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  1. Are there umbrellas/palapas for shade at both beaches?
  2. We have a day in Curacao and want a nice beach with chairs, shade and good swimming. Snorkeling a plus, but not essential. Considering Blue Bay Beach and Mambo Beach. Which do you recommend? What are pros and cons?
  3. When is the Silhouette undergoing the Celebrity Revolution refurb? The section of the Celebrity website about the Silhouette says January 2020, but the timeline section for the Celebrity Revolution on the website says February 2020???!!!! We are planning to be on board in February, so whether its Jan or Feb makes a difference.
  4. These are items which are missing from the menu and would be appropriate in my opinion on the Waves menu, and would give an alternative to a heavy entree, or hamburgers/hotdogs. They would help compensate for the afternoon "gap" problem caused by The Terrace closing at 2pm. On Celebrity, there are always good alternatives offered at the Ocean View Cafe throughout the afternoon.. To answer another question, at night The Terrace offers a similar menu to the MDR menu for that night, but with additional items specially prepared to order on the grill. It is a good alternative to the MDR at night.
  5. Waves menu: BURGERS Classic Swiss Texan Wagyu Maguro Alaskan Veggie SANDWICHES Grilled Panini Cuban Reuben Surf & Turf HOT DOGS Classic Mexican ENTREES Mahi Mahi Salmon Cajun Chicken SALAD Bar ...very limited and basic. MISSING Chicken salad Tuna Salad Egg salad Grilled Chicken sandwich.
  6. Just returned from the Insignia, which was our 6th cruise on Oceania. I really fully agree with the Bradpole's review. It fully reflects our excellent experience on the ship. He really nailed the experience. In particular, Oceania is to be congratulated on a brilliant refurbishment. They kept what was best of the original decor, and added a contemporary flair. It does not look like a ship that is 20 years old. A matter of taste, but we loved the blues and grays...very appropriate for a ship. With the fresh orchids growing in many places, it was like a small, contemporary Ritz Carlton! And that is high praise. One event which really stood out was the culinary demo by the Exec chef. The man had a personality to rival Gordon Ramsey! Was highly interactive and entertaining. Also special mention of the enrichment lecturer, Sandy Cares. Dynamic, fun and informative. One criticism of Oceania is that their restaurant hours are not in sync with time on shore. For example, if one goes touring or to a beach, and returns mid afternoon, the choices are very poor. Lunch in the Terrace closes at 2pm. While Waves is open till 4pm, its selection is primarily meat (hamburgers). The salad bar at Waves is very limited. It would be great if it included tuna salad, egg salad, or chicken salad, so one could make a sandwich or bagel after the beach. Tea is not a solution, as its mainly carbs and sugar. ( Choice of 4 sandwiches, cakes and scones). On Celebrity, the Ocean Cafe has some selections the whole afternoon. While on the subject of food, it is noteworthy that the number of choices in the MDR for dinner are very limited, especially if you exclude seafood and pork. Actually, The Terrace has a better selection at night, as delicious chops are always available on the grill. We had a Penthouse suite, and it had been beautifully redone. Service at all times was first class. Would happily book another cruise on any of the Oceania ships.
  7. I get it..beyond the edge is infinity
  8. Has Celebrity announced the names of Edge III and IV? I know Edge II is the Celebrity Apex. Any thoughts on four-letter names which denote shape/angle/aspiration? Celebrity Axis ? (WWII connotations?) Celebrity Epic (NCL?) Other suggestions?
  9. We recently did Caribbean cruises on the Riviera and Silhouette. This was our fifth cruise on Oceania, and we are Elite Plus on Celebrity. Both cruises were excellent, but there are some interesting differences when you compare the experiences. THE SHIPS They are about the same age. Riviera entered service in 2012, and Silhouette in 2011. Silhouette is twice the size of Riviera (122,400 tons/2886 passengers vs 66,084 tons/1250 passengers). Yet they feel a full generation apart. Silhouette seems far more modern, and conceptually more advanced, then Riviera. Riviera is comfortable and homey. Silhouette is simply stunning. The biggest miss in the design of Riviera is the absence of a lively central hub. The Lobby on Silhouette rises several decks, and is surrounded by bars, lounges and restaurants. It is lively. Other modern ships, eg Viking, have a living central hub. Riviera does not. There is no promenade deck on Riviera. ACCOMODATION As we had a suite on Riviera, and verandah cabin on Silhouette, it is not fair to compare. As others have noted, storage space is somewhat limited in the S-Class cabins.The suite on Riviera was very well designed. Bedding, towels etc were far superior. FOOD Oceania claims "The Finest Cuisine At Sea". Celebrity also takes pride in its cuisine. This was my experience: Breakfast - Oceanview Cafe (Silhouette) was far, far superior to Terrace Cafe.(Riviera). Far more choice on Silhouette. For example, Silhouette had a large choice of Eggs Benedict each day (Salmon, Ham, Veg etc), Riviera only ham. Silhouette also innovated each day, eg a donut bar on one day. Lunch- Very poor on Oceania. Very limited choices. Silhouette had a very big choice. Also, island layout on Silhouette was far better. Also innovated at lunch, eg a gravlax bar one day. Food quality was equal on Silhouette and Riviera. Dinner - MDR choice and quality was equal. Both menus are somewhat limited. Speciality Restaurants - Far superior on Riviera. Jacques, Polo Grill and Toscana all outstanding food and service. On Silhouette, we had a very good steak at Lawn Club Grill, but Tuscan Grill was no better then MDR, and Murano was not as good as it used to be. Service hours - something always open and available on Silhouette, for example if you got back to the ship mid afternoon. This was a problem on Riviera. Mid afternoon, only option was a hamburger or room service. Tea at 4pm was not as good as it used to be. Coffee - Lattes at Baristas on Riviera were far better than the ones at Cafe Al Bacio on Silhouette. ENTERTAINMENT Some years ago, we had a terrible cruise on Reflection, where the music from the Miami DJs was so loud that you could not sit at the pool or walk through the lobby. We actually stayed away from Celebrity for a few years after that experience. Well, I am very pleased to say that the music on Silhouette at the pool, in the lobby, at the shows was lively but at a reasonable volume. The shows on Riviera tended to be more old-fashioned Broadway , whereas shows on Silhouette were more modern and innovative. SERVICE Excellent on both ships PAX On Silhouette, majority were born in the 1950's and 1940's. Perhaps just slightly older on Riviera. CHAIR HOGS Alive and well on Silhouette. On sea days, by 7am, ALL the loungers in the shade on the non-smoking side of the pool were covered in towels!! There was never a problem getting a shady lounger on Riviera. NET Both were excellent vacations. Each has some pros and cons. I would happily sail on either ship again.
  10. We recently did Caribbean cruises on the Riviera and Silhouette. This was our fifth cruise on Oceania, and we are Elite Plus on Celebrity. Both cruises were excellent, but there are some interesting differences when you compare the experiences. THE SHIPS They are about the same age. Riviera entered service in 2012, and Silhouette in 2011. Silhouette is twice the size of Riviera (122,400 tons/2886 passengers vs 66,084 tons/1250 passengers). Yet they feel a full generation apart. Silhouette seems far more modern, and conceptually more advanced, then Riviera. Riviera is comfortable and homey. Silhouette is simply stunning. The biggest miss in the design of Riviera is the absence of a lively central hub. The Lobby on Silhouette rises several decks, and is surrounded by bars, lounges and restaurants. It is lively. Other modern ships, eg Viking, have a living central hub. Riviera does not. There is no promenade deck on Riviera. ACCOMODATION As we had a suite on Riviera, and verandah cabin on Silhouette, it is not fair to compare. As others have noted, storage space is somewhat limited in the S-Class cabins.The suite on Riviera was very well designed. Bedding, towels etc were far superior. FOOD Oceania claims "The Finest Cuisine At Sea". Celebrity also takes pride in its cuisine. This was my experience: Breakfast - Oceanview Cafe (Silhouette) was far, far superior to Terrace Cafe.(Riviera). Far more choice on Silhouette. For example, Silhouette had a large choice of Eggs Benedict each day (Salmon, Ham, Veg etc), Riviera only ham. Silhouette also innovated each day, eg a donut bar on one day. Lunch- Very poor on Oceania. Very limited choices. Silhouette had a very big choice. Also, island layout on Silhouette was far better. Also innovated at lunch, eg a gravlax bar one day. Food quality was equal on Silhouette and Riviera. Dinner - MDR choice and quality was equal. Both menus are somewhat limited. Speciality Restaurants - Far superior on Riviera. Jacques, Polo Grill and Toscana all outstanding food and service. On Silhouette, we had a very good steak at Lawn Club Grill, but Tuscan Grill was no better then MDR, and Murano was not as good as it used to be. Service hours - something always open and available on Silhouette, for example if you got back to the ship mid afternoon. This was a problem on Riviera. Mid afternoon, only option was a hamburger or room service. Tea at 4pm was not as good as it used to be. Coffee - Lattes at Baristas on Riviera were far better than the ones at Cafe Al Bacio on Silhouette. ENTERTAINMENT Some years ago, we had a terrible cruise on Reflection, where the music from the Miami DJs was so loud that you could not sit at the pool or walk through the lobby. We actually stayed away from Celebrity for a few years after that experience. Well, I am very pleased to say that the music on Silhouette at the pool, in the lobby, at the shows was lively but at a reasonable volume. The shows on Riviera tended to be more old-fashioned Broadway , whereas shows on Silhouette were more modern and innovative. SERVICE Excellent on both ships PAX On Silhouette, majority were born in the 1950's and 1940's. Perhaps just slightly older on Riviera. CHAIR HOGS Alive and well on Silhouette. On sea days, by 7am, ALL the loungers in the shade on the non-smoking side of the pool were covered in towels!! There was never a problem getting a shady lounger on Riviera. NET Both were excellent vacations. Each has some pros and cons. I would happily sail on either ship again.
  11. Does anyone know why they added the very bumpy yellow strips ( about 2 ft wide) to the narrow sidewalk to the taxi stand? The problem is that it makes it far more difficult to pull your luggage, as the bumps work as an impediment to your progress, making a long walk even more difficult. Remember, when you disembark, you are loaded down with all your luggage.
  12. We just completed an outstanding 12 day cruise in the Caribbean on the Silhouette. We returned on Friday, and were pleased to see we would be docked at the new Terminal 25 in Ft Lauderdale. We had read a lot about how great it was, and looked forward to using it. Two important points of warning about disembarking this very badly designed facility: 1)The walk from the gangway to the area with the luggage is incredibly far. I do not see how older or disabled passengers can walk this very long distance. A moving walkway is needed. 2) Once you exit the terminal, the taxi stand is a very far distance away. To make matters worse, you need to cross a busy road to get to the taxis. And if all this is not bad enough, the sidewalk leading to the taxi stand has a bumpy yellow insert, which makes it very difficult to drag wheeled luggage. Surely the architects realized most passengers take taxis from the terminal, and are burdened with all their luggage!! It may be pretty, but it is very impractical for disembarking. I have not experienced it for embarkation.
  13. Thanks for a great review. Question - my wife and I like to spend a lot of time at the main pool area, but we have to be in the shade. The S Class ships have a lot of shade areas around the pool. Looking at pics of E class, I don't see shade. (Except the cabanas).Please advise. This would be a deal breaker for us. Is there shade at the Retreat pool?
  14. They need to rethink the main lobby. On Viking, they have turned this area into a vibrant, bright, useful Living Room space. While the Lalique stair case in R class is stunning, the lobby area is very enclosed and dead most of the time. On many other ships, the decks above the lobby have balconies with bars and restaurants which give life and light to the lobby area.
  15. Amongst others, we have done one cruise on Azamara, one on Crystal, five on Oceania and about 20 on Celebrity. Have enjoyed them all. However, we felt Crystal was too formal, and would not sail with them again. The experience on Azamara and Oceania is very similar. They are homey, comfortable, relaxing ships. Celebrity is a different proposition...less costly, more crowded, can be very loud, and a younger demographic. In my opinion, Celebrity ships are more stunning. However, with the new Edge, prices of Celebrity are close to Oceania!
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