Snookey
Contributor Level: Purser

First cruise booked... I have waited so long to do this!

And so we are booked on Celebrity Silhouette to the Eastern Caribbean in January 15. I have wanted to cruise for so long but work has always taken priority. It was tough choosing which line to sail with, I read so many reviews and figured out that I would go for the line that was high up in the number of positive reviews to negative.

We booked a Concierge Class Balcony room on Sky Deck closer to the back of the ship hoping that it will be quiter away from the interior room hallway and my thinking that the further to the end of the hallway means there are less people coming down there!...logical right?

I am hoping for amazing food, good weather, total relaxation and to meet some great new friends. Anyone have any tips for getting the best out of our time on Silhouette?

Cheers!
 

 

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SimonCommunity
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Contributor Level: Captain

Thank you for joining cruiseline.com and congratulations on your first cruise!

 

Celebrity is a great choice for your first cruise experience, and the Solstice-class of ships (of which the Silhouette is a member) are well regarded. You'll appreciate the upgraded service and amenities in concierage class, too. I expect you'll be able to cross amazing food, good weather, total relaxation and meeting great new friends off your to-do list!

 

Our members have shared nearly 40 tips for how to get the most out of your cruise on the Silhouette:  http://cruiseline.com/ship/celebrity-silhouette#tips

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

Try not to do everything. You'll come home exhausted.  Pick one excursion in each port,  except one.  Just enjoy walking around that one. Take in some local colour.    Enjoy.

WeCruiseToo
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Contributor Level: Captain

Watch out Snookey – it’s easy to get hooked on cruising!  Celebrity is a wonderful cruise line and the Eastern Caribbean is a fantastic destination – you’ll have a great time!  Let us know if you have any specific questions.  Happy cruising!

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

Assuming you are going to St. Thomas, you might want to take the tram to the top of the hill. The view of the Harbour is great, and you can enjoy the bar and a couple of shops up there.   Last time we were there, the cost was $21(?).    It used to be around $7, but that shows how long we've been at this.   Buy your booze at A.H. Riese.   Oh, and for your wife, she can collect the charms & bracelet at each port.   Go to the onboard sales presentation, you'll get more info.

have fun

I don't know where you live, but if you live up North, consider flying out a day early in case of snow.   Believe me, it's no fun sitting in a hotel room in NY, when your ship (and friends) are sailing away.

Johngold
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Contributor Level: Captain

I agree with BAK1061. Go in a day earlier, it give you and extra day to get ready for the Vacation mode you are going to get into. And WeCruiseToo is right. You will get hooked, and this is one very enjoyable addiction......Have fun and don't over do it unless you really want to.....

CrusinTim
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

Your going to have a BLAST snookey!! And kudos to you for taking the time to plan your cruise options. You'll be glad you did. Since it's your first cruise, take in all the ship has to offer. But, like Bak stated, don't over indulge! There's nothing worse than coming home from vacation needing a vacation. And, if you can, look into booking a future cruise when your onboard. This can save you big bucks and may offer some iteneries you may not have considered. Bon Voyage.

Snookey
Contributor Level: Purser

Great advice from everyone. I actually did think about snow in January. We live in Northern California and so our choices are to fly through Atlanta, Chicago or Houston. I chose Houston because they don't get snow usually. We are flying in the day before to Ft Lauderdale so any recommendations of good clean convenient hotels would be welcome!

Good advice not to overindulge - My wife and I really want to relax, we own and run two restaurants and don't usually have a moment to ourselves, we don't get to socialize much either, so it will be nice to meet new people.

I am sure we will be wanting to book again before we step off the ship!

Thanks so much for all the tips :-)

 

Johngold
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

Hotel advice???

Call your cruise line agent. Some will advise the best hotel and when you are ready to leave they will make sure you luggage gets on the ship. No Hassle.

CrusinTim
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

I agree with John! Your travel agent may also be able to get you a deal since you booked the cruise through them. It doesn't matter how far the hotel is from the pier as long as they have shuttle service from the hotel to the pier.

JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

Smokey,  Room service is included in the price of a cruise.   On a sea day,  I like to have Breakfast and coffee delivered to the room and have breakfast on the balcony in my bath robe.  You can order it the day before with the time you want it delivered.

 

On Celebrity you can leave the balcony door open an inch or so and flip the lock up to keep it from moving, then you can hear the waves crash on the ship at night as you sleep.  

 

Good pic on Celebrity Solstice Class ship. 

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