We were three generations of our family (Grandparents, Parents and Toddler in tow) looking to make memories, and decided to go on a cruise to Alaska. We chose Celebrity just because it was the best deal our Travel Agent could get us. With a grand total of one cruise (on Carnival) behind us, we had nothing to compare with, really - but all I can say is - the Celebrity experience was fabulous and future cruises for us will have a high bar to live up to!
We are local to Seattle so getting to the ship was the easiest thing - we drove up to the Pier. Parking at the Pier for a week is pretty expensive, but still, an Uber XL would cost almost the same, so it was an easy choice to make - at least we wouldn't have to carry our toddler's car seat along!
Our embarkation experience was sadly, not the best. We unfortunately arrived at the peak rush period, and so the lines to check in were serpentine and endless, and the check in hall was stifling hot. The person at the counter also was very slow, and took ages to check us in and get us our SeaPass cards. We were still at the counter after people behind us had been checked in and gotten onboard! He took my credit card to put it on record, but that never happened, and I had to go to Guest Relations onboard to get it corrected.
Cabin 7260 on deck 7, is at the front end of the mid-ship "hump" on the starboard side. Given it's location on the hump, the veranda is trapezium shaped, and it's BIG - big enough to fit in 4 deck chairs (Our veranda had 3 deck chairs and a normal chair, with a round table). It looks towards the front of the ship and you get a good view of the bridge as well - but since it is front looking, you also get blasted by the wind, if there is a breeze going. The cabin itself was pretty well appointed - a queen bed and a pull out sofa bed (which we never used). There is a minibar in the cabinet, which we asked to be emptied out since we had a curious kid in the room. There are a lot of useful nooks and cabinets hidden away that can be used for storage. The cabin is pretty close to the elevators, but there is a glass door between the elevator lobby and the cabins, that cuts out all external noise, so the cabin is super quiet. The bathroom is small, but adequate. Only drawback - there is no retractable clothesline in the bathroom, where we could dry wet swim clothes, etc. We were able to hook up a bungee cord as a makeshift line, but this is something to keep in mind, for extended length cruises.
Barely enough time to go out and grab some dinner... not worth rushing through any excursion