Celebrity Silhouette Cruise Review by tinky41: Wonderful family cruise
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Wonderful family cruise
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Rome (Civitavecchia)
We bought a package including flights and transfers through our TA -flights from Manchester to Rome with jet2.com and return from Venice.
On arrival at Rome airport we were met by Celebrity reps and shown to our awaiting coaches. At the port we embarked within 5 minutes and were on the ship at 12.15 ! We didn't get a welcoming drink but apparently they were handing them out on a higher deck.
As part of our package we also had the classic drinks package included so headed for lunch at the Ocean View where we ordered 2 glasses of pinot grigio with lunch. As we were a little earlier lunch wasn't too busy.
Our cabin was available from 1pm - we were in cabin 6230 which is a standard balcony cabin which sleeps 4. Our kids 16 and 14 were in with us too. I've read a lot of reviews on here that suggest 4 in a cabin is not a good idea. We either had 4 in the cabin or we didn't go on the cruise! The price difference for another cabin put it out of our league so we were More prepared to struggle. Apart from us all waking up together in the morning we rarely saw the kids -we all seemed to shower at different times without actually needing a timetable and yes some of the kids clothes did remain in a suitcase under the bed but hey it didn't spoil our holiday and kids don't care about things like that. The attendant dealt with setting the beds out and putting them away each morning and both kids said the beds were comfy! I wouldn't recommend adults sharing with this bed formation but for a family 2 adults and 2 kids and my son is 5' 9 its fine.
We were Select Dining and apart from 4 nights ate at a table for 2 which we tried to book ahead at 8.45pm with the maître d -Anna from Romania who had an excellent handle on that dining room and always had a personal comment about how your day was or if the kids were eating elsewhere etc.
After a few nights we would try and ask for Jorgie and Jookoo's tables as they were extremely attentive as were the Sommeliers on their tables too.
Food was excellent most nights and at worst good on others. The chareaubriand was melt in the mouth, the soups very tasty, the salads fresh and colourful with homemade dressings to choose from. On sea days we ate lunch in the MDR too which was also wonderful.
This cruise we chose not to have room service as we were 4 in the cabin it would have been a little chaotic to then eat breakfast there too. Instead we chose to eat in the ocean View or some mornings on the way back from the gym, I stopped at the Aqu Cafe for some grinola instead.It was always quiet there and if you don't want anything cooked, I would recommend this cafe for a peaceful breakfast.
The gym was well equipped with 15 treadmills, 5 cross-trainers, bikes, various weights and other devices you would normally find in your gym at home. They have fresh gym towels as well as cold towels in the fridge. It could do with being a couple of degrees cooler but wasn't unpleasant to work out in. I didn't pay for any extra classes but there seemed a good variety.
We sailed from Rome to Naples where we decided to do the open top bus tour. It was a beautiful day and the sights over to Vesuvius were stunning.The traffic in Naples is crazy - I wouldn't recommend driving there.
The sail into Malta was lovely and quite different from anything we'd seen before. The building built into the sandstone harbour were quite something. Because our open top bus tour was so successfull in Naples we thought we'd opt for that gain in Malta! Big mistake we chose the local company not realising it was different from the city tours. They drove us out of Valetta into the dusty villages to craft fairs which looked closed and no-one was getting off. We were all looking at each other as there were no sights to see and when we reached Medina the driver told us all to get off. We didn't know what was happening but when we got off a crow of people surged onto the bus who had been waiting. It turned out he was telling everyone the tour was changing each time as there were too many people and not enough buses. I have never seen such angry holiday makers and we began to worry about getting back to the ship.
Finally another bus arrived after 30 minutes and once again we surged to get on the bus - 2 males began to shove each other and people were shouting!!!! To say we were happy to get back on board ship is an understatement - Malta !!!!!!
The ports of Rhodes, Mykonos and Santorini were all beautiful in their own ways. Rhodes is a town but very Greek with the old town area particularly picturesque. Mykonos is a little fishing village and easy to meander through the tiny streets leading up to the windmills on the hill. Santorini is stunning and we made our own way to Oia where the views are breath taking. Nestled on the cliffs are the boutique hotels and plunge pools which add to the flavour.
The grand finale of the cruise was arriving into Venice at 7am to the sounds of classical music playing over the open decks. It was dry at this point and felt very special to have such magnificent views from the height of the ship over Venice.
By the time it came to disembark, the heavens had opened. We took the Celebrity shuttle boat which was easier and took us close to St Marks square. Apart from a 2.5 hour time window when the rain stopped it rained all day and most of the night. Along with the rain we had thunder and lightning most of the day too. Our efforts to look around Venice were hampered by the weather as we weren't well equipped. It is a beautiful place and we hope to return there one day to do it more justice next time.
This is our 3rd cruise with Celebrity and we had a wonderful holiday. Yes, there is a more marketing by the speciality restaurant's but a gentle no and they leave you. There are no turndown chocolates any-more which stopped mid way through the cruise which seemed strange! I didn't notice any other drops in standard and will be back for another cruise again.
For UK cruisers, the shops on board offer Clinique in $ much cheaper than at home or in duty free at the airport and also if like me you are a handbag fanatic -the Michael Kors shop is to die for and much cheaper than at home.
Overall I think this cruise line are 5* and offer a luxury experience!!! Less
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