This was my 10th cruise and my first on Celebrity. I've cruised Royal Caribbean and Princess in my previous cruises.
We arrived in FLL two days early and stayed at the Fort Lauderdale Embassy Suites on 17th Ave. It's very convenient for dining, intercoastal highway, etc. Hotel is cozy, breakfast and cocktail evening are good. Hotel rooms are getting a bit dated but still comfortable. Don't get a room near the elevator since it's very loud. We took a taxi to the port since we find the shuttles to be a pain and in the long run the taxi is a bit cheaper and much more convenient and quicker. Embarkation took a while. We got to the port around noon but were not allowed onboard until about 3. Check in was very easy and smooth, then we sat in a room "upstairs" for a while. When we were allowed on board, they did not allow certain passengers to go first, everyone went at once but it was extremely orderly.
We were sailing aboard the Silhouette for the SS Coachella cruise. This is the upscale version of the SS Coachella music festival and was the first time they have done this cruise. The music is indie, alternative, and EDM. The line up included bands like Pulp, Hot Chip, Sleigh Bells, Black Lips and many more. Not only were there concerts on board, there were also activities involving the bands like bar crawls and talks and craft making.
Closet was quite small, for a week it would not be adequate and any longer than that would take creativity for storage of clothing. We loved our aft cabin and the extra wide balcony with loungers. Our bed was very comfy. The bed was nearer the balcony and not the closet. I found storage in the cabin overall lacking, we did not use the storage over the bed since it is a bit awkward but it would be necessary on a cruise longer than 3 nights. The location of our cabin was very far from elevators but very quiet.
Having been to Nassau before, we opted to just get off the ship and purchase some coconut rum to take home and then get back on the ship to enjoy an empty ship. Our previous trip to Nassau we did a snorkel excursion which was fine. This port is just ok, and we do not like the locals bugging us for taxis, tours, and trinkets.