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Hi. We are on the Summits cruise ship from May 27th to June 3rd. We are currently locked in our cabin and are being blatantly ignored. They are giving us a free cruise voucher but the embarrassment we endured deserves a refund as well. We are fully prepared to seek legal assistance as we were lied to and stripped of our rights as human beings. We are being treated worst than zoo animals. That being said, here is the tragic end to our honeymoon!!!
We were served a raw burger for lunch on deck 10 at the buffet. Mind you the staff agreed they should have been cooked well done! We didn’t realize it wasn’t cooked all the way until we got to the middle. My wife and I both got ill shortly after eating it. We took a nap because we started feeling ill and both threw up the burgers. We were NOT sick beforehand. I went to guest relations and spoke to Victoria, I think. We asked to get some reimbursement but they made us go to the doctor on board and claimed they could give me medicine to help with the food poisoning. We went there and they didn’t seem like they wanted to take responsibility for food poisoning and claimed we had the norovirus.
We didn't think we should have to pay for tour mistake so they claimed if we filled out some form saying we were sick, we wouldn’t be charged. So they give us the form and basically coerced us into lying about having diarrhea, which none of us had. Only nausea. They gave my wife a painful IV with drugs and saline. They took me into a different room and gave me a shot in my behind for nausea.
Mind you the shot was the most excruciating pain of my life and I couldn’t walk normally on my left side for over 2 hrs. They gave us medicine and sent us on our way. We instantly felt fine and we’re sure the mistakes of your staff caused our symptoms. They didn’t tell us we had to stay in our room after we left so my wife and I went up to the deck. She went back to the room to grab something and I was explaining the situation to someone who worked on the ship who then called her manager and yelled at me like a child to go to our room. I was chased by security and staff and made out to be a criminal.
We were not allowed to leave our room for the next day until we get off board. They literally treated us like criminals and claim we have a virus but we felt fine until after we ate that burger. They basically tricked us into going there and they are giving us a hard time about getting any reimbursement. The staff in the medical lied to us, and I believe this was done to take away liability. They even agreed that the food was the cause but later changed their story. We just got married and spent our life savings on this cruise! I am appalled at the way we were treated to the point where we were in tears. This is not right.
I am writing this as I am held a prisoner in our own room, not able to enjoy the benefits of the ship that we paid tons of money for. This is my first Celebrity Cruise as we always used Royal Caribbean. This is a very bad first impression and we’re disgusted at the mistrust that the staff has shown us. It’s hard to get sleep and forget this day from hell when I can hear people laughing and having a great time.
Nobody will speak to or help us, I feel like a prisoner. I could understand if we were actually sick, but I went out of the room and everyone, including your housekeeping staff and manager, that we look just fine and are not sick. I wish they worked for the medical department, because the people down there are lying criminals. We’re disgusted and appalled at the way we have been treated. We cannot sleep and have to wait to be cleared by medical. And without a doubt in my mind we will be. I want all the copies of our medical records as well, do I ask medical? We have never been so unhappy in our lives!!!
My fourth cruise with Celebrity. There's are only two lines I would recommend. Celebrity and Holland America. Cabins are large, staff is great and food is excellent.
We are on the Celebrity Equinox Caribbean Cruise and one of our port of calls was Punta Cana. We got to the port at 7 am and the plan was to take the tender boats to shore. At 7:35 an announcement was made that due to "rough seas" the tender boats cannot be used and we would not be going to Punta Cana. There was no backup destination and when asked if they would give a refund or some form of compensation, they said they would give back $10 for the port fees. How pathetic. This is my first and last time taking a cruise with Celebrity. Very disappointed.
Promised great ports and wildlife with visits to penguin rookeries. None of this happened. The boat had propulsion issues which had been identified for years. In fact, Celebrity had sued and won a considerable amount of money from the manufactures of their propulsion systems, but never fixed them. Therefore, they continue to operate ships that cannot make certain timetables and continue miss ports and disappoint their customers.
They offered us compensation for one port, but missed two and a half. They refused to allow anyone to cancel even though they knew in advance that they were not going to make certain ports. Very poor customer service. People on this cruise had saved all their lives and had travelled up to 30 hours to take this very disappointing trip. Folks from Hong Kong and the Philippines were told, "Oh well too bad for you". Shame on Celebrate. They knew in advance that things were not going to go well, and they really just did not care.
We knew it was a longer than we liked days at sea. But when 2 of the 3 days of getting off the ship were canceled, we were miserable! This was the cruise to South America and Antarctica. Port Madryn was canceled 1 day before departure due to supposedly ship propulsion problems. The Falkland Islands port was canceled due to understandably rough weather. The problem lies with one port not be attempted after the Falklands were canceled. We went 5000 miles to Antarctica and never saw one penguin up close! $11,500 later and not one penguin in its land habitat!
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The itinerary on Celebrity Infinity was excellent: Buenos Aires to Ushuaia to Cape Horn to Antarctica to Port Stanley, Falkland, to Puerto Madryn to Montevideo and back to Buenos Aires. The only issue with it was the first [boring] 3 days at sea, but we skipped them by flying to Ushuaia directly. (Yet, Celebrity, of course, not only issues no refund for those 3 days, but charges a fee to allow you to embark in a different port. The funny part of that was a call from them on the day of the departure with a question of why we are not on the ship. Despite the fee charged, they did not bother to communicate our embarkation exclusion to the vessel!)
There's more. Unfortunately, a week before sailing, Celebrity sent an email that they have a problem with the ship’s propulsion system, as such they won’t have sufficient speed and will have to cancel our visit to Puerto Madryn. It was very bad news, but at least they promised to refund one day as an excuse; not a fair exchange of course but something. (Later on the ship, during our Inside Access Tour, we of course asked in the mechanical room what the problem they have with the propulsion system, but the crew politely did not give an answer.)
The worst part came later. They suddenly cancelled Port Stanley as well. This time it was “for safety reasons”, saying that the weather is too bad there, that it’s a strong wind of 55-80 kph and getting to the shores is not possible. Alas, there is a big problem with this statement. First of all, the crew already knew and many people told us two days before that we won’t go to Port Stanley; that's before there was any reliable weather information. Also, our sailing through Drake Passage was extremely smooth. We were really lucky with the weather! Then at 5 AM on the morning we were supposed to sail to Port Stanley I checked the weather there and it was… sunny with 50 kph wind indeed but also CALMING to 25 kph during the day. Nonetheless, “for our safety” we did not go there.
Of course, people attacked all officers with tons of questions. The main one being why not visit Puerto Madryn or another port in Argentina instead. We got no answer. I also had an opportunity to ask the captain personally on the real reason for skipping Stanley. The answer was, “I’m the captain, I know better.” So, it looks like Celebrity Infinity either has a big technical problem with the vessel (and then it’s a real safety issue!) or saves money on port fees, etc., maximizing their profits. Either way, my advice is to never use this company. They have no respect for their customers, easily ruining vacations for 2000+ people.
This was our first cruise with Celebrity, two weeks, in Europe. We were very impressed with our whole experience and would easily the same cruise line. Our room was huge at the front of the ship and never having used Celebrity before we were delighted with our "suite". The staff was also excellent.
Booked a cruise through Expedia which departs tomorrow. For the past few months for any question or issue resolving discrepancies on the site or paying the balance I tried to call Celebrity directly only to be transferred immediately to a third party line waiting long hold times. We have a one year old. Simple questions regarding crib requests whether milk was available and babysitting inquiries were very hard to answer. There was a lot of back and forth. Expedia reps were very nice but were just quoting FAQs I had already read on the main site. We had a free beverage package for booking a veranda room which never appeared on the Celebrity site. It just kept asking if we would like to purchase it. This is crappy website and communication but now we are completely bummed to find out Celebrity has no remorse for situations out of the customers' hands and is not willing to help at all.
United cancelled our flight out of Newark offering no other flights and no airport within a 3 hour radius has a flight to Miami within two days. United gave us a full refund which I was not expecting. We were able to cancel the hotels due to circumstances resulting from the winter storm but when we called United asking them to postpone our trip even requesting to pay more for a different location or room anytime they said no. No refunds, no other trips... so we are out $1600. We desperately needed this trip to get away with the baby. This would have been our third cruise with Celebrity and I will never ever use them again. Last parting words? If we were smart we would have selected the insurance through Expedia and now we are unable to confirm cancellation on our room.
I am going on a cruise next month and have already booked my excursions. When I looked at my cruise calendar I noticed that they had changed some dates. Suddenly I had 2 excursions at the same time. I called the German call center. Nice and friendly people. But nobody could held me. I send an email to the manager. Never got an answer. Then I wrote to **. And within 5 hours I got an email from Rosemary ** and everything was fine. Thank you Rosemary.
We booked the cruise on the Eclipse in December to go on 3/9/17, we were offered no on board package. When we spoke to others on the ship we found we were the only ones with nothing. Not even a bottle of water. I checked with customer relations on board who said it was nothing to do with Celebrity. It was down to the travel agents. Thomson say it is down to the cruise line what is offered. If this is the case we will not be going on another Celebrity cruise. We feel we are just being given the runaround.
I have a cruise in November where numerous islands on my itinerary have been devastated. I called to request a change to another cruise departure one day apart within at a similar price. They refused my request and advised me that I must use the cruise care cancellation policy losing a portion of my cruise fare. Such a lack of customer focus and flexibility indicates what a lousy cruise line it is. I am going on a cruise with a cruise line I already hate before I leave. It surely will be the last one.
We cruised on The Constellation in July. While on-board we experienced an issue which I won't go into here. We were only home a couple of days when we received a call from Shirley at Celebrity post cruise guest relations. Shirley listened to our concerns and was empathetic and very friendly. I completely believe that Celebrity cares about each and every guest's experience. As a result I am not an unhappy guest and cruise again on The Reflection this coming December. Thank you Shirley. Thank you Celebrity.
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I was able to find the CEO's office email. I wrote out a long lengthy email regarding our situation with Hurricane Irma and what their office in Miami was offering. She called me back literally within 20 minutes of my email being sent. She was very apologetic and informed me that they will be refunding my taxes to our credit card and will be issuing us a voucher for next years cruise!! I cried and she cried with me. I thought I was out a lot of money. Suncoast misspoke and without an email or letter of me cancelling the cruise, they could not help. I will be purchasing travel insurance for sure. Shirley (Celebrity) was thankful that I brought it to their attention and that they would be addressing it with the company to make sure that anyone impacted by the storms whether in in Texas or Florida that it is handled with empathy and care. She said she will closely monitor our reservation and to let her know when we are ready to use our voucher. They have to wait until our current cruise is finished before they can issue any credits or vouchers. THANK YOU SHIRLEY @ CELEBRITY. It was just so hard for me to believe what I was being told initially!!!!!
I am going to blast Celebrity Cruise line and not in a good way. We have been planning our Alaskan Cruise for 18 months. We was due to fly out Friday. We did not purchase travel insurance. We cannot even think about leaving our home, family, pets with this Category 5 roaring up our way. We opted to cancel. We asked just to put us on next year's cruise. Same cruise. They said they would give us a 60 day option. Meaning taking another cruise within 60 days. The options they gave me was, The Carribean, The Bahamas, Puerto Rico, (Really? Really?), 14 day Hawaii (like I have 14 days vacation at 1 time). Or LA for 10 days...
I did not ask for a refund just to be put on next year's cruise... Nope... Can't do so Guess what Belinda **... You are out $5400... Dear Celebrity... I am not out... You now will be out. I have insurance protection on my credit card and they are reversing charges. We will be booking our Alaska Cruise for next year but not with you. Unbelievable that you have NO compassion for what we may go through but more importantly not giving a crap that we wouldn't be able to fully enjoy our vacation with that on our minds.
Thank you Suncoast Federal Credit Union for caring and taking the fight out of our hands and making it right. Also their rewards program that reimbursed us our air flight points, hotel and the extra money paid to buy extra points. If you are in a situation close to this please check with your credit card on their insurance policy and dispute charges option. Shame on you. I had to select a star for a rating otherwise there would be no ⭐️.
I've taken 2 cruises with Celebrity; one fantastic, the other abysmal. The fantastic one was to Alaska, the outside passage. Everything was wonderful; the itinerary, the food, the entertainment. The second trip, taken 2 years ago, was an Asian tour; Bangkok, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore. It was the worst trip I've ever taken. First of all, they put me in a cabin directly beneath the theater so it was impossible to sleep until the show was over. They changed my room when I complained, but reluctantly and rudely and used up half a day (with me having to transport everything I'd unpacked and repacked). The food was hit or miss, with a couple of dishes being truly inedible.
The worst part were the excursions. We were taken to the most tourist infested areas in 102-degree heat with most of the time being spent on a bus. And during every one of the 5 or 6 excursions we went on, they stopped for an hour at a gift shop. Once I asked the tour guide if we could stop at a beach we were passing instead of going to yet another crappy gift shop, but no dice. The excursions were really about getting tourists to spend money.
I cruised on Celebrity from 5/14-5/21. On 5/16 I had developed symptoms of congestive heart failure and renal failure. On 5/17 the nurse called my room and asked my symptoms and after I stated them they asked if I had an history of heart disease. I said "no" as I am 37 and never had. Their response, without even examining or testing me, was to elevate my legs and feet. They didn't even care to send me to the hospital while at port. Upon returning home I saw a cardiologist. The diagnosis was severe bilateral edema. Because no one examined me during the cruise I have no idea if I was experiencing CHF or Pulmonary edema. The cruise line asked for my medical reports and documents from my Dr. I sent the report and letter from my Dr and the cruise line then admitted that it was caused by their water (which I had been stating from the very start!).
They offered me a 25% refund, which is an insult to my injury and their neglect to care for it. I spent my trip in what I call "PTSD mode", because I have PTSD, and was so very worried about my health and heart. My shoes didn't fit at all to even eat dinner in a restaurant or dinning room. I was so scared, and I had no help or concern, from anyone! I spent the majority of time in my stateroom. Thank God my heart is fine(!), but consuming coffee and other beverages on a vacation that I saved up for and paid for, only to have it cause harm, the need for tests and Dr's appts, stress, and the cruise line basically saying I am crazy until my Dr sent them the letter (where they finally admitted what I knew after doing research, that it was from the water) is not anything that should happen to anyone. Why don't they warn people about the water? They said it "happens all the time".
If this happens all the time to relatively healthy people, and they only offer a 25% refund, why isn't anyone doing anything about it!?! What about those with heart problems, kidney problems, babies, diabetes? This is unjust! Someone needs to fight these people and get justice. They are knowingly and willfully putting the health and lives of their guests in danger. I read about it in forums, why isn't anyone doing anything about something that is so prevalent?
Went through Celebrity. My bill was paid and all of a sudden I got a balance due. They added on gratuities which was optional. I spoke with many different people. They would do nothing. They gave me a free dinner which I'm supposed to have when I go on the cruise in July, who knows. Spent hours on the phone with them trying to straighten out my bill and was overcharged. Keep track of all payments. They said it was a computer error if it wouldn't have been that. I was taking my family I would've canceled. I will never go with them again.
Let me start by saying I have been cruising for the past 13 years and that the on Celebrity Summit staff in the main dining room buffet and cabin people are by far THE BEST SERVICE BY FAR. Moving on to rest of the situation my daughter got married on the ship with the help of a company called the WEDDING EXPERIENCE. And let me tell you what an experience. I will keep this as short as I can. A wedding that was started late, food that was described as one thing and came up as something else. Ask to get bar service and we were told that we would have to wait. Guest were told by the Wedding Experience to go 1 floor down to get burgers and drinks and then the groom was told he would have to pay for it.
What should be one of the happiest days was a big disappointment and all the money that was wasted should have stayed on land. Tried to get satisfaction from Celebrity on the ship from guest relations and got nowhere. Spoke to the hotel director and got nowhere. I even went as far as wanting to speak to the captain and much to my surprise she was not available and after 2 weeks of chasing my tail and we call you back you know that did not happen. Lots of empty promises. Celebrity has lost cruisers that travel with anywhere from 28-60 people at a time.
Why can't Celebrity pull the tape of our conversation to prove Lenae told me that the Cruise Care Insurance was paid for and she notified them of the breakdown showing coverage was paid by Celebrity Cruises. If she lied why should I be punished by the insurance company Aon.
Since I haven't cruised in many years, I am comparing my experience on the Silhouette to previous cruises. In the past, I always went first class, but my friend decided that she wanted an inside cabin and that was awful. The culinary staff was above and beyond excellent. Customer relations needs some work. Very remote atmosphere, not helpful or friendly. Asked for an additional photo of the ship (since we were given only one and we were two people - not the same family). Told photos are a courtesy and only one per stateroom. One small bar of hand soap to be used as bath soap for the entire trip. Luckily I brought my own. Was told that suites did get sample size bath gel. Entertainment fair-talent excellent, but main theme of major shows was Cirque du Soleil. Needed some variation. Think I'll try Royal Caribbean next time. Sort of disappointed.
I was misled during the purchase of the cruise cabins by Celebrity Cruises by them not stating, in the product description, that the cabins that they were selling to me were high-noise cabins. Thus, my vacation was ruined due to the consistent noise constantly coming from the dishwasher area of the Ocean View café, which was one floor above our staterooms. Celebrity Cruises never stated in the cabins’ description that they were high-noise cabins, which would have left it up to the customer to decide whether to purchase those cabins or not, as it is done for obstructed-view cabins.
This persistent noise led to me and my wife being constantly disturbed by the noise. This disturbance occurred during the day and the night, and ultimately led to us not being able to sleep normally during our vacation time on the cruise. I tried to get some sleep in both of the cabins that our family occupied, but the noise was equally present in both cabins, so these efforts did not provide any solace and proper rest was unattainable. My wife succumbed to sleep with earplugs, and she even heard noise with them in. I tried to sleep with earplugs but I could not keep them in longer than 3 hours due the discomfort they induced.
We have been on many cruises, on many different lines. Up until now Celebrity had been our favorite. On March 19 we traveled on their ship Infinity from Chile to Miami, a 14 day cruise. We flew down to Santiago Chile a couple of days early. On our embarkation day we visited a wonderful winery for a wine tasting. We ended up buying two bottles of the wine. Though this wine is not expensive, we can't get in the states. You are allowed to take 1 bottle per person on a Celebrity cruise. This ship was being relocated from South America to Miami. There were several people who were doing back to back cruises, so they started in Argentina.
We noticed right away there were lots of people on board with gut wrenching coughs, and soon more and more people had it. By the time we docked in Miami 6 of the 8 people at our dining table had it. Several of them made at least 3 trips to the medical facilities which were always overflowing with passengers. The medical bills continue even on land after the cruise. It truly is a nasty virus. The ship did not change anything until 2 days before docking in the USA, then suddenly the captain announced anyone who needed it could have one visit to the infirmary free of charge. Trust me one time was not enough. They also then decided the staff would do all the serving at the buffet cafe. People were still allowed to refill used water bottles out of the water and juice dispensers, nothing like passing on a few germs that way.
Then to top if all off somehow Celebrity managed to lose a piece of our luggage. Getting it to the dock from the ship seemed to be too much of a challenge for them. Guess what, they have found the luggage, but they have to take the two wine bottles out. Oh they will pay us for the wine, but we can't buy it here! The wine can legally travel in checked suitcases, just not in one's lost by the cruise ship. Next time I will carry my own luggage off and bring more vitamin C. I will only eat in their dining room, won't touch any handrails or door handles without a cloth. Too bad this used to be a good cruise line.
7 NIGHT WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISE. 1C-8299 Deluxe Ocean View Strm - We had a terrifying, life threatening experience on a Celebrity cruise: the glass partition on the veranda of our stateroom 8299 suddenly exploded, and pieces of glass scattered throughout the veranda, even reaching the stateroom through the open door. We were very fortunate to avoid grave injuries, as we were sitting on the veranda minutes earlier but had moved to the stateroom to charge computers. This happened on March 7, 2017, 2:45 pm.
The glass was cleaned but no one from the administration expressed any concern, apology, or sympathy regarding what happened to us. Next morning we approached the Guest Relationship desk and talked with two guest relations officers. They were very unfriendly to us and denied any responsibility for what happened. We complained about psychological stress and anxiety, but this didn't make any impression. They explained that this explosion of glass partitions sometimes happens on a ship with the change of temperature. We were surprised and frightened to discover that the company routinely subjects the passengers to such risk and continues to use glass material for partitions.
Only the next day in late afternoon were we offered an upgrade and moved to stateroom 2137 as a kind of compensation. This was nice but insufficient for the enormous shock that we underwent with this horrifying experience. Ironically, this upgraded stateroom had the same type of glass partitions which could shatter without warning and cause serious injury. We still have this feeling of anxiety, especially when under a glass roof or near windows and other glass objects. Glass partitions on all Cruise ships need to be replaced by another, more stable and less dangerous material.
We have taken several cruises in the past, preferring Royal Caribbean. I was told that Celebrity is owned by Royal Caribbean and is a step up. We went on the Celebrity Summit for the 70's Rock and Romance Cruise. We used the ship's transfer service from the airport. After tipping our bus driver, our luggage was left at the ship terminal. There was another employee standing by the luggage, so I asked him if we walk this way to the ship. He says yes, then, "You're not going to tip your porter (which was him)?" I've never been asked for a tip. This was just the first of many complaints.
The food was not at all up to par with cruise standard. Old Country Buffet standard if that. My husband found a total of 4 hairs on his plate during the 5 night stay. Staff was just OK, meaning they did their job, but no more. One night we got back to our cabin and we had no towels. I've never complained about any cruise I've been on (Norwegian, Royal, and Carnival) but this one I had to voice my dissatisfaction. I will never cruise Celebrity again and would like to know if Royal has lowered its standards as well.
I'm not very impressed with Celebrity Cruises. The value is fine and they have a fantastic itinerary but not many inclusions. The ports were beautiful, good excursions. Food was just OK, except for the restaurants that you pay additional surcharge. They lost some of my clothes, although they did compensate me for this.
Having cruised 47 times, Celebrity wins hands down on overall performance. Of my 28 cruises with celebrity 26 have been in the 99 percentile. Excellent value for its category of cruise line. Most of the itinerary options have been very interesting. I am an high level elite guest so I receive many inclusions. Some of celebrity older ships have exquisite artwork; some of your newer ships have very experienced staff. Even the newer staff, with proper training will develop into excellent employees who care about their jobs. I obviously love cruising and have found Celebrity to be one of the best.
Great cruise - food and service excellent; like it better with more adults and less children. Good value, competitive with others at same quality level. Mediterranean options were typical of competition. Wish trip to Rome was shorter bus ride - round trip is wasted 3 hours, maybe choose another port. Their inclusions are a nice benefit. Wish the cabins with balcony were a bit larger so we are not in each other's way. Barely enough room for 1 of 2 people to walk around together. We always seem to get ready for dinner in shifts! Otherwise love the cabin service and the food choices.
Fabulous experience. Good value. Our Bermuda cruise was fun. We had many opportunities to site see, shop and enjoy nightly entertainment once at port. Great entertainment, amazing food and endless relaxation. Everything was at your fingertips. It was wonderful not having to worry about anything...
The first night on board someone attempted to break into our cabin... pulling out the metal in the door around the lock. When we opened it to go to breakfast it would not release!! Our wonderful cabin steward stood watch for us. After breakfast and for 6 hours no one came to fix it so our steward beat it back so it would close BUT it never closed tight for the entire 14 days. When I formally reported it all customer relations said was the "sea waves caused it!!" No customer service in customer relations... no offers of anything!! Bad deal. I gave photos if anyone cares!!
My husband and I just completed our 13th cruise, choosing the Celebrity Summit because of the ports they went to. At the time I booked with a Celebrity agent I indicated that we wanted an Aft balcony cabin and the only one I saw available was under the Sunset Bar on the back of the ship. She assured me she had sailed on this ship and that the bar above our cabin would not pose any problems.
When we got to our cabin - 9164 - we noticed a bad odor so we asked our cabin steward, Solome, to address it and he poured chemical down the bathroom drain and part of it went away. We continued to notice a sour smell but could not pinpoint where it was coming from. The Sunset Bar closes at 11:30 pm. At 12:30 am the crew started dragging all of the tables and chairs around over our head to rearrange them for the next day, waking us up in the process. I called the Concierge Desk and reported this and was told it would be addressed and not happen again. It did happen again, every night of the cruise.
The next morning as I rolled over in bed I realized the sour smell was coming from our bed, which was disgusting. I called and asked to have the mattresses replaced. While we were having breakfast they replaced the mattress pad and added a foam topper but did not replace the mattresses, which were bulging out on the sides from use. The smell did go away, but the thought that we slept on that bed the first night on who-knows-what is pretty gross. They were very apologetic and Solome and Hendrick were outstanding at taking care of our cabin and responding to any requests we had all week.
By day 4 I was worn out from lack of sleep, which affects my restless leg syndrome and the regimen of medication I take for it. I received a call from Guest Services apologizing again and offering us each a $300 voucher off of a future Celebrity cruise, good for 2 years. I thanked her and she assured me the noise would not happen anymore (see above).
By Thursday I was at the shore excursion office asking to cancel or change our tour because the day before the 4 hour bus tour was too much for me with my RLS. The shore excursion agent was not very cooperative and kept expressing how hard this was for him to do as I was explaining that I had not had a good night's sleep all week and sitting on a bus again for 4 hours was not easy for me to do either. He finally moved us to another tour, which got cancelled and we ended up on a 3 hour van tour. I'm happy to say I survived, but was not terribly enthusiastic at this point about sightseeing due to lack of sleep.
Guest Services did suggest that I could take a nap each afternoon to compensate for the interruptions but I reminded her that the bar is open all day with activity overhead and sometimes I like to participate in activities on the ship during the afternoon. I did bring along my hammock for our deck, but it rained off and on during the week and they power washed the deck above us twice and we ended up with paint chips all over our deck and my hammock and it was often wet at night, so I could not go out on the deck to sleep in my wet hammock.
By Friday I found the Concierge office and Sat down and explained to the agent that, although the vouchers are a nice gesture on the part of the cruise line, they do not replace all the sleep I lost all week and how tired I was while trying to participate in events all day. I likened it to having a bad meal at a restaurant, being offered a free meal if I come back, and then finding nothing has improved. I was assured every night at 1:00 am that this would not happen again and yet it did every night. The whole ordeal was very frustrating to me and it affected our cruise experience overall. When our vouchers arrived the last morning they were for $400 off for each of us, which was a nice gesture, but they still did not replace our sleep.
Unfortunately, as part of the design of the Celebrity ships, all ships in this category are designed exactly the same so you cannot have an Aft balcony cabin on the top cabin deck without having the bar above you - very poor planning on someone's part. The food, despite reading bad reviews before we sailed, was very good for the most part. We had some of the most tender steaks come out of the kitchen of any cruises we have been on in several years. The entertainment was also very good with a variety of shows and a nicely designed theater. And, unlike other ships we've been on, they don't blast the volume during shows to the point that you cannot understand what the singer is singing. Shore excursions on cruise ships are, for the most part, overpriced and underwhelming. We always tend to be disappointed and this time was no exception.
We docked at St. Thomas in an out of the way dock which required a cab ride into the main shopping area and it was pouring rain off and on, so we walked down the pier to the small assortment of shops and then back to the ship to use the pool while it was not crowded. The new rooftop theater seating with a movie and food is really a nice touch. The ship overall seemed to have more than adequate seating and a lot of very nice loungers tucked away in different parts of the decks if you just wanted a quiet place to read or nap (maybe I should have tried napping on the deck sofas)!
The crew were all very friendly and helpful and very personable with us, but the activities were pretty similar every day and there was only one bingo all week on our one day at sea - which I found surprising. If you don't like trivia (which was usually over in 15 minutes), health talks, dancing classes or spa treatments, then there is very little planned during the day for passengers to do. Fortunately, I bring my Kindle and cross stitch and find a well lit area to sit for a while, but some form of entertainment would be nice.
The shops on the ship are the same all over - big sales part way through the cruise and lots of raffles. The art sales are like a secondary industry to cruises - if you want to go on a ship to sit at art auctions and buy art then you will be delighted with this aspect of all cruises anymore. We did it once and have no desire to buy more pictures.
Overall, the week was nice as we were on vacation and not at home working, but I guess I just expected more from Celebrity in the way of customer service. Our experience on Celebrity 4 years ago when we sailed to Alaska on the Solstice was much better than this trip. On this trip in order to get the Aft balcony cabin we had to purchase a Concierge level cabin which was much more expensive than other balcony cabins and we got very little for that extra cost.
My wife and I had the misfortune to use Celebrity to celebrate our 40th anniversary in May 2016. Our daughter had ordered and paid for wine and chocolates to be delivered to our cabin, which were "overlooked". The staff were definitely not customer focused. This resulted in the worse customer service we have experienced in 15 years of cruising. It was our first (and last) time with Celebrity. We have contacted their customer relations, but as yet do not have a reply. It goes without saying I would neither use nor recommend Celebrity. They are by far and away the worse line we have sailed with.
Celebrity Cruises expert review by ConsumerAffairs
Celebrity Cruises combines modern luxury with a contemporary cruise experience. Founded in 1986, Celebrity Cruises merged with Royal Carribean in 1997 and has grown to a fleet of 11 ships providing trips to destinations throughout the Bahamas, Bermudas, Carribean, Europe, Alaska and more.
Personalized service: Celebrity Cruises excursions are staffed with a ratio of one staff member for every two guests, which allows for a personal touch in guest service.
Cruisetour experiences: Cruisetour experiences are cultural immersion-style cruises that sail to numerous ports worldwide like Mt. Fuji in Japan, Bangkok in China, Mystery Island in Vanuatu and hundreds more.
Overnight excursions: Celebrity Cruises offers "Evening Around the World" that lets guests experience a night spent at some of the ship's ports of call instead of aboard the ship.
Spa treatment: An onboard spa is available on Celebrity Cruises, in addition to the relaxation and health-focused Take Care of YourSelfie experience.
Family fun: While sometimes considered an adult cruise line, Celebrity Cruises also features on board programs designed for children and youth; the programs are aimed at guests ranging from toddler age to the teenage years.
Best for: The Celebrity Cruises liner is best for food lovers and adults seeking an elegant cruise experience.
Celebrity Cruises Company Information
- Company Name:
- Celebrity Cruises
- Year Founded:
- 1050 Caribbean Way
- Postal Code:
- United States
- (800) 647-2251