This was our first European cruise.
Let me start with on board embarkment. How easy was that? We had the concierge class balcony room and were assured first on. We arrived at noon and were escorted directly to champagne and access to the ship wherever we wanted to go.
We walked along many of the common area decks to the "buffet" area. This is no ordinary "buffet" There were many stations with many different types of food. Indian, Mexican, Italian, English, paninni sandwiches and more. Fancy desserts, ice cream (not ice milk). All of which were equally very good.
We then toured on our own to see the specialty restaurants, took pictures while no one was there and went to see the ship stores. From regular everyday ship stores to fancy boutiques. Something for everyone.
Onto our room for a wonderful surprise. Roomy, big bathroom, large deck with lounge chairs, big table, champagne and fruit. Bed was comfortable, room stewards were great!!!
Solarium for 18 and over was great! small pool for just wading or small dips, nice fresh organic food(even though we are not very organic, it was good! Places to lay down, covered secluded areas and hot tubs. Soft music. RESTFUL.
Standard pool area for everyone. Not loud. Only draw back was not enough seating for everyone. No kiddie pool which was needed. Days at sea consisted of kids at the pool.
Dining room was very elegant and food was good, not great as we expected. Smaller portions were okay but needed to be hotter. Wait staff accommodating.
The only specialty restaurant we ate at was the Tuscan Grille, You have to go. The food was out of this world!!Especially the steak(filet mignon) Service was second to none!! andy the view was outstanding.
Even the Captains crew were very helpful and smiling.
The coffee bar was great. Cappucinos everyday with free pastries was a nice place to sit and relax.
The waiters were not pushy for drinks. If you wanted one, they would help you. No drink of the day, no sell, sell, sell.
The drink package is worth it. We chose the premium package and did not over do it, it was worth not worrying about a bar bill at the end.
We do have many comments about the ports of call but will have to complete another section for that.
Disembarkement was slow even though we were suppose to be first off but we were able to get to our plane in plenty of time.
We can only say that our expectations of this Celebrity ship were met and have decided this is now our the Solstice class of Celebrity is our cruise line of choice
Room 1205. Mid ship,port side, quiet near the library.
Rome is just wonderful. Were able to see St. Peter's Basilica, the collessium, Trevie Fountain and experience a "real italian meal" at the Hotel Savoy. Only draw back was not enough time to see it all. The Sisteen chapel was closed as it was Sunday so we go to see the Boreghese museum . We will be going back.
Small fishing village. Very old town. Old church, monastery. nice to see once. NOt going back there.
Took a night time, romantic gondola ride. Although the canals are scummy, the grand canal was wide and clear. Traditional italian tenor and accordion player serenades you for a 25 minute ride. Had wonderful "REAL" pizza and homemade wine at a trattoria.. nothing beats real pizza. Next day saw Doges Palace and St. Marks square. Tours were not long enough. Needed more time to take it all in. Water taxis can be very slow.
The new area of Dubrovnik appears to be geared towards money Yachts, boats etc. Took a ride into the mountains for a wonderful view of the "old city". We were able to see the mountains that were Croatia on one side and Serbia on the other. Old churches, palaces and sidewalks. See it once at least.
Ride along the Amalfi coast to Poinzitano. What a view. Great village. Built into the mountains almost like a tier. Then off to Sorrento. You have to buy something lemon there. The lemons are as big as grapefruits. Food was great!! The off to Pompeii. Now that is really something to see. Again, not long enough. Need more time to take it all in. Will go back there again.
Okay...you have to see the leaning tower of Pisa. And once you see it, no need to see it again. It is just what you think it would be. Leaning! Off to Florence to see beautiful churches from the 1200's and another traditional Italian lunch.
The tour was awful. 1.5 hours to see nothing but traffic and dirty city. Saw one cathedral. Had about 30 minutes there and it was not great! Got to see the outside of the Palace de Longchamps. Nothing else. Took us into marseille for another 30 minutes. Very dirty city, rude people and will never go back!