Celebrity Silhouette exceeds expectations: Celebrity Silhouette Cruise Review by discerningedinburgh

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Celebrity Silhouette exceeds expectations

Sail Date: July 2012
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Venice
We (me, husband & 16 yr old son) sailed on The silhouette on July 5th 2012 from Venice to Rome and had a wonderful 2nd cruise with Celebrity - we're already looking to book next year on 'Reflection'and wish we'd started 'cruising' long before now; but we plan to make up for lost time!
To families thinking about cruising - worried about the 'age group' on board, worried about your teenagers being bored, worried about feeling 'crowded' - we worried needlessly about all of those things & more but are now 'converted'. The age groups on board range from young honeymooners to Grandparents with an even spread through the generations. Their were around 50 teenagers in the 15 - 17 year age group on board and they all had a ball. At no point (even on At Sea days did we feel 'crowded') Everything about The Silhouette exceeds expectations.
Our Concierge class cabin on Deck 11(Aft) was ample room for the 3 of us thanks to lots of clever storeage space we were able to unpack fully & store More 3 cases under the 'king size bed'. Our teenager was very comfortable on the sofa bed.
Our balcony was deeper than we'd expected and we could all sit out comfortably, breakfast was a bit of a tight squeeze for table space but doable.
The view is unobstucted and privacy between balconies is excellent. Our 'concierge' was excellent and kept the cabin immaculate at all times.
I'd recommend the 'fixed time' dining option (we did the early sitting); our table on the main floor of the restaurant was perfect, hidden away in a corner by a window; our 'staff' were absolutely superb and 'added to our enjoyment' of our holiday. The food was very good, the menu changes daily and the portions are generous. We'd recommend The Tuscan Grill for excellent steaks, relaxed atmosphere, great views and lovely staff. Murano is superb - it's really the only 'fine dining' option and some may find it a tad formal. Both are worth every penny of the supplement. Bistro on Five is super value at $5 a head and a quiet spot for a nice lunch. Qzine was not for us - altho' quirky, creative, great staff, we found the food lacking in quality.
The entertainment on board is varied, enjoyable and something for all age groups & tastes. Our 16 year old son made full use of the X Club and had a ball at Discos, Pool Parties, Dodge Ball, Table Tennis, Karaoke & loads more.
He's in touch (on-line) with 28 other teenagers from all over the world who enjoyed themselves so much they had a 'video conference call' the weekend after the cruise ended - fabulous! My husband & I enjoyed The Sunset Bar - spectacular views of an evening, we went dancing in Sky on 14, laughed out loud at 'Dancing with the Stripes' (Officers & passengers), enjoyed the spectacle of the Rock n Roll night on the Pool Deck and saw all the theatre shows. Father & Son took part in the 'quiz programme' and thoroughly enjoyed the daily gathering of like minded trivia enthusiasts. There's an activity for all ages & tastes, but I most enjoyed simply sitting on the balcony mesmerised by the 'sea' and was lucky enough to see Dolphins while sailing to Malta. Fabulous. Less

Published 07/24/12

Cabin review: C11653 Concierge Class

Cabin 1653 is a Concierge Class on Deck 11 Aft, about 6 cabins from the very back of the ship. Great Balcony & quiet location being near the back less people passing thro' the corridor. Exceptional storage, double wardrobe, over the bed closet shelves, 3 deep drawers, space under the bed for suitcases, flat screen TV, dressing table with mirror & light - everything you could need. The bathroom is small but perfectly formed with generous storeage. Would highly recommend for a couple, or a couple with one child - would be tight for 4 people.

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Port and Shore Excursions

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Montenegro is stunning, Kotor is a 'small' Dubrovnik with even more dramatic scenery. We wasted time with a mountain tour on a 25 hairpin bend road & a mediocre stop at a 'ham smokehouse' - wouldn't recommend this as Kotor has plenty to offer for the day with beautiful shops, cafes & restaurants.
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It was very hot in Valletta and it's quite a walk from the port so we hopped on a 'horse & cart' which was pricey at 60 Euros but it's an hour long tour with an interesting commentary from our driver and meant we saw more of Valletta than we would have done on foot. The shops are a tad 'British' with Marks & Spencers etc...but overall it's a lovely port - next time tho' we'll take the excursion to Medina.

Our 2nd time in Naples, and we've 'done' Sorrento on a previous holiday so had planned to do Pompeii but cancelled due to the heat (93)...so we walked off the ship and in 5 minutes found the 'upmarket' shopping area in Naples, enjoyed coffee, cake and wandering around.
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Could have lived without Split - I'd recommend you take an excursion to somewhere more scenic.
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City Tour

We docked in Catania & took the excursion to Taormina which has to be one of the most beautiful little towns in Italy/Scicily. Very upmarket, individual boutiques, lots of local oil, honey, wine, salt - great gifts. Fantastic cafes. Views of Mt. Etna. Truly spectacular.

We took the 'shuttle boat' transfer altho' more expensive than the local transport, it's regular and convenient. We explored the back streets of the Rialto district, the food market is spectacular, Cantina Del Mori is one of the oldest tiny bars in Venice and enjoyed a glass of wine & nibbles at 11.30am ! (I know)...and then lunch at The Bancogiro which is a fabulous bistro with outside tables and reasonably priced. Venice is a must do!
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