My husband and I joined the cruise late because of bad weather, so we joined at the the first port of call, St Thomas. The embarkation was great, very quick and very personal once we contacted a member of the crew (the Cruise Director, who was great - very efficient and helpful).
Boat very good - pleasant cabin, attractive public areas, clean and nicely decorated for Christmas. Lots of places to lie in the sunshine although those in the shade were at a premium!! Staff excellent - helpful and very friendly everywhere. Customer Relations were particularly good - never had to wait to speak to someone and issues resolved quickly and efficiently.
Itinerary good - we enjoyed every stop. We took ship's tours in 3 ports and they were good -reasonably priced, well organised, and covered what was promised in tour description.
Lovely pool - unusually, big enough to swim - most cruise ships have pools only big enough for a dip and to cool off. Also, a wonderful thalassotherapy pool, with targetted jets of water and wonderful side areas to lie on the jets - really fabulous.
Entertainment generally good and varied - 2 excellent comedy singers, comedy magician and juggler all good. We did not see the crew shows - not our kind of thing. Otherwise very little in the way of talks or enrichment - just lots of trivia quizzes. Library seemed poor - but we did get on late so we might have missed the best contents!!
The only real downside was the food which was not up to the usual Celebrity standard. At dinner, some of the offerings were very odd - a good example was the duck served with French toast - that didn't work well, as you might expect. Also, some of the dishes were poor, with very few of them good to excellent. We sent back 1 or more dishes uneaten at about 75% of meals - normally we would never send anything back. The restaurant staff were great - very concerned when something wasn't up to standard, which was often. The main restaurant was never open for lunch on land days and never offered afternoon tea - which meant often that the buffet was the only option. Also, the food in the buffet was OK but not at all special. My husband enjoyed the Asian food but it was too spicy for me. I was trying to eat lightly, to avoid adding weight, and that was very difficult. The worst food was in the pool grill - my hamburger was just a grease sandwich!!!! The saving grace was the Aquaspa cafe which did excellent low-calorie and tasty breakfasts and lunches.
Celebrity need to get their act together - I was talking to passengers on another Celebrity boat in December and they also said the food was poor - not sure if it is cheap ingredients or poor menus and recipes to blame
Pleasant enough, plenty of storage, decent shower although shower curtain wanted to join you!! One oddity - when we joined, there were clean clothes in the closet, not ours!!!! They were removed promptly but no reason given for their presence.
Beautiful island - lovely views from high points over Charlotte Amalie and Magens Bay. I would recommend taking a trip to St John which is absolutely spectacular and not developed - the most lovely beaches I have seen in the Caribbean!
Nelson's Dockyard is the highlight - lovely building in a beautiful setting. Fabulous classic view from Shirley Heights. St John, the capital, is good for shopping - be warned, the Cathedral is closed for renovation.
For me, not very interesting compared to many islands, and expensive. Bathsheba and the East Coast is spectacular to see but swimming is not possible because it is so stormy. We visited Orchid World and Tyrol Cot - quite pleasant but not spectacular
Lovely island with masses to see. Recommendations are:- Soufriere - the view of the Pitons is fantastic, probably the most spectacular view in the Caribbean. Interesting bubbling pools and volcanic area, cocoa plantation and tropical gardens nearby Marigot Bay - enchanting little bay and a wonderful sandy beach under palm trees to take a swim. Pigeon Point - fabulous Atlantic breakers crashing onto a beach on one side and, 100 yards away, gentle waves and lovely swimming beach Great views from Morne Fortune and Caribelle Batik
Magnificent island with wonderful views and tropical rainforest. Recommendations are the trips to Fort Frederick ( fabulous views), Dougaldston Estate (interesting presentation of fruits and spices), and St George itself (beautiful town with lovely views on both sides of the harbour - make sure you walk through the tunnel to the Carenage). Out tour was great - the very knowledgeable driver stopped in the countryside to show us all of the spices and fruits growing in the fields
Interesting island and quite different from most others because it is a desert ecology, with cacti and dry climate plants. Pretty countryside and lots of interesting rock formations. Beautifully maintained, clean, and tidy island with nice beaches - it would be a good location for a beach holiday as it has excellent snorkelling. Also, very reasonably priced compared to many islands.
Willemstad is beautiful with lovely pastel coloured buildings and excellent shopping. Very interesting waterfront with a moving bridge which opens and closes and is replaced by a ferry when closed. Make sure you walk into the fort - very pretty. Also, keep an eye open for the beatiful coloured birds in the trees.