Caribbean on celebrity

Suzanne Barney on 25 November 2017
I did a Caribbean cruise last year but not with Celebrity. Sadly, most of the itinerary was changed due to the hurricane that hit in September. We were no longer visiting Puerto Rico, St Martaan or Dominica. Instead we were spending more time at sea and visiting a private island in the Bahamas plus Martinique. The itinerary was to visit Bahamas, Antigua, Grenada, St Lucia, Martinique and St Kitts.

We stayed overnight in Fort Lauderdale and transferred to the ship in the morning. There was very little queuing at the check in before we were on the ship with our glass of champagne. We have been on this ship before, so the layout was familiar, and we immediately made our way to deck 14 to the grill. I am not a burger sort of girl, but the cheeseburgers are to die for!

Whilst waiting for our cabin to be ready we laid on the padded sunbeds with a G&T to start as we meant to go on. They had just put the Christmas decorations up on the ship which were really tasteful.

The atmosphere on the ship is very different to the European cruise experience on Celebrity. The average age of customers is a lot older and more casual. Many of the American passengers are from Florida and don't tend to leave the ship to do excursions. The bars were a lot busier, especially the sunset bar. Though for the first time we were able to get a bed in the adult only solarium area on a regular basis.

We had on board credit which we put towards the speciality restaurants. These restaurants are a lot smaller and a bit more intimate. The food is fantastic and there is Italian, French, Japanese and the Grill. My favourite was Murano where they flambé food at the table and the lobster was amazing. At the Lawn Club Grill the steak melted in your mouth but the portions are so big you need to have a huge appetite to manage it. The starter of a flat bread was a meal in itself.

The entertainment was great on board with silent discos and theme nights. Plus, some great shows, singers and comedians. The staff on board were lovely. The cruise steward we had, Wilson, was the best steward we have ever had.

We had an obstructed balcony cabin on deck six which was perfectly fine. The lifeboats didn't spoil our view at all, plus we were close to the restaurants and bars on deck five and four.

We did a couple of excursions in St Lucia. We went horse riding in the countryside close to Cotton Bay on the Atlantic side and even went into the water with the horses. In Martinique we went snorkelling. In St Kitts we went shopping for t-shirts, duty free and jewellery (it is very good here) and then went on the scenic railway - a 30-mile, three hour tour around the island which was great fun. In the Bahamas the hotel crew set up a bar and barbecue on the beach which was exclusively used by the ship which was a real chill out. Sting rays hovered in the shallow water and iguanas slept in the trees.

We had a fabulous time and it was nice to feel young. To be honest those oldies know how to party!