Fabulous Ship with Outstanding Officers and crew: Celebrity Silhouette Cruise Review by egyptes
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Fabulous Ship with Outstanding Officers and crew
Embarkation: Rome (Civitavecchia)
We were not impressed at all with the future cruise sales team. They seemed like it was their first day working for Celebrity. I knew more about information for future cruise booking than they did. That was sad. They could not get our future cruise booking correct. It took them five times to get it right, finally. Too much of my vacation my spent calling them, going down to their office and explaining to them what was not right about the bookings. This was unacceptable and Celebrity needs to get this fixed right away.
We sailed this transatlantic as a second part to a back to back cruise. The cruise before this was a 14 night cruise that sailed to Croatia, Corfu, Sicility, Montenegro, Venice, Rome, and several other ports. The transatlantic sailed from Rome, to Barcelona, the Canary Islands and ended in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This was great to be able to get the long transatlantic flight out of the way at the beginning of the trip and then sail leisurely home to the USA. This meant we only had a 2 hours non-stop flight from Fort Lauderdale back to home. That part made the trip even more wonderful! Less
Cabin review: 1542
Our aqua class cabin was adequate. We used to always get a mini-suite with Princess or better and we are used to the extra space. The aqua class cabins are the same size as a regular balcony cabin, which to us is small, but you get access to the Persian Gardens as well as access to a special restaurant called Blu. Blu is worth the extra cost as it is like dining in a speciality restaurant every night of your cruise. The Persian Gardens is always relaxing unless there are loud rude people in their that do not understand that this is a quiet area and not a conversation area. There were several times, the Celebrity staff had to ask people to not talk loud. They even put up signs but I guess if people are going to rude and loud they are not going to read a sign that ask them to be quiet. This is something I will never understand about passengers. They have the rest of the ship to talk but they choose one of the few areas of the ship where they just cannot keep their mouths closed. Luckily most of the passengers were into the quiet area so the area was quiet more than it was loud. The view from the Persian Gardens is amazing. Floor to ceiling windows for a stunning view from the hot stone beds as well as the other sauna rooms.The Blue restaurant Manager was the best we have ever had. He was always accommodating and went out of his way to make my parents always feel special as well as us each and every night. It was remarkable. After 28 nights on the ship, we never got tired of going to Blu. If you can afford aqua class, it is money well spent to make your vacation more special than you can imagine possible.
Port and Shore Excursions
Montserrat Walking Tour
We were lucky to get both brothers that own this business on the day we were in Barcelona. Peter and Carl were the best guides we have ever had in our decades of traveling. They went out of their way to accommodate my Mother who was in a wheelchair. We felt like they were friends instead of tour guides for the day. They showed us everything imaginable in Montserrat. This is a place you must see if you are in Barcelona. We had been to Barcelona several times prior to this visit but had never been to Montserrat. Carl and Peter were worth double what we paid them for the day. We saw more than you could imagine in one day and we were not rushed or hurried. They knew where for us to sit for the best view and the perfect time to get a seat to hear the boys choir and the Madonna statue at Montserrat. Go with Peter and or Carl and you will have a day you will remember for the rest of the your lives. Peter and Carl can be contacted at DayTripsBarcelona.com.
We booked a wooden pontoon boat with Yuri Kolmakov. We were expecting what a wooden American pontoon boat might look like but what we got was out of this world. Yuri's wooden pontoon boat is a huge sailboat with a bathroom, kitchen and sleeping for about eight people. The day was rainy and cold so the weather was not great, but we did not let that stop us from having a fabulous day in Montenegro. Yuri and his son were so welcoming and pleasant. We all got to captain the boat with the captain's hat on. We sent to the very front of the boat once the rain stopped for a "Titanic" top of the world moment. Leaning out off the front of the boat seeing the scenic area was so beautiful. Yuri can be reached at parasail at rambler.ru. You will have a fabulous experience that will make you feel like a king for the day.
We booked this tour through the Cruise Line because of our limited time at Tenerife. I was glad we did as they took us to the park gate and picked us up at the end of the day. Loro Park was outstanding. My only regret is that we only had a few hours due to the ships docking time. We all rented motorized scooters at the Park due to my Mom's mobility, it made us all equal as there was a lot of walking up and down all over the place. The animals are well presented and the shows are outstanding. You won't go wrong going to Loro Park. Do confirm your motorized scooters several times as I had reserved ours almost a year in advance and had a written confirmation but when we arrived they had no record of it and luckily for us they had 4 scooters available. Schedule your day around the shows and you will be feel as though you more than got your money's worth for the day. A very clean place with outstanding animal shows.
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