Number of Cruises: 4
Cruise Line: Celebrity
Sailing Date: March 12th, 2005
Itinerary: Western Caribbean
I had a wonderful time on this
cruise! The food was great and the staff was the nicest, most helpful crew I've
encountered on a cruise ship.
In the Grand Restaurant, I was taken aback when we went to our first dinner and found it to be a table of ten, but our eight dinner mates were great company. While all of the food was good, my favorites were the eggs Benedict at breakfast, the spring rolls at lunch, and all of the soups at dinner!
I didn't eat the pasta or the
burger/hot dogs offered poolside, but the piza was surprisingly good. The buffet
upstairs was OK, but if you can make it to the Grand Restaurant for your meals,
I think that is your best bet.
The Rendezvous Louge was the perfect place to have a cocktail before dinner, particularly at a table near the window. I do wish that the musical combo had mixed up their repertoire a bit, though. I can't tell you how many times I heard "Besume Mucho" and "The Tennessee Waltz" that week.
Images martini bar was my favorite bar. The decor is fun and comfortable and the staff of two very friendly.
Michael's was lovely inside, but when I was there, the pianist was on an extended break and an amateur cruise goer took over the piano, so the experience was a little less than I had hoped for.
I was initially disappointed at the lack of a true midnight buffet. Instead, waiters serve hor d'oeuvres in the public rooms. However, this turned out ot be a much more realistic service. I really wouldn't be able to eat that much at midnight, and the treats were very good.
Out of the four ports were visited, Key West was my favorite by far. Visited the Hemingway House and also Schooner Wharf Bar, which is harbor side and has been voted best bar in Key West since 1993. Since Key West is only 1 mile by 3 miles, I suggest that if you are planning on touring the island, you save some money, skip the excursion and plan one for yourself. There is a lot that this island has to offer!