The Illusion of Substance Cruise: Celebrity Silhouette Cruise Review by greylockgal
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The Illusion of Substance Cruise
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
For some reason the staff could not comprehend that there were three people in cabin 1026. Towels, bathrobes, glasses, and bath amenities were always setup up for two. There was just one beach towel. Even when ordering room service on the interactive TV for breakfast and specifically entering service for three, the silver and napkins always arrived for two. Breakfast arrived a half hour later than we had requested both days and we finally gave up as nothing was right and the hot items were too cold to enjoy.
Dining in the Grand Curvée dining room was an eye opener as to just how much the illusion of substance was being carried out. Even the smallest eater could not have been satisfied with the portions served. I think this was a ploy to force passengers to eat in the specialty dining rooms. Heaven forbid if a person didn't like green beans and carrots as these were served with most entrées every night. We finally asked if there wasn't some other choices for vegetables and were brought a bowl broccoli served family style for two nights. The Oceanview Café did have a good selection of food and the crusty breads and frozen chocolate yogurt were my favorites.
The land excursions were not at all what I expected. They were a chance to glean the tourist's pockets once again. In Cozumel the Living History-Mayan Traditions and Island Tour was nothing more than an area setup for tourists - not an actual Mayan town. My biggest concern was The Heartbeat of Jamaica-Discover Falmouth Tour. At one of the local churches a woman standing at the exit tried to force each person to make a donation before she would let you exit. My biggest concern was a visit to a nursery school. We were encouraged to interact with the children, pick them up and play with them. It seemed like going to a zoo and playing with the animals on display. The children were being exploited and who was to say that a child molester might not have been in the group. The teachers had no way of knowing . Why take the chance. Of course this whole experience ended with a pitch for funds to fix the ceiling in one of the classrooms.
As for the entertainment - I found it old-hat and boring.
This cruise was not a pleasing experience. It was overpriced for concierge class service we didn't experience. It appeared cost cutting measures were in place at every turn. The psychology was just to provide a little less so you would spend more for what you really wanted. Attention to detail was totally lacking! My new name for my experience was THE ILLUSION OF SUBSTANCE CRUISE!!! Less
Cabin review: 1026
Beware of cabin 1026 if you are booking for three adults. We were sold a bill of goods. Once the corner seat was made up for the third bed there was only one wooden chair in the room. The corner bed was not made up during the day so it couldn't be used as a seat and we had a pile of bed linens on the floor to enjoy looking at for the entire week!. If we wanted to relax in the cabin two people had to either sit or lay on the beds. Again there was a problem on the balcony as there were only two deck chairs for three people. We could never all sit together at once to enjoy our time together.
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