“Exceeded our expectations in all ways”
Cruise review of Celebrity Silhouette

Springrun Celebrity Silhouette 5 Exceeded our expectations in all ways
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The cabin was as described, with great linens, a balcony with an exceptIonal view over looking the wake of the ship when at sea and a sunset half the evenings. However, making it special was our steward,Silvester Perrirea and his assistant who not only quickly filled our requests but did so, again and again without our having to ask. He will be on the Eclipse next season and is worth seeking out. We had Select Seating dining and, again it worked out great. Thelma, the hostess on MDR level 4 seated us in the same section, with little delay. We sought out the head waiter Sirene Margarita (sp?) and his assistant Jay as they not only advised and served but entertained the 4 of us nightly. I am afraid I have forgotten our sommelier's name because he never forgot ours and paired wines with our entree choices. The ship is beautiful, the food, from the burgers in the Mast Grill to the perfect veal chop in the MDR, was excellent. If anything was not to our liking it was quickly replaced. No problems leaving the ship for the private tours we booked (see Trip Advisor) and a special thank you to Flavio who made sure we got off in Rome to make our 9:20am flight. I hope X is able to replace Cyprus with the originally planned Egypt in 2012. Turkey and Israel were amazing.
Celebrity Silhouette Cruises to the Middle East
  • Sail Date: September 2011
  • Destination: Middle East
  • Embarkation: Other
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Cabin review: Concierge Class 1

Port and Shore Excursions

Took the ships Taste of Athens tour. Just enough. Guides sound system was annoying. Athens needs a Mayor Daly to come in and clean it up. Never saw so much graffiti in my life.
Port
I think we just got lucky since we just got off the ship, negotiated a day with an English speaking cab driver (Ronnie) who took us to Nazareth, the Jordan river for a great lunch near where John the Baptist baptized Jesus, then a drive back along the Sea of Gallilee. This was all at our pace.
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We stayed in Jerusalem overnight at the Harmony Boutique Hotel, just outside the Old City walls. We used JJ Jonah, the Israel maven, as our guide. Find at jjjonah@israelmaven.com. The four of us agreed it was the perfect balance of education and fun. A full day in the Old City, rode a camel on the way to Masada, then floated in the Dead Sea on the way back to our floating luxury resort.
Port
We pre arranged a guide with Ephesus Shuttle, found on Trip Advisor. On time. Comfortable car. Driver/guide spoke American. Ephesus will take your breath away. Turkey is beautiful and deserves additional ports of call instead of Cyprus.
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Port
Pompeii was worth the stop but can,t compare to Ephesus. Eat at Aroma on the main square in Sorrento. Superb food, crowded tables, slow service. The end of the day turned ugly as the cab driver said the fare quoted at the port was only for roundtrip to Pompeii and asked for double the amount because we eat in Sorrento. We split the difference but even in Italian we knew we had a curse put on us and our offspring.
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Published 10/16/11
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