We chose this cruise, frankly, because it was very inexpensive. Cheap is always a good inducer for me. We chose an inside guarantee for this Alaska northbound cruise. We were fine with the inside room that we were assigned. A balcony would have been nice but we like going out onto the ship and meeting people. There are plenty of viewing areas on this ship.
Being first time Celebrity cruisers, we were unsure of what to expect. This is a small, older ship but it was very nice and kept up. We loved the heated pools in the Solarium area. The weather was mostly always cool, hoodie or even light coat weather, so the Solarium pools were perfect. The pool and hot tubs are salt water. There were lots of activities to keep us busy (trivia, dance lessons, games) so the entertainment team did their job well. The at night entertainment was great, the one night we got to see it. We had no choice but the 6:00 dining time, so we missed the 7:00 show and we're in by 9 to sleep by 10. This is a beef I have with all cruise lines, if you have to dinner at 6:00 in the MDR, why can't shows start at 7:30?
Food in MDR was awesome, breakfast in the MDR was good but choices seemed limited. On the other hand, breakfast at the buffet was awesome, lunch and dinner, so so. We aren't big drinkers so the packages aren't worth it for us. We bring small bottles to add to OJ at breakfast, vodka and rum to add to free lemonade, fruit punch, apple juice and some days, free Passion Orange Guava (POG). We didn't drink much and we didn't buy a soda all week. Iced and hot teas are available free. Staff in both areas were superb. The buffet area was also kept very clean with sanitizer offered at the entry ways.