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Celebrity Silhouette is one of the most beautiful ships that I've cruised on! It's all brand, spankin' new, and it's fabulous! My understanding is that Silhouette will not be based in Jersey, though, so I'm just glad that we were able to cruise on her before she is relocated to her new home.
Starting out in Bayonne is ugly, but ok. We had a family member drive us from Long Island and it took about an hour to get there. We arrived around 11:00am and were onboard the ship by 11:30am. Not bad! We were greeted with a lovely mimosa to start our trip off right! The weather was cold and damp, but we didn't care one bit. When we arrived we went immediately to the Ocean View Cafe and had lunch. As is usually the case, the buffet was busy and there were no tables, but we just bundled up and sat outside on the deck! No worries! The food in the buffet is pretty typical cruise fare. Not great, but not bad either. The restaurant is gorgeous and very modern.
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was ready around 1:30pm, so we went on up to check it out. The staterooms are very pretty and updated and modern. The bathrooms are fantastic! They are bigger than most bathrooms on celebrity and the shower is really nice. Our balcony was pretty big and we spent quite a bit of time out there drinking and soaking up the sun. The flat screen tv in our stateroom was great! The tv is interactive so you can order room service, buy photos and watch free, that's right free movies on demand! Pretty nice! My only complaint about the room is the lack of storage. I have to say, Royal Caribbean does it better in regard to room design with storage in mind. There just aren't enough drawer space for clothes. But, other than that, the room is fantastic! Our stateroom attendant, Arun was remarkable. What a nice guy! He just made everything seem effortless. We snuck out for 2 minutes and we came back, the bed was made and fresh towels were waiting! What a hard worker!
That evening we went to dinner in the Grand Cuvee Dining Room. We had table 460 and our waiter was Martin. I really enjoyed the food in Cuvee and the service was really nice. I must say that the style in the restaurant was a little less formal that what we have been used to in the past. We loved it.
The entertainment on Silhouette is some of the best around! They have a production called the Show. It was fabulous! Think of Cirque de Soleil! There were a couple of comedians and a magic show and of course you have the singers and dancers. Pretty good stuff! Less
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We docked in Antigua at 8am and we were off the ship by 9am. We took a cab (about $20 per person round trip) to Jolly Beach and bought a day pass to the Jolly Beach Club and Resort for $75 per person. Jolly Beach Club is ok, definitely not Sandals, but ok for the day. It's all inclusive, so all food and drinks are included. We ate breakfast and lunch and it was pretty good. Again, it's not Sandals, but it's ok.
Jolly Beach is GORGEOUS! Antigua has some of the best beaches around! They are beautiful. We had great weather and really enjoyed the beauty of Antigua. This is one of the best islands in the Caribbean, in my opinion. We left Jolly Beach around 1:30pm and were back on the ship by 2:15pm.
We arrived in St. Kitts by 8am and were off the ship by 8:30. We took a cab to Friar's Bay Beach for about $4 per person one way. It was amazing! We really enjoyed Friar's Bay. The beach is gorgeous and you can get a massage on the beach for $35. Not bad! The sand is black and the water is turquoise. It was beautiful! I think St. Kitts was one of my favorite places! We got a cab back to the ship and was onboard by 3pm.
We docked in St. Lucia at 8am, and slept late getting off the ship at 9am. We took a cab with another couple to Reduit Beach. The cost was about $10 per person one way. The ride takes about 15-20 minutes. Reduit is busy, but the beach is nice. St. Lucia does not have that many beaches, so Reduit is probably the best you can get. We rented beach chairs for $20 with an umbrella and enjoyed the day! We got a bucket of beer and a hamburger (the hamburger was awful)and just relaxed until 1:30pm. The cab driver picked us up right on time. We asked him to drive us through the down town area for a little sightseeing. It was nice seeing the area and getting a little tour for free! We were back on the ship by 2:30pm.
We docked in St. Maarten at 9am and were off the ship by 9:05am. We took a cab from the ship to Orient Beach. The cab ride was about 20 minutes and was about $20 per person round trip. We rented beach chairs and an umbrella for about $20 for the day. It was really nice. Orient Beach is a great beach and we love it. This was our 2nd time there. This time, the water had a lot of sea weed because of a recent storm, but normally this isn't the case. The nude beach a few yards down is a hoot if you're into that sort of thing. After we left, we paid the cab drive an extra $20 to take us to Grand Case for lunch. We ate at the Talk of the Town BBQ. DELICIOUS! Great food! Grand Case is where you want to go for night life, but during the day, it's not all that happening. There are lots of great French restaurants and some good creole bbq if you're looking for something different. We took a cab back to ship (the folks at Talk of the Town called for us) and we were back on board by 3pm.
We arrived in St. Thomas at 9am. We took a cab for $20 one way to Sapphire Beach. I didn't like it. It was crowded when we entered and the water was choppy. There weren't many facilities there and the beach just looked crappy! We got another cab and made our way to Meghan's Bay. Now, there were 5 cruise ships in port that day, so it was crowded to say the least. I didn't enjoy myself here at all. There were way too many people! We rented chairs for $20 but there were no umbrellas. There were facilities, but just too many people to be comfortable. We got a cab back around 1pm and wrapped up our cruise!