[Because of the 4000 character limit we really had to cut this back. For the full review see the Cruise Opinions site]EMBARKATIONThe cruise docs say embarkation starts at 2pm, but if you want time for the buffet lunch you need to show up sooner. We arrived at 11:00, and there were about 100 people already there. Porters put your luggage into loading containers for a buck a bag, and you proceed inside the terminal. Boarding is by priority number, and we were given a 1. Judging by announcements, people arriving after 11:45 were given a 2. The terminal has very comfortable seats, and staff come around to look at your docs and make sure you have filled them out correctly, a big improvement over the lineups at Carnival. At 11:40 the number 1's were called to the next room, where we had a brief wait before going into a third room where they processed our docs and shipboard card, and took our passport/birth cert. We waited in a 4th room for our group to finish this, and then a crew member took each of us to our cabin. We were on board before 1pm. Celebrity has the smoothest embarkation we ever had.CABINSThe cabin was great, lots of storage space, and nicely appointed with stainless steel accessories. Big shower, more water than Niagara Falls, bath robes, free safe. The hair dryer was rather weak, and if you have a good head of hair you should bring your own. Bring a power bar so you can have several things plugged into the one desk outlet.You can check your ship account and book tours on the cabin TV. Check your account frequently, we found 2 errors where others had charged stuff to our cabin by putting the wrong cabin number on the bill. When you report this to the Info Desk it takes a day or so for them to obtain a copy of the bill and send it to your cabin. If it's not your bill you take it back to them and they proceed to cancel the charge. Our were fixed after a few days.You can also use the TV to book tours, saving standing in line. Our tickets were delivered the same night.Using this interactive method can be a bit slow, sometimes you click on a choice and it won't work, the server seems slow at times, and sometimes we even got a WIN 98 error or shutdown box, but decided it would be bad manners to shut down their network server :-) But if you just keep trying every few seconds you will get a beep and it will connect or move to the next step.PORTSWhat we wanted to do in each port was shop, hit a beach, and take a tour. That was only possible in St. Thomas where the ship stays the whole day. There wasn't time for all that in the other ports. We should also mention that there were no bugs on the islands, no sand flies or mosquitos like Jamaica has, so bug repellant wasn't necessary. Cabs on all the islands charge per person, so there is no advantage to sharing a cab with someone.Hi to our new ship friends Julie, Jim, Gabe, Vee, Ernie, Ray, Carol, and Ashley!If anyone wants the complete review, here's our email, just take out the 'Remove This' part, it's to avoid auto spam robots.Bob and Wendy EvansBob7REMOVETHIS@canoemail.com
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