We booked this a few months ago after reading how it was going COVID-wise on cruise ships. Cruise was so good that we booked a B2B and got a certificate for another. We were in Aqua cabin 9112. Please feel free to ask questions.
- COVOD Testing. Flying to San Diego from Florida a few days early meant we needed to do the tests away from home. We purchased three of the Celebrity recommended Antigen tests. The wait for a monitor was never more than a minute. Based on the accent and roosters crowing in the background, we guessed our monitors were in Indonesia or the Philippines. Our tests were negative confirmed by an email an hour later. The following day the results were on the Florida Department of Health app.
- Boarding was a breeze. Uploading everything early really sped up the process. We were asked for passports and COVID results three times before boarding. We were in our cabin 23 minutes after walking on the pier. All except five minutes were spent walking, not waiting. Seapass cards were on the door and we were able to access the cabins immediately. I am sure this was aided by having less that 750 passengers on board. We noticed several cabins where the seapass cards were still on the door. We later learned that the Southwest Airlines slowdown caused several to miss sailing.
Cabin is under the carpeted area aft of the ice cream bar in Oceanview. Every other day, we thought we heard something rolling above the room. This is the first time we sailed in a revolutionized M-class ship. The changes were all positive and well received. Our room steward, Jhayson, from the Philippines was the best we have experienced (> 20 cruises). The room was so good that we booked it for a future B2B. We will wait list for 1140 in the event its current occupant decides to cancel.
Tender port with an interesting background. Took the X sponsored 45 minute tram tour of Avalon. It was worth it.