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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
This is our annual escape from Winter in upstate New York. Empbarkation was smooth & quick. This was our second cruise in Suites . We are hooked, embarkation, Luminae, Michaels Club, and 20 min disembarkation are all worth the extra ... Read More
This is our annual escape from Winter in upstate New York. Empbarkation was smooth & quick. This was our second cruise in Suites . We are hooked, embarkation, Luminae, Michaels Club, and 20 min disembarkation are all worth the extra $$’s to us. Our first “Suites” experience was on Summit last September. Quite frankly that experience was better than what we experienced on Silhouette. Perhaps the ship size?! The evening “cast “ shows continue to disappoint. The highlight was the tenor and a terrific rock group. The ship was hopping to the music so energetically , I was worried we might capsize (just kidding) We were disappointed with the Taste of San Martin excursion, they completely skipped the scheduled cheese event . Our Dominica tour of the waterfalls and Emerald pool was excellent; a chance to experience the rainforest. The St Nevis tour provided an excellent lunch, one of the best seafood meals on our trip. Overall the cruise gave us the respite from snow & cold, otherwise very much like our past Celebrity Cruises. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Two weeks away with friends, wanted sunshine and being looked after. Celebrity are top notch when it comes to cruising. If i have one criticism it is with their menus, they never change. There were three Chic nights and the first two were ... Read More
Two weeks away with friends, wanted sunshine and being looked after. Celebrity are top notch when it comes to cruising. If i have one criticism it is with their menus, they never change. There were three Chic nights and the first two were just normal menus,mthe final one the big hitters come out, Lobster, Beef Wellington, Duck ala Orange and aleg of Lamb, you cannot eat them all, why oh why can they not be split across the three formal evenings. Entertainment was excellent, just disappointed that the Tenors of Rock could not be brought on, lol. Dont like Jugglers, Magicians butbitherwise a great rick band, comedian and two vicalists Staff superb Ports of call good, some great some we got straight back on board. Dominica still not fullt recovered from Hurricanes. The ship ran out of Red Stripe and Miller after four days, or so I was told. Wine choices on classic packages are limited, is that a ploy Celebrity Overall loved the cruisev Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We choose this cruise because we hadn't been to 2 of the islands. The shore excursions were very good. We also enjoyed the food in the buffet more than many ships. Only went to the main dining room once, the service there was not very ... Read More
We choose this cruise because we hadn't been to 2 of the islands. The shore excursions were very good. We also enjoyed the food in the buffet more than many ships. Only went to the main dining room once, the service there was not very good. Also, the cabin stewarts were not the best. We could be gone for 6 hours at time, and the room would still not be done. We had to constantly walk back upstairs to wait. I enjoy playing bingo while on a cruise and they have an antiquated system on that ship. Also the projector was not working properly in the room where it was held, so you couldn't review all the numbers. Also, the activities staff always seemed to be rushing through all the activities. Perhaps not enough staff? One good point is that there was many areas to smoke. Overall, a good cruise. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
As Celebrity Elite Plus, we have experienced a transition in Celebrity cruises from peaceful and relaxing to LOUD at a point that it is difficult to find a quiet place to relax and read a book. Every event has the volume so loud we found ... Read More
As Celebrity Elite Plus, we have experienced a transition in Celebrity cruises from peaceful and relaxing to LOUD at a point that it is difficult to find a quiet place to relax and read a book. Every event has the volume so loud we found it necessary to wear ear plugs. The ship itself was great, the food was superior, the staff very helpful and friendly....our only point of dissatisfaction was the noise level. In the evening in our stateroom and also in walking the passageway to our stateroom, we would constantly hear the boom, boom, boom of heavy bass. If we visited a lounge we found it impossible to carry on a conversation due to the high volume. If this is what we were seeking in a cruise, we would have gone to a competitor who is known for their loud music etc., and we could have done it at a much less expensive fare. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Have been on the Silhouette only once before, and this was our second cruise. We were a little apprehensive as we were really impressed the first time out. This time out did not fail to deliver. We were impressed again. The ship was ... Read More
Have been on the Silhouette only once before, and this was our second cruise. We were a little apprehensive as we were really impressed the first time out. This time out did not fail to deliver. We were impressed again. The ship was clean and well oiled by the Captain and his crew. The cabins were impeccable once again and our attendant Jannis was top notch. She greeted us every time with a smile - morning, noon, and night. Felt like we were part of her family. Dining in Oceanview was over packed at times, but the quality of food - unbelievable. The Grand Cuvee staff made us feel at home. Ramburn was a top notch attendant and had great presence of mind towards our needs only after the first time. Sue had entertainment nailed down to a science, and not without her own wit and charm. All acts were great. All presentations were full of info and knowledge. Really enjoyed the Titanic lectures. This was a 9 night tour around the ABC's and Grand Cayman. The beaches were great and locations really tourists invested. We really enjoyed Curacao for the history, and Bonaire for the Snorkelling adventure with Woodwind Adventures. Dee was great with us as beginners. Would definitely go again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
First of all, I have taken at least a dozen cruises prior to this one with Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, NCL, Azamara and Paul Gaugin. This was easily the least memorable of all. The cabin (concierge class) was very small and had no ... Read More
First of all, I have taken at least a dozen cruises prior to this one with Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, NCL, Azamara and Paul Gaugin. This was easily the least memorable of all. The cabin (concierge class) was very small and had no storage! There were a total of 3 drawers in the whole cabin, each about a foot wide.....that's it! One closet which was a fairly good size but no shelf to store anything. The cabin was so narrow that the mattresses on the beds were rounded off on the corners so you'd have room to walk around....ridiculous! Even the space under the bed was partially taken up with a basket containing the life jackets. Our luggage JUST fit under there, with the bags nested inside each other. We checked in at the pier in Fort Lauderdale and while the check-in was quick, we later found it was not accurate. We were traveling with friends who had a separate cabin, so we checked in spearately. At thecheck in for my cabin, the staff person asked for the credit cards we wanted to link to each account. We gave her separate cards and there was no problem. On the other hand, our friends were not asked about using spearate cards. They inquired about it and were told that all charges for the cabin had to go onto one account, but that it would be subtotaled by passenger and that they would have to work it out between them. Imagine how surprised they were when we later mentioned that we had been asked, unprompted, how we wanted the bill charged. xcept for this issue, both the check in and check out were unbelieveably smooth and quick. Celebrity really has a good handle on moving all those people through with a minimum of wasted time. We ate each night in the main dining room, late seating. Some nights the food was quite good, others we struggled to find something to order. Our waiter did his job, but definitely did not "go the extra mile" to be sure we enjoyed our meals. The evening that lobster tails were served, he returned to ask only the men at our table if they wanted an additional tail.....seriously?? On port days, the dining room was not open for lunch. So the only choices were the buffet or the ourdoor grill. The queue for the grill was usually very long and in the direct sun, as were the tables. The burgers and hot dogs were actually quite good, though. At the buffet, there were lots of choices and the food was what you'd expect. However, after serving yourself you'd walk around and around trying to find a seat. On multiple occasions, I simply gave up altogether! If you were able to find a place to sit, then came the ordeal of catching the eye of a beverage waiter. Good luck with that and when they were eventually flagged down, some were downright rude. The included drink package was the most confusing thing ever! If I had not researched it on Cruise Critic before we sailed, I would not have had any idea what to make of it. No one ever explained the ins and outs of the program, or what was included and what wasn't. Order a drink in one lounge, included. Order the same thing in another venue, extra charge! I enjoyed a wine at lunch in the dining room and requested it at dinner, only to be told there was an up-charge, even though there had been none at lunch. We heard many, many fellow travelers talking about the same issues with this program so it wasn't just our party. Entertainment was sparce, in my opinion. The cruise director had a staff of only 3. I only saw her when she introduced the evening shows. On past cruises on every cruise line, one of our favorite activities was trivia/ name that tune/ etc. While there were 3 trivia sessions offered each day, they were simply not fun. The people running them read the questions and the answers, and that was it! No back-and-forth with the players, no joking around....nothing. Boring. The production shows ran the gamut from quite good to get-me-out-of-here, but that's to be expected. Magician and singers were fine. So, to sum it all up, I believe there are much better ships to sail on than the Silhouette. I will not return to this ship and am questioning whether I'll travel with Celebrity again. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
This was only our 2nd Celebrity experience out of 20 cruises, the most being 7 on Princess. Overall, the differences between the 2 are negligible.. only individual experiences will differ. When we booked, Aqua was only a few hundred ... Read More
This was only our 2nd Celebrity experience out of 20 cruises, the most being 7 on Princess. Overall, the differences between the 2 are negligible.. only individual experiences will differ. When we booked, Aqua was only a few hundred dollars more than regular veranda, so we took advantage. With my spouse's food allergies, the Blu dining room seemed the logical choice...not so much. The 1st night a note in room requested we come between 6 and 630 to dine. We had a hard travel day, so I went to the maitre d' and asked if we could come later. "No problem, Susspeople4, you can come anytime, we have open seating. Your allergies are in the system and we will attend to them." We arrived at 7p and were greeted with a 45 minute wait. There was no dairy-free margarine as requested. At the 3rd port, maitre d' personally shopped for it successfullly after 2 failures. Menu in general seemed no different than a main dining room. Also, we like share dining, but Blu is all individual tables with sharing not encouraged...therefore we did not make lasting friends like usual. The Aqua cabins are identical to regular veranda in layout. The shower has body jets in addition to standard head and toiletries seemed slightly upgraded. Aqua's additional selling point is complimentary access to "Relaxation" rooms of Spa. Unless Heated Body Beds, sauna and steam room, private view room turn your fancy...no big deal. Aqua is on the top all cabin deck, just under the pool deck which extends some 20 feet outward, thus putting virtually all verandas in total shade all the time. Large diagonal support beams impede a full panoramic view. Built-in extra tipping seems unwarranted. With eyes closed, we could have been on Princess. Entertainment, ship activities, ship layout and condition, all comparable. It's all about what you are used to and comfortable with. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
On 2/1/19 we did a 9 day cruise on the Celebrity Silhouette. We do a lot of cruising so it is easy to make comparisons. We mostly cruise on Royal Caribbean but since Celebrity is owned by RC and we go on Celebrity as an Elite status so we ... Read More
On 2/1/19 we did a 9 day cruise on the Celebrity Silhouette. We do a lot of cruising so it is easy to make comparisons. We mostly cruise on Royal Caribbean but since Celebrity is owned by RC and we go on Celebrity as an Elite status so we do several cruises a year on Celebrity. Here are some of my notes that I jotted down while we were on the cruise, not in any specific order. They did not have the Elite club happy hour on first day. Our dining was linked together with friends per email but not actually linked once we got on board. It took a day to get that corrected. On the day we got on the ship we only got one of our two suitcases so I had to go looking for the second suitcase. It was being held on deck two because I had an outlet plug with four additional outlets so they confiscated outlet strip and I could not get until we got off ship. I got it back after I exited immigration's. On Royal Caribbean the Diamond Club is typically open from 5 to 8 PM but on this ship the Elite and Elite plus in the Sky Lounge is only from 5 to 7 PM per night. In Grand Cayman as an Elite you were supposed to have priority to get off but it was no faster as we waited about 25 minutes to get on the tender. On Aruba we took a taxi to Eagle beach, $15, rented two chairs for $20, the beach was ok, a public beach. On the way back we took the public bus, $2.60 per person, back to the bus terminal. We did not know it but the bus terminal is close to the port. Exit the port onto the Main St. and turn right go about 100 feet and there is a Diamond International store on the right and across the street is a Pizza Hut and the bus terminal is behind the Pizza Hut. In Curacao we walked to town. Docked at the newer dock, opened in Nov 2017, and it is a longer walk to town. Stopped and checked out the Renaissance Hotel on way into town. You can get a day pass and use there beach and infinity pool for $20 per person, including two beach chairs an umbrella. Super Bowl night there was nothing in the theater but the super bowl all night. The show, Cosmopolitan, had the great acrobatics but music was not appropriate for a 60 plus audience. Good comedian, Dan Wilson, the first night and also good, funny, adult show the following night. We went to see the production show Peril and did not like it. One of the headliner shows was Ashlie Amber, who did many of Whitney Houston’s songs. Nice voice and did a good job on Whitney’s songs. One night we saw a magician called Jay Mattoili and he was good, mixing magic with some comedy. All of his tricks were small, hand faster than the eye type of tricks. He interacted very well with the audience. We saw the third production show called Life which had singing and acrobatics. It was much better than the two previous production shows. The other comedian was Bill Garan and both his shows were very good. We have seen many comedy shows on cruises and most of the time I do not find them very funny but both of these comedians were really funny. On the last night of the cruise we went to see Savannah Smith in the theater. She sang songs made popular by female artist. She had a nice voice but I was only familiar with about half the songs she sang. Also on the last night on deck 3 they had a 60’s night, playing music from the 60’s after the theater performance at 10:15 PM. It was good. Food in the buffet was better than average and more room in buffet dining room than a lot of ships. Our cruise had very few kids. The average age looked like 60 plus years old. I joked that Celebrity is becoming the new Holland America. We had the non alcoholic drink package and I kept track of the drinks each day. The total for the 9 days was $325 dollars and we paid $423, not exactly a great deal but we had a lot of on board credit so it did not matter. We had coffee etc at the Cafe al Bacio on deck five many times. The pastries there are all free so you should try them, better than most ships. We ate on the outside covered area on deck 14 for lunch several times, nice. The lunch meals in the buffet were better than most buffets as they changed some of the selections each day. On the last two days in the buffet for lunch they had special deserts, one day was a special selection of truffles and on the last day they had a selection of great cakes in addition to the normal deserts. Ships common areas were cold for me. If you get cold easily make sure you take a sweater. Our room was 6224 on deck 6. It was what they called a bump out room, very close to the rear elevators. Most rooms on deck 6 have their view obstructed because of the lifeboats. This room was a veranda room and was fine, very convenient to the elevators and no obstructed views. It had a big safe in it, much bigger than the safes on Royal Caribbean. The shower was bigger than on Royal Caribbean which was good. Not as many draws for storage, only 3, but they had storage over the bed which is better than nothing but inconvenient. My wife and I both had internet service and it was much better than on most ships and price for an Elite status was reasonably priced. They were really pushing the specialty restaurants but we did not do any because we thought they were over priced at $45 or $55 per person for dinner. Getting off the ship went very smooth. We left our room at 8:10 AM, picked up our luggage around 8:30 AM and were at the airport at 9:30 AM. The Ft. Lauderdale airport is only about 4 miles or a 10 minute taxi ride from the port at a cost of $15 to $20. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We went with a large group and knew from the start that things would not be going well. First, they didn't have enough seating in the dining room for all of us. Second, the food was of such a low grade that we could not cut up the ... Read More
We went with a large group and knew from the start that things would not be going well. First, they didn't have enough seating in the dining room for all of us. Second, the food was of such a low grade that we could not cut up the steak, no steak knives...safety reasons! So no more meat that needed to be sliced up. The baked goods appear to be frozen and then heated up...the biscuits were like hockey pucks! We had a guy who ordered the Kosher packaged meals and shared with the rest of us...one of the guys at the table remarked that this was the best meal he had on the whole trip! The entertainment was at fifth grade level...we had seen better performances at school theater! The acrobat couple were amazing! The comedians were fabulous but that was only 2 shows. The staff was wonderful and they did rise above all the miserable food and entertainment. I would go with a different line in the future...this one is done as far as I am concerned! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We have been on many cruises but this was only on 5th cruise with Celebrity and we had cruised on the Silhouette one other time. We drove to the port and dropped our bags at terminal 25 and then parked at mid port parking garage. Was a ... Read More
We have been on many cruises but this was only on 5th cruise with Celebrity and we had cruised on the Silhouette one other time. We drove to the port and dropped our bags at terminal 25 and then parked at mid port parking garage. Was a bit of a walk back to terminal with carry ons but was a nice day. Terminal 25 is new having been built for Edge class ships. It was very nice and after going through security went to check in which went very fast and they told us we could go right on board. ( It was around 11:30 AM) We went directly to the Aqua Spa cafe and fortunately got a table. Had lunch and enjoyed talking to follow passengers at the tables next to us. Probably one of the healthiest meals we had on the cruise! Around 1 or so we thought the cabins might be ready to so we went to our cabin on deck 11 (Aqua Class cabin) and luggage arrived shortly thereafter so off to pretty good start. This was a 9 day cruise and overall we really enjoyed it! Cabin was relatively quiet and had no issues. Our cabin steward, Bilal, did a good job and was often checking in with us to see if we needed something. We ate all of our dinners in Blu restaurant and enjoyed all of our meals. We were fortunate to have the service team of Michael (waiter), Jai (assistant waiter), and Aneesh (wine steward that we had known from a previous Silhouette cruise). Service was great with good recommendations on food and wine. We would arrive early for dinner and say that we wanted to go to 7 pm show if possible and each night we made it to show around 7 and did not feel rushed in our meals. Aneesh would exchange our glasses so we could do a "takeaway" glass of wine or port to the show. One of us also went to breakfast at Blu on several days and enjoyed food and service. We thought the entertainment was very good except for one show (Pearl). Really enjoyed the two comedians. Now to some issues that are not so positive.......The muster drill was a mess!!!!! We were crowded shoulder to shoulder in Michael's lounge and could not even see or hear the person who was speaking and and the video was childish. Hate to see what might happen in a true emergency given this drill. The deck chair hogs continue to be the worse on Celebrity than any cruise line we have cruised with. No attempt to do anything about it. Once the pool games begin it is hard to have a conversation given the loud volume from the speakers. We left Port Everglades from terminal 25 and returned to terminal 29 which was the first time we had not come back to the same terminal we had left from. We knew Edge would be in port upon our return so we asked Guest Relations, on three separate occasions, which terminal we were coming back to.......at first we were always told terminal 25, and upon further questioning they would say they did not know yet. Finally on the last day of the cruise, after being told this again, I asked a couple more questions, so the person went off for a few minutes, returning to tell us that we were returning to terminal 29. We did an early self assist disembarkation and there was no issue getting a shuttle to the parking garage, which was great since it was too long a distance from terminal 29 to walk. Overall an enjoyable cruise ! Read Less
Celebrity Silhouette Ratings
Category Editor Member
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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