1. Home
  2. Cruise Lines
  3. Celebrity Cruises
  4. Celebrity Silhouette Review
  5. Celebrity Silhouette Cruise Reviews
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
This ship has seen better days and needs to be refreshed. The carpet in the ocean view cafe need to be replaced or deep cleaned. They are horribly stained. The food is very average in the oceanview and the MDR. It's like they want ... Read More
This ship has seen better days and needs to be refreshed. The carpet in the ocean view cafe need to be replaced or deep cleaned. They are horribly stained. The food is very average in the oceanview and the MDR. It's like they want to force you to go to a specialty dining place to get a decent meal. The mexican food is awful and all the Indian food tastes the same. The hamburgers are some kind of mystery meat. On a high note the afternoon tea was excellent and the deserts were very good. The cabin was well kept and our attendants were so good we tipped them extra. The entertainment wasn't bad - Tenors of Rock and a Beatles tribute group were enjoyable. The excursion to Paris was awful. the museums were closed due to heavy rains that caused them to move art from the basement to the 1st floor. Notre Dame was closed because of an electrical issue. You would think that the customer service desk would know this and inform you prior to your tour --- Nope. They acted like they had no clue when I advised them of this upon our return. Also our tour bus guide had obviously never been to Paris or could not read a map also very poor English. The restroom on our bus was backed up and we had to use the street porta potty. They also said our tour would give us 5 hours of free time in Paris. Somehow it took us longer to get to Paris and they shorted us an hour of free time Worse tour ever. Disembarkation was chaos and we arrived at the airport just in time to see them sliding and throwing our luggage off of the truck . Overall - we will go out of our way not to sail on this ship again. We have used celebrity 3 times before and were always happy with everything. This time, not so much. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2016
This was our first cruise with Celebrity. The staff in the buffet were cold and there was no service for beverages other than beer and liquor. The food was very average, many days the menu was a repeat of other days. Our suite was keep ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Celebrity. The staff in the buffet were cold and there was no service for beverages other than beer and liquor. The food was very average, many days the menu was a repeat of other days. Our suite was keep clean and the housekeeping staff were friendly. Our passports had to be surrendered upon embarkation of the ship and although we asked a number of people no one could tell us why. We received them back 5 days into the cruise. Transfers from the airport to the ships was adequate but the transfers back to the airport were very slow. They said it was a traffic issue but most people in the waiting lineup felt there was a shortage of shuttles, probably to save money. Unless Celebrity was the only line that offered destinations that other lines did not, I doubt that we would choose it again. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
Our 6th cruise with Celebrity & 2nd time on Silhouette. We've done the Mediterranean and Alaska. We chose this cruise for the destinations and WOW - we were not disappointed. The excellent weather (20 degrees) in most ports was a ... Read More
Our 6th cruise with Celebrity & 2nd time on Silhouette. We've done the Mediterranean and Alaska. We chose this cruise for the destinations and WOW - we were not disappointed. The excellent weather (20 degrees) in most ports was a bonus and probably not typical for this time of year. If you want to experience something different then this itinerary is for you. Amsterdam has a lot to offer. We arrived the day before our cruise. We stayed in The Hilton Doubletree right next to the train station & were able to walk with our cases from the train to the hotel. The train's an easy ride from the Airport. We recommend the Hop On /Off Boat trip which takes around 2 hours and you'll see the best of the city. For dinner 6 of us enjoyed Van Speyk Restaurant, 10 minutes walk from the hotel. (on tripadvisor). Embarkation was easy. Cabins were ready by 1pm...amazing feat. The Silhouette is in excellent shape, very well maintained...still looks new. We had 4 at sea days, the first & last on The North Sea were a little bit choppy but we've had worse on the Med. The other two on The Baltic were calm & sunny with lots to do on board. 1st stop for Berlin. Celebrity forewarned everyone that it was a major public holiday with shops etc closed so we cancelled our trip to Berlin by train and stayed in Warnemunde, a very pretty seaside resort (also closed) but it would have been a good spot on a normal day. Next, Tallin: We were underwhelmed by Tallin but I think that's because we've done Dubrovnik & Kotor which are prettier and we live in a city with one of the oldest 'Old Towns' but we had a good day..walked high & low Tallin and had a lovely lunch in the main square: St Petersburg was the 'star port', 2 days and we only scraped the surface. Had a private tour for 6 people (we were travelling with another 2 couples)- we used Red October and booked it all online. They were absolutely fabulous. Our Guide, Marina was delightful, knowledgeable and accommodating. Our driver, Valentine was obviously local and knew how to keep us out of the congested traffic (it's a busy place). We saw all of the main sights plus a canal boat ride wihich i'd recommend in order to see the centre of St Petersburg, with a bit of walkling around the area surrounding the Church of the Spilled Blood, a local café and a stroll on Nevsky Prospect, all with Marina taking excellent care of us. If you're in a small group and want a private tour then I'd recommend Red October with no hesitation. It's exhausting though, 7 am till 7pm on Day 1 and 8am till 4pm on Day 2 but worth every minute. Helsinki is a surprise, really delightful...take the ships shuttle and then a boat ride & you'll still have plenty time for shopping & lunch. We enjoyed lunch at Hotel Kamp.. It's compact. Stockholm is simply beautiful, you could walk from the port to the old town ...we opted for the hop on hop off bus from the pier which let us see just about everything and then we walked for hours in the old town. By the time we got to Copenhagen we were exhausted but we took the ship shuttle to the drop off & walked to Nyhaven, the pretty harbour with the coloured houses and then it's an easy walk to the main shopping. All in all, it's a busy schedule but fabulous sights. Packing tip: a large number of people were buying sweaters & jackets on board. Think in layers ! A thin sweater, a gilet, a rain jacket etc. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
Chose the cruise for the ports. Sailed Celebrity on the Constellation thru the canal and loved the ship, crew and ambience. OUR MISTAKE to even consider a ship this big. With that said there are many areas where we as very experienced ... Read More
Chose the cruise for the ports. Sailed Celebrity on the Constellation thru the canal and loved the ship, crew and ambience. OUR MISTAKE to even consider a ship this big. With that said there are many areas where we as very experienced cruisers feel there is room for improvement. Not the least of which is the hard sell no matter what or where you were on the ship. How about $3.50 for one toothbrush? Or (hold on to your seat) $17.99 for a bottle of cough syrup in the shops. Entering dinner, the hard sell for specialty restaurants. Exiting dinner. Hard sell for specialty restaurants. Photographs-hard sell. Buy the package, it is cheaper. Alcohol? Soda-up charge of $5.00 for one can of coke. And the hype and the pushing and grabbing and shoving at the shops when the advertised $175 watch sets are on sale for $19.99. (the quality only deserved a #19.99 price tag). Savvy shoppers avoided this mayhem. See the ladies with their elbows and their baskets-disgusting displays of rudeness and physicality. Aqua class did have its perks-BLU dining room with the wonderful waiter, Contreras as well as early on and early off the ship. Access to Canyon Ranch Spa too. BUT the stateroom was tiny, so cramped-over the bed, unreachable shelves for your clothes plus 3 miserable drawers to share. Closet awkward to get in to-and very dark. Now the bathroom--counter space negligible and the shower like a glass upright coffin. Definitely not comparable to a mini suite on Princess. And of course, nothing compares to Oceania concierge. We did luck out with the weather. Only used the ship's excursion for Berlin as we had to be sure to be back in time. A 6 hr round trip bus ride for a 6 hr tour. Not worth your time. Did have some very special independent tour guides in Tallinn and Helsinki--highly recommend. TJ Travel for St Petersburg and Stockholm were excellent. Booked transfers via Celebrity. Stayed at the Movenpick adjacent to the pier. Convenient to the ship but not to anything else and they did not give a about helping with the transfers although Celebrity insisted they had the info for us. After e mailing Movenpick officials we did finally receive the transfer info we needed. It was hell getting it. ALTHOUGH LUGGAGE WAS TAGGED APPROPRIATELY FOR DELIVERY TO THE HOTEL IT WAS LOST AND NOT FOUND TILL LATE IN THE DISEMBARKATION DAY. ATTENTION TO DETAIL ON THE PART OF THE CRUISE LINE IS LACKING AND THEIR I DON'T CARE ATTITUDE IS PERVASIVE. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
This cruise was our first one with the Celebrity Cruise Line so we had no benefits for embarkation. It went as smoothly as it could. However, it was the best disembarkation I've ever experienced. Celebrity Cruise Line did an ... Read More
This cruise was our first one with the Celebrity Cruise Line so we had no benefits for embarkation. It went as smoothly as it could. However, it was the best disembarkation I've ever experienced. Celebrity Cruise Line did an excellent job with this. We were with a group of 14 friends ages 64-74 years young. Our group had cabins 7103, 7104, 7105 (ocean view) and 7166, 7170, 7176 and 7180 (inside) all forward cabins. These cabins were all spacious and we would certainly book these again without hesitation. The inside corridor that the interior rooms were on was a quiet corridor. Highly recommend this area. The ports of call were good and I'm glad I went. I do not need to do this itinerary again. I would book another Celebrity cruise again though. The food was good in the regular dining rooms but they do promote their Specialty dining to get more $. We did not do any Specialty Dining. Room Service for breakfast on days we were in port and had excursions booked was good. It served as a wakeup call for us so we were not late and the selection was better than we've had on other cruiselines. Our cabins were kept clean and our ice buckets were kept full most of the time. The guest entertainers that came onboard were good. The ship entertainers were OK. I did not choose to go but to one of those shows. The ship has an excellent lounge on deck 14 forward. It provides a wonderful place to sit however, this lounge was closed several times we tried to gather there. Our group spent several days in Dublin prior to this cruise and then stayed in Amsterdam for four days after the cruise. Our total trip was 21 days. Read Less
20 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
Well after months and months of planning here we are. First off like any reviewer on her these are MY opinions and others may or may not agree, but this is from my perspective. Arrived in Amsterdam a day early so not to be rushed on ... Read More
Well after months and months of planning here we are. First off like any reviewer on her these are MY opinions and others may or may not agree, but this is from my perspective. Arrived in Amsterdam a day early so not to be rushed on disembarkation day. Stayed at the Airport Hyatt, very nice but when checking with them on transportation to docks, not very knowledgeable. Ended up just taking an overpriced taxi due to rainy weather and not wanting to walk too and from train hauling luggage in the rain. Lines were relativity short, and luggage promptly taken, without the porters standing around with their hands out. Had been on sister ship last year so knew the layout of Silhouette pretty well and soon our first perk was utilized. By having a cabin on Concierge level we had lunch in the dining rom. To me this was the only benefit of this level that was worth while. The info we were given on Concierge level listed several amenities, enhanced room service breakfast, we never saw any such thing and when we ordered steak an eggs the next morning we were charged an additional $7.50, pillow menu - again never saw any such thing but probably could have ask except what we had was fine, afternoon canapés - five chips and salsa, don't get me wrong very good salsa, but dropped this after the first few days,. Dedicated Concierge, this was correct and she had a desk set up in the Library and very convenient hours, however the only question w posed to her was answered incorrectly we later found out. Priority waiting area for disembarkation (?) , really, waiting is waiting no matter where you sit! A few others that in our opinion did not amount to anything, and to justify Concierge level this may have to change. Hope not sounding too critical here as the good outweighed the bad!! Our room stewards were excellent! Helping out with any situations that developed, and keeping our room spotless. Always had a warm smile and greeting and rushing down the hall to open our cabin door. Cannot say enough about every other staff member on the entire ship. Again always a warm greeting, a smile and the staff in the Ocean View in the morning must all be morning people!! On that matter we found breakfast in the buffet very good, and lunch time salad bar fresh, and plentiful. However now to the main dining room. Our waiter Shaheed and his assistant Elizabeth, were fantastic! Always a smile and friendly greeting recommending or giving his evaluation of a dish. I apologize to our sommelier for not remembering her name, but she seldom let our glass go empty and always had a recommendation. However (in my opinion) the food itself is a little downhill. We did not have one meal here in the 12 nights that we could not have received the same quality at our local Olive Garden or TGI Fridays. Of course MANY staff members were everywhere selling specialty restaurants. We had decided to pass on this cruise as saw no reason we should have to pay an additional $49.00 p/p for a good meal on a cruise! Entertainment- Once again just my opinion, but average at best. Almost all the shows were of the singing and dancing variety. Just not my cup of tea personally. No comedians or "Cirque" style shows as was the case on Equinox last year. There were a few good shows, but for twelve nights, not so much. The show on the last night was an abbreviated (about 10 minutes each) of two of the past performers from the week, Entire show was over and our in just over 30 minutes. However when the house band played the lobby there were as many people there than in most of the shows!! They were great and had the crowd dancing and really enjoying themselves. Groups and solo acts in the Ensemble lounge were very good also. Cannot give the crew in the bars enough kudos though. The guys at the Martini bar are great entertainers, and make a great Martini. Andrei in the Ensemble bar is a bartenders bartender. Always knew your drink and always arranging checking on guest and smiling and talking with everyone. Would have been happy to have him working in my bar!! Did not use any of the Ships shore excursions as we made all our own arrangements (SPB Tours!!!) So overall I guess I would give the Cruise a low B-. Slipping from an A to a B due to the quality of food in the dining room, and then deducting a few more points for the entertainment. Loved Celebrity but personally trying another line next year (Princess) for comparison Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
My husband and I have several cruises with NCL under our belts. We have always heard good things about Celebrity and have been interested in this itinerary for a while. So when friends of our booked this cruise, it was an easy decision ... Read More
My husband and I have several cruises with NCL under our belts. We have always heard good things about Celebrity and have been interested in this itinerary for a while. So when friends of our booked this cruise, it was an easy decision to join them (especially as Celebrity was offering their 1-2-3 deal at the time). This cruise sailed out of Amsterdam. The day we spent in this lovely city the day before the cruise was fantastic. Amsterdam is very compact and easy to get around. If you have the change to depart from this city, definitely spend some time here. The morning of the cruise, we took at cab from our hotel and arrived at the port shortly after 10:00 am. I couldn't believe it, but we whizzed through the entire check-in process and were literally on the ship by 10:38 am (I know, because I looked at my watch)! I have never seen such a quick embarkation process. DH and I fully expected to sit around for at least an hour before boarding (that's been our experience on NCL). We were able to purchase our dining package, upgrade our beverage package and have a "Woo-hoo we're on the ship!" cocktail before lunch. First impressions of the ship were that it is lovely and elegant (and this would not change). The color's are neutral and subdued and every surface gleams. Celebrity puts a lot of attention to detail in things (like having blankets out where towels would normally be as this was a cooler weather cruise) and it shows throughout the ship. Shortly after lunch (a Concierge Class lunch which I was very unimpressed by...only two choices for entrees) we were able to go to the room. We were in a concierge class room (1674). It was basically a balcony cabin with upgraded linens, bath products, etc. The balcony was large, but was the smallest of all of the balconies in this section! Boo! It was also uncovered. We lucked out that the weather cooperated for the most part, but as much as we love the aft, we would not book this cabin again, but would look for one on the side. The room was average size, but completely lacking in drawer space and had no shelves in the closet. A large cabinet over the bed saved the day with much need storage, but was a pain to get clothes in and out of. Oh, and it's a minor observation, but for such a nicely appointed room, the hairdryer was the worst I have seen in ten years! Low power and a button you had to hold down to keep it on made drying your hair a long and awkward process! Staying focused on the ship, I have heard over and over again that Celebrity's food far surpasses NCL's. I agree and disagree at the same time. NCL's buffet is far superior. The buffet on this ship often had items mis-labeled (or not labeled at all!) and the food ranged from "meh" to good. The main dining room had a better selection of standard items (escargot, shrimp cocktail) than NCL, but I can't say that the quality of what they served was any better. The specialty restaurants definitely win for presentation and attention to detail (at $45 - $50 pp they should!!!), but I can honestly say I was only "wowed" twice during the 12-day cruise. Maybe my expectations were too high based on the reviews I had read? Don't get me wrong. The food was mostly good to very good, but not "excellent" as I was expecting. I loved the common areas on the ship. The Solarium was a wonderful space and you could find DH and I there on most sea days. We were surprised how easy it was to get loungers, even on the last see day which was rainy and cool. I only noticed one chair hog the entire trip. :-) It even has a small buffet of healthy items for breakfast and lunch which I thought a nice touch. It was a lovely, quiet area to relax in. The Sunset Bar next to the lawn had comfy seating and was a favorite for sail ways (especially with the aforementioned blankets!). We didn't see any shows (well we tried the Tenors of Rock, but didn't enjoy it and left). We spent most evenings at Ensemble where there was music every night ranging from jazz to pop to Irish folk tunes. Overall we enjoyed Celebrity and the next time we book a cruise, we will certainly keep them in mind. Now on to the itinerary. Wow! All of the ports were great. Warnemunde was a surprisingly lovely coastal town, well worth the visit. Estonia was probably my favorite stop; very walkable and such a lovely mixture of old and new. St Petersburg was as amazing as I expected! We booked a private tour for the four of us through Tours by Locals. We can't recommend them or our guide, Polina, enough! It was a great (and tiring!) two days! Finland and Sweden were wonderful (sailing into Stockholm is a treat!) as was Copenhagen (which we had the pleasure of visiting before). I would highly recommend this itinerary to anyone interested in history and other cultures! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
We chose this cruise since we had not been to the Baltic Sea countries or Scandinavia. This was our 4th Celebrity Cruise and we have enjoyed our other cruises so we decided to cintinue sailing with Celebrity. The crew went out of their way ... Read More
We chose this cruise since we had not been to the Baltic Sea countries or Scandinavia. This was our 4th Celebrity Cruise and we have enjoyed our other cruises so we decided to cintinue sailing with Celebrity. The crew went out of their way to please us. We had Concierge level stateroom and were satisfied with the accommodations. Our only disappointment was that they didn't have the dining extravaganzas which we experienced on previous cruises. These included the waiter parade and lunch extravaganza in the dining room where there were multiple tables and stations of foods, displays and entertainment. A few of the diners did not meet our expectations. I had a sirloin steak dish and the steak was difficult to chew. Our waiter saw that I had not completed my meal and inquired on why I was unable to complete it. He was willing to provide me with a different entrée. However, our waiter provided his recommendations before each meal. Overall, the ship, crew, services, accommodations, ports, excursions were outstanding. We continue to recommend Celebrity Cruises and are looking forward to our cruise next year. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
We chose this cruise because it's our last big trip and we wanted to go out in style to places we had not been . We booked a sky suite room 2155, and we booked business class through celebrities cruise air. We couldn't have ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it's our last big trip and we wanted to go out in style to places we had not been . We booked a sky suite room 2155, and we booked business class through celebrities cruise air. We couldn't have enjoyed our room and flight more than we did. Butler and state room attendant were awesome. The meals in Luminae and the service in Michael's were also stellar. We have sailed on the ship four times now and we are big fans. My husband likes the entertainment, me not so much, I'm always tired by evening! All the ports were fascinating to us. We felt that the staff did everything they could to process people whenever they needed to. Everyone was friendly. We managed to get extremely good prices on business class through celebrity. We paid about 2500 a piece from LAX. Now those tickets cost about 6000 a piece. Don't know how this happened but feel lucky . Maybe because we booked early and paid early. About four months. We also booked a trip on our own in Switzerland for about a week before the cruise. We drove it was quite an adventure . Priceless but daunting! I'd like to stress that for those of us who are in her 60s and 70s that there is so much walking on tours. According to the health app on my iPhone we walked 5 miles the day of our Berlin tour. At home my exercise of choice is bike riding, I was not prepared for this much walking and my feet and hips protested. We have always enjoyed celebrity. This trip was like being royalty for us! Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
Have cruised to the Baltic a number of times but decided to go again partly due to the ship and partly due to the ease of access to Amsterdam (50 minute flight) Had not sailed on the Silhouette before and was a little concerned at some ... Read More
Have cruised to the Baltic a number of times but decided to go again partly due to the ship and partly due to the ease of access to Amsterdam (50 minute flight) Had not sailed on the Silhouette before and was a little concerned at some of the comments regarding unfriendly staff and average quality of food. This was without doubt the friendliest ship we have ever sailed on and we have been on over 30 cruises. Not just the waiters and cabin stewards who I suppose are always expected to be friendly but ALL the staff from officers to cleaners and security officers. Our cabin Aqua class on deck 11 was everything we expected and the dining experience in Blu was wonderful with (again) friendly waiters and sommelier who from day 1 remembered your name and your requirements. The entertainment from both guest artists and production team was excellent especially Pearl. We would have no hesitation in recommending this wonderful ship. Read Less
27 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
In spite of all our preplanning always expect the unexpectable. Airline booked - check Small tours booked and paid - Berlin and St Petersburg through SPB Tours - check Planned Hop on Hop off buses for self tours in ... Read More
In spite of all our preplanning always expect the unexpectable. Airline booked - check Small tours booked and paid - Berlin and St Petersburg through SPB Tours - check Planned Hop on Hop off buses for self tours in Tallinn, Helsinki, Copenhagen and Stockholm - check Tickets pre purchased for Anne Frank Haus and Keukenhof Garden Tour - check Transfers pre paid from airport to Hotel and from Cruise port to airport – check The day finally came for our 12 day Celebrity Baltic Cruise vacation to begin. We had relatives take us to Miami Airport to board our British Air flight to Heathrow and connecting flight to Amsterdam. I booked the airfare months earlier when they were running a great sale on Business class fares that were less than economy class. I subscribe to an online news letter called First class flyer and get these great deals on Business and First class fares and strategies. We went early to the airport due to the stories of long TSA lines and then off to the lounge. Check in went quick and the lines were not bad. Off to the lounge. We were then informed that the flight was running 2 hours late. With only a layover at Heathrow of 2 hours that was going to cause us to miss our connecting flight. Now our prepaid transfers were lost since there was a 24 hour cancellation policy. We were supposed to arrive in Amsterdam at 10:45 am and then we had tickets to tour the Keukenhof Gardens at 2:45pm. We were not going to make that either. Totally out of our control. At least we had the lounge access. We finally arrived in Heathrow at 9am, our connecting flight left at 8:45. To the lounge again to see when we could get on another flight. We were originally rebooked on a flight at 2:40 that would arrive at 5pm but got on an earlier flight at 1 that arrived at 3:30p. The Concierge at British Air called our transfer company for us but they would not change the pickup time. Oh well that should be the worse thing that happens this trip. When we arrived in Amsterdam we decided to take a taxi. Hoping my trip insurance will cover this and the tour tickets. Many used the train to get into Amsterdam from the airport. We were not dragging 2 suitcases up and down the escalators. We got to the Doubletree Amsterdam Centraal Station and checked right in. After dropping off our stuff in the room we decided to take a walk through town. I had a self walking tour of the red light district that we did and visited the sex and Hemp museums. Hotel location was great and we used Hilton our points. We had tickets for the next morning at 9 am to the Anne Frank Huis so after dinner went back for the night. After breakfast we took a taxi to make it by our 9am ticket time. We spent 2 hours going through there. We then decided to do the Hop on Hop off bus and 2 boats that we bought tickets for. For anyone doing it with the wait time for the transfers we spent the rest of the day and finished at 5 pm. Saturday we started the day with rain and cooler weather. We still had access to the HOHO bus so went to the outdoor market in the morning. Then back to the hotel and a 10 euro taxi ride to the cruise ship. Cruise ship check in at 2 was quick and we were able to get right into our stateroom and had lunch. After the muster drill up to the sail away cruise critic gathering. How nice to after months of interacting with so many meet in person the people that contributed to the board. The next day was a sea day and we had our Cruise critic connection gathering. We met all the officers and they had coffee and Danishes. The Capt and officers introduced themselves to us and made themselves available for any questions we had on the ship and cruise. The next day we went to Berlin. We had a great tour booked through SPB Tours. We did take the bus and did have traffic going into the city as others have mentioned. Our bus was ½ empty so there was plenty of room to be comfortable. We did though see everything that was on our itinerary. Some were drive by but many other we got off the bus and walked around and had time for photos. I knew ahead of time that it was not an in-depth tour. We then got back to the ship no traffic within 2 ½ hours. We had met other that took the train tour from the ship and they did not see anything more than we did but they said the train ride was nice. The next day was a sea day. In our rooms shore excursions left us a paper to pay ahead of time for shuttles to get from the ship port to town. They said the distance was 20 to 30 min walk. The ports were Tallinn, Helsinki, and Copenhagen. We decided to use OBC to get it. It was not needed. First of all, all the HOHO buses come right to the port on cruise days. So did the HOHO boat in Copenhagen. There were 2 HOHO bus companies. One was Redbuses and the other citysightseeing. Our choice was city sightseeing. BIG MISTAKE. They did not run as many buses as the other company. We should have asked how many buses were running that day. Then again we would assume the person selling the tickets really knew. That meant more waiting time at bus stops when you only have a few hours at any given port. They told us 30 min between buses. We waited over 45 min at some stops. More about that later. So if you plan to self tour and use HOHO you do not need to pay for the shuttle. Tallinn was truly a hidden Jewel. It was a perfect place to do our own tour. BTW we did have with us the Rick Steves Northern Europe cruise tour book to help with the walking tours. If you should go out on your own take the HOHO to the top of the town and walk down hill back to the port . Some people took walking tours and said they could have done it on their own. It was a nice port to see. NO matter how you see it have comfortable shoes! You are walking on cobblestone roads which was difficult for many people. The next day we arrived in St Petersburg. We arrived at 7am but did not clear customs to begin getting off the ship until 8. We had book a private 12 person tour with SPB Tours for the 2 days there. Getting off the ship was a feat in itself. First EVERYONE lined up to get off the ship at the same time. We were not even cleared from customs yet. Some lined up before 6:30. We did meet everyone in our group at the lounge so we did all get off together. Next you have to go through immigration. No lie 10 – 15 min per person!!! They actually check a computer to make sure that you are on a list given to them from the tour companies that you may have booked with. If you are not on an organized tour you need to get your own VISA. Since we booked with SPB Tours they took care of everything for us. After clearing customs that first time the other times took moments to get through. SPB Tours took our tour to another level. Our tour guide was the informative spoke perfect English and took care of all our needs. Originally we were supposed to do a night Ballet but decided to change it to “Go Out Like a Local” It included a vodka sampling . The next day we toured again and made it back to the ship in plenty of time. I would not hesitate to use SPB Tours again. Helsinki was our next port of call. It was a very easy touring port. HOHO buses but again 45 min wait times between stops. Wasting that time when there for only a few hours……. Next port of call for us was Stockholm. We opted for the HOHO boat here. Many had said that the buses get caught in traffic jams so it would be easier. Our first stop was the Vasa Museum. If you plan to go you should go there first as well. Make sure when arriving by boat you go to the lines that are not for the group tours. We got in within 10 min. It was fascinating. After that we went to go to the Skansen. We felt if we did we would not have time to go to anything else so passed on it. The ship was leaving pot at 3 PM. Boy did we luck out with fabulous weather. We took the HOHO boat to the old town. It was magnificent. Again a 35 min wait . We went by the palace where the royal military band was playing. Then off to city center. Walked around a bit and then back to the ship. Make sure you are on deck as the ship leaves Stockholm. It was amazing to see and pass by all the little islands. The scenery was beyond words. Good thing we left when we did otherwise we would have gotten stuck in low tide. We sat on our balcony for over 3 hours before getting ready for dinner. Next day was a sea day. Good thing since we needed to recharge after 5 days of straight touring. Copenhagen was our final port of call. What a mess. There is only a 2 lane road to get off the port in and out. With all the tour buses waiting it became a single lane for in and out. We were stuck for almost an hour on the HOHO in front of the ship. What a traffic jam it was!!!! Considering we were only in port from 10 – 5 time is pretty precious. Again we used citysightseeing bus company. First stop for us was the old city area. We went by the round tower and walked around the old city. Very nice. Walked to the Rosenbourgh Castle and had lunch we brought in the gardens. Went back on the HOHO bus. Only 15 min wait time so not too bad. Went around the entire loop to see the whole city. We then got off across from Tivoli park. We wanted to go in but the lines were too long. It was now 3 pm. We decided to get back on the bus to head back to the ship wanting to get off at two fountains to take pictures. Little Mermaid being one of them. What a joke. It took 2 ½ hours to get back to the ship when it should have taken 30 min. Driver had us switch buses and that bus did not move for 45 min. Driver said I am just the driver go complain to the company. Then EVERY stop the driver gets off to have a cigarette. 10 min each time. Worse experience ever. What a waste of 50 Euro for the 2 of us. I mention the price for others to consider is it worth the HOHO or just pay for tour from a company and focus on a couple of sites at a port. I know SPB Tours had a Baltic package with tours in each port we went to . We thought we would do better on our own. In actuality you are doing a panoramic tour of the city. Now taking in consideration the wait times between buses and boats we probably would have done better with the tours. No wait time, bus was there waiting to take you to the next location etc. If you are traveling and staying in a city for a couple of days then the HOHO would be a better option for an overview of the city and then you still have another day or 2 to see specific sites. If I would have known this before again I would have let SPB Tours take care of all my logistics. Others that used them loved all the tours. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
A pretty good experience from first-time cruisers. We have travelled the world for over 40 years and lived in several countries, but always thought cruising was the equivalent of staying in a resort hotel. And we weren't sure that was ... Read More
A pretty good experience from first-time cruisers. We have travelled the world for over 40 years and lived in several countries, but always thought cruising was the equivalent of staying in a resort hotel. And we weren't sure that was us. I'm still not certain of that, but would have to say we found this cruise a very enjoyable experience. The ports of call were as rushed as I imagined they would be and gave little insight. But, hey, we were there for the cruising, and that was just fine! We selected a balcony cabin (7239) right by the elevators in the "hump" about two-thirds of the way back on the port side. We thought it was great - a little bigger than we expected with a bathroom that was cosy but quite reasonable in size. Excellent shower! The bed was super comfortable. Only quibble I'd have about the cabin was the provision of a couch that was just too big. It comfortably seated four people (becoming our dump patch) and took up too much room. But all else was great - good-sized balcony (bit chilly often to sit out on, but always handy for arrivals and departures, looking down on the ants), good little fridge, TV with international channels, ample wardrobe and packing space. The speakers were a bit so-so. The history professor obviously knew his stuff, but he hardly made St Petersburg come alive. Yawn! The young woman on law and order was a great presenter, but the content was too "provincial" and a bit self-serving. Who really cares about the achievements of a police PR person? We took local companies for our excursions (TJ Travel in St Petersburg was excellent, but a bit crammed: just too much to-and-fro jammed in a mini-van for eight and nine hours a day). It would have been better to have concentrated on two or three attractions, but we figured we wouldn't be back and that it would be wise to get the saturated treatment. Our best days were just wandering around under our own steam. Entertainment was a little up and down: some great acts (an Adele lookalike was our favourite), but don't think magicians work that well. Good variety, though, and it changed most nights as acts were dropped off at ports and others picked up. The house band was great, and some of the artists popping up at bars were also classy. Loved the young Irish guy with his American fiance, and the jazz set. Food was fine. Ate only in the buffet and main restaurant but, considering thje demands of feeding so many people at once, generally good quality and great service (especially the young woman who managed serenely to seat us each night at the main restaurant. She was a star). Same at the bars (we were lucky to have a booze card with our deal) where we had a lot of fun. Most enjoyable of all - meeting and chatting to so many nice people. We even found someone supporting Donald Trump (an Australian!). Our first cruise, but I suspect we will be back. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
Another wonderful cruise with Celebrity. We got everything we anticipated, except the poor weather that had been forecast. We felt very lucky, not only to be on this cruise, but also to have very comfortable weather on every day we were ... Read More
Another wonderful cruise with Celebrity. We got everything we anticipated, except the poor weather that had been forecast. We felt very lucky, not only to be on this cruise, but also to have very comfortable weather on every day we were out touring. The embarkation and dis-embarkation process was very well organized. The one issue we had was in St. Petersburg. It is a beautiful and fascinating place but the process of getting through border controls both getting off the ship and then getting back on was unduly lengthy (90 minutes the first morning, then another 30 minutes that evening when to get back on the ship). It was a bit better the second ay, but not much. The ship is still in great shape, and looks as clean and new as it was when we first sailed it a few years ago. We like these Solstice class ships because they are so well designed, easy to get around in, and we are so comfortable in them. The ship staff were very friendly and helpful. The food was pretty good, as usual, though we are not longer as fussy as we used to be (actually we are more concerned with limiting our food intake so we don’t put weight on when we do cruises any more). The entertainment was generally quite good, though not really “great”. We liked a few of the stage shows though we did not find the production shows particularly good, though that cast was talented. Some of the numbers in all the showed clearly included pre-recorded music, and at times felt like karaoke. Of the guest artists, we found the very talented singer Laura Broad to be a highlight of the cruise. We also enjoyed the time we spent in some of the lounges and entertainment areas, especially listening to the singer/guitarist Terry Dobson, who had an amazingly large and diverse repertoire. Not only did we enjoy listening to him, but marveled at his ability to play almost every song that was requested. The ports were all fairly interesting, and generally located in convenient places so that getting to the towns was generally quite easy. We walked a lot, and there was a lot to see (except in Stockholm on the day we were there - a military and/or diplomatic event was going on, streets were closed and the old city was in gridlock. We had to get off a hop-on/hop-off but that was stuck in the same place for over an hour.) We ended up walking back to the ship though the old town, which was nice but we felt we did not see much. Apparently many of the organized tours suffered variations of the same dilemma. We took a private tour in St. Petersburg with Alla Tours, and our Guide, Svetlana, was absolutely terrific, knowledgeable and gave us a tour we will long remember. Everything was very well organized, and while no time was wasted, we had enough rest time travelling between the many places we visited to be able to see and enjoy them all. Overall, this was a great cruise (again) and we would highly recommend it to anyone who has not yet seen this part of the world. Read Less
27 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
This my 5th cruise and first time on Celebrity. Very disappointing especially after being advertised as a ":luxury" cruise line. The ship itself is very nice and our balcony stateroom was roomy and well appointed. ... Read More
This my 5th cruise and first time on Celebrity. Very disappointing especially after being advertised as a ":luxury" cruise line. The ship itself is very nice and our balcony stateroom was roomy and well appointed. Here's the areas that disappointed: 1) Breakfast buffet is supposed to stay open until 10am but they begin shutting down around 9:50am. 2) We had to wait for over 1/2 hour for our bags at the airport after disembarking. What was bad was that they refused to unload our bags until they unloaded the first truck even after several guests told them the bags they were unloaded was for a later group (which was obvious by the number tags). 3) Food quality was average to poor. 4) Shore excersion staff made us run back for passports when they weren't needed. What was bad was communication was "photo ID" not Passport so they weren't consistent in messaging. 5) Buffet ran out of cups, mugs and coffee several times. 6) Shore excersions should display on the screen in the theater the group numbers already called since the announcer has a strong foreign accent and you can't tell if he called group "B", "D", "C" or "E:". 7) Other small items, they didn't have the correct dining time for us, gave us the wrong disembarkation group tags and never even said congratulations as this was our honeymoon. They really should relook at the details in service before calling themselves a luxury cruise line. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2016
We spent two extra days in Amsterdam before the cruise even though we have been there twice before. New places to explore as well as a return to the museums. The Silhouette is a very good ship. The entertainment was ok, and overall ... Read More
We spent two extra days in Amsterdam before the cruise even though we have been there twice before. New places to explore as well as a return to the museums. The Silhouette is a very good ship. The entertainment was ok, and overall service was excellent. We have cruised Celebrity several times and the only reason I can not give a better rating is the food selection and quality of the dinning room has taken a step backwards to be no better than average. If they are trying to save money it is a mistake as I have signed up for 2 more cruises and NOT on Celebrity. They are still a step above most mid range lines but not up to the standard they have been through 6 other cruises with them. So, they saved a few bucks and lost a client. The food in the " Pig Out ", Buffett was ok if you didn't get trampled by the beached whales. Our dinner staff, and room steward were great. Beverage package was excellent. We used Viator, On Line Vacations and Trip Advisor for all but one shore excursion as Celebrity was too expensive for the same tours. The chosen ports were all excellent and very surprised by the Liverpool stop. Not being a follower of the Beatles we did not expect much and it was a wonderful stop with excellent (free) museums. Good pubs. The 2 day Paris was a great stop, even with the river flooding and closing down some of the Museums and of course the river cruises were out as the water was 18 feet above normal and no passage under the bridges. It made getting around difficult as many trains and subways were shut down. It was our third trip to Paris and only 2 days were not enough. The Channel Islands, Guernsey was a wonderful surprise. Excellent, made better by reading 2 books about it before going. Cabin was fine although we didn't use the balcony much as too cold. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
Let me start by saying I was very nervous about sailing with Celebrity as my previous journey with them on the Summit to Bermuda was not my favorite trip. Well Celebrity has completely converted me! We flew to London a night early to ... Read More
Let me start by saying I was very nervous about sailing with Celebrity as my previous journey with them on the Summit to Bermuda was not my favorite trip. Well Celebrity has completely converted me! We flew to London a night early to visit with my family and took the train to Southampton. Easy to get to the port from the train station. There were plenty of taxis available but it was also just a short 10 minute walk. Embarkation was very fast, no queue at all. It was rather cold but sunny out some had a cocktail outside and I loved the blankets provided, made it very cozy. We were in our room by 1pm and our luggage was there by the time we got to our room and met our concierge Singh and room steward Dui. They were both amazing and made the trip even more enjoyable. The Silhouette was a beautiful ship. I thought our room was very spacious and immaculately clean, which matters a lot to me. We ate in the buffet, main dining room and Qzine and were never disappointed. The food was always delicious. The drink service in the buffet was astonishingly quick. We have been sailing quite often on a different line in their suite class and the service for the suites wasn't even as attentive as the buffet on Celebrity. I loved the gym on the Silhouette. It was spacious and even when busy didn't feel crowded. Being able to grab a smoothie after a good workout was such a treat too. The entertainment was the only thing that left a little to be desired but if you know it's going to be cheesy and take it for what it is, you can still enjoy it. We took full advantage of each of the ports, all of which we enjoyed thoroughly! This did mean we didn't really take advantage of the ships activities as we were busy running around touring and just exhausted when we returned to the ship, ate supper and straight to bed. We didn't do any shore excursions as we prefer just to do it ourselves so I cannot comment on that. All in all the cruise was a dream come true and can't wait to sail with Celebrity again, especially in Europe! Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
We chose this cruise because we had been blown away by the excellent service and the food in a previous Celebrity cruise. The service on the Silhouette left much to be desired. The cabin was served well, but dinners and drinks were slow ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had been blown away by the excellent service and the food in a previous Celebrity cruise. The service on the Silhouette left much to be desired. The cabin was served well, but dinners and drinks were slow in arriving. The buffet was not stocked 24/7 as it was before. If you came back to the ship for a late lunch, no luck. The concierge was ill-informed. She basically just googled your question and printed the answer for you. We did not receive printed port information and a map for the ports. These used to be delivered with the daily schedule. Paying for Concierge class was a waste of money. We received very little for the extra money. The food was still excellent. The shore excursions were typical. The entertainment was spotty. We walked out of two shows in the theatre. We will probably not do another Celebrity cruise. The ship is so enormous, it took forever to walk from one place to another. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
Review of two recent cruises on the Celebrity Silhouette. We booked the transatlantic voyage from Fort Lauderdale to Southampton UK via ports of Lisbon Portugal, Vigo Spain and Le Havre France. We also booked the next cruise (back to ... Read More
Review of two recent cruises on the Celebrity Silhouette. We booked the transatlantic voyage from Fort Lauderdale to Southampton UK via ports of Lisbon Portugal, Vigo Spain and Le Havre France. We also booked the next cruise (back to back) departing Southampton and stopping at Oslo Norway, Skagan Denmark, Helsingborg Sweden, Copenhagen Denmark, Fredericia Denmark, and ending our voyage in Amsterdam Netherlands. The first cruise thirteen nights and the second, nine. Checking in and boarding went extremely well with no confusion or delays. Cabins were open to guests before 1:00PM. That is always appreciated. Luggage arrived in a timely manner and was brought into the cabin by the attendant. The crossing took 8 days with us arriving at Lisbon on the morning of the ninth day. The voyage across the Atlantic was uneventful with only one and a half days of slightly rough seas. The crossing weather was mostly cloudy and cool and the blankets were in use on the pool deck daily. We spent most of our days in the Solarium pool area where the climate is controlled and the roof covering us. They have a wave pool and two hot tubs in the Solarium. They also have a very nice food service area, the Aqua Spa Cafe which serves an alternative lunch menu. The minestrone soup was delicious and the mini baguettes were nice as well. There were an exceptional number of Elite and over guests onboard (over 1000) so the daily complimentary cocktail hour(s) was spread over 5 bars and used coupons (3 per day per guest) for the service. This worked pretty well if you could find a seat. Several of the venues had live entertainment in the form of small bands (jazz) and singers. The entertainment usually ran for only 45 minutes and then nothing. Would have been better if it had run an hour or more. The dining options were plentiful and the food was up to Celebrity standards. We chose "my time dining" and had very little wait time to be seated. Dining companions were generally cordial and well traveled. The dress code had changes since our last cruise with Celebrity with the "formal nights" now called "Evening Chic". The balance of the nights were cruise casual. There were still a few Tuxes and gowns but most men wore a jacket and tie and ladies in dresses. No matter what the dress code you always find some in a T shirt and shorts. The Oasis Cafe on 14 deck had a wide variety of foods. They always had a meat or fowl carving including veal loins, turkey, barons of beef, and chicken. Cheeses consisted of Swiss, Cheddar, Provolone, Bleu cheese, and Jack. Luncheon meats were Ham, Balogna, Mortadella, Genoa salami and others. Breakfast carvings included ham, Canadian bacon and sausages. A nice selection of salad components were always available. The ship was not full so you could usually find a seat. Main dining at the Cuvee was predictable and acceptable. We did not have a bad meal at this venue. Service was smooth with little delay noted. Wait staff was cordial and accommodating. Escargots were available every night. We did not eat at any of the specialty restaurants. Bar service was good with enough attendants and waiters in most cases. Celebrity should consider buying more bar glasses as they would continually run out of them. I ordered the same drink three times and got a different glass each time. The first was a rocks glass, second a tall highball glass and the third a short highball glass. This happened every day. They were very short on barware. Entertainment was a mixed bag with some production shows being good and others average at best. The orchestra was very competent and versatile. The visiting entertainers were about the same, some good some not. Several of the singers were quite entertaining. Shore Experiences Lisbon We did a tour on our own with some other Cruise Critters with a group named "Pirates of the Cruiseships" and had an interesting full day escorted tour of the area. There were 8 of us in the mini-van and were somewhat crowded but not excessively so. We had an interesting included lunch along side a road at a concession stand type venue. However this stand baked its own rolls and stuffed them with cheese and chorizo. Yum. The driver was quite pleasant and knowledgeable. He did go on more about Portugal than the actual sites we were seeing at times. Vigo Spain was our second stop. We did a 4 hour ship sponsored tour basically driving around and sightseeing. Next stop was the port of Le Havre France. We took the ship sponsored tour to the Normandy beaches as neither of us had ever been there. It was a wonderful and moving event that we will never forget. We got to 5 of the beaches with Omaha being the main stop and the main U S cemetery there. The guide did an exceptional job of depicting the actual D Day landing and adding many interesting facts that we may not have known. Make sure you bring a small zip plastic bag so that you may take some sand from the beach. The cemetery was awe inspiring with row after row of white stone crosses. The next day we docked at Southampton UK and while many debarked a large number stayed on for the second cruise to Scandinavia. This cruise was 9 nights ending in Amsterdam NE. The back to back change went smoothly for those passengers staying onboard. In our case we were changing cabins because we were going from Concierge to Aqua Class. We packed our bags and left everything that was hanging in the closet. The cabin attendants moved everything to our new cabin and hung everything up. We had to get new Sea Passes and these were issued at the Sky bar in quick order and we were ready to get off the ship and see Southampton. We just walked around the city which was quite pleasant. There was a very large indoor mall that was very nice. On to Oslo. We had one sea day prior to arriving at Oslo. We did not do much in Oslo as both of us were down with a nasty chest cold and did not feel much like sightseeing. We did get off the ship the second day and walked around the city. The ship docks right at the city so it was very easy to get into town. We were in Aqua class on this leg of the journey. We had done this before so there were no surprises. The cabin was identical to the Concierge cabin we had just left with the exception of the shower head which was more elaborate. We ate at the Blu restaurant for dinner and it was quite nice. We were warmly greeted each time we arrived and we seated quickly. We did not eat there the first night because it was very very busy and a long wait. This happened the last time we were in Aqua class also. The food was somewhat more eclectic and usually good. Skagan Denmark was our next stop. It is a quaint little town with a nice city center with lots of shops and very friendly people. We walked to town (15 minutes) and then toured the city. It was quite chilly and windy while we were there. We did an on our own walking tour of the city of Helsingboarg Sweden. Once again it was very chilly. The city was very interesting with a number of nice sights. We did a half day ship sponsored tour of Copenhagen. It was very rushed and should have been an hour or so longer so we could have had a little more time at each stop. We did "see" the changing of the guards at the palaces but got there a little late and had to leave a little early. Got a lot of talk from the guide about how everything is free in Denmark. Next we stopped at Fredericia Denmark which turned out to be a very nice experience. When first we arrived I thought I heard something onshore and when we looked there was a welcoming committee with a band and a three cannon salute to our arrival. The city had planned a major event for this, the third ever cruise ship to stop in their port. We took a ship sponsored tour to Jelling which is a Viking Landmark area. The guide was quite interesting and gave us a lot of information regarding the Vikings and their culture. Once again we got the "commercial" about Denmark. We toured the site which consisted of two very large earthen mounds, one of which was a burial mound of a king. There were two Rune Stones which had carvings from 900 AD. There was also a large, elaborate "museum/interactive" display of Viking relics and interesting information. We enjoyed the visit. After returning to the area of the ship some of us got off the bus in the town and did some walking around on our own. The town was having a festival of sorts with the main square and surrounding streets filled with tents and various foods and confections. We had a grilled footlong bratwurst and a draft beer at one venue. There were a number of places selling cheeses, pate's and sausages and one with a large selection of fudge. It was evident that everyone was excited to have us in port. They also had a 27 K race, a Corvette show, an antique car show and a motorcycle drive up, all at the port. As we were departing, the Captain blew the whistle and the shore band started playing and we were given a three cannon salute as we pulled out of port. We docked in Amsterdam and debarked around nine AM. We were traveling by train to Paris France from Amsterdam Centraal train station and were told it would take about 15 minutes to walk there. When we got our luggage we thought we might take a tram to the station but the passengers waiting for transportation must have been 200 long. We decided to walk and drag the bags. It was not a bad walk but it was more like 30 minutes with all the streets and lights we had to deal with. This train station is every bit a confusing as all the others we have been in so if you decide to do this make sure you arrive early. We stayed several days in Paris at the very delightful hotel Niel about a 10 minutes walk up the Rue Wagram to the Arc de Triomphe. It is a very small and inexpensive 6 story hotel in the 8th Arr, totally redone recently with a very reliable small elevator. The staff was very helpful and accommodating. We would highly recommend this hotel. We had a early afternoon flight home so we had a leisurely morning and an uneventful (50 Euro) cab ride to CDG. Remember to get to this airport very early because there is always something going on to delay you in getting to you gate. Finally the weather. The cruise departed Fort Lauderdale on April 10 and it was 80 degrees there. On our 8 day journey across the North Atlantic the weather got progressively cooler and windier. The main deck pools were in use during most of the crossing but as the weather cooled and the sunshine disappeared the hot tubs were more in vogue. The enclosed Solarium became the place to be as it was heated and comfortable. There we two hot tubs in that area as well. Lisbon was relatively warm as was Vigo but the temperature dropped and showers were numerous later in the trip. The main deck pools were closed for most of the next cruise due to the inclement weather but the hot tubs were available. It is important to take the proper clothing: rain gear, sweaters, jackets, hats etc. for this time of the year as it tends to be windy, rainy and chilly. All in all it was a great experience. We met many interesting people both on the ship and off and made many lasting memories. If you have never done a transatlantic voyage it is a very pleasant experience that is unique to cruising. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
We chose this Scandinavian cruise because we like Celebrity and it was the only cruise that focused on Scandinavian countries. We did not want to go to Russia or Latvia this particular time. This cut down on the number of sea days. ... Read More
We chose this Scandinavian cruise because we like Celebrity and it was the only cruise that focused on Scandinavian countries. We did not want to go to Russia or Latvia this particular time. This cut down on the number of sea days. Celebrity has first class accommodations, service and dining. Once again the entertainment was top notch. The Beatles tribute band was the best. It would have been nice though if they had a comedian or magician one night instead of singing, dancing or acrobatics every night. The enrichment lectures were not as good as our Alaska cruise in 2013. The Shakespeare professor knew his stuff, but was not entertaining or lively. At the casino I was surprised I had to pay for drinks while gambling $10 a hand at blackjack. First casino ever where I had to pay for a drink. The captain's presentation was comical and informative. He should do it on the first sea day instead of the last. Loved it! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
We had a good time throughout our Tran Atlantic and the northern Europe Cruises. The ship is in good shape. The officers and crew members are very friendly. In our view, the captain is one of the best - we enjoyed his sense of humor, as ... Read More
We had a good time throughout our Tran Atlantic and the northern Europe Cruises. The ship is in good shape. The officers and crew members are very friendly. In our view, the captain is one of the best - we enjoyed his sense of humor, as well as his effort spending time with guests. We had a mid ship cabin 9288 which is convenience to go anywhere. The in-house shows were top-notch. We saw them at Tran-Atlantic, still had a good time at second time on our B2B - all in all, not a dull moment. Disembarkation was smooth and non-eventful. We used the Celebrity airport transfer and truly appreciate their effort looking after our luggage. Basically our luggage were picked up a night before then never see them until we're at the airport terminal. This is one of the best transfer we ever had. We would like to congratulate them for a job well done. We had been in Europe many times - had been most if not all ports, therefore unable to comments on the shore excursions. I heard from some, their comments were positive. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
This was my 7th cruise, 3rd with Celebrity and first time on the Silhouette. I have also been on HAL and Disney. Since this was my 3rd cruise with Celebrity, my expectation was only set to my previous experiences with other Celebrity ... Read More
This was my 7th cruise, 3rd with Celebrity and first time on the Silhouette. I have also been on HAL and Disney. Since this was my 3rd cruise with Celebrity, my expectation was only set to my previous experiences with other Celebrity ships (Reflection and Constellation). I know Celebrity does not have outstanding and friendly services to begin with, but the Silhouette has the worst services among all the cruises I've been on. Don't get me wrong, not all the crew are bad. My stateroom assistance was excellent and my server was very friendly, even though he could be slow and forgetful at times. But I found they have poor services at the Main Dining Room for full serviced breakfasts and lunches and more than half of the crew in Cafe Al Bacio were not too good compared to the other cruises. I didn't feel I was welcomed at all. A lot of special requests in the main dining room (breakfast) were ignored or were given a lot of excuses why they cannot accommodate it. (e.g. cannot request the use of less oil with my omelette because they used a "spray" - my omelette that day turned out to be a lot more oilier than normal. In addition, you cannot request warm soy milk with oatmeal because "they don't know how soy milk will react in a microwave".. but they did bring warm skim milk for another other.) . I was totally fine if my requests cannot be fulfilled but the attitude from the servers during breakfast time were quite rude. Moreover, I felt they were not very motivated to serve you at all. Often times, we had to sit there for over 15-20 min and nobody bother to come over to take your order. By day 7, I learned from the hard way that you can get better services in the oceanview cafe for breakfast. (my parents prefer full-serviced breakfasts therefore we never went upstairs).. In addition, there seems to be a lack of sommeliers in the main dining room. There were at least 3 times that I had to wait for a sommelier for over 45 min to take my drink order. By that time, my main course lunch was already done... Services in the main dining room (breakfast - dinner) felt a lot slower than before. I think there were less staffs in the main dining room. I felt like they have to manage a lot more tables, that's why the service was quite slow for most of the time. Food: Food wise, the quality of food is about the same as the other celebrity ships. I always enjoy their fish dishes, cheesecakes and lemon tarts. Food in Murano was excellent. However, I found most of the chocolate sponge cake bake on board were very hard and dense on this sailing. This was not a real problem, I just have to order another dessert. Cabin: My cabin was very nice. This time I was in the concierge class. The mattresses and pillows were more comfortable than the veranda class. The bed was bigger and the shower was roomier. Embarkation and Disembarkation was a breeze. No issues at all. The ship itself was lovely. Overall, the cruise was not-too-bad. There were many little things that Celebrity has taken away (e.g. amenities in the room), but I believe they should focus on the services a bit more. I may give Celebrity another try, but probably not on the Silhouette again. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
The Signature Shakespeare and Scandanavia cruise was brilliant. We embarked from Southampton and it was all very easy. The queues weren't bad at all. The safety demonstration was simple to follow and we didn't even have to ... Read More
The Signature Shakespeare and Scandanavia cruise was brilliant. We embarked from Southampton and it was all very easy. The queues weren't bad at all. The safety demonstration was simple to follow and we didn't even have to go on deck. Our room Aft-View Extended Balcony staterooms feature a larger balcony for more lounge-around room, two twin beds (convert to a king) and a single sofa bed, sofa and coffee table, desk and seat, and a full bathroom with shower. The food on board was brilliant especially the Grand Curve restaurant. We had wonderful food. The ocean view cafe was also good for lunch. We liked the Spa, pool and gym. My wife went to a wonderful yoga class. We liked the extra events put on by Paul the cruise director. We went to the 70's night in the Atrium. We thought the entertainment was exceptional especially the main theatre. we saw Life and the singing and dancing was brilliant. The main theatre looked like a West End theatre. We also enjoyed the Shakespeare events including Doctor William Heller's lectures on Hamlet and Words, Words, Words and Shakespeare and Science. The Shakespearian actors were also great. The roamed around in costume and spoke to us all. We loved Cassandra Hodges, Simon Kingsley and James Stone. We saw Cassandra in a play in London recently called Antigone (one to watch). We enjoyed the shopping onboard and my wife bought Micheal Kors handbag in the sale. We would recommend Celebrity to our friends. Great service, clean and classy. It is expensive but worth every penny we thought! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
I am a little late writing this review of the wonderful Transatlantic cruise we took on the Silhouette in April; however I wanted to share our experiences. This was our 5th cruise and 2nd Transatlantic cruise, all on Celebrity. ... Read More
I am a little late writing this review of the wonderful Transatlantic cruise we took on the Silhouette in April; however I wanted to share our experiences. This was our 5th cruise and 2nd Transatlantic cruise, all on Celebrity. Embarkation was a breeze. We arrived at the dock at 2pm and were on board and in our cabin in less than 20 minutes! We were meeting friends from California who were just a couple of cabins from us and we bumped into them almost immediately. We enjoyed a lunch together at Bistro on Five and before we knew it we were sipping champagne on the balcony and enjoying the Sailaway. We had an Aqua stateroom, which, although it's the same size and layout as a regular verandah cabin, comes with some lovely perks. Our stateroom attendants (Frazier and his assistant) did an excellent job and were friendly and professional. We asked for more hangers and firmer pillows, both of which arrived very quickly. The best thing about Aqua is Blu! We ate breakfast and dinner there every day (lunches in MDR and Mast Grill, both of which were very good). We did have one dinner in Murano which was excellent. The food and service in Blu were amazing. Kudos to our servers Jorge and Jacqueline who did a fantastic job. We didn't take advantage of the Persian Gardens but really enjoyed the Relaxation Room. The ship is beautiful and spotlessly clean. The crew were all very friendly and the Captain was so funny - his daily announcements were always awaited with eager anticipation. He and his Officers were highly visible at all times. One of the best aspects of this particular cruise was the activities organized by various Cruise Critic members. Our mornings were relaxed but our afternoons were always busy playing Canasta and Catchphrase which was hilarious - thanks for the laughs Liesa! There were so many different things going on but we never missed our afternoon tea at the Oceanview Cafe - lovely open face sandwiches, scones with jam and cream and delicious little cakes - such a treat. The entertainment was hit and miss. Two of the ship's production performances were excellent - Pearl and Cosmopolitan. Delisco Jones was very high energy - he put on a wonderful show as did the Beatles Tribute Band. The other shows weren't that great. We really enjoyed the Motown Trivia & Dance Party + the evenings when there was dancing in the Main Foyer. The main reason I am not giving this cruise an "excellent" rating is because of the immigration fiasco before arriving in England. Only 2 Immigration Officers were there to process nearly 3000 passengers - it was ridiculous. What were they thinking?! Terrible organization (or lack of organization!). People were waiting in line over 1 1/2 hours and nobody was happy about spending their last sea day this way. We went back 2 or 3 times but didn't wait. We finally returned at the end of the afternoon and managed to be processed relatively quickly. Also some of the nice little touches that made Celebrity special have disappeared, which is a pity. I know that cost cutting is the norm these days, but it will be a shame if the Celebrity brand suffers because of it. I do hope that Celebrity Head Office takes note of these Cruise Critic reviews because so many people are loyal to this cruise line - as witnessed by the number of Elite passengers on this cruise. However we are still r remaining loyal to Celebrity and have already booked an Adriatic Coast cruise on the Constellation next Summer! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
Celebrity Silhouette (13 NIGHT TRANSATLANTIC CRUISE) was my 20th cruise. The ship in and of itself was the most welcoming ship I've ever been aboard from stem to stern. Most memorable ... the bathrooms in the aqua-class cabins; ... Read More
Celebrity Silhouette (13 NIGHT TRANSATLANTIC CRUISE) was my 20th cruise. The ship in and of itself was the most welcoming ship I've ever been aboard from stem to stern. Most memorable ... the bathrooms in the aqua-class cabins; roomy, no "sticking to my body" shower curtains, spray jets and shower pressure I've never experienced on a ship before. We had the luxury of being able to dine in Blu restaurant each morning and night but we experienced Tuscan Grill, Murano, and Quizine as well. All amazing. The crew was attentive and accommodating. The Captain was hilarious and entertaining all the while making the passengers also feel confident in his leadership and experience. The cleanliness of the ship is very important to me and the staff aboard Silhouette was continually cleaning. The dining areas were all spotless. Insofar as embarkation and disembarkation, both were painless. Shore excursions were organized and enjoyable. The fitness center is situated conveniently and is visually pleasing. Some other cruise lines have begun to "bury" the fitness centers in retrofitting to a view-less, dark area almost below decks. When Celebrity begins the process of adding "aftermarket" cabins at the expense of public areas and or fitness facilities, we would consider choosing a different cruise line. We abandoned Princess for just that reason. We were tired of the "add-on" decks and cabins that seem to be all the rage to cram another paying passenger into a previously public space area. All in all, Silhouette was/is a great ship and I look forward to sailing on her sister solstice ships every six months. 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

Find a Celebrity Silhouette Cruise

Easily compare prices from multiple sites with one click
Compare and book excursions for your next cruise