Setting Sail with Celebrity Cruises

Setting Sail with Celebrity Cruises

Last month after flying into Dubrovnik I visited Kotor and Budva in Montenegro, Matera in Italy, the island of Corfu and finally Valletta in Malta.  Five destinations in five days without taking another flight.  Clever huh?  Actually it couldn’t have been simpler – I sailed out of Dubrovnik on board Celebrity Silhouette, a luxury cruise ship, and spent an exciting, enlightening few days on my first ever cruise exploring some fascinating cities as well as discovering the ship and life on board which was a whole new experience in itself.

Celebrity Silhouette

Celebrity Silhouette

I’ve always booked my travels independently, figured out the logistics, the best flights and transfers, researched hotels, B&Bs and what sights and experiences to include.  I’d never considered going on a cruise before but the more I thought about it the more it made sense and when Celebrity Cruises invited me to spend time on board one of their newest ships ‘Silhouette’ I didn’t need to be asked twice.  Just think about it – lots of new places to explore but only having to unpack once – tick! No waiting around in airports or haggling with taxi drivers – big tick! Time to enjoy the swimming pools, Jacuzzi, restaurants, entertainment and even some Spa time – tick, tick, tick!  In fact the only stress would be trying to enjoy as much of the ship as possible while it transported me on my journey in complete comfort and luxury.

Of course I’ll be sharing photographs and tales of the destinations I visited but first I’d like to show you around Silhouette herself, after all she is the star of the show…

My Stateroom

Let’s start in my light and airy stateroom, the epitome of a room with a view filled with everything needed for a comfortable stay; en-suite bathroom, toiletries, bathrobes, crisp cotton sheets, white fluffy towels and turn-down service – I even had an unexpected visitor on the first evening – no it wasn’t Ben Fogle!  But the best bit was my little balcony where I loved to sit awhile just watching the ever-changing scenery and allowing myself to be mesmerised by the vastness of the ocean before me.

Celebrity Silhouette Stateroom

Celebrity Silhouette Stateroom

I’m not usually a morning person but the excitement of waking up to a new view and sailing into a different city each day got me up and out on my balcony shortly after sunrise every morning.  I’d even leave the curtains open so I could sneak the first glimpse from my pillow!

View of Bay of Kotor

Bay of Kotor from my Stateroom

What to do on a cruise ship?

There’s so much to do when you’re not out on a shore excursion you’re are truly spoilt for choice.  Maybe start with a bit of shopping in the designer shops or an art exhibition.  There are trivia contests, cooking and dance classes, a gym, fitness sessions and a craft area for painting and drawing.  Join in pool volleyball, basketball or Zumba on the deck is just as entertaining to watch as it is to take part.

Aqua Spa and relaxation

If all of that sounds like too much hard work then head to Aqua Spa and instantly unwind on one of the heated beds whilst gazing out into the vast expanse of ocean.  On our day at sea I booked myself in for a bit of pampering and chose a blissful Elemis facial from a long list of indulgent treatments.  I walked on air all the way back to my state-room afterwards – I haven’t been that relaxed in months!

Aqua Spa on Silhouette

Aqua Spa on Silhouette

Of course there are countless other ways to relax.  There’s an outdoor pool lined with Jacuzzis,  loungers for sunny days and the same amenities in the solarium area for not-so-sunny days – and because there are full-length windows you won’t miss out on the views.

Celebrity Silhouette's Pool

Celebrity Silhouette’s Pool

The Lawn Club was a favourite place to spend time and feel the grass between my toes or have a game of croquet or bowls.  There are hammocks and cabana-style alcoves – perfect little havens.

The Lawn Club, Celebrity Silhouette

The Lawn Club

Did I mention that Celebrity Silhouette is a huge ship?  I mean really huge….!

Tiny Travelbunny!

Tiny Travelbunny!

There are havens and hidey-holes all over the ship – I loved this area with quirky little pod chairs. There’s even a library and card room.

Pods on board Celebrity Silhouette

Pods on board Celebrity Silhouette

Entertainment

The theatre is the venue for evening entertainment and hosts some excellent shows – we saw Steve Hewlitt a very funny ventriloquist from the UK, a mentalist who somehow managed to infiltrate my mind and plant the word ‘juxtaposition’ (I know!) and a fantastic acrobatic troupe who performed a Cirque-style show.  There’s also a casino, slot machines, dancing and live music.

Dining on Silhouette

You’re probably wondering why I haven’t mentioned the food yet? The food on Silhouette was exceptional.  With six speciality restaurants, the main Grand Cuveé dining room, Ocean View Café and Sunset Bar among others – it deserves a blog post all of its own don’t you think?

Glazed Strawberry

Outstanding Celebrity Service

From the time I was greeted at the gangway, totally over-awed by this huge ship looming above me, to the time I was waved off I was amazed at the outstanding service.  The staff were more than happy to help with any request, they were interested, attentive, friendly and provided some of the best service I’ve experienced – and I’ve stayed in some top-notch hotels.

Think cruise holidays aren’t for you? Think again.

In the past I’ve been sceptical about cruises, despite never having experienced one(!) and thought it would be full of elderly people, overly formal and maybe even a teensy bit boring.  How wrong was I!  There was a complete range of ages aboard including some children, it wasn’t formal at all except for Saturday nights when you could dress up a bit more – I spotted some long gowns and the odd tux or two – but there were more casual dressers as well and it’s a case what you feel comfortable with.  As for being boring – NO CHANCE!    Having been on my first cruise I’d recommend Celebrity Cruises without hesitation.  Taking a cruise is the ideal way to satisfy the wanderlust whilst enjoying exceptional cuisine, superb accommodation and sparkling entertainment – the perfect combination of exploration, recreation and relaxation.

Huge thanks to  Celebrity Cruises who kindly hosted my husband and I for five nightsAs always views and opinions – good, bad or otherwise – are entirely my own.

A photo tour of Silhouette

23 Comments

  1. Great summary, Suzanne! I have been on three cruises and while they seem to get a bad rap, I have enjoyed all of them! Of course, you need to make sure you are cruising with a good company, but it seems like you were. I have always found the food to be exceptional as well. It is always nice to only have to unpack once and there is almost a mandatory “relaxing time” with all the options readily available (such a treat when I feel like some of our travels are go, go, go).

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    • The trickiest part was getting a balance of time out on excursions and time enjoying the ship itself – so much to do and see!

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  2. I’m slowly being won over! What I really want to know though is did it feel like you were moving? After the Channel crossing from hell last year the only way I’d get on a boat for that long would be if it was guaranteed to be ultra smooth all the way!

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    • I went totally green on a catamaran last year whilst looking after a group of 40 people – just about managed to hold it all together! On the ship I could just feel a slight vibration and on a couple of occasions slight movement but nothing to make me feel in the slightest bit queasy :) I’d definitely travel this way again…

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  3. Why is it that those of us who have never been on a cruise are always so cynical about it?! I’m the same but I know so many people, like yourself, who have come back converted! I think I’m going to have to give this a go. Sounds like there’s so much to do!

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  4. For me the destinations would be the crucial part, but these look pretty good, Suze :)
    How jealous can a person get?

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    • That’s what I thought Jo before I went on the cruise. It soon became apparent though that the ship was a destination herself!

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  5. The thing that puts me off cruising a little bit is the fact that I love food so much, but if I know I’ve got a meal on board the ship at the end of each day, I might not eat local stuff in each port. Did you eat much in each destination?

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    • We were on excursions in Matera, Italy – Corfu and Budva, Montenegro which all included lunch. All the the meals were excellent with 3 course and wine/beer and were traditional local fare. I’ll be honest I could have been rolled down the gangway at the end of the cruise – food was outstanding!

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  6. A truly great experience, it sounds like paradise , pity I don’t have sea legs :)

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    • I’ve suffered from seasickness in the past but didn’t have any problems with this. Thanks for dropping by Felicity :)

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  7. This post makes cruising seem like a dream! I have always been a little nervous about trying a cruise.

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    • I wouldn’t think twice about going on another cruise – I didn’t realise how much there was to do. Everyone’s really friendly too :)

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  8. Suzanne, what a wonderful post … so you’re out sailing some of the 7 seas – how wonderful and what is even better is that you enjoy it. Love your stateroom – glad you both enjoyed and delighted yourself – maybe you can make me take a cruise too. Stunning vessel, it’s a floating world in its own.

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    • Ahh Viveka you’d be the perfect cruise companion! The ship was a destination in itself – absolutely stunning!

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      • Suzanne, I wouldn’t say I will a perfect cruise companion. Have worked on a cruise liner and it put me off quite a bit … about being a guest on one, but the cruiser today is like floating towns. So who knows. *smile

  9. This sounds absolutely beautiful and relaxing. I have never taken a cruise before and am a little hesitant – but after reading about your experience, I may have to try one. I’m a tiny bit afraid of getting sea sick – did you experience any of that at all? Thanks for posting about your very positive cruising experience :)

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    • Hello and thanks for dropping by. I was a little worried about sea sickness as I have suffered in the past but whilst on board Silhouette I didn’t have any problems. I was aware on occasion of the ship moving and could feel the vibration of the engines at times but I never felt queasy at all. I can’t tell you how impressed I was with my cruising experience!

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