Celebrity LineZenith ReviewBermudaSusan Lakatos
Number of Cruises: 5
Cruise Line: Celebrity
Sailing Date: May 6th, 2006
Itinerary: NOT FOUND
Celebrity Cruise Line
Zenith Cruise Review
WHAT’S NOT TO LIKE?
We just returned from our second cruise on the Zenith. The first sailed on February 6, 2006; this one sailed on May 6, 2006. We enjoyed the first one so much we decided to go back. This one was as close to a perfect cruise as it is possible to get. Everything went very smoothly.
This time we opted to take a taxi from the airport to the ship and back, rather than the usual bus transfers. It was much quicker, and is the option we will continue to choose, as we liked getting on the ship earlier.
One of the most amazing things about the cruise was that from the moment of boarding members of the crew recognized us from our previous cruise. When you stop to consider that they saw at least 16,500 people between now and the last time we were on board, you begin to understand how remarkable that is. On this cruise we were able to renew some of those acquaintances and get to know other crewmembers. One comment we received from several is that we were always smiling, whenever they saw us. In talking with some of them, we learned how much it means to them when we take the time to be friendly with them.
It was fun to be able to dress up for dinner every evening, which we chose to do, even on casual nights. The atmosphere in the dining room is such that it encouraged dressing nicely.
The service on this cruise was also excellent, both in the dining venues and the care of our cabins. We discovered alternative dining for dinner this time, and would take advantage of that again. The sushi café was excellent, as before, in both the food and the service. The Grand Gala Midnight Buffet was amazing. The skill and artistry of the carvers especially was phenomenal, and the entire presentation was beautiful.
The current troupe of Celebrity Singers and Dancers was even better than last time. We did not see the comedian, but did enjoy singer/entertainer Darren Williams, although we could have done without his graphic imitations of Elvis and Tom Jones. His personality and talent would have easily carried the show without them. Personally, I enjoyed the Alambre Trio every evening, even more than last time. They have an amazing repertoire in addition to great musical talent, and can make even the most common, everyday songs very appealing.
Our destination this time was Bermuda. Bermuda is a beautiful island, and very hospitable. Every person we encountered was friendly and helpful. In Hamilton we walked from the ship to the Botanical Garden, which was absolutely beautiful. The people who work there are great, and told us about their bus system. We spent the rest of the morning walking around town. The next day we took the bus out to the Aquarium/Natural History Museum/Zoo. The zoo isn’t much, but the aquarium is great. On our first day in St. George’s we did a shore excursion: The Ultimate Water Tour. It was even better than the description that persuaded us to sign up for it, and we felt it was well worth the price. On our second day there we explored the area and did some shopping. Again, our encounters with the locals were very pleasant. There were many who had their shore time marred by rain, but we went out in the morning and had perfect weather for all our shore time.
We have come to a much greater appreciation of the level of service provided by the hardworking crew. We also appreciate the attention to detail in every aspect of the cruise. A second cruise on the same ship will not necessarily provide the same level of enjoyment and satisfaction. In our case, we found everything to be better, and we are looking forward to our next cruise on the Zenith.