From checking in at Stansted to boarding at Tenerife it was all "plain sailing" excuse the pun. We hardly had a queue for embarkation and were taken straight to our cabin and our cases were already there, so we dumped out hand luggage and went on a tour of the ship. Although a smaller ship the Celebration had the traditional wrap around promenade deck which was lovely to walk around especially after each meal - a lovely way to keep off the pounds.
The cabin was larger than we were expecting two single beds and two pull down bunks, four wardrobes, in cabin safe, dressing table and chair and chest of drawers - ample storage room for four people. The bathroom was larger than on our previous cruise. The only downside to the cabin was that they only supply soap and shampoo no shower gel so we had to buy some from the shop on board.
The food was plentiful in both restaurants and we found we used the buffet restaurant most as you could eat as much or as little as you want, although the food was served to you I think this was to prevent the norovirus as there had been an outbreak on other ships at the time and we did notice a heightened awareness of hand cleaning and sanitizers all around the ship.
The swimming pools were of a decent size although the shortage of sun beds on sea days is the usual problem. The entertainment team were great the the shows in the evening a very good quality particularly the African show. The guest entertainers were OK a bit hit and miss. Day time activities were plentiful, bingo, quizzes etc.
The spa was OK only had a manicure which cost £25 about the price as at home so not as bad as some ships, the sauna was free as was the gym.
There are a few shops on board as well as duty free. The great bonus on this ship is the Cinema which on the sea day from Morocco which was when we had bad weather was a great treat.
We had two formal nights you were given a time to sit down to dinner and the times were alternated so that everyone had an early and a late sitting. It was lovely to dress up as the previous cruise was a very informal affair.
Our ports of call in the Canaries were OK not much to see at the ports but if you have been to the islands before like we have the tours to the beaches were a bit pricey and not worth it so on port days we just got off walked around the ports for an hour or so then relaxed on deck.
Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our time on the Celebration all staff were friendly the Captain was very visibly dining in the restaurant and always stopping to talk to passengers as he walked passed. Would definitely recommend doing the bridge tour which is free I don't know if this is new but they did this on the day in Madeira and only 6 of us booked it but it was well worth the hour very informative meeting with the ships officers on the bridge.
Madeira was great we went on the cable car and down in the sleds it costs E10 on cable car each and E33 for 3 people on the sleds they only take you half way down the mountain so a cab the rest of the way is about E18, but this is a one off trip so worth the money, it is easy to do on your own follow port road all the way along the front heading towards the green towers which is the bottom of the cable car you cant go wrong.
526 great cabin near the lifts largest we have had four wardrobes in room safe plenty of room for 4 people two chairs dressing table didn't feel too small when we were all in it which was two adults and 15 and 16 yr old (size of four adults really). Would recommend this cabin as we had no rocking even in the bad weather I use the laundry on deck 3 (two below us) to iron a shirt and the corridor was narrower and you could feel the ship movement much more so would definitely recommend deck 5.
Lots of shops but very expensive now much more expensive than at home so not worth getting off for, the trip to the beaches in the south costs about E50 each way by cab.
Lovely town plenty to see, cable car ride and sled down mountain good experience worth doing this yourself.