Recently ten friends and I sailed on the Celebrity silhouette.They offered a deal called pick your perks,we chose the beverage package, at what we thought threw booking with a celebrity cruises customer service rep was an all inclusive ... Read More
Recently ten friends and I sailed on the Celebrity silhouette.They offered a deal called pick your perks,we chose the beverage package, at what we thought threw booking with a celebrity cruises customer service rep was an all inclusive beverage package. We found out the second day of the cruise we were charged for all the alcohole we drank. The package the y gave us was actually call the classic beverage package, and was informed at the customer service desk it included certain vodka and not others,certain rum and not other ect,it would have been nice to have this told to us before we got on the ship. Well over a hundred dollars they got from me on drinks that day. Threw the entire cruise we felt nickel and dimed to death.
The buffet food was the same everyday,the food was below standard,service was exceptionally bad we finished our food normally before anybody waited on us to give us drinks.we we're constantly hounded to go to specialty restraunts with staff waiting outside the buffet. I could go on and on about the disappointment in that area. The first two days we were at sea they closed the casino and bars early and basically put us to bed. We never saw our room attendant except for the first day when she told us they couldn't find our luggage.
The best thing about this cruise was getting off the ship at ports.The service was unbelievably horrid! The last day I bought a watch supposivly seventy- five percent off. It cost 175.00 so I bought it thought it was beautiful and a good deal. I checked the price online when I got home it cost retail at over five stores 75 bucks. Need I say more. I will be sticking with princess with who I've sailed five times now and had excellent service. I love cruising it really took a lot to ruin our vacation, But Celebrity and their staff managed to do that! I don't normally complain but if I'm able to help anybody else out there this is worth it
Oh and let me add they had everybody who was walking off the ship at the end of the cruise carry their luggage down three flights of steps, what a joke! Read Less
We have cruised several cruise lines, (Royal Carribean, Carnival, Norwegian, etc.)by far, this was the worst cruise ever. The service for our cabin was horrible. Had to look for the cabin attendant several times. 1st only gave us 1 ... Read More
We have cruised several cruise lines, (Royal Carribean, Carnival, Norwegian, etc.)by far, this was the worst cruise ever. The service for our cabin was horrible. Had to look for the cabin attendant several times. 1st only gave us 1 washcloth, 2nd replinished towels with a wet one, had to be told twice to replenish the toiletries! Then the toilet would not flush, although it was repaired. The food on the buffet was unseasoned, often cold, and they would run out of items! When we landed on the private island, we were served cold sandwiches (nothing grilled) with smears of tuna salad or two thin slices of turkey on huge buns. Many people took pictures of their sandwiches for complaints.
The guests relations persons were rude, on the concert nights, the ushers who were to control entries into the theaters were inadequate. This was a theme cruise (The Soul Train Cruise), and the majority of the passengers were African Americans. I mentioned this, because hopefully, this was not the reason for the horrible service. Most of the ship's personnel were unfriendly, uncaring, and unhelpful.
The only two highlights were our two waiters in the main dining room. I prebooked for the next Soul Train cruise, because of the entertainment. If this happens again, I will never cruise celebrity again.! Read Less
A little bit than over a year ago, my family and myself went on a cruise on the Celebrity Reflection. Weather was awful, but it's not anybody's fault. On our way, we stopped in Cozumel where we did a little shopping, based on the ... Read More
A little bit than over a year ago, my family and myself went on a cruise on the Celebrity Reflection. Weather was awful, but it's not anybody's fault. On our way, we stopped in Cozumel where we did a little shopping, based on the TRUSTEE map Celebrity gave us.
With a small money inherited from her recent father's death, my wife bought a diamond ring in a jewellery store called Silver of the seas. Back in our hometown, we went to a local store to get it evaluated; it turned out it was a fake diamond (and fake gold), even if the store gave us a certificate of appraisal that I signed, considering that the store was recommended by Celebrity.
We tried to contact the seller who would not return our calls. We reached to Celebrity to get help as this shop was on the map (and the logo Celebrity cruise was on the door of the store), but they were not able to help. The reason: yes, the adress was the right one, but the name on the invoice was not the one they had in file. So the shopping guaranty will not apply. The store just changed the name at the top of the check....
We tried to reach the credit card company I paid with, but they can't help: it's a fraud but not on the card, on merchandise. So they are not responsible for that.
We tried to get back to Celebrity a few times (and to the store) but no luck. The only chance we have now, is to hire a lawyer, but because we are in Canada and the store in Mexico, the cost would be too high.
So 1- never trust Celebrity with the guaranty. They will not help...
2- don't shop at that store. Rings are looking great, prices are ok, but they are fake.
I will continue trying to reach Celebrity cruise, but hopefully, this review will prevent other people to trust their guaranty of shopping!
As for the boat itself, we were in a bad weather week so the trip was not as fun as previous cruises. Activies and shows on the boat are OK, but less entertaining than Carnival for example, even if the technical quality of the shows is better.
Dining is ok, but the choices of menu is not at all sophisticated in the dining room. You need to go into restaurant for more choices... and more money.
And small detail, if you go to the casino, you can't play with your room card. You need to bring real money.
Over all, Celebrity was a deception for us. We heard a lot of good things, and were expecting a little more but we found it was a little less than Carnival (except for the age average that was really higher).
And never, never trust the «shop ashore» garanty with Celebrity. Internet is filled with horror stories like ours where they did not help the customer.
This was our last Celebrity Cruise. Read Less
We have cruised with many cruise lines over the years and last year we had the wonderful pleasure of cruising on the Celebrity Eclipse and we loved it. The ship, the food, in fact everything was perfect so we booked an Aqua Class cabin ... Read More
We have cruised with many cruise lines over the years and last year we had the wonderful pleasure of cruising on the Celebrity Eclipse and we loved it. The ship, the food, in fact everything was perfect so we booked an Aqua Class cabin Christmas Caribbean this year without hesitation on the sister ship 'Refelection'.
Embarkation was busy, however you expect that on a big ship.
We stayed with friends in Miami prior to joinung the ship so we were ready and excited for our cruise.
The ship was very similar BUT we feel that Celebrity seem to be cutting back so much it was like chalk and cheese. How could 2 cruises be so different? For us we loved the sail always on the Eclipse, picture the scene ........ sat on real grass on lawn club seats being served wine and cheese with a lovely duo playing in the background. Pure class which made Celebrity a cut above the rest and that happened 3 times during our cruise.
This cruise it did not happen, when I asked why? I was told that the weather in the Caribbean was to unpredictable for this to happen, HOWEVER they were happy to offer an outside BBQ with the officers for $100 per person. What happened to the unpredictable weather?
There was a saying that I learnt from the passengers on this cruise 'Nickles and Dimes' which means that Celebrity are cost cutting that much it so apparent it's scary.
The lack of fish and seafood: This is another 'Nickles and Dimes'! The buffet in the Eclipse offered a wonderful selection of fish and seafood, however this was not the case on the Reflection. After day 3 of one fish choice on the lunch menu I asked to see the Head Chef. He said that he would offer another selection but due to his orders from head office he was not able to offer seafood. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SEA AND NO SEAFOOD? REALLY? He stated and I quote: the demographic on Caribbean cruises was different to European cruises, I then said so what your saying is that Americans prefer burgers and meat rather than fish and seafood and he just smiled at me.
Thing is that we may be British but we have many American friends who love fish and seafood as much as the Europeans so that is complete rubbish Chef!! We are not massive meat eaters so fish and seafood is an important part of our diet snd that's one of the many reasons we love cruising...
The cabin was lovely as expected but the points we have written about let us down.
The staff were friendly but seemed overworked on this ship.
The Entertainment was hit and miss but it lacked something that other ships has to offer.
If your looking for class and seafood forget the Celebrity Reflection....... We have! Never ever again. Shame on you Celebrity!!! Read Less
We arrived in Florida the previous day to sailing, stayed at a hotel for the night and went to the port the next day. We had our luggage tags already via mail so they took our luggage and we went into the building to get through security ... Read More
We arrived in Florida the previous day to sailing, stayed at a hotel for the night and went to the port the next day. We had our luggage tags already via mail so they took our luggage and we went into the building to get through security and get our boarding passes. We were next in line when a man named Pedro was asking " Is anyone using a birth certificate or passport card to board?" We were so I raised my hand. He told us we needed to go to Miami to get a passport card and explained they were not accepting those forms to board the ship. He wrote down the passport offices address in Miami and told us that when we get there not to take a number, but to go to the counter and tell them you need a 1 hour passport and its for a ship that leaves at 4:00pm today. This was at 11:00am. 47 minutes and $72 later the cab dropped us off at the passport office. It was PACKED. We went right up the window like Pedro said and told them we needed a 1 hour passport for a ship leaving at 4 and the woman said they she'll see what they can do. Long story short for the passport office, we were the last ones to leave the office at 5:30pm.. ship leaving us for sure. We had friends onboard that told the crew members to keep our luggage in our room that we would be coming. We met 12 other people that were also rejected out of line for using a passport card/birth certificate as well. All 12 of us missed sailing time. We flew into Grand Caymans that night with the clothes we had out our back, a purse and his wallet and stayed in the cheapest hotel we could find which was a Holiday Inn for $196 a night. The ship was due to port 2 days later.
On the 10th out of 6 scheduled ships that were supposed to port, only 1 did because of the winds. This made us worried. We rented a car and went to the port authority who sent us to Bodden shipping company, the local company that would be tendering the ship if it did port. They contacted the ship via email and explained that there was now 8 of us that were on the island and more to be coming the next day waiting to board. They replied with saying if the weather allows they would be coming to port as expected. The weather for the next day was supposed to be 5mph faster wind then it was the day the ships didn't port so we were losing faith. We were asked to be at the port at 6:30am when it opens so if they did hear anything they could let us know so we can make future plans. Our cell phones did not have service in the Caymans to communicate easily plus we had no phone chargers because they were in our luggage so when they died wifi did not help. We bought all our meals for those days with out spending money for excursions and trinkets.
LUCKILY, the ship did come in on the 11th. We met with the Guest relations manager, who did not apologize for any inconveniences or anything along those lines. He just asked for our names and cabin numbers and wrote them down on his roster and moved on. We were checked into customs at 9:30 and tendered to the ship. They made us both a seapass and key card for out room and told us to pick up our passports when they notify us. We picked them up a few hours later with a letter saying on the last day we needed to be ready to leave the ship at 6:30am to be the first ones through customs.
Once aboard the food was amazing. We were an Aqua Class suite which gave us complimentary dining at a restaurant named Blu. The food there was amazing. The wait staff was very friendly and remembered our names after a few days.
The entertainment was lacking. If you aren't into the casino, shop sales, or fitness you might be lost with nothing to do. There was a main show nightly at 7 and 9pm, 2 of which we enjoyed.
The crowd was 100% OLDER. Like over 60 older. We're probably as old as some of their great grandchildren.
The buffet food was also great. Most of the foods did not change day to day and it was fully closed to switch over from 11am to 12 noon, 3-3:30, and then again from 5pm-6pm. We always seemed to hit it when it was closed or at full capacity. It was a game trying to find a seat. You had to send someone to find and hold your seats while the other person went for food. Good luck if you're a party of 3 or more.
We did go on one excursion through the ship which turned out to be a huge mistake. This was in Cartagena Columbia. It was the Hop on Hop off with the choice of getting off at 14 points on the tour and catching another bud every half an hour. We recommend that you DO NOT GO ON THIS TOUR.. unless you want to be constantly hassled to buy sunglasses, purses, paintings, maracas, hats, anything and everything. We couldn't hear anything our tour guide said because these vendors were swarming and would not let us go. Afterwards we heard many of the older people say they bought something just so they would stop asking. We had enough about 10 minutes into that tour and decided to just walk back to the ship ourselves because it wasn't worth the harassment. If we hadn't done that we wouldn't have seen an outdoor animal exhibit they have at the port! It was amazing with peacocks and parrots out in the open iguanas and monkeys in the trees and just other animals running around. I recommend you check this out if you port in Cartagena Columbia.
We did our own tour in Colon Panama. We got the price per person down to $20 from $35 to drive us to the Panama Canal. Do not let them overcharge you. Join with another couple if you have to just for the cab ride. We were a group of 4 on this tour. If you do not speak Spanish, I recommend you ask for a cab driver that at least speaks some English. We got to the canal took the tour, snapped pictures, and watched the video about the making and history of it. When we were finished, out driver brought us back to the ship. We tipped him $20 making our bill $100 for the 4 of us and he was more than thankful.
We also did our own tour in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica. We once again haggled our cab ride down to $20 a person with a $20 tip at the end. We chose to go to the Veragua Rainforest. The ticket for the tour we chose were $75 a person for the 'gondola' ride (pretty much an enclosed ski lift for 8 people) and the walk through exhibits with the frogs, butterflies, and spiders. We thought it was strange that on the tour they will show you which frogs are poisonous and in the next room you can walk through and actually see them out on a leaf about 3 feet away. That would never happen in America. There area also huge spiders in the dark transition rooms if you look and are lucky. I love bugs so I was looking but if you do not you might not be so happy.
At our 2 day stop in Cozumel, Mexico we decided to do our shopping for t-shirts and such for family and friends. At a few of the shops they sell t-shirts for 7/$20. You should grab them! But make sure you are getting US sizes. There are 3 different sizes on the tag. If you are getting a pricier item, offer them something less and see if they accept. I wanted a dress that he was asking $40 by the time we left he said $20 take it or leave it, which we did because we noticed a hole and he was telling us a fake story about a poor woman making the dress in a village and its soft so her baby's face can touch it.. No.
That evening, 4 us got a cab to Senor Frogs club. It was about 3 miles away and the cab ride was $8 (which was the minimum). It was a ghost town so one drink later we got a cab back.
The second day in Mexico, we got a cab ($15) to Paradise Beach. It's a $3 fee to enter and sit on a chair, $18 to do everything which included snorkeling, paddle boarding, and inflatable obstacles. There was also a $10 minimum food purchase which you may as well get the food because you're going to get charged for it anyways. They do not supply towels so bring your own. $31 a person for all day plus whatever the cabs charge you. Totally worth it for us. Cab ride back was also $15.
Our plumbing was down in our room for a 12+ hour period starting at 4am. It was automatically flushing once every hour somehow, but was terrible to go to midship to find a restroom in the middle of the night and also during the day. Our room's toilet had a constant urine odor when you used it as well.
During the sea days, we exchanged mannyy calls with guest relations and they requested us to come to their office to discuss what has happened and to total our costs during the days we missed. We explained what happened, that we were very unhappy with the process and that we would not be cruising with Celebrity in the future. Our total came to ~$2200 including the flights, hotels, cabs, rental car, food etc. all of which we kept our receipts. Eventually we were given a $500 on board credit against our already $3000 bill and 2 $350 nontransferable future cruise credits that we will not be using and can't sell.
On the last day we got an automatic wake up call at 5:15 am because we had to be in the group that did not get on board at the original port. We had to go through customs and walk our bags off at 6:30am. We didn't have time for breakfast or to relax or enjoy the pool for the last day.
We did enjoy the food on the cruise, but we went to on vacation to get away from stress and involuntarily had to deal with it on the ship and trying to meet with the ship. The entertainment was ok.. but we would not recommend this to people from 18-40 who like having fun and need something to do. Read Less
I have previously traveled with Celebrity three times and all three were with the Century (which was recently sold to a Chinese company). The total time spent on the ship was over a month and I loved everything about this smaller boat. ... Read More
I have previously traveled with Celebrity three times and all three were with the Century (which was recently sold to a Chinese company). The total time spent on the ship was over a month and I loved everything about this smaller boat. Now, over two years later, I decided to try another Celebrity cruise. After all, I'd enjoyed the previous ones so much.
Unfortunately, I was left very, very flat by my cruise aboard the Silhouette--mostly because the quality of the food has slipped so very badly. The dinners looked great but often tasted awful....and this even included some of the food at the optional (and expensive) restaurants (we ordered two ribeyes at Tuscan and they both were flavorless). The buffet sucked and often had portions roped off--making the novel buffet idea more like an obstacle course. Also, the 24 hour room service is NOT 24 hour and the quality was the worst of any of the food options.
Apart from the food the other serious problem was the noise. Although the average age of the cruisers appeared to be about 60-70, the ship was incredibly loud--with music blaring in the central portion of the ship--and making it impossible to relax in the coffee bar or martini bar on the decks above. And it wasn't just that the music was loud, it was also annoying--often with loud Eurobeat music which none of the older passengers would have enjoyed.
So was there anything I really liked? Yes. Ther service was still exceptional. So, while dinners and loud music annoyed me, it was hard to hate the trip because the crew was well trained and attentive. Read Less
We chose to sail in the Concierge class for several reasons. One was that we were celebrating our 30th and we wanted to add a little extra posh to our experience so we felt the money would be well spent. We arrived early to take advantage ... Read More
We chose to sail in the Concierge class for several reasons. One was that we were celebrating our 30th and we wanted to add a little extra posh to our experience so we felt the money would be well spent. We arrived early to take advantage of the early boarding offered to Concierge guest and to also attend the Concierge only special luncheon. To our surprise, the early boarding was being offered to EVERY guest, the lines were not truly expedited as stated The special luncheon was not only a limited offer of fish or lamb but was also being offered to other guest as well. We quickly decided that the buffet would have better offerings and excused ourselves in search of something to eat since we had passed on our hotel breakfast expecting a better culinary experience at the luncheon. As you can imagine, the buffet was slammed and seating very limited so we had to roam around stalking people for a seat for a good chunk of time and then go individually or risk losing our table since people were standing everywhere just waiting to find one.
We decided to shake it off and just enjoy the other perks the Concierge class had to offer us. Since Concierge staterooms come with fresh fruit and wine upon arrival we headed there to relax and enjoy them on our balcony. Sadly we opened our door to find that none of the items advertised were present and our mini bar was full of old items from the previous guest but no drinks. It was TOTALLY lacking any WOW factor at all! Nothing special as promised. It was then that we both just looked at each other and asked,"why did we pay extra for this class again?" Well, we still had the benefit of the upgraded room service menu and that was also an important thing to us since we had planned on sleeping in and eating on our balcony each day. Problem was that they had neglected to bring us menu cards as well as all of the other promised amenities! The room attendant did come after our phone call to drop off door cards and three old bruised shriveling apples but nothing else, not even a pen to fill the cards out with!
This was the beginning of what would continue to be a hugely disappointing cruise with horrible service, cold and late room service orders. Infact,on the first day we received our order, it came with only a pot of hot water. No cups, no tea bags, nothing, just a pot of hot water, ice cold bacon and ham, dry croissants and two or three tiny slices of fruit! Luke warm, bland buffet food and generally poor service and attitude would be the standard for the rest of our days on board. Even after talking with guest services, nothing seemed to improve.
Our room was not made up two days out of 7 nights not including our arrival mishap! Totally substandard service and no one on staff seemed to care. I wish I could believe it was just our opinion but as the week went on it would be a growing topic in the bars, elevators and other common areas and it became impossible to ignore as someone was always upset and discussing it! All in all there was very little that we felt lived up to a cruise of this cost or the reputation of this cruise line and we wished that we had just stayed home and saved our time off for a better choice. Read Less
I recently took the Summit on a trip to the Caribbean. It was not my first time on Celebrity but I must say it will be my last. This ship is old and new carpet and a few new gadgets wont make this ship worthy of the fleet. Another problem ... Read More
I recently took the Summit on a trip to the Caribbean. It was not my first time on Celebrity but I must say it will be my last. This ship is old and new carpet and a few new gadgets wont make this ship worthy of the fleet. Another problem was the captain, very unprofessional. Her comments and gestures where more of a taxi drive then a ships captain and mentioning Hillary was most annoying.. Food was far the worst of all my 64 cruises and the predictable and roaming plumbing problems sent this cruise into the list of " got to miss this one" cruise. Celebrity got to get there game together before they loose biz.. I cant say enough about the staff how efficient and accommodating they where. The gaily ways where always filled with odors of clogged plumbing and we devised a way to bypass some floors on the way to the dining room. Please put this ship out of it's mystery. Read Less