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We chose this cruise mainly because Celebrity stayed 3 days in Israel, offered a good itinerary at a decent price considering the superior level of entertainment, service and food. Second reason for choosing Celebrity: we love their lecture programs that are historical, cultural, or just useful (shore excursions). Both of their lectors on this cruise were top-notch. On sea days there were 2 lectures a day; or more, if you count the shore excursion lectures , which were also worth going to. The Director was honest and helpful, not just trying to sell, but inform and serve. Our 3 days in Israel were the tours of a lifetime with Yossi Kally. You can Google him. He attended a USA college, spoke excellent English, very intelligent, personable, knowledgable . What else could you ask for in a guide? He did a Christian tour with us, but I'm sure he could also do a Jewish tour without a problem. We had Aqua class: Blu restaurant and its servers and hostess, Marie, couldn't have been better. Our favorite server was Ever, as she was efficient and could get us to the early show (7PM), provided we came to dinner by 5:45PM , and warned her. She was truly wonderful! The Maitre d' was also helpful, getting my husband spaghetti one night, instead of the superb gourmet dinners. We went to the main dining room once, which was also fine. Surprisingly enough, with all those good choices, we often went to the buffet. It was excellent, with a good variety of foods, lots of veggies, salads, meats, fish, oriental. The desserts were the best we have had on any of the 15 cruises we have taken on 9 different lines. They must buy a better quality of chocolate and/or have better cooks. What a difference! This ship even has good sugar-free cookies, as well as several excellent sugar-filled ones. Entertainment: 3-4 nights were the BEST comedians and singer you can imagine, 3-4 nights average, 3-4 nights we didn't go. The entertainment director is talented and great. Our Aqua Class room and bathroom were really big and comfortable. We were also very happy with our steward, Melanios, and how much he helped me with the A/C. Why do ALL the cruise lines set the AC too high until someone complains. Just to save a little money? It only takes a couple degrees lower to make the cabin comfortable. We only took 1 Celebrity shore excursion, which was fine, thankfully not in the usual bus of 40+ people. The Gym/Fitness/Yoga Room was the best we have ever used. The AC was good in the cardio area, but too warm in the stretch area. The cardio machines should have tv's on all the machines, not only on a few. Improvements needed: 1. the disembarkation procedure (I was given 3 different numbers with 3 different calls; sent up and downstairs without elevator with carry-ons twice; the bus loading (over-crowded) was a disaster, though the driver and guide were excellent . Dear Celebrity: Is there any way to warn/help the passengers (or get them to the FCO airport at staggered times, and EARLIER), of the horrible madhouse at FCO, the LONG lines (150 or so unless you were Business or Comfort on Delta). I've never ever seen/suffered anything like this. Security was nothing, just us, then more LONG lines for Passport Control, then nothing again for Customs. Poor AC. Allow at least 2-3 hours, or more. 2. Internet: $299 for 12 days?! This was an all-time first. Many people like us simply didn't buy it (and resented it too). Thanks tho, for the last day's offer: $10 for 20 minutes so passengers could check into their flights. Regardless of criticisms above, this was the best cruise we've ever taken. We will try to take ALL our future cruises on Celebrity, as they did a good to great job on nearly everything.

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Celebrity Silhouette Cruise Review by Miamitennismom

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We chose this cruise mainly because Celebrity stayed 3 days in Israel, offered a good

itinerary at a decent price considering the superior level of entertainment, service and food. Second reason for choosing Celebrity: we love their lecture programs that are historical, cultural, or just useful (shore excursions). Both of their lectors on this cruise were top-notch. On sea days there were 2 lectures a day; or more, if you count the shore excursion lectures , which were also worth going to. The Director was honest and helpful, not just trying to sell, but inform and serve.

Our 3 days in Israel were the tours of a lifetime with Yossi Kally. You can Google him. He attended a USA college, spoke excellent English, very intelligent, personable, knowledgable . What else could you ask for in a guide? He did a Christian tour with us, but I'm sure he could also do a Jewish tour without a problem.

We had Aqua class: Blu restaurant and its servers and hostess, Marie, couldn't have been better. Our favorite server was Ever, as she was efficient and could get us to the early show (7PM), provided we came to dinner by 5:45PM , and warned her. She was truly wonderful! The Maitre d' was also helpful, getting my husband spaghetti one night, instead of the superb gourmet dinners. We went to the main dining room once, which was also fine. Surprisingly enough, with all those good choices, we often went to the buffet. It was excellent, with a good variety of foods, lots of veggies, salads, meats, fish, oriental. The desserts were the best we have had on any of the 15 cruises we have taken on 9 different lines. They must buy a better quality of chocolate and/or have better cooks. What a difference! This ship even has good sugar-free cookies, as well as several excellent sugar-filled ones.

Entertainment: 3-4 nights were the BEST comedians and singer you can imagine, 3-4 nights average, 3-4 nights we didn't go. The entertainment director is talented and great.

Our Aqua Class room and bathroom were really big and comfortable. We were also very happy with our steward, Melanios, and how much he helped me with the A/C. Why do ALL the cruise lines set the AC too high until someone complains. Just to save a little money? It only takes a couple degrees lower to make the cabin comfortable.

We only took 1 Celebrity shore excursion, which was fine, thankfully not in the usual bus of 40+ people.

The Gym/Fitness/Yoga Room was the best we have ever used. The AC was good in the cardio area, but too warm in the stretch area. The cardio machines should have tv's on all the machines, not only on a few.

Improvements needed: 1. the disembarkation procedure (I was given 3 different numbers with 3 different calls; sent up and downstairs without elevator with carry-ons twice;

the bus loading (over-crowded) was a disaster, though the driver and guide were excellent .

Dear Celebrity: Is there any way to warn/help the passengers (or get them to the FCO airport at staggered times, and EARLIER), of the horrible madhouse at FCO, the LONG lines (150 or so unless you were Business or Comfort on Delta). I've never ever seen/suffered anything like this. Security was nothing, just us, then more LONG lines for Passport Control, then nothing again for Customs. Poor AC. Allow at least 2-3 hours, or more.

2. Internet: $299 for 12 days?! This was an all-time first. Many people like us simply didn't buy it (and resented it too). Thanks tho, for the last day's offer: $10 for 20 minutes so passengers could check into their flights.

Regardless of criticisms above, this was the best cruise we've ever taken. We will try to take ALL our future cruises on Celebrity, as they did a good to great job on nearly everything.
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AquaClass
Cabin A1 1592
Perfect. Nice, large, clean, well-laid out. SO nice to have a bathroom with room for everything, with a shower that you can bend over in. Our steward, Melanios, was perfect, smart, personable, helpful. He helped me with getting more pillows, better, cooler AC (so important), more ice for migraines. Thanks, Melanios!
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