We chose this cruise for the itinerary as there were quite a few port we hadn't been to. It was very Port Intensive with only 1 day at sea & in hindsight I think it would have been better to have had a couple of days at sea just for some R & R. We arrived to check in at Venice around 2.30pm - there weren't any queue's so got to check in straight away. We used the Celebrity Transfer from Marco Polo Airport which we found to be very efficient. The plus was that the ship stayed over night in Venice so we were able to do some sightseeing the day we arrived and also the next day. We were also able to go to the near by Co Op supermarket to purchase some wine.
We had a lovely cabin 9292 which is on the edge of the hump and had a huge balcony depth wise. The cabin position was really convenient as it is close to the Elevators - I'm a light sleeper so had some concerns but I needn't have worried as it was very quiet. The only down side & not Celebrity's fault was that 3 cabins next to us on the hump were occupied by a group who were family/friends and they had the balcony partitions opened up to make it 1 massive balcony. They were REALLY loud and as they made good use of the balcony throughout the cruise sadly for us and other surrounding balconies it meant that sitting out on the balcony to enjoy the tranquillity or even read a book was impossible! Our Cabin Attendant - Martin was great and very friendly, approachable & attentive. DH & I are pretty low maintenance customers and all we required was to have some ice twice a day and he made sure that we did.
This cruise was very Port Intensive & therefore was quite exhausting as there is so much to do & see. We went on a couple of boat trips which were organised by a fellow Roll Caller in Venice & Kotor also an organised walking tour around Koper which we thoroughly enjoyed. We didn't do any Celebrity organised tours as most of the ports are easy to DIY. The weather in June was really HOT even then so you need to be prepared!
FOOD on the Silhouette..............
BREKFAST --- We are Elite members so had the option of going to the Tuscan Grille for the Elite breakfast. We used it a couple of times but found it lacking and ended up going to the Oceanview Café - On the plus side I could get Expresso coffee but there wasn't any cereal on offer which I found rather odd.
LUNCH -- This was the best meal of the day - we ate at the OceanView Café. There was a large variety of food on offer and it was of a good standard + We never found it a struggle to get a table.
DINNER -- We were on late seating in the MDR 8.30pm table 250 and to be honest this is where it went downhill. Most of the time the food was good but not fantastic and some of the time the food wasn't hot just Tepid. On our cruise it was the start of a New Menu and Perhaps there were teething problems but during the cruise several of our dinner companions at one stage or another had to return the food as it was either cold or very fatty even my DH had to return his meal and he has never had to do that before. May be we were just unlucky but things just didn't flow like they normally do on Celebrity and were of a lower standard.
ENTERTAINMENT -- We only went to a couple of shows but the one we thought was really good was the Beatle's Tribute band - people were standing up and dancing to their music and a fun time was had by all.
The ships crew were younger than most and the Captain was quite the comedian and had us in stitches. He was due some leave so departed the ship in Corfu and another young Captain replaced him. Either the crew are getting younger of I'm getting older!!!
All in all we had a wonderful cruise & enjoyed ourselves and hopefully all the minor problems will be sorted out in time