This was our first Celebrity cruise. We have been on both Carnival and Royal Caribbean. I would say the Celebrity is a notch above these other lines.
Embarkation: The embarkation went very smooth. The only hitch was the passengers from the previous cruise got off the ship late so we were late getting on the ship. Once we were allowed to begin, things went very smoothly. We were greeted with champagne or orange juice.
Public Rooms: Everything was very clean and well lit. The casino was very pleasant and had a great selection of slots and table games. We enjoyed the single deck Black Jack Table. The slot tournament was not very well organized and took a very long time to complete. The various bars on board were very nice. Prior to dinner each night they had soft dance music playing in the Rendez-Vous Lounge. The wait staff in this lounge was excellent. We barely got seated when they came to take our orders. After dinner we had drinks at the Martini Bar and that was very quiet and relaxing. Another quiet bar was Michael's. A quiet piano bar. The Water Fall bar was wonderful. Far aft on the ship it was a relaxing place to watch the sea go by. In the evenings there usually was a gentleman playing music and singing. We did not go into the Revelations bar in the evenings as we aren't "into" pop music. However, others who went there during the evening said it was tons of fun. We did go into this area during the day for some of the trivia games. We also sat there and watched the sea go by as there are windows overlooking the bow of the ship. It was also a quiet place to read and relax when no contests were going on. The Emporium Shops were some of the nicest shops I've seen on a cruise ship. The only confusing thing was trying to find sunscreen, lip balm, Tylenol etc... these were found where the alcohol was sold. Odd place to put these items.