This was our 4th Celebrity cruise (29th overall for me, 30th overall for my husband) - we'd previously sailed on Equinox (sister ship), Constellation, and Apex. We had cancelled a Bermuda cruise on Celebrity Summit in June 2022, so this cruise was what we rebooked instead. We had never done a Transatlantic cruise and all of the port stops were new for us.
Travel to Embarkation Port
Our cabin was 62** (Obstructed View Veranda - Category V3 - unobstructed horizon view but you look down on lifeboats).
Cabin décor & size - 194 sq ft plus larger than standard 54 sq ft veranda. It was a decent size for a longer cruise. We certainly made use of our oversize balcony, and with the overhang plus being angled toward aft, the balcony had very good wind protection. Cabin décor was modern with neutral gray color scheme.
Cabin location & proximity to ship features - Our cabin was on port side of deck 6 just slightly aft of the center stairs. It was an excellent location, convenient to dining and lounges on decks 4 and 5, as well as directly up to the Oceanview Café on deck 14.
- Comfortable queen bed with plush linens
- Sitting area with sofa and small table
- Desk with chair. At the desk were 1 European power outlet and 2 US power outlets. No other outlets/ports elsewhere in the cabin.
- Hanging closet had no shelves inside.
- Storage outside the closet was a bit lacking. Central unit under TV had three small drawers for clothes plus the safe and the minibar. Above the bed there were two cabinets.
- Suitcases fit under the bed. Each side of the bed has a nightstand with two or three open shelves. Each side had a wall mounted light.
- Bathroom had a large curved glass door shower (no tub), narrow vanity area with a large bowl sink, an under sink open shelf plus 3 little drawers, and floor to ceiling storage shelves enclosed by glass (upper) and wood (lower) on the right side of the sink/vanity.
- 2 hooks on wall outside the bath
- Interactive large flat screen TV but TV offers only pay movies & very limited selection of live channels.
Self touring: We walked around the very charming town of Cobh visiting the Lusitania Peace Memorial, Titanic Experience, Titanic Memorial Monument & Memorial Garden, and Cobh Cathedral. Ate lunch at Leonardo’s Café & Bistro - Scott had the smoky chicken panini and I had the Mediterranean prawns and calamari. Stopped for a gelato cone from Scoops. Finished our day in Cobh enjoying the delightful spring weather in John F. Kennedy Park (also known as The Prom), watching the locals and their cute dogs, and listening to the Cobh Chorale Trail festival.
Self touring: Took free port shuttle to Portland Castle. After touring, took shuttle back to ship and took the other free port shuttle to Weymouth. Had lunch at Bennett’s Fish & Chips and then walked around for a bit before taking shuttle back to ship. Cute seaside area and it was another beautiful spring day. Would have liked a little more time to explore.
Private excursion: We had arranged for 8am-6pm Overlord Tours Normandy Private Tour #9. 995 euros for up to 8 people - we split this tour with 3 other couples from our CC roll call (although one had to cancel the cruise so it was just the 2 other couples actually joining us for the tour). Our tour guide and van driver was Guillaume. Our first stop was at Omaha Beach (Colleville-Sur-mer) where the 1st infantry division landed. Our second stop was the American Cemetery. Our 3rd stop was just a drive-by at Omaha Beach (Saint-Laurent-sur-mer) where the 23rd infantry division landed. Then, we had lunch at Le Cremaillere. After lunch, our 4th stop was Pointe du Hoc. Our 5th and final stop was the town of Bayeux where we had a brief amount of time to visit the Bayeux Cathedral. Our guide gave us a great amount of information, along with showing us maps and photos, to understand the historical sites we visited. We were extremely fortunate to again have perfect spring weather which our guide told us was usually not the case for visiting Normandy sites.
Since we only had 1 day here, we decided to stick to the Kings Wharf area and spent our time in the Royal Naval Dockyard.
We spent 3.5 hours touring the National Museum of Bermuda, including the Commissioner’s House and the 16 acre grounds with 7 bastions.
Had lunch at the Frog & Onion Pub.
Did shopping at the Bermuda Art Center.