We traveled as a family of 4 adults (30's and 60's) and this was our first Celebrity cruise. We stayed in Rome for 3.5 days before our cruise in an apartment on Campo de Fiori. The location was perfect: loud, really fun and you can walk everywhere. We loved Rome and did all the main tourist attractions (Vatican, Colosseum, etc). We also booked a day trip to Orvieto & Civita di Bagnoregio which was fantastic. We used Rome Cabs to take us to Civitavecchia and it was very easy and only took us about 40 minutes on a Tuesday.
To sum it up we LOVED it! We were on the Silhouette and it is a gorgeous ship. Our stateroom was 8105 and since it was in the very front of the ship it had extra room. The downfall of the room is it's pretty noisy however we were so tired we didn't care most of the time. We thought the storage and bathroom space was fine but we did ask for more hangers. Ladies you will love the "shaving" foot bar in the shower. We arrived about 1:30pm and check in was amazingly quick (20 min) and we had our luggage 45 min later. We did tip the porters so that may have had something to do with it :). The spa was very nice, we had a couples massage, and while they do tell you about products they do not give you the hard sell! The Alcoves were nice to have on sea days but we probably woulnd't book them again. They do face inwards but you can see the water across the grass between the other alcoves. If you really wanted to the glass panels in the back slide open and you could turn you chair around to see the water. The only problem is you would be sitting right next to the walkway behind the alcoves so it's not really private. It was also windy so you couldn't sit there and play cards like we wanted to.
Food & Drinks:
The food in the main dining room was excellent and the buffet was much better then other crusie lines we travelled. All the bartenders were VERY generous with the alcohol in the drinks, even on a drink package. We definitely got our money's worth our of the premium beverage package and we didn't feel it affected our service at all. Michaels had an "around the world beer club" that had 10 beers to try and rate. At the end you got a certificate. Very fun for the guys in our group and Andrei the bartender was great! Very knowledgeable and fun to talk to. We ended up here most nights after dinner for a drink and to watch the Euro Cup. Zsombor the sommelier in the celebrity select dining was amazing and accomodated our drink package with wines not listed on the menu as by the glass. If we wanted a pricer bottle he would just charge us the difference. Every night as soon as we picked our meal Zsombor would select our wine and he nailed it every time! He even got us to try wines we would never normally drink! The gelato was very good and worth the small fee. We ate at the Tuscan Grill and while it was good we didn't think it was $30pp better then the main dining room. We also tried Quise and that was a really fun experience and worth the $40pp. It was a 3 hour dinner so don't go if you are in a hurry! The paninis on The Porch were also good and worth the $5. The molecular bar was fun for at least one drink but they were a little too sweet for me to drink all the time.
We only went to a few shows because dinner usually ran long and then we were tired from our long port days. The shows we did see were entertaining and fun to watch.
The service was top notch (stateroom attendants, servers, waitstaff etc)and the ship was beautiful. We were very happy with Celebrity and plan on booking with them for all future cruises.
The one disappointing experince we had was we couldn't stop in Mykonos. There were 46mph winds and really big waves so they closed the port to all ships. We had another sea day which was disappointing and it would have been great to have a subsitute port.