Celebrity Silhouette Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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5 out of 5

A Very Excellent Adventure

Sail Date: January 10, 2016

Reviewed: 10 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

This was a belated 10 year anniversary trip for us.  We chose the Silhouette, the third boat in the Solstice class that we have had the pleasure of sailing on.  For this trip, unlike the others where we sailed in Aqua Class, we were in Concierge. The trip was a relaxing yet port busy trip and we enjoyed the sea days book ending the 4 ports we enjoyed on the trip - Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth (Important), Jamaica and Labadee, Haiti.   The boat itself was beautiful and never really felt crowded although I was told she was almost full.  The staff, as with  most Celebrity sailings, were accommodating in every way.  We enjoyed all the perks in the 1-2-3 go package with our Concierge cabin.  The live music entertainment was very good.  We made new friends and made the most of each day.  Love

 

 

Cabin / Stateroom
It's been a while since I've sailed AFT and on the port side of the ship. The cabin itself had a large enough shower that my better half chose to take showers in the cabin instead of utilizing the spa. The shampoo/amenities in the concierge cabin were great. The afternoon canapes were also nice but don't expect it to be a snack...it's more of a tasting sample.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Embarkation was easy at Ft. Lauderdale. I did not enjoy disembarkation at this particular port, but nothing to do with the staff. The process to get OFF the boat involved walking across a pier lot and then moving in slow groups into the terminal where the luggage was grouped by tag number. What normally is a 10 minute process once you get thru the exit of the ship and into the terminal took about 30 minutes and we were one of the first groups off (#4).
Destinations and Excursions From a port perspective, I had not been to Jamaica in over 10 years.  I had been avoiding it as my last trip there was not pleasant with all of the drug dogs and port authority checking and double checking us.  This trip, we went to Falmouth and enjoyed every moment of the day in port.  We visited the Grotto Caves and climbed Dunns Rivers falls, enjoy local cuisine.  Our tour bus host, Pat, was well informed and very superlative of her island.  It was a beautiful 60 minute trip from Falmouth to Ocho Rios.   Best day of the trip.  So for those of you thinking of the old ways in Jamaica, I encourage you to take another chance.
The private port (RCCL's Labadee) was truly a tropical paradise. I could have stood another day having access to this lush port.
Onboard Activities
Entertainment
The live music on board was very good and mostly available at all hours after noon. The evening "shows" were different on this boat, mostly having single entertainers (juggler, and two soloists) with no revue type shows.
Service and Staff
Superb. The coffee baristas were all excellent. Our cabin stewards, Victor and Benedict, were great.
Food and Dining
This was our first shot at Select Dining. My jury is still out on whether I like this. I think I prefer having the same wait staff each evening as they learn preferences, but we did not wait in line (my fear) except for one evening when we dined rather late. The food in the MDR was average to good. The food in the buffet restaurant was very well done for a buffet. As always, we enjoyed Lawn Club Grille. It's WELL worth the $45 fee. Not so much for Qsine. Although the food is displayed and served creatively, after 4 tapas entrees we were still looking for something to say "that was good". By the end of the meal, I felt badly that the staff was still trying so very hard to sell it so we just went along. Second trip to Qsine and it will be my last.

Tip

The Classic Package was included in our 1-2-3 perks. We don't drink alcohol, but used it for the sparkling sodas and coffees and of course, bottled water. Don't forget that the pastries in the gelato and coffee stands are FREE!



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