Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 – Civitavecchia, Italy – Sunny – 90s

Itinerary (Small)

13 Night Mediterranean and Greek Isles Cruise

Embarkation Day

A perfectly gorgeous day in Civitavecchia.

I slept like the dead.  I don’t remember anything between hitting the pillow and getting up at 6:30 AM.  That’s what I call tired.  But, I feel like most of the jet lag has departed.

We had breakfast downstairs in the dining area – cereal and a ton of sweet stuff.  The Cappuccino was very good.

The clerk at the Hotel Traghetto pointed out a shorter way to the pier.  We were lucky to catch a standard shuttle bus (not one run by Celebrity) while looking for a bus stop.  He took us to the Silhouette docking area.

Check in took a little longer this time because other people were there and it seemed to take a long time to check them in.  Our check in with the Pier Administrator was quick and we headed for the ship.

Lunch was in the Oceanview Cafe – Salads: Green, tuna, egg, and potato.

The Silhouette is decked out pretty much like the other Solstice Class ships.  This ship, however, does not have a Corning Glass Works show – instead, two specialty restaurants have taken their place.

When we visited the Restaurant to get a table assignment, we were told we were set up for Select Dining in the Grand Cuvee Restaurant(you can eat anytime after 6 PM and at different tables every night).  That should work out well for us.

We are in Cabin 3521 – first one behind the door port side.  The room is a little tighter than similar rooms on the Solstice Class ships and doesn’t have the storage (shelves) present on the other ships.

  Cabin 3521 (Small)

Cabin 3521 (behind the door)

The following picture was taken on Deck 5 outside the Cafe Bacio – that’s my reflection in the window.

Inside and outside De3ck 5 (Small)

Deck 5 – Cafe Bacio – and Reflections

After the Boat Drill, we met with the Cruise Director, Lisa Richard, and Activities Manager, Matt Swenson, to film a promo video and go over the lecture schedule for the cruise.  The Destination Speaker on this cruise is Skip Moen, a History Professor.  I will be giving all five talks with some of them on port days and some of them in the evening.  I got the grid for the week, which was nice.

We asked for and got a nice table for two by a window for dinner.  Dinner: Cesar Salad, Mushroom Soup, and Breaded Haddock.  It was very good.  After dinner, we hung out on Deck 5 and listened to the party band,  Sipra.  The lead singer is one of the best we have heard.

Sipra Party Band (Small)

Sipra in the Grand Foyer

The Sail Away provided a terrific sunset.

 Sunset over Med Sailaway (Small)

Sail Away Sunset

The Opening Night Show was at 9:00 PM giving us a lot of time to read and listen to music.  The key was the super efficient service at dinner. 

The show previewed the A Cappella Group, Uncommon Ground, an Aerialist from the UK (yes, the UK), the Silhouette Singers and Dancers, and our singing Cruise Director, Lisa Richard.

The aerialist did some neat stunts on a suspended ring displaying her strength.

aerialist from UK Opening night (Small) aerialist from UK Opening night 1 (Small)

Lisa Richard and Matt Swenson described the Celebrity Life Program including the speaker events.

Lisa and Matt Opening Night (Small)

Lisa and Matt

The Celebrity Singers and Dancers gave us a preview of the three Production Shows this cruise.

Stars of Silhouette Opening NIght (Small)

The Stars of Silhouette - “Don’t Stop Believin’”

And Lisa, who was in “Mama Mia” for four years ended the show with a take on “Let Me Entertain You”.  She can really sing.

Finale w Lisa (Small)

Lisa Stops the Show

We are both pretty tired – having dozed off while trying to read – so we are back in the room pretty early.

The sea is smooth and the room is quiet…

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