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This was our fourth cruise, first time with Celebrity. I have to say out of all the cruises we've done, this was my favourite company. They went out of their way to be helpful. Each and every staff member greeted you, smiled and said good morning, good afternoon etc as you walked past, from the lowest paid cleaners to the top management. I really felt like I was a valued guest on the ship. What I also liked was the amount of activities on board, particularly on sea days. There was always something to do, which we hadn't found with other companies. There were lectures, quizzes, behind the scenes tours, fitness activities, a library, and my particular favourite, a hideaway where you could grab a coffee and sit quietly with a book. We only tried one of the speciality restaurants - QSine, which was an interesting experience. On the whole the food was very good and they worked hard to deal with my husband's food allergies. A couple of niggles:- 1) not a lot of places to sit that were easy to get in and out of for the less mobile. The pool chairs you expect to be difficult, but a lot of the easy chairs in places like the library, the hideout, the solarium etc, were quite low to the ground. Easy to jump up out of if you're young and athletic. But if you're not, there's not a lot of choice of where to sit comfortably. 2) the people in charge of entertainment didn't seem to get that we'd sailed out of a British port and that 90% of the passengers were British. The daily crossword contained an awful lot of American cultural references, like names of Country singers and comedians that would be unfamiliar to the British public. Also the daily crossword was full of mistakes and even missing clues! Very annoying. The last straw for me was going to a quiz billed as TV music. The TV theme tunes played were all American ones - I Love Lucy, Seinfeld, The Golden Girls, The Office (American version) etc. Not a Hollyoaks or Eastenders in sight. They did play the theme to Dr Who, but then I think that's also quite popular in America. So most of us were sitting around looking at each other in puzzlement at all these tunes without a clue as to what they were.

Had a fantastic time

Celebrity Silhouette Cruise Review by KarenWickham

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This was our fourth cruise, first time with Celebrity. I have to say out of all the cruises we've done, this was my favourite company. They went out of their way to be helpful. Each and every staff member greeted you, smiled and said good morning, good afternoon etc as you walked past, from the lowest paid cleaners to the top management. I really felt like I was a valued guest on the ship.

What I also liked was the amount of activities on board, particularly on sea days. There was always something to do, which we hadn't found with other companies. There were lectures, quizzes, behind the scenes tours, fitness activities, a library, and my particular favourite, a hideaway where you could grab a coffee and sit quietly with a book.

We only tried one of the speciality restaurants - QSine, which was an interesting experience. On the whole the food was very good and they worked hard to deal with my husband's food allergies.

A couple of niggles:-

1) not a lot of places to sit that were easy to get in and out of for the less mobile. The pool chairs you expect to be difficult, but a lot of the easy chairs in places like the library, the hideout, the solarium etc, were quite low to the ground. Easy to jump up out of if you're young and athletic. But if you're not, there's not a lot of choice of where to sit comfortably.

2) the people in charge of entertainment didn't seem to get that we'd sailed out of a British port and that 90% of the passengers were British. The daily crossword contained an awful lot of American cultural references, like names of Country singers and comedians that would be unfamiliar to the British public. Also the daily crossword was full of mistakes and even missing clues! Very annoying. The last straw for me was going to a quiz billed as TV music. The TV theme tunes played were all American ones - I Love Lucy, Seinfeld, The Golden Girls, The Office (American version) etc. Not a Hollyoaks or Eastenders in sight. They did play the theme to Dr Who, but then I think that's also quite popular in America. So most of us were sitting around looking at each other in puzzlement at all these tunes without a clue as to what they were.
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Cabin C1 9295
Comfortable and clean. Bathroom contained a shower which was easy to get in and out of. Bed was plenty large enough.
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