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Unpacked, final load of laundry drying, so time to write the review. Overall a great Thanksgiving week in the Eastern Caribbean. I have written this based on my opinions and comments made by my wife and two others traveling in our party. This was our 6th Thanksgiving Cruise the four of us have taken together, previous five on Carnival, so our first with Celebrity. We flew into Ft. Lauderdale on Saturday and spent the day seeing family and just relaxing. Since we a had a rental car I returned it on Sunday morning and took the free shuttle to the port. That was a mistake. The bus was really full, we dropped off after the Allure and had to pick up people getting off the Allure and going to the airport. The shuttle to almost an hour for a 10 minute ride. Next time 10 bucks and straight to the ship. Lots of construction in the port area so give yourself plenty of time. Embarkation: A breeze for us. My wife had brought the luggage to the ship (road with family and new grandbaby) and the luggage was unloaded from the car and she never saw the bags again until they arrived in our room around 230 that afternoon. I arrived a little later and at approx. 12:35 we entered the bldg to start the process and by 12:45 we were on the ship upgrading our drink packages. No problems, no issues, friendly staff members, a great way to start the vacation. The Ship: The ship is beautiful, that sums it up. We walked around and got our bearings and waited for our room to be ready. They said 1 and at 1:02 the doors opened and we were inside our room and standing on the balcony. Our room attendant introduced himself and his assistant and we could not have been happier. All week, everything we asked for was delivered by the room staff. From there we met family in the buffet dining room for a quick snack. The food was plentiful and very good. I made my wife a cheese and cracker tray and she raved about the cheese and how peaceful everything was. We were not seated with our two family members at the early dining so I made a trip to see the dining room staff. We were placed together immediately and given a very nice table for 4. Leaving port is always exciting, and this time was as well. Someone got proposed to in large letters being held up at a condo as we left port and the vacation had begun. Dining: We had early dining and ate in the main dining room 6 out of 7 nights. We were very happy with the food, service, and the overall dining experience. My brother in law has diet restrictions and they filled his every wish to include low carb cheesecake every night. The glasses stayed full of wine and bottled water and just a very pleasant experience. We ate in the same dining room most breakfasts and lunches. Also very good and very relaxing. Monday and Friday were formal nights and we just did Friday. Monday night we ate in the Tuscun Italian Grill. Can not say enough great things about the Tuscun. Great food and the service was wonderful. Everyone felt the 45 dollars was a fair price and much better than the fine dining on Carnival for 35. The spa dining (smoothies and healthy foods) was very good and as named, located just outside the spa. We had breakfast there a few times and it was very good. The burger and dog grill was excellent. You have to be a little patient, but worth the wait. The hot dogs are delicious and the service was very good. It is located right above the main pool and it does get a little busy around noon so you must be a little patient or wait until the line goes down before heading that way. The only time we ate in the buffet was shortly after getting on the ship and I had lunch there on Saturday at the Grand Buffet with the ice carvings and huge food and desserts selections. The dessert section looked like some of the crimes scenes that I have investigated. People, not worth the verbal assaults and rudeness over cheesecake. Saw several examples of the "Angry American" in this area. Somewhat disturbing but sadly to say, not shocking. Bars and Package: We upgraded our including drink package to the premium package. Best decision made all week. The free bottled water and the smoothies easily paid for the upgrade. Unlimited Evian waters and sparkling water at dinner was nice. I spent every afternoon at the Sunset Bar (cigar smoker). The bar was very nice and the drinks and service was very good. The wind really blows in the area on sea days and you had to pick your cigar spot carefully. No issues, all great. The martini bar was also a great experience. Good drinks, fun bartenders, and one of the dance and party crowd gathering points during the cruise. My evening home was the Molecular Bar. Heaven on the ship. I can not say enough about the three working behind the bar and how wonderful they truly were. All the drinks are included in the upgraded package or I would giving plasma today to pay my bar bill. A must visit for those who enjoy a wonderful cocktail and loads of fun. Entertainment: We did several shows and they were very good. I did not make the late night comedian act but was told by cigars buddies that it was very good. Seemed to always be a band playing or a game around the pool going on. Enjoy what you want and walk by what you don't, you're on vacation. Pool and Spa: I enjoyed the pool area and my wife really enjoyed her two spa treatments. The indoor adult pool was very nice and very relaxing. The main pool was more alive with kids and louder music and was also enjoyed. Never felt overcrowded and chairs were plentiful and while a few were saved it was not a problem like it was on Carnival. Missing San Juan: This was our first disappointment of the cruise. The Captain came on the PA around 10 on Monday and stated that we were going to be a little late getting into San Juan but he would not commit to a time. He stated this was due to unexpected strong headwinds. I told my wife that since we were going 17 knots and from what we had left to get to San Juan, it just wasn't happening. The Capt came on around 1 and stated that he had made the decision to bypass San Juan and head straight to St. Kitts. While I understand the strong winds (they were strong) I also blame the propulsion problems that this ship is having and will continue to have until Jan when it gets dry docked for repairs. When I first read about these problems several months ago I called my TA to discuss cancelling this cruise. She called the Celebrity rep who emphatically stated this was a known problem and in no way would effect the cruise or the ports visited. Well IT did. Strong winds, full power and we enjoy a evening in Old San Juan. Strong winds, less power to one engine, no Old Town. Sad but dealing with Celebrity on this now. Doggie Lunch: This was a first and somewhat troubling in a few regards. There were two service dogs on the cruise and were very well behaved. One of the dogs was a small dog that was pushed around all week inside a stroller and wore diamond studded collars and hair bows. On Friday afternoon as we entered the main dining room for lunch we observed the dog's owner, could not miss very very large red hat, sitting at her table and next to her, in a chair was the dog. I thought WOW, a dog in the dining room, in a person chair, at the table having lunch. In front of the dog on the table was a large silver doggie water dish in which the dog seemed to be having a post lunch drink. I know dogs are a clean animal and I understand the ADA laws but come on Celebrity, you squirted my hands three times a day before dining with hand sanitizer but yet you let a dog eat and drink from a a dining room table while sitting in a chair. The next a we asked the Maitre D about he dog and he stated he saw nothing and it would not have occurred if he had seen it. Well he was lying, he walked by the table several times and did nothing. Very sad. We Are Out of That: Also disturbing was the amount of times in which we were told the ship was out of items. Towards the end of the week there was no cream cheese, milk for morning for morning cereal, many mixes for the drinks, certain sodas, and other items. This should not happen and the staff seemed somewhat embarrassed to have to tell the customers they could not get what they ordered or wanted. Debarkation: What a mess. You would think this was the very first time they ever did this. We self carried off the ship from the 10th deck. After a 15 minute wait and no elevators, at the time we were told to use the elevators (7-7:30), we just humped the six bags down the stairs. Once off the ship it is a long walk to customs and while we are not in great shape, I am sure others had a difficult time on the walk to customs. Customs went great. Follow directions, have your paperwork out and don't be funny. They have a serious job and lots of folks to get through. Overall: We had a great time. Sorry for such a long post but I know I read several post before cruising and I hope it helps someone like others helped me. This is not a Carnival cruise. The age and demeanor of the passengers was much more in-lined with what we were looking for and for that reason we will be back on Celebrity. I wish everyone a wonderful Holiday Season, God Bless, and Safe Travels.

Overall Great, With a Few Hiccups

Celebrity Silhouette Cruise Review by tysver

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2014
  • Destination: Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Concierge Class
Unpacked, final load of laundry drying, so time to write the review. Overall a great Thanksgiving week in the Eastern Caribbean. I have written this based on my opinions and comments made by my wife and two others traveling in our party. This was our 6th Thanksgiving Cruise the four of us have taken together, previous five on Carnival, so our first with Celebrity.
We flew into Ft. Lauderdale on Saturday and spent the day seeing family and just relaxing. Since we a had a rental car I returned it on Sunday morning and took the free shuttle to the port. That was a mistake. The bus was really full, we dropped off after the Allure and had to pick up people getting off the Allure and going to the airport. The shuttle to almost an hour for a 10 minute ride. Next time 10 bucks and straight to the ship. Lots of construction in the port area so give yourself plenty of time.
Embarkation: A breeze for us. My wife had brought the luggage to the ship (road with family and new grandbaby) and the luggage was unloaded from the car and she never saw the bags again until they arrived in our room around 230 that afternoon. I arrived a little later and at approx. 12:35 we entered the bldg to start the process and by 12:45 we were on the ship upgrading our drink packages. No problems, no issues, friendly staff members, a great way to start the vacation.
The Ship: The ship is beautiful, that sums it up. We walked around and got our bearings and waited for our room to be ready. They said 1 and at 1:02 the doors opened and we were inside our room and standing on the balcony. Our room attendant introduced himself and his assistant and we could not have been happier. All week, everything we asked for was delivered by the room staff. From there we met family in the buffet dining room for a quick snack. The food was plentiful and very good. I made my wife a cheese and cracker tray and she raved about the cheese and how peaceful everything was. We were not seated with our two family members at the early dining so I made a trip to see the dining room staff. We were placed together immediately and given a very nice table for 4. Leaving port is always exciting, and this time was as well. Someone got proposed to in large letters being held up at a condo as we left port and the vacation had begun.
Dining: We had early dining and ate in the main dining room 6 out of 7 nights. We were very happy with the food, service, and the overall dining experience. My brother in law has diet restrictions and they filled his every wish to include low carb cheesecake every night. The glasses stayed full of wine and bottled water and just a very pleasant experience. We ate in the same dining room most breakfasts and lunches. Also very good and very relaxing. Monday and Friday were formal nights and we just did Friday. Monday night we ate in the Tuscun Italian Grill. Can not say enough great things about the Tuscun. Great food and the service was wonderful. Everyone felt the 45 dollars was a fair price and much better than the fine dining on Carnival for 35. The spa dining (smoothies and healthy foods) was very good and as named, located just outside the spa. We had breakfast there a few times and it was very good. The burger and dog grill was excellent. You have to be a little patient, but worth the wait. The hot dogs are delicious and the service was very good. It is located right above the main pool and it does get a little busy around noon so you must be a little patient or wait until the line goes down before heading that way. The only time we ate in the buffet was shortly after getting on the ship and I had lunch there on Saturday at the Grand Buffet with the ice carvings and huge food and desserts selections. The dessert section looked like some of the crimes scenes that I have investigated. People, not worth the verbal assaults and rudeness over cheesecake. Saw several examples of the "Angry American" in this area. Somewhat disturbing but sadly to say, not shocking.
Bars and Package: We upgraded our including drink package to the premium package. Best decision made all week. The free bottled water and the smoothies easily paid for the upgrade. Unlimited Evian waters and sparkling water at dinner was nice. I spent every afternoon at the Sunset Bar (cigar smoker). The bar was very nice and the drinks and service was very good. The wind really blows in the area on sea days and you had to pick your cigar spot carefully. No issues, all great. The martini bar was also a great experience. Good drinks, fun bartenders, and one of the dance and party crowd gathering points during the cruise. My evening home was the Molecular Bar. Heaven on the ship. I can not say enough about the three working behind the bar and how wonderful they truly were. All the drinks are included in the upgraded package or I would giving plasma today to pay my bar bill. A must visit for those who enjoy a wonderful cocktail and loads of fun.
Entertainment: We did several shows and they were very good. I did not make the late night comedian act but was told by cigars buddies that it was very good. Seemed to always be a band playing or a game around the pool going on. Enjoy what you want and walk by what you don't, you're on vacation.
Pool and Spa: I enjoyed the pool area and my wife really enjoyed her two spa treatments. The indoor adult pool was very nice and very relaxing. The main pool was more alive with kids and louder music and was also enjoyed. Never felt overcrowded and chairs were plentiful and while a few were saved it was not a problem like it was on Carnival.
Missing San Juan: This was our first disappointment of the cruise. The Captain came on the PA around 10 on Monday and stated that we were going to be a little late getting into San Juan but he would not commit to a time. He stated this was due to unexpected strong headwinds. I told my wife that since we were going 17 knots and from what we had left to get to San Juan, it just wasn't happening. The Capt came on around 1 and stated that he had made the decision to bypass San Juan and head straight to St. Kitts. While I understand the strong winds (they were strong) I also blame the propulsion problems that this ship is having and will continue to have until Jan when it gets dry docked for repairs. When I first read about these problems several months ago I called my TA to discuss cancelling this cruise. She called the Celebrity rep who emphatically stated this was a known problem and in no way would effect the cruise or the ports visited. Well IT did. Strong winds, full power and we enjoy a evening in Old San Juan. Strong winds, less power to one engine, no Old Town. Sad but dealing with Celebrity on this now.
Doggie Lunch: This was a first and somewhat troubling in a few regards. There were two service dogs on the cruise and were very well behaved. One of the dogs was a small dog that was pushed around all week inside a stroller and wore diamond studded collars and hair bows. On Friday afternoon as we entered the main dining room for lunch we observed the dog's owner, could not miss very very large red hat, sitting at her table and next to her, in a chair was the dog. I thought WOW, a dog in the dining room, in a person chair, at the table having lunch. In front of the dog on the table was a large silver doggie water dish in which the dog seemed to be having a post lunch drink. I know dogs are a clean animal and I understand the ADA laws but come on Celebrity, you squirted my hands three times a day before dining with hand sanitizer but yet you let a dog eat and drink from a a dining room table while sitting in a chair. The next a we asked the Maitre D about he dog and he stated he saw nothing and it would not have occurred if he had seen it. Well he was lying, he walked by the table several times and did nothing. Very sad.
We Are Out of That: Also disturbing was the amount of times in which we were told the ship was out of items. Towards the end of the week there was no cream cheese, milk for morning for morning cereal, many mixes for the drinks, certain sodas, and other items. This should not happen and the staff seemed somewhat embarrassed to have to tell the customers they could not get what they ordered or wanted.
Debarkation: What a mess. You would think this was the very first time they ever did this. We self carried off the ship from the 10th deck. After a 15 minute wait and no elevators, at the time we were told to use the elevators (7-7:30), we just humped the six bags down the stairs. Once off the ship it is a long walk to customs and while we are not in great shape, I am sure others had a difficult time on the walk to customs. Customs went great. Follow directions, have your paperwork out and don't be funny. They have a serious job and lots of folks to get through.
Overall: We had a great time. Sorry for such a long post but I know I read several post before cruising and I hope it helps someone like others helped me. This is not a Carnival cruise. The age and demeanor of the passengers was much more in-lined with what we were looking for and for that reason we will be back on Celebrity. I wish everyone a wonderful Holiday Season, God Bless, and Safe Travels.
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The room was wonderful, a bit smaller than Carnival but a better layout. The bathroom was 10x better then Carnival with the extra room and nicer products. They don't bring ice everyday but if you ask, it will be delivered to your cabin twice a day. Couldn't have been happier with the cabin
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