Review: Celebrity Horizon - 11/16/01 7-day Western Carib. SailingExecutive Summary: Excellent cruise for those who want something low key and relaxing but enjoy the formal elements of cruising. About me: Married male, age 32, traveling with spouse. This was my 5th cruise, first on Celebrity. Previous cruises on Carnival, Princess and Royal Olympic.Pro's & Con's: + The production Broadway-style shows were excellent. + The ship was well maintained and clean.+ The crew was excellent across the board. + The ship is not that big so it's very easy to find your way around. + Embarkation was excellent. 15 minutes from bus to boat. + Category 4 outside cabin was nicely furnished with plenty of space.+ There are plenty of deck chairs throughout the ship. + The wine stewards really seemed to know their stuff. +/- Our waiter, Dervis, was great. Unfortunately his command of english could use some work. +/- Cabin steward, Annie, was wonderfully nice and did excellent work. She did not make any animals out of towels though like I've seen stewards on other lines do. (a very minor complaint) +/- Disembarkation was quick but when we got off the ship we had to sit for an hour waiting for the shuttle to arrive to take us to the post-cruise hotel.+/- The comedian on board wasn't very funny but they had a concert pianist who was excellent and also told jokes in between songs. +/- They also had a very unique marionette show for entertainment one night but after 20 minutes it got old. +/- Pictures taken by the ship's photographer were very well done and usually turned out good but were very expensive. - During sea days there wasn't a whole lot of activities. - The guest talent show just stunk. - The Coral Sea restaurant, where they serve the buffet, was not well layed out so it's crowded around the buffet line. - The water in the cabin was hard to adjust. - I thought they closed the pool and hot-tub too early every day (usually 5pm).- They had both formal nights on days in port so it was a rush to get dressed.Other comments: > If you want a very relaxing and pleasurable cruise definitely consider Celebrity and the Horizon. Since it's one of their oldest ships, it doesn't have all the features and size of their new ships. The 1st-rate crew more than makes up for the lack of features and makes the cruise just perfect. > All the cruise shore excursions we tried were excellent although most were pricey. > We did the Research Sub 800' deep dive in Grand Cayman and recommend it to anyone who wants a once in a lifetime experience. It's just 2 people and the sub driver on a very unique underwater tour.> We also tried the Xcaret Eco Park at Cozumel. It was fantastic, especially the snorkeling in the 2 underground rivers. At this one park they offer many of the same activities that the cruise ship sells as several different excursions.> In Progresso, we did the Chicen Itza excursion. If you want to see some amazing ruins then you'll be overwhelmed by this place. > The majority of passengers seemed to be in the 40-50's age range. There were about 200 kids on our cruise and thankfully Celebrity seated most of the families with children in one wing of the dining room so not as to disturb others. There were a number of 30 somethings and of course plenty of older folks. I wouldn't recommend this line for people in the 20's crowd or anyone looking for a "party" atmosphere. > We found this ship to be much more classy than some of the larger lines (i.e., RCI and Carnival). Most people dressed up for dinner nightly and many men wore tuxes on formal nights. We highly enjoyed this but if you're looking to go to dinner in shorts or jeans every night then you may not like this line. If you enjoy the opportunity to dress up you'll be very pleased. firstname.lastname@example.org
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