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7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
We loved Amsterdam on a city break visit year so decided on a short cruise. We loved the skill steering through the lock and the scenery on the river up to Amsterdam. We upgraded to Concierge Class and the speedy check in was good, we ... Read More
We loved Amsterdam on a city break visit year so decided on a short cruise. We loved the skill steering through the lock and the scenery on the river up to Amsterdam. We upgraded to Concierge Class and the speedy check in was good, we had lunch in the main restaurant on the first day for concierge passengers, this was slow in terms of food and drinks service. We were happy with our stateroom, it was clean and tidy, the only complaint I have is that it was hard to get toiletries, they weren’t replaced without asking. A Celebrity cut back I think. We paid nearly five hundred dollars for two drinks packages for three nights, which is an outrageous price, on top of an expensive cruise, especially when you can’t get served. The bar service was atrocious throughout the cruise. Celebrity knew that there would be parties of people on a cruise to a destination like Amsterdam, so should have provided the service. The bars were understaffed, the table waiters were non existent and poorly trained. We waited over half an hour on more than one occasion for two drinks. I asked twice in the casino for drinks service, that never came. Because of the pressure Celebrity put their staff under they were unsmiling verging on grumpy. Celebrity Eclipse has previously given us great bar service. I did make a written complaint at guest services, but one wonders if it is just filed away. Along with other reviews people in the jacuzzis were shouting, ruining the cruise. for other passengers and more importantly guests were drinking out of glasses and bottles whilst in the jacuzzi making it a likely for somebody to sustain a bad cut. The attendants did nothing. The Grand Cuvee restaurant provided very good service both in terms of food and drink. It was a nice touch that we were seated on the same station each night.I also noticed that menus have been reduced from what we have been given on other Celebrity ships. We were lucky to have the Internet included as the prices charged are ridiculous. We will most likely be travelling with Fred Olsen or Princess on future occasions. Other people we talked too shared our opinions and will also cruise with other Cruise lines. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
This was our return to the beautiful Silhouette since it’s maiden voyage out of Hamburg many years ago. We decided to try out an accessible Sky Suite and we loved the benefits this brought such as Michaels Club and the exclusive ... Read More
This was our return to the beautiful Silhouette since it’s maiden voyage out of Hamburg many years ago. We decided to try out an accessible Sky Suite and we loved the benefits this brought such as Michaels Club and the exclusive restaurant Luminae for suite guests. The service and food in Luminae was fantastic and offered a personalised dining experience. Kurt and his colleagues were amazing and the best service I have had on a cruise ship. The free alcoholic drinks including champagne and cocktails all day in Michaels club added a lovely touch. We were very disappointed by the ocean view cafe as we decided to try this one morning and once for lunch. The buffet restaurant was over crowded making it very difficult to find a seat and you had to fight your way through to grab your food. The quality of most of the food was mostly enjoyable however the rice pudding was cold and way too sweet. The buffet was not up to standard as we had previously come across with Celebrity and the buffet on Royal was much better. Thumbs down on this sailing. The accessible suite was comfortable but the layout wasn’t the best but this was to accommodate wheelchair users. The sofa and TV were located in a very awkward place so you couldn’t watch TV whilst you were sat on the sofa. The accessible bathroom was a very good size although the lack of drainage in the shower meant that water would flow all over the bathroom area making it a paddling pool. On the morning we were at sea the rocking of the ship had made the water escape into the suite soaking the carpet. There was a lack of power sockets near to the beds so charging your mobile had to be done near to the TV unit. A larger TV would have been nice as the only place to watch it was from the bed. Another big disappointment on this sailing was the lack of free loungers in the solarium as this was extremely busy on both occasions we visited it. The cold weather also meant that more passengers tried to utilise this space including certain passengers who treated it like a booze up cruise where they were drinking bottles of beer in the hot tubs. No celebrity solarium attendant challenged them and they were left to their own devices. They certainly didn’t respect other passengers and their behaviour was more I had come to expect on a P&O cruise. The clientele on this sailing wasn’t what we usually find on a Celebrity cruise and Amsterdam was most likely the reason. Another thumbs down on this sailing. The solarium needs to be better supervised and necessary action taken. The size of the solarium also now feels limited compared to Royals Anthems of the Seas which has over twice the size of what is being offered on Celebrity. For once I felt that there was a lack of space and the ship felt over crowded. Not something I’ve experienced with Celebrity on previous sailings. Overall a nice trip but we have had much better sailings with Royal so this will be our first preference from now on. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Having cruised with Celebrity many times we are Captains Club Elite members. We have always found them to be the best cruise line having cruised with Cunard, Royal Carribean,and P&O. The staff were unhelpful and sometimes rude. The ... Read More
Having cruised with Celebrity many times we are Captains Club Elite members. We have always found them to be the best cruise line having cruised with Cunard, Royal Carribean,and P&O. The staff were unhelpful and sometimes rude. The perks we were entitled to were usually waiting inside your cabin for you, but this time you had to ask for them if you wanted them. Needless to say Celebrity obviously needs them more then we did so we told them to shove them where the sun doesn't shine. Embarking was slow, luggage didn't arrive untill early evening and when it did one of the cases didn't belong to me. Balcony was wet,as were the chairs. Flakes of paint and dirty tissues left uncleared from previous cruise. Very mundane menu in main dining room, buffet boring and not enough seating on sea days. Smoke from the ships funnels came onto the balconies which we have never experienced before. No daily news sheet, lack of daytime activities. One free session of Bingo where the prize was a Celebrity Towel! A bottle of Stella lager was $16! Yes roughly£12. Bottle of house white wine $54. Have always recommended Celebrity but never again. We complained at the the time to Guest Relations but it just fell on deaf ears. This is just my personal review of the cruise others may have a different view. But will never cruise Celebrity again. Not the Celebrity we once loved. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
We chose this cruise because we had never been to Amsterdam. But, should also mention that we are regular cruisers with celebrity and love them. The checking in procedure was quick and painless as normal. However, we noticed the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had never been to Amsterdam. But, should also mention that we are regular cruisers with celebrity and love them. The checking in procedure was quick and painless as normal. However, we noticed the normal age demographic for celebrity cruises was a lot younger than we normally see. I should also say that we are young at heart and have no problem with people having a good time, however on this cruise we had our eyes opened! There was a lot of groups of what appeared to be stag and hen parties, which is not what we expected to ever see on a celebrity ship, and who were clearly on a mission to drink as much as is humanly possible from the moment the bars opened which was early given that mimosas, bloody Mary's where on offer at breakfast. That's not a problem normally because I myself have in the past had a bloody Mary or two at 10am ish, but, it was the level of bad language and general rudeness of some of these people that was shocking to us. There was also a lot of young family's and the children were left to run riot, while the parents were drinking. I have to say that we were not the only passengers that were shocked and offended by the more unruly behaviour. We even spoke to two different sets of travel agents who were shocked at the behaviour and had even experienced vulgar comments themselves. Two first time couples where also shocked at the behaviour and they said they would not come on celebrity ever again based on this experience. We did try to reassure them that this cruise was not a typical celebrity cruise, and that to not let the current bad behaviour of some drunken fellow passengers put them off cruising with celebrity. All that been said the ship, staff and food was lovely as usual. And we will cruise again with celebrity but hope they don't have any other "booze cruises" planned because I think that would be great shame and a big mistake on celebrity's part. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
We have been on celebrity solstice ships many times. But over the las5 three years azamara and princess. We took relatives to get a taste of crushing to see if they wanted a longer cruise. Embarkation very good as was disembarkation. ... Read More
We have been on celebrity solstice ships many times. But over the las5 three years azamara and princess. We took relatives to get a taste of crushing to see if they wanted a longer cruise. Embarkation very good as was disembarkation. Room on deck 9 very clean but showing wear, safe cracked on outside so 8 cut my finger on this, sofa looked worn and outside table had clumps of what looked like wax on it tha5 wouldn’t come off. However I think the standards have gone down, toiletries poor quality, no shower cap or shower gel. Shower head water flowed slowly so that needed replacing, but not a major issue. World class bar , no so work class. The nice cut glasses replaced by thin glasses, a couple of times the tops of glass rims seemed rough due to poor quality. We were told that some of the premium spirits used were not available and saw them use run of mill ones. My hubby doesn’t drink and they refuses to do him a no. Alcoholic drink so he had to get one from another bar and bring it back. The bars had few staff on so the wait was always long. I was surprised when pina colada can in whisky tumbler as did a margarita, In the main dining room food as good as ever. But the wines it suggested were not used. I asked for the recommended glass of calafornian chard. They said yes but he poured cheaper one. I asked why and he said it was not available unless I got a bottle, so why was it recommended and priced on menu by the glass. Areas clean and staff lovely . Cafe very good for coffees. Staff worked hard but they were rushed off their feet at bars and in cafe. I’m booked again in July but if it wasn’t paid for I may reconsider, I’m hoping standards were lower as it was a mini cruise. They need to be careful as their prices are getting higher but I ? That standards have dropped. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Over the years we have been on quite a few cruises. We have done the following as far as I recall. (Royal Caribbean) Vision of the seas, Jewel of the seas. Independence of the seas. Adventure of the seas. (Princess cruises) Grand ... Read More
Over the years we have been on quite a few cruises. We have done the following as far as I recall. (Royal Caribbean) Vision of the seas, Jewel of the seas. Independence of the seas. Adventure of the seas. (Princess cruises) Grand Princess. (P&O) Britannia 4 times, Azura. (Cunard) Queen Elizabeth 2 times. This time we thought we would try Celebrity Silhouette to see what it was like. A 3 night cruise to Amsterdam. How did it compare to the other ships we have been on? First of all the negative points. The cost of drinks are very expensive! The most expensive I have encountered on all the cruises I have been on! For example a small bottle of Corona Beer 330ml $8.50 and small bottle of cider same size $10.00 that's £13.69 at exchange rate of $1.26 cents to £1.00. In Tesco a few weeks ago 12 bottles of Corona beers same size was £8.00 that's $10.08 just 83 pence a bottle and they are still making a profit! The price in a pub for one bottle is £3.50 or $4.37. Wine in the dining room wine was sold by the glass and was around $10 to $11 but there was no mention of how much the glass contained ? 175ml ? 200ml ? Very strange. So you don't know how much you get for your money? But say you get 4 glasses of wine from one bottle it works out minimum $40 a bottle. Drinking seemed to a big part of the cruise for most guests and I can only imagine that they had a drinks package, which is not cheap, and they were trying to get their money's worth out of it.? The main dining room. It was ok but lacked the grandeur of other ships that we have been on and the dining chairs are not dining chairs in my opinion! The food again was ok but could do better! The self service restaurant on deck 14 pretty much the same as other ships. Food that should be hot is not hot enough! On this ship the British style bacon served at breakfast was pretty dire! Not sure how it was cooked but it was pale and no taste to speak of. However the coffee was pretty good and about the best I have tried on ships! This seemed to be a very noisy ship! It maybe because it was a 3 night cruise over a bank holiday weekend very noisy guests having a good time! A few hen parties and even a wedding party! So pretty hard to find a quiet area to sit unless you sat in the library ! I don't think it is a good idea to allow a large party of people to book a cruise. It is not fair on the other guests. If you like a quieter ship the Queen Elizabeth would be a 10 out of 10 and Celebrity 2 out of 10 . Britannia would be around a 6 out of 10. Entertainment in the main theatre was very good 9/10. We had inside cabin deck 7 and it was a good size! Good size bathroom as well. We got the feeling that this ship was very much for American guests and not for the British. Celebrity say that our safety is their top priority but I would say squeezing as much money out of their guests comes a very close second place. Constant bombardment to buy drinks from the bar, buy special dining packages etc. and what a waste of space the Casino and slot machines take up! So would I book with Celebrity again? May be? It's hard to judge over 3 nights. But I think the ship is better suited for the younger guest. I also think Celebrity think they are better than they actually are! If you want grandeur and opulence go for Cunard! Something in the middle of that, go for P&O ! My score for this ship 6/10. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
I booked this cruise as part of my quest to experience as many different cruise lines as possible and this was my first Celebrity cruise ...... it most certainly will not be my last. I have to admit it did not start well with, what I ... Read More
I booked this cruise as part of my quest to experience as many different cruise lines as possible and this was my first Celebrity cruise ...... it most certainly will not be my last. I have to admit it did not start well with, what I thought was a very chaotic check-in process, with lots of unnecessary queuing. I much prefer the system where you are allocated a boarding group number and you are called to check-in by group number. The mandatory safety briefing, which lets face it can be a boring chore for regular cruisers, was made interesting by the showing a Bondesque film demonstrating safety factors as well as an amusing cartoon film about the importance of hand washing. Interestingly hand washing and use of hand sanitisers was rigorously enforced onboard, which was good to see. That said, once at the check-in desk the process was quick and efficient. Well the ship itself was amazing - probably the best laid out ship I have cruised on. The central atrium is amazing and there are plenty of nooks and crannies. An impressive library, a good games room but the absolute treasure was The Hideaway, a small area with an eclectic mix of unusual (very comfortable) chairs and nooks to chill and relax in. There is also a fantastic observation gallery. Turning to a subject dear to my heart - food. The buffet is one of the largest I have seen on a cruise ship although that may be an illusion because of the excellent way it has been laid out to make it look spacious. It has an amazing selection of food and you would have to be the most picky of eaters to find nothing you liked. The curries are especially excellent. The only minor gripe in the buffet is not enough seating - on most visits it was a struggle to find a table and it was often the case of loitering and grabbing a table as soon as someone left. The main restaurant is large and impressive with a mixture of large communal tables with some tables for two. We were lucky enough to have a table for two. One of my biggest bugbears with cruising is having to share a dining table with strangers - although I appreciate, for some, it's a major plus. Being picky, my only gripe concerning the main restaurant is dinner is only three courses, having said that portions are generous and you don't come away feeling you could have eaten more. We didn't try any of the speciality restaurants but to be honest we didn't need to as, without exception, the quality of food throughout the ship was exceptional - so why pay more when you can have perfection in your pre-paid package? Entertainment was good with two shows from the ships ensemble - who were very good. There was also a guest appearance from the amazing Claire Maidin when we were in Amsterdam - we hadn't heard of her before but she is very talented. It's a shame there were not more people to see her but many passengers were still ashore in Amsterdam - they missed a treat. Being an American cruise line service was exceptional, you couldn't walk past any member of the crew without being greeted with, at least, a cheery smile and hello. The cabin was very good, narrow but very deep. A silly thing but I liked the way the ends of the bed were rounded, which saved knocks when going to the loo in the middle of the night. The balcony was a good size although we got a soaking one day when, without any warning, they started hosing the balconies on the floor above resulting on an unexpected waterfall on our balcony and almost ruining my camera. A real bonus on this cruise was the sailing down the canal from IJmuiden to Amsterdam. Having previously lived in Amsterdam I didn't go on any excursions but looking at the prices they seemed very expensive for what was on offer. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
We chose this mini cruise as it fit in with our other holiday plans and we'd never been to Amsterdam before. Last year we sailed on Reflection on our first Celebrity cruise and enjoyed it although we didn't think it was any ... Read More
We chose this mini cruise as it fit in with our other holiday plans and we'd never been to Amsterdam before. Last year we sailed on Reflection on our first Celebrity cruise and enjoyed it although we didn't think it was any better than RCC and definitely no better than Holland America. The ship is pretty much the same as Reflection and our balcony cabin was clean, quiet and functional. We found the food in the MDR average. The first night was horrendous getting in as everyone was waiting outside at 8.30pm fo the second sitting. There was much mayhem and confusion as people tried to find their tables. Our waiter was less than pleased to see us and was miserable and surly all through the meal. We waited over an hour for our starters then a further half hour for the mains. A couple of the meals were wrong and there was no apology. My meal of beef was so small and cold under normal circumstances I would have sent it back however I didn't fancy another long wait. The meals on the second and third night were better and we ordered extra vegetables to fill us up. We found the food in the Ocean View cafe to be ok, again nothing to write home about. The entertainment was very good, the 3 shows we saw much better than anything we saw on Reflection last year. 2 production shows from the singers and dancers and 1 female entertainer who sang and played the piano. Most of the staff were friendly enough but I felt that as this was only a 3 night cruise none of them made any real effort as we would be going home soon. If this was my first Celebrity cruise I'm not sure it would entice me back to do another one in a hurry. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We’ve tried quite a few cruise lines and had heard that Celebrity were excellent so thought we’d give them a go as they were doing the Norwegian Fjords, which we wanted to see as our next cruise. Checking in was fine and our balcony ... Read More
We’ve tried quite a few cruise lines and had heard that Celebrity were excellent so thought we’d give them a go as they were doing the Norwegian Fjords, which we wanted to see as our next cruise. Checking in was fine and our balcony cabin was lovely and clean and had a nice big bathroom/shower. Out cabin steward Anthony was lovely. There were no major complaints as such, just lots of little things every day which didn’t sit well. Firstly, the MDR. The food choices weren’t great and a couple of days our meals were stone cold. Some days the food was good though and hot. Our wine waiter was very miserable and didn’t seem to want to be there - and wasn’t a lot of the time! We were lucky to get a glass of wine before our starter. Often you would get dips and butter, but no bread. One night they pulled my chair out for me and there were 2 dirty napkins and breadcrumbs all over my seat. My other half likes an espresso after his dinner and every night it was served in a mug! Little things I know, but not what we expected. There seemed to be quite a few complaints about the food and service and there were people in suits watching the waiters and then asking the diners around the complainers if they had heard and were they happy (us a couple of nights). I just want to eat my dinner in a relaxed, peaceful environment, which this certainly wasn’t. To cap it off the suits and waiters come around the last night and tell you how important it is we give them a 9 or 10 on the survey!!!!! Food in the buffet was good, but we could never find a seat straightaway, but I think that’s the norm on most cruise ships. The entertainment in the theatre and waiter service was good, but we had to wait until 10.30pm because of our dinner time, which is quite late. We Had to wait until 11.30pm for the comedian one night. The entertainment around the lounges was average and very samey. A couple of groups and a duo. Some nights we’d be sat in the Passport/foyer bar and there’d be no music for an hour, which seems a bit strange. Loved the layout of the ship, one of the easiest to navigate around only having 2 sets of lifts in the middle and back. Everywhere was also spotless all the time, especially the toilets. We were given the classic drinks package as part of the deal, but once onboard there isn’t a lot you can have with, it’s very limited. A decent cocktail or glass of wine was 14/15 dollars, so we had to upgrade to the premium package. Just be aware of this. Lastly, our main disappointment was the lack of friendly service in the bars. I would say 80% of our drinks we had to get ourselves as waiter service was severely lacking. A lot of the staff behind the bar weren’t at all friendly we found too, we tried to chat to them, but they really weren’t interested. They all work hard I know, but you usually get a bit of banter. This is just my opinion and many may disagree, but this is just what we found. Perhaps we were expecting too much or perhaps we were just unlucky. The Norwegian Fjords were stunning and we enjoyed our cruise, but not sure we would sail with Celebrity again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
OVERVIEW My husband and I are a 50'ish couple who are not regular cruisers. I have always wanted to see the Norwegian Fjords, and when i saw a good sale with 2 perks last fall, i jumped! We were originally booked in a standard ... Read More
OVERVIEW My husband and I are a 50'ish couple who are not regular cruisers. I have always wanted to see the Norwegian Fjords, and when i saw a good sale with 2 perks last fall, i jumped! We were originally booked in a standard veranda cabin but about 10 days before we sailed, we received an email offering us to bid on moving up to Aqua class. I bid $10 (per-person) over the minimum, and we won our bid. I had no idea how much we would adore that Aqua class! The restaurant, BLU, was fantastic. We loved, with one exception, every single item of food we ate in BLU. Everything about the ship and the staff was wonderful - the Silhouette is clean and elegant and full of nice, if sometimes goofy, spaces (that Sky lounge's decor is straight outta a Star Trek episode - like, an alien's idea of what a fancy bar on a ship on Earth should look like). Yet we grew quite fond of that funny Sky Lounge. We also spent a lot of time in the Ensemble Lounge as we really enjoyed the quirky yet super talented musical duo playing there most nights, along with a guitarist/vocalist who also played in the Lounge. It was music we actually wanted to listen to, but could still have a conversation, and it is dimly-lit, so i always looked very nice in the Ensemble Lounge. The staff, almost without fail, was efficient, friendly, and good at their jobs. The public areas, including bathrooms,were spotless no matter what time of day it was; we felt very pampered on this trip. We did miss a good full jogging track outside - the one they have is silly and not long enough. Since I am a walker and not a jogger, and it wasn't particularly beautiful weather, I just either walked on the treadmill or chose a floor with nothing but cabins, and walked long laps. My husband ran on the treadmills. However, had it been really nice weather, we would have been annoyed at having to be inside to get good exercise. Specifics below, if you want them: EMBARKATION - We are from the U.S., and had never been to Southampton, and I was a bit worried about getting to Southampton from London with all of our luggage, but we took the train down the night before, and then got a taxi to the pier in the morning. The train was comfortable and we just put our luggage next to our seats. it was very easy! Our instructions said to arrive between 10:30 and 11, but we arrived around noon. Since I had just been upgraded to Aqua, we hadn't received new luggage tags yet, but a guy was there, johnny-on-the-spot, and he made us new tags and carted off our luggage. We walked into the city terminal building and saw a pretty long line - it was not very organized in the "exterior" part of the line, so if for some reason Aqua class cabins could have gotten into a shorter or different line, nobody told us that or pointed us toward a different line. So we stood in the "main" line, and waited about 15 or 20 minutes before we got "inside" past security - at that point, we WERE directed by some very quick-acting and smiling people, to go to a special line, and we essentially went right up to a window to register and get our pictures taken and to get our Sea Pass cards. Once onboard, we received pink sparkling wine, and then wandered around the ship until our room was ready just a bit after 1:00. CABIN - We were in 1514, a very forward cabin on the Starboard side. My husband was worried about sea sickness and feeling the motion of the ship, so I therefore worried about how far forward we were and how high up we were, but really, she is a big ship, the Silhouette, and for the most part we never felt much movement at all. The very first morning we heard some odd noises above us, right around 7:00 AM - and learned later that we were right underneath the gym. The sounds were a combo of something being dragged around and then - maybe - someone on a bike or treadmill I think. ANYWAY, i then worried we would be awoken each day by these sounds, but that was the only day we really heard anything at all from above us. The only other noise issue we encountered was the night/morning we sailed into Geiranger, which is an town in an inlet in northern Norway. It was apparently an excessively and unrelentingly foggy night and morning, as the captain blew the fog horn every few minutes for HOURS. LITERAL HOURS. It was so loud in our room, it seemed like the horn was on our balcony. We got no sleep that night. Those were the only blights on the room. I thought it had lots of usable storage space, and we did like the extra-fancy shower experience that they provide in Aqua cabins. Our room steward was the best! Ali truly worked seemingly non-stop - our cabin was cleaned essentially the moment we left in the morning, and he somehow always knew when we were out for dinner to provide the turn-down service and leave us our chocolate and next day's planner. Dining - I can't say enough good things about BLU. One of the few other cruises we took was MANY years ago, on the Celebrity Mercury, and the dining room and food on that cruise were exceptional. We know times and the industry have changed so didn't expect much, but we were very happily surprised. It is "anytime" dining but we only ever had to wait one night - the very first night. Other than that, we could walk in at anytime and get a fantastic table immediately. My husband's steaks were tender and flavorful and cooked perfectly medium-rare, my salmon was always rare, as I like it, and our other entrees, as well as our starters and sides were very very good also - salads had fresh ingredients and vegetables were not overcooked. I do think they don't have enough staff in BLU and some nights we waited a bit to have someone take our order, but we could see the waiters practically being run off their feet, so we didn't take that personally. When they did come to our table, we got very personal and efficient service. But Celebrity should staff more appropriately in this restaurant I think. We ate most lunches in the OceanView and that food was delish as well. I tended to focus on the Indian food (REALLY REALLY GOOD), and the "grilled delights" were i could get a thinly-sliced piece of chicken breast that was nicely seasoned. The food was hot - even one day when we got in just as they were finishing the lunchtime meal - and plentiful. My husband liked the pizza and usually found something at the carvery to eat as well. Since it was not a hot weather cruise, I was worried the OceanView would be super crowded (people weren't inclined to eat outside), but we only had one day where we struggled to find a table. The service was good at the tables and staff quickly came over to get our drink orders pr clear our plates. Entertainment - my husband is a bit of a drag and refused to go see ANY of the shows. I did hear one couple describe one of the shows as "rubbish", and everyone around them nodded in agreement - it sounded kind of high-concept for a ship, some acrobatics, some singing, maybe an attempt at a plot? (maybe my husband isn't a drag, maybe he is just "wise") We focused on trivia - which we lost - but which we had lots of fun playing; Karaoke - which we only 'watched' but LOVED all of it - those English/Irish/Welsh are quite good at Karaoke, and the activities person in charge of Karaoke was hilarious. She was helpful when a singer needed some assistance (very rarely - since these were English/Irish/Welsh, people who seemingly spend the bulk of their lives in bars, learning the words and cadence to every single song written since 1960), she was full of funny asides, and just a perfect host for the event. We also, as I previously mentioned, like to spend time in the Ensemble Lounge, listening to the "contemporary duo" and also Angie, the guitarist/vocalist. Both acts are very talented and had shockingly large repertoires, they weren't really what we expected on a large cruise line, and we liked that about them. We enjoyed hanging out before and/or after dinner, and the wait staff and bartenders in Ensemble were lovely. They immediately remembered the beer my husband asked for on our first night, I think because they thought it was funny that anyone would want Miller Lite, and would have it for him practically as soon as he caught their eye. I have never really understood why people care who the cruise director is BUT we liked the looks of Sue as soon as we saw her picture, and one night in the SKY Lounge, she danced over to me and said something about what a fun night it was, and I have to say, I felt her good energy. PORTS: NORWAY IS AMAZING. WE LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT. It is stunning, awe-inspiring, gorgeous (i could go on and on with superlatives, but will end there), the people are friendly, and it is easy to navigate. Bergen - we mostly walked around town looking for a bus to the mountain overlook - there is so much talk about the funicular to Floyen but I had it on good authority that Ulriken provided a better view. However, my google maps hadn't downloaded yet while we were in Bergen so there was no info on mass transit options. We finally found the bus station where a patient woman explained to us which bus to take and where to pick it up, and then we took the 12 to the Hospital (north exit, don't go under the bridge!) then walked behind the hospital, up the hill, to the cable car. It was AWESOME at the top of Ulriken. GO THERE. You won't be sorry. Alesund - we took a Celebrity excursion to a ski mountain where we had again AWESOME views. (the theme of Norway is definitely, AWESOME views). We had to take a bus and a ferry and a cable car, but it was well worth it. We also got traditional Norwegian waffles served to us at the top of the mountain, which was funny to us as we live around many people of Norwegian descent here in the midwest, and none of them claim waffles as the most beloved food of their home country. They all try to make us eat Lefse, which is bland and dull and quite inferior to a soft waffle. Geiranger - We had pre-purchased tickets on a local tourist bus - not a hop-on, it takes you to two specific scenic points in Geiranger - very inexpensive and picks you up right at the port! Sadly, one stop was inaccessible as we were so early in the season that the road at the very top was still closed because of snow (so we stopped at a slightly less-high point - I think that would have been fine, on a clear day - this was our foggy town - the fog came in on monstrous cat feet and sat, on its big fat haunches, overlooking the harbor, the town, the hills, the fjords, etc, and broke all of the Silhouette's passengers' hearts that day in Geiranger) - and the other stop seems like it would have been AWESOME, as it was a perfect view of two rock walls as the water curved between them - at this second stop, the fog lifted for a few seconds here and there, so we could get a glimpse of the stunning scene we were missing out on. Still, once the bus deposited us back down in the harbor, we walked up the waterfall that is right off the pier - it is a really easy walk to the top, and despite the fact that most of the landscape was still covered in fog and clouds, we could see rolling hills and green green grass and flowering trees and not just the waterfall we had walked up, but 2 or 3 others. It is a beautiful, awe inspiring area. I imagine the beauty of it all in sunlight would have blinded me,so it is probably fine that we had such bad weather there. Stavanger - crazy town! It is very industrial, as it is the petroleum capital of Norway (fyi, if you are interested in the petroleum museum, you do NOT need to purchase that as an excursion on Celebrity. The petroleum museum is essentially IN the harbor. You can make it on your own! We did not go in but we saw it RIGHT there.) But in the midst of this industrial town sit hundreds of charming white houses on cobblestone streets, which were originally built for cannery workers, and then restored in the not too distant past. People actually live in them, so don't stare in windows, but do walk around and through those streets. Just trust me on this one. Also, we took the Strandafjell cruise and that was AWESOME. I felt like we saw some of the grandeur we couldn't see in Geiranger. It was a gorgeous ride. We sailed to Pulpit Rock ultimately, with a stop in a cove with a history relating to bank robbers, AND a stop for WAFFLES. I am not sure how many cruises we will ever take in our lives, but we really enjoyed the ship, the people we met onboard, the crew, the Captain, the karaoke, and Norway. Read Less
Celebrity Silhouette Ratings
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Cabins 5.0 0.0
Dining 5.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 5.0 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 4.5 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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