Celebrity Silhouette Cruise Review by travelbugberlin
- Sail Date: February 2012
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Concierge Class
Embarkation wasn't as bad as I had expected after reading other reviews. We stayed a few days in Manhattan before and didn't want to pay the extreme cab fares we read about so we took the advice on the cruise terminal website: the PATH train to the light rail. When we arrived at the station we called a cab. The cab that arrived just pulled up. The lady didn't speak to us except to say "Did you call a cab?". We loaded our own bags on top of the rusty spare tire in the back of the extremely old car. She dropped us off a few minutes later and just said the price. (Let this be a warning to you to make other arrangements. We would NOT do this again, but didn't really read many reviews that included how people actually arrived at the terminal.) Embarkation was okay, definitely get there early. The people behind the counter seemed to be fairly disorganized. Almost everything was not where it should be and they couldn't find many people's key cards.
Once we got on the ship we went to our cabin, which was supposedly ready. Although it appeared to be clean, the bathroom was filthy, hairs everywhere! We were also missing most of our concierge class upgrades. Our champagne bucked had an old champagne label stuck on it. We just assumed all this was normal since we learned our cabin steward was new. They basically worked out all these issues and our cabin stewards ended up being excellent.
The sea days were fairly rough and many people were sea sick. Many people, myself included, had cruised often with no problems until this trip.
We were not very impressed with the entertainment. One of the comedians was very good and the shows from the actual silhouette dance crew were good. We though there were too many "guest performers." We were more impressed with the actual ship dance/singing crew than the guest performers. There was one British guest singer that was very good.
There wasn't a great deal to do on the ship during the day. Most of the lectures were either about celebrities/hollywood or ship history. We did enjoy the captain's presentation on navigation.
We requested early dinner seating but it was unavailable. The problem with the late dinner is that many things go on while you are eating. The only thing that doesn't, which is the performances in the celebrity theater, is moved around. Sometimes you have to go before dinner (non-formal nights), sometimes after at 10:45 (formal nights). We are young, but 10:45 is pretty late to start your evening entertainment when you consider a long day outside, a full meal, and possibly jet-lag.
The bars and bartenders were excellent. We only visited a few times but they were excellent.
The guest services and ship excursions staff were also fabulous!
The food was okay, perhaps not quite as good as previous cruises, but our waiters were great!
The buffet situation is a bit better on this ship regarding lines, food quality, etc.
They are very pushy with the hand sanitizer, but we didn't really have a problem with that because of all the sickness going around.
Library: Very nice. Unfortunately a person with no manners had read the book I chose and decided to tear out all the pages they wanted?! Why not just steal the book if you are going to destroy it like that?
It is important to note that ALL announcements are in English, German, and French. There are lots of international visitors on this ship. We encountered quite a few rather rude people on this ship, both American and international.
Specialty restaurants: We visited Tuscan Grille and were not impressed. Save your money and eat in the dining room. We did love QSine. If you like trying new things you should definitely go here. Make sure you have plenty of time to enjoy your meal because it will take a while. You will leave very full. It was one of our favorite things from the entire cruise.
Ship: good, could be better since it is that new
Cabin: strange and inefficient layout and storage
Main dining: fine
Specialty dining: definitely try QSine
Pools: could be better, but is probably adequate for the crowd
Entertainment: needs improvement
Excursions: needs improvement (details below)
Ports: fine. Most people know what to expect when going to the Caribbean. I would not get off the boat again in Labadee.
-We regret choosing this cruise for our honeymoon, but we made the best of the situation and enjoyed ourselves at several of the ports and on the sea days. I was really pleased with my Celebrity cruise to Alaska but would have a hard time recommending this cruise to others. We will probably try another cruise line in the future or at least a different itinerary. The crew couldn't be better. They are friendly and helpful and are the main reason we were able to still have a positive experience.
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AntiguaWe were scheduled to go snorkeling here but were unable to because of illness. We did get off the boat to see the area a bit. It is such a poor area. Many people were commenting that it was very sad to even get off the boat. We walked around a bit, trying to find a beautiful church we had seen from the boat. It is closed down because the inside is in ruins, so we walked back towards the boat. There we did have some very nice homemade ice cream which was delicious (it was right by the boat). We couldn't really find anything else to do so we got back on the boat.View All 1,278 Antigua Cruise Port Reviews
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LabadeeThis was one of our least favorite ports. There wasn't a lot to do, but it was the first port so that was fine with us. We felt very uncomfortable by the fact that Labadee is the private area literally fenced-off from the rest of the island. Although they do a good job trying to hide it, people were begging all along the fence. From one of the two main dining areas the people would climb the hill and sit and watch all the people eat. It was very uncomfortable to be eating as much food as you wanted while the people on the other side of the fence sat there hungry. We were also approached by a very aggressive man while we were walking back from the beach. He wanted to show us something in his backpack. We have done a great deal of traveling in various areas all over the world and still felt VERY uncomfortable here.View All 1,455 Labadee Cruise Port Reviews
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San JuanWe had been here before so we knew what to expect. We went to both of the forts, one of which was having a kite festival, and mostly just walked around the town seeing more of the cultural sights. There were several bands/local performers in different areas which was great. Lots of the cafes and shops have closed down in the old part of the city, leaving many places for rent. Definitely a good place to get off the boat for a few hours to explore.View All 3,095 San Juan Cruise Port Reviews
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St. CroixThis was probably our favorite port. We got off the boat and asked where a nice beach was within walking distance. The man from the tourism stand just told us to go left off the boat and walk, there would be many. We walked along the sand and every beach we passed was nicer than the previous beach. The water was clear and the beach was very nice. We walked and came across a little bar/snack stand called "Coconuts". We highly recommend it. The drinks were very cheap and we had some delicious nachos. Many of the workers from the boat were there, also... probably a good sign. After walking some more and enjoying relaxing on many of the beaches we headed back to the main part of the town by the boat to go to a place we had read about in a magazine, "Polly's at the Pier". We highly recommend this place, the custom grilled cheeses are delicious.View All 363 St. Croix Cruise Port Reviews
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St. MaartenWe booked the Orient Bay beach excursion through the cruise line. The tour guide was excellent. The bus was also very nice for Caribbean standards. We arrived at the beach and they showed us our designated section. There were about 50-75 chairs packed in to a tiny section of beach. We felt like sardines. We weren't allowed to go to any of the other sections, also owned by this company, to use their chairs. There were also umbrellas already set up that you had to pay for, or else the beach attendant would come remove. We were bombarded by literally HUNDREDS of locals selling their souvenirs. This was definitely not an enjoyable experience. Lunch was included, but was inedible. We did walk along the beach for a while and got in the water. The beach itself was beautiful and quite enjoyable, if you can get away from the excursion. They gave you the option on the way back to drop you in the shopping area called the boardwalk. We aren't really shoppers but we enjoyed walking around in this area before getting back on the boat.View All 4,132 St. Maarten Cruise Port Reviews
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Beach BreakWell, it all started when we went out to meet our transportation vehicle... I know the big deal in St. Thomas is the taxis that are basically benches in the back of trucks, but this one was self-made. It looked like it barely was held together. We used this to go up hills and around tight corners to Magens bay beach. We tried to stop twice at scenic viewpoints but one was too crowded. The other we just got out in the middle of the road while our driver tried to find a place to park. We got to the beach and had two hours. It was packed! We walked all the way down to the far end where it was a bit less crowded. We ended up not getting in the water for two reasons: there was a LOT of dead vegetation in the water (someone can probably explain that a lot better than me, but it didn't look very clear and we don't like lots of stuff hitting our legs) and there were these dive-bombing birds trying to fish. We noticed there were a LOT more people on the beach than in the water. The little restaurant there was pretty good but very overpriced. We only had two hours before heading back. We definitely wouldn't go back to this beach again, and we would probably recommend that anyone wanting to just take a taxi over there. There area lots of taxis waiting to head back and we found that many of the tour taxis, including ours, would take extra people back with them for a fee. We walked around the town a bit when we got back and found a cute little place where we had homemade lemonade and a frozen cappucino. It was called "Bumpa's." The people were very friendly and the food (sandwiches, etc.) looked good also.View All 199 Beach Break Reviews