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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
I selected this short 3-day cruise as an intro to cruising for my 15 and 13 yr old granddaughters. This was perfect. They both were a bit hesitant about it, but left declaring firmly they were ready for a 7-day cruise! The mix of ... Read More
I selected this short 3-day cruise as an intro to cruising for my 15 and 13 yr old granddaughters. This was perfect. They both were a bit hesitant about it, but left declaring firmly they were ready for a 7-day cruise! The mix of activities on board was good for them and their mother and me. We all enjoyed the shows each night. Our only regret is that we did not do the Silent Disco. I am both gluten-free and dairy-free. There was an abundance of options for me in both the dining room and the Ocean View cafe. Also, the coffee shop (Cafe al Bacio) could prepare any coffee with either almond milk, soy milk, or lactose free milk. They also had gluten-free cookies every day. The buffet had gluten-free breads (Canyon Bakehouse), but no dairy-free (vegan) "butter". The check-in procedure was very smooth and quick. From parking in the garage to being on board was less than 30 minutes. The food in the Ocean View cafe was wonderful in the selection and quality. The food and service in the Main Dining Room was really good. They were nervous about sharing a table with others, but it was just the 4 of us and they enjoyed that. Our waiter was very patient with them and helped them select their meals. The disembarkation process was very smooth. Our group was called right on the time listed in the information sheet. We exited, quickly claimed our luggage (an airport-style carousel with staff who will let you know which carousel to check), quickly cleared customs and were on the way to the parking garage with about 15 minutes elapsed! My only complaint is there are NO signs in the parking garage to direct you to the exit. Several of us circled for a while, hitting dead ends, before finally finding the right way. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
A wonderful 3 day Bahamas cruise from Port Miami in an S1 aft sky suite. I have traveled on Celebrity previously but this was my first time on the Equinox and I instantly fell in love. I booked this cruise for myself and my Mother. We ... Read More
A wonderful 3 day Bahamas cruise from Port Miami in an S1 aft sky suite. I have traveled on Celebrity previously but this was my first time on the Equinox and I instantly fell in love. I booked this cruise for myself and my Mother. We arrived at the port at 10:20am and we were through priority check in and on the ship at 10:45am. Greeted with smiles and champagne we then proceeded to take a tour of the ship while all was still somewhat quiet. I liked the decor of the ship as it wasn’t too over the top, and I found it very easy to navigate. After a quick top to bottom tour we stopped in to introduce ourselves at Michaels Club, there we met the concierge John Escobar who was very pleasant and showed us around and answered any questions we had. We enjoyed Michaels and visited several times during the cruise for a late afternoon snack and especially to stock up on bottles of Evian for our suite. Around 1pm we we decided it was lunch time and headed down to Luminae, we were greeted by Viktoria the most pleasant hostess you will ever meet, she showed us to our table and it was here we met Kirk who was our waiter for all our Luminae meals. Kirk was fabulous and a huge asset to Luminae in the few short days we were there he discovered what we liked and every meal was perfect. We enjoyed the food as well as the presentation and on 2 occasions ordered items off the MDR menu. My favorites were the filet mignon, cooked perfectly, and the artichoke soup....delicious! I was though disappointed in the desserts really nothing exceptional. After lunch we headed up to our suite 8345 a very long walk to the aft but we loved the walking especially after indulging everyday. The suite is the perfect size and the use of space is great, I loved having the large side porthole in addition to the sliders as there was so much light in the room. We had the room arranged as two single beds and yes the pole is ever present! The amount of storage is plentiful as well as the storage space in the bathroom as well. The bathroom was a nice size with a full tub/shower combo and Bvlgari amenities. The cabin is nicely decorated but I feel it needed a bit of modernization perhaps a little bling, it was a little flat. It was though very clean and well kept. The veranda makes up for anything that could be wrong, beautiful, spacious, and exactly what you expect in an aft cabin. Loved it! Now on to the butler..... ours was a big disappointment, shortly after we arrived he stopped by to give us his card and said please call if you need anything. He never offered to show us around the suite or explain anything as I’ve had done in the past. I did make arrangements for morning coffee delivery for our port day which he did take care of and that was it we never saw or heard from him ever again. Now our room steward Louis should have been the butler, he was exceptional he took such good care of us, bringing us ice (butler duty) and anytime he saw us coming down the hall running ahead to open the door, everyday he made sure the towels were placed on the outside veranda chairs in the morning after breakfast. Hummmm can you guess who got the tip on the last day. We really enjoyed everything about the ship. We didn’t attend any shows so I can’t comment on those. We visited the casino, shopped a little and attended the wonderful Corning glass show. We ate a lot and walked a lot! In addition to Luminae we had burgers at the Mast Grill, love those fries! And ordered room service for lunch, ehhh just average food not impressed, delivered in 30 minutes. Cafe al Bacio is heaven, we visited many times. Also visited the future cruise desk, that always makes me happy! Disembarkation was a breeze, went down to breakfast in Luminae at 7:45am, walked off the ship around 8:45am though customs and in my car at 9:10am! In addition to booking this cruise to give my Mother a little getaway it was a test cruise to see if I would like the sky suite aft for a future 9 day cruise I have booked in October with boyfriend. It passed the test!! Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
We were staying in FL, and this short cruise seemed like a good and fun way to get to Key West for the day. But my husband and I are used to higher end, smaller ships, so this was not what we were used to. And we also prefer all-inclusive ... Read More
We were staying in FL, and this short cruise seemed like a good and fun way to get to Key West for the day. But my husband and I are used to higher end, smaller ships, so this was not what we were used to. And we also prefer all-inclusive cruises, so this was the first time we experienced this type of "nickel and diming". If this was the only cruise line we had been on, it probably would have been better for us. But it's hard not to compare, and compare we did. It looked like a lot of people were having a great time, so this is a personal preference. The ship itself is very nice, but we found our stateroom with verandah too small. Also, although we did not eat in any specialty restaurants, we thought the food in general was just mediocre. And that includes desserts, which my husband generally loves. So he was especially disappointed with that. Re: the staterooms, we were on the concierge floor. There was one overworked (very nice) concierge on that floor, and most of the times there was a very long wait if you wanted to ask her something. There was also a designated phone line where they were pretty responsive if you had a question. We had purchase a "premier beverage" package, but were very surprised when we had no water (that wasn't a charge for us) provided for usin our mini refrigerator. We had to "purchase" a bottle and bring it back to the room. I also did not care for the fact that there was a shower curtain, not a shower door in the bathroom. The storage space in that small bathroom was pretty good. Our room attendant was very nice and helpful. Re: the food, we thought the buffet (where we went for our breakfasts and a few casual dinners) was way to long and unwieldy. One had to walk quite a long distance to get to the omelette station, and many people didn't even know it existed. There was also sporadic help for people (getting coffee or answering questions) at the buffet, but it needed to be more consistent. One morning, the food was cold, and it appeared the burners were not on high enough. The response from the manager was good. We did find the necessity of showing our "premium" cards every time we wanted a water or drink (even orange juice) was annoying and arduous. Showing one card should have been enough if we wanted two drinks, as our accounts were linked, but every time we wanted a drink each, we had to drag out our cards. We are not use to this. There also should have been more hand sanitizers in a ship that size. Boarding and disembarkation was smooth and most of the people working there were nice and helpful. It was tough to get a seat by the pool or the spa area (which was away from the loud music and spring-breakers by the pool). But this is usually the way on any cruise ship, especially a day at sea. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
I picked this cruise to be able to explore a new cruise line; after getting disappointed by a lack of service on another trip, I wanted a short vacation in case things didn't live up to expectations. But by the end of the weekend, I was ... Read More
I picked this cruise to be able to explore a new cruise line; after getting disappointed by a lack of service on another trip, I wanted a short vacation in case things didn't live up to expectations. But by the end of the weekend, I was wishing that the trip was much longer; it was a wonderful vacation. The Summit is a beautiful ship, and just the size that I like. The main stairwell was beautiful and dramatic, especially when they added drapes for photos on Evening Chic night. The pool areas (family and Solarium) were beautiful; the adults-only Thalassotherapy pool and hot tubs were especially relaxing. I purchased a pass for the Persian Garden in the spa; it was a nice way to end time in the Thalassotherapy pool. I enjoy​ed the aromatherapy room and Turkish bath, although I missed having heated lounges by a huge window like on other ships. The rooftop terrace at the back of the ship was wonderful; when movies weren't playing, they had calming views of beaches or underwater scenes. While it was lovely, the Summit is definitely not new. Even with a refit in 2012 and Solstice-izing in 2016, its age shows in places: cracked granite on a vanity, rusted screw heads popping through walls in the bathroom, stains on the bed skirts, carpet falling off the stairs. Little things that will happen on any old ship. Keeping up the public areas seemed to be a higher priority than the cabins. The majority of the ship was very nicely decorated, with the exception of the creepy, glitter-covered busts in the mid-ship stairwell. The only real complaint I have about the ship's features was the lack of a promenade. There was a walking/jogging track above the pool, but it's a very small loop. A trip up the stairs to the rooftop terrace would make a lap a little longer, but still. A promenade seems like such a key feature for a cruise ship. Embarkation at Port Everglades was so simple. We arrived at ~11:15a (had to check out of the hotel at 11). Bags were immediately taken by porters and we went in to the relatively short lines for the metal detectors. After that, we headed to check in. Concierge Class has its own line and we met our concierge, Ann, while waiting. We also got invitations to a Concierge Class lunch in the dining room that day. After checking in, it was a quick line to the ship (some passengers from the previous voyage were still getting off!) and we were onboard by ~11:45. Champagne and mimosas were offered as you entered the main lobby on Deck 3 (there was a lot of free alcohol offered all over the ship during the cruise). The only negative - my bag's luggage tag got ripped off somewhere along the line (the tags sent by Celebrity weren't very sturdy) so I didn't get my bag until late that night. I had to go down to guest services, and there was a big stack of unclaimed/untagged bags, so I wasn't alone. The crew was exceptional and easily the best part of the trip. My expectations had been lowered by other cruise lines, so I was very happy to find that service isn't a lost art. The crew genuinely seemed to want to make sure everyone had a good vacation. I've never been on another ship where the officers did so much to interact with the guests. Crew v. Guests game shows and pool volleyball, a meet and greet sail away party... And it wasn't just the activities manager or the cruise director - HR, marketing, financial, etc. It was great to have faces to recognize and acknowledge all the work being done to keep the ship running smoothly. Everyone on the crew was always quick with a smile and 'good morning' or 'hello' and it seemingly became contagious, as guests would often greet each other, too. Captain Alex's PA-system announcements were very funny. Sarah, the CelebrityLife activities manager, was fantastic and hilarious at every event (even as she lost her voice). Dragica, a hostess at the Cosmopolitan restaurant (main dining room), was one of the first crewmembers we met onboard while making a reservation and she always remembered us every night at dinner. Sherwin, our waiter for the last 2 nights, always gave great recommendations from the menu, as well as advice about the ship (like the best place for breakfast on disembarkation day). He remembered both people and preferences from one night to the next, something that some other lines don't bother to do. The food was almost all fantastic. Breakfast at the main dining room was the only thing that wasn't very good. (Edible, but not worth repeating). Dinner at Qsine was outstanding; will definitely go back on future cruises. Dinners in the main dining room were also very good, with a lot of variety. Normally, the Lido deck on a cruise ship is a mad house, but Summit's Oceanview Cafe had ample seating, even at noon on a at-sea day! It also had great views and good food. The poolside grill had great burgers and it was nice to be able to do your own toppings (grilled onions, bacon, mushrooms, lettuce, tomatoes, etc.) Afternoon tea was lovely, although it would have been nice to get real tea cups instead of coffee mugs (tiny nit). I didn't try the other specialty restaurants or room service. In my opinion, it was worth it to pay a little extra for Concierge Class (the difference was small for such a short cruise). Having someone to answer questions and run down problems (like a missing suitcase) was very helpful. The invitation-only sail away party on the helicopter pad at the bow was fun and unique. The complimentary bag was very useful for the pool and will continue to be useful at home. It was also nice to have the lounge/library nearby and the room location was great. As for the itinerary, I was very interested in Key West, but had been to Nassau before (I liked having a day to explore the ship with less people around and take advantage of in-port deals). Key West was as nice as expected and I'd like to go back again sometime. The Conch Train tour was a great way to see the Old Town (though I imagine the open-air trolley would be very hot in the summer). For the at sea day, I decided to purchase a 24-hour internet package (I had some OBC to burn). The speed was pretty good, maybe a little slower than 3G. One purchase could be shared by multiple devices, but only one device at a time. This was great if you had a phone and a tablet or multiple people. I also went on the galley tour during the at sea day; it was really interesting to see how they prepare so many dishes for the various restaurants. It was also amazing how much they use technology/analytics to reduce food waste and ensure they have the right kinds of food onboard based on the passenger demographics. One weird thing about the trip was that scheduled music performances kept not happening. One night, a piano performance was cancelled because they couldn't find a key to unlock the piano. Another night, a jazz performance just didn't happen (no musicians after 15-20 minutes). I'm not sure what was going on (or if the daily schedule listed the wrong location). We chose walk-off disembarkation, since we each just had 1 small suitcase. We cleared customs at 7am - 30 minutes early and while still finishing breakfast. So there was a bit of a scramble to go get our bags and get going. But the process was extremely smooth: take the elevator to Deck 3 and walk right off. Customs took a couple minutes, taxis were waiting outside, and we were at Ft. Lauderdale Airport by 7:30am. Overall, it was a fantastic trip, and I would definitely sail on Celebrity again. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
This is a review more so of Entertainment Cruise Productions who chartered Celebrity Summit for a jazz cruise out of Ft Lauderdale. It was the inaugural sailing of Blue Note At Sea - a famed jazz recording label responsible for ... Read More
This is a review more so of Entertainment Cruise Productions who chartered Celebrity Summit for a jazz cruise out of Ft Lauderdale. It was the inaugural sailing of Blue Note At Sea - a famed jazz recording label responsible for launching jazz legends such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Van Morrison, Nora Jones and so many more. The line up on the cruise was the elite of contemporary jazz artists including no less than 10 Grammy Award winners and a boatload of the genre's finest. IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT. WOW!! ...Not quite household names, but music that moves the soul and many of the artists you'll find in the credits of Oscar winning movies, Broadway shows and A-List collaborators. Not your standard on board entertainment - which is the major drawcard for those who don't generally subscribe to cruising. This was Jazz Concentrate... a festival of soul, funk, jazz and beyond. All-you-can-take music of the highest order. Entertainment Cruise Productions headed up by jazz enthusiast Michael Lazaroff are the indisputable specialists in packaging jazz at sea, and this sailing was nothing short of exceptional. Ports of call were ok - Nassau, San Juan, Samana, Labadee... however I am guilty of staying on the ship to catch more music well into the small hours of the night. Artists such as Marcus Miller, Gregory Porter, Terence Blanchard, Robert Glasper, Dianne Reeves Chucho Valdes, David Sanborn, Joshua Redman, The Bad Plus, Lalah Hathaway, Grace Kelly, Natalie Williams and so many more rocked the boat - and 3000 music loving passengers! I'm still buzzing! If you're a serious music lover, and like the idea of cruising the Bahamas on board a luxury vessel with like-minded travellers, then book Blue Note At Sea 2018. Entertainment Cruise Productions also produce The Smooth Jazz Cruise and The Jazz Cruise. I've spoken to many passengers who were on board both of the 2017 sailings, and were equally wowed by the entertainment and calibre of talent. The cost of putting an A-List line up to sea, coupled with increased production and specialised enrichment events is huge, so for the value, you have to forgive a few lackings with the ship itself. The great thing about Celebrity Summit is its 5 amazing venues for the music. The food is good, the staff and service, good... the cabins... good enough. But you're there for the music and the music will keep you on a high until you book your next fix - 3 incredible jazz cruises for Jan - Feb 2018. Blue Note At Sea was the most life-affirming musical experience. If you decide to give yourself the greatest gift and book, you'll come home with a suitcase full of incredible memories and a long list of new friends for future travel. I have nothing to do with this company - I am just a very enthusiastic jazz fan, (with tears welling in many of the performances from the sheer joy of such sublime music). This cruise delivered the experience of a lifetime. Blue Note At Sea was PHENOMENAL. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
Let me preface this review by stating that I am not a seasoned cruise traveler (and don’t know whether I will ever be one), but I approached this adventure with an open mind, eager to see what all the fuss is about. I now live in ... Read More
Let me preface this review by stating that I am not a seasoned cruise traveler (and don’t know whether I will ever be one), but I approached this adventure with an open mind, eager to see what all the fuss is about. I now live in Fort Lauderdale and on a daily basis, I watch from my balcony as the cruise ships arrive and depart Port Everglades. I decided it was time I got on one of them again. A friend and I booked this cruise through a travel agent who secured our staterooms; we both paid the supplement to have private rooms, which were adjacent to each other. Because we were apprehensive about cruising (the second such experience for each of us), we picked a short 3-night and 2-day cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Nassau. First, the good: the Celebrity Silhouette is roughly 6 years old and most common areas of the ship look brand new. Dining experiences exceeded my expectations; we chose to have lunches in the buffet (Oceanview Café) and dinners in the main dining room (Grand Cuvee’). There are also a host of informal grills and cafes with free food throughout the ship as well as a handful of “specialty dining” restaurants, to which a “cover charge” applies. Entertainment options were numerous; something for everyone. The majority of the daytime events centered on the pool and the outdoors, as one would hope and expect. Evening options included live bands with dancing, games in the ship’s lounges, a colorful casino, and two or three nightly shows in the ship’s theater. The beverage packages seemed reasonably priced to me; we certainly got our money’s worth each day. We took one excursion in Nassau and it was a good one: the “Sea and See”, which is a combination of 1) a ride on a submerged vessel, giving one a close-up view of fish and coral, and 2) a bus ride through the old town, with a stop at a centuries-old fort that has the best view of the island. For someone who has never been to Nassau, it was a perfect blend of nature and history. The downsides: I felt like I was nickel-and-dimed the whole cruise. Everywhere you turn, the ship is trying to sell you something extra or push upgrades on you, and the in-your-face promotions got old fast. My stateroom, for which I paid roughly $1100 for 3 nights (!), was very small, although the balcony was a decent size. We were on Deck 7, and our rooms were directly above the enormous orange lifeboats, which compromised the views. There is no coffee maker in the room. There is a small fridge, although most of the space inside of it is occupied by minibar items. My stateroom 7183 included a badly-worn sofa and bathroom drawers that were stained and scuffed. The towels were old and nearly threadbare; I asked for (and received) newer, fluffier towels, but I shouldn’t have needed to do that at these prices. On a positive note, my cabin steward (Abdul) was exceptionally good. He responded to every request almost immediately, and always with a smile. The fitness center was satisfactory; I used it daily and never had to wait for a machine, but the spa was a disappointment. In order to use the steam room, you had to pay a significant upcharge. I didn’t bother. There were no male massage therapists. There were significant upcharges for routine fitness classes such as spinning. Other upcharges included on-demand in-room movies ($15). Perhaps the biggest surprise was displayed by room service; I used it two mornings for breakfast and both times, silverware was either completely missing or the wrong kind was provided. The first morning, I received 3 spoons, but no fork or knife. By the time I noticed, the attendant was long gone and no one answered the phone after repeated tries. I finally gave up and ate with my fingers. An apology from the manager arrived that evening in the form of chocolate-covered strawberries. The next day, I got a fork and a knife, but no tablespoon. How can that happen? The food from room service was a disappointment. In the future, I would get dressed and go to one of the restaurants, where things are fresh. Servers there are not hurried and they generally display great pride in their work and concern for your satisfaction. This brings me to my biggest quandary about the service on the cruise: a mandatory 18% tip is included in everything you purchase, and a separate $13.50 charge per day is added to your bill for “onboard gratuities.” Now, I have been a big tipper for many years, and I think nothing of adding 20 or 25% for the server if the service is good. But when a mandatory charge is added by the cruise operator, I wonder how much of that money makes its way to the people who do the work. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
Love the Silhouette. Parking in the mid-port garage was no problem when we arrived about 11:30. Embarkation was quick and easy, although there was a problem with the cameras taking pass card photos, they cleared the backup quickly. This ... Read More
Love the Silhouette. Parking in the mid-port garage was no problem when we arrived about 11:30. Embarkation was quick and easy, although there was a problem with the cameras taking pass card photos, they cleared the backup quickly. This was our 2nd Silhouette cruise so we hit the ground running without the normal 1st afternoon of getting your bearings. Beautiful ship and wonderful staff! The crew work very hard to make it sparkle, and always greet you whenever/wherever you see them. This was our 3rd voyage with Captain Pepas-and the trip was smooth as glass again! Our back corner Sky Suite was wonderful. Our veranda curved around the back so we had views of both the back and side. Our butler Rodney, and stateroom attendant,Paz, took such good care of us, and never failed to provide excellent service. We really enjoyed talking to them. Michael's was a really nice suite perk, and Cranston makes a great Margarita. Dining in Luminae was really special, 5 star service. Being able to sit down in a real restaurant the first day for lunch was a pleasure. No crowds like in the Oceanview cafe that we usually have. Because we were traveling with other friends, we ate 2 nights in the MDR and the food and service were very good. The beef tenderloin the last night in the MDR was one of the best steaks I've ever had, as good as any I've had in the Tuscan Grill or Murano! Entertainment was as good as always, especially the aerialists in the production show. Since we've been to the Bahamas before, we choose to stay onboard to enjoy the ship with smaller crowds. Our sea day was busy, and, as expected, there were still issues with no lounges available due to inconsiderate chair hogs, but that, unfortunalty is nothing new.Disembarkation went well. We will definitely sail again on Silhouette-soon I hope! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
EMBARKATION: Easy breezy as we were in a suite. We arrived early and were escorted past all the lines and were on the ship within 15 minutes of arrival at the terminal. We even snuck into our room early and popped the champagne! The ... Read More
EMBARKATION: Easy breezy as we were in a suite. We arrived early and were escorted past all the lines and were on the ship within 15 minutes of arrival at the terminal. We even snuck into our room early and popped the champagne! The Silhouette is a beautiful ship even if she is getting a little worn around the edges. (She needs a refresh mostly in terms of the seat cushions in the public areas, the towels and robes are getting a bit raggedy and furniture shows the dings.) But otherwise, the art throughout the ship is amazing and by famous contemporary artists. Do a little research and you will be blown away at all the modern pieces you can see up close, it's like a floating museum filled with millions of dollars worth of incredible art! CABIN: We had C1 Concierge Suite 1112 which was conveniently located on deck 10 near the library. No complaints except the sink which didn't drain properly unless you removed the stopper completely. Plenty of memory foam pillows and extra hangers were provided upon request. Our butler, Teguh (from Bali, Indonesia) was exceptional, always available and anticipated our needs. FOOD/ENTERTAINMENT: The burger at Luminae is not to be missed, it is by far one of the best restaurant burgers I have ever tasted. I would also recommend the affogato at Cafe al Bacio. I was pleasantly surprised that they could also make a Chai tea latte with almond milk, one of my favorite hot beverages. We tried Tuscan Grill the first night and were underwhelmed (short rib papardelle was extremely oversalted, brick chicken was a sugary mess) but the service (by Angel) was excellent nonetheless. Our experience at 5 Star Sushi was the best overall meal on the ship including Wirik, our server. Qsine was definitely "whimsical" but I think better experienced in a big group (I think the fun is in the presentation but the food is just meh. We also went with our server's recommendations and ended up with waaay too much meat). We checked out Quasar for some karaoke and dancing and had a great time, even if you just want to watch you will feel welcome. We also got a daily pass to Persian Gardens and enjoyed a few relaxing hours there. NASSAU: We booked our own shore excursion with Big Mama Taxi & Tours ($85 pp for about 5 hours). Our guide, Angie, customized a tour to our liking and took us around the island in a comfortable van. We stopped at the rum cake factory, John Watling's rum distillery (you can only buy their rum on island so definitely worth the stop), Queen's Staircase, pirate caves, and lunch at Twin Brothers for some fresh conch salad and grilled snapper (amazing). She also took us to a beach but the water was pretty chilly so we just dipped our toes and took some nice photos. She took us all around the island including the wharf to see the fishermen's market and through "the ghetto" where she lived. We felt very safe the whole time and like we really got to experience the island from a local's perspective. Pretty sure Angie got kickbacks at our stops but she deserved every penny. We were only a party of 3 and guides make more money with bigger groups. I can highly recommend this tour especially if you don't know what to do, aren't interested in going to a resort like Atlantis just to hang with other tourists and want to learn something new. Note: they will take you to Atlantis just to look around for 30 minutes but none of the activities are included nor would you have the time to do them, so skip that have them take you someplace else! DEBARKATION: We ate breakfast at Blu and hung out in Michael's Club until we were ready to leave. Again it was easy. Could have been even easier if we had downloaded the Customs/Immigration app but were in no hurry. Our customs officer was the friendliest officer I have ever met, he seemed genuinely thrilled with his job. Overall, I never thought I could enjoy a 3-day cruise so much. Definitely going to try another Solstice class ship to another part of the Caribbean. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
I chose the 3 night cruise as it would give me an opportunity "try Celebrity" at a reasonable cost before committing to a longer itinerary and higher cost. It's the only 3 nighter for Silhouette this year/2017. And now I'm ... Read More
I chose the 3 night cruise as it would give me an opportunity "try Celebrity" at a reasonable cost before committing to a longer itinerary and higher cost. It's the only 3 nighter for Silhouette this year/2017. And now I'm hooked! I went with a friend and we left the hubbys home. We sailed to Nassau and also had a sea day. We also had 3 other friends on the cruise, so it was nice to share experiences with them. We booked a concierge balcony suite, which gave us somewhat better interior finishes, afternoon canapes, welcoming bottle of champagne in cabin, and as I write this I realize we never had the fresh flowers promised. Oh well. The concierge left a welcoming message, but we never saw him, never had the need for any services however. The storage was ample for 3 or 7 nights, probably for longer too. I liked the bathroom layout and cubbies. Good lighting too. A magnifying mirror would make it first class. All the staff was friendly EXCEPT for the Oceanview Cafe outdoor fantail seating area staff. They moved around silently and never interacted with us on our multiple times during breakfast and lunch at the same spot. Inside I saw staff speaking with passengers. Hector served us well in the Dining Room for early seating. We ate there 2 nights, and one of our friends who booked a Sky Suite invited us to Luminae for the last night, which was a wonderful treat. Accoustics were a bit loud with another group of 8 sitting next to our group of 6. At one point our sponsoring host had to speak loud to send them a message of how loud they were talking...but they quieted only momentarily. Especially nice was the "candy cart" presented by Sony. And that was before dessert. I couldn't do all the activities, but did enjoy hearing my friend perform during karaoke. The shopping specials were tempting and I did contribute my share to purchases. My friends did visit the casino, but I opted to shop instead. I did notice there was no sign of smoke. Yeah. I chose the thermal suite package for a splurge, but really it was only for 2 days, for which the cost was $49. Some of the patrons didn't oblige with the "quiet zone" of the Persian Garden lounger room and no staff checked to see that the quiet was maintained. It certainly would have been nice to stay open until 11pm instead of closing at 8pm. Slippers and robes were provided, and though small, it met the demands of the guests. The Juggler/Entertainer was captivating...who would every have thought a juggler could be so funny as well as very accomplished? He interacted with the audience constantly. I've already "Liked" December '63 group as their Frankie Valli interpretations were spot-on. The late night comedian was not off-colored humor like so many other late-night shows, but truly funny and geared all about us cruisers. The final night was a combination of singing, dancing, and acrobats in a program entitled "Life" which was contemporary and uplifting. There were 5 other ships in Nassau but we stayed the longest with hours from 8am-8pm. My roomie opted for a morning shore excursion on the glass bottom boat and enjoyed it, while we both taxied to the Ardastra Gardens (via Patrick Poitier's taxi, recommended, mention Karen sent you so he knows not to gouge you, $5 per person each way was the negotiated price) to feed the parrots and watch the flamingo show. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
our 25th anniversary! we wanted to do it right so we spent about $2,300 dollars including airfare for 5 nights in a room with a window (not a balcony) so we were expecting awesomeness. NOT! i will start with the crew and captain. they ... Read More
our 25th anniversary! we wanted to do it right so we spent about $2,300 dollars including airfare for 5 nights in a room with a window (not a balcony) so we were expecting awesomeness. NOT! i will start with the crew and captain. they were awesome, so sweet, so genuine. other positives were the premium drink package. it is awesome!! vitamin water, red bulls, Evian water in giant bottles(although they ran out of big bottles by day 4), tons of beers and premium spirits! the clubs are beautiful but we did not have any luck with the music except for motown night. they have a "silent disco" which was weird. you wear headphones to hear the music so basically it works if you are drunk, other than that, it is stupid. there was some live music here and there and it was ok but honestly, it was "Marty & Bobbi Culp classically trained singers". (just google Will Ferrell's marty culp SNL skit) the bed was comfortable and the room was clean. the toilet never really worked and actually the entire floors toilets malfunctioned for a few hours. was pretty smelly and gross. room stewards with masks, etc. getting on and off at the ports was easy and quick. cant say that about the disembark. there is no "express" disembark. they say there is, but there is not! the entire ship gets off 2 elevators at a time! had to be out of the room at 7am. YES 7 AM! that sucked! there is very little entertainment. 2 bingo games in 5 days, one comedian and no comedy club. One show with 2 times every night consisting of singing. no costumes, no sets, nothing exceptional just plain and frankly boring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! nothing you can not see at a local high school. the food! breakfast- not one item i ate was piping hot. items were cold or room temp. bread was stale and it got worse as the week went on. in contrast, the coffee which was mcdonald's hot, was so acidic, i visited the restroom 3 times in 1 hour that day. drank tea after that. lunch and dinner: hamburgers, turkey or veggie burgers by the pool or a buffet. the lunch and dinner buffet food is exactly the same every day. mediocre on day one and as the week went by, we noticed the food at the buffet tasted more and more like the food served days ago, because it was. they must never throw anything out. they just keep on adding to it. i had a stomach ache on day 4 and full blown by 5. i was not alone. you had to hold your nose as you walked through our hall. so was it something i ate or a bug? we will never know but i think it was something i ate. there is a homemade pizza place in the buffet at night. that was probably the freshest item we ever ate. ate twice in the big dining room. servers are awesome. food is boring and mass produced. nothing we ate was ever "Delicious". the desert tables were a joke. cake icing and the cake on every cake or cup cake had a stale crunch. cookies are cheap, mass produced and frankly not worth the calories. not one desert was "delicious". this cruise over priced! spoke with other mates who felt exactly the same! Read Less
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