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Our third cruise with Celebrity. Overall the cruise was very enjoyable. The weather was in the mid-80's and sunny the whole time. Ship is very well-maintained and our balcony cabin was very nice. (One note about booking flights with Flights by Celebrity. We had done this before without any issues but this time Celebrity changed our destination and flight times and cancelled our seat assignments all without notifying us! My advice is be vigilant. Check your airline reservation at your airline site every week prior to your cruise.) Our cabin steward was Maritza from Peru and she was the best. After a few days into our cruise we noticed the carpet in front of the bathroom was consistently wet. We notified her and she got right on it with a powerful fan to dry up the area and had the plumbers out to fix the leak. This was all handled within 12 hours. Very much appreciated. The Oceanview Café: Not bad, but could be better. The coffee is only fresh and hot in the morning. By lunch and afternoon snack time the coffee is consistently old and lukewarm. The breakfast fare is OK, but the pancakes are tasteless and the waffles are crunchy. Not sure how you screw up breakfast, but they manage to. The pastries except for the bran muffins were dry and tasteless. At lunch they display this very colorful, mouth-watering assortment of cakes, etc. all of which are totally devoid of flavor. It is amazing what you can do with whipped cream and food-coloring. Lastly, the music in the Café is loud and obnoxious. Do we really need to listen to this vacuous, whining music while we are eating? The Café is adequate for breakfast and lunch, nothing special. Main Dining Room: A totally different experience. The food was fabulous. We had a roasted trout dish one night that was so good it will haunt me for the rest of my life:) The service was good, a little slow some nights, but I can't blame my waiter without knowing what was behind the slower service. All in all the dining room was a highlight of the cruise. Ports and Excursions: There were seven ports-of-call. St. Croix, Antigua, St. Lucia, Barbados, Grenada, St. Vincent and St. Kitts. The first four ports we took the typical panoramic three-hour bus tours. St. Croix wasn't bad, a little pricey but typical sight-seeing fare. Antigua was the highlight, some very nice stops on scenic overlooks. St. Lucia was the pits. This should be renamed the "squalor" tour. I would suggest doing something specific on St. Lucia like an activity vs. this tour. Barbados was another highlight. We visited Orchid World as part of our tour. It was a pleasant tour. On Grenada we could not find any excursions that appealed so we just walked around a bit. Not an impressive port. One word to the wise: I would not recommend walking through the Sendall Tunnel to the downtown area. It is a vehicle tunnel with no sidewalk. We started to walk through it and the first car that went by was driven by a maniac and we quickly retreated. If you want to see the downtown area there is a trolley train that will take you on a 45-minute trip for $15. There is also a fort, Fort George, you can walk to up these steep not-maintained stairs. We started up them and lost interest after a while so I can't say whether it would have been worth it. St. Vincent was another not impressive port. Pretty seedy after you leave the barbed wire enclosed shopping area. We did not have an excursion planned here, but if I could do it again I would have opted for the botanical garden tour. St. Kitts we had seen before in January. It has a very large nice shopping area if you don't have an excursion planned. The entertainment on the ship had hits and misses. All of the production shows were unwatchable. If you like rehearsed angst-ridden wailing songs by young folks than you'll love these shows. We walked out on all of them. The good shows included a very funny and talented magician who got a well-deserved standing ovation. An equally funny and talented juggler who also got a standing ovation. And a violinist/fiddler who was good but a little in love with himself. The live music was OK. The house band Nu Image was pretty bland. As were two other duos who played throughout the ship. A solo guitarist/singer Shanty was not bad. The only really listenable group was the No Name band which had a very tasteful pianist and bass player and passable singer. Our cruise director Sue was also a little in love with herself. Kind of meh, as far as cruise directors go. We went on this cruise primarily as a winter get-away on a nice ship and got great weather, some great dining experiences and some really good entertainment. So, overall it was a very pleasant cruise, exactly what we were looking for.

12-night Southern Caribbean cruise on Silhouette

Celebrity Silhouette Cruise Review by tipitina

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Our third cruise with Celebrity. Overall the cruise was very enjoyable. The weather was in the mid-80's and sunny the whole time. Ship is very well-maintained and our balcony cabin was very nice.

(One note about booking flights with Flights by Celebrity. We had done this before without any issues but this time Celebrity changed our destination and flight times and cancelled our seat assignments all without notifying us! My advice is be vigilant. Check your airline reservation at your airline site every week prior to your cruise.)

Our cabin steward was Maritza from Peru and she was the best. After a few days into our cruise we noticed the carpet in front of the bathroom was consistently wet. We notified her and she got right on it with a powerful fan to dry up the area and had the plumbers out to fix the leak. This was all handled within 12 hours. Very much appreciated.

The Oceanview Café: Not bad, but could be better. The coffee is only fresh and hot in the morning. By lunch and afternoon snack time the coffee is consistently old and lukewarm.

The breakfast fare is OK, but the pancakes are tasteless and the waffles are crunchy.

Not sure how you screw up breakfast, but they manage to. The pastries except for the bran muffins were dry and tasteless. At lunch they display this very colorful, mouth-watering assortment of cakes, etc. all of which are totally devoid of flavor. It is amazing what you can do with whipped cream and food-coloring. Lastly, the music in the Café is loud and obnoxious. Do we really need to listen to this vacuous, whining music while we are eating? The Café is adequate for breakfast and lunch, nothing special.

Main Dining Room: A totally different experience. The food was fabulous. We had a roasted trout dish one night that was so good it will haunt me for the rest of my life:)

The service was good, a little slow some nights, but I can't blame my waiter without knowing what was behind the slower service. All in all the dining room was a highlight of the cruise.

Ports and Excursions: There were seven ports-of-call. St. Croix, Antigua, St. Lucia, Barbados, Grenada, St. Vincent and St. Kitts.

The first four ports we took the typical panoramic three-hour bus tours.

St. Croix wasn't bad, a little pricey but typical sight-seeing fare.

Antigua was the highlight, some very nice stops on scenic overlooks.

St. Lucia was the pits. This should be renamed the "squalor" tour. I would suggest doing something specific on St. Lucia like an activity vs. this tour.

Barbados was another highlight. We visited Orchid World as part of our tour. It was a pleasant tour.

On Grenada we could not find any excursions that appealed so we just walked around a bit. Not an impressive port. One word to the wise: I would not recommend walking through the Sendall Tunnel to the downtown area. It is a vehicle tunnel with no sidewalk. We started to walk through it and the first car that went by was driven by a maniac and we quickly retreated. If you want to see the downtown area there is a trolley train that will take you on a 45-minute trip for $15. There is also a fort, Fort George, you can walk to up these steep not-maintained stairs. We started up them and lost interest after a while so I can't say whether it would have been worth it.

St. Vincent was another not impressive port. Pretty seedy after you leave the barbed wire enclosed shopping area. We did not have an excursion planned here, but if I could do it again I would have opted for the botanical garden tour.

St. Kitts we had seen before in January. It has a very large nice shopping area if you don't have an excursion planned.

The entertainment on the ship had hits and misses. All of the production shows were unwatchable. If you like rehearsed angst-ridden wailing songs by young folks than you'll love these shows. We walked out on all of them. The good shows included a very funny and talented magician who got a well-deserved standing ovation. An equally funny and talented juggler who also got a standing ovation. And a violinist/fiddler who was good but a little in love with himself.

The live music was OK. The house band Nu Image was pretty bland. As were two other duos who played throughout the ship. A solo guitarist/singer Shanty was not bad. The only really listenable group was the No Name band which had a very tasteful pianist and bass player and passable singer.

Our cruise director Sue was also a little in love with herself. Kind of meh, as far as cruise directors go.

We went on this cruise primarily as a winter get-away on a nice ship and got great weather, some great dining experiences and some really good entertainment. So, overall it was a very pleasant cruise, exactly what we were looking for.
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