We were attracted to this cruise because of the comprehensive itinerary that took us to Japan, Shanghai, Taiwan and Hong Kong in 14 days.
We had sailed on the larger S class ships before, but found the smaller Millennium equally as good, not lacking anything except a specialty restaurant similar to Murano.
The ship was in beautiful condition after its recent refurbishment. Our aft cabin had a huge balcony and the cabin itself was spacious. Our attendant Oliver, was perhaps the best we’ve had. There are plenty of quiet places on the ship to read or talk, a variety of bars ranging from the buzzy Martini Bar to the more sedate Cellarmasters or the in between Rendezvous.
We varied our evening dining between the main dining room, specialty restaurants and the Oceanview buffet. The food in the main dining room was very good, the sommelier excellent and the staff very attentive. The only gripe is that the tables for two are much too close together. This was often awkward depending on who your neighbours were and a real turn off.
The Tuscan Grill lacks the view of S class ships and the food whilst good, was not worth the surcharge. Le Petit Chef was great fun and very clever. Loved Cafe Bacio.
Now we get to the Oceanview Cafe - although the food was good and there was a wide variety available, the behaviour of other guests turned this venue into a zoo at breakfast. Breakfast in the main dining room was an option for a more civilised meal.
The Chinese visa issue was a big one for many guests, We opted to get a visa so had no problems leaving the ship in Shanghai. Chinese officials however denied entry to a number of passengers - even though technically they didn’t need a visa. Celebrity had sent confusing emails about this, but in the weeks before stressed the need for a visa. We complied and had an amazing day in Shanghai.
We took one ship tour as it included free time, all other tours were organised via our roll call. Tours in Japan are not as easy to organise as in other parts of the world and are quite expensive. Distance from some ports is also an issue, so for some a ship tour may be best.
The cruise director was one of the best we’ve had. We found the variety of shows in the main theatre very good. The drummers, acrobats, pianist and the male vocalist were standouts. Daytime entertainment on sea days was poor.
Overall, Celebrity lived up to its reputation as a premium line in the mainstream market.
Huge aft balcony with a wonderful view of the wake. Plenty of shade and very private. We loved this part of the ship.
Furnishings were in excellent condition, bathroom is small but functional. Ship supplied toiletries are in large containers that leave no room for your own in the shower.
Booked a tour to visit the volcano island Sakurajima which had a small eruption as we approached.
Surprised by the affluence of the city, variety of architecture and overall vibrancy.
Would have liked longer here as there’s so much to see.View All 25 City Tour Reviews