As we were leaving home Celebrity changed the embarkation port from a Singapore to Dubai and dropped the Phuket port call All this was due to the evolving Covi-19 epidemic.
Onboard we were maybe at two-thirds occupation due to the cancellations. This meant that everything was much easier than expected - no pressure on sun beds, dinner times, buffet or the theatre.
The staff were excellent and we enjoyed a fabulous cruise. After many sea days (4);we arrived at Columbo, Sri Lanka. This and all subsequent port dates were unaffected by the new itinerary. The ships’ excursions were the best we’ve ever been on.
The food was excellent as was the service in the restaurant.
The passengers onboard were mainly from UK, US, Canada and the EU.
We never felt at all at threat from the Coronavirus at any time, though the precautions taken were very thorough.
This was our first cruise with Celebrity having previously travelled with P&O, Cunard and a Princess.
The only ‘complaint’ we had was the incessant attempt to increase the money spent onboard. The cost of WiFi and drinks packages was exorbitant, higher than even on Cunard.
Obviously lots of fellow passengers had these packages included within their original purchase or maybe as a result of loyalty perks. Another example of ridiculous charges would the cost of studio photographs. A minimum charge of €900 for a nice photograph is simply ridiculous.
We have a fabulous photo taken by a professional photographer at the Taj Mahal after our cruise for the astonishing charge of €2 and it was superb!
The cruise director, Luiginano, deserves special mention. His vivacious approach kept everyone happy and he even on the dockside in Dubai wishing passengers a happy journey home.
Regrettably passengers on the following cruise on Constellation were not so fortunate. The ship apparently reached Mumbai and was then forced to disembark all its passengers to find their own way home.
Overall I think Celebrity did a fabulous job in very difficult circumstances.
Soon it should be reaching dry dock in Europe for a refit. It would be inter3sting to see what those changes turn out to be.
Can others on the forum please update us when she comes out of the refit.
A superb cabin as it included all the space that verandah cabins have inside and on their balconies. I5 was 40% bigger than we expected it to be.
The view through the large window was good.