We chose this cruise to see Antarctica. We had been booked originally with HAL but after doing an EXC Holland America cruise through the Pacific last April we decided to cancel. We wanted a cruise that had some entertainment for the many sea days. This was our first cruise on Celebrity and we were very happy with most things.
Our cabin was nice on the 10th floor mid ship Concierge class. I don't think I would bother with Concierge class again, it's the same as an ordinary balcony cabin and the so called extra perks were not worth the extra money. We had to ask our steward for better towels as the ones we had were threadbare, not deluxe fluffy ones as stated. Everything we paid extra for was standard in a HAL balcony. The website gives a lot of extra perks but in reality when you get on board the list has been cut by half.
The weather on the cruise was perfect. We had calm seas, sunshine and warmth. The previous cruise had fog and rough weather. Captain Leo was amazed at the difference and said that in 11 cruises he's done to Antarctica it was the best he'd experienced. Weren't we lucky!
We liked how the Captain interacted with the passengers and kept us fully up to date from the bridge. Alejandro the cruise director was amazing with his banter and had everyone laughing and enjoying themselves. He just doesn't stop and it's a pity his assistants don't have that natural ability. Cecelia Garland the naturalist on board was fantastic, so knowledgeable and able to communicate her love of nature to everyone. The other presenters knew their stuff but were so boring.
The entertainment was great, provided by both guest artists and resident troupe. The band is incredible and can play anything asked of them. We never missed a show. Entertainment around the ship was generally good. Bingo was overpriced, boring and not enough games. The glassblowing also overpriced.
Food on the ship was plentiful and of good quality. We ate in the dining room and had 4 specialty dinners. Tuscan Grille was the best with good steaks,soups, entrees and dessert. The restaurant is at the back of the ship where we watched whales and seals playing in the wake , icebergs going past and a beautiful sunset, it rounded off a perfect day in Antarctica. Qsine was also fun with good food. We went to Murano for Valentines Day and I had to send back the lamb it was so tough. The atmosphere there was like a men's smoking club and we couldn't wait to leave. The staff were snobbish and made you feel like you shouldn't complain about sub standard food. Not the romantic dinner we envisaged.
The shore excursions were overpriced like all cruise ships. We found that if you just got off the ship the prices were less than half that the ship was charging or even less.
The staff on the ship were fantastic. Nothing was a problem. They had happy smiling faces and most had been with the line for a number of years so that tells you that the company must be good to work for. We did a tour of the kitchens and everything was spotless. The staff worked as a team and there seemed to be no problem in preparing thousands of meals a day. Freshness is the key and anything out over 4 hours is thrown out (incinerated).
We would happily do another cruise with Celebrity and we hear the Eclipse will be coming down to Australia after it's refit so we'll look for a cruise that suits us..
Balcony cabin midship. Good location near library and lifts. Average size for a cruise ship, plenty of storage, cases fit under bed. Didn't like that the walls stepped in, cut down on space. Lounge hard and uncomfortable.
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Walked around the town, went to a nice cafe for lunch, thought you were in an english village. People on the cruise went to a farm, very disappointed.
Walked around the city seeing the sights, easy to do. Vibrant place, saw dancers and bands in the street. Good shopping. Went to the Market Hall restaurants near the port. Lively with music, racks of lambs and steaks cooking and a huge choice of food - loved it!