Great ship, great crew, great fellow passengers (well mostly).
The itinerary was packed and though I never thought that I would hear myself say it we could have done with a couple of additional sea days! If only to properly enjoy the facilities on board.
The ports of call were Naples, Valetta, Mykonos, Kusadasi, Rhodes, Santorini, Athens, Chania and Venice.
We enjoyed all the ports with the possible exception of Chania but by then we were getting a bit port fatigued so it may not be a fair judgement.
The trip was part annual vacation and part 25th Anniversary celebration and we booked a Celebrity suite for the two of us and our 12 year old son. The suite was well laid out and worked extremely well for us. The butler was an unnecessary but interesting perk. He was a really nice guy and eager to assist but we struggled to find anything specific for him to do. His main contribution, other than always being on hand,was that he got us an extra chair for More
the balcony and served us breakfast on the balcony on the sail in to Venice (which was amazing). Yes he could have booked us all sorts of things but in the main this was pretty easy to do yourself.
We tried out most of the specialist restaurants as we found the main dining room a bit characterless. We were on the anytime dining option and therefore did not have regular dinner companions. We were always seated as a 3 without any delay even when we had not made a reservation and whilst this was excellent in some ways we missed the opportunity to occasionally share with others which was always offered on P&O.
Blue was a much better option and towards the end of the trip we tended to revert to Blue as our restaurant of choice (a useful perk of being in a suite). Quisine was perhaps the most unusual and interesting of the restaurant offers with nothing served as you might expect and every course an event. We were unable to try Murano as it is adults only and only went in the Tuscan grille for a specialist food and wine meal which was excellent although they were clearly not geared up to have a child attend the meal which was slightly disappointing. Why do people always assume that kids are only interested in burgers and pizza or that they are incapable of behaving in the appropriate manner for such events? When you have taken the trouble to bring children up well and have ensured that they are comfortable in such surroundings it is really irritating to be limited by such perceptions. Really enjoyed the lawn club grille although was not really up for cooking my own. I am on holiday!! The quality of the steaks however was first class and our waiter that night was exceptional.
The bars on board are varied in design, concept and specialities and everyone should be able to find one which suits their taste. The entertainment was a bit disappointing compared to previous cruises with stage shows that left us a little disappointed and whilst there was a club lounge type location in the sky lounge there seldom seemed to be anyone performing there. Instead small groups were consigned to corners of the various bars which all seemed a bit haphazard and belied the quality of some of the groups and instrumentalists who on the whole were deserving of a better stage and a more focused audience.
Despite using cruise critic forums and roll calls to inform ourselves on previous cruises we had refrained from 'getting involved' before. This time the roll call had been so involving we felt we just had to meet some of the people who had been contributing. Best decision of the cruise. Great bunch of people who contributed greatly to the enjoyment of the holiday.
Can thoroughly recommend Silhouette as a ship, Celebrity as a company (service was first class from booking to departure from Venice) and taking the trouble to meet up with roll call shipmates from cruise critic.
Formal entertainment aside (and in the end our fellow passengers provided plenty enough to compensate) this was an excellent cruise on all counts. Less
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