Well it is officially over. It is always wonderful cruising with CruiseMate pals, but I would have to say I was "underwhelmed" with the ship. I have to totally agree with Kuki's assessment of the aft balconies....we were in cabin 1251 and I would not recommend it to anyone in the future. We booked this cabin before it was even built.....maybe not such a good idea.
I do have to say that disembarkation went very smoothly. We were quite shocked at the warehouse atmosphere where we had to locate our luggage and go through customs. During the cruise, we were reminded on two separate occasions by Celebrity staff that Celebrity is a "5 Star Cruiseline"....well, you would never know it by the luggage location. I guess I am very spoiled with RCL's luggage handling on the pier. But, it did all go smoothly and we are already in our room at the Holiday Inn.
Just a side note, priority walk off from the ship was at 6:50 a.m. So anyone with an early flight should not have had any problems.
Mary Lou Scanlon
NCL Pride of America April 24, 2010
NCL Epic February 12, 2011
RCCL Allure of the Seas - September 18, 2011
Celebrity Eclipse - February 11, 2012:
RCCL Navigator OTS - February 9, 2013