After several cancelled bookings we decided to take this cruise after seeing many sail without any issues. The safety protocols did not detract from the cruise and I applaud the level of detail they have gone to in order to keep everyone safe. We were not permitted to leave the boat in St. Maarten without taking a Celebrity guided tour--but no big deal since the ship was only 38% capacity--plenty of room to enjoy time on board. (The interesting thing was RCCL ships were permitted to tour on their own in that port--we were not?)
What truly made this cruise stand out was the cheerfulness of the crew. Everyone was happy, smiling and very engaging--loved it! The only critique I have on the ship is the design of the Martini bar---way too small--needs to be at least 330 degrees. Most seats faced away from the entertainment. I like the design on the Solstice class ships much better. The second critique is the music at the atrium. They rotated two acoustical groups, which were very good---but not very upbeat. The atrium was pretty dead the entire time other than when the DJ or the silent disco was happening. The atrium is a great area--but let's make it a bit more upbeat.
We sailed on a Concierge infinite balcony --some pro's and some cons as I'm sure you've all read about--but overall a beautiful room. The food was absolutely amazing--the best we have had on any of our 25+ cruises. Each dining room is a unique experience--like getting specialty dining for free. And Raw on 5, wow, food and staff was amazing!!!
Room was great--extremely clean--like new. The space for hanging long dresses etc. was a bit tight--only half the area of the Solstice ships.
Many stores downtown were closed (temporarily or permanently due to pandemic). The day we were there it was like a ghost town--1 boat at port.