We are in our 60;s and pretty active. We opted for this cruise as the itinerary was far more interesting then the usual carribean . It included the Caymans, Cartegena, Panama, Costa Rica , Cozumel. I would have really appreciated 1 more port such as Belize or Havana (guess not possible) Have always loved Celebrity and the combination of tradition and value, especially on the millennium class ships (not too big or busy) I personally have no interest in the glitzy Edge class.But I suspect that Celebrity may have other plans for the millenniums. The Connie was very tired and in absolute need of a retro fit. Ship shape did not apply as varnish was sadly lacking, as was paint and black mold on most windows in the pool area (really?) Service, food quality and serving was very hit and miss. 1 evening we waited for almost 1 hr from appetizers until dinner. I do get that it takes time to retrain new staff and to return to former high expectation standards. My informal survey found most had been with Celebrity for 10 dy to 6 mo -- that is pretty green. Much of the staff were definitely trying hard and achieving. We were told the ship was at only 60% capacity and that was all they could handle. But the traditional value was missing. Everything, including the cruise cost was expensive. We used a cruise credit ( we cancelled due to C-19 on the Infinity) and then found the credit could ONly be used for fare (we lost almost all the onboard credit) And it could only be used for the rack rate (vacationstogo show the rack rate vs the Deal rate) & the difference can be huge. So we paid more then a 25% premium vs the similar Infinity & a parallel 11 nite itinerary. We upgraded to concierge - never again, Entertainment was the usual Celebrity hit / miss but they seem to do much better with the smaller acts ie acoustic guitar / classical ensembles. I rarely take ship shore excursions as they tend to be boring & constricting.
Grand Caymans - on our own, visited the Rum distillery , Great time and exceptional product with a real usp (aged underwater)
Cartagena - beautiful but busy & sketchy areas - on our own, took a taxis to the Monastery & fort - The taxi driver shared photos of his family with us. Day 2, we toured, on our own, Old Town - truly beautiful. I felt for the hawkers all selling the same stuff (poverty) but i would not engage & say Gracias - Non & it was fine. There were some police at a bldg and i was curious & made motions to ask if i could enter ? She was a young policewoman & took us for a tour of what turned out to be the police detachment ! It was fun as she tried to explain the medals and rankings plus the history, alll in Spanish!.
balc 8 deck - great staff but room was so/so. Supposedly bigger then std but i cold not detect the difference but the concierge cost was substantial