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Itinerary

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  • Day 1
    Southampton
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Oslo
  • Day 4
    Copenhagen
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Nynashamn
  • Day 7
    Helsinki
  • Day 8
    St. Petersburg
  • Day 9
    St. Petersburg
  • Day 10
    Tallinn
  • Day 11
    Cruising
  • Day 12
    Berlin
  • Day 13
    Cruising
  • Day 14
    Cruising
  • Day 15
    Southampton

Celebrity Silhouette

Celebrity Silhouette - Celebrity Cruises

Pros

Outstanding service, top-notch cuisine and well-thought out design

Cons

Specialty dining charges can run high

Bottom Line

Sets standards for an upscale big ship experience for service, ambience, dining and decors


Cruise Reviews

Sail Date: September 2019
This was our first ever cruise. We chose Celebrity as our son and wife have cruised with them many times on the Celebrity Eclipse and they recommended Celebrity as opposed to P & O which they didn't like. We had a concierge cabin ... Read More
This was our first ever cruise. We chose Celebrity as our son and wife have cruised with them many times on the Celebrity Eclipse and they recommended Celebrity as opposed to P & O which they didn't like. We had a concierge cabin on deck 10 and therefore received an invitation on embarkation to a lunch for concierge guests in the main dining room prior to sailing. We went along as we thought we might receive valuable information about the ship and what is available on board. We were shown to a table for two near the kitchen entance and were then ignored for over half an hour. Not one member of staff noted our departure and other ignored guests were preparing to leave too. We found the main dining room overcrowded and claustrophobic and at that stage we didn't realise that we wouldn't actually be eating at level 3 of the main dining room in the evenings (we had anytime dining which meant we would eat at the less claustrophobic level 4 of the dining room). On leaving the restaurant without eating I did complain to the person at the desk. We were eventually contacted by the Maitre D a day or so later who wanted feedback. No gesture was forthcoming to help us forget this awful first experience. We seriously considered leaving the ship before it sailed as we could not have faced eating at level 3 of the dining room each day. Our cabin was finally ready. We were rather disappointed by the ugly and dreary maroon and brown decor and the cabins certainly need refitting. However the bed was very comfortable and the bathroom good. The final moan is that we had informed Celebrity of the need for gluten free food for my husband. The canapes delivered to our room were not gluten free initially until we spoke to our wonderful cabin stewardess who sorted it out. However as the canapes were mostly seafood we were concerned that they were not cold but room temperature and sometimes sat in the room for 2 hours before we returned to our cabin. We asked them not to serve any more. The rest of the cruise was enjoyable in that most of the entertainment was good (although not always to our taste), the waiting staff were excellent, as was our cabin stewardness, the food in the dining room was of reasonable standard, the silent disco, archery and quizzes were fun. Best of all were the new friends we made on board and chatting to all sorts of interesting people. We were not amazed by the fjords, the scenery in Canada is more stunning. The trip to Hardanger fjord was very poor but the Flam railway was good. Unsure at this point as to whether we would cruise with Celebrity again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2019
Background We have cruised 15+ times on various lines and usually go for the itinerary. We’ve always wanted to do Norway and this cruise popped up on Vacations To Go and away we were. We did book it rather late, probably a couple ... Read More
Background We have cruised 15+ times on various lines and usually go for the itinerary. We’ve always wanted to do Norway and this cruise popped up on Vacations To Go and away we were. We did book it rather late, probably a couple months prior. We had gone on Celebrity once before so we knew we had a good cruise line with a great itinerary. Little did we know just how great both would be. Traveling to the Port We flew two days earlier from the States so we would arrive a day early to get a night’s rest before embarkation. We used Celebrity for booking the flights, primarily American Airlines since we collect their miles, but the major flight over, from Philadelphia to Heathrow, was British Airways which was quite good. Upon our arrival at Heathrow, Passport Control was quite simple and we collected our luggage, albeit waiting a while for it, and met our driver just outside of baggage collection. We had arranged for a car from Smith’s for Airports and he was great. Hotel Since I’ve been collecting points at Best Western, we had decided to see if our points would pay off and booked the Best Western at Chillworth Manor. We thought that, in worst case, we’d have a bed and a shower and off we would go to embarkation. Were we pleasantly surprised! The hotel is, indeed, a former Manor. Not Downton Abbey, but quite nice and interesting. The grounds were lovely to walk about and we had a wonderful stay. The staff was excellent. We had dinner in the restaurant (highly recommend) and the breakfast, in the restaurant, was probably the best “free” breakfast we had ever had. Room was nice and comfy and we were very happy we selected the Manor. Embarkation We left the hotel via a hotel-arranged taxi at 10:00 AM and arrived less than thirty minutes later. We went through check-in quite quickly and easily and had a seat in the waiting lounge for no more than 5-6 minutes before our “number” was called to board. All-in-all, a great embarkation experience all around!! Stateroom Our stateroom was a balcony, 9109, quite far forward (about 5 rooms back from the front, but we found it to be great and quiet. There was a bit of a walk to the elevators, but that’s okay with us! Our cabin steward kept the room exceptionally neat and we had not a complaint. My wife has a CPAP machine and, having arranged it ahead of time, we had a gallon of distilled water and, much to our surprise, an extension cord awaiting us in the room. The room also had a water heater and we had tea out on our deck most days. As far as standard ship balcony rooms go, this was a good one. The Ship We had been on the Equinox and knew the general layout of the Silhouette. I have to admit that, when we found out after booking that she would be in drydock soon after our trip, I was a bit concerned that we were going on an “old” ship. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, many of us on board commented to each other that we didn’t really know why it was even being refurbished! It was a beautiful ship from stem to stern. Getting around the ship was easy. There were three decks of inside “evening” areas, including dining, shops, lounges, etc. Deck 5 had an outdoor walking area but did not entirely circumvent the ship, which is disappointing but appears to be the way with these ships nowadays. I long for the “Promenade deck” of old! The pool area got some use though this was a cooler itinerary. The indoor solarium pool was more the place to be if swimming is what you looked for. Given the itinerary, we didn’t even pack bathing suits! Dining We usually opt for freestyle dining as Norwegian calls it but, having booked so late, we were forced to have 6:00PM dining. It was okay but we would prefer not to eat that early again. Our wait staff was excellent and we had two other couples, one from the UK and one from Israel, at our table and we became fast friends. Food selection was very good as was the food itself. Specialty Dining We availed ourselves to one of the 3-night specialty packages and, though we probably wouldn’t do the package again, we were not disappointed with the experience. I think we’d stay in the MDR and just take one arbitrary night to do a specialty restaurant, if at all. Our first experience was the Lawn Club Grille, an “outside” venue – though it was fairly enclosed with the plastic walls. This is the place for steaks as they cook them right there on the grille and they were fantastic! Second experience was the Tuscan Grille. Here’s a tip – if you ever do the Norwegian Fjords itinerary, and you plan on eating here at all during the cruise, do so on the day you sail away from Flam. The restaurant is the aft-most one can be with large viewing windows and sailing away down the fjord is just magnificent. This is an Italian steakhouse and, once again, the food and staff were excellent. Our last experience, our last dinner on this cruise, was at Qsine. The “Les Petits Chefs’ experience is a once-in-a-lifetime thing that must be experienced. The table top animation is just tremendous, but that doesn’t take away from the great food and excellent service they provide. If you only do one specialty restaurant, make this one your choice. Activities There are activities every day and we admittedly did not participate much. The few we did – Question of the Day, Riddle of the Day, Movie/TV music themes – were fun and well-done and we probably did ourselves a disservice not participating more but there are only so many hours in a day. Suffice it to say that if Activities are your thing, there are plenty and seem to be well done. Entertainment We went to every one of the 7 theater shows and we were very impressed with all. The production team did three shows, all of them spectacular. The aerialists and acrobats were outstanding, as were the singers and dancers. One show was a local UK singer/pianist who did a very good job, especially on the piano. Another night was a comedian who was quite good and funny. The Flyboys were on board and they are a quartet of singers who transform “modern” songs into swing era style. The Overtures, the best 60’s band in the world according to Elton John, performed one night to rousing ovations and applause and did a quick set the last night in the Foyer area. The live music throughout the ship was top-notch. Two bands, once of which played a lot of 60s – 80s rock and roll, a solo guitarist/vocalist, a string duo (violin and cello) doing modern tunes with strings, were all great. We went to one of the “game shows”, Liars Club or some such thing, which was hilarious and I’m certain other shows were equally well done. On the final day, Captain George gave a talk about the ship and navigation and had a lengthy Q&A which was all very interesting. Ports The itinerary consisted of four fabulous ports. We used Celebrity for all tour excursions. We arrived in Bergen, Norway, at noon. Our tour was a little later and was simply a panorama tour of Bergen and the surrounding hills. Our guide was excellent and the tour was good. Also at Bergen is the ability to take a funicular up the hillside for views of the city. We did not do so but others on board did and report that it was great. Our second stop was at Alesund, Norway. Two things of note: If you go do Alesund and don’t do the Path of the Trolls tour, you have not been to Norway! And, though I know lots of cruise critics eschew ship tours, I heartily recommend you do the ship tour for this one or be prepared to fly yourself out to the next port. This is a LONG tour and is subject to so many possibilities of delays. Anyhow, the tour is excellent. You get to go well into the interior of Norway with its tremendous views. The third stop is the reason for taking a cruise to Norway, this cruise into and out of Flam. This town of only 400 is nestled at the end of an arm of Norway’s longest fjord. The cruise in and out is spectacular, with waterfalls almost within reach of the ship. We took the Flam railway up to the end, climbing up through the mountains with outstanding views of the Flam River valley and the various waterfalls. Flam is also a great town to walk about and get some souvenirs. The final stop was Stavanger which is a pretty good sized city at the southern end of Norway. From the ship, we took the cruise of the Lysefjord fjord. This was a great trip, despite the only real serious rain of the whole cruise. We had views of the great waterfalls and the famous Pulpit Rock. An interesting stop for waffles and coffee was also made and much appreciated. Disembarkation We elected to have our luggage taken off the ship and meeting it on shore, though a leisurely walk-off is also available. Getting off the ship was a breeze. We found our luggage quickly as that is well-organized. Customs was nothing since we had nothing to declare. We, again, had a ride organized with Smith’s for Airports and he collected us on time and had us to Heathrow with time to spare. Summary All in all, this was one of the best cruises we have ever taken. Admittedly, much of that credit goes to the itinerary, but the ship, staff, service, food and everything about the Silhouette was top-notch. Well done, Celebrity! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2019
We have previously cruised before but wanted to try something a little more upmarket. We were very impressed by the standards of this cruise we cannot wait to go back. Everything was just right. We got on at Southampton having staying ... Read More
We have previously cruised before but wanted to try something a little more upmarket. We were very impressed by the standards of this cruise we cannot wait to go back. Everything was just right. We got on at Southampton having staying at the Chilworth Manor hotel on their park and cruise package (included is bed and breakfast, over night stay, 3 course meal in their restaurant, parking and taxis to/from the terminal). All was very efficient. When the taxi arrived at the terminal our bags were taken from us for safe passage onto the train. Getting onto the ship was no hassle. We got on around midday. Our rooms were not ready until around 1pm but they had the oceans café open for lunch. It was busy but the food was delightful. Getting to our cabin we were happy with our home for the week. A comfortable reasonable sized bed. Good quality toiletries. Great shower with closable door (I hate shower curtains so was pleased to see there was not one!). Towels could have been a bit bigger but did their job! We asked the cabin steward for larger robes as well which were delivered to us. Tea and coffee making facilities. Safe. Hairdryer (not the greatest). TV with various channels on including the traditional cruise channels like view from the bridge and the directors channel. We had a little seating area with a sofa and table and also a mirror with another chair. We were on deck 6 in room 6187 - this is the first level with the balcony rooms and where the life boats are. We did not have an obstructed view of the horizon - it meant that we could not look down to the sea due to the life boat being there. It wasn't really an issues at all although I did think it was going to be before we got on the ship. There is plenty storage - the cupboards above the bed are almost hidden and I wouldn't have known about them if someone had not said! This gives plenty of room and your suitcase should be able to fit under the bed out of sight and mind. Our cabin steward was great - the room was always spotless. Turn down every night and towels replaced in the morning and/or evening. Loved getting the cruise news letter in the evening for the next days activities. The food was amazing. We had evening meals in the Grand Cuvee every day, waiter served lunch when it was available and breakfast here every morning too. The menus were superb. We did not have a bad meal and I ate absolutely everything on my plate. We had select dining and we would usually be given a beeper around 8pm and sat 15-20mintes after and just got a drink in the mean time. The waiter staff were excellent. Alternatively the oceans café was open throughout the day. We went there for lunch and afternoon tea and a midnight snack on some of the days! It can be busy. The food is of a very good quality. There is also the master grill outside to get burgers/hotdogs/ice cream throughout the day. The food in all was an absolute highlight of the cruise. There were speciality restaurants but as we had to pay extra we did not think it was worth it given the high standard of the main restaurant. The drinks were very reasonable and the waiters were very generous. On the classic drinks package you could have most things but I guess it is your personal tastes that would dictate this. On the classic package we did have to pay more at the martini bar and for some cocktails but it was only the difference so it was not a lot. The wines for meals were great. There are various bars available. The passport bar in the grand foyer on level 3 had a lot of seats to lounge on and also served coffee. The grand foyer is where some events took place so this was a nice place to sit. The sky lounge on deck 14 was mainly where we went in the evening for live music but they also had quizzes on during the day. They served some nice cocktails. Martini bar had an actually iced bar which was fun. The cellar masters does good wines and also sherry and port which we couldn't get else where on the ship. They had various bars around the ship including in the casino, quaser and by the pool. We enjoyed the selection of drinks and the availability of the bars. The pools on deck 12 were great. They were heated so just about bearable to get in when we were in Norway! The jacazzis are amazing - our best experience with these was going in at 10pm at night! Exhilarating! Loads of towels and blankets available. They also have swimming pool and jacuzzi inside if sitting out in the cold isn't for you! The entertainment was to a very high standard. The shows in the evening with the performers were excellent. The acrobats were incredible. We did not really enjoy the comedian but this is personal taste. They had live bands and a great female singer too. The shows were at 7 and 9pm giving opportunity for dinner. We really enjoyed the silent discos. The late night quiz games were also hilarious. The cruise director was very entertaining. The casino was large. We do not usually frequent casinos but we won a free $20 bet on the slot machines and spent a rather amusing few hours spending our bet! There were talks during the day about the ports of call, the gulf stream and even the captain did one about navigation. 'Evening chic' is their formal night - we had two. It was nice to see most people making an effort. The ports were all very good. I liked that actually there was not too much to do at each port so that one could get off, go explore and get back on board feeling like you had seen enough of the city. We did not do any of the ships shore excursions as it was so much cheaper to do it ourselves. We really enjoyed getting back on the ship to nice hot chocolate! Overall this was the best cruise we have been on (so far). Everything seemed catered for. We enjoyed speaking to fellow cruisers and how diverse the passengers and staff were. We felt very well fed and watered and above all very relaxed thankful that we were able to go on such an immense cruise. Read Less
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