kcoyne

kcoyne
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Hometown: Florida
Joined: 05/17/2016
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Cruiseline: Celebrity Cruises

Cruiseline: Holland America Line

Cruiseline: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Cruiseline: Oceania Cruises

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kcoyne's Past Cruises

Norwegian Escape

February 2018 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Escape

Celebrity Millennium

July 2017 - 7 Night Alaska Southern Glacier (Seward To Vancouver) Cruise on Celebrity Millennium

Crystal Serenity

April 2017 - 10 Night Azure Reflections (Barbados To Miami) Cruise on Crystal Serenity

Celebrity Silhouette

January 2017 - 3 Night Bahamas (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Celebrity Silhouette

For a larger ship, it was beautiful and would love to sail on her longer

Over all, the Silhouette is a beautiful ship and we would love to sail on her for a 7nt or longer cruise in the future.  We were in a balcony stateroom (cabin 9233), which was spacious and nice, but not nearly enough drawer or storage space, although the closet was larger than expected.  The cabin location was fantastic as it was mid-ship with a nice sized balcony and very close to the elevators.  Our cabin was also adjoining with 9235 (my parents cabin) but the adjoining portion was a the front doors with larger doors outside in the alcove that could be closed to create an easy pass through and the balcony separator was opened so we have one large space to hang out at sail away or just for cocktails before dinner.  The bathroom was large (for a cruise ship) and the shower was walk-in size and nicely oversized by cruise ship standards.  Also, there was no icky shower curtain but rather sliding doors to enclose the shower.  The bed, however, was one of the worst I've ever slept on and the pillows were meager in size and just plain as uncomfortable.  Our room steward was very nice but unfortunately there wasn't much he could do about the bed.  Some of the concierge and higher staterooms offer pillow menus and now I know why that is so important.

 

The sailing we were on was only 3nt, so the clientele was NOT our peer group.   Putting that aside, the cruise was very nice and we learned where and where not to go for quiet space.  The food overall was good and the selection in the Ocean side Cafe was pretty extensive but it was over crowded and hard to get a table the couple of times we tried and there were lots of kids running around like crazed animals.  There is a great selection of alternative dining venues all of which looked amazing, but need to be pre-booked as early as possible.  We tried every day to get into several of them and they were all booked prior to even boarding the ship.  I think it was because of being such a short cruise that made it even harder.  We did get into the Lawn Grill for lunch one day and the burgers were fantastic as was the service and it was also a nice quiet area of the ship and worth every penny of the $15 cover charge.

 

The drink packages and the drinks themselves are incredibly over priced.  4 drinks at the bar were over $50!  Outrageous!!  I've been on more than 125 cruises and consider Celebrity's pricing vs. quantity of the drink to be on par with what I would expect at a Four Seasons or Ritz Carlton, NOT on a Celebrity cruise.  Wine is allowed to be carried on, one bottle per person, so if you have more in your group sailing, you can bring one for each person in the cabin.  Handy we had my parents with us so we were able to bring on 4 bottles.  You can also bring wine back to your cabin from the ports of call, however spirits and beer are taken at security and delivered to your cabin the last night of the cruise.

 

We found the Elite benefits from Celebrity to be very nice, even for a short cruise.  If you sail regularly on Royal Caribbean, you’re past passenger status transfers over to Celebrity as well.  There is a nice cocktail reception from 5-7 pm in a private area of a lounge.  Canapés were served and you could order any drinks you wanted off the menu including wine, beer and spirits.  If you are looking for a nice atmosphere and a couple of complimentary drinks, don’t miss this event.   Also for Elite guests, we had 90 mins of FREE wi-fi onboard which we didn’t use all of the minutes as the service was VERY slow but then again were bobbing around in the middle of the Ocean, so I didn’t expect lightning fast speeds. 

 

Overall we would sail on this ship again but for a longer sailing.  The shorter sailings (like with other cruise lines) bring out a less mature and sophisticated crowd on board - looked more like a Carnival crowd than a Celebrity crowd.  The ship is beautiful, easy to get around and very comfortable with lots of great spaces to listen to music and relax or have a drink and talk.  I would say this cruise would be best suited for those 35 - 70 (and a young at heart 70) who like a more sophisticated atmosphere but not the price tag of the luxury lines.  Of all the mass market cruise lines, Celebrity is hands down the best all around cruise line.

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Crystal Serenity

October 2016 - 9 Night Autumn In The Maritimes (New York To Quebec) Cruise on Crystal Serenity

The new Gold Standard for Cruising and truly spoiled onboard

We have cruised a lot...and by a lot, I mean more than 200 times and mostly on the Big 7 cruise lines in a variety of cabins from balcony to suites.  We are in our mid-40’s and look forward each year to a special trip that we splurge on.  Prior to this cruise our favorite overall experiences were Oceania and Windstar.  We have now set the Gold Standard to which all future cruises will be compared to.  We LOVED our experience on Crystal and from the moment we stepped into the terminal at NYC all the way through to getting to our cabin, there were smiling faces welcoming us and escorting us to each step. 

 

This was our Anniversary cruise so we selected the Penthouse category on Deck 10 complete with a butler.  Our butler, Damien, greeted us within minutes of arriving to our cabin to show us the features of the cabin, pour us drinks and find out our preferences and expectations for the cruise.  He was warm, welcoming and we looked forward each day to his afternoon canapés and cocktails.  He along with cabin stewardesses, were absolutely fantastic.

 

Our cabin was well appointed and VERY comfortable!  We had a nice size couch and chair where you could look out to the oversized balcony...with actual real patio furniture that was comfortable to lounge in and soak up the views.  The room has two twin bed or they push together to make a large queen size and was one of the most comfortable beds and pillows I've ever experienced on cruise or land.  Nice comfy bathrobes and changing robes were included in the large walk-in closet.  The bathroom was complete with his/her sinks, full size shower and separate jacuzzi tub.  A really cool feature was the speaker in the bathroom pipped in whatever TV show/movie sound from the TV right into the bathroom.

 

The food and service across the ship and at every venue was top notch!  Always warm smiles and attentive service.  The food selection was various and each dish was fantastic.  Prego the Italian restaurant and Silk Road Sushi (by Nobu) are the two most sought after specialty restaurants and require advance reservations.  The main dining room exceeded our expectations with our waiters, Nikola and Alen being the highlight.  There were 4-6 options for every course from appetizer, soup, salad, entrée and dessert.  The breakfast and lunch buffets in the Lido were as extensive as they were varied.  All the food venues across the ship were truly exceptional, of the highest quality and tremendous options…not to mention outstanding taste!  We were truly impressed by the food and service on this cruise and life after the cruise has become very disappointing.  Our first dinner home we looked at each other and lamented as to how much we missed Nikola and Alen…and the amazing meals.

 

There was a variety of shows, lectures and events throughout the day on the ship.  Most impressive was the computer lab with an extensive offering of classes during the cruise.  The library was well stocked with books and movies, which could be taken to your cabin for viewing.  Also, there is a movie theatre onboard that shows a variety of movies and also used for lectures and other events.

 

If there is one constructive feedback to offer, it’s that the wifi is very slow!  There is an hour per day complimentary per person but unless you have a lot of patience or time to spend connecting and for pages to load, you will likely not use all of the time allotted and give up in frustration.  Being working professionals (not retired) we needed to check email during our trip, which was quite cumbersome but given the long port days, it was pretty easy to use wifi in the port.  My suggestion would be to give up on being connected and go spend time eating, drinking and enjoying all the ship has to offer!

 

Crystal is an all-inclusive experience from food to drinks and everything in between.  You would not need to spend another dollar while on onboard except for the obvious/expected things such as shore excursions, casino, spa and onboard shopping.  Tipping is included in the cruise fare but we felt the service was so exceptional that we opted to give our waiters and room butler a little extra at the end of the cruise. 

We can’t wait to book our next Crystal cruise as we were truly spoiled!  Acclimating back to real life after this cruise is very hard and this will be a trip that we will talk about for months and years to come!

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Monarch

December 2015 - December 28, 2015 Cruise on Monarch

Insignia

November 2014 - 10 Night Mayan Mystique (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Insignia

Brilliance of the Seas

January 2014 - 4 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip) Cruise on Brilliance of the Seas

Jewel of the Seas

April 2012 - 4 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa roundtrip) Cruise on Jewel of the Seas

Carnival Paradise

January 2012 - 4 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Paradise

Pride of America

May 2011 - 7 Night Hawaii (Honolulu roundtrip) Cruise on Pride of America

Carnival Inspiration

May 2010 - 4 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Inspiration

Norwegian Gem

October 2007 - 7 Night Western Mediterranean (Barcelona roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Gem

Norwegian Pearl

December 2006 - 4 Night Western Caribbean (Miami roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Pearl

Carnival Sensation

August 2006 - 3 Night Bahamas (Port Canaveral roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Sensation

Costa Concordia (RETIRED) 548

July 2006 - 9 Night Inaugural Cruise (Rome roundtrip) Cruise on Costa Concordia

Freedom of the Seas

June 2006 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Miami roundtrip) Cruise on Freedom of the Seas

Celebrity Century

March 2006 - 9 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale roundtrip) Cruise on Celebrity Century

Veendam

February 2006 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa roundtrip) Cruise on Veendam

Carnival Inspiration

December 2005 - 4 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Inspiration

Carnival Fantasy

May 2005 - 3 Night Bahamas (Port Canaveral roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Fantasy

Carnival Inspiration

December 2004 - 4 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Inspiration

Carnival Miracle

November 2004 - 2 Night Cruise to Nowhere (Tampa roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Miracle

Carnival Sensation

November 2003 - 4 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Sensation

Wind Surf

March 2003 - 7 Night Southern Caribbean (Barbados to St. Thomas) Cruise on Wind Surf

Carnival Conquest

November 2002 - 4 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Conquest

Carnival Fantasy

August 2002 - 3 Night Bahamas (Port Canaveral roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Fantasy

Carnival Sensation

October 2001 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Sensation

Jubilee (RETIRED) 20041

August 2001 - August 30, 2001 Cruise on Jubilee (RETIRED)

Carnival Fantasy

July 2001 - 4 Night Bahamas (Port Canaveral roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Fantasy

Carnival Spirit

April 2001 - April 27, 2001 Cruise on Carnival Spirit

Celebrity Mercury

March 2001 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale roundtrip) Cruise on Celebrity Mercury

Voyager of the Seas

December 1999 - December 12, 1999 Cruise on Voyager of the Seas

Legend of the Seas

October 1999 - October 22, 1999 Cruise on Legend of the Seas

Sovereign of the Seas (RETIRED) 20000

September 1999 - September 03, 1999 Cruise on Sovereign of the Seas (RETIRED)

Vision of the Seas

June 1999 - June 06, 1999 Cruise on Vision of the Seas

Celebrity Century

December 1998 - December 22, 1998 Cruise on Celebrity Century

Rhapsody of the Seas

September 1998 - September 19, 1998 Cruise on Rhapsody of the Seas

Sovereign of the Seas (RETIRED) 20000

September 1998 - September 04, 1998 Cruise on Sovereign of the Seas (RETIRED)

Empress of the Seas

August 1998 - August 20, 1998 Cruise on Empress of the Seas

kcoyne's Tips

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida - Easy and quick cab ride from the airport to the ship. For those driving parking at the port is only $15 per day and you pay when you leave. There are also less expensive parking options off port with bus service to drop off and pick up. Also the major car rental companies pick up and drop off at the port as well directly to your ship.
Nassau, Bahamas - Nassau is Nassau...when there are several ships in, it's crowded, noisy and lots of hustle and bustle. You can take the $1 bus and get out the Cable Beach pretty easily, but if you plan on going to a resort, make sure you have arranged a day pass unless you are just going to the casino. Resort for a Day offers a lot of different day passes at local hotels and we loved the Warwick which is brand new and all inclusive.
Celebrity Silhouette Celebrity Silhouette - If you enjoy your daily cocktails/wine/beer the drink package is definitely worth considering as drink prices are very high on this ship - 4 drinks was over $50!! Be sure to book your alternative dining reservations as early as possible to ensure the best times and you get in.
AmaCerto AmaCerto - Make sure you have a french balcony and/or full balcony - it's nice to have the fresh air and quiet space to enjoy the scenery.

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