by Valerie Tomlinson
March 31, 2002
THE SHIP: This was the first of hopefully many cruises to come. It was all we expected and more. We were very impressed with the ship on the outside as well as the inside. A very elegant ship.
EMBARKATION: Couldn't have been easier. This being our first cruise, i was a bit nervous, but things went very smooth. From the moment we arrived at the ship, til the moment we were checking out our stateroom couldn't have been longer than fifteen minutes. Then we were off to check out the buffet being served. Good first impression.
OUR STATEROOM: Believe it or not, the room was a bit larger than we actually expected. It could get a bit cramped with the three of us trying to get ready, but you spend so little time in there, this didn't make a difference. We did enjoy having oceanview. Our room steward was great. Whenever we need anything, he was right there.
DINING: What can I say. Food, Food and more Food. The steaks were always cooked to perfection. Our waiter (from Turkey) was great. Couldn't have been better. If we ordered something we didn't care for, no problem, just order something else. One of our party guest was celebrating his birthday. They sang to him and presented him with a birthday cake. The assistant waiter, Peter, was also good. He maybe could have kept up with the drinks a little better, but we enjoyed him. The breakfast buffet was great. Anything you wanted, they had. The pizza and hamburgers were also great.
ENTERTAINMENT: We never made it to any of the shows. There is just not enough time to do everything. We did however play bingo twice a day. We enjoyed this even though we never won. We really enjoyed the music at the pool. They were GREAT! We even requested a few songs. Country and Western night and Mexican night was lots of fun.
PORTS OF CALL: Not too impressed with San Jaun. Wouldn't really care to go back. We did however visit the Rain Forest, that was rather interesting. St. Thomas was much nicer. We visited Magens Bay and enjoyed the shopping. I feel the best was saved for last. The Bahamas. We went to Paradise Island. This place is breathtaking. While there, you must visit The Atlantis Resort. I would love to have stayed there longer.
FINAL THOUGHTS: All except for the week coming to an end, everything was great. The only thing I would like to see changed is to include soft drinks in the price of the cruise and always have tea and lemonaide available. Even adding a salad bar would be nice. Other than that, keep doing what you are doing and I can't wait to cruise with Celebrity again.