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    Denton, Texas
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    Reading, History, Travel, Politics, Astronomy
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Celebrity, Holland America
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Europe and Transatlantic

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  1. To me, one big difference was that Riviera has only one pool outside and Silhouette has 2 pools, an outside and a covered pool. That may not mean much to most, but I am very sensitive to the sun and greatly appreciate the covered pool on the Silhouette. I did not find the food on the Riviera to be substantially better than on the Silhouette, however my wife disagreed with me on that point. The Oceania buffet was less crowded that the Silhouette buffet but there were much more selections on the Silhouette. For me, the price difference between the Riviera and the Silhouette greatly favors the Silhouette, for the few differences.
  2. WE have sailed on both ships and like the Silhouette better. The Silhouette has a Hideaway near the Hump on Deck 8 which provides a quiet place to read and coffee & tea are available all day long. Very convenient for us, especially with a hump cabin on Deck 8. The Equinox has a special whisky tasting lounge on Deck 15 which few people know about. Ask at the liquor shop abot tastings if you are on the Equinox.
  3. We have stayed at the Royal Ramblas on a previous trip and will be staying there again before our next cruise on Nov. 13. The Royal Ramblas Hotel is right on the Ramblas, a great walking street. It is also quite close to the Placa Catalunya, where there are many restaurants and where the Airport bus stops (if you want to save a little money instead of taking a cab). It is easy to order a cab from the hotel to the port. The port of Barcelona is huge and even if you had a hotel near the port, walking to your ship would be quite a challenge. Also, another benefit of staying at the Royal Ramblas is that it is only a couple of doors down from a Carrefour Market. This is a great store which has just about everything one would want as last minute stuff to take on a cruise. They have a huge selection of wines and alcohol as well as sundries, food, water, snacks, etc. Make sure you check this place out.
  4. We have been on many Celebrity Cruises and always choose Select Dining with reservations at 6:30 PM each evening. On virtually every evening, we would be seated at a table for 2 with no waiting. The hostess always tried to seat us in the same area so we would have the benefit of the same waitstaff at each meal which i thought was an added bonus.
  5. Princess may be a good option if you are abandoning Celebrity. We found the food and dining room service was better, however the Anytime Dining management was atrocious. Less perks on Princess and the balcony rooms are smaller, with a chair instead of a sofa. The beds were excellent, but the bathroom was smaller and a not very good shower. This was the Island Princess, an older ship than S-class Celebrity. The library on Princess was much better than the poor libraries than Celebrity offers. The entertainment was about the same. The specialty restaurants are less expensive that Celebrity’s but we did not find a specialty restaurant that came close to Celebrity’s Murano. If you find a good itinerary on Princess at a good price,take it.
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