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10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary, it was the only one offering Venice, Rome and Barcelona. We booked a sky suite and really enjoyed the perks of the suite class. We embarked very smoothly in Venice and took the Celebrity ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary, it was the only one offering Venice, Rome and Barcelona. We booked a sky suite and really enjoyed the perks of the suite class. We embarked very smoothly in Venice and took the Celebrity service from the airport. It was very well executed. The staff on board the Constellation were all very friendly and extremely helpful. Our room was kept absolutely spotless. The sofa and chair in the room were a bit worn but the bed, linens and patio furniture were excellent. Our room was on deck 6 and there was no bothersome noises coming from the hallway, other rooms or other places on the ship. We ate in Luminae almost every night. The wait staff and sommelier were outstanding and the food was excellent. The Constellation staff worked very hard seeing to every single detail. They sent staff into town on the shuttles with signs so they were available for questions and help through out the day. When arriving back at the ship in the heat of the day, staff were standing outside offering ice cold towels and cold fruit infused waters. While sitting around the pool a waiter came around with cups of sorbet for everyone to help cool off. We had a premium beverage package and it was great not having to think about what we were ordering. We enjoyed the martini bar before dinner and never had to wait to be served. We enjoyed every port. Dubrovnik was absolutely beautiful, we took the ship shuttle to town and then hired a spur of the moment private tour in an electric vehicle and saw amazing sights. Civitavecchia, we hired a private driver in advance and saw a tremendous amount of Rome. Livorno, we hired a private driver in advance and were able to see Pisa, Florence and Tuscan Countryside. Toulon, we took the ship boat shuttle to town and had a self guided tour. Lots to see and very easy to accomplish on your own. Barcelona, we extended three days and had a fantastic time. We took an excellent half day group tour from the ship, around town and finally drop off at our hotel. The city is very tourist friendly and easy to navigate by foot. We are already talking about our next cruise and I am hoping it will be on the Constellation. The ship is not new but with only 2,000 guests it is the perfect size. We never had to wait in long lines to get off the ship at ports or to order a drink or coffee at the excellent coffee shop. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2016
We did a 2-B-2 cruise on Equinox July-August from Rome to Barcelona and back. The cruise was absolutely lovely and so close to luxury you can get in a ship for nearly 3000 passengers and affordable price. The ship is in beautiful shape and ... Read More
We did a 2-B-2 cruise on Equinox July-August from Rome to Barcelona and back. The cruise was absolutely lovely and so close to luxury you can get in a ship for nearly 3000 passengers and affordable price. The ship is in beautiful shape and the staff were most of the time effective and courteous. Check-in in Civitavecchia went extremely smoothly as least for the select members of Captain Club. It took less than 15 minutes from handing out the bags to have a glass of sparkling inside the ship. Only problem, as usual in this port, was to get from the railway station to the terminal. There were no taxis available so we took the shuttle to the port and the second to the terminal with all the bags. That went still good but is not exactly a luxurious start for a cruise. The selling of beverage packages is noticeable but don´t let it disturb you. A simple no thank you will do. We did though upgrade our classic package to the premium. The Oceanview cafe was surprisingly quiet in the first day. Sail-away from Civitavecchia is never a highlight of a Mediterranean cruise but was still nice. The first night in the Silhouette Select dining was a bit chaotic as always but easy compared to many other cruise lines. We ate every night in Silhouette Restaurant when not having a dinner in special restaurant. The lovely lady in the door rather quickly learnt where we wanted to be seated after telling her that and the always got a table by Jonathan after that although some night were needed to wait 5-15 minutes. That is still acceptable when remembering the idea of select dining. In two weeks they thought learnt first in the last night that we wanted to have one English and one German menu. The dishes were delivered in the wished order (we always have several starters, sometime a main course pasta as starter as well) which not always happens in other cruise lines. The quality of the food has gone down maybe a bit and there were no gourmet delights but it was always nice. The somelier learnt also quite quickly to fill in the wine glasses in the right moment. The Oceanview cafe offered either no highlights but was edible. The food seems to be quite similar in the lunch and it tends to gets a bit boring in two weeks. We had a look on the dinner buffet as well and it was somewhat disappointing. There were almost every time enough bar staff to bring the drinks as well. Only on some days the cafe was full but still managed always to get a nice table. We visited the Tuscan grill twice. First time was better but it still up to the choices you make from the menu. The quality of the food was not spectacular but the portions were bigger and better than in the MDR. The atmosphere and service is of course more attentive. The Silk Harvest, the Asian restaurant, was a bit disappointing. Everything seemed to be too deep-fried for our taste but it was still a nice change. Murano was not as snobby as it was in our last cruise which was good. Before it was allowed to have only one appetizer and a main course, now you could have as many as you wished. Once again: no gourmet, but better than we others. It was still the only restaurant there I needed to send the portion back while the fish had absolutely too much salt. The problem was dissolved once again promptly and friendly. The wines were nice and with premium package you always pay only the difference when choosing a wine more than 13 USD/glass. Bistro on five was nice for the lunch. It was also the last possibility to have it before it changed into a sushi restaurant. Martini bar is our favorite. The staff was effective but not as entertaining as in some previous cruises. The world class bar was almost quite empty as they don´t cater the classic package at all. The lady in the bar was effective but once again not personally friendly. The pool bars seemed to concentrate on giving out the drinks, not being especially friendly. The guy in the slush bar never said a word but we heard him singing so there was nothing wrong with the voice. Otherwise the concept of Slush is a bit strange. Overpriced frozen drinks were good but served in a horrible throw-away beer mug. And the appearance of Slush could not be less inviting. The singers and dancers were extremely professional but the signature shows Topper and Elysium a bit strange. I guess we haven´t had enough drinks to get into the colorful dreamworld of the makers. Problem is that the shows on Celebrity seem to be too early for the Mediterranean people. If you are eating 20 o’clock you should see the 19 o’clock show. After the dinner there is not too much entertainment left. Sky lounge is not that lively and there was only one pool party per cruise. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
The cruise we went on went to many different ports. That is why we selected it. We have cruised with Celebrity in the past and they really know how to handle so many people. Getting off and on in all the ports was seamless. The food ... Read More
The cruise we went on went to many different ports. That is why we selected it. We have cruised with Celebrity in the past and they really know how to handle so many people. Getting off and on in all the ports was seamless. The food was great as was the staff. The only room for improvement was around the pool, they need more waiters Getting drinks sometimes took more than 20 minutes. And they need more individuals working at guest relations. The lines were always too long. The Assistant Cruise Director Tyler, was terrific! He was in our public meeting area during our disembarkation. It was the most fun I have ever had during a disembarkation. He entertained the crowed and kept us laughing! Definitely a future shinning star for Celebrity! Would definitely take a Celebrity cruise again. They really know how to do cruising! Can't wait for our next one! Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
We were a group of 8 adults, myself and my husband, our 2 daughters together with their boyfriends and my parents. After 3 nights in Rome we boarded the Celebrity Reflection and we just loved the ship from the moment we got on. Me and my ... Read More
We were a group of 8 adults, myself and my husband, our 2 daughters together with their boyfriends and my parents. After 3 nights in Rome we boarded the Celebrity Reflection and we just loved the ship from the moment we got on. Me and my husband went exploring on the first day and eventually found our daughters and their boyfriends (all in their 20s) in the games room which they loved. All the staff were amazing and couldn't do enough for you. The food was really good in the buffet and the main dining room. Each evening in the main dining room my one daughter who is allergic to nuts and my other daughter who is vegetarian were able to order their food for the following night (this was mainly for the nut allergy). Unfortunately there were a few mix ups, especially one night when my daughter's food arrived with an almond slice sitting on top of it. This was quickly rectified though. We never had any problems getting a seat in the buffet restaurant. The entertainment was really good. We went to all the shows in the theatre which we really enjoyed, although depending on where you sat it was sometimes really loud. We also went to the silent disco which was absolutely hilarious. Another night there was a barefoot party on the lawn, which was really good. The only problem with the entertainment anywhere apart from the theatre was that it was always in locations where, unless you were standing at the front, you couldn't see. This seems to be the way that a lot of the cruises are going now and I can't understand why they don't go back to having a show lounge where everyone could see and you could have a good dance. We did a few quizzes and these were good fun. On the days at sea we weren't able to get a sunbed anywhere near the pool where all the entertainment was happening so we weren't able to see this. On the 2nd sea day the only beds we could find were at the front of the ship where it felt like you were sitting in a force 10 gale. We ended up sunbathing on the lawn, which was quite nice as there was piped music up there. In Messina we just walked into the town and watched the clock chiming. I really wish we had gone to Taormina as this was quite boring. In Mykonos we walked into town and had a look around the beautiful narrow white streets, walking to the windmills. We went back to the ship for lunch and then walked to Agios Stefano beach just over the hill to the left of the port. In Kusadasi we got a Taxi to Ephesus and the Virgin Mary's House which cost 20 euros each. Well worth it. We then walked around Kusadasi and did lots of haggling. In Rhodes we looked around the walled town and then went to Elli Beach where there is a diving board. It was fascinating watching the youngsters doing all sorts of back flips etc off the board.. In Santorini we caught a boat round to Oia. The trip included a coach up the hill from the port and then when you've finished walking around Oia it included a coach back to Fira. From there we walked down the steps back to the tenders (nightmare dodging the donkeys and trying not to slip on the steps). In Athens we had booked a tour with Piraeus Express Bus which was wonderful. Our tour guide Anna was so lively and we saw all the sites. In Naples we had booked a tour in Napoli Sotteranea, underground caves and tunnels that used to be used for storing water and were then used as bunkers during the war. Our guide here, Fabio, was excellent and was really funny. Last year we sailed on a Princess ship for the 2nd time and thought that things had really gone downhill, but this was our 2nd time on Celebrity and it is still as good as I remember it. I would thoroughly recommend this ship to anyone thinking of taking a cruise. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
Wow! This is a gorgeous ship. Its very elegant, refined but relaxed at the same time. Really, really clean, people cleaning all the time. The staff were nearly all outstanding (there's always one or two who aren't but not ... Read More
Wow! This is a gorgeous ship. Its very elegant, refined but relaxed at the same time. Really, really clean, people cleaning all the time. The staff were nearly all outstanding (there's always one or two who aren't but not everyone can have a good day everyday). The food in the MDR was good, ditto for the buffet. We ate in Qzine which was great, really inventively presented, amazing table right next to the window (nb if you aren't by the window you are sat very close to your neighbours if you only book a table for two). I loved the little touches like the fact they wait for you at port with iced face towels for when you get back from your excursions etc. The entertainment around the ship was perfect, there was always something going on and if it wasn't to our taste we could just wander to another bar/lounge and find something that was. We always managed to find a nice seat somewhere. We ended up booking a cruise on the sister ship, Solstice, while on board. Definitely recommend this ship. Great itinerary too, going to some places I had always wanted to visit. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
Absolutely perfect cruise in every way, always cruised with other cruise companies but this is by far the best ever that we have done, food accommodation everything was perfect what a lovely beautiful ship. We had a mixed nationality on ... Read More
Absolutely perfect cruise in every way, always cruised with other cruise companies but this is by far the best ever that we have done, food accommodation everything was perfect what a lovely beautiful ship. We had a mixed nationality on our cruise as it was a fly cruise and the best we have done so far. Our cabin was always spotless and replenished. The staff were spot on everywhere very welcoming and inviting, the restaurant check in guy was so pleasant and always gave people there preferred table options, we don't usually go to shows etc. we cruise for the relaxation mainly and this was the most relaxing we have ever had, we are now looking to book another celebrity solstice class cruise in September or October and we wont hesitate to recommend this particular ship to anyone. We met some nice people on board and everyone had a great time, the places we visited were fantastic and good shore times . Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2016
This is a review of our recent wedding onboard Celebrity Reflection. Note: Weddings are booked for and paid for separately to your cruise booking, to a specialist weddings company "The Wedding Experience" That all the cruise ... Read More
This is a review of our recent wedding onboard Celebrity Reflection. Note: Weddings are booked for and paid for separately to your cruise booking, to a specialist weddings company "The Wedding Experience" That all the cruise lines use. After we booked our cruise date and deciding to get married we were directed to the specialist wedding planning company that organises weddings for the cruise lines. Initially i was very apprehensive as I'm a bit of a control freak and wasn't sure what was going on to begin with, the initial paperwork can be a bit daunting especially as in our case we were both divorcees, and everything has to be sent to USA and then onto MALTA for approval, which has to be timed perfectly as there are restrictions on time periods from the paperwork being approved to the actual marriage ceremony..... but once all that was done and confirmed the rest was a lot less complicated. You have a long list of things to choose from that they offer regarding weddings both at sea and ashore or in port before departures, which are all priced individually and they also have special packages for the most popular items, which is what we chose as there was only going to be the two of us, we went with the Nautical Nuptials marriage at sea by the Captain option and the witnesses were provided onboard for us. I have to say I was not particularly impressed with the wedding company because I had to continually chase them up for answers to questions i had and they are not very good at getting back to you in a very speedy manner, which all added to the nerves and stress, as what I didn't realise is that a lot of it i.e. hair, makeup etc can't be confirmed until you are actually onboard, so make sure you have a good idea what you want with regards to hair and makeup, if you have pictures even better as this will help the hairdresser and makeup staff. Everything to do with the wedding organisation onboard is done by the designated wedding co-ordinator onboard the ship and ours (Zsofia Bak) was absolutely amazing! and totally put my mind and fraying nerves at ease from the moment I met her and with less than 24hrs till our marriage! Everything went perfectly and the attention to detail was brilliant, from organising hair and makeup even getting someone to get me into my gown, she even timed my appointments so that my hubby to be, was out of the cabin so that he didn't see me before the ceremony, I had little charms that I wanted on my bouquet and these where incorporated into it. We booked the photographer via the wedding company but they said they were unable to offer a Videographer, so we spoke to celebrity direct and they advised us to contact the company that does all their photos and videos while onboard directly, which we did and we had our wedding videoed too, which we paid direct to the company, and it was a wonderful addition as none of our family were there to share our day, so we now have something to show them. We had our own music and I wanted to enter ceremony/venue too (Blu Restaurant) and Zsofia the wedding co-ordinator had timed my entrance to perfection.. I have to say that Celebrity Reflection, Zsofia, its Captain and its Staff could not do enough for us and made our day the most memorable day it could have been and one we will treasure forever! Special thanks have to go to Zsofia Bak our Wedding Coordinator onboard ship who was one of our witness to our marriage, she really is a credit to the Celebrity Cruise Company, and also a big thanks to the many behind the scenes staff, florist, makeup artist,hairstylists, musicians, photographers, videographer, and not forgetting our fellow passengers that made our day so amazing. :o) Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
Being our first ever cruise we really didn't know what to expect, but from beginning to end it was very well organised with no disruptions. We had been staying in Barcelona in an apartment before the cruise, we hailed a taxi ... Read More
Being our first ever cruise we really didn't know what to expect, but from beginning to end it was very well organised with no disruptions. We had been staying in Barcelona in an apartment before the cruise, we hailed a taxi outside at 11am and by 11.40am we had checked in, boarded and were enjoying a welcome drink on board. Not knowing exactly what to expect we were approached by a member of the crew and invited to sign up for the specialty restaurants dining packages for 5 dinners for $129 extra. We did, and thoroughly enjoyed every dinner at Tuscan Grill, Murano, Silk Harvest and lunch one day at Bistro on 5. Money well spent I think, we really enjoyed all of it, especially Murano. After enjoying lunch in Oceanview Cafe on level 14, there was an announcement around 1pm to inform us that our staterooms were ready. We were on level 3 with an ocean view room, which suited us fine, as the first night out from Barcelona was a little rough, some passengers higher up were suffering from sea sickness. The saying that "the more you pay, the more you sway" was certainly true! I was surprised at the size and comfort of the bed, it was king size, and very comfy. The room itself was hotel quality, we have stayed in smaller hotel rooms. Special thanks to Irena who took care of our room for the entire 11 days, it was always spotless when we returned. The turn down service each night was great with little chocolates on our pillows. Juliia and Alan looked after us in Silhouette dining room when we ate there if not at a specialty restaurant and the food was always plentiful and excellent, with offerings of extra if wanted. Some of our table took extra lobster one night, it was excellent. The entertainers were great, we often sat in Ensemble Lounge after dinner to listen to Jess and Kenton, they were really great. Jayne Curry was on a couple of nights in Equinox Theatre, she is very talented and hilariously funny. We did a few of the shore excursions, we did St Paul de Vence on the first day, Florence on the 2nd, Pompeii and Amalfi Coast, Mykonos, Ephesis in Turkey. The organisation at moving all the people was amazing. With 2800 passengers on board, we always disembarked the ship in no time, on to buses and away. The only thing we didn't like was the pressure of the shopkeepers in Kusadasi, we wanted to buy but the pressure was too much, I had to get out of there. It was the same with the organised tour of Ephesus, it was great, but part of the tour is a visit to a carpet factory back near port where it is more or less compulsory to visit. Our guide told us all we had to visit as it was a part of the tour and we were not to leave. Not knowing, we went along. To begin with it was all okay, very friendly and they put on a display on how silk was woven, then we were ushered upstairs to a large room with seats all around. We watched a woman making a rug, then they closed the doors and we were more or less trapped in there. They displayed many carpets, mats and rugs, always telling us "no pressure", but by the end that couldn't have been further from the truth. They offered us all drinks and a lovely sesame bread, I knew then that the pressure to buy would be escalated. There was approximately 25 or so of us in the room, by the end of the display they had 25 sales people surround us, it was a really uncomfortable experience. I grabbed my wife and we departed, much to the dismay of the carpet people. All in all, it was a very satisfactory cruise, we will be planning another. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
The cruise on Celebrity was our 3rd and we are always impressed with the level of service which is first class. We have both been in the hospitality industry for many years. The food was wonderful and the waiting skills of Batiz and Ever ... Read More
The cruise on Celebrity was our 3rd and we are always impressed with the level of service which is first class. We have both been in the hospitality industry for many years. The food was wonderful and the waiting skills of Batiz and Ever in the Opus Dining Room and the Sommelier, as well as the staff in the Porch Restaurant were extremely efficient, but friendly and courteous. "Mrs" was a qualified chef before retirement and ran her own company. We experienced immense care of all the passengers with such a friendly but reserved attitude. Our cabin was immaculate and nothing was too much trouble and we were welcomed back to it by our stateroom attendant with a real sense "welcome". The entertainment was superb and the shows were first class. We enjoyed the excursions but did find at times they were too much for "Mr" but this was not Celebrity's fault, On the contrary, they did all they could to make our trips enjoyable and possible. (please read next paragraph) My husband is disabled with walking difficulties although he is able to walk a few yards with difficulty. We were made to feel very special and all the Celebrity staff were not only courteous, but went out of their way to make him feel cared for and special, constantly aware that he might need help and providing it. However they never made him feel less capable than any other passengers. This is quite a difficult challenge for any carer, specially staff of a cruise ship, and their attitude was very appreciated. When we went ashore with his mobility scooter the staff would go down the ramp in front of him, steading his decent. When we arrived back at the ship they would quickly come down the ramp and push him up as the ramp was steep and his little scooter (which we needed to take because we were flying to Rome to board the ship) would struggle to cope. Thank you Celebrity for all the kindness you have shown to us both. We have booked our next cruise and although we will need to save very hard to afford it, we would not want to go on any other cruise line. We have been on 2 other cruise lines before trying Celebrity, but would not want to change from this amazing cruise line - once tried never altered. We are extremely pleased that we can sail from Southampton as we live in the New Forest and will not have to fly to get on board. We would only ask that Celebrity never use Easy Jet again as they caused immense difficulties for my husband and I, but Celebrity are well aware of the problems caused by this company. This happened, not only to us, but to many other of their passengers not only those travelling to join their Celebrity ship but to other passengers trying to travel to their holiday destination. Because of our traumatic flight to join the ship, one day late, we were unable to enjoy Rome (we had been there before) and we did not have an opportunity to look around Sicily which was one of the places we really wanted to see. However, this was not Celebrity Cruises fault and their did everything possible to put right the problems we experienced, including booking alternative flights to allow us to get to their first cruise destination. If it had not been for Celebrity we would have lost our cruise. Well done to all the staff especially Becky who did so much to help us with our emergency flights and other arrangements. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
We initially sailed on this ship this past November/December 2015 and I gave the ship a very bad review for many reasons, not just one instance. This trip was booked prior and I was planning on cancelling it due to the horrendous ... Read More
We initially sailed on this ship this past November/December 2015 and I gave the ship a very bad review for many reasons, not just one instance. This trip was booked prior and I was planning on cancelling it due to the horrendous experience we had. The powers to be at Celebrity called me personally after my bad review and spent an hour on the phone listening to issues and I felt, really paying attention. They asked me to try again and give them another chance and honestly I was on the fence, the experience was that bad. We have sailed on more than a dozen Celebrity cruises in the past and that cruise was not up to their standards. As it got closer to the date I was weakening because it was an itinerary I really wanted to go on. And so we did. I am glad we did. The unhappy ship that we were on in November turned itself upside down and you could feel the change, see the change. The service was better, in fact outstanding this time. Some familiar faces in the service area and this time they were happy and smiling. The food was better, except the cafe upstairs, which was ordinary and not really up to Celebrity standards. After a long day of excursions if you arrive back to the ship after 2 pm, food options are limited and not healthy. its a long wait till dinner at 8 pm. They put out cheese, but no cracker, they tell you to use bread. Really? Tea time at 4 pm at least gave us scones and some desserts. Still, not healthy. Would have liked a fruit salad or a green salad option. But that was my only complaint. The Shore Excursion Manager, Ana, went out of her way for us and was class A in our book. The itinerary on this cruise is not for the weak. Every day its an 8-10 hour tour. Much to see and absorb and the next port of call quickly becomes your favorite till you get to the next one and wonder how could it get better. The Dalmatian coast is breathtaking and not to be missed. A full day in Venice was my highlight, having been there before years ago, it was all new to me again as the memory dims. Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik and Kotor were all amazing and I only wish I had the stamina to repeat it again. Isle of Capri is not to missed. Being in Rome many times we wanted to do something different and found a tour "Rome by night". Is was a beautiful new experience that is highly recommended. In the end we were so exhausted by this full itinerary with only one sea day, it took 2 weeks to recover from our "vacation" at home. The only negative I have and its not the ships fault, is so close to the last trip the shows were the same. So mostly we didn't enjoy seeing the same show again and left early. All in all I am glad I caved and did give it another chance as it turned out it was an extraordinary experience and one of the best trips we have had in recent memory. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
We are an American couple in our mid-60’s who were on a B2B in the Mediterranean and Adriatic for a total of 22 nights. We very much enjoyed the first one of our 12-night Mediterranean cruise which started on April 27 from Civitavecchia ... Read More
We are an American couple in our mid-60’s who were on a B2B in the Mediterranean and Adriatic for a total of 22 nights. We very much enjoyed the first one of our 12-night Mediterranean cruise which started on April 27 from Civitavecchia and ended on May 9 in Venice. I posted a summary of that cruise with details about the “Constellation”, food, entertainment, service and the ports called “Very Nice Mediterranean Cruise on Connie” if you’d like to check it out. This review is for the second part of the B2B which was the 10-night Adriatic cruise RT from Venice starting May 9. It was our 14th on Celebrity and 37th overall. Since we’d been on the “Constellation” six other times, the “Infinity” twice and the “Millennium” once, we knew the ship and its features well. Our experience on the ship on this cruise was very similar to the first one of our B2B. Our belongings were seamlessly moved from Cabin #8036 (2B Unobstructed Balcony) to Cabin #3008 (Ocean View) which were near the forward elevators on the starboard side. The layout of both cabins was very similar with a shelf under the window where the balcony door would be. The storage was adequate, but it would be nice to have a few more drawers in the closet. Since there are only two hooks on the walls, we bring magnetic hooks to give us some additional options for hanging clothes and papers. The food in the MDR was very good and the pizza and pasta station in the buffet were good. The entertainment was excellent and we continued to enjoy three production shows (“iHollywood”, “The Land of Make Believe” and “Celebrate The World”) even though we’ve seen them many times. The cast was terrific especially Robert who also was a very funny guest on Celebrity’s version of the “Tonight Show”. Cruise Director Maarten and Activities Manager Taylor were the best team we’ve seen anywhere as they started the party and kept the fun going. Graeme Kelleher is without question the best Captain’s Club Host we’ve ever had. The DJs also kept playing danceable music in the Reflections Lounge until late several nights even though only a few couples were still there (sometimes after 2:00 am). The overall service at all levels was great. We’d had lots of problems with “Select Dining” on the first cruise getting tables in our preferred section, but it improved on this cruise with a couple of exceptions. So, overall we had an excellent time. As with the first cruise, we had the Classic Beverage Package as one of our included perks. We really liked being able to get bottles of water when leaving the ship on every port call and during the day while onboard. We also got cans of soda and glasses of OJ whenever we needed them. In the evenings, we’d have several glasses of wine with dinner and other drinks in the theater as well as the bars and lounges. It was really nice to order whatever you wanted and not worry about signing for anything. It also lubricated our dancing! Obviously, there’s a balance for drinking alcohol late at night vs. being ready to go on an excursion the next morning, but we adjusted as needed during the 22 days/nights on the two cruises. There were eight ports and two days at seas on this itinerary. We still like to do what we can on own but since we’re getting older, we did more ship’s excursions than in the past. This time, it was pretty skewed as we only did one port completely on our own and seven with the ship. Here’s a summary of what we did in each port: We were in Venice overnight on the last day of first of our B2Bs. We walked from the ship docked at Marittimato pier to the People Mover station. There was a long line of people waiting to buy tickets for about $2. We didn’t bother to use it as it wasn’t much longer of a walk into Venice and we probably got there faster than people at the end of the line (and we saved $4). Once there, we each bought a pricey 24-hour vaporetto pass for 20 Euro (about $23) and went to Murano and Burano. Note that it took about three hours for that route so you need to allow enough time (especially if some of the vaporettos are so packed, you’d have to wait for the next one to arrive). The following day, we continued to use the same pass to go St. Marks. We had the typical Venetian experience as we wandered around getting lost until we found the train station. We then took our last boat ride and returned to the ship in plenty of time for the start of the second of our B2B cruises. In Koper, Slovenia, we did the “KR16 Lake Bled and Island” tour at $130 pp. It was a little pricey, but the lake is a long distance from the port. We’d been there in 2009 on a land tour, but that was in February so the boats didn’t go out to Slovenia’s only island. It took several hours to get there by bus, but we enjoyed the boat ride with one man paddling with two oars. We trekked up the steep stairs to the top of the hill, but unfortunately the church was under repair so you couldn’t go in. However, it was still nice to get there. After that part of the tour, we were offered two options: you could stay in the town to shop, eat or just wander around or the bus would take you up to the Bled Castle. If you opted for the castle, you could walk up a fairly steep cobblestone ramp to the ticket booth and get somewhat of a view. For 10 Euro, you could enter the courtyard where you got the full panorama including the island. While we were in line, a man gathered 10 people and got us in at a discount at 8 Euro each. There were more than 10 of us from the bus so the guide could have mentioned this to us so we could have done the same within our group. Once inside, there was an interesting museum, a wine cellar and an indoor restaurant plus outside tables overlooking the walls. The restrooms were free even if you didn’t buy anything. Even though we’d been there before, it was well worth the small additional cost (especially since we’re not shoppers and would have been a little bored in town). In Zadar, Croatia, we booked the “RZ13 Krka National Park – Half Day” tour at $85 each. We drove into the mountains for a couple of hours and finally reached the park. There were hundreds of small and large streams and waterfalls everywhere as you walked for about an hour on a boardwalk around a loop. About halfway out, there were some picnic tables where we had sandwiches, cookies and sodas that we brought from the ship. It was an interesting tour although some avid photographers blocked the path many times to take a ridiculous amount of “selfies”. We’d been to Split, Croatia before and seen Diocletian’s Palace and the other major sights in the town. So, we booked the ship’s “AT08 Ancient Salona and the Town of Trogir” (aka “Roman Ruins of Salona and Trogir”) for $60 each. It was a very gray day and drizzly, but we were able to see the ruins in Salona without getting soaked. We walked around the area to see how large the town used to be when it was the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia. There was also a small museum which had free restrooms. Unfortunately, there wasn’t time to visit the amphitheater as it was too far to see it within the time constraints on this tour. We then continued to the town of Trogir which was founded about 2,300 years ago. It’s said to be the best-preserved Romanesque-Gothic complex not only in the Adriatic but in all of Central Europe. There were many limestone buildings and we visited several churches. We were also treated to some Croatian songs from an acapella group of five men who were selling CDs. After trying to stay out of the rain on the promenade, I climbed up the bell tower of the Cathedral of St. Lawrence which was included in the admission price as part of the tour. There were quite a few stairs leading to a steep ladder and a tight squeeze to get to the highest level which offered a great view of the tiled roofs below. The only problem was that it started to pour and the rain came flying in through the open sides of the tower. I was soaked to the bone, but so was everyone else as they made their way back to the bus! In Dubrovnik, we did the “DU10 Highlights of Dubrovnik Riviera” for $73 each. We went to higher ground on the bus where we stopped to take pictures of the panoramic view of the walled city below. We drove further to the Konavoski Dvori restaurant which was next to a river with some of the water routed to waterwheels. We were served some local meat, cheese and bread plus a choice of a glass of red or white wine. It was only about 10:00 am so it was a little early to be drinking, but it was a nice stop for a break and restrooms. We continued down the coast to Cavtat, a fishing village and seaside resort, where we had about an hour of free time. The promenade was nice and had many benches where you could rest and look out over the quiet harbor. We then returned to Dubrovnik where we had a guided walking tour. The streets were very crowded and noisy so we weren’t able to hear much of the commentary (even with the earbuds for the “whispers”). Since it was early May and there were only two large cruise ships in port, we couldn’t imagine what the crowds would be like in the high summer season with many more ships there. Dubrovnik is the classic example of the double-edged sword of cruising: being able to see wonderful sights from the comfort of your ship vs. finding an overwhelming number of people doing the same thing which lessens the experience for everyone. At that point, we decided to break away from our group and the crowds to head for the cable car station above the city. On the stairway to get there, many shops were selling RT tickets for 120 Kuna ($18 pp), but we weren’t sure if they were higher priced than the official venue. It turned out that they were the same price, but you still had to wait in the same queue with or w/o tickets. It was not an original idea as there was a pretty long line when we arrived. Some people bailed out to take a taxi up to the top which made it a little quicker, but we still waited for about 45 minutes before we got to the ticket booth. There are two cable cars, one going up and one coming down. They each hold about 35 passengers and move quickly to the top or bottom in less than 5 minutes. Once you’re up there, you’ll get a great view of the walled city on the sea side and the mountains on the other side. There’s a restaurant, a small amphitheater where you can eat your own food and free restrooms. We brought sandwiches and cookies from the ship and relaxed there enjoying the views in all directions. There was a line for going down, but it didn’t take too long. It’s definitely worth the cost if the weather is clear. Once we got to the bottom, we walked back to the city, went to the Pile Gate area and joined the short queue for the shuttle bus to the ship. It’s free if you have any Celebrity excursion sticker or you can buy tickets if needed. It took about 15 minutes to get back. In Kotor, Montenego, we booked the “KV19 Seaside Resorts of Budva and Kotor” at $65. On the way to Budva, the bus stopped at an overlook so we could see Sveti Stefan, the famous high-end resort island on the Montenegrin Riviera. There was a lot of construction going on to widen the road and to build more hotels and casinos. Once in Budva, the weather wasn’t great, but we did a walking tour to the stone fort, citadel, church and other buildings above a nice harbor and a beach with some pounding surf. We had about an hour of free time to walk around with an option to get some food and drinks at a local restaurant. We then returned to Kotor where we were led on a walking tour through the Sea Gate inside the walls. It’s one of the best preserved medieval old towns in the Adriatic and is a UNESCO world heritage site. The architecture was interesting and there were many shops. If the weather wasn’t so gray and drizzly, I might have attempted to walk up the many steps to St. John’s Castle high above the city. Maybe we’ll give that a shot next time. When we were in Naples on the first cruise of our B2B, we did the ferry on our own to Capri and Anacapri. As we’d been to Pompeii many times, we opted for the ship’s “NP06 The Ruins of Herculaneum” for $73. We were surprised to see that the site was located in the middle of a residential neighborhood in the modern city/commune of Ercolano. Our first view of the ruins was looking down from above into the excavations. Our guide was great as he explained that only one fourth of the buried city has been uncovered so you got a sense of how large it was at that time. Unlike Pompeii, it was quickly buried in ash so it was virtually untouched when it was excavated. Casts were made of many skeletons of the people who were instantly killed by the intense heat of the eruption and are placed where they found them. The tour was very comprehensive as we visited pretty much every street, house and building. We’d definitely recommend it as a nice alternative to the crowds at Pompeii. In Catania, Sicily, we did another ship’s excursion called “CQ21 Panoramic Catania” for $55. Unfortunately, this was the most disappointing tour of our B2B as the city and surrounding area were very gray and rundown with litter everywhere which looked like it had been there for years. The bus dropped us off at an overlook of the Aci Castello, a castle built on black lava almost 1,000 years ago. We then did a “drive by” through some cities and historical areas, but we didn’t stop again. We returned by the same route to Catania where we had a walking tour. This was certainly better as the buildings and church exteriors were very interesting. We also saw the Roman ruins and the fountain from the underground river that provides drinking water to the city. Our guide also helped us to buy two deep-fried arancinis for 1.80 Euro ($2) each. They were the size of your fist and both had rice with one having tomato added and the other with eggplant and cheese. It was a very filling local treat and the highlight of this tour. At the end of the cruise, we booked the ship’s transfer by bus to the Marco Polo airport at $34 each. We did that to simplify things so we wouldn’t have to hassle with cabs or water taxis at the port. We got on the Celebrity bus w/o any problems and things were looking fine. However, when we got to the airport area, the bus stopped in a parking lot and everyone had to roll their bags up an incline in the rain with construction in progress. There were no carts to use and really not much direction from the staff as to what to do. Apparently, their buses are not allowed to drive to the covered airport entrance which was a surprise to us and the other guests. Not exactly the best way to end an otherwise nice cruise! All in all, we had a great time, even with so many ports in so few days. About the only thing that didn’t please us during the cruise was Celebrity charging $12 pp for transfers from the ship’s port to some of the cities. If they have to dock that far away, they really should be included. We did ship’s excursions those days so we didn’t have to pay, but it’s not fair to the independent travelers. In the coming ten months, we have three more cruises booked on the “Millennium” in Asia and another three on the “Solstice” in New Zealand, South Pacific and Australia. We’re definitely enjoying our experiences with Celebrity and we hope that our satisfaction continues. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
We arrived in Rome four days prior to sailing. We toured Rome, the Vatican and Tivoli. Our embarkation was very smooth and efficient. The ship was lovely...pristine and well equipped. Our cabin was very nice with a comfortable bed and ... Read More
We arrived in Rome four days prior to sailing. We toured Rome, the Vatican and Tivoli. Our embarkation was very smooth and efficient. The ship was lovely...pristine and well equipped. Our cabin was very nice with a comfortable bed and ample space. Dining was good. We had breakfast in the cafeteria...lots of variety. Our lunch was usually in port. Dinner was in the dining room. Staff were courteous and meals enjoyable. Entertainment was a variety of shows. There were an assortment of daily activities to keep us busy on days at sea. The ports were all very exciting. Santorini was breathtaking , Kusadasi and Athens very interesting. We planned many shore excursions on our own based on recommendations from friends. Ten days went very quickly. This cruise would be recommended for adults, those who are interested in visiting old world, historical sites or a romantic escape. Would go on this cruise again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
Wow, what a wonderful cruise. We spent the wad on this cruise ($3K/each plus hotel and airfare) but it was completely worth it. We got the deal that allowed us free drink package, gratuities included, and $500 of onboard credit. We used ... Read More
Wow, what a wonderful cruise. We spent the wad on this cruise ($3K/each plus hotel and airfare) but it was completely worth it. We got the deal that allowed us free drink package, gratuities included, and $500 of onboard credit. We used the $500 to pay for dinner at Murano one night, upgrades to the drink packages, and two massages (GREAT massages!!). We were also in AquaClass and we just love AquaClass -- our 2nd time doing it and can't imagine not doing AC on our next Celebrity cruise. THE FLIGHT: We flew Delta from Atlanta through JFK. I am a Diamond member with Delta so I had some upgrade certificates. I paid the lowest coach airfare and upgraded to their intl First Class (Delta ONE). I used points to pay for my partners First Class airfare. We love Delta's ONE Class. Modern pods with lay flat beds and Westin Heavenly bedding, high defn 14" monitors in each pod with tons of movies and TV shows. Also, Atlanta celebrity chef Linton Hopkins designs all of their menus to western Europe and the food is terrific. We had filet mignon with asparagus and lobster mac 'n cheese. Delta has a Master Sommelier, Andrea Robinson, who picks out all of their One Class wines and she does an excellent job. Great Spanish red wine pairing on this flight! The service -- as always -- on Delta One was superb. We arrived relaxed and replenished. BTW - we used Delta's Sky Club in JFK and that was stellar. They have an outside patio area where you can chill and have complimentary food/drinks while you wait for your flight. They even have waiters who will deliver drinks to you from the inside bar for a nominal tip. We sat across from Michael J Fox, who said he was on his way to Las Vegas, so that was cool! THE HOTEL: We arrived a day early as my partner had never been to Barcelona. We wanted to do some sight seeing before the cruise took off. We stayed just 2 kilometers from the ship, in Barceloneta. We got a small hotel room in a 3 star hotel called Hotel Oasis. The room and hotel were sufficient but nothing great. The location, however, was fantastic! Right near the piers and all the restaurants. And just 60 meters from the Barceloneta subway stop. We did the HOHO bus and got excellent pix. We bought tix to the Sagrada Familia right when we arrived (online) because it sells out quickly. We barely got them, for 5:30 p.m. We ate at some little restaurant in the Gothic Quarter. Don't remember the name. It was decent tapas. EMBARKATION: We took a taxi to the terminal (just 2 kilometers but 13 euros! They charge a 7 euro fee for drop off there!) but got there with no issue. The line was LONG!! We got there at approximately 12:40 p.m. and so did everyone else it appeared! The line moved fast though and once we got around the corner it split. There was one line for Elite members, Concierge/Aqua Class guests, and Suite passengers. Another line for everyone else. We got into the Aqua Class line and we were through security in less than 1 minute! We were at the agent's desk in less than 5 minutes! It was awesome! We were on board in just 35 minutes total! ROOMS: We've stayed in AquaClass on Reflection before. Rooms very similar. These felt a little larger but probably an illusion. The deck chairs were really worn (as opposed to the much newer ones on Reflection). The room, itself, was in good condition, however. We enjoyed it. The room was MUCH less noisy than the one we had in Reflection. Our travel agent recommended this part of the ship for noise and we're glad we took her advice. Our AC room on Reflection was near the back, near the Aqua Spa and it was really loud. FOOD: The part most of you care about. Well, we ate each night in Blu (the AC restaurant) except the first night in which we dined in Murano. Murano was fantastic as always but they've gone up on their price (now $50/person). Had we not gotten 30% off we wouldn't have paid full price. Not worth that much. Also the waiter was sort of stuffy but nothing bad about this meal. Anyway, back to Blu. Blu had some issues a couple of nights with the kitchen. It was really slow. The wine sommeliers and waiters, however, did their best to provide great service when the kitchen got really behind. One sommelier slipped us some wine that was a couple of dollars over the premium drink package in an apology for the long wait. That was great customer service we thought. The food at Blu, I must say, was just not as good as it was on Reflection. We talked about it as the cruise dragged on. The presentation was stellar but some things were not cooked at right temperature or were really bland. Other things (like the beef ribs) were crazily overcooked and dry. I would give it a 3.5 to 4.0 in terms of food quality/taste. However, some nights Blu really shined. There was one dish, a ribeye with black truffle, that was sensational! Another night they had a filet mignon, served with a celery root puree. Holy crap! That puree was the best thing I've ever eaten on a cruise ship. That would have won any Top Chef competition. Man, that stuff was so good that I ordered an extra side of just that puree. Wow. Also, there was a sea bream fish that was pan fried (can't remember the name of it) that was quite good. However when they missed they missed badly. The beef ribs (last night) were so dry I had to send them back. I ordered the NY strip off their every day menu instead. BTW - if you eat in Blu and don't try the every day NY strip steak at least once you're doing yourself a disservice. It's terrific! Great flavor! However, we did notice that the NY strip was a bit tougher on this cruise than the ones served on Reflection. And on another night they served a fish they called a "Chilean Sea Bass". We in the states know this fish as Pategonian toothfish. Well, I ordered it with trepidation. Surely this couldn't be Pategonian toothfish! And...well...it sadly wasn't. It tasted like a river fish, which I don't care for at all. And the broth surrounding it was very very bland. I sent it back. The restaurant manager (a lovely lady whose name I can't remember!) came over to see the problem. She said it was Barramundi (which is an "Asian sea bass" not "Chilean Sea Bass"). They need to change the title on the menu. I've had Barramundi in India. They can either come from coastal waters or lakes. This one definitely came from a lake. No thanks. Also, a couple of nights we got "hot appetizers" that were as cold as the expedite counter they had been sitting on for the previous 15 minutes before they were served. We didn't complain...we just didn't eat them. We never encountered this on Reflection. So, I'd have to give the kitchen a 3.5 out of 5 here. Now, the staff at Blu were superb! Waiters Rey and Shailej were fantastic! We had Shailej as our waiter on Reflection last year and he remembered us! We loved Oana (the hostess who always remembered our room # and our favorite areas to sit), the restaurant manager (again, can't remember her name!), back waiter Antonine, and the best wine sommelier we've ever had on board -- Red! Killer staff at Blu made up for the sometimes flat food. BTW - breakfast at Blu (we ate there 3 times) was terrific. The tableside Muesli service was fantastic and tasty. The eggs any style was a welcome menu addition. We also loved their coffee. Way better than the coffee in the Oceanview Cafe. If I were them I wouldn't put nutmeg on the french toast, however. Some people hate nutmeg (me!) but love french toast. I switched to a pancake on morning #3. Oceanview cafe is where we usually had lunch. Or we'd grab a burger/fries at the Mast Grill. Mast Grill had pretty good burgers and dogs but they were always running out of things and had no one to quickly get them replacements. As a result, people waited a lot for missing items to appear. Hope they can solve that one. Oceanview had buffet food. It's buffet food. Same as about any ship. Some things were good and some things were cold and chewy and bland. Go figure. Its a buffet. Meh. The pasta we had late night sometimes. We thought it was more bland than the pasta on Reflection but we thought that of Oceanview Cafe and Blu food in general. Murano was same quality as on Reflection but the service was way better on Reflection in Murano. The waiters did ballet service on Reflection and our server was warm and friendly on Reflection. BAR SERVICE: We had the premium drink package. We went almost every night before dinner to the World Class Bar (formerly the Molecular bar...no more liquid nitrogen drinks!!). Yelena was our bartender. She was terrific. She has a great personality and speaks her mind. Love that. Ivan helped her out some but he wasn't nearly as friendly...just a different personality. Also Andreea at the bar in front of Murano was terrific. We hung out there some and loved her service. Overall, the bar service was very easy to come by. This was in stark contrast to the horrid bar service on Reflection. Everyone had the drink package on that Caribbean cruise and it was harder than Hades to get service! Both Reflection and Equinox lacked drink servers who actually came to you while laying out. I guess that's a thing of the past. But the servers at the bars were all friendly, helpful, and had great warm personalities on Equinox. It was so easy to get a drink fast almost at every bar. ENTERTAINMENT: We didn't care much for the standard Celebrity singers/dancers (the singers, particularly the women, were good....just that their routines/shows were so unimaginative.) We've seen much better on Holland America and Princess. Celebrity never does a great job with this aspect, so I guess its their Achilles Heel. The entertainment brought on board, however, was pretty darned good. The British guy who did comedy and played piano was FANTASTIC! The other British comedian wasn't nearly as good. The Russian lady with the violin was out of sight too but every time she came out she took off another piece of clothing! By the last number she was down to almost ZERO. We were sure there would be no encore, as this may violate nudity laws! haha! The Eastern European circus performers were also great (think: Cirque du Soleil -Lite). COMMON AREAS: Very very clean and comfortable. Another reviewer said that this ship had an easy layout about it and I agree 100% We found the layout the easiest to negotiate than any other ship we have sailed on (10 previous cruises). Cafe Bacio was placed so well and therefore got a ton of business! Ditto for the Martini Bar, the theater, and the restaurants. It was so easy to get from one place to another. I don't think this ship is as pretty as the Reflection but its much easier to navigate. DISEMBARKATION: Very smooth except for taxi stand. We stood in the rain for 35 minutes waiting on a taxi. It was miserable. Nothing to fault Celebrity for though! SPA: Massage rooms were fantastic and so were our massages! We both commented that it was one of the best massages we've ever had. The masseuses are trained by Celebrity on each massage. We had the same massage and compared notes afterwards. They were identical and fantastic! The massage oils they use are first rate and the training is superb for their masseuses. Will do again if we have credit! We also went to the saunas 3 times during the cruise. We like Reflection's spa better. It had a cold sauna and 2 rooms with hot stone chairs in the Persian Gardens. But, this spa wasn't bad. EXCURSIONS: We've done many cruises and we know better than to buy excursions through the cruise ship. We always get external vendors. Much cheaper and the same, if not better, excursion. We found a company online that monitored cruise ship port dates and set us up with a package. We got full day tours of Ephesus, Athens (it rained all day!!), Rome, and Sorrento for just $78 each. Totally worth it! We went with a company called Cruising Excursions and it was totally professional and on the up and up. Would choose them again. Overall feelings about the cruise: tremendous staff!!! Good -- albeit not great -- food. Great ports! VERY clean ship! Friendliest staff we've had on any cruise. We thoroughly enjoyed this cruise and can't personally see how anyone can give this cruise lower than a 4. I think it would even be hard to give it a 4! We loved it! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
We flew from South Florida to NYC and over to Barcelona. I was happy to have three nights there to get used to the time change and explore this beautiful, vibrant city. Be sure to walk the Rumbla. Our embarkation was a little hectic with ... Read More
We flew from South Florida to NYC and over to Barcelona. I was happy to have three nights there to get used to the time change and explore this beautiful, vibrant city. Be sure to walk the Rumbla. Our embarkation was a little hectic with a long line of passengers. We love the solstice class ship having sailed the Reflection on previous occasions. There are plenty of on board activities, including Shows, trivia, bingo, theme parties, art auctions, movies, wellness seminars, culinary demonstrations, fitness classes and Corning Hot Glass shows which I recommend seeing at night to enjoy the glow, Celebrity Life guest speakers and of course the lawn games. I found the service to be excellent and the crew to be friendly and professional. We enjoyed several shore excursions one of which explored the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, the Isle of Capri which we thoroughly enjoyed and the ruins of Pompeii. Our tour in Rome was also fabulous. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the Vatican and the Coliseum and we also explored some churches. As we had previously toured Athens we opted to be on our own. It is easy enough to take a local bus which is located near the port and get to the Parthenon and other sites within Athens for a song. My fave thing to do in Mykonos is to explore the shops walk up to the windmills and enjoy some Greek cuisine in the Venice of Greece. Santorini is equally as beautiful. Whether you take the tram or a donkey you will enjoy stunning vistas so don't forget your camera. If you pedicure is wearing visit the KissingFish and let the fish nibble all your dry skin away! Malta was also a lovely stop. We loved our port side veranda cabin with it's comfy bed and large couch. Dining is always pleasurable on Celebrity. We find the food to be delicious and so plentiful. We usually skip the specialty dining and opt for the dining room which is beautiful. Although we usually enjoy the entertainment we find it to be somewhat lackluster. The singers and dancers are great but I and getting so tired of watching entertainers wind themselves up drapes. The guest entertainers are hit and miss. As this was a back to back cruise I am unable to comment on disembarkation. All in all this was a fantastic cruise with memorable ports of call steeped in antiquity. I would also like to mention that the internet speed on this cruise was excellent. The ship was participating in a study regarding new internet technology, which I thought worked great and would love to see it installed on all cruise ships soon! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2015
We have done celebrity before, this was cruise number 4 whit them. And it was very good, the ports of call was perfect for us. That was one of the reasons that we picked this cruise. We are experienced travelers in late 20s early 30s ... Read More
We have done celebrity before, this was cruise number 4 whit them. And it was very good, the ports of call was perfect for us. That was one of the reasons that we picked this cruise. We are experienced travelers in late 20s early 30s married. We did celebrate 5 years wedding anniversary on this cruise. The embarkation went smooth, there was a loooooong line when we arrived at the port. But the line went fast and we were onboard in 35minutes. That was really good. The luggage arrived fast at the stateroom. The stateroom attendant was super, the room was in order 24/7. No lack of towels or other things. We had an broken drawer and we told the stateroom attendant, it was fixed in one hour. The ship is nice and clean. We like the size, is not to big or small. We like smaller ships also but celebritys solstice class is perfect. The stateroom are good sized 19m2 and have lots of storage room, and the beds are good. We ate at the mdr every night, we are no fans of buffet. So for lunch it is ok. The buffet have a large selection of hot and cold food. So everyone should find something they like for lunsj/dinner or snack. The food for breakfast/lunsj/dinner inn the mdr are good. Lots of choices and tasty. We like it and we dont see the point of paying to have dinner somewere else. Mast grill is good and easy, can be some line during primetime for lunsj. The bar service is good and fast. Compared to reflection i january is was express. The only down was in the martini bar, they didn't have a super flair bartender trio. They were good, but it was just missing a bit. The entertainment onboard is good, the shows were nice. It was good whit some english entertainment and sarcasm. The stars of the equinox were good and the shows they had were good. The houseband could have been better. It was a bit stressed music and repeating. We had booked some shore excursions before we left from home. They were great and it is expensive, but it is easy and if something happens we are taken care of. Disembarkation went fast and we was of before time, we had to wait for a taxi to the airport for 20min but overall this was a new record for disembarkation. Overall we are very satisfied whit the cruise, we will do celebrity again. Compared to other cruise lines we have tried, this fits us perfect. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2015
After a brief visit to Turkey a few years back we wanted to go to Istanbul. The October Constellation trip was a good price performer in the off season. We even got the free tips package, which was also popular with the crew as these ... Read More
After a brief visit to Turkey a few years back we wanted to go to Istanbul. The October Constellation trip was a good price performer in the off season. We even got the free tips package, which was also popular with the crew as these cannot be removed :) The embarkation was smooth and trouble free. We took the Havatas Airport Bus (13TL) and stayed at The Point Hotel in Taksim Square which was right at the bus drop off. We had the hotel call the cab in the morning to get to the ship. Note- negotiate cab fares up front- meters are ignored. This is a nice, well run ship. We marveled at the view of Istanbul before we left and wished to stay longer. We could find a decent beer (Leffe and an American Microbrew IPA) and the Captain was Greek and very entertaining and interesting. I was super cranky at the posted sign when I went to try to change to Anytime Dining (full don't bother) and the MDR food was OK - they have no idea how to make soup. The water for making tea was lukewarm as per legal requirements is a guess. We heard a lot of grumbling it was hard to find free food later in the afternoon or very late at night. We love the MDR vs. the buffet experience and the service was flawless. The highlight of the ship for us was the band- we like to ballroom dance. Kathleen and The Saints were in the aft lounge every night. The dance floor was a bit small but we made it work. There was a fabulous Euro DJ (Inferno) who played every night in the Martini Bar. Sadly you could not find him where there was a dance floor. No smoke was noticed anywhere :) They would open the helicopter pad for important sightseeing spots and you could chat with the Officers (the Housekeeping Director was a great resource for questions) - this was a nice touch. There was no piped in music in the library- yaa. This was our first time on Celebrity. They need a bigger variety of shore excursions at Kusadasi- we were less interested in ruins after 11 days. The ports were excellent- Corfu was just amazing for the forts and Greek lunch. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
By far, the best Celebrity cruise trip we've taken (our 5th) Although the old days of white glove service on the Century are long gone, I will tell you that this ship is about quality, service and friendliness of the staff. (The ... Read More
By far, the best Celebrity cruise trip we've taken (our 5th) Although the old days of white glove service on the Century are long gone, I will tell you that this ship is about quality, service and friendliness of the staff. (The food was good as well!) We took a 14 day Holy land cruise and had a great time. Let's start with the Captain - not only is he superb (if there are no glitches, they get high marks!) BUT he's hilarious and friendly. Great sense of humor - great schtick - if he wasn't the Master of the Seas, he could be the head of entertainment! The Entertainment staff was really good. I sense they were down a man or two, but the 3 of them did a phenomenal job! We especially enjoyed the port vs. starboard games. All the head crew participated and made it even more fun. Speaking of entertainment - that's my only downside. I thought the hollywood/vegas shows were average. I was on the Constellation in February for 5 days and had 2 great shows. These were "fair". I wish I wasn't worn out and could have seen all the headliner shows, but with this itinerary (Naples, Jerusalem, Haifa, Ephesus, Mykonos, Athens, Malta) we were wiped out! The headliners singers were superb. Two were from "xxxx got talent", one was a london west-end performer. The Las Vegas Magician/whatever was really bad - that was the first time I walked out on a show. I would suggest booking some additional non-singing talent that is good. Food quality. Definitely worth the splurge at Tuscany and Murano (didn't try the others) - that was the quality I was used to on sailings of past... we got them to discount the restaurant to 30/pp (from 45 and 50) Main Dining room - food was well above average - not the greatest but was worth it - once they fixed the snafu with our table (couldn't find it due to moving tables around due to 2 large 300+ groups), things were great. They comped us on a bottle of wine for the problem, but with the beverage package, wasn't a bid deal . Service was good (need to get the early diners out of the restaurant - we had to wait on our table (8:30 seating) twice due to the people in previous seating being consistently late. Wait staff was excellent. Sommelier had a great sense of humor - bar staff was superb as usual - very friendly and accommodating. Speaking of the other dining rooms. I noticed that they didn't come around at the beginning of the cruise trying to get you to upgrade. That was a pet peeve of mine on other trips. However, I sensed that because of the large group reservations they had, they had trouble filling the restaurants - they started to push the restaurants - even in the main dining room - ASK FOR A DISCOUNT - YOU WILL GET IT!!! Room - great room - Concierge class was really nothing special and probably not worth the upgrade had crucon thrown in $700/cabin + free drinks + tips. We got afternoon snacks (really not very good) . by day 3 we didn't even see the order form. Room stewards were great - how come no more towel animals?? :) The ship itself was spectacular - immaculate and well kept. Every day they washed windows, dusted crevices, etc. well maintained Enrichment - the guy talking about the ports of call was pretty boring. Shore Excursions - save money - book on your own. We found a guy in Israel for $100/pp/day. found places we wouldn't have thought about. Check each port for "on-again/off again busses" - great way to get around and get a view of the city . Overall - GREAT TRIP - now back to reality! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2015
This was cruise number 31 for us and we had a great time. Was it perfect? Well, the weather was on the chilly side in the morning and we had a few showers and light rain in the morning at some of the ports but it didn't keep us ... Read More
This was cruise number 31 for us and we had a great time. Was it perfect? Well, the weather was on the chilly side in the morning and we had a few showers and light rain in the morning at some of the ports but it didn't keep us down. We had booked a tour to Montserrat through Celebrity. It was so miserable up on the mountain that we could hardly see our hands in front of us. The guide was awful, the only bad one we had experienced in years. He constantly disappeared and people got annoyed, nervous and frustrated. We've been on Equinox before and it is still as pretty and clean as ever. The service was very good but kind of slow in the dining room at times. No big deal. With 3,000 people to serve it can be expected and we were always well taken care off. We had Select Dining and pretty much came when we felt like it and never had to wait more than a couple of minutes. Neither of us had any complaints about the food. The Ocean View Café is a zoo and we both detest the set-up. It's basically the same on other ships. People walking around with glazed eyes, hands full of loaded plates and no available tables. We went to 9 of the shows and enjoyed them. First night, we just collapsed from exhaustion and went to bed early. We don't like magicians or jugglers so missed those shows and the violinist/comedian better hold on to his day job. He was beyond bad. Some people are impossible to please. We had one a few tables away from us who was loud and obnoxious. We called him "Blueberry Man" because he demanded fresh berries every morning before he left his cabin. He complained nonstop about every single thing he was served and managed to frustrate the poor servers. He claimed he was a well known food critic. Tours were mostly excellent but on the pricey side. I had tried to book them beforehand but as everyone knows, the Celebrity website is horrible. It was always down "for 20 minutes" and I noticed that the prices of tours had gone way up once we got on the ship. We spent over $1,100 on tours. Fortunately we had a lot of ship's credit. I highly recommend the all day tour in Lisbon and the all day tour to the Alhambra. They were the best we had on the cruise. We have booked a similar cruise, much of the same itinerary for next year. It is on the Silhouette. We are happy Celebrity cruisers. People should remember that nothing is ever going to be 100% perfect. The crew does their best, 3000 people cannot all be completely satisfied. Especially "Blueberry Man." Read Less
Sail Date: October 2015
We have been on 4 cruises now and one other was on Celebrity. This was hands down the best cruise we have been on yet. The ship (Reflection) was clean, the cabin (7334) was spacious (plenty of room for us to put all our things away...but ... Read More
We have been on 4 cruises now and one other was on Celebrity. This was hands down the best cruise we have been on yet. The ship (Reflection) was clean, the cabin (7334) was spacious (plenty of room for us to put all our things away...but we were just two people). Our cabin attendants were very helpful, and attentive. Our bed was situated right next to the veranda door and we kept it open all the time...day and night to hear the ocean. We had breakfast almost every morning at the buffet and always found something to eat always having fresh fruit, and strong coffee. We had a standing reservation with 5 other couples at 7:15 PM in the dining room (Opus) and the food was fantastic. We had the same wait staff (Charneil, Bogdan and Mahmet) every night and they were fantastic. If I have one complaint it was the entertainment. It was a little cheesy but there was a lot of other things to do (the casino, bars, dancing and shopping) so it wasn't that big of an issue. I would have liked a comedy club on board. We also had a glitch with one of the 6 excursions we went on. The Shore Excursion desk was helpful but didn't get us a full refund and that was a little disappointing. We will be doing another cruise with Celebrity for sure. Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2015
This was the 3rd cruise I have taken on the Silhouette. The first two cruises were in Aqua Class in the Caribbean. This time was in a suite (Sky) and I don't know if I can go back to non suite cruising on Celebrity. This review will ... Read More
This was the 3rd cruise I have taken on the Silhouette. The first two cruises were in Aqua Class in the Caribbean. This time was in a suite (Sky) and I don't know if I can go back to non suite cruising on Celebrity. This review will focus on the differences since last time I sailed on the ship (about 2 years ago) Pro's - Dining - I really liked Luminae as a separate dining option. They did have some odd selections a few nights but the food quality was pretty consistent and the service was great. Previously I liked Blu and went back once for breakfast and although it was good, I think Luminae was better. -Specialty Restaurants - We went to Qsine and Murano. We had been to both before. I think Qsine was better this time around - some of that was based on knowing what to order but it just seemed to be a more "mature" food experience than previous experiences. Murano seemed about the same - which was excellent. - Room layout - We were on deck 12 and the amount of room was very good for two people. We actually had too much storage space - much more than aqua class. Butler - The room comes with a butler. Our butler Orlando was incredibly nice and efficient. We really didn't use the butler services (I like doing things for myself) and I almost think he was a little concerned we didn't need help with anything, but his attitude was so positive it left an impression regardless. - Service - Overall I think the service aboard the ship is stellar. It was great this time around and great all the other times. Con's - -Reserving Michaels club for only top tier CC and higher level suite guests left a gap. The ship needs a space like Michaels club available to all guests. It seems like they could have repurposed something else more effectively. Watching sporting events in the molecular bar, etc just didn't feel the same. They need an alternative sport bar/pub like venue to round out their offerings. Considering the waste of space quasar is, seems like they could do something with that. -Passengers - I hesitate to comment on this but the passengers as a whole on this cruise left a lot to be desired. Obviously I am not talking about everyone - most of the people were very pleasant, but still more so than any cruise I have been on there were just some really disrespectful people. There seemed to be so many complaining, entitled, cut you off, knock your coffee into you as they rush to beat you to get some sausage type of cruisers that it left a lasting impression. For example my wife and I were getting a snack in the oceanview café and someone bussing the tables dropped their tray and spilt all their dishes on the floor. A couple of the passengers made fun of the guy and not in a funny ease the tension way. It was just mean. There were several other experiences. I realize there is a lot of "vacation brain" that goes on and with an older crowd it might be more prevalent but it just seemed like a lot of the stereo typical entitled cruisers aboard this cruise. I could go on but you get the idea. -Disembarkation - I don't know if its the port itself or what but what a huge train wreck. Getting luggage on to the busses safely was next to impossible. Was a much more chaotic situation than embarkation which went very smoothly. Anyway - all in all a great cruise experience. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
This was our first cruise and if we hadn't planned and paid a land trip for next year already we would have booked another cruise for 2016, never mind we are planning for 2017 now, so we clearly got bitten by the cruise bug. Since we ... Read More
This was our first cruise and if we hadn't planned and paid a land trip for next year already we would have booked another cruise for 2016, never mind we are planning for 2017 now, so we clearly got bitten by the cruise bug. Since we have no other cruises to compare to, this might be an "over the top" review for seasoned cruisers, anyway this is our personal experience. We started actually our trip over a year ago by planning flights, hotels pre- and post cruise and looking for excursions. I found cruisecritic around the same time when we booked and found out quickly that this website is of great help and registered on the roll call. We were able to book some great tours with even greater people, a shout and big hand to John, Wayne and Mike for organizing the tours and to the fellow members of our various groups. After all the confusion on the net and the final message from Celebrity regarding canceling the overnight in Istanbul, we were relieved that we planned ahead a couple of months ago to start or "Meds adventure" a couple of days before embarkation day. Our flight with Qatar Airways departed Bangkok at 2.40 am on the 17th of September and arrived in Istanbul by around noon the same day, after some confusion which immigration counter to use, we were out the airport door and welcomed by our transfer driver that we had booked online. We were staying at the Antea Old City Hotel for the next 2 nights to come and after some refreshing out to explore this great city. The hotel is just within 10 walking minutes of all sites in the old city, we visited the Cistern, walked around the town, listen to the call for prayer at the Blue Mosque (it sounded surprisingly relaxing to me) and looked for some local food before called it a day. The next morning we had a half day guided tour through the old city with the Hippodrome, Hagia Sofya, the Blue Mosque (outside only in the morning as it was Friday and it was opened for non Muslims after 2.30 pm, so went by our self inside in the afternoon) and the Grand Bazaar. The guide was ok, nothing special, felt a little rushed through all the historical figures. Anyway the afternoon was for us and we went through some alleys in the Grand Bazaar, visited the Topkapi Palace (great) with the Harem (little to see there though). and visited the Blue Mosque inside, a little disappointment there as expected more, it is not that blue inside lol. The 19th was filled with excitement as we finally came to embarkation day, yeehhh :) But first things first... We had another half day tour... Bosporus Cruise, cable car ride with the same tour company as the day before but a much better guide, who took time to explain things and answering questions. We saw a small Mosque that was really blue inside, but unfortunately I forgot the name :( We were almost on a private tour, just with another couple from the USA (New York) who had finished a cruise on the Reflection the day before and the best thing was, they WON that cruise, some lucky people :) The driver kept all our bags safe in the car during the tour and dropped us off right in front of the Cruise Terminal by around 1pm. So here we were in the midst of hundreds of people aiming for the same goal to get on this beautiful ship :). We dropped our bags in the area were all the other bags for Deck 7 were and made our way into the building for check in. With all the screening, the check in procedure (we had our xpress passes ready), Passport controls, I think it took no longer than 15 minutes to get on the ship. So at 1.20 pm we were finally on the ship and we went straight to our cabin to check if it was ready or not, what can I say... it was, so we dropped our carry-on stuff there and made our way to the "infamous" (according to some reviews) Oceanview on Deck 14 for our first food experience on a cruise ship. There was no "mayhem" in regards of service or to find a table, the Restaurant was well visited and the service team handled our drink requests very quick and friendly. The food we chose was very tasty and after some fruits we headed back to town as we had to purchase some Turkish delight sweets requested by friends and family back home. After we were back on the ship we did our embarkation day "duties" such as checking out the dining room, we had requested some Spa treatment online before hand, so we went there to confirm our appointments and the unpacking procedure. Jenny our room attendant knocked the door and introduced herself to us, what a very nice person she is, we asked her to clear out the Mini Bar and bring us some additional hangers for the closet. The hangers came in 5 minutes and the Mini Bar was cleared by the time we came back from dinner. The safety drill was at 5.15 pm, our station was C2 the Ensemble Lounge on Deck 5 and was done within 30 minutes or so, with some moaning from other cruisers, well when the ship sinks, I hope you moaners remember what to do then... Prepared for dinner at Murano, we had a 3 dinner package and the first night Celebrity booked us for Murano. Great experience overall, great food table side prepared and of course excellent service. Wandered around this great ship after dinner and called it a day. The 20th was converted from the overnight in Istanbul to a sea day, which for us came very handy as it gave us time to enjoy the ship to the fullest. Checked out the Solarium with the hot tubs, had a drink at Slush and some lunch at the Mast Grill. All in all an uneventful day, which why it is called vacation lol. That evening was the 1st of 3 formal nights in the Silhouette Dining Room, we had chosen select dining (is on Deck 4) as it would give us more freedom after the daily excursions to relax before going to dinner. We were assigned for a table of 2 right by the window and boy was this a great area, kind of private, we had all the following nights we dined there either tables 475, 476, or 478. Jesus the Head Waiter and Vincent are great guys, with great recommendations each night and they remembered after the 1at night what we liked and knew our names. The Sommelier in that section was also a great guy, forget your name man...sorry :( Tall from Serbia, had great conversations with him about wines, Thailand, etc. always got excellent wines from him, within or mostly beyond the Premium Package we don't know hehehe. In general the food, service in the MDR were always excellent, just one time the lamb for my wife was tough, that was the only minor glitch in an otherwise excellent experience. To sum up the food and Restaurants now... Murano we wished we had the time to go there again during the cruise, but the MDR was so good, we couldn't make it. Silk Harvest was a nice experience in service and the food as well. We visited the Tuscan Grill on our last night and it was wonderful as well. We met a waiter who knew some people we worked both together in the past (I am in the hospitality business), small world. Bistro on 5 we never visited, we wanted, but did not have the time really... Each time we walked past it was well visited and NEVER empty as I read in previous reviews. Ocean View we went there once for lunch on embarkation day and all the other days for breakfast. Some hick ups regarding ordering OJ on some mornings, probably language barrier as neither me nor the waiters are native English speakers, but "fresh Orange Juice please" shouldn't be much of a problem. Mast Grill good for hot dog and burgers during the day. The dress code during the formal nights we feel was followed by most of the other cruisers, we did not stare around, but a brief look we felt it was well followed. The 21st was our first excursion day, Ephesus, organized by John and Pam and a small group. Very well guided by I believe a Professor, lunch in a local place, of course with a rug presentation, but in a nice way and not pushy. The 22nd was Mykonos, beautiful island were we took a half day Celebrity excursion to Delos, well organized, very windy, chilly and with some rain. Interesting excavation site. After our return from Delos we wandered around the harbour and had some local food in a very nice restaurant. The 23rd we arrived in Athens and we had joined a group online with PK travel. A lot of information from our guide, lunch on the way to Cape Seunion and well back in time in the port. Very fun day The 24th we had another sea day to relax and enjoy the offerings on the ship, that evening was the 2nd formal night. The 25th and 26th we had 2 days in Dubrovnik, both days we had tours with Celebrity, well organized and informative. 1day we had a Rivera Cruise with cable car ride and wandering the old town. that evening we ate in a little local restaurant just outside the city walls. The 26nd we had a tour around the coastline with wine and olive oil testings. Very nice and tasty with local snacks. The 27th was the last sea day as we were on our way to Rome, the last day to really relax and enjoy the ship. The 28th we arrived in Rome and joined a tour organized by Mike, saw all the highlights such as inside the Colosseum, Sistine Chapel, Vatican museum, Pantheon. 1 day or only a 8-9 hours stint does the city no justice, I am sure we will back in the future. The 29th we arrived in La Spezia and we opted on our roll call to join Wayne's tour to Pisa/Florence with a visit to the Accademia to see the famous David, which you are actually allowed now to take pictures off. Great driver and a guide for the old town with the Domo and the Accademia. The 30th we arrived in Villfranche and joined a tour organized by Mike to see the small towns around the Cote a zure, like nice and Monaco, this was as well the 3rd and final formal night. October 1st we had a tour organized by Celebrity to see Marseilles, Cassis and other small towns. Marseilles was a lot of drive by but hte smaller towns we had free time to wander around. Sadly October 2nd was our last morning and debarkation time for us :(. The night before we settled our bills so check out was a breeze, We had chosen 8.10 am, so we were not that much in a rush to leave. In the terminal we found quickly our bags on the belt and we were in a taxi within half an hour after leaving the ship. This day we used to explore the city of Barcelona with its highlights such as the Las Ramblas, The Famila Cathedrale, etc.... took a hop on/off bus tour around the city until the early evening. The next day we made our way by taxi to the airport and boarded our 3.45 pm flight to Doha and from there back to Bangkok just to arrive back in reality last Sunday. Oops... the review got longer than I had planned.. Anyway, it was our first cruise and all our expectations were exceeded in terms of cabin size, service teams, food and the fellow cruisers we met great and the not so good (some snobs and moaners on near by tables). Shows were all to our liking, the 2nd half of the cruise Celebrity had guest stars from UK got Talent, etc. who try to sell their CD's, which did not reduce our fun. Tons of things to do even late in the evening, we not joined many activities, since this was a port intensive cruise, but the ones we joined were fun, even the art auctions, raffles, etc.(rats...did not win anything..lol) We joined the hot glass shows more than once as we like the craftsmanship of the guys. Eddy the Cruise Director was a great guy, he left for his well deserved vacation after this cruise, not sure when or where he will rejoin Celebrity. Officers in were all friendly and very visible on the ship day time and evenings. Some Managers in too tight shirts and ties in the Ocean View were not friendly at all only when some guys who were higher up the food chain appeared, then they became chatty all of the sudden, funny :) I gave them the nick name "Secret Service" as only the shades were missing, they had already the in-ear walky talkies. To sum it up,finally lol.... Great Cruise will sure do it again, nothing to fault that would spoil the experience. We met nice people that convinced us that cruising is for us Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
We set sail on September 11 2015 for an amazing adventure on Celebrity Reflection. The ship was beautiful with so many wonderful amenities. Our cabin was a great size, with a comfortable bed and nice size bathroom. The restaurants were ... Read More
We set sail on September 11 2015 for an amazing adventure on Celebrity Reflection. The ship was beautiful with so many wonderful amenities. Our cabin was a great size, with a comfortable bed and nice size bathroom. The restaurants were really good with great service. We purchased the alcohol package which was worth every penny. The ports were so much fun. We did not purchase any excursions through the cruise ship. We did our own research and saved a ton of money and had a great time and not stuck traveling with a bus full of people. (Highly recommend!!) Sicily went got a driver and went to Taormina. Absolutely beautiful city!! Breath taking views Mykonos rented ATV and went to a beautiful beach and then had drinks in Little Venice. Kusadasi took public transportation to the beach however our friends went to Ephesus and enjoyed that trip with great sites and even better shopping. Rhodes...cute Old Town (walking distance from ship) great shopping and even better restaurants. Santorini...rented a van and went to Oyi (amazing views) as well as black beach. Athens...public transportation to the Acropolis and shopping district and took a train back to the port. Naples took a ferry (walking distance from the port) over to Capri...LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! I suggest you arrive in Rome a few days before your cruise and enjoy the sites of Rome. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
This was our first cruise. We learned the do's and don'ts along the way. The first thing that struck us was how beautiful the celebrity equinox is, inside and out. there were 6 glass elevators so we never waited more than a ... Read More
This was our first cruise. We learned the do's and don'ts along the way. The first thing that struck us was how beautiful the celebrity equinox is, inside and out. there were 6 glass elevators so we never waited more than a minute for one to arrive. There was usually an immediate 'hello' from fellow 'lifters' it was so friendly everywhere. From morning to night we could eat the most wonderful food in either an international buffet or in a classy dining room. Our stateside cabin was kept immaculate by Harry. We spent a wonderful 12 days in that cabin. We had a balcony with free view and it was wonderful to wake up to the sight of a charming harbour in 11 different countries. During our voyage we kept forgetting we were at sea! Our cabin was 7th deck, midship. Steady as a rock! We were amazed at the choice of activities on board from morning to evening! We had fabulous weather but lazing around the pools all day seemed a waste of time since we could either visit the beautiful towns or try out all the activities on board that day. The excursion to Rome and the Vatican City including a lunch, a walking tour and the visit to the Sistine Chapel and the frescoes by Michelangelo (was on my bucket list!) was so well organised and well worth the price. Leaving and entering the ship was made easy by the cheerful and professional staff. They were all there awaiting our return to ship offering us ice-cold towels and lovely refreshing drinks! Brilliant! Excursions are definitely the best way to visit the sights. Just check if there are parts where its difficult to walk. Melene, our beautiful waitress in the Silhouette Dining Room, was our saviour when it came to making choices. She explained every dish on the menu as if she had cooked it herself. Her choice was always our choice and it was always delicious. Vladimir, our Sommelier delighted us every evening with wine choices and he was always very interested in our opinion. The ships dancers were better than any ive ever seen. Their version of Cirque du Soleil was amazing. The twice nightly shows were excellent too. We were sad to leave this wonderful ship and its crew. But our memories will last a lifetime. Thank you Celebrity Cruises and to all the crew of the Equinox. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
My first "upscale" cruise. I promised my wife a trip to Turkey and a cruise to get there. She did the research and found this cruise. She also found two other couples who wanted to go. All the women looked at the rooms and ... Read More
My first "upscale" cruise. I promised my wife a trip to Turkey and a cruise to get there. She did the research and found this cruise. She also found two other couples who wanted to go. All the women looked at the rooms and the guys studied the ports and amenities. I'm a retired military officer, so I understand the requirements of logistics and on-going operations in a vessel of this size and passenger load and I can tell you they are staggering. This ship had experienced a bit of a bug brought aboard by a passenger so not only did they clean the ship (I brought a UV light and checked) they increased their health protocols so there were no events while we were aboard. The suite was cleaned daily as was the outside of the ship while we were in port. I always saw cleaners in the process of cleaning everywhere. The attention to detail was impressive. The Food was excellent. They had plenty of stations and a wide variety of cuisines including a lot of attention to gluten free which was really nice. The staff in the cafe was friendly and constantly looking to see if you needed anything. The breakfast selections were incredible and they provided international breakfast options -- like the traditional British breakfast. If you wanted to be waited on the dining room staff was excellent and the food very well done -- the problem was getting in while it was open, but as an early riser, I enjoyed taking morning coffee on the fantail while in a port. The evening dining experience was terrific. We became fans of our waiters and sommelier. There recommendations were always spot on and delicious. They were portioned just right and were perfectly seasoned. Everybody in our party remarked on that. We went to one of the upscale restaurants (Tuscan grill) on a formal night and enjoyed the entire dining experience (the sun was setting in Kusadasi, Turkey) and we enjoyed the show and then we enjoyed the best steak any of us had ever eaten -- and I've eaten a fair amount of wagu beef. Don't know how the Chef did it, but it was amazing. There were shows each night in the theater and each was excellent in it's own way. Eddy the cruise director was very engaged and engaging. The casino was beautifully appointed and I actually won some more there. The Ports were the ports. The other couples hadn't been around the Med so they happily took tours and came back exhausted each day but happy with their choices. I enjoyed going ashore in Ville Franche and enjoying a walk along the streets. We took a train into Rome and wandered around St. Peter's square then took the train back out to the ship. In Mykonos we rented a mini-van and drove all around the Island and had a marvelous time. You can never spend enough time ashore on these cruises, but it sure gives you an appetite to return. My wife and I are going to return to Celebrity again - different itinerary, but we are comfortable we'll have the same first rate experience. My only complaint is the outrageous money charged for the internet service. In Rome we rented a pocket wifi for 5 Euros for the day and it could handle up to six devices. My friends who bought the $299 package were very disappointed. I think they'd make more money at $120 with 2 devices. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
We (mom and I) were a little concerned after being delayed for boarding by a norovirus issue. We arrived at the dock shortly after 2pm and had champagne in hand at 2:47! The beverage package was well used as that was the first of many ... Read More
We (mom and I) were a little concerned after being delayed for boarding by a norovirus issue. We arrived at the dock shortly after 2pm and had champagne in hand at 2:47! The beverage package was well used as that was the first of many celebratory beverages. We had stayed in Barcelona a few nights to get acclimated, What a great city with the best cab drivers on the planet! It was my first cruise and it won't be my last. The food was top notch and the staff members without exception were wonderful. We went to every show and the Jazz on the lawn concert, all were enjoyable. It was a pretty port intensive and busy trip but there is no way we would have seen the places we did with out this cruise. I would not book our cabin again 6258. The obstruction didn't bother us even with the white hoisting mechanisms in view but the music from the lounge below was an issue on some nights. That was our only issue. Read Less
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