Celebrity Silhouette Cruise Review by speedlady
- Sail Date: January 2013
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Ocean View
The food was excellent overall. The buffet area is spacious, with the food islands far enough apart that you aren't tripping over people (unlike the newer Princess ships). The Grand Cuvee dining room is lovely, with the signature huge glitzy winerack as its centerpiece. Service in the dining room was just ok. It seemed like the waiters/assitant waiters needed more training(but that did not affect our enjoyment of the meals). We did not pay extra for the specialty restaurants as we enjoy the main dining room a lot.
We had an inside cabin on the first week, which was quite spacious and well-equipped. The outlet in the bathroom can only be used for a razor, not the hairdryer or a curing iron. The bathroom light dims but does not go out completely. This is a nice feature in the middle of the night. There also was a nightlight available in the cabin. The only thing I did not like about this cabin was that the end wall (where the window would be) has nothing on it, no picture, no mirror. It just looks starkly empty. The cabin did have a nice couch and small table, and the bed has a rounded end, which was fine for me but tall people might find it too short. The additional storage space over the bed helped a lot as the closet is pretty small and there aren't a lot of drawers or shelves.
We switched cabins the second week to an oceanview (this was preplanned and in no way reflects a deficiency in the inside cabin the first week). The crew was wonderful in transferring our belongings. We put our "loose" clothing and toiletries into our suitcases but left the hanging clothes in the closet. As we were going through the obligatory "leave the ship, waive your passport at the customs officials, return to the ship" routine, the crew moved all our belongings from our old cabin to our new cabin and hung the clothes in the closet. They even moved our Captain's Club flowers.We had been to all the ports, except Coco Cay, several times on previous cruises, so we did not do a lot of shore excursions. We did snorkel in Cozumel, with a private guide (6 total in the boat). It was great!
RCL has a new cruise terminal in Falmouth, Jamaica. There are quite a few shops there, the usual jewelry stores and souvenir shops. We did not leave the designated area as we've had unpleasant experiences in Jamaica on previous cruises. It is a nice facility, but is incomplete and the prices were pretty high compared to St. Maarten, Grand Cayman and St. Thomas (our favorite place for jewelry).
Coco Cay was by far the nicest cruiseline private island we have been to. The barbecue was excellent, more than just the hamburgers and hot dogs other cruiselines provide. The beach was beautifully kept, and there were plenty of lounges for sunbathing. Prices in the market were pretty high, so we didn't do much shopping. You do go through security before leaving the island, which helps eliminate the backup when you get back on the ship.
The Elite Lounge and Elite breakfast were excellent, as usual. We thoroughly enjoyed our 2 weeks on the Silhouette.
Nice large window, sufficient storage (remember to make use of the storage bins over the bed).
Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
CocoCayLovely place! Lots to do (or do nothing). Plenty of lounges, nice beaches.View All 943 CocoCay Cruise Port Reviews
Lots of seagulls, one of which deposited a "gift" on my husband. Made for a great beach picture, though he didn't think so.
Food was great, area was very clean and well-kept. The only negative is the high prices in the little market area.
Will definitely enjoy coming back to CocoCay.
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SnorkelingFound these guys at the cruiseport. They offered us 2 hours and 2 places of snorkeling for $35. We went with another couple from the ship. Waited 40 minutes for them to get more people, then they took the 4 of us out. We picked up another couple at a marina down the way, so there were 6 total on the boat. It was a beautiful day, the water was warm, the fish were beautiful and we drank all the beer. Great excursion, especially for the money.View All 311 Snorkeling Reviews
FalmouthNew RCL cruiseport. We don't care much for Jamaica from previous experience, so we just walked around the designated area, looked at some jewelry (to compare it to what we bought in St. Thomas and reinforce our purchase) and got back on the ship. They are still building the cruiseport so maybe it will have more to offer in a couple of years. As it was, pretty boring. You have to take a shore excursion if you want to see the island, and, though we usually book our excursions privately, on this island I would recommend going with the overpriced ship's excursions for safety reasons.View All 1,150 Falmouth Cruise Port Reviews
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Grand CaymanNice once you get on land. The tendering is a pain. We've been here a lot, so we decided to try walking to 7 mile beach. It's a long way to get to a place with a public beach, but we found one. It wasn't large and it wasn't particularly nice. We didn't even get wet, just sunbathed a while.View All 2,843 Grand Cayman Cruise Port Reviews
Walked back to town, shopped a bit but didn't buy anything. Tendered back to the ship. Uneventful day, but we got our exercise.
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San JuanEl Morro is a must-see. We've left on cruises from San Juan before, but always at night, which is a beautiful sight.View All 3,094 San Juan Cruise Port Reviews
This time we arrived in daylight, and had a spectacular view of El Morro from the sea. Great photo opportunity.
Lots of history in Old San Juan, within walking distance of the dock.
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St. MaartenLove this island! This time we walked to Philipsburg instead of taking the water taxi. The walk is very doable.View All 4,132 St. Maarten Cruise Port Reviews
There were a lot of ships in port, so the streets were crowded with cruisers. We should have gone over to Marigot, but that was probably crowded too.
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St. ThomasWe usually go to the beach in St. Thomas but this time we shopped for jewelry downtown. On the past couple of cruises we've been docked at the new cruiseport, but this time we were back at Havensight, which I prefer. It's been expanded a lot since our last dockage there. Many of the shops are the same as downtown, but downtown has its own special charm. We walked, and the walk was quite doable, even though it looks like a long way.View All 4,104 St. Thomas Cruise Port Reviews
This is a wonderful island, whether you shop, beach or tour. And if you haven't been to St. John, that is a must. Take a cab to Redhook and then the ferry to St. John. A short ride up the coast and you're at Trunk Bay, with its snorkel trail and beautiful unspoiled beach.
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