We chose the cruise because we wanted to maximise our time in Europe. See as much as we could with a child during a short window and we wanted to experience the new ship and to see for ourselves if it lived up to the hype.
We had well reserched the ports and had some great excusrsions planned (our own not Celebrity) and were really excited. Coming from New Zealand and having cruised before in Europe (on Reflection and on Holland Amrica) we knew what to expect from a busy European trip.
Arrival and departure on the ship was best I have ever experienced. It was made easier by the Celebrity App and we have done all the photos and checked in weeks prior. We literally walked on board and went straight to our suite. Our ship passes were waiting and the room was almost ready so after being greeted by our butler and dropping off our carry on bags we were off to explore the ship.
Our Cabin (Sky Suite 11201) was beautiful. The bed was perfect and faced the sea. Lots of storage - more than we needed (2 adults and a teen) and our daughter loved her pull out bed. The retreat lounge acted as a second living space and we spent a lot of time there.
The butlers are great - lots of little treats and surprises, like a beach bag in Ibiza, Champange and strawberries on my birthday. Nice touches and the balcony is good. Don't get room service in the room though. The table is not great - get it sent to the Retreat Lounge where are table and chairs and it is better set up for it.
Blue Boat Cinque Terre and Captain Simone put on the very best day out. He'll collect you from the port and whisk you off on a fabulous day of food, music, wine, Lemoncello and the sights. It is the very best way to see the Cinque Terre and swim in the Med. If you have older children - do this - they will be talking about if for weeks as mine has.