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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We chose this cruise because my husband wanted to go back to the Southern Caribbean (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao). This was our second time on the Silhouette. Embarkation went very smoothly. The staff is amazing. Very friendly! We had a ... Read More
We chose this cruise because my husband wanted to go back to the Southern Caribbean (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao). This was our second time on the Silhouette. Embarkation went very smoothly. The staff is amazing. Very friendly! We had a great cabin, the first time with a balcony. We were disappointed in the food, and the entertainment. We felt the food on Royal Caribbean was better with a better mix of choices. The Celebrity singers and dancers were great, they really put their heart and soul into their shows. We thought they were better than the other acts that were brought on the ship. For us, there doesn't seem to be much to do, which for some people, is exactly what they want. We want more activities that interest us. We are 66 and 69. We may consider another Celebrity cruise but it would probably be on another ship. We much prefer the larger ships of RC. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We are loyal to Celebrity, have been on 17 long cruises and until this one have always been happy with Celebrity. Our air arrangements (Choice Air) booked directly with Celebrity were a nightmare. What should have been no more than 4 or ... Read More
We are loyal to Celebrity, have been on 17 long cruises and until this one have always been happy with Celebrity. Our air arrangements (Choice Air) booked directly with Celebrity were a nightmare. What should have been no more than 4 or 5 hours turned out to be closer to 14 hours. If it had been weather related we would have accepted it but when we booked the air we were not given a choice of arrangements, we had to go with AA which was very bad. Due to a problem with the first leg of the flight they (AA) bounced us all over the place and refused to change to another airline. Instead of possibly booking us with another airline they squeezed us in the last row (no windows) and directly across from the lavatories. It was miserable. We spent many hours between flights. We had left our hotel in Manchester, NH at 6:30 am for a 8:45 flight which should have got us to FLL mid afternoon. We had to take a ride to Boston (80mph) to take a flight to Miami (not Ft. Lauderdale) and arrived at out hotel there after 9pm. My advice is not to trust Guaranteed flights by Celebrity. The ship itself is lovely as are all ships in this category. The meals in the main dining room were for the most part very much like what I remember at the school cafeteria. Small (measly) amounts of less than prime cuts. A lot of cheap cuts and sometimes tiny amounts. They were nothing like we have enjoyed even since 5 months ago. We had a good amount of cabin credit and used it to book 3 ship tours. St. Martin Beach and lunch was awful, Magens Bay was pretty but very crowded and the last one to Nevis on a catamaran was the best tour we've had in the Caribbean in years. We would book it again in a heartbeat. The service on the ship was great and we like almost all the shows. The ship is very nice. Our main complaints were about the air arrangements and the less than satisfying meals, Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Post cruise thoughts. We booked this cruise because we loved the Celebrity Equinox and were told this is the sister ship and exactly the same. It is mostly the same but some important differences. No bar in the back of the ship on ... Read More
Post cruise thoughts. We booked this cruise because we loved the Celebrity Equinox and were told this is the sister ship and exactly the same. It is mostly the same but some important differences. No bar in the back of the ship on deck 14. A underutilized Master Celler wine area and just not the service level we expected. While we enjoyed our cruise I was disappointed with Celebrity in many ways. Mostly with the entertainment. Being a Musician I am probably more critical of the music and shows than most would be. And I must say that the quality of all the musicians was excellent. However I thought most of the music in the lounges was inappropriate for the age of the crowd and there was not enough of it. Even the PA music was hip hop, pop and even rap. Really? Did they not look at the age of the crowd? Only Ocean 5 and the Silhouette orchestra met my taste. I know it's different strokes for different folks and there were passengers from many different countries, but BR4 was playing mostly slow Latin beats and seemed to have a repetoire of about 20 songs. Listing them as a dance band was ludicrous when you saw very few people dancing to their music. Again they are fine musicians but wrong for the crowd which had to average 65 years of age. Also they looked pretty bored and like some others, playing for their own amusement and satisfaction. Angie Hernandez soloist was very good, in the Ensemble for listening. The same for the string duo. But I didn't go on a cruise to sit and listen. The string duo was actually putting me to sleep. I know many like that but I want to party. Dallas Bridge duo were building their background music with what is known as a looper. In effect they were creating backing tracks by recording and multi layering song parts over one another until it was sufficient for them to play and sing to. This takes a lot of talent and expertise but I really didn't want to listen to 4 to 5 minutes of creating their backing track for a 3 minute song. After 1 or 2 songs it became tedious and boring for the listener. Basically in the evening there were 3 places to hear music, Ensemble, Sky, Grand Foyer. They did not run simultaneously. Many nights we had no place to go to dance. Only Sky lounge was large enough to accommodate a crowd, During the sea day there was the pool and maybe deck 15 occasionally. Basically 1 soloist, 2 duos and 2 dance bands for 2500 people in 3 locations at separate times for 12 nights. Huh? for As for the shows, I thought most were amateurish and corny. Only "Uptown" blew away most people. They are one of the best acts I've seen anywhere. The comedian Dan ???? on our last night was also very good. After the first 3 shows we basically stopped going. The dining room food to me was a 7 or 8 out of 10. My table mates rated it lower. In my opinion the specialty restaurants were way over priced. We did try Q-sine when it had a sale, but the lobster tail was tiny and tasteless and the filet mignon was the same as well as dry. The projected chef was a clever idea we enjoyed. Dining room service was excellent as were the bar servers. My room attendant was new and not very good though she tried hard. Many days our room was not made up until after 3 and every night my bed was short-sheeted. My wife cut her foot on broken glass in our cabins carpet. I sensed a real cut back on employees. This was my 18th cruise and it ranked there as well. I guess I remember the old days at Celebrity when they were a notch above the rest. I remember when waiters used to carry your buffet tray to your table; The kitchen staff used to parade around the Dining room with the baked Alaska and Cherries Jubilee: Specialty Restaurants were $15 to $25; etc. etc. Still as I said up front, we enjoyed our vacation and will cruise again. Last year we cruised Equinox and loved it, and we are scheduled for Equinox next April. Maybe this was just a Silhouette problem. I should say that I find the size and layout of the ocean view room to be about the best we've seen. But I used to lean towards Celebrity. No more. I will go where the best deals are. Maybe it's time to try one of the Mega ships. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Just returned from a 9 night Southern Caribbean cruise and experienced something I have never seen on a Celebrity cruise before. For some reason, some fellow passengers felt “entitled” to reserve 4-8 sun loungers while other guest ... Read More
Just returned from a 9 night Southern Caribbean cruise and experienced something I have never seen on a Celebrity cruise before. For some reason, some fellow passengers felt “entitled” to reserve 4-8 sun loungers while other guest went without. Silhouette officers were approached over this issue and either ignored the situation or failed to take corrective action that is common practice on other ships. Maybe it was the large amount of groups on this cruise, but the fact of the matter is the 30 min policy has to be policed and enforced. Other than that, it was a nice cruise with an excellent itinerary. However, Silhouette is starting to show its age and seriously needs an upgrade which I understand will occur in 2020. On a positive note, the food in the buffet and main dining room was excellent and so was the entertainment on this cruise. Overall, a good cruise but Celebrity needs to sort out the pool deck issues as some guests were so upset they decided not rebook with Celebrity. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
I chose this cruise because of the date, itinerary and reputation of cruise line. While some aspects were good, my husband and I were very disappointed in some ways. Good: Food and service - friendly helpful staff (except in Guest ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the date, itinerary and reputation of cruise line. While some aspects were good, my husband and I were very disappointed in some ways. Good: Food and service - friendly helpful staff (except in Guest Services). Disembarkation and retrieving luggage, comfortable bedding, chairs with foot rests on balcony, disembarkation and embarkation in ports, room was clean Wishing for more: Room keys given at Embarkation did not work which meant spending time in long line to have them rekeyed, lack of quality talks/lectures, lack of good music (Jazz in Ensemble Lounge was good but classical duo used synthesizer, as did other single musicians), less emphasis on selling "things" (everything!), probably the hardest most uncomfortable sofa I ever sat on in stateroom, library and selections of reading material, selections of free movies in stateroom (even selections of pay to view were not good), plumbing problems twice on 9 day cruise through no fault of ours (bathroom flooded at one point) An unexpected situation was that when dining in the specialty restaurants, in addition to paying the surcharge, one was expected to pay an additional tip on the surcharge. We enjoyed the ports but probably would not chose to cruise on 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
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: January 2019
I chose this cruise because it was going to Grenada. Food was not up to Celebrity standards. The Ocean Café however was outstanding! Service was great. I pre-paid 4 bar activities and only received an invite for 1 which conflicted with ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it was going to Grenada. Food was not up to Celebrity standards. The Ocean Café however was outstanding! Service was great. I pre-paid 4 bar activities and only received an invite for 1 which conflicted with the Behind the ship scenes excursion. Several cruisers came down with a viral infection. The lawn club and the upper decks were for rent and I never saw anyone, just wasted space. The pool area could use some actual table and chairs and now all lounge chairs. Could not play cards or scrabble outside by the pool. I think my next cruise will be on Princess. I was in a balcony cabin on Veranda deck #7202 and it was very nice. Our stewardess Janiss was excellent! Over all a decent cruise. Did not go to any shows. Did not go to any specialty dining. The sunset bar was nice but the same peoples to up most of the seats every night leaving tables with no seats. I just hope I can get my money back from the prepaid activities I didn't get to use. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
This was an unusual itinerary, just two nights. Departure from Port Everglades and a slow overnight to Nassau, then overnight back to Port Everglades the following evening. My friend spotted this one-off type of itinerary and the ... Read More
This was an unusual itinerary, just two nights. Departure from Port Everglades and a slow overnight to Nassau, then overnight back to Port Everglades the following evening. My friend spotted this one-off type of itinerary and the reasonable price along with it, so we booked it for something to do other than sitting around at home this weekend. The Silhouette is a beautiful ship, I'm sure I didn't see all of it in the short time that we were aboard. We had a Concierge class balcony for our brief cruise, and aside from a bottle of sparkling wine and some hors d'oeuvres on the first night of the cruise I don't think the upcharge for "Concierge" carried with it anything extra. The cabin was perfectly fine for the two of us for two nights and the bathroom was a bit larger than some other standard balcony cabins I've been on, on Royal Caribbean, NCL, and Carnival. Our cabin attendant was excellent and made sure that our cabin was always neat and stocked, and he also quickly handled the few requests we gave to him. Dining was very good in the buffet area for breakfast and lunch, and we opted for some upcharge restaurants for dinner. I honestly found both of them to be overpriced as compared to the specialty restaurants I've experienced on NCL and Holland America. Also, in the case of QSine, I found the food there to be rather disappointing with a very limited menu. Tuscan Grille was much better, I thoroughly enjoyed my dinner there. We did do room service for breakfast one morning, which was just okay. The menu was not very large. I did get the opportunty to use the gym and I found it very well equipped, clean, and with a great view of the bow of the ship. I did find the duty free and general shopping area a bit disappointing for a ship this size. Prices were nothing special either. The staff onboard was excellent. Everywhere was friendly and nothing seemed forced. This was my first Celebrity experience and although brief, I would definitely try them for a longer voyage. It's hard to rate higher than the 3 stars I applied as this was such a brief cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
My friend and I wanted a quick weekend trip of fun and sun - I am a professor and I had off the Friday and Monday of MLK weekend. I have family in Florida so I got to visit with them as well. We liked the comedian and the massages at the ... Read More
My friend and I wanted a quick weekend trip of fun and sun - I am a professor and I had off the Friday and Monday of MLK weekend. I have family in Florida so I got to visit with them as well. We liked the comedian and the massages at the spa - the gym was fine but having no water fountain was not cool). My friend is a vegetarian and she appreciated different choices each day. This cruise was advertised as a 2 day cruise, but we had to disembark at 8 am, and I didn't get on until 1 pm, so it wasn't a full 2 days. Because of this, it was a bit pricey. Next time I will go to an all-inclusive hotel and pick when I get there and when I want to leave. The disembarking was crazy - we asked three different people and got three different answers. Guest Services always had a line. You know how hotels have a book that describes the amenities, etc? Well, with only two days to get familiar with the boat, it would be nice to have a book like that in a cabin. 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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