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9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We chose this cruise because it was sailing to the destination we desired and because of the raving reviews. We can fault NOTHING and praise EVERYTHING. From the luxurious and stylish design of the ship, to the amazing, warm and sweet ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was sailing to the destination we desired and because of the raving reviews. We can fault NOTHING and praise EVERYTHING. From the luxurious and stylish design of the ship, to the amazing, warm and sweet service we received, to the food, oh my God the food was amazing. To the room, cleaned twice daily. To the itinerary, the entertainment (thank you Eddy!) To the bedroom and bars. We had awesome servers in the MDR- Jerry kept filling my husband's glass with wine, Myo and Rajni were so attentive to us! Filip in the Sunset Bar was great, Gina, our room attendant, was the best. Eddy, the cruise director and Jayne Curry with her wonderful voice and amazing personality. We loved every second of it and although it has been a few days since we returned home, we miss it. My husband opted for the Standard Alcohol Package which offered him quite a variety of house wines, beers and spirits. I had the standard non alcoholic package and enjoyed treating myself to lush teas and premium coffees. The food both in the Ocean View Cafe and MDR was amazing. We did not try any speciality restaurants because we were super impressed with the MDR food. All in all, this was one of the best holidays of our life. We are in our mid 30s so we have def changed our view that a cruise is for the older generation! It was full of young and young at heart 40, 50 and 60 year old holiday makers. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
This was a 14 day charter cruise from Amsterdam to Barcelona. Embarkation: Embarkation at Amsterdam was remarkably efficient and a master class in organisation. From memory, the time from arriving at the kerb to cabin door was about ... Read More
This was a 14 day charter cruise from Amsterdam to Barcelona. Embarkation: Embarkation at Amsterdam was remarkably efficient and a master class in organisation. From memory, the time from arriving at the kerb to cabin door was about 40 minutes. The cuisine: We tried three of the specialty restaurants and rated the French restaurant - Murano very highly. The service was impeccable, the food and wine superb. The Tuscan Grille and the Lawn Club had that frozen food experience. The steak at the Tuscan Grille had a strange texture, however the location at the rear of the ship is spectacular. The main dining room was the star of the show and how they maintain such fast service for so many people is a source of constant amazement. For every day dining the main dining room is really very, very good indeed. The service: Our cabin attendant was excellent as are all the crew. The constant up sell is a bit boring. Entertainment: We were a bit spoiled as the charter company brought their own entertainment on board alongside the Celebrity team. On the whole it was absolutely excellent. The ship: Although newer than The Summit, The Silhouette somehow lacks the grandeur in part because it tries to be too contemporary and ends up looking flashy. The lawn deck is just great and overall it is an awesome ship Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We love Celebrity and we love Atlantis. Last year we tried Oceania Marina, loved the food and the cabin but she's not as impressive as the Solstice Class. This was our first time Silhouette. 10 Day Cruise from Amsterdam to ... Read More
We love Celebrity and we love Atlantis. Last year we tried Oceania Marina, loved the food and the cabin but she's not as impressive as the Solstice Class. This was our first time Silhouette. 10 Day Cruise from Amsterdam to Barcelona. Celebrity has definitely upped their game with the food. We found the food to be noticeably improved from our Equinox sailing 2 years ago. We especially loved the Lawn Club (the cookie is a must!). We've always booked Aqua class and this was no exception. We were in cabin 1529, forward, port side. We love the location and it's under the changing rooms so no gym noise. It's also easy to come and go from the pool area. We are staples of the Martini bar and we found all of the wait staff were truly wonderful. We noticed our cabin steward didn't have an assistant. According to her, they no longer have assistance. I felt she did a great job but was slightly overworked. I hope they bring assistants back. We tipped her heavily for always being spot on with fresh towels and keeping our room in ship shape. This was an Atlantis Charter so no drink packages, but we do get extra entertainment, Deborah Cox among many others. The crows was fun and extremely friendly. This was our 4th cruise with Atlantis and would definitely do another. We don't go to the parties much, we are in bed by 10pm usually. We loved Oceania for the cabin and food and slighly higher quality service, but overall we prefer Celebrity. Next May we are doing our first Civilian (Non Atlantis) Cruise on the Solstice, May 11, 2017. Looking forward to great sites, meeting new people, most of all a drink package! Take away. If you're thinking of cruising on the Silhouette, she's wonderful, with great improvements from the Equinox with Lawn Club. If you're thinking of cruising with Atlantis, you won't regret it! With Atlantis the ship has a wonderful energy and the crew really love it (they get tipped 4x from a normal sailing). Everyone is kind and it's whatever you make of it. If you want scandal you can find scandal, but if you're like us and just want to have a pleasant time in all gay setting (no kids), it's awesome but you pay a premium for it. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2017
Love TAs never visited Amsterdam. Check in at FLL pier was easy and quick. Room was ready by 1pm. Ship was in pristine condition. Dined nightly in Blu. Friendly staff and good food. Luncheon buffet had many choices all were very good ... Read More
Love TAs never visited Amsterdam. Check in at FLL pier was easy and quick. Room was ready by 1pm. Ship was in pristine condition. Dined nightly in Blu. Friendly staff and good food. Luncheon buffet had many choices all were very good including the daily themes. Crossing was calm seas. Daily lectures very informative. Have booked the Silly again in Nov. for the TA from Rome. Captain Kefetsis was the life of the party, always joking and mingling with the guests. Room steward, Mario, was like a ninja. Room clean and ready at all times, ice provided for wines etc. The band, Casablanca was terrific. Weather crossing was cool and had several days when sitting outside was too cold. Ports of Brugges, Lehavre and Lisbon were perfect. Days sunny and temperate. Spent 2 days in Amsterdam. Loved the canal cruises there. Disembarkation was quite fast and customs check was non existent. The Silhouette is our favorite ship. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
We were in concierge class so we were on board a few moments after we were checked in around 10:30. From that point the lunch in main dining room opened at 11:30 so we checked out the many levels of the ship. I have to say, as my first ... Read More
We were in concierge class so we were on board a few moments after we were checked in around 10:30. From that point the lunch in main dining room opened at 11:30 so we checked out the many levels of the ship. I have to say, as my first time on Celebrity, it was the most beautiful ship I have ever been on. Lunch at 11:30 was limited but good and if you don't care for it, you can always venture to the buffet. By the time lunch was finished and we explored just a bit more, the rooms were ready. Our rooms were adjoining 2147 & 2149, Ben made quick work of opening balcony. Balcony is about the same as Holland but so much larger than Carnival or NCL. We did get a bottle of wine/champagne, what I know now is that we could have asked for it later in the cruise. We should have opted for that. Also, they cleared the mini bar and brought different pillows I requested. Canapes were ok, we did get them every day, but sometimes were a hit and othertimes not so much. I have to say if you went hungry on this cruise you didn't look hard enough. Only did the buffet once for lunch and never for breakfast or dinner but the food was varied for lunch. Also, whatever the ice cream is in the main dining will be what the buffet has next day. The gelato was yummy with fresh made waffle cones. It was an upsell at a few bucks but totally worth it. The coffee bar was a huge hit for us. My sister had the premium nonalcohol package and was a total coffee junkee. Even my hubby who isn't normally a foofoo coffee kind of guy jumped in the game. We did not eat any speciality as we normally find something we like in main dining. We did burger/hotdog at the Mast Grill and it was yummy in my book. Also did the smoothy bar in the food area in the indoor pool, a lot of different options for smoothy and food. We did a few shows, and they were the typical cruise shows, name that toon was funny. The weather wasn't so great so having that indoor pool area was nice. There were plenty of places to lay around and the library level has your own concierge, during certain times, which was nice. Casino was decent, we actually did fairly well considering we were on a cruise. One lady won over 3,000 on two different machines in a matter of minutes. So we definitely noticed them paying out. Leaving the ship you went to a dining room to wait. Although we didn't get off at any different time than anyone else, we had our own area to wait with coffee and one more chance for a chocolate croissant. This was the same for the lifeboat drill, went to a dining room. Overall this was an awesome, quick getaway. I can't really comment on Cozumel, we didn't do anything but get off the ship and walk around the shopping area since we had been there three times before. We did book again for a summer cruise and received an extra 150 for on board credit and only 100 for deposit. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
4 nights on Celebrity Silhouette was wonderful overall with the food, attentiveness, cleanliness, friendliness, and the just about the overall size of the ship. Drink package was the highlight of my cruise because Celebrity seems to ... Read More
4 nights on Celebrity Silhouette was wonderful overall with the food, attentiveness, cleanliness, friendliness, and the just about the overall size of the ship. Drink package was the highlight of my cruise because Celebrity seems to focus on all these fancy bars, especially the martini bar and the worldclass bar. Drinks were excellent as service was just as good as it gets. There were busy peak hours, which was a bit chaotic but understandable. I tried non-alcholic beverages, like latte and juice, and they were decent. Internet package was great too. I got to share every moment with my family back home. Food was great in the dining room, which just one miss on the service due to how busy it was on that particular night. For the buffet, I'm not a fan of the layout of the buffet area, but the food was great as well. I only felt bad for the crew that at one point they seemed to have a hard time keeping up with demand. There are few things I was disappointed however. First, Persian Garden was always busy. I couldn't find any personal quiet moment. I would just skip it next time and spent money elsewhere. Second, this ship seems to focused on being indoor more, except the top deck of course. We have a hard time finding the way outside while we're on lower deck. By the way, once you're inside, it feels just like a luxury hotels. I didn't even smell smoke in the casino area. Third, up charge restaurants were expensive. With my previous experience with Norwegian, Celebrity specialty restaurants are pricey! at $45-$50/person Next, public restroom area weren't all over the ship (but they were really nice and clean restrooms!). You know what you drink so much, it gotta come out somewhere! Lastly, even though the lawn was a unique touch, I find it useless, especially when it's wet. I'd rather see more hot tubs or complimentary eateries throughout the ship I forgot to mention that there were NO KIDS to be seen on my cruise. I saw ONE stroller and a baby but no crying, no loudness, nobody screaming. It was blessing! Now that I know what to enjoy and what to avoid. Depending on the itinerary and the price, I'll be sailing with Celebrity again soon. PS. Concierge class was actually useless to me. I didn't use anything that it has to offer. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2016
From the beginning to the end, everything turned out to be amazing -- activities, shows, dinners, on-shore tours, ballerinas, attendants, guest colleagues... We had a lot of fun and met a flock of new friends. In one of those days Mother ... Read More
From the beginning to the end, everything turned out to be amazing -- activities, shows, dinners, on-shore tours, ballerinas, attendants, guest colleagues... We had a lot of fun and met a flock of new friends. In one of those days Mother Nature didn't help much (when it got to visiting St Petersburg) but, nonetheless, and under a cold mild rain, it was great to be there even so. Got to get back there someday though! A special and very important (huge) "detail" was that the whole crew personnel who took care of us -- room attendants, chefs, waiters, helpers and sommeliers, not forgetting the house musicians and other people servicing around -- was incredibly nice and actually treated us like kings and queens. Thanks to them our cruise was increased with tender care and all of those small little daily amenities that added up to a feeling of safety and tranquility: exactly what we needed to soothe our hectic life of "workers enjoying a period of rest". Well, after all that, we hope to see them on our next vacation, already programmed for 2017 with Celebrity Cruises. Thank you too! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2014
We were part of a large group on the Celebrity Silhouette departing November 30, 2014 from Port Everglades (Ft. Lauderdale). We arrived by car. We had experience with arriving at Terminal 25 so we knew what to expect, unfortunately we were ... Read More
We were part of a large group on the Celebrity Silhouette departing November 30, 2014 from Port Everglades (Ft. Lauderdale). We arrived by car. We had experience with arriving at Terminal 25 so we knew what to expect, unfortunately we were among the minority. It is one of many Port Everglades terminals that make embarkation difficult. There is not adequate space, lane markings, or signage to direct you towards the drop-off area which makes for mass confusion as you try to maneuver through the throngs of arriving busses, taxis, shuttles, and private vehicles. I don’t blame Celebrity for this. We unloaded our car and then waited by the curb for our poor driver to make his way to the terminal from the distant parking garage. Once inside the terminal, things went pretty quick. We had booked Aqua Class and got to get in the priority lane. We were on the ship within 10 minutes. Note to future cruisers. The bathrooms in the terminal are a joke. One urinal and one commode in the men’s room. Long line. You have been warned. Once on the ship it was the usual first day confusion. Nobody knowing where to go or what to do. Fortunately we did. Our group headed to the pool deck and grabbed a lounge chair waiting for the staterooms to be ready. I grabbed my suit out of my carry on and headed the bathroom to change. I was in hot tub bliss for the next hour when the announcement was made that we could go to our stateroom. We then went to grab a bite at the Oceanview Café (not that crowded) and then up to the Sunset Bar where we parked ourselves until the Muster Drill. Afterward, we hung out for about 15 minutes until the elevators cleared and headed for the Sky Lounge to sit and have drinks while the ship sailed out of port. We had received a notice when we checked in at the terminal, which notified us that the Silhouette was having mechanical issues and that our port arrival times had been altered. Nothing we could do about it but hope that the mechanical issues wouldn’t get worse. Found out later the ship’s fastest speed was only 17 knots. Big issue for those who were looking forward to shore excursions as our time in each port had been shortened substantially. No big deal to me. I rarely have interest in getting off the ship. I prefer staying onboard and enjoying the lack of crowds on port days. We got a cruise credit because of our delay getting into Georgetown. The last tender didn’t leave the ship until 1:30 and the last tender back to the ship was 5:30. My biggest disappointment was our stop in Labadee. We didn’t even arrive until after 12:30 and had to be back on the ship by 5:30. Apparently this will be repaired when the ship goes into dry dock in January. We had some rain on the first few days, but that only affected our first morning at sea. Bravo to Celebrity for the quiet and temperature controlled Solarium. Unlike the blistering heat on similar spaces on Royal Caribbean, the Solarium here was a perfect temperature the entire cruise. There was one instance during the cruise that the Solarium music started blaring but after complaints, it was somewhat quickly corrected. I wasn’t as thrilled with Blu as I was on past cruises. Went once for dinner the first night, and once for breakfast the second day, then elected to skip it the rest of the cruise. Menu just didn’t appeal to me and there was long pauses between courses making the meals last about as long as the main dining room experience. I remember enjoying a more attentive service at Blu on my last cruise. Probably won’t do Aqua Class again. Went to Qsine TWICE on this cruise. Just loved the experience and another group on the ship invited me to join them. Jovana from Serbia was our waitress and she was delightful. My only complaint about Qsine is the whole ordering process. Everyone at the table is given a tablet and marks the menu items that interest you. Then the waitress orders what she wants you to have based on quizzing everyone at the table. Being a tech geek, I have no idea why they can’t make the menu program track what each person has selected and give you a list of most to least requested menu items. All their marketing material makes a big deal about you ordering from the iPads but it just isn’t true. It was the most annoying part of a very good experience. Had lunch at the Lawn Club Grill on the last sea day. It was a great meal and worth the $25 charge. The cruise line makes a big deal about you being able to cook your own meal there but who wants to do that? We didn’t. I think it is a misunderstood venue and that is why it always is empty. The chocolate chip cookie dessert got high marks from our table. Flat breads were very good too. Also decided one day to try out the Bistro on 5. For $7 upcharge, you get a nice selection of savory and sweet crepes. It was a great meal, but not one worth repeating. It is the one spot on the ship that is always empty and is way oversized. I don’t understand how Celebrity can justify the fallow space just to get a few hundred dollars a day in extra revenue. We only tried it because we just weren’t feeling it when we scouted the buffet that day. Didn’t try the Porch this cruise because $7 just to get a Panini didn’t seem worth it to us. None of the shows really appealed to me so I avoided the main theater this cruise. Did enjoy a couple of movies while on the ship. Hint: You can watch the same movies they show on the ship using the on-demand area of your stateroom TV. There is a FREE on-demand section but you have to look for it. I have to admit that debarkation is NEVER a good experience but I have to say that the Silhouette experience was one of the worst I’ve participated in. The issue is the guests leave the ship from deck 2 and the only waiting area is on deck 3. When the ship docks, all the guests who elect to carry off their own luggage are required to go down a flight of stairs with their luggage or use one of 3 elevators they lock out to transport guests down one level. On that note, they locked out these 3 elevators long before the embarkation process begins, so it was nearly impossible for us to get an elevator down to level 3 in the first place. Lucky for us we were on a high deck and eventually got down. Once we got off the ship, everything went quickly. Last issue was the parking garage. 3 of the smallest elevators I’ve ever seen that could only hold 4 people with their luggage at a time. Again, Port Everglades not Celebrity to blame for this final experience. All in all, a great cruise sandwiched between a poorly executed embarkation and debarkation.   Read Less
Sail Date: November 2014
• Background information Single Traveler-Mid 50's-Have cruised ~25 times, 18 of those times with Celebrity • Ship information Celebrity Silhouette-Celebrity Silhouette is the fourth ship in the Solstice class, it was placed in ... Read More
• Background information Single Traveler-Mid 50's-Have cruised ~25 times, 18 of those times with Celebrity • Ship information Celebrity Silhouette-Celebrity Silhouette is the fourth ship in the Solstice class, it was placed in service in July of 2011. I had sailed on Silhouette in December of 2012, so was curious to see if any changes had been made. • Activities Very enthusiastic CD (Aren’t they all though). Do like that Celebrity lets them run their own programs • Service Had a really excellent butler and room attendant this cruise. The real standout for service though was the Michaels club concierge Anca. She reminded me of a concierge at a Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Anything she could do to help you she would. Anytime she saw you she would check in to see if anything you needed could be provided. I think at least 3 or 4 times she called just to see if there was anything I needed. Even the 5th day of the cruise when I wanted to get a reservation for an alcove on the 6th day and they were sold out, she manage to get me one an hour after I spoke to her. She truly provided an exceptional quality of service. • Port & shore excursions Only went ashore in Grand Cayman, and went on the Celebrity Stingray Swim. It was fun. Was glad we booked with Celebrity as the boat broke down heading back to the ship, so we were an hour behind schedule, but because it was a Celebrity booked excursion the ship waited for us • Travel to embarkation Port Downtown FLL to cruise port is only a 10 minute cab ride. So transfers were quick and easy. I posted a listing on CC and split the cost for a GMC Yukon among 4 of us • Cabin I really love the Celebrity Suites(CS). I was in 1617. Roomy and lots of storage. Balcony big enough for a padded lounger, a table with two chairs, and a second lounger. Suite has a combination tub/shower. Was glad to see they replaced the hand held shower contraption with a rainfall shower head. I’m 6’1” and I could fit in comfortably with a few inches to spare • Dining Main Dining Room-Really enjoyed it every night we attended (4 out of 7), the service was exceptionally good. All members of the team Waiter, Asst Waiter and Wine Steward were attentive, smiling , with great attention to detail. Food quality was good but not great. You could see differences from a just a few years ago. For example Short Ribs, two small pieces (I’m guessing about 5 oz, vice 8 oz a year ago), shrimp in the shrimp cocktail smaller and lesser quantity, etc. • Specialty Dining Specialty Dining packages- Celebrity advertise the packages which seemed like a good deal, but didn’t really like that they were premade packages rather than packages could be created. For example you can buy a 3 package deal for Murano, Tuscan Grille, and Qsine for a discount, but you have to eat in those three, NOT your three favorite restaurants, but one of each instead Qsine- I loved it-I loved the theme of it, and the execution, staff were “bubbly” fun, but still professional. Food was excellent. I can’t think of anything I had that I didn’t like. Especially enjoyed the Disco Shrimp, Treseviche, and Painters Mignon. Having dined now in Qsine a few times, I think the concept works best with a group of 4-6, less or more people it doesn’t flow as well Lawn Club Grille-My favorite specialty dining venue in Celebrity’s fleet. Atmosphere is delightful (as is the sea air), like that it’s open and glassed in but also has features that allows it to be used on a cool or windy night. The menu is exceptional. Best lamb chops onboard, filet was fantastic, even has a first class salad bar. Enjoyed the flat bread starters (we tried all, found the chicken our favorite). Loved the side dishes as well, the baked beans and the creamed corn were excellent and had their own flair. Finished off the meal with the Warm Chocolate Chip Cookie (about 7” in diameter and about 1” thick). • Entertainment Always interesting, but generally not memorable to me. I admire the heck out of their spirit, but all the online shows seem to blend together Alcove rental-I did try the alcove rental this voyage and really enjoyed it. It was $149 for a sea day and that included a couple of large bottles of water, cheese platter, some cookies, etc. Small phone mounted on wall to contact attendant, and he was there in 30 seconds . Nice that you can let in the sun or block it whatever your preference and only takes him about 40 seconds to change it. Only complaint I have about the Alcoves is booking them. Advertised on the website that you can do it online and if you book more than one day, you get a discount, and you can’t do either. Have tried on 2 different cruises to book in advance and also book more than one day. The web site didn’t allow either (tried both a week and a month in advance), but once got onboard was able to book it, but they said they new nothing about a discount about booking for more than one visit. It’s a minor annoyance, but still an annoyance when you see an advertised service and it doesn’t exist. • Disembarkation Simple and Easy. This time I tried the “Luggage Valet” service. You pay an extra $20 and the last night you put your bags outside your door, and they are transferred directly to your airline, so the next time you see them is when you arrive at your home airport. It was a simple well executed service and really appreciated the convenience of it. • Summary Excellent trip. Hats off to the Hotel Director Stephane Coutouly who did both the duties of the Hotel Director and Food and Beverage Manager, the cruise director Mark Bachiochi who kept up the energy and kept it fun, and a special thanks to Anca, the Michaels club concierge who was superb.   Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
Silhouette Eastern Caribbean 3/2 through 3/9 I don’t know the ‘traditional’ way of writing a review, so I will simply try to categorize the important stuff and keep the trivialities at a minimum. Check In: Almost smooth! Almost. We ... Read More
Silhouette Eastern Caribbean 3/2 through 3/9 I don’t know the ‘traditional’ way of writing a review, so I will simply try to categorize the important stuff and keep the trivialities at a minimum. Check In: Almost smooth! Almost. We checked in around 1:30 and had some weird issues with my partner’s seapass card. They could not get his photo and card to jive together. My process was seamless; his took a total of five attempts before getting it to work. The girl at check-in kept taking his photo and running his card without success. We eventually had to go see ‘someone special’ at the far end of the check in booths. This special person was finally able to make it happen on try #4. Kind of. Because when we went up to board, the card still would not read. So some more behind the screen magic happened and then this was attempt #5, without knowing if it was really resolved. But….finally onboard. (More on this later!) First impressions: WOW. We supposedly had access to our Sky Suite (9376) but we wandered around a bit first. In a word, I would say ‘modern luxury’ really does describe the décor. Not overblown, but with so much understated beauty and proportion. There was no overabundance of fake wood (which we are used to seeing on Princess ships) and no bright neon. The public areas were well designed in every aspect. Loved the tree in the elevator atrium! Sky Suite 9376: This was our first time in a suite of any kind. Prior to now we have just done the usual balcony stateroom on Princess (and once on an unfortunate Celebrity Millennium cruise in 2003 that I won’t go into now. Suffice it to say that the Celebrity of 2014 is quite improved). Naturally we were blown away by all the space in this corner aft. The bathroom with a tub and shower (no clingy shower curtains this time) were a breath of fresh air. I loved the big porthole window on one side and did some reading while sitting inside it throughout the cruise. The balcony was a big hit. So huge and panoramic. We spent more time on this balcony than any other cruise we have taken. As for storage, we didn’t even use all that was available to us. I could not find a single thing to improve on this room. There were some rumors on Cruise Critic about soot on the balcony of these aft cabins. Yes, there was a miniscule amount on the way down to Puerto Rico, but it never collected on the loungers or table or even the deck; just a tiny little recessed area next to the glass. It is hardly worth mentioning and had no effect on our cruise. None. The room is quite a distance to the stairs and elevator, which was not an issue for us. We liked the privacy it afforded. Service/staff: So, so different from what we experienced in 2003! FANTASTIC! Not one slip-up or negative; no not one. And so friendly! And funny! We both said to each other, “They must have a training class on sense of humor for every one they hire.” Everyone seemed to be having a great time on the ship and so happy to be doing their thing. Nicole was our room attendant, Singh was our butler. I can’t praise them enough. There are no words. They anticipated needs before we ourselves did. Clare at Guest Relations was quite funny. By this time, we realized that my partner’s card STILL did not work, so we went to her to get it sorted out. She produced a new card, we tested it out…and voila! On attempt #6 it did work! However…when he tried to use his card to get a beer, the beverage package verbiage was not on his new card…so we had to go back to Guest Relations again for a new one. This was attempt #7, and it did get resolved. Clare was so patient, apologetic and at the same time hilarious throughout this snafu. Ports: Honestly, we did not book this cruise for the itinerary, but to try out an S Class ship in a sky suite. We had been to Puerto Rico and Saint Martin before, and loved these ports, but we had never been to Saint Kitts. We did not book excursions for Puerto Rico or Saint Martin; we just got off the ship and wandered around a bit in our favorite haunts. At Saint Kitts, we took the excursion to Brimstone Fort and to the Batik place. The fort was fascinating, and we took some beautiful photos there. Neither of us are into Batik, but we did walk around the botanical gardens that surround the place and got some great shots. There is a tree there that is over 400 years old! Probably in retrospect we should have done the zipline to avoid some of the cranky cruise passengers on the Brimstone Fort excursion. There was a big drama over someone sitting in a different seat on the van when we left the fort to go the Batik place. It was so ridiculous I won’t even bore you with the details, but we heard about the details for a good 45 minutes of the tour. We are not youngsters (both 57 years old) but some of our fellow passengers who are not much older seemed a lot less thrilled to be alive. I think the 400 year old tree we saw was a lot happier than this one woman who was so rattled about not getting her original seat on the van. As I say, we did not choose this cruise for the ports, but for the ship. Dining: #A. Blu: I must say that I was extremely doubtful of all the great things I’d heard about Blu. I mean, how different could it be? But surprise! It was one of the high points of this cruise. We had wonderful waitstaff every time, but the standouts were Baron and Yasine. The maître de was Fernando. He could not have been more accommodating! I felt as if we were old friends within a few minutes. So…for the food here: What is there to say but that we were never disappointed in the slightest. My partner got the New York strip on two separate visits and pronounced it perfect. He is very particular when it comes to steak. We loved Blu so much we never even made it to the main dining room. Since we were in a suite we had the surcharge of $5 each time. SO worth it. #B: Bistro on Five: This was quite a busy place. I had read on Cruise Critic that it seemed to be empty a lot, but not the case on our cruise…and as the trip went on, it became even more popular. Service was great once again, and the food was spectacular. We came here twice. I had the Buffalo crepe (spicy roasted chicken with blue cheese) and also the Mediterranean crepe (which I can’t remember the details about, but which was just as good). The desserts here are remarkable and different from what you get elsewhere on the ship. I would have loved to have tried breakfast here, but we didn’t get around to it. #C. The Porch: Another place with a $5 surcharge. Worth it. I had the Reuben Panini and a Caesar salad. My partner had some kind of Tuscan/italiano Panini. A nice change from the buffet. The décor is fun too, and it’s nice to be more connected with the outside and the sound of the ocean. #D. Oceanview Café (buffet): Best buffet setup by far on any cruise I have been on. We did not make it here a lot, as we wanted to try all our options…but it was so de-lish! My favorite thing here was a greek chicken salad to die for. I also did like the pizza, despite all the complaints I have read about. Perhaps Princess pizza is slightly better, due to their perfect crispy crust…but nevertheless, I thought it was quite tasty! #E. I Forget What It’s Called But It’s The Burger Place: Much better burgers than Princess! We had them twice we liked them so much. Once again, great to have lunch on the little tables next to the ocean. #F. Tuscan Grille And Murano: I am combining these together because my opinion of both is the same: Excellent in every aspect, and just as good as…but not better than Blu. I wanted to try them and was happy I did. Not disappointed in any way, but why pay more for something that I like just as much as Blu? Next Celebrity cruise I think we will just book Aqua Class and stick with Blu. Or we might eventually get to try out the Main Dining Room! If you book a cruise without access to Blu, then I would highly recommend either of these. If you’re able to eat in Blu, then I don’t see the point. #G: Qsine: We had our free specialty night booked here. I was and am still fascinated by it, and will try it out again. It started out for us as great fun, but my partner accidentally ate some avocado that was in one of the dishes we chose, and he is deathly allergic. He became drastically ill within minutes and we had to cut our visit short. We will be back! We loved the lava crab and the disco shrimp, and the few other things we had before we made our exit. It is such a different concept, I think it is well worth the surcharge. Entertainment: By far, this is the best cruise we have been on for entertainment. So much to do, and such high quality. All the onboard activities were wonderful, but the production shows….EXCELLENT EXELLENT EXCELLENT. As I have mentioned, we have been on many cruises, all but one on Princess, and enjoyed the majority of them, but this particular cast on Silhouette outshines them all. I majored in vocal performance and worked professionally in this field for several years, so I recognize great singers…and this ship has four spectacular ones! You will not be disappointed. Try to see at least one of the production shows if you can. My least favorite was the Cirque style show but that is just my personal thing. I don’t care for the genuine Cirque de Soleil shows, so it was hard to win me over on this one. I like the acrobatics; the gymnastics, the juggling. What I don’t care for is the nonsensical musical scores full of words that mean nothing. As I say, this is what the bona fide Cirque shows do, and Celebrity does it well…it is just not my cup of tea to hear gibberish sung. If you like Cirque stuff, you won’t be disappointed though. SUMMARY: I suppose I could write more, but this covers all the main points that I’d be interested in if I was reading a review. We will definitely cruise with Celebrity again, and I can honestly say it was the best cruise experience ever. We will still go with Princess in the future, depending on itinerary…but yes, in a side by side comparison, Celebrity rules in our book.   Read Less
Sail Date: December 2013
This was our second transatlantic cruise both on Celebrity and our fourth cruise with Celebrity. We had the best time meeting new cruise-mates as well as crew members, what a terrific experience! Because of high winds we were delayed ... Read More
This was our second transatlantic cruise both on Celebrity and our fourth cruise with Celebrity. We had the best time meeting new cruise-mates as well as crew members, what a terrific experience! Because of high winds we were delayed departing so we missed our stop in Florence/Pisa. Our butler, Arnel took care of our every need and came to understand what we preferred for the evening snacks. The cabin attendants kept the suite spotless. The ship was in great condition and seemed brand new, no rust to be seen. Our only negative was food and service at The Porch. American breakfast sandwich seemed to have been microwaved, not good at all. Tried the Ruben for lunch, very tasty but the server or the chef opened the bag of chips by slapping the bag on the counter crushing them into pieces. Celebrity could make better use of the space taken up by the Porch or improve the food and service. We tried all the specialty restaurants except Blu and still find Tuscan Grill to be some of the best food on the high seas! My steak was cook to perfection and the service second to none. For the first time we tried lunch in the MDR and it was excellent every time during the cruise. All dinners in the MDR meet our expectations, good service and food quality. Entertainment was hit and miss, we are not "theater people". Our captain has the best since of humor and very interesting to listen to. Overall one of our best trips.   Read Less
Sail Date: August 2013
In August my husband and I took the Celebrity Silhouette from Venice to Rome with stops in Dubrovnik, Montenegro, Corfu, Mykonos, Santorini, Naples and Corsica. It was an amazing trip. This was our second journey with Celebrity having ... Read More
In August my husband and I took the Celebrity Silhouette from Venice to Rome with stops in Dubrovnik, Montenegro, Corfu, Mykonos, Santorini, Naples and Corsica. It was an amazing trip. This was our second journey with Celebrity having sailed on the Equinox a year earlier for our honeymoon. This time we upgraded to an S1 Sky Suite. We absolutely loved it. Some might complain because it is not close to elevators and is literally at the back of the ship but we loved that about it. It was quiet with a wrap-around balcony with endless sun and a perfect view of all ports we visited. The suite was beautifully appointed and also featured a large porthole window in addition to the veranda. It is exactly like the picture presented by Celebrity. Once you experience the "suite" life there is no turning back. Superior room attendants (we had Michelle), a full service butler (Nelson) and a beautifully appointed room with upgraded bedding and a spectacular bathroom (at least by cruise standards). No all Sky Suites are the same and some of Celebrity's own pictures are misleading. S2 suites for example do not feature a porthole window in addition to the terrace and are not laid out as nicely. Word to the wise. Can't say enough about the Silhouette. Beautiful ship. Great restaurants, (make sure to take advantage of the free specialty restaurants which come with the suite, lovely theatre and awesome bars throughout. I have been on 19 cruises and the Solstice Class of ship on the Celebrity is my favorite bar none. We have booked a return to the Mediterranean next summer on the Equinox - also in Sky Suite at the back of the ship! xx Read Less
Sail Date: December 2012
We flew into Rome to board the Celebrity Sillouette. We traveled with a smaller hosted group, Aquafest that took great care of us and made this one of our favorite vacations ever. Before we left we had heard so much hype about Celebrity. ... Read More
We flew into Rome to board the Celebrity Sillouette. We traveled with a smaller hosted group, Aquafest that took great care of us and made this one of our favorite vacations ever. Before we left we had heard so much hype about Celebrity. Everything was supposed to be so much better than other cruise lines that we would never want to cruise with anyone else. This expectation fell short for us. This is our 18th cruise and first with Celebrity. The Ports were great. We enjoyed some of the activities on board including some of the lectures, scrapbooking and the entertainment on the pool deck and in the Atrium. There was one female singer on the main stage that was also a standout but overall it was just average. The food was also disappointing for us. We enjoy eating in the main dining room and there were many nights that I ordered from the same choices because there wasn't anything very appealing on the daily menu. They spent a lot of time trying to encourage you to eat at one of their specialty restaurants for an additional 30 to 40 dollars a person. I think they thought if there food was mediocre enough you would pay the difference. We did go to the Tuscan Grill one night and the food was great but because I eat very small portions definately a waste. For the most part the service was excellent, the room steward was very attentive, our waiters were great. They saved their grumpy employees for the breakfast buffets. There was one day we went down to the theatre and water started pouring down from the ceiling as the seats were soaked with the smell of raw sewage. They opened the theatre later that night but many of the seats were still really wet. Even with all of this we enjoyed the ports very much, we enjoyed our waiters and activity director, the martini bar experience was really enjoyable and our small group activities made it a truly memorable vacation overall. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2012
This was our fourth or fifth Celebrity Soltice class cruise and our third in Aqua class. We are early retirees, gay and partnered for 36 years; we enjoy the quality of the Soltice experience; the realization that one 'knows' ... Read More
This was our fourth or fifth Celebrity Soltice class cruise and our third in Aqua class. We are early retirees, gay and partnered for 36 years; we enjoy the quality of the Soltice experience; the realization that one 'knows' where everything is on the ship, and the sheer pleasure of experiencing the fine dining opportunities available. Our first transatlantic experience provided us with the opportunity of seven days at sea and also led us to believe that we are not 'transatlantic types' but rather more port-oriented; still this cruise was more than worth it. Since Aqua class maintains its own restaurant - Blu - we ate there exclusively and enjoyed the quality of the menu, the expert wait service, and the friendliness of the staff. Having dined in the specialty Tuscano and Qsine on prior cruises we did not avail ourselves of the opportunity - 'been there done that'. We did dine at Murano - the classic French restaurant - several times and each dinner's superb quality was exceeded each time! Entertainment was at the peak of Celebrity's standard with the cruise director and activity director both professional and friendly. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2012
Background Information-16th Cruise on Celebrity, 2nd Transatlantic, Single Traveler Pre Cruise Hotel Info -Stayed in a Great Hotel in Rome the Hotel 47, much more spacious then I was used to on previous visits to Rome, reasonable in ... Read More
Background Information-16th Cruise on Celebrity, 2nd Transatlantic, Single Traveler Pre Cruise Hotel Info -Stayed in a Great Hotel in Rome the Hotel 47, much more spacious then I was used to on previous visits to Rome, reasonable in price, and superb location Embarkation-Was part of the Cruisecenter group and travel agent arranged private transfers to the pier. We did a tour of the Vatican in AM, then headed to the ship around 1PM, we were onboard the ship, about 20 minutes after arriving pier side Ship Info-Gorgeous ship, loved the details on it. I'm a fan of the Solstice class, and this was the best I've been on of the three Solstice ships I've sailed (Solstice, Equinox, and Silhouette). Was (and am) a huge fan of Millenium class as well, but have learned to appreciate the Solstice class more, and actually feel it's a better designed, more functional ship, with a better use of its space. Activities-Here's where I thought they needed work. Found the Cruise Director to be quite lackluster, don't even recall seeing him the first 7 or so days. Activity's Manager I enjoyed, seemed real enthusiastic, and genuinely enjoyed his work. He seemed to stay rather busy throughout the voyage. Kind of expected more activity's on our sea days then they delivered. Just had the feeling the cruise director was burned out, maybe then end of his contract, not sure Service-In a word extraordinary. Service in main dining room was superb. Had a top shelf Turkish waiter, who did every thing in his power to please, with Maitre'D checking on our table at least a half dozen times during the cruise to make sure service was up to our standards. Probably the best waiter I ever experienced, he and his assistant were always smiling, giving suggestions, and trying to please. One night I had ordered Prime Rib Medium Rare and it arrived a bit rarer then I expected, I didn't say anything, but only ate about 1/3 of it. Waiter instantly recognized that I didn't seem to be enjoying it and asked me for the opportunity to make it right, I told him it wasn't necessary, but he insisted it was. He made it right, and must of informed Maitre'D as well, since he came to make sure everything was perfect as well Port & Shore Excursions-Did a beautiful private Florence Tour and a Segway tour of Barcelona that we had organized here on Cruise Critic, that was spectacular. Our travel agent (Aquafest) also arranged a great tour of Genoa which I really enjoyed. The rest of the ports kind of just putted around Stateroom-Was lucky on this cruise and booked a W Suite Guarantee, and ended up getting a Celebrity Suite. Stunning room. We did a cabin crawl of the cruise critic people onboard, and every man who passed through was in awe of the 50" TV in the living room, and the 42" TV in the bedroom. Every woman seemed to like the additional storage and bathroom. I liked it all Not a huge fan of the shower in the tub, as prefer a separate shower, but the way they situated it was well thought out. I'm 6'2" and could stand up fully in the tub without the top of my head touching the shower head. Service in the suite was beyond any expectation I had. A butler named Jesus and a cabin attendant named Sim (both from the Phillipines) were two of the most genuine, hardest working people I met onboard. They went out of their way to achieve perfection. One day I mentioned to the butler about the cabin crawl and that people would be passing through, he offered to set up food/beverages for the passenger coming through. I returned to my cabin about an hour before the scheduled start and he had set up shrimp, cheese, snack platters, two bottles of Champagne, and one bottle of wine on ice for their arrival, and stayed to serve them. I really could not thank them enough for all their hard work Dining-Think I tried most all of the specialty restaurants onboard. My favorites in order of personal preference Lawn Club Grill-Food, service, quality and attention to detail at its finest. We had an 8PM reservation, and they were jammed when we arrived. They offered to let us have a drink in one of the cabana's while we waited. Maitre'D came over and apologized for the inconvenience, and said if we liked, we could dine right in the cabana, which we did. Really appreciated the quality and preparation that went into each course. Meats were cooked just right, seasoned so no additional condiments or salt & pepper were necessary. Veggies were fresh, crisp, and full of flavor. Was too full for desert but took waitresses suggestion of trying the chocolate chip cake, while my companion had the carrot cake. Chcolate chip cake was heavenly, and ended up eating all the carrot cake, and asking for one to go. Delightful meal. Murano-Visited twice, first time a home run, second time second base.Visited first time about 4 days into voyage. Appetizer was good (scallop dish), but nothing to write home about, Main course was probably the best lack of lamb I can remember in years, perfectly cooked, tasty crust flavored with herbs. Accompanying vegetables were cooked and seasoned to perfection. Grand Marnier chocolate souffle melted in my mouth. Service was what I would expect in a Michelin two star. Great attention to every detail without being overbearing. Second visit was also at 8PM , I was a bit underwhelmed, service was above average but not great, felt rushed. My companion had the sole prepared tableside, and it was good but not memorable, I had the filets (set of three each the size of large spool of thread), found then kind of grainy but tasty Qsine-Liked the novelty and the conceptual idea, but execution seemed a bit twisted. We had a party of 8 at our table, all selected our 'favorites' on the IPAD's that were handed us, then waiter came over to help us through it. It was kind of weird that he comes over with a pad/paper and has no idea what we chose, so then he kind of suggests items for us to order. Couple of people at our table we're peeved, as their feeling was, what's the point of selecting things on the IPAD if you're not going to actually going to be ordering it. The food though was quite good, with wonderfully fresh presentations Entertainment-What I would call typical cruise fare as far as entertainment. A couple of comedians that really were to politically correct so not to offend, to really make them funny. A few singers that were destined to be cruise ship singers, a magician with a few forgettable tricks. Celebrity dancers and singers were good, and they had some Beatles tribute foursome that as long as they sang they were fine, they just need not to talk. Disembarkation-Smooth as silk. The hotel director Sue was kind enough to help get me assigned to one of the first groups getting off the ship at 7. Picked up luggage within about 10 minutes, Customs/immigration took about 25-30 minutes, was in a car on the way to airport by 7:45, arrived by 8:15 Staff-Was a really pleasant bunch of people. Captain was charming and funny. Hotel Director, was a true pro, kept the overall flow of the ship from bottling up during the voyage. Really enjoyed the talk I had one day with Brad the Onboard Revenue Manager. Simona the guest relations manager was outstanding, as I noticed here handling a few things during the voyage with other passengers, and she really has a natural gift for the job. Did get the feeling that the staff seemed fragmented. Didn't see the camaraderie you sometimes seem with certain crews. Everyone did their jobs nicely, efficiently, but not working together more as separate entity's Summary-Of course you can knitpick and say I wish I had this Captain from this ship, with the Hotel Director from Solstice, Food & beverage Manager from Century, the cabin from Silhouette, the balcony from Infinity, The Acapella bgroup from Equinox, the magician from the Constellation to try and dream up a 'perfect' cruise, but there is never such a creature. Overall I would say the cruise and staff were outstanding. Provided great value for the money, and really treated me as a guest rather than a passenger, and for those reasons I will be sailing Celebrity in the future. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2011
I think a cruise is really what you make of it, and even though some things were not perfect, I loved the trip and have already booked on the 2012 Westbound TA. The ship was new and clean and shiney, and nothing broken or worn. My ... Read More
I think a cruise is really what you make of it, and even though some things were not perfect, I loved the trip and have already booked on the 2012 Westbound TA. The ship was new and clean and shiney, and nothing broken or worn. My cabin seemed very large - i could dance in it and the 3 deep drawers under the TV help all my non-hanging clothes. Lots of hangers in the closet. The tap over the bathroom sink needs a longer spout - you need to turn it on full, otherwise it actually dribbles down the outside of the basin and onto the bench. Very nice bathroom otherwise. No clothesline in the shower :( The heart of the ship is the 12-deck high Atrium lobby with the 8 glass elevators. Thankyou to the couple I saw dry-humping in one of the elevators... that is burned onto my retina's. Lots of beautiful lounges - something for every taste and volume level. The Martini Bar seats 34 people and is standing room only before dinner and after the shows, but if you get there in-between it's deserted and you get a good seat. Nightly dance bands played very loudly down in the Lobby, so you could not talk very easily at the martini bar, but if you just wanted to sit with your drink and listen to the music and watch people dancing, that's fine. Quasar - the nightclub, was always empty. Bistro on 5 had great staff who always remembered which coffee, juice and crepes I liked for breakfast. Oceanview Buffet was often crowded, but the food was good. VERY grumpy Pizza guy and sad face pasta guy - what was that about?? Lawn Club Grill is fantastic - the staff were thrilled if you accepted their invitations to get up and help prepare food. The Fillet Mignon and the Lobster macaroni Cheese there were amazing. Do bring a sweater or jacket though - it's quite breezy there, even with the heaters on. The Hideaway was my favourite place. Lots of odd recesses to climb into and hide with your diary, iPod or a good book, while enjoying their coffee and getting all the natural light coming down from the atrium. Often people had afternoon naps there, while the pianist played down in the lobby. Also, an amazing selection of Teas served at Cafe Albacchio - either hot or iced. Ensemble Lounge is a very dark jazz lounge, shared by most of the speciality restaurants. Nice place to have an affair... Q'sine... HMM glad i tried it, but would not go again. Staff were great, and the food was very good, but SO much of it, and you kinda had to play with it to eat it. Sucking ice pea soup out of a chemistry set with a straw... Just not my idea of a dinner. The main dining room - things to really be warned about... If you go Select, you will be tucked away on the upper level. Only the Set dining people get the main level where all the action is. Also, if you go select and you don't pre-book, you will almost never get a window table. The longest we had to queue was 5 minutes, but they have a line for those with reservations and another line for the walk-ins and you just felt a little "naughty" if you had not reserved. The dining room was quite dark, hard to read the menus and the food was nice, but nothing spectacular. Gym was light, and well equipped. At 6am sharp all the treadmills were occupied. Note - the funnels do smoke alot, and we heard there was the smell of engine smoke from the aft balconys. Unlike the Gas turbine M class, this ship has four V16 Diesels. And with the two funnels always floodlit at night, we would go up to the lawn and see them absolutely pouring smoke. Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2011
We were on a charter of the ship for Atlantis Events August 1-10, 2011. We were so looking forward to this cruise and had VERY high expectations for the "fancy new ship" of the Celebrity fleet. While the ship is lovely. ... Read More
We were on a charter of the ship for Atlantis Events August 1-10, 2011. We were so looking forward to this cruise and had VERY high expectations for the "fancy new ship" of the Celebrity fleet. While the ship is lovely. Had all that "new ship smell". Great art collection and all that stuff you expect from a Celebrity ship, overall my expectations were not exceeded.....in fact overall I would say, disappointed. For the price point we paid for this cruise and Celebrity's reputation, I would expect better, much better. (mind you we still had a great vacation) This was only the second "real" cruise for the ship (and a charter to boot), we were expecting there may be some glitches. Even with that taken into consideration there were many things that detracted from the experience. First and foremost, was the almost total lack of engagement from the management/officers. They didn't really seem to be interested in actively checking in with guests, (plate not eaten,no one asked, "why?".... "how is your cruise going?" not asked. Crew struggling to get something going, not assisting. Buffet completely out of plates, just sit there and watch. Captain's cocktail hosted party, no. 2nd voyage comps or "we know there are glitches so we are giving you extra" of any kind, no. All in all, just nothing "extra" in the way of customer service. Very passive. If you engaged them with an issue or concern, they either seemed to make excuses, blame someone else, tell you you were wrong, refer you to someone else or not know the answer. Second, be prepared, the idea of "all inclusive" on ships in general is going the way of the airlines. This ship accelerates this concept. The food in the inclusive dining facilities seems to be being held back to get you to pay extra for the "good food". There are many many many "opportunities" they "offer" you for something that costs extra. On this ship rather than buying an cruise that covers most of your vacation, you are really buying a hotel room with a "relatively basic" food package included. That said, those extras on this ship do not come cheaply. (I am not a cheap person, but did get fatigued from all the hands in my pocket all of the time) The theatre entertainment was a train wreck (really they need a new costume designer (he/she seems to hate the human form), lighting designer (that can aim lights and make it pretty rather than distracting), creative team that can put some type of cohesive team together for a show). I know the shows were new, but even the "old from RCL" "Broadway show" sad sad sad, and not ready for the cruise. I am certain there will be people that disagree with me, I would hope they will get better with time, In my opinion they were just unprofessional. The dancers/singers sure worked hard, but the final outcome was to the point of unintentionally comical. The service in the up-charge restaurants was uneven at best. We actually got in a "fight" with the Maitre d' at the Tuscan Grill over our seating, in the dining room, in front of other guests (he did NOT want to seat our party of 11 together, WAS not interested in finding a solution, yelling at us when we tried to suggest a solution ourselves) After 10 min of this we were finally able to move tables together and sit together, but the meal (last night on the cruise) never really got a good vibe going after that. He NEVER came back to apologize, made no attempt to do any guest recovery at all. While we were there we saw 2 other tables have arguments with him as well. For this they collected close to $1000 between up-charge and wine/cocktails for the table. Several others from our group had similar stories from the week of Maitre D's rudeness, lack of service, being impolite, uppity, inflexibility. The meals I personally had in up-charge restaurants was no better than the dining room (and most of the food appeared to be prepared in the same kitchen). The buffet was dismal, nearly the same food EVERY day. Weird service times (Ice Cream only available 730 am to 930 pm... WHAT??) Lousy service, boring food, bad pizza, dull. The Martini bar was exciting, crowded, fun with GREAT service. The wine bar uses mostly machines to dispense wine, and had a very stuffy atmosphere. Michael's (the beer bar) was deserted, dull, boring. It appeared like they were trying to make it like the wine bar, rather than my expected "pub" atmosphere. While we were on an adults only charter, I would think kids would be bored. They have a kids space and teen club, however, there is no "fun" places on the ship (water-slides, kids pool, etc). The lawn club is cool (I guess) but not really sure of the point of having grass on a ship. The up-charge cabanas point towards the lawn and completely obscure the view of the sea. Internet as usual on a ship is balky, expensive and hard to use. Overall the look of the ship is held back by the lighting. It is obvious that they spent a lot of money on it, but they need to have a lighting designer come have a look at it. Everything is "grey", nothing stands out, there are many "too dark" and "too light" areas. Even the LED colored lighting in dining rooms and on the exterior were always just set to dull purple. The lighting in the cabins is terrible, there are no reading lights by the beds. All fluorescent, to bright or too dim. To and From the Port, staying in Rome: We stayed before and after the cruise at the Ludovisi Palace, great location, "OK" rooms, Great front desk staff. They arranged car service to and from the port (170 euros for a private van for 7 of us) and to and from the Airport (55 euros for 2 in a limo). Much cheaper than the ship. We were delivered right to luggage drop off and picked up with a driver standing there with out name on a card as we walked out with our bags. Tours: I booked all of the Italy stops with private tours (9-13 of us) through Roman Candle tours. GREAT guides, just our group, cost comparable to the ship excursions, but customizable and much more enjoyable. I also booked the Necropolis Tour under St. Peters. It was Awesome. The only way to book it is to write the excavations office at the Vatican in ADVANCE. They only let like 200 people in a day. you enter via the exclusive and private Holy See gate (walk up, walk in). When the tour is complete it ends in the crypts under the basilica, you can walk right into St. Peters with no line. Hope this is helpful. See you on the high seas... bill Read Less
Sail Date: August 2011
Pleased in general with my first cruise on Celebrity. The Silhouette is magnificent and very modern including its artwork. My preference and that is personal is Cunard or Royal Caribbean which are equally deluxe but both are slightly more ... Read More
Pleased in general with my first cruise on Celebrity. The Silhouette is magnificent and very modern including its artwork. My preference and that is personal is Cunard or Royal Caribbean which are equally deluxe but both are slightly more luxurious and that includes some wonderful contemporary as well as traditional art. What is disappointing is the lack of interest in the shopping promenade..nothing to compare to the magnificent promenade on the Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas which has restaurants and bars along the promenade as well as shops giving it far more life. Also disappointing was the main dining room..nothing to compare to the RCL Liberty of the Seas and as well the lack of small eateries offering free food in a pub atmosphere. The room however was the largest I have had for a similar room on other ships and the bed extremely comfortable..the bathroom largest as well with plenty of cupboard space. All luggage easily fit under the bed. Quality of food in specialty restaurants was outstanding but why not given the extra cost. Quality otherwise in the free main restaurant and grill was simply mediocre unfortunately and service terrible in the main restaurant...perhaps to be fair because it was a new ship and new crew. Of the 9 ports visited, Barcelona gets first place but closely followed by Ibiza whose village streets are a paradise of shopping and Adjacio, Corsica 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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