Number of Cruises: 1
Cruise Line: Celebrity
Sailing Date: December 8th, 2005
As first time cruisers we have nothing to compare it to but the Zenith exceeded my expectations after reading the reviews posted on this site.
We upgraded to the Concierge Class but I’m not sure what the difference would have been if we hadn’t. The room was very nice. The bed, although two twins pushed together, was very comfortable. There were fresh flowers, a fruit basket and an hours derves tray brought to the room every day.
The service was wonderful, every crew member we passed in the hall said Hello and was very friendly. The ship was beautiful, all the lounges and dining rooms were very nice.
The food was great and plentiful. My one complaint would be that they allowed guests in the formal dining room who were not appropriately dressed based on the evenings attire. If I knew you could wear shorts and a t-shirt on formal night I wouldn’t have insisted my husband rent a sports jacket when we forgot his.
Pool side was great, the shows were great, the drinks were wonderful ($700 worth of wonderful…be careful with that!!). 15% gratuity is added at the bar, keep that in mind when adding add’l tip, it took us a while to figure that out.
>From what everyone told us, we overpaid for the cruise (our fault for not waiting for specials), and based on the class we chose we would have had a balcony on any other ship (the Zenith is older and smaller than most). Also, I heard complaints about internet access from people trying to get work done.
I liked the smaller ship, we met people at the pool during the day and would see them again throughout the night which was nice. We were told that on the larger ships you rarely see the same person twice.