Our first cruise on Celebrity AND our first Transatlantic : Celebrity Silhouette Cruise Review by SuzieQ1944

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Our first cruise on Celebrity AND our first Transatlantic

Sail Date: April 2012
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Other
Our cruise departed Bayonne, NJ on April 22, 2012. I have read so many complaints about this port, but considering we live 15 minutes from Bayonne, we cannot complain. We were in the port for such a brief time, that it's not even worth writing about. Incidentally, the staff are so efficient and we were processed very quickly.

Rather than go into a lengthy description about Celebrity/Silhouette, here are my major comments:
- There is still a language barrier - the staff who work on ships are, of course, from all over the world. However, we were misinformed several times and because we have traveled a considerable amount, we knew to ask more than once. I always keep asking, until I find someone who speaks fluent English.
- The Silhouette is beautiful; new, clean, lovely. The specialty restaurants are great (we tried 3). Of course, this is optional/extra, but since it was our anniversary, we treated ourselves.
- There is also much talk about 'nickel & diming" More customers. Sorry to say that we agree about this. To pay $3.50 for a small bottle of water PLUS a gratuity fee, is ridiculous! On Royal Caribbean at least we received 'one' free bottle.
- The tours sponsored by the cruise line were pretty good (not cheap). However, it is a coin toss as to whether or not you will get a good guide (it ended up 50/50 for us).
- As far as transatlantic cruising - I don't think this is for us. The first 2-3 days at sea were not very pleasant - for us, really rough. We actually stayed in our room the second evening at sea. It was so rough that they postponed the first big show! It's just too "iffy" for us and was a kind of waste of time just getting to our destination. I realize many people don't feel this way, but I would prefer to just fly to where we can get the ship and sail from that port.

Oh, one more thing - as we departed from Rome (to come home), this is the busiest, most disorganized airport we have ever been to. We were there also last year, but this year, it was just horrible! We flew on Delta/AlItalia; total chaos, very very long lines, and just not a pleasant way to end a trip. Less

Published 05/12/12

Cabin review: C21656 Concierge Class

Great location on the 11th floor. Wonderful balcony, quiet area, fantastic service (including room service). Although we have heard complaints about the storage area above the bed, we did not find it to be a problem; it was large, easy to access. The bathroom was wonderful! Larger shower, much more room, lovely amenities.

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Port and Shore Excursions

La Sagrada Familia

We loved the drive up to the Monastery - our lunch was lovely as was the area. We also enjoyed La Sagrada Familia - what an amazing site!

Florence Walking Tour

We booked "Florence on your own" which included a bus from Livorno (where the ship was docked) to Florence, where we had 4-5 hours. We had been to Florence 5 years ago, and wanted to see the Uffitzi museum, plus walk, shop, and, of course, EAT.

Santa Croce

Just love Florence!

Uffizi Museum

We went to the Uffitzi museum (which we booked on the internet. I am sorry to say that I was disappointed; it was so crowded, so hot, difficult to get around, lots of marble stairs to climb, we got very lost (trying to get out), too many kids (unruly ones). Of course the art is amazing!

City Tour

Actually we were in Aix En Provence (which did not seem to be listed). What a great little town. Unfortunately our tour guide talked much too much and we did not have very much time to walk around the town. We would LOVE to return some day.

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