A Travellerspoint blog

May 2018

Enroute home - some thoughts and pictures

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We are sitting in the Fort Lauderdale airport waiting for the flight to Toronto. Debarkation was a long line-up process beginning at 8:45 and ending with boarding the bus to the airport at 10:45 for the 10-minute hop. We usually avoid these line-ups by walking off the ship with our luggage at 7:00 am before the rush. But since our flight is almost 2pm, we were in no hurry and also we don’t have a phone working to arrange to go anywhere before the airporto or get to the airport at a later time.

A few thoughts on the cruise:

The dining room food for dinner was very high quality and the choices for meals was excellent throughout; however, we had trouble finding what we wanted to eat for breakfast and we found it difficult to have hot food in the buffet - the food was kept warm at best and often barely that. So, not feeling that we would rate Celebrity as better than Royal overall.

The service in the lounge was fantastic, largely due to Chale from Thailand, who took great care of us. By the end of the cruise, our drinks were already set up for us on our regular table when we arrived! Great service.

The ship took the illness on board very seriously and we felt like we were disinfected every few minutes. Before we could play a game, we had to wipe off the pool of purel (or whatever it was) from the tabletop. :) They had all hands on deck in the cafe serving - food was no longer self-service at the buffet; dancers and singers were serving coffee and tea; there were no longer salt and pepper shakers on the table for communal use. We heard that at least 3 people were taken off the ship. One couple, who were quarantined to their cabin decided to take a shore excursion to Cabo and when they returned, they were not allowed back on the ship and their bags had been packed and delivered to them at the dock. Can’t really blame the ship when they were told they couldn’t leave their room due to their illness.

We didn’t like the artwork on the ship. In the stateroom hallways, all the pics were of desolate-looking ruins in black and white. And other art was odd.

Here are some examples:

Desolate sites (hallways)

Random art from the stairways, buffet, and public areas:

When we were in Panama City, we heard from every one that their football (soccer) team was going to Russia and every one was very proud. Here’s the decor at Tony Roma’s:


And the only other pics we took of Panama City. Apparently the twisted building was built by a woman. That was the only item on our Panama City tour (which was refunded by the ship).

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