Sunday, February 5, 2012

Experiencing the Celebrity Silhouette

Last November, Steve and I were invited to the U.S. inaugural of Celebrity Silhouette along with over 2,000 other travel professionals on a cruise to nowhere sailing from Cape Liberty, New Jersey. This was a two-day party that gave travel professionals the opportunity to experience Celebrity’s newest ship which exemplifies Celebrity’s concept of “modern luxury.” And what a party it was with the Martini Bar at the center of the universe!

Although embarkation at Cape Liberty was a fiasco and it was a painful experience getting signed up for Internet access, I quickly forgot about these inconveniences once I got settled in. The first order of business was to attend the Celebrity Silhouette naming celebration. Although Celebrity Silhouette was officially named in Hamburg, Germany last July, Celebrity did a wonderful job in Cape Liberty to re-create the celebration for us in the United States. Richard Fain, Chairman & CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd., Dan Henrahan, President & CEO of Celebrity Cruises, and Michelle Morgan, CEO of Signature Travel Network and Godmother of Celebrity Silhouette were there to give a presentation. The highlight of the event was when all of the ship’s Greek officers came up on the stage to sing the Greek National Anthem.

The Lawn Club is truly an innovation. It is a mini country club on a ship complete with real grass where you can play bocce and croquet, practice your putting, enjoy a BBQ, and relax with your favorite drink.  I spent a little time lying on the grass and soaking up the sun. If you prefer to relax indoors, try The Hideaway, the solarium or the library.

Dinner at Murano, one of Celebrity Silhouette’s elegant alternative restaurants, was an unforgettable dining experience. Not only was it delicious, it was entertaining as we watched our two waiters, who were located at both ends of our table, vie to see who would prepare our lobster with the most flair. Entertainment didn’t stop at dinner. In the Silhouette Theatre, we watched breathlessly as the performers balanced a ladder on their nose, swung through the air on a hula hoop and entwined their buffed bodies in exotic positions. It was one of the best shows I’ve seen at sea.