This was my first cruise in a very long time. We spent 2 days in Venice our departure city which unfortunately was unseasonably rainy and very crowded but interesting nonetheless. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly despite the volume of people. The ship was lovely however our Concierge Class cabin which was reasonably spacious was looking a bit tired and we heard the ship was off to be refurbished after our cruise. Concierge Class included some nibble mid-afternoon, most of which we never touched as they were not to our liking and we finally asked for cheese and crackers daily instead which were provided. MMy friend had arranged for us to dine with a couple and their family group (11 of us in total) and although the travel agent knew we were all traveling together and we had all booked through him, somehow the arrangement didn’t happen and everyone was dining separately (apparently tables are assigned when the booking is made and everyone booked individually). The dining room host could not rearrange a table for us at our preferred sitting so we were offered a reserved table in the lower dining room where those who did not have a fixed dining time were seated. This worked out well. We also dined a few times with friends of mine who were also on the cruise and this was not a problem. The selection of food was good and mostly well executed however, as this was a cruise of the Greek Islands, I expected to eat some Greek food on-board and was told by customer service staff when I enquired pre-cruise, that fresh food is purchased from local suppliers, implying local cuisine. Apparently daily Greek specials were offered at lunch while most people were off on shore excursions! Lobster night was disappointing as the lobster tails were tiny. The food in the café where we ate breakfast was good with a large selection of “ethnic” cuisines geared to many tastes however the “Asian” food was limited to Indian. There were a number of places to have a beverage and the Martini Bar was an interesting place with a frozen surface on which to place your drink. Mostly the beverages were excellent and the advice from a wine sommelier each night was most appreciated however the lady who mixed and served our drinks was unable to make a blended margarita, even after 3 tries. We were so busy with shore excursions that we didn’t partake in any entertainment but I did use the spa for a gel manicure (which lasted a long time) and a deep tissue massage which was very good. While these were more expensive than at home, they were well done by competent staff. The service overall was very good. All staff were unfailingly pleasant, friendly and fun and went out of their way to correct anything that was not right. Shore excursions were great, thoroughly enjoyed them however as there were few sailing days, it was an extremely busy cruise. I would like to experience other cruise lines so I’m not sure I’d travel with Celebrity again, particularly after a friend told me they are the “Walmart of cruise lines”! Holland America has been highly recommended to me as well as Viking (for smaller ships).
The cabin while reasonably spacious was a bit tired looking (shower and sofa). We were told the ship was soon off to be refurbished. There was a generous amount of space to hang clothes as well as drawers.