Sail Date: August 2016 Destination: Bermuda Embarkation: Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
I was very pleased with this cruise from beginning to end. The ship was just beautiful. I was particularly impressed with the attention to details. Fresh flowers in the lounge areas for example. The ship is not too big. I never felt crowded except on day #2 when EVERYONE was at the pool. (LOL). Our stateroom (oceanview #3130) was very comfortable. Nice big window gave a beautiful view. The bed was super comfy. Our bathroom was larger than we expected. Excellent housekeeping staff. The crew was so friendly throughout the ship. We enjoyed most of the shows. The two comedians were fantastic. The three singing/dancing shows were very well done. Lots of talent on one stage. The only show we didn’t care for were the divas 3. We were very impressed with the service and food in the dining room. We did not visit any of the specialty restaurants. We did have the classic drink package and just about everything we wanted was included. So easy. We never waited longer than a More minute at any bar. We loved the rooftop terrace on deck 12. We spent almost an entire day in a cabana! Nice touch to be able to watch the olympics while relaxing in paradise.
Shore excursions: Kayaking (excellent) — White night sail on “Rising Son” catamaran (excellent) – Shuttle to Hamilton arranged by Celebrity (pricey for what we got) – rented scooters (would not do again). Snorkeled at Church Bay (a postcard beach) – and also at Snorkel Bay (not a bad choice for day #3) as it’s close to the ship. However, the beach is average at best.
cons: We also had difficulty finding a pool chair as nobody enforced the “30 minute” rule despite seeing this policy posted on cards in the pool area. Celebrity needs to enforce this rule.
We were also bothered several times by wandering groups of young teenagers. They were loud, disrespectful and disorderly. To our surprise, no crew members were asking them to act appropriately. This was very surprising, as the rest of the passengers and crew were very kind, respectful and pleasant.
Also, the disembarkment went well until we had to wait almost 45 minutes in customs lines. I’m sure this was not the fault of Celebrity. But, it left a sour taste after such a nice cruise.
Overall, we highly recommend Celebrity. We booked our next cruise before leaving the ship. Well done!! Less