then choose a roundtrip sailing from Southampton. Reconnect and celebrate with friends, family or yourself on the newly revolutionised Celebrity Silhouette® along the way exploring some of the UK’s most vibrant cities and breath taking natural landscapes.
Never having been on a cruise before, I was both excited and nervous when Mark and the team from Arriva https://myfuturecruisecredit.com/UK offered World Privilege Plus a complementary 7 days 6 nights cruise around the coast of the UK from Southampton to Dover, Belfast, Liverpool and back to Southampton on the newly refurbished Celebrity Silhouette. The criteria was you had to be over 18 have both your vaccinations and provide a negative PCR test 72 to 24 hours before your trip.
Stay tuned for part 2 to find out how our trip went….
Arrived at 3pm for a 6pm departure, we go through the terminal, showed our passport and boarding pass on the app, health checks including PCR results and before we knew it we are were being welcome onto the ship by the friendliest bunch of people ever.. no waiting no delays altogether it took around 12 mins.
Because of the Covid issues, there were excellent procedures in place to keep everyone safe, sanitizers, masks, social distancing, and limited capacity, only 1000 guests on a 2300 capacity ship. Everyone abided by the rules, without feeling too restricted, masks were worn when moving around inside the ship, only 4 in a lift with 2 meters between you.
We were directed to our Deluxe Stateroom with balcony in Aquaclass, which comes with some nice privileges. Including Blu restaurant, Jasmine Gardens with hotbeds and sauna. My first impression of the ship was wow!!! It’s amazing, incredible, the attention to detail is on point and it showed. We unpacked and went roaming around the ship. The Celebrity Silhouette® is impressive, with chic upgrades to the iconic Lawn Club, space to relax, and socialize in the fresh sea air, plus the Lawn Club Grill offers an interactive outdoor grilling experience. After a day of adventure you can unwind in your own cabana-styled haven at The Alcoves. 85% of the ship’s luxurious staterooms are enhanced by sweeping veranda views. Celebrity Cruises have created an extraordinary vacation experience.
Time for cocktails at one of 12 bars and dinner at Blu. Aqua Class guests’ exclusive complimentary restaurant, superb!!! There are 14 dining locations including 6 speciality restaurants including my favour Murano (French) Featuring tableside cooking and flambé dishes, the à la carte menu consists of four courses (appetisers, soups and salads, entrées and desserts) whilst the Five Senses tasting menu comprises of six courses paired with wine and designed to stimulate your senses. Book into a suite and all of these are included. Stay tuned for the next part of this adventure>>
The day started with a barmy 21 degrees.. nice as it’s raining at home. There are lots of activities to choose from, but more suited to those who just want to relax, there are live bands playing by the pool, and we even see a few celebrities enjoying the pool and jacuzzi. Our day was spent on the deck enjoying the sunshine with a few glasses of champagne.. a spa treatment then dinner and an amazing show “Life” fit for the West End. A few night caps and time for bed.
Day 3 – At Sea
Pamper day at the spa, wine tasting, followed by crafts class, a talk by motivational speaker and Olympian Derek Redmond, a few hours at my first art auction, purchase a few pieces, then dinner at the amazing Le Petit Chef speciality restaurant where you experience the fusion of entertainment and cuisine, they use 3d animation on the plate to show how the food is prepared. This dining experience is beautifully choreographed with an elegant menu created by Michelin Star Chef. Le Petit Chef ™ offered on Celebrity Cruises® is simply one of the most unique dining events in the world. amazing and delicious. The night is concluded with cocktails and the theatre for a magic show and a nice win in the casino.
Breakfast in bed.. no excursions booked, stayed on the ship, completed 12,000 steps then sunbathing beside the pool, a few glasses of champagne. There are lots of activities to choose from, however decided to chill in the beautiful 22 degrees sunshine. Tonight we are booked into the French Munroe restaurant. The food and service best ever.. Lobster cooked in front of you.
Day 5 – Liverpool
A chilled day, listening to the sound of the Beatles, there are lots of tours to choose from around Liverpool but stayed on the ship. Dinner in Blu and then the Football great result everyone is happy.
Day 6 – Heading back to Southampton
Day 6 heading back to Southampton via Lands End and all though the trip the sun has been shining, the staff from all over the world have been outstanding with everyone we came across giving 100% to make your trip special..
We met some lovely people and had an amazing cruise. A huge thank you to Mark Feldman from Arrivia who organised this trip. Arrivia offers a travel privileges platform that opens up the world of travel to companies and their customers. Marks out of 10 a BIG 10. I am definitely hooked and my next trip is going to be a Cruise. if you would like to find out more please get in touch with the team at Arrivia.