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Sail Date: July 2014
This was our first time on Celebrity and the cruise was great. There were some minor annoyances, but in general the ship and staff and ports were all great. Weather was close to perfect and the seas were calm. Our cabin was 1026 a ... Read More
This was our first time on Celebrity and the cruise was great. There were some minor annoyances, but in general the ship and staff and ports were all great. Weather was close to perfect and the seas were calm. Our cabin was 1026 a disability friendly state room it was on deck ten at the sharp end of the ship It is a great cabin with a veranda Really roomy and one could always find shade on it. We had select dining with a reservations this was a choice they we regret We requested a table for 2 as we didn't really want to sit with people we didn't have any connection with What we got was placed alongside to other tables of 2 so we ended up on a table of 6 by default . Our waiter tried very hard but he was a student of the corporate Celebrity" Have a nice day school of customer service " A nice guy who really was a victim of the process of what the company wanted rather than what there customers needed !!!!!!!!!! We tried hard but gave up after 3 meals and just used the the self service buffet on deck 14 each to there own but this type of dinning was not for us Food in the main was very good, but we did notice as the cruise went on the food was not as hot as it could be 2rd niggle the ship didn't seem very busy as a 1st time cruiser we couldn't judge if it was full or not but we never had to Q for anything so we suspect the crew where under pressure to Sell Sell Up grade your drinks package ,Up grade to dinning ,etc etc it was non stop as where the approaches to get a drink from the bar it became after a time a nuisance and an annoyance as you felt that your relaxation was constancy being intruded upon The ship entertainment was better than expected. Dancers, singers and acrobats were well worth seeing An example of the overuse of trying to wring the last $ out of customers a tour of behind the scenes of the ship was listed see the crew rest room !!! The food prep areas, the bridge,the engine control room all for only $150 each I think not The plus side Stateroom attendants worth their weight in gold ( yes we doubled tipped them ) The organization of the whole process of moving people around safely was 1st class The attention to hygiene was very very good I wish our NHS hospitals were as clean and paid this detail And the old Cruise line joke Its the only place you can get up to use the toilet in the middle of night and your beds been made by the time you get back in to it   Read Less
Sail Date: July 2014
Cruised as a family of 4 (2daughters aged 11 and 9) in an extended balcony room. 3rd bed was lounge and 4th was a trundle from under lounge. Room fairly cramped when beds set up. Balcony nice ane large, and perfect cruise to use balcony. ... Read More
Cruised as a family of 4 (2daughters aged 11 and 9) in an extended balcony room. 3rd bed was lounge and 4th was a trundle from under lounge. Room fairly cramped when beds set up. Balcony nice ane large, and perfect cruise to use balcony. Able to fit all clothes in drawers and above bed. Kids on their 5th cruise and less inclined to go to the fun factory except at nights. Spent mornings in ports, afternoons lying around pool - loved the celebrity policy of removing towels from deck chairs if not used in 1/2hour - ensured there were always plenty of deck chairs available. Kids preferred pool layouts and water slides on ncl. Found alcohol expensive so took advantage of happy hour where our favourite bartender salmon after us. Previously cruised with ncl and loved their regular laundry specials. No specials with celebrity and no machines on board - as a family of 4 it is too expensive at about $us50 a day to get washing done! Food great, bought specialty restaurant package, and especially enjoyed murano, but quite pricey. Although the ship had a lot of people on it, rarely felt crowded (lunch on sea day was mad, but otherwise all good). Had a great cruise overall. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2013
My family of 10 took this cruise . Ages ranged from 31 to 90 and we all had a wonderful time. We embarked in Venice and the process was very easy. The check in went smoothly. My mother is able to walk short distances so we had a wheelchair ... Read More
My family of 10 took this cruise . Ages ranged from 31 to 90 and we all had a wonderful time. We embarked in Venice and the process was very easy. The check in went smoothly. My mother is able to walk short distances so we had a wheelchair for her and the porters and attendants were very courteous. The cabins were well appointed and we loved the verandas. dining was a treat each night, whether it was the main dining room or one of the specialty restaurants. One of our favorites was the lawn grill. Making the flatbreads was lots of fun and the service and view was terrific. Each port we stopped at was very different. Ravenna was my least favorite, because the map was not very accurate and we couldn't tell which were the highlighted buildings. Loved Croatia, split was easy to get around and Dubrovnik was very nice. we took a cab from the ship to the cable car and road it to the top. That was wonderful. then road it down to the bottom and walked into the old town. our time aboard ship was very relaxing. the pools were good with lots of lounging areas. Sicily was very different from the other places, Mt Etna was really interesting. the Amalfi coast was a favorite. Then in Rome we stayed an extra day to see some of the sights. All the excursions we booked on our own because of the size of our group and the different abilities of each member. I would do this cruise again, because there is so much to see. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2013
We loved the cruise of the Adriatic with stops in Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro and Italy. They have mastered the 'how to' of cruising (in our opinion..even tho we are newbies to large ship cruising). The food is wonderful, lots ... Read More
We loved the cruise of the Adriatic with stops in Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro and Italy. They have mastered the 'how to' of cruising (in our opinion..even tho we are newbies to large ship cruising). The food is wonderful, lots of venues for entertainment and music, places to exercise, quiet spots and a great room and bathroom with lots of nooks and crannies for storage. Only caveat was with the pre cruise reservation person….told that we could have a partially obstructed view room on the 6th level and our veranda view would not be marred by lifeboats 'UNLESS WE LEANED OVER THE RAILING AND LOOKED DOWN'. This was totally false and, when sitting on our veranda, we always were looking at the orange lifeboats. Our room was $1000. less which was a great deal IF WE HAD BEEN TOLD THE TRUTH AND COULD HAVE MADE AN INFORMED DECISION. So be wary of discounts and know what you're getting…but the Silhouette is one gorgeous ship and the Adriatic cruise has fabulous destinations. Go for it!!! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2013
We are a couple in our sixties and have cruised many times, This was our 2nd cruise with Celebrity. We chose this ship because of the itinerary which included the Adriatic coast. Most people chose this cruise for the same reason. Ship: ... Read More
We are a couple in our sixties and have cruised many times, This was our 2nd cruise with Celebrity. We chose this ship because of the itinerary which included the Adriatic coast. Most people chose this cruise for the same reason. Ship: The ship is gorgeous with impressive public areas. We were pleasantly surprised with our balcony stateroom. The room was quite spacious but the biggest surprise was the bathroom. Usually you can hardly move in this room and the shower is tiny. This bathroom was so big that my husband had plenty of room to shave while I had my shower. The shower was large and you could actually move around in it with no problem. Restaurants: We ate only in the main dining room. The staff was attentive but not the friendliest we have ever had. The meals were good but we have had better meals on other ships. We would have liked more variety in the desserts. But we had a good group at our table and enjoyed the dinner hour. Entertainment: The entertainment was comparable to other cruise ships. We enjoyed the shows and comedians. Ports: This was a port intensive cruise with only 1 day at sea. It would have been nice to have another day at sea to relax. Koper: We went on a tour to Lake Bled with a group formed on cruise critic. Our tour guide was Tina, recommended by Rick Steves Lake Bled is beautiful. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. Ravenna: Toured the mosaics by ourselves and had a more relaxing day. Split, Crotia: Another DIY day touring the palace area. We did buy a ticket for 3 sites. Dubrovnik: Walked the wall which was very scenic. There are lots of stairs. Took the cable car to the top of the mountain for another scenic view. Kotor: Took a private taxi with another couple with a guide recommended on cruise critic, Milo.. We toured the countryside and visited a seaside resort. It was a 1/2 day tour which left us time to walk around the port city. Valletta: Took bus to Mdina and toured Valletta. Catania: Went on a tour, Sicily Limousine, which I arranged on cruise critic. There were 8 of us. The tour was to Taormina and the surrounding area. Everyone loved the tour. The guide was informative and very likeable. Naples: Another tour I arranged for the Amalfi coast for 8 people, AP tours. We went to 4 cities and enjoyed every one. I would definitely recommend this ship and the itinerary.   Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2013
This will be a review of the ship and pertinent comments about the itinerary and ports but is not meant to be a travelogue of our journey. This was our 3rd sailing with Celebrity, 16th cruise overall covering 9 different cruise lines, so ... Read More
This will be a review of the ship and pertinent comments about the itinerary and ports but is not meant to be a travelogue of our journey. This was our 3rd sailing with Celebrity, 16th cruise overall covering 9 different cruise lines, so we have a good basis for comparisons.Embarkation The itinerary included an overnight in Venice. We had come in early to tour Venice so we boarded on the 3rd day in the city. We took the Alilaguna boat from near San Marco where our hotel was located to the port, arriving around 12:30. Unlike most ports we have sailed from, the place where one drops off their luggage is a separate building from the cruise terminal itself. This involved a bit of a walk from the local boat drop off point with all our bags, then another walk with our carry on luggage to the terminal itself. Check in took about 30 minutes, not too bad but there are some opportunities for efficiency improvements. First, rather than fill out the standard health questionnaire prior to entering the queue Celebrity had us fill it out at the counter, which holds up the line. Also, the process of getting one's photo taken for the boarding card was slow, while other lines take it as you board the first time. Finally, my credit card used for charges had expired and been renewed, same number but just a new expiration date. Rather than making a note or marking up the original online form, they made me fill out a whole new form. Bottom line, not a bad check in but could have been even better. By the time we boarded our cabin was ready, which was very convenient.The Silhouette is one of Celebrity's newest ships. It takes advantage of state of the art technology and its furnishings are modern and Art Deco. The public areas are laid out so we never felt crowded wherever we went on the ship.Our CabinWe were in stateroom 9266, a starboard side verandah mid ships. The location was excellent except we learned port side would be better for this itinerary as we faced away from town at all ports where we docked . Because our cabin was in the "bump out" we had a larger balcony, which was appreciated. The stateroom was large enough and well appointed. There is a large closet and extra storage over the bed. The beds were high enough to fit our 2 large suitcases and 2 carry-ons under the bed. The only downside is there are 3 fairly small drawers to put away clothes so we had to access our suitcases regularly. The bathroom had lots of room to move around and loads of storage for toiletries, so much that we did not come close to using it all. The shower is also roomy. We were very pleased with the in-room entertainment as there are a large number of first run movies available on demand as well as the largest number of TV channels available we have experienced to date.DiningWe elected Celebrity Select for dinner, which means we can eat any time between 5:45 and 9:30. You can make reservations earlier that day or one day in advance. We quickly discovered that whenever we went down without reservations there was very little wait, the dining room was incredibly efficient. We were always happy with the food quality and wide variety of selections and the service was excellent. We never dined in the speciality restaurants as we were happy with main dining room. We did eat at the Oceanview Cafe twice for dinner when we came back tired from a long day of touring, but found the food at dinner less than satisfactory.For breakfast we either ate in the Oceanview Cafe buffet or had room service. The selection of food at the buffet for breakfast was staggering and generally good quality. Some of my favorites like smoked salmon and herring were available every day, as well as eggs to order and so much more. Room service can be ordered through the TV the night before. The selection was much more limited but the convenience was appreciated, especially on days when we had early tours. Since the itinerary was so port intensive, many days we just grabbed a snack while we were out, had tea in the Oceanview Cafe and then had a late dinner. A few days we had lunch in the Oceanview Cafe where there was a large selection which always included Indian, Chinese and Mexican food, pasta, sandwiches and a variety of hot entrees as well as a large salad bar and a build your own sandwich station.EntertainmentWe caught about 1/3 of the main shows. This included a few musical productions, a young violinist and a comedian. Enjoyable but nothing above standard cruise fare. The lounge acts we enjoyed were the party band Sipra, an A Capella group that was very talented and a pianist in the atrium lobby. All made for a relaxing interlude but were not on a level with some other cruises we have been on, including our Celebrity cruise to Norway. A special treat were the 5 lectures on the space program by Ed Buckbee, who co-founded Space Camp and was in public relations for NASA and knew many of the astronauts personally.Pool and SpaThere are 2 main pools, each with a number of hot tubs, the outdoor pool and an indoor solarium. Except for the one day at sea, neither looked like it was overwhelmed. I primarily swam and relaxed in the solarium. Even on the rainiest days I never had trouble finding a place to lay down. The pool water temperature was perfect, comfortable but not warm. The hot tub was not as warm as I prefer but understandable since it has to appeal to a broad range of tastes.Other Ship ServicesOur Cruise Critic Roll Call group approached 200 people. Celebrity scheduled our Connections get together the first night in Venice, which was a bit unfortunate since many in our group were still out touring as we were docked overnight. On the plus side, they gave over most of the Sky Lounge to us and the free champagne was available for the entire time we were there. For the Venice sail away we took over the Sky Bar and Celebrity put on extra staff to handle our large group. This was representative of the attentive service throughout the cruise.The Internet service was excellent. Except on rare occasions it was able to handle e-mail and browser searches rapidly. We did not use it for streaming music or video as the cost would be prohibitive for usage time. We bought a package for around $98 that gave us over 200 minutes which was more than adequate for our needs.The guest services desk staff were friendly and knowledgeable on the few occasions when I used them. We arranged all our shore tours privately or simply walked the ports on our own, so the only time we used the Shore Excursions desk were for shuttles in Ravenna and Dubrovnik.PortsThe intent here is not to discuss what to do in each port as there is ample information on Cruise Critic and elsewhere, but rather to describe access to the ports and the relevant facilities and transportation.Koper, Slovenia The small city center is right across the street from the port. There were a few tour operators at the port selling shore excursions and a small number of taxis. There is no big terminal building so other services must be accessed in town.Ravenna, Italy The town is a 20-30 minute ride by taxi or bus. Celebrity offered a shuttle that for 2 people was about the same as the cost of a taxi. There were many taxis waiting at the port. The terminal is very small with minimal facilities that included a Wi-Fi hot spot. In town there is a hop on hop off bus.Split, Croatia This was a tender port. This turned out to be the only day where there was a disembarkation issue through no fault of Celebrity. Due to rough weather the number of places around the ship where tenders could tie up were limited so the tender operation ran about 30 minutes late. Kudos to Celebrity for placing paramount focus on safety. We had the cell number of our tour guide so we could keep him appraised of our progress. Once you reach Split you are right in town, including the massive Diocletian Palace. Taxis were everywhere as we're folks offering shore excursions.Dubrovnik, Croatia The old town is about a 5 minute ride by taxi or bus. Celebrity offers a shuttle that for 2 people was cost competitive with the cost of a taxi. You can take a city bus into town at a much lower price but you need Kuna to pay the driver. Taxis were abundant, and they also offered area tours as well as transport to town. There is a fairly large port terminal in Dubrovnik. This was the one port where popularity as a cruise and tourist destination was painfully obvious. The old town was a crush of tourists and the wall looked like a sea of humanity. Here I will offer one tip, if you want to walk the wall, go to the far side of the city to access it where there was a small line.Kotor, Montenegro This was the other tender port and here the disembarkation was fast and easy. We got our tender tickets at 8:00 for group 1 and by the time I went back to the room to meet my wife and head back down they were already calling group 3. Where the tender docks is at the foot of the old town. I saw a lot of boat tours offered but did not see taxis, although I assume they were available as the town was quite busy. There was no big port terminal but all manner of services were available in town.Bari, Italy Celebrity offered a shuttle but the walk in to town was no more than 10 minutes at an easy pace. Where we docked was just down from the huge port facility. There were taxis available as one disembarked as well as at the port terminal and in town. There were also local tour operators at the port terminal as well Amy's a hop on hop off bus.Valletta, Malta The city overlooks the dock area. A short walk takes you to an elevator which brings you up to the old city. There is a large terminal with an abundance of services and access to taxis and tour operators.Catania, Sicily The entrance to the old city is a 5 minute walk from the dock. Where we docked there was a full service port terminal and just outside is a taxi stand. Naples, Italy The Naples cruise terminal is one of the largest we saw and has a multitude of shops and services. Once you exit you are by Castle Nuovo and the foot of the old city. Taxis are plentiful as are all manner of tour operators. There is a hop on hop off bus as well.Disembarkation in Civitavecchia for RomeThis was by far the simplest disembarkation we have ever experienced. We walked off the ship with our carry on bags, had our luggage in 2 minutes and there was no passport control, only a token customs officer. We met our transportation and 90 minutes later were at our hotel in Rome.One final note, Captain Dimitrios Kafetzis was the most entertaining ship's captain we have ever encountered. He is clearly a frustrated stand up comedian and he would be very good at it. He is a consummate professional and takes his duties very seriously. We always looked forward to his announcements and seeing him around the ship.In closing, the cruise lived up to our expectations of Celebrity and we would not hesitate to sail with them again and recommend them to anyone. 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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