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We enjoy Italy, we enjoy Celebrity, we enjoy time at sea. And so a TA from Rome on Silhouette was an obvious selection. We started with 4 days in Florence, then a day driving a rental car through the Tuscan hills down to the port. Transportation the next morning from our hotel to the ship was chaotic - too many big ships in port and the cabs were hard pressed to keep up. But we were able to share a minivan cab with two other couples headed for our ship, so it worked out. Misty rainy windy weather on our way out of port that evening. We were notified that they would skip Lavorno in lieu of the more protected port of Lasizes. I understand that all tours that were to have originated in Lavorno were conducted out of Lasizes instead, so no big deal. We spent the day relaxing aboard. Next day was Toulon. Waterbus transfer from the ship to the city's waterfront. We went with a small group who had signed up for the ship-sponsored walking tour of the old part of the city. Very well done! After lunch on our own, we found a bus (#40 if I recall correctly) that took us up into the foothills and the teleferique. A nice gondola ride with beautiful views from the hilltop overlooking the city and the harbor. Barcelona the next day. Wonderful city, deserving of a follow-up visit of several days. We took the ship's shuttle to the base of the Ramblas. Found a cab who would drive us around the several must-see spots on our list, and off we went. Cathedral, Sagrada Familia, Picasso museum... The cab dropped us at the head of the Ramblas, we had a leisurely walk to the waterfront with a stop for food and a pass through the market along the way. Still plenty of time before boarding so we took a 45 minute harbor tour on a small tour boat, then walked back to the shuttle bus stop. Mallorca! We had joined in on a tour arranged through the CC roll call. Well done, a great day. Half day in and around Palma, then up into the hills to the small village of Valledemossa where Chopin and his lady friend (pen name George Sand) spent a miserable winter back in the 1830's. On our next visit to the island I plan to spend the day just wandering through that little town. Delightful! The following day we passed through the Straits, nicely timed with a gorgeous sunset to welcome us to the Atlantic. A day or two later (it all starts to run together) we reached Tenerifé in the Canary Islands. Celebrity shuttle to the waterfront, then a walk to Plaza España where we were meeting a friend who had come down from Norway for the weekend. Coincidentally, the Plaza that morning was the start point for a Classic Cars Rally and so we had a good time watching the old Cobras and VWs and Lancias and BMWs and Porsches and Minis head out for their day's competition. A misty rainy day so we took refuge for coffee and conversation several times, but our walk managed to cover some ground in and around the old city and the market. We caught the last shuttle bus back to the ship and settled in for a week of sybaritic leisure. Food in the MDR was good, usually with at least two appetizers and two entrees which looked very tempting. I did often have two of the appetizers but restrained myself and limited myself to a single entree. Good service, competent friendly attention from the wait staff and from Despot, the best sommelier we have encountered in our cruising. We both enjoyed the Alan Fishman Art presentations in the Beyond the Podium series. My wife enjoyed the White House talks by Melinda and the presentations by Dr. Lisa. I put up with Dr. Lisa for 1 1/2 presentations but was totally put off by her apparent presumption that she was talking to a bunch of high schoolers who needed entertainment rather than to serious adults who were interested in learning. And she was so proud of herself that she spends so much time doing her preparation, and she can't bother to correct the egregious mistakes in her slides? Really? E.g.: did so-and-so have 3,000 soldiers like she said or 300,000 like it showed on her slides? We will never know and I quickly got too annoyed by her sloppy presentation to care very much about her topic... Time with her was a majorly waste of time, but I understand that Celebrity has to cater to all types and they can't always find top-quality speakers like Fishman (on this cruise), and Milos (who we have enjoyed on other cruises). All in all, a nice relaxing time aboard with good memories of our days ashore. We took advantage of on-board Future Cruise deals and have booked a similar transatlantic for 2018.

Relaxing crossing with all the trimmings

Celebrity Silhouette Cruise Review by GottaKnowWhen

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2016
  • Destination: Transatlantic
  • Cabin Type: Concierge Class
We enjoy Italy, we enjoy Celebrity, we enjoy time at sea. And so a TA from Rome on Silhouette was an obvious selection. We started with 4 days in Florence, then a day driving a rental car through the Tuscan hills down to the port. Transportation the next morning from our hotel to the ship was chaotic - too many big ships in port and the cabs were hard pressed to keep up. But we were able to share a minivan cab with two other couples headed for our ship, so it worked out.

Misty rainy windy weather on our way out of port that evening. We were notified that they would skip Lavorno in lieu of the more protected port of Lasizes. I understand that all tours that were to have originated in Lavorno were conducted out of Lasizes instead, so no big deal. We spent the day relaxing aboard. Next day was Toulon. Waterbus transfer from the ship to the city's waterfront. We went with a small group who had signed up for the ship-sponsored walking tour of the old part of the city. Very well done! After lunch on our own, we found a bus (#40 if I recall correctly) that took us up into the foothills and the teleferique. A nice gondola ride with beautiful views from the hilltop overlooking the city and the harbor.

Barcelona the next day. Wonderful city, deserving of a follow-up visit of several days. We took the ship's shuttle to the base of the Ramblas. Found a cab who would drive us around the several must-see spots on our list, and off we went. Cathedral, Sagrada Familia, Picasso museum... The cab dropped us at the head of the Ramblas, we had a leisurely walk to the waterfront with a stop for food and a pass through the market along the way. Still plenty of time before boarding so we took a 45 minute harbor tour on a small tour boat, then walked back to the shuttle bus stop.

Mallorca! We had joined in on a tour arranged through the CC roll call. Well done, a great day. Half day in and around Palma, then up into the hills to the small village of Valledemossa where Chopin and his lady friend (pen name George Sand) spent a miserable winter back in the 1830's. On our next visit to the island I plan to spend the day just wandering through that little town. Delightful!

The following day we passed through the Straits, nicely timed with a gorgeous sunset to welcome us to the Atlantic. A day or two later (it all starts to run together) we reached Tenerifé in the Canary Islands. Celebrity shuttle to the waterfront, then a walk to Plaza España where we were meeting a friend who had come down from Norway for the weekend. Coincidentally, the Plaza that morning was the start point for a Classic Cars Rally and so we had a good time watching the old Cobras and VWs and Lancias and BMWs and Porsches and Minis head out for their day's competition. A misty rainy day so we took refuge for coffee and conversation several times, but our walk managed to cover some ground in and around the old city and the market. We caught the last shuttle bus back to the ship and settled in for a week of sybaritic leisure.

Food in the MDR was good, usually with at least two appetizers and two entrees which looked very tempting. I did often have two of the appetizers but restrained myself and limited myself to a single entree. Good service, competent friendly attention from the wait staff and from Despot, the best sommelier we have encountered in our cruising. We both enjoyed the Alan Fishman Art presentations in the Beyond the Podium series. My wife enjoyed the White House talks by Melinda and the presentations by Dr. Lisa. I put up with Dr. Lisa for 1 1/2 presentations but was totally put off by her apparent presumption that she was talking to a bunch of high schoolers who needed entertainment rather than to serious adults who were interested in learning. And she was so proud of herself that she spends so much time doing her preparation, and she can't bother to correct the egregious mistakes in her slides? Really? E.g.: did so-and-so have 3,000 soldiers like she said or 300,000 like it showed on her slides? We will never know and I quickly got too annoyed by her sloppy presentation to care very much about her topic... Time with her was a majorly waste of time, but I understand that Celebrity has to cater to all types and they can't always find top-quality speakers like Fishman (on this cruise), and Milos (who we have enjoyed on other cruises).

All in all, a nice relaxing time aboard with good memories of our days ashore. We took advantage of on-board Future Cruise deals and have booked a similar transatlantic for 2018.
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Concierge Class
Cabin C3 1025
Our first time on an S-class. As others have commented on these cabins, the storage above the bed is barely usable but otherwise the cabin is well laid out and very comfortable. We were far enough forward that the bridge wing blocked our view to the west, forward. Minor issue that only was slightly important at sunset.
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