We just returned from a short Century cruise, Key West and Cozumel.
This is after a several year hiatus from Celebrity. We stuck to RC to
get to our Diamond status.
It was good to be back onboard a more low key environment...no
announcements to speak of (no reminders of bingo 20 times a day)
Service was excellent as usual, tho this trip particularly non-personal.
Only talked to our cabin steward the first day...no complaints, we're
just used to seeing him more out and about the hallways. Waiter and
asst. waiter were good, tho except for the last night..the waiter didn't
go out of his way asking how we liked the entree, etc.
Now...on this cruise there was not a choice at least for us as to tips.
They were added to our sea pass acct. We didn't even get a voucher
to give to waiter, etc. It all seemed alittle impersonal. On the other
hand..there was a huge amount of "higher up" staff all out and about
the ship...overseeing bartenders, pool bar service, etc. This seemed to
contribute to a cleaner than usual ship (you were hardly done with a
drink or napkin when they walked by and wisked it away), and very
orderly, quick service.
The typically excellent Celebrity food I think has slipped a bit. Lots of
choices in the buffet..i.e. pasta bar, stir fry bar, sandwiches, and
the usual salads and entrees. yes, desserts were of less quantity than
we've seen on other ships, but this didn't bother us. Formal night
my husband had what he called the best rack of lamb he's ever nad
on a cruise ship...so there were some very high spots. I had a particularly
chewy steak...so probably just a bad choice. Sides also weren't
as good as before.
After being on much larger ships of late, there were just fewer
people at one time in an area...especially the buffet, sunset bar area, etc.
Seating was always available.
The ship and our cabin were in excellent shape after the somewhat
recent renovation. Cabin was small, but the flat screen TV on the wall
helped...and there was a huge amount of storage.
All in all...loved the cruise.
PS: RC diamond perks are non existent. Just priority boarding line,
which everyone uses, and priority disembarkation, which was nice.
no coupon book, no gift in the cabin, and of course which we knew...no
concierge lounge....our favorite.
Will we travel on Celebrity again..you bet.
Oh yes...Loved the Martini Bar.
Any specific questions, let me know.