February 2015 - Celebrity Silhouette to Caribbean - Western
Second time cruise and again on the Celebrity Silhouette. First experience awesome, and the second was just as wonderful. The moment your step onto the ship the thrill starts. What a stunning , sleek, majestic lady she is. The welcome aboard starts with the most excellent staff who treat the guests in such a special way, and this never stops ,throughout each and every day until you disembark. Nothing is too much trouble, they always make you feel so special and welcome, and feel like friends by the end of your cruise. How I wish I had written down each and every one of their names to mention specifically.
The Captain set a great example to his crew, and his pride in them was obvious. He was present at many various times, during talks and shows etc,and his humor was appreciated I hope he gets to hold his newly born son, and small daughter before too long.
Sail away was delayed due to unforeseen circumstances with 150 passengers from Canada having travel problems. They received a lovely, very warm welcome from the guests as the finally approached the ship.We waved our Canadian Flag to welcome them. So very pleased the Captain announced our delay and the reason for it.
Our stateroom steward Francisco (deck 10 #1415 ) did a stellar job , and should be recommended for his hard work, friendliness, and tireless effort to make everything in our home at sea, like a welcoming palace. The space we had was so well appointed and lacked nothing. There was plenty of storage for our belongings, and we don't travel lightly. The bathroom was very roomy , and we couldn't fault it, and the shower was fabulous.
Our Veranda was a special place to relax alone, or with our friends who were next door in Stateroom #1411, and the partitian was removed so we could share a double space, which we enjoyed. We sipped our complimentary champagne while taking in the vast view from our superb location.
Each and every meal was a culinary delight wherever we chose to eat. The friendliness of the all the staff towards the guests as they busily went about their duties, was very noticeable. Many of them told us how they loved working on this particular ship, which was so lovely to hear.
Throughout the ship the housecleaning was ever present , and these hard working crew members certainly made their ship sparkle.
We dined at the Tuscan Grille twice and have to comment on the special manner in which each and every person there treated the guests. Even those who were not serving our tables, came and spoke to us, or simply smiled and greeted us . The maitre 'd enquired several times about our satisfaction , and was so eloquent in doing so. Everyone seemed so friendly and happy to be there. Our servers were from Croatia, Serbia and Honduras, and besides the delicious food, they quite made out evening perfect.
Only one small improvement to suggest would be the lighting in the Grand Curvee, near the windows during the evening. It is way too dark to read the menus, and we used small torches to do so. Other guests in the area commented that more lighting was needed, to improve the ambiance.
Our other comment, although NOT a complaint, was that we much preferred the last day buffet when it was in the Grand Curvee, as this was a special occasion for us. We did not enjoy the cafeteria being used, but understand the reason for the change.
Richard Spacey was the ultimate master of fun, what a terrific cruise director, and bundle of energy. Celebrity should be incredibly proud of him . We heard guests talking so highly of him all over the ship.The Silhouette dancers and musicians , technicians etc were all very good, and performed to a high standard in all shows.The professional entertainers were excellent, and we even made a request for a song , which was granted, and sounded amazing.
Charlotte also did an awesome job in everything she did. We also enjoyed Julie whenever we saw her , either in person or on then screen giving us excellent and easy to follow advice .
The coffee shop, gelato shop and staff at all bars are friendly . efficient and hardworking. The Martini bar was very entertaining and a fun place to be , and the drinks were delicious.
The restrooms were a treat to visit and how I wish I could have a glass sink like that at home !
We could not and did not want to fault anything about our 7 night cruise aboard the stunning Celebrity Silhouette. It was another truly wonderful experience.We were very sad to disembark, but were delighted when asked to come back and see you again , which we will.
Excellent help with planning and booking by our cruise councillor, Kina Munro from . We hope to deal with her again.