Spanking new but disappointing: Celebrity Silhouette Cruise Review by Don MacPhee

Celebrity Silhouette 4
Don MacPhee

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Spanking new but disappointing

Sail Date: August 2011
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Rome (Civitavecchia)
Pleased in general with my first cruise on Celebrity. The Silhouette is magnificent and very modern including its artwork. My preference and that is personal is Cunard or Royal Caribbean which are equally deluxe but both are slightly more luxurious and that includes some wonderful contemporary as well as traditional art.

What is disappointing is the lack of interest in the shopping promenade..nothing to compare to the magnificent promenade on the Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas which has restaurants and bars along the promenade as well as shops giving it far more life. Also disappointing was the main dining room..nothing to compare to the RCL Liberty of the Seas and as well the lack of small eateries offering free food in a pub atmosphere.

The room however was the largest I have had for a similar room on other ships and the bed extremely comfortable..the bathroom largest as well with plenty of cupboard space. All luggage easily fit under the bed.

Quality of More food in specialty restaurants was outstanding but why not given the extra cost. Quality otherwise in the free main restaurant and grill was simply mediocre unfortunately and service terrible in the main restaurant...perhaps to be fair because it was a new ship and new crew.

Of the 9 ports visited, Barcelona gets first place but closely followed by Ibiza whose village streets are a paradise of shopping and Adjacio, Corsica Less

Published 09/25/11

Cabin review: 079218 Ocean View

Ocean view cabin is quite spacious ..175 sq ft...and its bathroom the largest we have seen for this level of room. Furnished with quality and extremely comfortable bed. Ample storage especially under the bed for luggage. Excellent porter service.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Easy walk to the main port area and safe as well even late at night. Easy walk to many excellent port restaurants and a short trip by taxi or bus to the many beaches well worth visiting. Likewise to the main shopping area downtown. All manageable within a one day stop-over.

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Adjacio, Corsica: recommended...beautiful little town with relatively few tourists and pleasant to walk around and have lunch

While the port of Naples is not recommended nor Naples itself, it is strongly recommended to book a car to go to the Amalfi Coast and have lunch ..the views are spectacular.

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The port of Rome, Civitavecchia, leaves much to be desired other than serving as a port city and offering some quality accommodation for reasonable prices and restaurants close to the debarkation area of the port. Otherwise not a recommended destination!

Not worth visiting for beauty or architecture but to experience a real developing country. Port is however very immaculate fact perhaps more so than some developed country ports!

A pleasant French seaside village with interesting restaurants and many private boats. Colourful buildings and despite being August not overly crowded with tourists.

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