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HI! What was your room number?

 

 

Yay! On the ship. Finally. The lines were terrible. Not sure why, but everyone said they waited longer than they were used to. Of course, we arrived at 12:30 PM. A busy time in general.

 

We are in AquaClass (A1) this trip so cabin pictures are below. Muster drill starting in 15 minutes, so be back later.

 

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We found that the new card holder is useless. Why carry an added piece of nothing just to hold your card. The older style would contain your sea pass, CC, and ID along with cash.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can you share the burger in the Grill? It looks rather large for one person, at least for us as it would be our total calorie intake for the day and not leave any calories for drinks.

 

 

 

 

 

It looks as if you have a large balcony. Seeing that is it really worth getting a alcove instead of sitting on and enjoying your balcony? I am asking because we have cabin 2106 (also AQ) booked and it has a large balcony on the slant with easy access to the bars and we can always get room service. We don’t want to be in the sun ( malanoma ) and don’t need to be where the “action” is or be seen.

 

 

 

I am enjoying your experience and confirms my choice of cruise and ship.

 

 

 

Thanks for answering my question

 

 

 

Happy cruising [emoji305][emoji924][emoji631][emoji560]

 

 

 

First, you could absolutely share a burger. In fact, Mark and I agreed it would probably be better to have the salad, share a burger, and then decide whether to eat your own dessert or share. Just keep in mind that the same cover charge would still apply. They were offering 30% discounts even for lunch on the first two days of our cruise.

 

 

To answer your second question, we have your exact balcony just on the opposite side of the ship. It is perfect for relaxing. Great size, and has two loungers and a small table. You would need to order room service and go get your own drinks from the bar, or you could get something from the OVC. Keep in mind that the Oceanview is at the other end of the ship. But the Mast Grill is just two decks up if you feel like a “free” burger! [emoji3]

 

 

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Great review! We have alcoves booked for our upcoming trip. Do you find you have good shade? It is very windy when at sea? Booked to have a place to be with our baby rather than fighting for space on deck. Thanks!

 

 

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For our cruise itinerary and time of year, the port side alcoves have better shade early in the day (from about 10:30am to 2pm).

 

It has been a bit windy, however, even when it has been quite windy on deck inside the alcoves are breezy, but not too bad. The high side walls seem to block a lot of the wind. One thing though — the canopy is made from a heavy white tarp. It can get a little loud if the wind catches it and shakes it. I don’t know if it would bother you (it kind of became background noise for us) but I thought I would mention it.

 

 

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A couple of pictures of the alcove layout:

 

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And a look at how far the canopy extends for shade:

 

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We had dinner at the Lawn Club Grill last night. They gave us a discount on the first night to make a reservation. Mark was excited because the restaurant manager here told him that for evening chic night, the dress was still casual. Still we didn’t want to wear shorts around the ship while everyone else was dressed nice, so he wore khaki pants and a collared shirt. I wore a maxi dress.

 

We fit in just fine. There were still some people in their evening finery, but the suit jackets mostly ended up on backs of chairs.

 

The menu:

 

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Drinks (this one was laminated and I kept getting glare, sorry!):

 

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Okay, so here they suggest that for two people you share a flatbread and then help yourself to the salad bar. We decided on the BBQ chicken flatbread and got our salad while we were waiting (which seemed to be what most people did).

 

The salad bar was almost the same as at lunch (just a few different toppings):

 

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And when the flatbread (Isn’t this just pizza? This used to be pizza.) was delivered, we dug in before I got my picture!

 

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They tell you to order in such a way that you have “plenty to share.” Apparently they have never met my husband. He doesn’t really do that. I mean, not with food. This was a completely foreign concept.

 

I order the shrimp&scallop kebab and also the filet kebab. Then for my side I requested the lobster mac & cheese. Mark got the whole filet and bratwurst. And a baked potato. He also got a side of creamed corn.

 

Wait, what? Yep. I made that face too! Why Mark? Why would you do that?! Except when I think of creamed corn I think of my grandma opening a can and heating it up. It was vile. And looked even more vile. This was...well, I guess just not like that. It was obviously freshly made. I tasted a bite (hesitantly) and it was actually good! Sweet corn, but it had a slightly spicy kick to it at the end. The sleeper hit of the evening.

 

So I did it again. I started eating before I took a picture. I told Mark he’s not allowed to let me do that anymore. He mmm-hmmmmed between bites and nodded. I’m sure we’ve got it under control now.

 

Just imagine this plate with two scallops and another shrimp.

 

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These are the freshly made sauces for use with all of your grilled meats. Also, butter and sour cream for the baked potato.

 

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And then there was dessert. I opted for the blueberry crumble.

 

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Just to recap. We enjoyed eating here a lot. This seemed way more like Mark’s thing, but I think I ended up liking it just as much. We would definitely do this again!

 

Today we are in Antigua. Mark and I are doing a catamaran sail and snorkel at Green Island with a BBQ lunch. I’ll let you know how it goes!

 

 

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Hello: Do you know if Cafe al Bacio has any holiday themed beverages (i.e. gingerbread latte or peppermint mocha)? Thank you .

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Hello: Do you know if Cafe al Bacio has any holiday themed beverages (i.e. gingerbread latte or peppermint mocha)? Thank you .

 

 

 

Hmmm...I don’t know. But I will see if I can find out!

 

 

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Last night after dinner we decided to try the martini bar. It was busy as usual, but had a fun atmosphere. Almost all of the martinis are included with the premium package and there would be a small upcharge per drink with the classic.

 

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Apologies! The first page of the menu isn’t showing up on my phone. Looks like we may have to make another trip. Darn it.

 

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Today’s excursion was a ship sponsored catamaran sail and snorkel. I usually like to book private tours because you seem to get a lot more time to swim, but I booked this one after all our ports started changing. Mark felt better especially since we had a pretty early departure (3:30).

 

Our sail took us on a 360 degree tour of the island. Half of it before our snorkel stop and half after. We stopped a private island called “Green Island” and snorkeled for around two-ish hours before they served us lunch.

 

Unfortunately, they didn’t let us go out in our own. We had to stay as a group. (Boo.) Also, they have been experiencing high concentrations of sea urchins on the reef. So they wouldn’t let us snorkel there. Umm...that’s kinda where you want to snorkel folks.

 

All-in-all it was still a good day. The weather was beautiful, the water was perfect, and the crew of the Excellence was friendly and attentive. I wish the snorkeling had been better, but we still saw quite a few fish!

 

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After snorkeling, they had everyone come back aboard and they served a BBQ lunch. Lunch consisted of BBQ chicken, fish (you could have two pieces of one or one piece each), pasta salad, rice and beans (hot sauce optional [emoji4]), freshly made salad with Italian dressing, and many drink choices. The food was good and quite plentiful. You could have the local beer, red or white wine, rum punch, rum & coke, an assortment of sodas or juices, or water.

 

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After lunch we were given another 30-45 minutes to swim/sunbathe before it was time to leave.

 

This is the little cove where we pulled in and anchored.

 

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The catamaran pulled all the way up to the beach and dropped a set of stairs. You could practically walk right on to the beach. Some snorkeling excursions have you swim directly from the boat in 20-30 ft of water. I thought this would be a great tour for beginning snorkelers!

 

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After snorkeling and lunch were finished, we headed back to complete our loop of Antigua. We stopped in a couple of harbors along the way and saw several enormous yachts. No pictures. Sorry, I was just too tired. At this point I was ready to get back and take a nice long shower!

 

I think this was a good tour. Again, if you were there when they were allowing snorkeling out in the reef, I think you would see a lot more fish. I’m still pretty satisfied overall!

 

 

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We were on the same excursion today and were very disappointed that we had to stay with the group, rather than being able to do our own thing. After getting kicked in the head twice I came in. I think their mistake was mixing all skill levels into a single group. Other than that, the weather was outstanding. aring75 I am enjoying your take on the cruise!

 

 

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Almost forgot the Celebrity Today.

 

Day 4 (Antigua):

 

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We were on the same excursion today and were very disappointed that we had to stay with the group, rather than being able to do our own thing. After getting kicked in the head twice I came in. I think their mistake was mixing all skill levels into a single group. Other than that, the weather was outstanding. aring75 I am enjoying your take on the cruise!

 

 

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I agree! Having to stay in one big group was the worst part!!! I think it would have been better to at least break it up into two groups with a beginner group and then intermediate/experienced.

 

We are snorkeling in St Thomas and hoping for more leeway!

 

 

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After snorkeling and lunch were finished, we headed back to complete our loop of Antigua. We stopped in a couple of harbors along the way and saw several enormous yachts. No pictures. Sorry, I was just too tired. At this point I was ready to get back and take a nice long shower!

 

I think this was a good tour. Again, if you were there when they were allowing snorkeling out in the reef, I think you would see a lot more fish. I’m still pretty satisfied overall!

 

 

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By any chance would you know if the Cocobay Resort is relatively close to the dock?

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QQ - never having been on X, are the alcoves available for anyone to reserve or just for certain levels.

 

 

 

Anyone can reserve! You can book ahead of time using your cruise planner. Just go to the specialty restaurant section. Or you can call. Either way, you can using any existing OBC you may have.

 

 

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By any chance would you know if the Cocobay Resort is relatively close to the dock?

 

 

 

I remember our guide pointing out the CocoBay Resort, but we were on the water. I’m not sure how far from the port it was. I’m sorry! I noticed on their website they have a toll-free number. It might be worth calling them directly to find out. Looks like a gorgeous place!!

 

 

 

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I remember our guide pointing out the CocoBay Resort, but we were on the water. I’m not sure how far from the port it was. I’m sorry! I noticed on their website they have a toll-free number. It might be worth calling them directly to find out. Looks like a gorgeous place!!

 

 

No problem. Thanks.

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Hi loving your review thanks. We are on 12 night ultimate Caribbean on Silhouette in Jan . Can I ask what kind of camera you used for the underwater shots?

Thanks

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Hi to all!

 

aring75, I am LOVING your commentary and photos! Your sense of humor is amazing. Please keep them coming! Also, can/would you please tell me who the Captain is now? I am seeing conflicting information on FB. Thanks.

 

And, RoLoHa, I am SO looking forward to meeting you! I think maybe you will be able to get internet in Cozumel, IF we are docked, not tendered, and IF you sit at the end of the ship closest to land. (Too many if's - Sorry!) I don't know for sure on -X-, but on some of the other lines, their phone and/or internet was not available in port, so you might be able to pick up outside service. Just be sure to watch your available networks and don't use the onboard one. Hope this helps!

 

We changed our plans, and are leaving Sunday and staying over. I am really relieved, because that takes all the stress of crossing Alligator Alley off, and we can start our mini-vacation a day early.

 

See you all onboard! Bon Voyage!

 

~Barbara~

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Hi loving your review thanks. We are on 12 night ultimate Caribbean on Silhouette in Jan . Can I ask what kind of camera you used for the underwater shots?

 

Thanks

 

 

 

Sure! It’s an Olympus TG-5. I’ve also used it for some of the non-underwater shots. It’s my go-to camera for excursions because it can take a beating. Also, I never worry about rain, or whether I can get the shot when we are kayaking or snorkeling or whatever.

 

My husband uses his fancy Canon with all the lenses and settings and what-not on many of our land vacations, but I love the point and shoot simplicity of this one for underwater shots!

 

 

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Google map - It's about 7miles away.

 

 

 

Ah-hah!! Lol, when in doubt, Google is your friend. Thanks newbie545. Didn’t even think about that. [emoji3]

 

 

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Hi to all!

 

 

 

aring75, I am LOVING your commentary and photos! Your sense of humor is amazing. Please keep them coming! Also, can/would you please tell me who the Captain is now? I am seeing conflicting information on FB. Thanks.

 

 

 

See you all onboard! Bon Voyage!

 

 

 

~Barbara~

 

 

Sure! The master of the ship is Captain Dimitrios Kafetzis. He has a great sense of humor and is very personable. [emoji4]

 

 

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And this advertisement was offered with last night’s packet of papers and Celebrity Today. A discount on the unlimited internet package for the remainder of the cruise.

 

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And there’s something called the “Ultimate BBQ” for only...wait for it...$70 per person. Seventy dollars for BBQ people. And that’s IF you have the drinks package. I kinda want to do it just to see what $70 BBQ looks like. But I’m not sure what our trip insurance actually covers.

 

“I’m sorry ma’am, but we believe you are the one who gave your husband that heart attack when you told him your BBQ dinner was going to cost the two of you $140. Your claim has been denied.”

 

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Today in Barbados we did a private tour that I booked through TripAdvisor several months ago. It’s a walking food tour which combines Bajan history with authentic local food.

 

(Not kidding. My phone just tried to autocorrect Bajan to Bananarama. That’s kinda fantastic.)

 

Back to the tour. Our guide Janelle was amazing! We were lucky in that she is a self-proclaimed history nut. She’s a voracious reader and loves history. (The other young lady who presents the tour is actually a history major, so you can’t lose!)

 

You start your tour in downtown Bridgetown at Independence Square. From there, you visit 7-8 different local places (which you seriously would never find on your own). You try local favorites like meat pastries, fish cakes, a local chicken soup (which was more like a delicious chowder), fresh produce, flying fish and cou cou, and several refreshing beverages. If you are interested in trying local cuisine and being a little bit adventurous, I totally recommend this tour!

 

As you walk from place to place the guide points out different buildings, churches, monuments, etc. and explains the history and connections behind them. Also, the tour groups are kept small (ours was only four people) and since you are with the tour, you have a minimal wait at each of the restaurants. Loved this tour and this was our fourth trip to Barbados.

 

I don’t know what the rules are for posting the names of tour vendors, so I won’t do anything to get myself into trouble, but I’d be happy to share the information with anyone who wants it.

 

 

Walking along the boardwalk on our tour.

 

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Sitting at the balcony overlooking Swan Street. We walked through a shop and up a set of stairs to get to this café.

 

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It seems Celebrity internet is very pricey?

 

I guess so! Did you see that copy of the "special" that aring75 just posted? They are on the 10-night now, and that $199 for half of it is unbelievable! Does that mean our 4-night will be $160 on SALE? Wow. Sorry - just looked and it is $143.50 per person for our cruise, and that is listed as supposedly a discounted rate. Still too pricey for me.

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It seems Celebrity internet is very pricey?

 

 

 

Yes, I think it is quite expensive. We would not have the internet package this cruise, except that we booked with a travel agent on Memorial Day weekend that was offering a free upgrade to the GoBest package. Honestly, I don’t think we’d ever pay for it unless there was a serious reason we needed to be in touch with people back home. Usually we get 90 minutes each as part of the Elite package, and we make that stretch for the entire cruise.

 

No live updates when we’re the ones footing the bill, lol!! [emoji23]

 

 

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Hello: Do you know if Cafe al Bacio has any holiday themed beverages (i.e. gingerbread latte or peppermint mocha)? Thank you .

 

 

 

Okay. So this morning I asked about special flavors for the holidays. I specifically said Peppermint Mocha (because that’s the one I could remember from your post). The young lady I asked looked slightly confused and pointed me to the section on the menu where it says you can add a shot of flavor to your coffee or tea. You know, caramel or vanilla, etc. So I’m thinking the answer is no? No special coffee flavors?

 

But I’m going to ask one more time and try to speak to one of the people behind the counter fixing the coffees. They were slammed this morning. Hmmm...maybe one of the syrups is peppermint. You could make your own peppermint mocha just by adding that to the café mocha maybe?

 

I’ll check that too!

 

 

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Sure! The master of the ship is Captain Dimitrios Kafetzis. He has a great sense of humor and is very personable. [emoji4]

 

Thanks! Captain Kafetzis was the Master of the Silhouette in 2013 when my friend and I did the TA to Rome. He was great! I had seen on FB that he was leaving the Reflection after the cruise right before yours because he was going to be the Master of the Edge the end of 2018. I was so hoping that he was staying on the Reflection until after our cruise next week, and am very happy that he probably will be there at least until then. Having him as the Captain when you are cruising is an experience not to be missed!

 

Enjoy his daily info updates and don't miss his informational talk and Q&A in the main theater. You will be VERY glad you attended. However, if you miss it, they usually replay it on the in-cabin TV.

Worth taking the time to watch!

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Would love to find out who you used and more info for the Barbados excursion. Do you know if there are postings discussing who you used on the Barbados Ports of Call board?

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Thanks so much for your day to day review. We have (at this time) the same original itinerary. I'm glad St. Thomas is on your final schedule but hope Martinique gets changed. We were on the EQ during hurricane Irma in September and went to Martinique. The town is not like it used to be with overgrown grass and broken sidewalks. There aren't any beaches close by nor things to do there. Oh we shall see.

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We have a new captain who took over today. His name is Captain Panagiotis Skylogiannis.

 

 

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