Last cruise aboard Celebrity was 9 years ago..
Thursday Feb 20th.-- travel by car to Quebec City (4 hours) Stayed at Cofortel for a Park and Fly . Close to the airport. $194.
Friday Feb 21st.-- Taxi fare paid by hotel. 11:30 flight to Montreal. 16:30 flight to Fort Lauderdale.. Sat in the last seats on plane. Travel with airmiles. 20:30-- Uber from FLL to Airbnb at Diana beach area $13.65. Cost for one night Airbnb $120. Canadian funds. Small room but the price was right. Safe area. Some noise from airport.
Walked to The Field Irish Pub and Eatery, 15 minutes.. Good meals, live entertainment. Walked back and bought 2 bottles of wine at a Publix Grocery store..
Saturday Feb 22nd. -- My birthday. Walked to Publix and bought pastries and orange juice for breakfast. Took Uber to Cruise terminal around 11am. $10.85. Clean car..
When we got to cruise port around 11:45, there was a lineup. We joined in the group. After 30 minutes the lineup was quite significant.. Rumors of problems with scanning equipment. When the line started to move for boarding, it was surprising quick to get inside. More chaos inside but we finally got onboard around 1 o'clock . Room Bernardo our room steward was there to greet us.. Nice guy..
Went for a couple of drinks at the top deck.. We do not have a drinking package .. The personnel tried for a couple of days to sell a drink package.. Intimidation was felt. We do not go on vacation to drink, we can do that at home..
Went for dinner at main dining room. We did not return for the entire trip. Food was just so-so. One half of the couple we were sitting with from Pittsburg was really negative and we choose not to get in this environment again.
Show(Topper) in the main theater was good 4.3/5.. Slept good, high winds, rough seas. Checked patio and this was when we realized that the deck below (5) us was a meeting place for smokers.. our balcony smell of cigarette smoke for around 90% of the entire cruise.I need to do a better room research next time.
Sunday Feb.23rd.-- Key West-- nice day, Got off ship and walked to a live cam at a bar not far from ship. Called our son and did a live stream on Messenger. Waved to our grand daughter . walked around for a couple of hours. Bought a 8 pack of Coke and brung back to ship. Had lunch. Went back to shore. Had a few drinks at Hog breath bar. live music
was excellent. Packed house. Picked up some gift . Ship left at scheduled time.
Le Petit Chef for dinner ..Glad we did it. Show was good. Food OK. 4/5..
Comedian (Derrick Cameron) was good. 4.2/5.. another good nights sleep.
Monday Feb 24th. Sea day. got some sun first thing in a.m. finally sinked in that I am on vacation . Ate at buffet rest of trip. Good variety. Rough seas . Broadway cabaret in main theater. not for me. 2/5 Slept good
Tuesday Feb.25th.-- Costa Maya.. took a cab to Tropicante. 8$ for the 2 of us. Had some loungers in the shade. Raphael and Miguel both excellent at keeping us in the loop. bucket of 6 beers for $15. had fish tacos and roll . had a 1 hour massage for $30.Beach was clean. Went back to port area around 2p.m. Watched cruisers coming back on ship from deck 5.. 2 other ships in port. some of them over indulged on their consumption.
Bubley night from 3 signers in main theater was OK. 3/5 My wife actually enjoyed all venues and music around the ship better than me.. She would rate all from good to excellent.
Wed. Feb 26th. Cozumel. 5 other cruise ships in port.. 8 dollars to go to town. walked around.Hot and humid. Vendors can be intimidating. No eye contact. Senior Frogs swim with plenty of fishes. couple of beers. Got ripped off at the local Maga superstore. Bought a bags of chips for 60 cents u.s. gave 2 dollars and my change was given at a poor woman near cashier even though she did not touch it. Called for assistance and was given a guilt trip that I should support poor people. Religious thieves. was not ticked off , was just an experience. funny even..
Back on ship, booked anytime dining . food still not to the buffet quality. Had a bottle of wine in our room on return. gift for 35th anniversary marriage. Also a Equinox magnet gift.
Life in main theater was good 3.9/5 . Great nights sleep.
Thursday Feb 27th.-- Grand Cayman- tender to port. went to Paradise restaurant . My wife had a drink and ordered some tacos. I went to swim with the fishes near restaurant. plenty of colorful fishes. bought 2 bottles of liquor from Butterfield. Went to Sharkezz bar for a bucket of beer. Best port because nobody trying to sell us stuff. Main theater comedian Dave Burleigh was excellent 4.5/5 .
Friday Feb.28th.-- sea day . too cold for sitting on top deck. Started packing suitcases.
Saturday Feb.29th. -- did our own disembarkation . out of ship quickly. Had 10 cents charged to our credit card. that was what was left of the $375 OBC. Cab to airport 10 dollars. Terminal 2 Air Canada and Delta way to full. Bad day for travel. we were suppose to land in Quebec City at 6:10 pm but only got in Quebec at 3:15 am. Staye at Cofortel again. Delays were not mechanical so we will try to get compensated with new rules on delayed flights.
Suiday Feb.29th.-- Drove home to our waiting Yorkie Kiwi. Poor little dog had to go to the vet while we were gone. Nothing to serious, antibiotics and xrays for $240.
All in all we will definitely try to get a room were we don't have to breath second hand smoke on our next cruise. we did a couple of weeks at resort hotels and Cruising is still our preferred vacation deal.
Vendors are tenacious
Tropicana was good