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  1. Just wondering why these are now becoming prime cabins on ship on the newer boats they are becoming suites & above.


    In my opinion, they could be great, but they have some faults which make them less appealing than they might appear at first glance.


    When we sailed to Hawaii on the Celebrity Century (a lovely ship, and a cruise I would really like to do again), we were in one of the aft cabins. We had a following wind which must have been very close to the sames speed as the ship, so there was no airflow at all on the balcony. Since the stern balconies on Summit are very deep, the balcony was almost stifling, and we spent very little time there.


    Also, stern balconies may be overseen by a bar on the deck above, and, unless they are very deep, may not be very private.


    For my wife and I, we'll never do a stern balcony again.

  2. One thing you might consider is getting a three day transit pass. You can buy one at a small booth on the jetty, and they are really worth the money. We got one for both bus and ferry, and managed to see almost all the island in two full days.

  3. We sailed to Hawai'i in 2006 in Summit, in cabin 1136, one of the the stern cabins (Celebrity called them 'suites' but they were the same size as normal cabins, but with a huge balcony). We did find, especially if the wind was straight on the bow, that the balconies got little breeze. This may have been partly because we our cabin was not one of the outer ones, and thus was protected from three directions. Only when we had a following wind did we feel any breeze, and that was only if the wind was greater than our forward speed.


    What we really noticed was engine noises. I don't know for sure that Summit had any engine problems on that trip, but I do know that there were definitely unusual variations in engine speed and sound, and she trailed one engine, on at least two occasions, for quite an extensive period of time.


    Had it been any warmer we would probably have been uncomfortable, but, as it turned out, we spent more time on the sunset bar directly over our cabin than we did on the balcony. But we also decided that we would never select that 'suite' again.

  4. So let me get this straight. You pay a couple of hundred dollars per day for the cruise, which is supposed to include all meals, then you pay another $58 per day for specialty dining. What happened to 'all-inclusive' (excluding booze, of course). I get the feeling that Celebrity is well into nickle-and-diming us to death.

  5. My comment is not about a particular Celebrity cruise, but more to do with the quality of the meals and where they have been trending over the past decade.


    My wife and I recently sailed on an eastbound Trans-Atlantic trip on the Queen Mary 2, and the quality of the food made me think, once again, about how the food in the Celebrity ships has been declining since Michel Roux left in 2007.


    Our first cruise was in Summit in 2003, and the food, both in the Main Dining Room and in the specialty dining room, was, to put it mildly, superb. Even the buffet line was a pleasure. Not only that, but lobster and giant shrimp were staples on the MDR menu, and could be ordered off the menu if desired. The same held true for our cruise on Constellation in 2006, making us (along with the service in general and the quality of the cabin and bar staffs in particular) committed Celebrity cruisers.


    In 2009, we sailed in the Constellation again, and noticed that the food was, well, not quite as good. The food on the buffet tended to be left too long, the range and quality of food in the MDR was not quite as good, although you could still order delectables off menu, and the food (and the service, unfortunately) in the specialty restaurant left much to be desired. Admittedly, this cruise had a bunch of problems, due to measures to control Norovirus (which was not present but had apparently been a problem on the previous voyage). We addressed this issue with the Purser and later in a letter to Celebrity, but the Purser, who appeared to be as upset as we were, was unable to do anything at the time, and Celebrity never replied, except in platitudes, to our letter of concern.


    In 2010, we sailed on RCCL's Explorer of the Seas, and found the food as good as, or better than, what we experienced on our previous trip on Constellation.


    In 2011, on Summit (again), the food, once more, was acceptable but not exciting. The meat tended to be drab in flavour and vegetables were generally slightly overdone. Again, ordering off menu was not done, and decent (and, perhaps, extravagant, but still ... this was a luxury cruise) seafood such as lobster never appeared on the menu. We discussed this with the maitre d', but there was no improvement. After talking to out tablemates, we decided not to eat in the specialty restaurant, because they indicated that the food and service were not worth the extra cost.


    Finally, in 2011, we sailed in Century to Hawaii. The food was good, but not much, if any, improved from what we had been getting used to. The buffet was boring and mundane. The same problems persisted with flavour and doneness, although I do have to say that the hamburgers by the pool were excellent, and we actually ate there a couple of times in preference to the MDR.


    So, the bottom line is, the quality and range of food on Celebrity's ships has, in my wife's and my opinions, been gradually deteriorating over the years. I am wondering if it is only us, or if other cruisers have noticed the same thing.


    Please do not take from this that we are unhappy overall with Celebrity. We have enjoyed sailing on their ships, every trip has been a dream, and we have consistently fouond the sevice and attitudes of the staff to far exceed that found on the other cruise lines with which we have sailed. We will quite happily sail with Celebrity again, likely doing a Greek Island cruise this summer or next.:)

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