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  1. For many years I’ve been cruising vicariously with fellow CC's around the world and it has given me so much pleasure 😎 so it is now time for pay back…... again!! 😲 We cruised in August to Iceland a mere 47 days ago and in a little more than 24 hours we will be walking up the gangplank...... Last time we travelled with my DW and DD (20) in a Royal suite on the hump of deck 10, the same suite in fact that we had for 8 days to the Fjords the previous year. We were joined by my wonderful MiL who had an aft corner Sky suite on deck 9. I blogged ( “LIVE” Iceland & Ireland on Silhouette - The Suite Life - 11th August 2019 )In August as it was a family holiday we tended to meet up at Michaels at around 7pm have a pre-dinner drink then eat at around 8pm and finish off with a night cap back at Michaels. Don’t get me wrong it was great and we all enjoyed it but DW and I missed most of the shows, failed to get to the World Class bar, missed most of our opportunities to jive and only managed the Martini bar a couple of times. This cruise will be different 😎. We booked it just 6 weeks before we sailed in August and managed to get a really good price. Just a tad over one quarter of the price we paid for our Iceland cruise. We are two rather than three this time so we don’t need the xtra space of an RS so we are in a CS and it is only 11 days rather than 14. The plan is to to see most of the shows enjoy the the other bars dance and …… relax. Bags are packed, luggage tags attached, Express Passes and Parking Permit printed, Spookys gone to the Pussy hotel and the kindle is loaded. ........... So one last proper cocktail 🍸 then in the morning we set off. A “last word” seems appropriate…. 40ml, or about an ounce and a third for those not used to metric, each of Tanquery Ten, Green Chartreuse, Marachino and fresh lime. 🍸🍸🍸🍸🍸 😎 I will try to post our experiences and insights as they happen and answer any questions about the cruise I can... (and of course lay back and enjoy the cruise 🍸 )
  2. Hi All I signed up for the unlimited internet for this TA so I think I’ll try to do a running thread on the Cruise experience. I’ll try not to make it the ‘What I did this Summer’ running-type commentary, and work to make it handy for those interested in the ship (Silhouette), thé itinerary (15N TransAtlantic) and the ports of call (Southampton-NYC/overnight-Boston-Bermuda/overnight-Nassau-FLL). You can see the ports should be a good mix, and I’ll add some info on staying in England prior to the departure on 24 Oct. we are flying into Heathrow, arriving 18 Oct with the following itinerary: 18 Oct - Into Heathrow. rent car. Drive to Windsor (Don’t want a long drive after overnight flight) 18-19 Oct - In Windsor. Harte & Garter Hotel 19 Oct - Drive to Smugglers Restaurant and Inn, Penzance 19-21 Oct - Penzance and explore west Cornwall. 21 Oct - Drive to Hampshire Pig Inn Waterloo north of Southampton 21 - 24 Oct - Explore the area!! 24 Oct - turn car into Southampton Airport. And Board Ship! So if you are interested in some info on enjoying southern England prior to a cruise, the ship, an Atlantic crossing and so on, stand by. I’ll start posting probably 18 or 19 Oct, depending on the internet availability. May add a few comments as we prepare, giving ideas of how to pack for 3 weeks in such varying ports and weather with hotel/driving added. One answer: Add layering clothes for 10-11 days and Use ship Laundry! Den
  3. It's about time for another Gentleman's Seafaring Journal and luckily I have something to report - a Cruise to the Norwegian Fjords on my favorite ship. Here's the itinerary (well almost as gremlins have been at work since we (Norris and Carol- not the Royal "we") arrived home from London yesterday afternoon. There was a sea day to get back to Southampton and then a day spent in London before flying home to Chicago Monday September 9th- yesterday if my math is correct. Photos from those days will be seen once I can free up space on my laptop. So that's where we will be going as this unwinds day after day.... Norris
  4. Just looking at the deck plans and it appears Silhouette will now be "Revolutionized" between April and May 2020. We are cruising in March and the original schedule had her in dry dock in February. So we're really disappointed, as we thought we'd booked on a refreshed ship. Now it's likely everything will be ready to go into the recycling bin. This hasn't fully sunk in yet. Does anyone have information on this? So upset.
  5. Hi I and my wife (we are 35) we will be sailing next year in Europe, what is the average age?
  6. I know the cabins on the slant by the hump are rumoured to have larger balconies. Is #1249 one of those? I checked the S class spreadsheet but couldn't find any detail on that cabin. Thanks for any help provided.
  7. Without getting into the pros and cons of bottled water, could anyone tell me what is being offered for premium bottled water these days on the Silhouette? Spring water, still water, glass bottles? Hoping to avoid the newish "cartons" or "tin" containers. Any info?
  8. Is the guest chat feature on the Celebrity app available on Silhouette?
  9. I'm trying to decide between these three for the Norwegian Fjords. Which would you go with? I lean towards Apex. The only negative is that I would have to pull my kids out of school for that sailing because it is on May 3rd. Not a big deal because they are young (K and 1st grade) and in private school (so the school will work with me), but it is something to consider. Negative to the other two is the flights are about twice as much (for 4 of us to do a direct flight in June, it is as much as the cruise in a balcony or concierge) because flights double out of Houston to Europe after school gets out. I also have a slight preference for London simply because I am familiar with it and the airport and the flight is only 9 hours there and 10 back. I have cruised Carnival, RCCL and NCL, but never Celebrity. Carnival has a single cruise to the Fjords I'm looking at, too. I don't care anything about the trampoline parks and roller coasters, etc., but I do want a kids' club. At least according to the website, the Celebrity one looks nice and even talks about tailoring the events to the interest of the children on board. I liked that they had educational activities including "STEM" activities. My children are well-behaved and don't run about and act obnoxious, but I do want some time away from them.
  10. Hi all booked on the Silhouette Oct 2020 can anyone tell me if She is due for a refit early 2020. Thanks in advance Whatabot
  11. Groryjm pointed out in the Silhouette Revolution Info thread yesterday that the article that Gordencruikshank posted mentioned all new Sunset Suites to be added to the Silhouette. I mentioned that a new thread about this might be interesting - since no one has started it, here it is. This is the article Gordoncruikshank posted. There are some renditions of the new shaded area on the lawn. https://www.celebritycruises.co.uk/discover-magazine/news-events/celebrity-silhouette-revolution/ This was the wording - if you look under accommodation below, you can see that they plan to add "4 inside single cabins" and 4 "Sunset Suites". I think it's great that there are solo cabins - hope they are reasonably priced. I am really intrigued with the Sunset Suites - I am hoping they are aft suites and affordable for us. Has anyone heard where they might place these? There are 4 aft S2's on 12, but I'm not sure how much they could improve upon those to make them a new category. I suppose they could take 4 of the aft corner S1's and add the concierge cabin next door to make 4 larger suites. Hope someone here knows something! 🙂 I wonder if the other S Class revolutionized ships will have the same additions? "Celebrity Silhouette® - Revolution Upgrades Accomodation Staterooms stylishly refreshed with new bedding, drapes, balcony furniture, and more. Celebrity’s eXhale™ bedding featuring luxurious Cashmere℠ mattresses. 4 inside single staterooms designed with the solo traveler in mind. Four new Sunset Suites, featuring a luxurious, all-new design and access to the unparalleled services and amenities of The Retreat®, including the sundeck, lounge, and Luminae. The Retreat® - Exclusively for Suite Class guests All-new suite design and finishes by acclaimed design firm Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) The Retreat Sundeck, an exclusive open-air hideaway for suite guests designed by Kelly Hoppen, featuring a bar, hot tub, luxurious new cabanas, loungers, artwork, and more The Retreat Lounge (formerly Michael’s Club), an exclusive 24/7 lounge for Suite Class guests designed by Kelly Hoppen and offering complimentary beverages, gourmet bites, live entertainment, and concierge service Restaurants, Lounges & Public Spaces Craft Social (formerly Cellar Masters), a casual spot featuring more than 40 craft beers (and an expert to guide you through them), wine and cocktails on tap, comfort food favorites, flat-screen TVs, and inviting leather seating. An updated Lawn Club featuring eight refreshed Alcoves, an oversized outdoor movie screen, and a new shaded lounge area complete with banquette seating and hammocks. An upgraded Sunset Bar perfect for kicking back, sipping cocktails, and soaking up some of the best views aboard. Sleek new décor in Passport Bar. Digital Photo Gallery. "
  12. I am particularly interested to know what is available on sea days. Have any been posted here? Thanks Julie
  13. Subtitle: My (not so) short and (not necessarily always) sweet trip report on how we not only survived, but actually managed to thoroughly enjoy, 12 nights on a cruise ship packed with large (and sometime unruly) families, some questionable food (when did scrambled eggs come with au jus), and ridiculously tight slot machines (possibly a blessing in disguise as our 19-year-old is now completely disgusted with gambling). Well, we did it. Or, maybe more accurately, I did it. After planning for more than one year – and changing cruise lines, dates and itinerary in the midst of all that planning – we finally took our first cruise as a family of five. And I survived to tell you all about it. And since this board was tremendously, insanely helpful to me during my days of manic planning – as well as the days when I wanted to start my vacation NOW so I just ended up doing nothing at work except read trip report after trip report – I thought I would return the favor and post a detailed photo trip report of our two-week vacation. As with all other trip reports that I’ve read and learned from (shout-outs to Bimmer09, deladane, harryfat1, mitsugirly, Noreen411 and gambee for being my inspirations and for having kept me entertained for so many hours these past months), I welcome any / all questions and comments, so please feel free to jump in anytime! OK, so let’s get started … WHO and WHY – First, a bit about us and how we ended up deciding on a cruise for our next big family vacation. We are a family of five – my husband is not a planner and kind of goes with the flow. In other words, if I leave it up to him to decide on our next vacation, we’d go nowhere. I am the opposite – I plan everything like General Eisenhower planning the invasion of Normandy. I also not-so-secretly think the research portion of our vacations may be more fun than the actual trip itself, so I spend tons of time before any vacation reading up on where we will be going and what we will be doing. We have three children: Our oldest daughter is 19 and a sophomore in college; our middle daughter is 16 and a junior in high school; and our youngest daughter (the “oops” or “surprise” or “what the @#$%^?!?!” – take your pick) is an eight-year-old third grader. Yes, my poor husband is stuck with four females at home. Even the dog is a bitc … er, girl. So, back to our vacation. How did we get here anyway? Well, it all began in early 2017. Our oldest would be graduating from high school that spring and she wanted to go to Paris or Hawaii for her graduation trip. My husband and I laughed and laughed and laughed – starting in January when she came up with the idea up until March, when we stopped to take a breath and asked her to pick a location that would not force both / either of us to sell a kidney in order to afford it. Now, before you start feeling sorry for this already-entitled post-millennial (Gen Z?), consider that she has already been to Europe almost 10 times in her life, traveled to Asia, been on one Celebrity cruise, taken three trips to Disney World, been on a handful of vacations to Mexico, and taken various trips around the US with the most awesome family ever. Yeah, don’t cry for her, Argentina or anyone else. So, she ended up picking California for our family vacation that summer instead. That was much more doable for us. I started my usual anal planning and had everything set – a two-week trip that would start in San Francisco for a few days, then a drive down the Pacific Coast Highway to southern California, where we’d finish up with time spent in Palm Springs and Los Angeles. It was gearing up to be a pretty cool road trip. Then, the doo-doo hit the fan at my husband’s work and he could not take the entire two weeks off in late June / early July. We had two options – I could take the kids on my own on this two-week vacation, or we could all go but cut our trip down to just six days. I thought about it for all of half-a-second – did I want to fly across the country with two teens and a six-year-old and drive the length of California all by myself, with no help from another adult and with three kids in tow, or did we just want to do a relaxing, albeit shorter, vacation with all of us together as a family. I obviously, being of sound mind and body, chose the latter, which is why I am still sane and sober today. However, I did put the serious guilt trip on my husband. YOU RUINED MY SUMMER VACATION! YOU OWE ME! Being the good husband that he is – and truly frightened for his life that he slept with one eye open for a few nights – he told me our next vacation could be whatever I planned and he would go along with it. Really? Whatever I planned? Hmmm … #famouslastwords … So, after we got back from our almost-week-long vacation in San Francisco – which was fab, thank you very much, even though it was 65 degrees and foggy pretty much every single day despite it being FRIGGIN’ SUMMER – and once the kids were back in school and we had shipped our oldest off for her first year of college, I started planning our summer vacation for 2018. I asked the kids what they wanted to do and, among the tons of ideas tossed about, one comment from our youngest daughter stood out: “How about a cruise?” Her sisters joined in … “Yeah, why can’t we go on a cruise?” “That last one we did was GREAT!” Hmmm … a cruise. Interesting concept. We had gone on a Celebrity cruise more than 10 years ago – on the GALAXY!! – when we were still a family of four and the two oldest ones were 7 and 4 years of age. It was my husband and the two kids’ first cruise; it was my third. For some reason, after that cruise, I had never given it any further thought as another vacation option for us; not really sure why because we had all loved it. However, better late than never, and an idea was born for our 2018 family vacation … Linda
  14. Lots of questions We've never stayed in a rear cabin before - 9303 & 9307 on the Silhouette are available - I'm hoping it will be a good choice to see the views on a Norwegian Fjords Cruise Are these cabins a good choice? I've noticed they have connecting doors are they similar to the 'outer' doors on the Solstice class of ships i.e. there won't be a connecting door inside the actual cabin? Does anyone have any photos of these cabins? I've had a look at the S Class Cabin information section & no comments have been posted for these 2 cabins Any advice will be appreciated
  15. Anyone know who will be the CD on the Silhouette in December 2019 ?
  16. I'm not sure if this is out there or not since I haven't been following closely, but didn't see it with a quick search. It was dated 8/5 so thought there might be some new info. If it is out there, please ignore. Highlights: -Retreat Sundeck to have hot tub, ADA Access -Retreat Lounge - Hoppen -All brand new suites - completely redesigned suites by HBA, NOT Hoppen -5 new Signature suites and 1 Reflection suite -Additional all new staterooms - insides on 6 and 9 in Centrum area -Refreshed staterooms - new veranda furniture, linens, bedskirts, terry, drapes, mattress, myTV, RFID -New veranda and pool furniture -Redesigned Sunset Bar -Redesigned Retail -Craft Social -Lawn Club - new tops and furniture for Alcoves and Bocce Court Grass replaced with new shaded seating area -Refreshed Passport Bar -Sky Lounge - new carpets, seating, tables
  17. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/cruises/articles/taster-cruise-celebrity-cruises/ A very favourable review of two day cruise - except dining room food. Telegraph requires a subscription so don’t know if you can read it all.
  18. I was just notified that the Silhouette cruises on November 22nd, December 1st and December 13th are changing some of their ports from Ft. Lauderdale to Miami. See the info received below. Dear Valued Travel Partner, We look forward to welcoming your clients aboard Celebrity Silhouette® for our Southern Caribbean Cruises departing from Ft. Lauderdale on November 22nd, December 1st and December 13th 2019. But first, we have some important information we would like you to share. Due to a port scheduling error, the Celebrity Silhouette will now need to facilitate guest embarkation/debarkation in Miami (PortMiami,) not Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades,) on Sunday, December 1st and Friday, December 13th Our port of embarkation, on November 22nd, in Fort Lauderdale will remain the same.
  19. Just recieved a message from my agent informing me that "due to a Port scheduling error", we are now sailing and returning from Miami and not Fort Lauderdale for our 1st December Silhouette sailing. The letter from Celebrity says they will provide shuttles to Miami for people who are due to arrive on the 1st and leave on the 13th, however, many of us on the Roll call are arriving on the 30th and have hotels booked, will we be able to use the shuttle service? Our return flight is at 11.50 which due to the close proximity of the airport in fort Lauderdale was not an issue, I do hope Celebrity will be able to transfer us back from Miami in time. Hotel and flights booked and paid for and unfortunately are non-refundable.Hopefully they can sort the logistics of accomodating everyones travel plans. Its really taken the shine off my much looked forward to holiday. 😞
  20. I read that the hurricane in the Bahamas may affect dry docks scheduled for Grand Bahamas Shipyard. Can someone tell me if the Celebrity Silhouette dry dock in Jan. 2020 is/was scheduled to take place there, and, if so, if anyone knows the status? We have a cruise booked on the to-be-refurbished Silhouette for Feb. 23, 2020.
  21. We returned yesterday from a one week cruise on Celebrity Silhouette to Norway. I will be posting a full review in the near future but just a few comments in advance of that. We had a really excellent cruise - our second Celebrity cruise and was thoroughly enjoyable. The trip got off to a very good start with the smoothest embarkation we have had in all our many cruises. We actually left home 55 miles away (on the south coast near Worthing) at 0845 on sailing day and were parked, checked in and onboard by 1030! Amazing. The embarkation day lunch in the restaurant was most enjoyable and set the scene for a week of outstanding food. We were on Select Dining but had been unable to get the times we preferred in advance, around 1930 – 1945, obviously the peak time. A quick visit to the charming Maître D’ managed to link our booking with that of our daughter and son-in-law who were with us and we were given the time we wanted. Indeed every night we were placed on the same table for four with the same wonderful waiters so it was almost fixed time dining, but at 1945 as opposed to the 1800 (too early for us) or 2030 sittings (too late). As mentioned above, the food was outstanding. Our cabin was a Concierge Class Balcony on deck 9, nicely located near the central lifts and we were very well looked after by the steward. The cabin was fine with absolutely no noise from anywhere. The entertainment on Celebrity is not really our scene but not an issue as we don’t cruise for the shows - I must add they were very well received on the times we glanced into the theatre. What we did love was the music in the bars – we found the delightful Ensemble Lounge on our first walk round the ship and went there very evening before dinner. There were about 5 different musical performers ranging from a five piece band through classical to a brilliant country singer/guitarist and they were all really good. The drinks service in the Ensemble Lounge (and everywhere on the ship) was excellent and although we did wonder whether it might be a little slow as everyone appeared to have a drinks package, the staff were forever coming round topping the drinks up. As for the ship itself, we really liked it – very easy to get around and everything in good order despite a refit approaching soon. Anything we did not like? As regular Celebrity cruisers will know, many of the bars are “walk through” areas - in the case of the Ensemble Lounge through to three restaurants at the far end so there were often many people walking through the lounge. We do prefer “enclosed” rooms but we knew the set up in advance so it was not a problem. The only other thing we did not like was having lunch one day in the restaurant at a table for two – it was next to two other tables for two. The waiter took the orders from the three tables – we just wanted a main course but the people on the other tables also had two starters each and we had to wait until they had finished them before getting our only course. The waiter was quite put out when I asked for our mains 25 minutes after he had served the first starter at the adjacent table. A very small point but either it is a table for 2 and served accordingly or, due to the closeness of tables, it is a table for 6 with everyone served together. Ignoring that trivial event we loved the cruise and had a great week. The weather was a bit mixed (heavy rain in Stavanger) but was largely dry in wonderful Flam and Alesund – such gorgeous ports. We have never been that keen on Bergen which is a lot more built up – the Bryggen area with the old timber houses is lovely, though, and the view from the top of the funicular is good. Not our favourite port though by a long way, others of course may have a different view. So that is a few ramblings on an excellent week and it all finished with the smoothest disembarkation ever – still in the cabin asleep at 0630 and home by 0945, including a relaxed breakfast onboard! Celebrity really do have the first and last day processes down to a fine art – and everything in between was pretty darn good as well! Hope this might have been of some interest. Kind regards. Peter
  22. HELP ME IF YOU CAN. My family and I will be cruising on Celebrity Silhouette for Thanksgiving. *So Excited* I was looking for dailies. If anyone has them in pdfs, please share! Celebrity Today seems hard to come by in these forums. I generally cruise RCCL, and the cruise compass is usually easy to find. If you've been on this ship/itinerary, please consider helping a girl out! Thanks in advance 😃
  23. This may sound trivial, I'm just curious. Anybody know what brand televisions are used on the Silhouette ? Thanx
  24. For many years cruising vicariously with fellow CC's around the world has given me so much pleasure 😎 so it is now it is pay back time. We booked this cruise in December 2017 some mere 600 days ago so as you can imagine I have been building up the excitement for a while and in a little more than 24 hours we will be walking up the gangplank...... I am travelling with my DW and DD (20) in a Royal suite on the hump of deck 10, the same suite in fact that we had last year for 8 days to the Fjords. We will be joined by my wonderful MiL who has an aft corner Sky suite on deck 9. I experimented last year with my GoPro to get some speeded up videos of the journeys in and out of the fjords and plan to try the same as we go up to Iceland and perhaps catch the Northern Lights. I know it is still early but the lights occur all year round but can only been seen when it is dark which it may just be enough as we cross the Arctic Circle. Suit cases are down and packing has commenced 😎, though to be honest the “Cruise Box” has been on the kitchen table and filling up for weeks now. My DD brought her things down yesterday as she is abandoning that chore (pleasure) to us and spending the day before sailing at Surrey Pride with her girlfriend I will try to post our experiences and insights as they happen and answer any questions about the cruise I can... (and of course lay back and enjoy the cruise 🍾🥂🍹🍸🍷 ) For those interested I have counted down the last twelve days to sailaway in cocktails here - Countdown to a cruise in cocktails 1 day 9 hours and 17 mins until boarding commences
  25. Just thought I would share this as a heads up for those on our sailing. We just received a letter from our travel agent informing us that the Silhouette will be sailing to and from Miami instead of Ft Lauderdale due to a scheduling error. They are offering transfers to and from the airport in Ft Lauderdale to the port in Miami. I will be calling to request our transfers. We are flying in on Thursday (Thanksgiving Day) to be with family and the ship sails on Sunday, 12/1. Hopefully this is not too much of an inconvenience for passengers given that it is the busiest travel weekend of the year. Must be a logistical nightmare for Celebrity. Regardless, we can't wait to be on that beautiful ship!!
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