We chose this cruise as it was suitable as our first cruise of the season. We had been on this ship some 5 years before but it is still in very good order. Only our 5th Celebrity cruise but due to our Royal Caribbean history we were given Elite class. Embarkation was quick due to that benefit. We had done all the ports before, both by sea and land, so will not expand on them.
First the good points
- as I said the ship is in good order with many comfortable lounges
-the food is generally good with tasty curries in the buffet on port days. Lunches in the MDR were only average, breakfasts were good and dinners satisfactory with some disappointments.
Our inside cabin was quite spacious and served the purpose. The room attendant was also excellent.
The dining room staff were also good, mainly Indonesian and Filipino , a little reserved at first but relaxed after they got to know us.
The passengers were a mixed lot, mainly Aussies, NZ, Uk and a lot of well off Americans. All very nice apart from a Bible bashing couple.
The theatre was good with never a problem in getting a seat. It holds 1400+ and getting there early was not necessary. The individual artists were good but the production shows were poor except for the last night, an acrobatic show with an extremely good female acrobat.
The captain entertained us with his reports and quirky sense of humour was easy and taxis were plentiful.
Disembarkation was easy and taxis were plentiful.
The not so good points-
We missed the dedicated Diamond and Diamond+ lounges on Royal Caribbean. There were no Captains Club drinks on embarkation night or on Captains party night. On RC you get proper coffee and nibblies in Diamond lounges, but missing on Celebrity. However, in the Ensemble lounge we got excellent service from the waiter, Hendry.
Although we got our drinks for free we noticed the extortionate cost of drinks eg a glass of ordinary wine US$10 or 14 or 19. A lot in Australian money. A coffee in special coffee lounge was US$6 = A$9.
The specialty restaurants are all priced in US dollars and are also expensive. They did not seem well patronised at the times we saw them.
Spacious, clean, comfortable bed, good bathroom and hot showers.