Silhouette's Aqua Class was a worthy splurge!: Celebrity Silhouette Cruise Review by Laffncruiser

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Silhouette's Aqua Class was a worthy splurge!

Sail Date: December 2012
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
We cannot say enough about our beautiful room, large comfortable bed and granite counter built-ins and desk/vanity area, pillow menu and the very spiffy spa bath (loved that shower!) We enjoyed the daily amenities from the bottle of champagne and fruit plate waiting on our arrival, to daily herbal iced teas/bottled waters, afternoon canapes; the over-sized towels and upgraded toiletries were appreciated, as was the balcony with table/chairs and reclining chairs with foot rests. We took advantage of the complimentary access to the relaxation room and Persian Room in the spa area, and enjoyed the heated tile beds, aromatherapy and sauna rooms, tropical storm and rain forest showers. Our room steward, Mauricio, had our room ready and every request was met cheerfully. He made our trip feel special and elegant. We also enjoyed dining in Blu and never waited for a table(service and staff were incredibly attentive, engaging, and food was excellent.)

The ship was decorated for More Christmas in an elegant, understated way, that complimented the lovely rooms and open areas. It's a gorgeous place to wander around, we loved the art: paintings, sculptures and more, very well done. We did dine in Qsine, a specialty restaurant that is truly unique and worth the $40 each -- it's a dining experience of creativity and sharing, and a must-do experience if you only choose one specialty restaurant. We were wait-listed but made it in, as the restaurant books quickly, so do book before you cruise, if possible. On this cruise, the ship itself was the lure, as we need to unwind and relax over the holiday week. We also loved the adults-only pool area, though we usually opted to go back to our own balcony for snacks or a beverage and to watch the glorious sunsets. We did eat breakfast occasionally in Blu (and it was yummy, with extras not available in other restaurants like blueberry walnut pancakes and fresh fruit smoothies), but we also enjoyed the buffet style options for breakfast and lunch in the Oceanview Cafe, with round the world offerings like Asian, Indian, Italian, subs and gyros, classic hot meals with sides, salads, desserts and more. We waited a fairly long time one afternoon for burgers and dogs at the outside grill, but the one guy working was zipping along with a cheerful attitude, and the food was great!
The shows were better than most cruise ship fare, particularly loved the Silhouette cast when they did a circus style show with lots of acrobats, visuals, lighting effects -- very cool. We also loved a special guest vocalist, Christina Bianco, who did a fantastic diva impersonation show that earned a well-deserved standing ovation.

We did have a very lengthy disembarkation, due to customs lines being extremely slow, but our arrival required no wait at all -- once we checked in we were invited to the Aqua Class and Suites waiting room, and immediately went on board for lunch and to wait for our room. Less

Published 01/06/13
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Cabin review: A21501 AquaClass

Our room was located at the left front (port) side, at the very front of Aqua class right next to the relaxation room and spa concierge entrance. Our balcony had a very high ceiling and overlooked the wing of the navigation area, so there was some obstructed view. We did not have any rooms facing ours, as this section faces the back of the massage rooms. It was extremely quiet at all times, there are no public areas overhead to create noise at night, and the entrance to the spa area was left open, so we never heard a door slam or loud talking. The room is spacious, with storage under the bed for luggage, and racks that drop down to double hang clothing. There's storage above the bed, plus drawers, too. Our closet door stuck on the left side, bath has lots of drawers and cabinet storage. Love the spa shower, tile floor, back-splash, counter space and fog-less oval on mirror. TV good size, comfortable reclining chairs and footrests on balcony.

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This was really an extension of the ship, very small, cruise-line owned island with some nice activities and controlled experience. The boat was anchored and people were tendered to the island. The morning line was long, though everyone got tickets and times to come back and go on land. We decided against going, as the ship was cleared out and we were enjoying our time together. I gave it a 4 because this review didn't give us an option button for didn't visit.
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This is a port that can be as much or as little as you want to make of it. Lots of shopping right off the ship, or take excursions (we have done several combo excursions in the past including a catamaran trip to the French side for lunch and shopping, which was wonderful) but this time opted to hire a cab and stay on the Dutch side for a more relaxed visit. We like this island, and this is where we got our obligatory souvenirs for those holding the fort down back home. We went back to the ship for an early dinner at Qsine, so didn't eat in port.

My goof ended up creating an unforgettable experience for us. We took a taxi and for some reason, I was remembering a little island we had visited via a small ferry while in St Croix, and I asked the taxi driver to take us to the island ferry. He dropped us off at a harbor, which was not what I remembered, but we decided to have lunch and met some locals, who said that the ferry ($8 round trip) would take us to a great place called Water Island, and to go to Honeymoon Bay. We decided to go for it, and discovered a very cool little island with lots of expats, golf carts for getting around (and some very steep hills.) One of the residents gave us a ride in her cart to the top of the hill, where we had our first glimpse of the beautiful bay with little sailboats dotting the water. It was beautiful, with a small and very clean beach, thatched huts to sit under, two locals who had set up bar, and nothing commercial in sight we loved it and spent the afternoon there, and then walked back to the ferry -- these hills are steep, you must be able to walk several hundred yards up and down hills -- and there were no rentals for chairs or water toys, etc. Most of the people who were at the beach, which was not crowded, were local residents or people who were staying in an island bed and breakfast.
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