So far I have driven from Orlando to Fort Lauderdale with 2 hotel stays on route (see part 1), then I sailed the Caribbean for 7 nights on board the Holland America ship, ms Eurodam (see part 2) and now I get to my favourite part of the holiday, embarking the Celebrity Silhouette Cruise ship.
This was my first sailing with Celebrity Cruise Line and will certainly not be my last. We embarked the Silhouette the same day as disembarking the Eurodam, both in Fort Lauderdale. We were one of the last to disembark the ship which was around 9:20am.
After collecting luggage and clearing customs, we got a taxi from the Eurodam to the Silhouette as it wasn’t within walking distance even though they were at the same port. The taxi cost $10 as that is the minimum fare, even though the meter was at $3.
We gave our luggage to the porter and waited in line for around 30 minutes before being able to check in for the Silhouette. This was just as easy process as the Eurodam and we were on board by 10.30am.
As soon as I stepped off the gangway, my first thought was WOW! The ship is just beautiful. Again, we were greeted by a smiling Filipino waiter with glasses of Champagne for us to toast with. As we were quite early embarking the ship, there wasn’t many people on board so we took this opportunity to explore.
Most areas were of course closed due to us being in port so we headed straight to top deck. This was like being at a Luxury 5* resort somewhere in the world. With plenty of sunbeds on board, they also offer private hammocks, cuddle chairs and cabana style beds for your comfort by the pool.
With plenty of choices to eat on board, I found the Ocean View café to be absolutely fantastic. This is their Buffet style restaurant where you can eat pretty much anything from anywhere in the world! They have the master grill on top deck which offer made-to-order hot-dogs and burgers. Here I ate probably the BEST burger I have ever tasted! They are so large, one is definitely enough to feed two people!
I booked us a Balcony category 2C Cabin which has a 30% obstruction. The ‘obstruction’ did not bother us in the slightest, please see pictures below of the balcony obstruction.
When I made the booking for the Silhouette, Celebrity Cruises had their 123go promotion on and we received the Classic Drinks package with our booking. This was absolutely fantastic and I will not travel on another cruise without a similar package. There is an upgraded package called the Premium Drinks package which offer the premium brand drinks such as Smirnoff Vodka or Red Bull but we did not need to upgrade to this as we found the classic package to be more than enough for us. Our usual daily drinks on board were; Budweiser, Coors Extra, Harvey Wallbanger, Prosecco, and soda drinks.
In the evening on board, we would visit the Martini bar before going anywhere else. This is the famous Ice bar from Celebrity Cruise lines and the atmosphere here is always great! Live music from DJ’s on board and entertainment from the Flair Bartenders makes it a great place to start your night off, or finish off! – Yes the martini’s are included in the classic drinks package too!
In the daytime, this ship is a lively place to be and night time is no different. From the Martini bar we would take a stroll around the ship visiting all the venues, listening to the fantastic live music bands. We would end on top deck at the Lawn Club which is a great place for a night cap. Sitting under the stars, with real grass surroundings, you wouldn’t think you were sailing on a ship.
The solarium is the adult only pool/area on board which offer plush sunbeds and a couple of adult only hot tubs. This is a stunning place to relax and the AquaSpa café is located here.
Celebrity Cruise Line advertise themselves as Modern Luxury Cruising – This couldn’t be any more true!
This ship was just fabulous and don’t just take my word for it, try Celebrity Cruise lines for yourself. Give me a call on 0161 798 2512 to book your Modern Luxury Cruise today!!
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