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Can't say enough about the itinerary, staff, food and condition of the ship! All were terrific! We had sailed on Silhouette during its first year and didn't like the service near as much. Captain Dimitrios K. is so friendly and entertaining. This was a great way for us to visit Israel and other great ports and we would definitely do it again! Felt very safe there as well as in Ephesus Turkey. Only point for improvement: better communication to guests re how to exit the Ashdod port. We were told there was a mandatory daily $20/person shuttle only upon our disembarking the ship, and that since the last shuttle was about 9:30pm, you wouldn't be able to get back through the high security port system to return to the ship if you wanted to stay out later. That sort of defeated the benefits of the ship staying in Ashdod overnight. Later we found out we could have taxied it for $10 each way (total for two of us) and I assume that would have meant we could have stayed out later. Might end up being cheaper to take ship excursions taking this into consideration (we had a private tour arranged, but had to meet them outside the port).

Fantastic cruise to Mediterranean / Israel

Celebrity Silhouette Cruise Review by LarryTsingos

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2016
  • Destination: Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: AquaClass
Can't say enough about the itinerary, staff, food and condition of the ship! All were terrific! We had sailed on Silhouette during its first year and didn't like the service near as much. Captain Dimitrios K. is so friendly and entertaining. This was a great way for us to visit Israel and other great ports and we would definitely do it again! Felt very safe there as well as in Ephesus Turkey. Only point for improvement: better communication to guests re how to exit the Ashdod port. We were told there was a mandatory daily $20/person shuttle only upon our disembarking the ship, and that since the last shuttle was about 9:30pm, you wouldn't be able to get back through the high security port system to return to the ship if you wanted to stay out later. That sort of defeated the benefits of the ship staying in Ashdod overnight. Later we found out we could have taxied it for $10 each way (total for two of us) and I assume that would have meant we could have stayed out later. Might end up being cheaper to take ship excursions taking this into consideration (we had a private tour arranged, but had to meet them outside the port).
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Cabin Review

AquaClass
Cabin A1 1522
Big room for disabled, although neither of us are. 1.5 times bigger than normal. We loved being assigned this room by Celebrity and would love it again! Balcony also extra wide. Quiet location, close to steps going to spa and quiet area at front of ship where you can get a morning tea in your robe. Only issue is the shower. Wish there was a drain catch running along floor in front of shower since water can end up flooding entire bathroom. After a few days we got smart and used two beach towels on top of each other as a way of "damming" up the water.
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