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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2016
I have previously traveled with Celebrity three times and all three were with the Century (which was recently sold to a Chinese company). The total time spent on the ship was over a month and I loved everything about this smaller boat. ... Read More
I have previously traveled with Celebrity three times and all three were with the Century (which was recently sold to a Chinese company). The total time spent on the ship was over a month and I loved everything about this smaller boat. Now, over two years later, I decided to try another Celebrity cruise. After all, I'd enjoyed the previous ones so much. Unfortunately, I was left very, very flat by my cruise aboard the Silhouette--mostly because the quality of the food has slipped so very badly. The dinners looked great but often tasted awful....and this even included some of the food at the optional (and expensive) restaurants (we ordered two ribeyes at Tuscan and they both were flavorless). The buffet sucked and often had portions roped off--making the novel buffet idea more like an obstacle course. Also, the 24 hour room service is NOT 24 hour and the quality was the worst of any of the food options. Apart from the food the other serious problem was the noise. Although the average age of the cruisers appeared to be about 60-70, the ship was incredibly loud--with music blaring in the central portion of the ship--and making it impossible to relax in the coffee bar or martini bar on the decks above. And it wasn't just that the music was loud, it was also annoying--often with loud Eurobeat music which none of the older passengers would have enjoyed. So was there anything I really liked? Yes. Ther service was still exceptional. So, while dinners and loud music annoyed me, it was hard to hate the trip because the crew was well trained and attentive. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
The port side process was smooth, but the embarkation process proper was a little clunky. I have been cruising for many years, but this was the first time I had to wait to board the ship. Once the wait was over, embarkation moved along ... Read More
The port side process was smooth, but the embarkation process proper was a little clunky. I have been cruising for many years, but this was the first time I had to wait to board the ship. Once the wait was over, embarkation moved along pretty well. The design of the ship is very attractive. I have cruised with the Equinox, Reflection and Solstice before, all sister ships of the Silhouette. I was traveling with my wife and children, as well as my in-laws. Unfortunately for me, my experience on this particular voyage was quite poor. For starters, the cabin was incredibly dusty and allergenic. My son and myself were both sneezing and coughing from the moment we entered our state room. The cabin was so dusty that my son had recurrent asthma attacks while in our room. My wife developed a rash on her arm and torso. The stateroom attendant was not of much help in getting the cabin cleaned. After a visit to guest relations, an in depth cleaning was performed with immediate improvements. We had reservations for early seating for 6 people. We were offered a nice table towards the back of the main dining room. Food in the main dinning room though was horrible. We actually had to send the food back several times during the first 2-3 days of cruising. We ended up not going back to main dinning room after multiple attempts to address the food quality issues. Unfortunately service and food quality in Ocean View Cafe was also poor. It was common for food staples like cereal to run out during breakfast service. When requesting cereal, some staff member answered that there were over 4000 people on board and that they sometimes run out of things. Not quite the answer I expected. Food quality and availability issues were addressed with multiple people while on board the ship. After countless attempts at addressing food services, the Maitre'D made arrangements for the last 2 nights at specialty restaurants. Having young children makes dining in such establishment difficult and that was our original reason to aim for the main dining room service in the first place. I do not expect 5 start gourmet food in the main dining room, but I also don't expect to be sick from what we are being served. Entertainment, spa services, life enrichment activities and music were great. Many activities were occurring across the ship to meet most people's interests. That is the Celebrity service I have learned to expect over the years! Ports of call were very nice, with ability to have a lot of fun. Exception to this was the Cayman Islands where 7 cruise ships were being tendered to shore. Celebrity tender service was poorly organized with only one tender able to dock shore side at a time, with 2 tenders waiting with passengers to disembark. Other cruise lines used local tenders, who could dock in other locations and transfer more people more efficiently. Our excursion was delayed without any staff providing the passengers with any updates. No assembly point was ever demarcated with a lollipop. People were running back and forth without knowing what was happening. Once the excursion started, we had an absolute wonderful time. On the last day of our cruise, our beverages purchased shore side had not yet been delivered to our state room and I had to go hunt for them on debarkation day. I was told that the crew did "not get around" to delivering the bottles to our state room. This has NEVER happened before with any cruise line in 20 years of cruising. In summary, this was by far the worse experience ever after close to 2 decades of cruising! We were invited to specialty restaurants on the last 2 evenings of the cruise, but this hardly makes up for our horrible experiences. To this date, I have not been contacted by Celebrity to discuss my experience on this voyage. I did leave a comment card on the ship, filled out the cruise review and contacted their customer service department. There appears to have been a major shift in Celebrity's commitment to their customers as I would never have expected such lack of professionalism from a reputable company like Celebrity. I was scheduled for 15 day Holiday cruise on December 19th of 2016 on Celebrity Equinox which I proceeded to cancel today. Read Less
Celebrity Silhouette Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.5
Dining 5.0 4.2
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 5.0 4.6
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.1
Family 4.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.6
Enrichment 4.5 3.7
Service 5.0 4.5
Value For Money 4.0 4.0
Rates 4.0 4.2

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