Memorable Transatlantic Sailing: Celebrity Silhouette Cruise Review by Eileanleft

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Memorable Transatlantic Sailing

Sail Date: April 2012
Destination: Transatlantic
Embarkation: Other
Our transatlantic crossing on Celebrity Silhouette was a first, both for the transatlanic, and as first timers on Celebrity. The Silhouette is a beautiful ship with modern appointments, which I loved. The overall open design and white decor was refreshing and lent itself to relaxation. The quiet spaces, like the library and the Hide-away were very pleasant; and the Martini Bar was incredibly lively and fun. We also loved the Sky lounge. I can't comment on the pool and outside areas as the weather was not conducive to swimming or hanging out on the lawn, though these areas were very attractive when we walked through. Lots of people enjoyed the indoor pool area. It was nice, and we did enjoy some hot tub time. We had 6 At Sea days, so the quality of our surroundings was extremely important. Celebrity did not disappoint.

We found the stateroom disappointing due to the small size of the basic storage areas. There were 2 large over the bed compartments, but I'll be More darned if I know what would be conveniently stored there! I particularly disliked the 'sofa', and would prefer 2 chairs instead. The sofa was hard as a rock and the back rest straight, hard, and generally like a cheap daybed. There was no other place to sit in the room and it was hard to move around...even for small people such as ourselves. The veranda was small, but adequate and clean. The furniture was very nice. Too bad it was a tad too cold out in the Atlantic to spend much time on it.

The evening entertainment was OK. Daytime activities were lively and well rounded. My favorites turned out to be the talks provided by the former White House staffer and the Art historian who provided tremendous insights for the European masters that were ahead of us in our ports of call. The action at the Martini Bar was outstanding, particularly the tasting session where the bar tenders knocked our socks off with incredible juggling and mixing tricks. Another great venue is the Cellar Master, where you can sample a wide variety of good wines, tailored to your tastes and budget. This was a fine replacement for the piano bar, which we missed.

Food on Silhouette was very good. We mostly dined in the MDR and buffet, but also had a note worthy dinner at Murano. Food and service everywhere was fine and good. Do try the Bistro for a brunch alternative. At $5 pp, it is a delightful venue with an interesting menu of crepes to please anyone.

We used Celebrity for 2 shore excursions, and both were fine. We tend to make our own arrangements, or go it on our own, but the trips we booked were fair priced, reliable and smooth running.

Two noteworthy events:
The Captain very graciously presented 2 one hour discussions regarding the ship and navigation. He was charming, informative, and seemed to genuinely welcome our suggestions and questions. This really added a sense of connection to Celebrity that I did not expect.
One evening, after a long day on shore, we just wanted to hand out in our stateroom, have a few drinks and nibbles, but couldn't find anything appealing on the room service menu. We wanted a cheese plate, with crackers and tidbits. We asked our room steward, who arranged it with the supervisor, and voila! an acceptable cheese platter for 2. Very nice, thanks a lot. BTW, we did pay for concierge class, so I guess this was a benefit.

All up, we thoroughly enjoyed this cruise and will certainly keep Celebrity on our list of desirable cruise lines. Less

Published 06/04/12

Cabin review: C3 Concierge Class

Awful sofa, give me chairs. Tight layout. Limited storage, but weird over=bed storage area, large but not accesible unless you stand on the bed...and what would you put up there? I put some shoes. Very nice bathroom, with adequate shower space. Pretty decor.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Started at the Maritime museum after a stroll on the lovely waterfront, then along Las Ramblas, stopping for tapas at an outdoor cafe along the way. Bought some tasty treats at the Market. Wonderful visit for just a hint of the what the city has to offer.
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Transfer to Florence

We used the ship's transfer to get from port Livorno to Florence. Cost was reasonable and ride was smooth. Unfortunately, the nature of Florentine traffic caused thie time available in Florence to be dissapointingly short. I had to sacrifice the Accademia to make the bus back to the ship. If I had to do it over again, I would book the transfer independently to squeeze a litlle more time, or look harder at public transportation options.

Uffizi Museum

Reliable ticket service. Booked tickets direct. Uffizi Guided tours sell out very early.

City Tour

Great local guide and insider's itinerary.

Le Castellet and Varney

Actual port was Toulon. Our afternoon tour was 4 hours, with an excellent clear spoken guide. La Castellet is a medieval village with wonderful little shops with a wide range of products from the Provence region. Enjoyed great local Rose wine. Varney was also lovely seaside resort area, full of touristy shops and eateries, that was obviously a popular local resort area. Very nice. Overall, we saw two contrasting sites, with adequate time to enjoy both.

How can you not like Rome. So much to see and do. We spent 3 days following our cruise. Highly recommend that you book transportation from Civitavecchia to Rome. We decided to take the train, which is great is you travel light and/or are young and strong enough to deal with the luggage. We did not even book a cab from cruise terminal to train station and had to scramble. It all worked out, but was nerve racking and troublesome. We also got fleeced by taxi from Termini to our hotel. Just book a good transfer to your destination.

City Tour

Heavily accented guides and poor speaker system made it d8ifficult to hear. Tour guide was going to leave a couple behind. Hated this tour.

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