Number of Cruises: n/a
Cruise Line: Celebrity
Sailing Date: December 28th, 2000
Overall a thoroughly enjoyable cruise but its the little things that tend to irritate the most.
Embarkation was a joy and having arrived at Ft Lauderdale at 12.30 we were on board and in our cabin (Category 4) within 30 minutes.
Our room steward Agnelo was exceptional and was always available to sort out fresh towels and clear the room and even arranged to have the sheets changed from queen size to king size so that they tucked in and stayed in while asleep.
The ship itself had no balconies and we did miss this since the only way of looking out the window was climbing onto the bed and sitting on the ledge.
The buffets were at best OK but the lack of signs explaining what was on offer was a pity and the staff rarely had any idea what the trays help. The food actually got repetitious but we guess thats what buffets are.
A silly thing but you could only get ice cream between 4.00 - 6.00 pm and not with your lunch. They had two areas where it was served but for what it would cost Celebrity it seems somewhat ridiculous. Not everyone wants cakes after a meal !!!
The main Restaurant was beautiful and we were seated with 6 other Brits and we enjoyed the company for the 12 nights. The food itself was generally quite good although certainly not 5 star and rarely was it served hot. Our waiter Gascon continually told us that he was the youngest on Zenith and truthfully it showed. He only relaxed after the meal was served and it was all rather rushed.
The Maitre d was awful and his manner was grating to all on our table. He kept telling us how much he was doing for us as special guests and he kept making notes in his little black book....On the last night he never visited our taable but I was told we were expected to seek him out to give him his tip........he was out of luck with all of us. The next day at breakfast he was almost rude and dismissive of my wife and I.
The entertainment was third rate....we hate the shows which are just singing " the Show Tunes " Another night there was a very poor magician and after 10 minutes most of the audience had left. We spent our evenings in the delightful Cova Lounge where a pianist played and sang and people joined in.
Karaoke, Bingo all the usual rubbish. AND WHY ON EARTH IS ART so heavily featured on Cruise Ships. Crazy prices for items that no one would buy on land are being paid. The Auctioneers whipping up the crowd by telling them how much THEY had seen other similar items being sold for in unnamed galleries in New York. It must be a high earner.
The evening of 60's music and dance turned into a farce. After two songs by the Calypso Band (must be a joke somewhere there) proceedings were halted for 25 minutes for a twist competition. Another 2 songs and then another Elvis look alike competition. We all left in disappointment. Why do Celebruty tghink we need to be playing games. Why cant they just have a 60's evening.
Generally the Islands were OK and our favorite was St Lucia where the expensive organised tour was the best we have taken
As I said before, overall we enjoyed the experience and are thinking of booking Celebrity again but I do wish that they would just take note of those little things that we all remember.