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Celebrity Cruise Line

MV Galaxy

Your Rating:Four Stars
Reviewed by: Bill Henry
# previous cruises: 2
Date of Trip: November 11, 2000
Itinerary: Caribbean - Southern

We chose Galaxy from talking with fellow workers that had sailed on her and from reading reports on the internet.Overall we wern't disappointed.We were a little concerned about making the jump from a 42,000 ton ship (Norwegian Sea) to a 77,000 ton ship but this ship had enough space to absorb the 1,870 passengers.The ship was fully booked and we would recommend this ship to any one

Public Areas
As I mentioned before, the Galaxy has enough public ares for the passengers so that it doesn't seem so crowded.Our favorite lounge was the Stratosphere Lounge on the Sky Deck(forward) and the Rendezvous Square located on the Promenade Deck. Speaking of the Promenade deck, if you are thinking of going for a walk around this deck, forget it!!The only walking you can do (or jogging) is on the Sky deck.We missed this on this ship.There are three(3)pools on Galaxy,(1) aft on the Resort deck(indoor) and (2)outside on the same deck (midship).We elected to try the indoor pool on this deck because it seemed less crowded.There was only a few people in the area and no one in the pool.We decided to go for a dip, and after touching the water immediatly stepped out again. I'm not one to mind cold water,but when the water is twice as cold as the ocean then something is wrong.We elected to eat Pizza instead, which was right in that area.The other mystery about the pools is that they drained all pools and closed them by 7:00p.m. every night.I don't quite remember how late the Norwegian Sea's pools and hot tubs were open but I think it was at least till 9:00 or 10:00p.m.I understand the reason behind closing the pools at night, but at 7:00???.

Food and Service
We had early dinner seating in the beautiful Orion Restaurant and found the food and the service very good.We ate breakfast in the Oasis Cafe and also could not find anything wrong.As a matter of fact we were impressed with the orange juice actually tasting like orange juice and not orange water.Overall I would say that the food and service was not any better than Norwegian's with the exception of the waiter's carrying your tray to your table .That was a nice touch!!

We got an upgrade to a cat.#2 cabin on Vista deck (midship).There is nothing negative I can say about our cabin or the great service we had.The bathroom had enough room for us to move around and the shower was huge.Like so many other cruiser's that we have read about I'm sure that we are hooked on a verandah for our future cruises.The views and relaxing time we spent there were great!Our stateroom (172sq.ft) was large enough to store all of our luggage and still have room to move around.Features in the cabin included an in room safe.VCR,and mini fridge.

We went to all of the shows in the Celebrity Theater except the first night and were very pleased with the quality of the entertainment.They had two comedians,with the second one (David Lucas) being the better of the two.The A capella group"High Seas" traveled around the ship and did an excellent job harmonizing.Our favorite group was called"XTASEA"(clever name).They played in the Savoy Nightclub and also on the Resort deck by the pools on most nights.There sounds of the Caribbean really got us in the mood for this cruise.

As I stated in the first part of this review,we took the Southern Caribbean cruise out of San Juan.Island's we visited were: ST.Croix, St.lUCIA,Barbados,Antigua,and St.Thomas.We brought another couple with us whom had not cruised before.Although we had visited some of these island's before, we had decided to do this route again with them.Highlights for us was going beachcombing in Barbados,The Jolly Roger Pirate Cruise (again) in Antigua,and Snorkeling in St.John's (Trunk-Bay)

Who Goes
I would have to say that probably most of the passengers on this cruise were from the USA with most of the others being from Europe.(Not "UK")I can only guess about the average age on this cruise so I would say mid forty's to upper fifty's.We met some really nice people on this cruise as we did on our last, and also some very "rude" people that didn't really care about running into you or jumping in line ahead of you.Its my opinion that this is going to happen wherever you go so make the best of it. We did!!!Would I recommend this ship? You bet .We had a great time.We probably will try another cruise with this line,maybe not Galaxy, but you never know.

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