New York (Manhattan)
Sailed on the Celebrity Silhouette November 30 - December 12, 2011. We were a group of 12 between 55 and 65. For several in our group this was their first cruise, for others of us this was our seventh cruise. For all of us the first time on Celebrity Silhouette. A great time had by all.
We left from Bayonne, NJ. We came from different parts of the country so the day before we stayed at the Wyndam, Newark. There we could park our car for the duration of the cruise. We booked thru stay123.com. We got a shuttle to the cruiseport 20 minutes away. This was the easiest getting on and off the ship I ever experienced.
Personally my husband and I felt we didn't enjoy the layout of this ship as much as other smaller ships we have been on. I liked the idea of the indoor solarium and the hot tubs were very nice. Entertainment was good and they switched the entertainers mid cruise so we had a nice variety of performers.
We went to Qusine Specialty Restaurant the More
second night because they offered a 25% discount after watching at A Taste of Silhouette cooking demo, otherwise we never would have paid $40 each. We ate at Bistro at Five crepe restaurant. well worth the $5. We did three wine events. Wine Appreciation 101 was a waste of money. We enjoyed the Riedel Comparative Crystal - wine really does taste different in different shaped glasses. The Art of Food and Wine Pairing was good also. The Martini with Flair Bartenders was very entertaining.
All in all we had a great time but Celebrity would not be my first choice next time unless the itinerary was exactly what I wanted. Less
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Cabin review: Celebrity Silhouette
Closet OK, used a drop down bar for shorter pieces of clothing. Not enough drawers and drawers too small. Over the bed storage added additional storage but not convenient. Balcony fine, quiet location, not too far from stairs and elevator. Missing privacy curtain between bed and sitting area. Bathroom small, shower small. Nice storage in bathroom. Bathroom sink faucet ackwardly placed.
Bed wonderful, really comfortable. Nicely decorated. Beautiful large TV. Safe should be situated somewhere higher, too much bending to get to it.
Port and Shore Excursions
Antigua was a beach day. We went to Long Bay Beach near Pineapple Beach. It was great. It is a small beach but beautiful. There is a lovely restaurant with nice bathrooms. It is on the other side of the island from St Johns but definitely worth the 30 minute ride. You can rent chairs and umbrella. We got a taxi for 10 at $6 a person. We strolled down to Pineapple and the security wouldn't let us walk off the beach to look around. You can get a day pass at Pineapple but you don't need it with Long Bay next to it. It was not as fancy as Pineapple but we loved it.
We loved St Kitts. We booked with Roosevelt Taylor, Island Paradise Tours. We were a group of 10 plus 6 others. We had a beautiful small bus with big windows. Roosevelt was a very nice man. He took us to beautiful Romney Manor. They have Caribelle Batik there with a beautiful gift shop. I bought beautiful pillow covers for $15 each. The grounds and flowers were lovely. We went up to Brimstone Fortress where we could see beautiful views of the island. We saw where the Atlantic and Caribbean Sea meet. Then he took us to a new beach club near Cockelshell Beach that just opened. We spent the afternoon there and he came back for us to bring us back to the ship with a little time to shop. It was gorgeous. I highly recommend Island Paradise Tours
The Gardens and grounds were beautiful. Caribelle Batik is there. They have a beautiful gift shop. I bought beautiful pillow covers for $15 each.
In St Lucia we booked tour with Cosol. He had several groups touring and he did not take our group. It was $65 a person. We saw all the sights; a banana plantation, beautiful views of the island, tastes of local dishes and local fruits, a smoldering volcano, a botanical garden and a water taxi to Jalousie Beach where we could swim and snorkel for about an hr. The beach was a little disappointing. There were no chairs for us when we first got there and the water was churned up from rain so the snorkeling was disappointing. The scenery was beautiful between the two mountains though and the speedboat ride was fun. We bought banana ketchup for $4 a bottle. There was a truck full of water and soda and beer at every stop we made which was very nice. It was a very full day. The ride back was too long. It might have been better if we could have been seeing things on the way back instead of such a long windy ride.
St Maarten was a Sunday and many of the stores were closed. There were several small stores on the dock. You have to take a water Taxi to Philipsburg. I love the Sint Maarten Island Rum. You can only buy it on St Maarten. There is a small store on the dock and another in town. Broadwalk is along the water. There is beach, stores and cafes. Front Street has many stores. The French side is supposed to be nice but we never made it there.
We did shopping in the morning and to the beach in the afternoon. We were going to head for Sapphire Beach but our taxi driver suggested Coki Beach. We had a great time. They bring food and drinks to you on the beach. The water was beautiful and the snorkeling was great. They gave us dog biscuits with chair rental. You stick it in the water and the fish come. Best snorkeling on the trip. We were right next to the Aquarium if you want to do that but we didn't. We just enjoyed the beach.