Need a holiday now: Celebrity Silhouette Cruise Review by rarespirit

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Need a holiday now

Sail Date: June 2012
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Venice
Gigantic ship with just about everything we wanted on board plus lots we didn't want or need. Extremely port intensive but what a fabulous route taking in 6 different countries and 12 ports with only 1 sea day. Venice, Ravenna, Koper, Split, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Bari (stayed on board), Corfu, Valetta, Messina, Naples, Civittavecchia (straight to airport). All definitely worth a visit but not all a "must return" port, except Venice of course.

We opted for a guaranteed veranda cabin and were delighted to get one on "the hump" which has a larger balcony than most and very close to the lifts, so no long corridors for us. Space is perfectly adequate and larger than many European hotel rooms, bathroom fine, bed large but drawer and hanging space is limited. TV picture quality poor but only a complaint as the Euro Football tournament was on - otherwise would not have bothered.

We ate in the main dining room every evening and most breakfasts too as we were perfectly satisfied More with their "normal" offerings so didn't see the need to go to any of the speciality restaurants. I do think however that the overall standard and choice was slightly inferior to Constellation last year. Lunch was either on shore or late in the buffet. Careful choices there produced great food too. We opted for outside tables as we are both sun-lovers and crowd-haters. Dinner companions were pleasant, friendly, good conversationalists and not at all loud, unlike some on neighbouring tables.

Staff were all excellent and appeared to be doing their jobs perfectly without interfering with guests doing what they wanted, where they wanted. Cabin steward was unobtrusive and efficient, waiters too. Wine waiter merely adequate.

Entertainment was varied - some good, some mediocre, some cringingly poor but we are not generally interested in theatre type productions. Live music mostly very good and occasionally excellent. Daytime events did not really interest us but with so much to do off the ship this was largely irrelevant. Always plenty of room to find a quiet spot to relax and read or just sleep.

Booze expensive, ship's tours outrageously so but most ports were so easy to navigate around there was little need to buy in to Celebrity's offerings. CC Roll-call was perfect for seeking a private trip at Sicily which worked out to be the best one we did.

Fellow cruisers mostly over 55's, few young couples, very few kiddies, mix of Americans, Brits, Canadiand, Brazilians, Japanese and others.

Overall a great holiday but so exhausted at the end. Need another one now to compensate.

We'll certainly choose Celebrity again but prefer the smaller Constellation size due to layout, decor, ambiance and feeling somewhat less anonymous. Silhouette is a great ship and would choose again if the itinerary is what we want. Less

Published 06/15/12
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Cabin review: 2C6238 Deluxe Veranda (partially obstructed view)

6238. Easy access from lifts, no extraneous noise, adequate size, "obstructed view" is merely a small lifeboat on the deck below and no barrier to enjoyment, balcony slightly larger than standard being on the hump.

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