Celebrity Silhouette Cruise Review by happycamperscruise
- Sail Date: June 2012
- Destination: Western Mediterranean
- Cabin Type: Deluxe Veranda (partially obstructed view)
for our last 3 nights, we realised what we had missed & the maitre'd (Marian) was superb & arranged for there to be something delicious available for her each evening. Our waiters were excellent as well & nothing was too much trouble. We LOVED the delicious chocolate cake for dessert....yummy! I have no problem with the automatic 15% service charge for waiters who bring your drinks but query why it is also added automatically to items from minibar in your cabin. Why a service charge when you have effectively paid over the odds already..and served yourself! Also, the automatic 10% added to purchases made in the shops sure mount up pretty fast & if you have spent over $480 as I did, then that's nearly a further $50.....for what exactly??
The weather was beautiful during our cruise & we loved al of the ports of call...except for Ravenna that is. What's the point of this port of call? Nothing to see or do unless youwant to hire a bike. Catania was beautiful & we had the most delicious, authentic Sicilian pizzas & gelato. Yummy! The people were very friendly & Catania is truly lovely with some amazing architecture. Croatia was absolutely beautiful, we did the city walls tour but d to give up half way through as it was just so hot. We did the cable car ride which was worth doing for the outstanding, breathtaking views from the top. Split was a revelation & so stunningly beautiful. And more delicious gelato here as well! We did two separate open top bus tours in Valetta, Malta & it was one of our favourite days...a close run thing between Catania, Venice & Malta.. One of the tours was the blue route which covered one part of the island & that lasted almost 3 hours..then we did the other route (think it was red...or was that just us in all that heat?!) A total of 6 hours and the best value of the entire holiday at only â‚¬10 each! Wow! The blue grotto was breathtaking...well worth seeing if you can. Kudos to our bus driver who ensured we got back in time for the ship's departure..with plenty of time to spare. Thank you to him! Well worth the generous tip as he kept to his promise & got us back in plenty of time, despite our initial reservations & misgivings about whether we would have enough time to do e second bus tour. The entertainment was excellent in the Silhouette theatre & we especially enjoyed Katy who was a superb singer in her own right & who also did superb impersonations of Cher, Tina Turner, Annie Lennox, Dusty Springfield etc. Also the a Capella group..the Riptides...they also sang at different locations around the ship for 15-20 mins at a time, as well as in the theatre on the first and last nights of the cruise. Paul Baya the cruise director surprised us with his great singing voice..what a revelation he was! All in all we had a wonderful holiday but please Celebrity be honest about he degree of obstruction some of the balcony cabins on deck 6 have, as it really was the fly in the ointment and the only downside of what otherwise was a perfect cruise. Also, despite having put all our information online pre cruise...then again at check in at Venice....I received a letter asking me to report to Guest Relations to "update my credit card information for billing purposes". I did as requested & it only transpired that the girl informed me that they had no record of my credit card information. Third time lucky I told her!! Small gripe compared to the balcony obstruction issue but still a hassle you don't really need when you have already complied with all of their requests.
Bottom line though.....I highly recommend Celebrity Silhouette to all.