right to the train station for London, but the city is worth spending a day in to explore.