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Sail Date: February 2018
We love Aqua class as the spa is my favorite place as well as Blu restaurant. The exit at the ports is easy as well as the re-entry to the ship. The crew is very courteous and helpful on board. Rooms were kept very clean and requests ... Read More
We love Aqua class as the spa is my favorite place as well as Blu restaurant. The exit at the ports is easy as well as the re-entry to the ship. The crew is very courteous and helpful on board. Rooms were kept very clean and requests were met. This ship had far superior cast members and shows than the last trip we had (on the Solstice last year). The choreography was wonderful, singing and costumes were great. I would like it if the first show was at 7:30 so we could go to an early dinner and then to the show. Can't make it when dinner starts at 6:00 and the show starts at 7:00. That would be a big improvement. I did think that the air conditioning in the rooms did not work well at night. I was very warm most nights with the air turned to max. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
Lovely Western Caribbean cruise with good ports and nice variety of excursions. The reason I didn’t give 5 stars was because the Celebrity dancers & singers lacked a lot. Their show themes did not make sense, just a bunch of ... Read More
Lovely Western Caribbean cruise with good ports and nice variety of excursions. The reason I didn’t give 5 stars was because the Celebrity dancers & singers lacked a lot. Their show themes did not make sense, just a bunch of songs with overdone choreography that was the same for each night they performed. The December 23rd group was fantastic, as well as the last night comedian/ventriloquist. The best show of the cruise had to be the Super Bowl on the Silhouette theatre screen. I was so impressed with the decorations, ice carvings, balloons everywhere and the fabulous buffet set up in the theatre. Wasn’t expecting anything so elaborate. I have cruised other cruise lines on SuperBowl Sunday and nothing compared to the Silhouette’s party.....kudos!!! As always, the captain & crew were fabulous. Crew members always smiling, greeting us and helping in any way possible. We did select dining and never had a problem and most nights we made a reservation for the following night at our desired time. We are sailing on the Silhouette again next February 2019 so you can tell we were happy cruisers! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
I chose this cruise to get away from Chicago's cold weather and to celebrate my wife's recovery from her illnesses. For the most part I was not disappointed. The weather thruout the cruise was great (low 80's). The dining experiences in ... Read More
I chose this cruise to get away from Chicago's cold weather and to celebrate my wife's recovery from her illnesses. For the most part I was not disappointed. The weather thruout the cruise was great (low 80's). The dining experiences in the dining room and the Lawn Club restaurant were excellent. Our waitress and the wine steward bent over backwards to make sure our dining experience was great. I give them a giant thumbs up on the dining Experience. The shore excursions on this type of cruise are focused on beach and shopping activities. My wife and I are elderly and not the beach going type anymore but the islands we visited offered a chance to escape the ship and get some exercise. We seem to be harassed on some of our island stops to come into shops that offered local crafts, t shirts and liquor. It got old quickly. The entertainment on the ship was a mixed bag. The ships singers and dancers were very good but some of the acts (a husband and wife singing duo) were more than our ears could stand so we had to leave. The last night we had a ventriliquist (MIchael Paul) who was great. We also had December 63 (a knockoff of the Four Seasons) who were good but not the Jersey Boys. The Silhouette stands out in dining and service but does not offer as many entertainment options as some other cruise lines. A topside jumbo-tron offering movies every night would have been a nice option. Overall we had a pleasant experience, but we will probably focus more on cruises in the future that offer more sightseeing excursions and less on beaches and shopping. Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2018
A relaxing seven-day trip! Our trip began in Tallahassee on February 3rd as we drove to West Palm Beach. We stayed at the Courtyard Marriott in West Palm Beach (a 40-minute drive down I-95 to the port). The hotel was over $100 less than ... Read More
A relaxing seven-day trip! Our trip began in Tallahassee on February 3rd as we drove to West Palm Beach. We stayed at the Courtyard Marriott in West Palm Beach (a 40-minute drive down I-95 to the port). The hotel was over $100 less than similar hotels near the port in Ft. Lauderdale. We had an excellent dinner at Nick’s 50’s Dinner about a mile from the hotel on Okeechobee Blvd (large portions at a reasonable price). For the convenience, we parked at the port - $15/day. Since the Celebrity Silhouette was docked at Pier 29, we chose to park in the mid-port garage after dropping off our luggage at the pier. A free shuttle is provided from the garage to pier 29 as this pier is located inside the container loading area. We arrived around 10:30 a.m. and check-in was very organized and a pleasant process. We found one advantage to being at Pier 29 - boat and ship traffic are continuous down the channel. Also, while we were having lunch in the Oceanview Café, we observed two pods of manatees swimming in the channel, as well as several dolphins cruising the channel. Western Caribbean Cruise The Silhouette is a beautiful ship and was clean and well maintained. We stayed in cabin 7248, a veranda room. The room was well maintained and outstanding service was provided by our Cabin Attendant (Florisa)! The only issue we had was that our safe would not open one evening; we called to have this remedied; it took several calls and waiting over an hour before someone arrived to address the issue. The food in the Main Dining Room was average at best, as the menus did not provide many desirable options for the main course. Service was somewhat slow as our waiter (who worked very hard) was serving 18 people at 4 tables. The Asst. Waiter was a mystery person, as he hardly ever came to our table. The highlight of our dining experience in the main dining room was the great conversations with our table mates, a Canadian couple from Hawksbury, about an hour from Montreal. We did elect one night to have dinner at the Lawn Club Grill; as usual, it was outstanding and I highly recommend the Lawn Club Grill. What could be better, great food, great service and a beautiful sunset to enjoy! The entertainment on the ship ranged from good to below average. Our favorite shows were December ‘63 (a Frankie Valle tribute) and RaeGar (a rock and country duo), both excellent shows. The production shows were disappointing. The shows were hard to follow and the orchestra was too loud which forced the singers to scream instead of singing. We did enjoy the Classic Strings Duo (Emotions Duo) that played several nights before dinner on Deck 5 near the Café Al Bacio. Since the Super Bowl was being played the first night of the cruise, the ship hosted an outstanding Super Bowl Party in the Silhouette Theatre. The Theatre was split down the middle and each side was decorated in each teams colors. A separate buffet was provided at the back of the theatre with all of the traditional Super Bowl Party food. A great event and great fun! Below are a few of the things that we enjoyed the most and places we liked to hang out on this ship: Favorite sweets: coconut macaroons, oatmeal cookies, carrot cake, and fruit breakfast bread. Favorite places to escape the crowd to read or take a nap: Sky Lounge on deck 14 during the day, the Hideaway on Deck 7 near the aft elevator (it also has a large coffee pot), the library on Deck 10, and the chairs near the Lawn Club Grill on Deck 15 during the day. Favorite way to start the day: On the treadmill in the gym as the sun comes up and as the ship arrives in port. Best way to avoid the wait for elevators before dinner: Either take the stairs or come down early for dinner and have a drink in the Martini Bar or have a coffee or soda in the Café Al Bacio. We also enjoy sitting in the chairs outside the Café when the ship is leaving port. We arrived back in Ft. Lauderdale at Pier 25. We used the Express Departure (carry your own luggage). Disembarkation began around 7:45 a.m. and we were at our car within 20 minutes. In the terminal, to take the escalator, you must have one hand free to use the handrail (to have a free hand - we each use a large suitcase and a backpack). Otherwise, you have to take the elevator, which may result in a delay due to lines forming to take the elevator. By arriving at Pier 25, we were able to walk across the street to the Midport Garage, instead of having to take the shuttle from Pier 29 to the garage. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
This ship has seen better days.At slower speeds the entire ship would rumble from the engine. The food was plentiful but at best average in taste. Service was not as individualize as on my previous cruises with Celebrity. even after 10 ... Read More
This ship has seen better days.At slower speeds the entire ship would rumble from the engine. The food was plentiful but at best average in taste. Service was not as individualize as on my previous cruises with Celebrity. even after 10 days at the same restaurant i was asked my name and room number. Attention to detail was missing, on several occasions there were misprints in the daily schedule and when I voiced my concern the staff gave me the impression they had much bigger things to take care of. For instance, they had a house band the "Sound stars' that played good dancing music and when we arrived at the scheduled time an entirely different event was occurring. The activity director did herself no favors by referring to my wife( who is twice her age) as "darling" in a semi-mocking tone. The remote for our TV worked about half the time and the replacement was no better. We went to the Card Room and they didn't have pegs for the cribbage board.The photographers became increasingly annoying as the cruise progressed, constantly interrupting us with "Are you ready for your picture yet?" There was a day of scenic cruising through the fjords of South New Zealand and we were blessed with seeing an enormous pod of dolphins and the moment was marred by there frequent interruptions. On the positive side, we had no problem embarking in Melbourne, even though the cruise started in Sydney. Our cabin stewart tried his best to provide good service and went out of his way obtain some items for us. Excursions were generally well organized, although we did get left out on the pier for 30 minutes once when a bus broke down, but this was out of Celebrity's control. Many of the evening activities such as battle of the sexes were good fun and the 2 women that hosted them made everyone feel welcome, and seemed to be genuinely enjoying themselves. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
OK, we are Royal Caribbean Diamond Plus members with 24 consecutive cruises on the parent line. This time we wanted to try something different. Although not totally removed from RCCL (they own Celebrity). We felt it was worth a try in that ... Read More
OK, we are Royal Caribbean Diamond Plus members with 24 consecutive cruises on the parent line. This time we wanted to try something different. Although not totally removed from RCCL (they own Celebrity). We felt it was worth a try in that we could keep our loyalty program from RCCL and transfer to Celebrity with the same amenities. I guess we are getting old but we hate the thought of sailing from Miami. The traffic is terrible and confusing getting to the port. Once that was behind us and we were parked and ready to board, we began to see the differences in the cruise lines. We took no more than ten minutes to get checked in and have our documents processed. Everything seemed streamlined and being Elite members of Celebrity got us into check-in without a line. To be fair, the last RCCL ship we were on was the Allure of the Seas and had 5,000 passengers while the Equinox had only 2,850. Again it took less than ten minutes to process us in! The next thing that we noticed was as we entered the ship, there was a crew member there handing us a glass of welcoming champagne! Really classy. Since our stateroom would not be available until 1 PM we headed for the Oceanview Cafe (buffet) to wait and have lunch. We were surprised at the roominess of the cafe as well as the layout and availability of food. The selection was superb. Soon we headed for our Veranda room and found that it was a bit larger than the same room on RCCL. If I remember correctly Celebrity claims their bed is Queen size but we certainly thought it was a King. On deck 8 we had a beautiful view. Our luggage arrived around 2.00 PM. This too was impressive. We found this cruise to be for older folks and enjoyed the lack of children running in the hallways and screaming out near the pool...sorry for that folks but RCCL is more of a family type line which we have learned from past cruises while Celebrity seems to be (after one cruise) a bit upper class with more mature cruisers. Returning to the Oceanview Cafe...we have found that we enjoy the buffet and did not sample the Main Dining Room so we cannot rate that. The Oceanview was something to look forward to every meal. It was great! there was a dedicated station (large) just for breads. A pasta station, pizza, Mexican, Indian, American, salads....wow what a selection! The food was definitely a step up from what we are use to. We did sample the Specialty dining and had one meal at the Tuscan Grille. Located in the back of the ship with a beautiful view it was a great selection for a night. The meals were $45 each and we certainly got our monies worth. The ship itself did not have a flow rider, rock climbing wall etc but the amenities it did have seemed to be perfect for our life style. One very obvious thing we noticed was that the crew was more than happy and just could not seem to do enough for us. Everyone had smiles on their faces and great attitudes. Our room steward was great and did more than we would ever expect. One highlight of the cruise was having a drink in the Martini Bar on deck 4. If you decide to try this cruise please go there and watch the show. If you ever watched Tom Cruise in "Cocktail", these bar tenders made him look like a rank amateur! It was fun to see them mix and pour...please do not miss it. In the same area as this bar, each night they had a dance band and after a while a great DJ took over the music. By the way, one half of the bar is frozen. Yes the bar has a coating of ice on it..novel idea. On our arrival back in Miami we chose the "self assist" program and were off the ship by 7.00 am. Well organized... NOTE: NOTE: NOTE: IF YOU PURCHASE SOMETHING ON THE SHIP LIKE JEWELRY WATCHES AND PRICEY ITEMS PLEASE BE AWARE THAT CELEBRITY NOTIFIES U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION OF YOUR PURCHASE!!! DECLARE EVERYTHING AND YOU WILL BE GOOD. Well that's about it for this cruise. Celebrity has gained a couple of new customs. Really impressed the heck out of us. Great cruise! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
We wanted to see the Eastern Caribbean since we had went on the Silhouette for the Western 2 yrs ago. We loved both cruises, however I think we like the Silhouette a little bit better. We paid for Aqua class for the Equinox and we are not ... Read More
We wanted to see the Eastern Caribbean since we had went on the Silhouette for the Western 2 yrs ago. We loved both cruises, however I think we like the Silhouette a little bit better. We paid for Aqua class for the Equinox and we are not really sure what we got for our extra money other then choice of time to eat in the Blu restaurant. We did not really like being up higher on the deck except it was faster to get to the pool deck/bar that was a plus. The extra large overhang we did not like at all! It was also a bit rockier on the 11th deck compared to the 7th deck the last cruise! Our staff of employees were outstanding our room steward was fantastic and called us by name every time he saw us! The food was good, Blu was good, however I would not say outstanding. Our waiter and his team were outstanding! The shows were OK, comedian was great! Would have liked to see a little more variety. Our ports were great we stopped at San Juan and the most disappointing part was we got there late in the afternoon, so this made it very hard to do much sight seeing since many things closed at 5 or 6pm. St Maarten and St Kitts, loved them all got real tired of the Indians hard sell every time you entered their store, "oh I make you happy" "I make you great deal" HA that was a joke! I really wish the cruise ships would come up with a better way to get deck chairs, goodness getting up and having to go sit in a deck chair by the pool at 6:30am in order to get one at all is stupid! I also was not happy with the lack of sun areas on the equinox and you felt like you were almost sitting on your neighbor in the way the chairs are so close together! Poor planning on that one! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
It was our first time on Celebrity. I had heard so many good things, but it did not meet my expectations. The buffet was not very good. The food was lukewarm and we did not care for much of the food. Service was just okay. Some staff were ... Read More
It was our first time on Celebrity. I had heard so many good things, but it did not meet my expectations. The buffet was not very good. The food was lukewarm and we did not care for much of the food. Service was just okay. Some staff were great while others were rude. I was really hoping that Celebrity would jump out ahead of the others, but they did not. We did not attend any shows because they were late for us and nothing seemed interesting. The specialty restaurants were all very good and we enjoyed the coffee shop too. I felt that there may have been cut backs that have changed the way that the cruise is conducted. It also seemed that everything was an up sell. Special dining, beverage packages, classes with fees, etc. We went to an Apple class which was basic knowledge. To go further, there was a fee. I don’t want to be nickel and dimed the whole trip. Read Less
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