Before I begin, let me tell you who we are. We are married and in our mid fifties, and this was our 28th and 29th cruise. We opted to do a back to back because we wanted to sail to the Eastern and Western Caribbean, and since the Silhouette alternates those two itineraries it was perfect for us. We live in the Northeast, so we always opt to fly down a day early; this time we had decided on two days early and it was a good thing we did. Due to weather issues, we left 24 hours later than we thought we would, but still made it to Fort Lauderdale the evening before our cruise was to depart.......phew!!!!!
We took a cab to the port and arrived at 11 am. We were in AQ class, so we sailed right through embarkation and were at the pool bar by 11:20! The ship is beautiful, as are all the S-Class ships. We had sailed the Eclipse and the Reflection, so it was like coming home! We poked around a. It, met some other early birds, and had a great lunch in the Oceanview Cafe. The buffet there is by far the best I have ever seen; a great variety of tasty food. I always opt for a salad from the ample salad bar, and top it with guacamole from the Mexican bar and blue cheese from the cheese bar.....Mmmmmm!
Our room was ready at 1:30 pm. It was clean and well appointed.
The entertainment bands on the ship received a mixed review from us. The solo guitarist was Canaan Cox, and we really liked him. He was more country rock than we like, and he definitely needs to expand his repertoire, but he is talented and we found him quite entertaining. South Central was the Jazz Quartet, and we loved them. The house party band was phenomenal, very entertaining. There was an acoustic trio called Le Mandragole Trio, and really they were awful. They were incredibly loud and off key, and they used kazoos in several of their numbers which was horrible. Wherever they were, we made sure we were not!
Dining in Blu is always a treat. Service was off a couple of. vines, but nothing we couldn't handle.
The pool area was big enough, and the pool butlers were in full force. We never had a hard time finding chairs; but if we would have there were plenty being saved that we would have asked the pool butlers to clear. I don't understand why people feel it's ok to save chairs for hours on end.....it's incredibly rude.
Specialty restaurants are discounted 50% on embarkation day if you are AQ class, FYI. We dined in Murano on our second week and enjoyed it immensely.
We had never done back to back, so were curious to see how it would go. Breakfast was early that morning, and we really couldn't have slept in anyway due to the cabin announcements. There were 54 back to back passengers, and we were directed to meet in the dining room at 9:30. At about 9:45 we we're take. Off the ship, had to show our passports to a customs agent, and we're back on the ship by 10:30. We were greeted with another glass of welcome aboard champagne, which I thought was a nice touch. We had received our new sea pass cards the night before, and then we were free to do whatever we wanted on the ship. Some people left, but we treated it as another sea day.
The good thing about a back to back is.........14 days on a ship! Unfortunately, the menus in Blu did repeat, so we did treat ourselves to a specialty restaurant a couple of days.
Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any specific questions......I'm happy to answer them!
All in all we had a great time, and have already booked a 14 day cruise on the Eclipse for next March!