We flew into Rome to board the Celebrity Sillouette. We traveled with a smaller hosted group, Aquafest that took great care of us and made this one of our favorite vacations ever.
Before we left we had heard so much hype about Celebrity. Everything was supposed to be so much better than other cruise lines that we would never want to cruise with anyone else. This expectation fell short for us. This is our 18th cruise and first with Celebrity.
The Ports were great. We enjoyed some of the activities on board including some of the lectures, scrapbooking and the entertainment on the pool deck and in the Atrium. There was one female singer on the main stage that was also a standout but overall it was just average. The food was also disappointing for us. We enjoy eating in the main dining room and there were many nights that I ordered from the same choices because there wasn't anything very appealing on the daily menu. They spent a lot of time trying to encourage you to eat at one of their specialty restaurants for an additional 30 to 40 dollars a person. I think they thought if there food was mediocre enough you would pay the difference. We did go to the Tuscan Grill one night and the food was great but because I eat very small portions definately a waste.
For the most part the service was excellent, the room steward was very attentive, our waiters were great. They saved their grumpy employees for the breakfast buffets.
There was one day we went down to the theatre and water started pouring down from the ceiling as the seats were soaked with the smell of raw sewage. They opened the theatre later that night but many of the seats were still really wet.
Even with all of this we enjoyed the ports very much, we enjoyed our waiters and activity director, the martini bar experience was really enjoyable and our small group activities made it a truly memorable vacation overall.
Not really sure about the category of room. It is toward the back of the ship and although it has a balcony there is a portion of deck between the balcony and the water. It was not a public deck and we only saw one crew member walk on it in 16 days. It was very quiet and the room was really spacious. The bathroom was very nice and they did provide shampoo, conditioner and lotion every day. The only complaint is that on this ship there is no Aft elevator, which wasn't a problem for us but could be for someone with mobility issues. We had to walk to the center elevators and then walk back to anything in the back of the ship. They had elevators mid-ship and forward.
We went with a small group on a driving and walking tour. Museums, churches, fountains and shopping all really enjoyable. We wished we had booked a trip to Pisa as it would have completed the trip but really not enough time.
Booked through our travel agent included Portofino and St Margherita including a local lunch.
The port is so close to the city which is very easy to navigate. Recommend taking a double decker bus for an overview and then going back to the places you want to see closer up. Shopping was a lot of fun and we enjoyed stopping at a local restaurant for Tapas. We enjoyed this port so much we will plan another trip to spend longer. It also had an amazing outdoor food market with foods we had never seen before.
Since we visited in December there was a local Christmas market which a lot of fun. Tons of local shops to visit but wouldn't want to spend a week there.
We spent a couple of days in Rome before the pre-cruise excursions. It is a lot of walking and around every corner another surprise. We had great meals, shopped, saw the Jewish Quarter and Spanish steps. Really an amazing combination of the ancient and modern city of Rome. The excursion took us to the colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and lots more. The second day was the Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Basilica, St. Peter's Square and the Sistine Chapel. There is unique pizza and gelato on every corner. Some of our best advice was to avoid the gelato that is brightly colored because it is just colored with food coloring. It was good advice.View All 157 Private Tour Reviews