tbow53
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Celebrity Silhouette

November 2016 - Celebrity Silhouette to Transatlantic

A nice relaxing cruise

Always get a port side room (odd numbered) on the East-West crossing and a starboard side room (even numbered) on a West-East crossing. That way you have sun in your room every day.

 

Use the public transportation (bus, tram, train) in the ports and save yourself some money.

 

If you get an international plan on your Verizon phone, you can check your e-mail and text while at sea. You can also make calls. Just be sure your don't except your plan limits.

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Carnival Fantasy

January 2016 - Carnival Fantasy to Caribbean - Bahamas

A Typical Cheap Carnival Cruise

If you want a no-frills quick cruise to the Bahamas, this is it.

Keep your expectations low and you will be okay.

Ship had no heat, which is not good for a January cruise out of Charleston, SC.  Everyone wore jackets and sweaters for the first two days.  Two of my friends slept in their housecoats and wore socks in bed to keep warm.  Someone commented that he thought this was an Alaskan cruise.  Our steward brought us two blankets, which helped us stay warm in bed.

Staff was cheerful and helpful.  Room steward was great.  Restaurant wait staff were good.

Food was mediocre - little variety and bland tasting.  Burgers were overcooked - almost burnt.  One bite was enough.

One steward upcharged me by asking if I wanted Bombay gin in a martini.  I quickly learned all the martinis are made with Bombay gin.

I was told the ship is due for refurbishment in Feb 2016.  It needs it.

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tbow53's Tips

Toulon, France - If you are able, walk to the nearest bus stop and use public transportation.
Barcelona, Spain - skip the cruise bus and walk to the nearest bus stop and use the public transportation. It will save you some euros.
Celebrity Silhouette Celebrity Silhouette - Use Google Maps and download the maps of each port area before you depart. That way you can use the GPS feature on your maps to figure out where you are in the port. We used less than 100mb of data during the cruise.
Tenerife, Canary Islands - Tenerife had the best price of all the ports. Make sure you have very clear directions to the VAT office, which is in the Guardia Civil building. The Guest Services map is not very useful. Also, get directions to the post office before you leave the ship so you can mail your VAT refund voucher.
Celebrity Constellation Celebrity Constellation - To get to the train station In Civitevechia, take the free shuttle to the port entrance. You can take a local bus to the train station. We walked and it took about 15 minutes. Train to Rome Termini takes an hour. You get better transportation and excursion deals at the port entrance, too.
Funchal, Madeira - Visit the stores about 2 or 3 blocks from the waterfront. Better prices and quality.
Cartagena, Spain - Be careful shopping. Él Cortez Inglese is a nice shopping center, but you can get better prices at the shops in town.
Nassau, Bahamas - go into town to get a taxi for a tour of Nassau. We paid $100 for six for a 3-hour tour. The dock taxis wanted $180.

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received a helpful vote on their Celebrity Silhouette cruise review - A nice relaxing cruise

received a helpful vote on their Celebrity Silhouette cruise review - A nice relaxing cruise

shared a quick tip for Celebrity Silhouette"Use Google Maps and download the maps of each port area before you depart. That way you can use the GPS feature on your maps to figure out where you are in the port. We used less than 100mb of data during the cruise."

added Nov 5, 2016 cruise on Celebrity Silhouette to their profile.

reviewed their Transatlantic cruise on Celebrity Silhouette and gave it 4 stars!

received a helpful vote on their Celebrity Constellation cruise review - We'll do this trip again next time we need to get to Europe

shared a quick tip for Celebrity Constellation"To get to the train station In Civitevechia, take the free shuttle to the port entrance. You can take a local bus to the train station. We walked and it took about 15 minutes. Train to Rome Termini takes an hour. You get better transportation and excursion deals at the port entrance, too."

received a helpful vote on their Carnival Fantasy cruise review - A Typical Cheap Carnival Cruise

reviewed their Caribbean - Bahamas cruise on Carnival Fantasy and gave it 2 stars!

added Jan 12, 2016 cruise on Carnival Fantasy to their profile.