Decks 4 (Promenade) and 5 (Entertainment) represented the heart of the ship inasmuch as dining, drinking, shopping, and entertainment are concerned. Deck 4 has the exterior promenade area, but for those who like walking be advised that this promenade DOES NOT wrap all around the ship. If you want to walk laps for exercise, as Tommie and I do, Deck 11 (jogging track) is the only choice.
The Metropolitan Restaurant occupies the stern of the vessel and is the elegant two deck main dining room with an interior grand staircase connecting the two levels, although you can also enter each level on its respective deck. The room features beautiful lighting and lighting effects, two deck high glass windows at the very back, large porthole type windows on the sides, and an area at the top of the staircase where musicians play during the evening dining hours. The back windows are covered by a scenic shades on formal nights, and the side windows have both light filtering and scenic shades that are used to enhance the comfort and ambiance of the room. Main seating typically commenced at 7:30AM for breakfast, Noon for lunch and 6:15PM for dinner, while Late seating hours were 8:45AM, 1:30PM, and 8:30PM. When in port both breakfast and lunch were usually open seating and the hours varied. More about the Metropolitan Restaurant can be found in our section on Dining.
The Celebrity Theater occupies the bow of the vessel and is the beautiful three deck main entertainment area for all the ship's production shows and other entertainers. Although the theater actually extends down to Deck 3, there is no entrance from that deck. The sight lines were excellent from virtually anywhere in this huge theater, and we especially liked the unique long curved bar tables at the very top. This was a perfect place to watch the show while enjoying an evening cocktail or liquor. There were two large projection screens, one at each side of the stage, where the entertainment on stage was sometimes projected so that those at the very back could see better. There were also very interesting torch-like lighting effects around the room, which anyone who has seen the 'burning buildings' in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in any of the Disney theme parks can relate to. Of course this was also the main meeting place for all the shore excursions and tender boats tickets.
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