This is our 14th cruise and our 8th cruiseline. I would rate this cruise to be above many, butno better than some other lines, such as Princess.Boarding was fine with little hassel and waitingwas a minimum. This was acceptable to us. Handicapped and parents with small children were given priority in boarding.One problem with this ship is it states that it ischildren friendly, but it is not. Small children(those under 3) were supposed to be allowed inthe Fun Factory, but everytime it was tried, theanswer was that they were unable tolet them in. This was not acceptable. In addition, certain crew members were definitelyunfriendly to children--yet others were wonderful!As our group (of 20) was scattered all over the ship,we had a variety of cabin stewards and all were wonderful. They did an excellent job. Also ourwaiters and assistants were terrific. Our restaurantmanager was a waste, but another, Mario, with whom wedealt during open sittings and at the Island Cafe, wasfantastic. He was a real working manager--somethingthat is rare on a cruise ship. The rooms are wonderfully spacious and the cleanlinessis well above average. I was so hyped up aboutthe food (which is supposed to be so terrific), that I was very disappointed. It was fine, but I have hadas good (and in some cases better) on other lines.There is nothing wrong with it, it just wasn't asmagnificent as I expected or as is advertised. Don't do the Sundancer tour in Jamaica--it is a wasteof money. There is no narration about the coast--just aquick boat trip to the beach at Dunn's River Falls wherethey dump you until they return with another group and pick you up. The rum punch is undrinkable and allthey wish to do is sell you pictures, hair beading,and t-shirts. Could have done (and have done) betterwith just a taxi. (On a previous cruise, we did thetour that includes the Shaw gardens and falls andit was worth the money.) This cruise missed Grand Caymen due to rough seas (thanks to Hurricane Keith), and the crew did a verygood job turning what was to be a port day into a dayat sea. In addition, they gave us an additional stopin Playa del Carmen on Thursday, which gave everyonetime to do lots of things. If you are divers (as are we), be sure that you are prepared for a dive boat in Cozumel that is a "cattle boat". Crowded and disorganzed were the order of the day. In addition, the one divemaster (not Orlando)just left our group--and we had a novice in the group.Good thing we had other very experienced divers along.Ladies, if you make a hair appointment for Thursday, makesure no one cancels it when another offers them moneyunder the table. This led one of our party to be veryupset. (She had made the appointment Sunday and hadit canceled out from under her with no notice.)Michael's Club is wonderful--if you like cigars and aquiet place to escape. The dining room is beautiful, but very noisy due to its design. The atrium was a bigdisappointment--I have seen much nicer on smaller ships. The grand buffet on Thursday night is unlike any otherI have seen. It was incredible.I had heard that the entertainment was iffy on Celebrity,but I found it to be very enjoyable and of fairly good qualify. There was one singer who should quit tryingto be something she is not, but otherwise it was marvelous.Would I do it again? Maybe. I definitely would notrecommend it to anyone with children under 16, however.Will probably try Celebrity again someday on another ship,but our next cruise will be on another line to compare.Diane Magill
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