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    Celebrity Silhouette Caribbean Cruise

    Celebrity Silhouette Cruise Review

    12 Days, Caribbean.


    Day 0 January 16, 2012

    Our ship sails tomorrow from Bayonne NJ which is a 7 hour drive from Montreal.
    We could do it in one day. In fact we did our first cruise from there by leaving very early in the morning. However since it is winter and freezing rain is forecast we decided to take it easy and split the journey into two stopping overnight in Albany NY leaving us a relaxing three hour drive for tomorrow. So we finished packing and left just after lunch, driving and listening to the soundtrack from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard. We arrived at our pre-booked motel right at a highway exit for convenience at around 5 pm.
    The motel lobby seemed in somewhat of a disarray, it was in the process of a clean up since a pipe had burst not long ago and flooded the place. The staff did not appear to be expecting anyone. Luckily our room was unaffected directly except we had to use an old fashioned key instead of a swipecard since their machine had been affected. The room was small but cosy. Across the road was a large mall where we decided to go for supper. It had a Friendly’s, a favourite of ours for it’s fish and chips and ice cream (not together). However it was closed down. Then we saw Arthur Teacher’s with a Union Jack logo advertising fish and chips. Never having tried this we gave it a go. The fish tasted like it came out of a frozen box and was heated in a microwave. It probably was. We will not be doing that again.
    The night was young and there was a big movie complex in the mall. We check out what was showing and chose The Artist. I had read good reviews of this movie. It was 99% silent and all in Black and White. It was enthralling. A simple story but engaging characters, highly recommended. It’s story somewhat resonated with elements from Sunset Boulevard.
    When we came out it had snowed and there was a strong cold wind as we walked back to the motel. It was nice and warm inside and we lay down to a good nights sleep listening to the sound of snow plows.

    Don't worry this will become a cruise review with pictures soon.
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    Day 1 January 17

    We were up at 8 but because of the burst pipe the breakfast we would have had was reduced to coffee and a doughnut. We decided to skip it and hit the road. We stopped at service area on I-87 for a Starbuck’s coffee and a muffin. Our Tom-Tom GPS lead us directly to the laceType w:st="on">CapelaceType> laceName w:st="on">LibertylaceName> cruise terminal. This reliance on a GPS has severely degraded my map reading and navigation skills. We breezed through the check-in in less than20 minutes. And entered our first ever balcony cabin. It was spacious. I didn’t compare the square footage with our past inside and oceanview cabins but it certainly seemed a lot bigger even without the balcony. Pictures are below and are worth several words. The bags hadn’t arrived yet , not surprising since we boarded so quickly, so we climbed the stairs to deck 14 where the Oceanview Café was situated. Very well laid out buffet, with lots of choices of course several different islands to circulate around. We had Indian food, this was a bit of a surprise since I don’t usually like it, guess I was just following Gill. It often saves me thinking. Anyway I enjoyed it since it wasn’t too spicy. At the drinks station I mixed half iced tea with fruit juice. I had learned to do this on my last Celebrity cruise. Very refreshing and not too sweet.

    Having taken on enough fuel it was time to get acquainted with the ship. What a beauty, everywhere we went was a treat for the eyes. All past ships were very nice but this stood out as something more in its design and open spaces, very modern designs. There will be pictures as we go through the days rather than throw them in all at once. One especially nice area was on our 7th deck. Called The Hideaway. It has a coffee/tea station and lots of varieties of seating including 60’s style ‘egg’ chairs. I heard this was not on the sister ships. We liked it a lot. It became my ‘local’. I tend to check out the dance floors. The Sky lounge had a beautiful , large and round. The whole lounge was beautiful. If I hadn’t had a balcony I would have spent time in here in the day reading and looking out, well if we had had bad weather that is. I will have to pick a cold weather cruise and an inside cabin so I can hang out in Sky all day when not attending all the Celebrity Life activities. Back to the cabin to check on the bags , which had arrived , unpacked just in time for the muster drill. Our location was the theatre. We didn’t need our life vests. We just watched a guy on stage do it. Hope he is available if we hit a rock. During the Drill the Captain addressed us about the Costa Concordia sinking. He assured us that cruising is the safest way to travel. I always thought that it was flying.

    We are on the Celebrity Select Dining option, where we can go at anytime. Even so we tend to go early and around the same time, between 6 and 6 30. In the 12 nights of dining in Grand Cuvee restaurant, I would say we were never more than three minutes waiting to be seated. Another benefit of this style is that you get to meet so many different people. We sat with different people virtually every night, except for two nights where we had a table for two. Tonight it was a table for four with Phyllis and Carol from New Jersey. We met these ladies intermittently throughout the cruise and were the last people we said goodbye to as we left the ship.
    Before the show we passed the Grand Foyer where live music was playing and danced several dances. The show was a typical welcome aboard sampling of upcoming acts. They were all very good. This boded well. The Theatre was big and beautiful, good sight lines with only a few blocking pillars. After the show we strolled past the shops and the casino. All inside areas and even room balconies are non smoking. I heard some smokers were spotted on the open decks once.
    Looked in at the Quazar Disco, very nice décor and large dance floor. There was nothing going on there at that moment. Back to the Grand Foyer for more dancing then up to the Sky lounge to listen to an acapella group, quite good.
    This was followed by a contest between two halves of the room to ‘name that tune’ trivia . Our side won by a million points. Then they opened the floor for dancing for us. We went to bed about midnight quite exhausted.

    pics to follow next.
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    Tony! Looking forward to your pictures!
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    Looking forward to reading the rest of your review. We absolutely LOVED the Eclipse! And would love to do the Silhouette. Hope you tried the specialty restaurants - we found them to be wonderful, especially the Qsine.

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    Tony, thanks for all the work you will put into this report. I know it will be fabulous
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    Thanks Tony looking forward to the rest of your review. Pictures of your cabin are great, and the cabin looked very nice.

    One question, have you been to the Caribbean before?
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