April 2016 - Celebrity Silhouette to Caribbean - Western
Celebrity creates a perfect environment for whatever level of experience you want to enjoy. Their staff are incredibly well trained to make you feel pampered, nothing is too much trouble to ensure that your needs are met.
There are a wide variety of places on board to relax - as a mature couple we loved spending time in the solarium where the pool was never crowded, noise level low and filtered sun from the overhead solar panels. Nearby to that area is an excellent gym, fully equipped, and a spa with a marvelous area called The Persian Garden. We treated ourselves to this upgrade and used it every day,relaxing on ergonomic heated mosaic tiled beds followed by a session in the aromatherapy room. The Garden only has about 8 beds so very calm, few people at a time, gentle music piped through, Pure zen! Worth the fee of $159 a couple for the week.
We opted for the newer 'select dining' for evening meals that allowed us flexibility of time and also the chance to eat with different companions. It occasionally required a short wait while a table became available but on the whole it was a good decision.
Food was delicious and varied. We used the ocean buffet during the day, loved the 4-5am tea time with warm scones, cream and strawberry jam, tried out the sushi bar from 5 -5:30..well made, attractive presentation.
Prefer to arrange our own shore trips- still enjoy the independence and last minute freedom to choose depending on conditions that day.
Cozumel we rented a car for the day and drive round the island,stopping for lunch at Coconuts.
Cayman, took the very clean and safe Public Bus- they run frequently on the main 7 mile beach road, $2.50 each for any distance, get off where ever you want. We went to the Turtle farm. Super visit, had lunch there and enjoyed seeing the tanks of young turtles that you could hold- would be a perfect visit with kids. They can swim with them too in a beautiful tropical park environment.
Took bus back and got off at the Ritz Carlton where there was access to the beach. The ship provided ample sized beach towels and Celebrity bags so we enjoyed an hour on the beach. Cayman was probably the best stop in our opinion.
Jamaica we took a cab to do a bamboo raft ride on the Martha Brae river. Peaceful quiet jungle around us, birds, an excellent one and half hour trip with just us and Edgar who did the punting and guide.
Labadee was a beautiful palm beach area, local helpers brought sun beds to your spot and the ship put on a good buffet lunch. Exquisite scenery, perfect weather, great last port.
Saw a couple of good stage shows, bands elsewhere were OK, cabin stewards Wilson and Akhalish looked after us constantly. They were incredibly attentive.
We had concierge and a balcony and have done that in the past 2 trips with Celebrity and it's worth the extra. Very swift boarding process followed by a special luncheon as soon as you're on board.
We love the Celebrity experience. Hope these comments from our recent trip(April 3 to 10 ) might be helpful to another traveler.