Celebrity Silhouette Cruise Review by GWENTBOY
- Sail Date: April 2019
- Destination: Transatlantic
- Cabin Type: Deluxe Veranda (obstructed view)
Embarkation was the slowest of our 4 recent cruises. We waited for ever in line to check in. I think lots of other lines were moving quickly because people were members of the Captain's Club and, as first timers, we had no status.
Once onboard, we had lunch in the MDR and immediately noticed how small the portions were. This did not improve for the whole cruise. Service was good and the crew on the ship were very efficient. However, apart from our cabin steward (Andrew) and our waiters in the MDR (Jorge & Mahesh) we were never made to feel special.
The ship is the oldest ship on which we have recently cruised but it is in very good shape. Our cabin (6294) is a partially obstructed balcony cabin. The only obstruction is the roof of one of the specialty restaurants blocks a view directly down but we were able to look out at the waters from an oversized balcony. The room itself, actually seemed larger than most standard balcony rooms. The ship was nice but didn't sizzle like the HAL Koningsdam or NCL Bliss. However, the Silhouette is a very clean ship and well maintained.
We had flexible dining in the MDR which usually meant either 5:30 pm or 8:30 pm. The food was OK but not spectacular. The MDR is a pleasant room and we were never rushed. The Ocean View Buffet, again was pleasant but, at times, could get a little crowded. One very nice feature of this restaurant is the outside seating at the back of the ship, which we used until the weather got a little colder.
We ate one meal in the Tuscan Grill specialty restaurant as they had a BOGO offer. It was certainly of a higher standard than the 'free' restaurants.
The entertainment on board was, again, just adequate. Only one performer a juggler comedian (Pete Mathews) really knocked it out of the park. Phil Collins impersonator (Rob Lewis) & magician (Matt McGurk) were good but the production shows Cosmopolitan & Pearl were disjointed and barely equal to a good High School production.
There are loads of little spots on the Silhouette in which one is able to disappear. I am sure that we didn't find half of them. However, herein lies the rub. The Silhouette does not flow. From our very first cruise (Carnival Elation) in the early 90s, I have always liked the way that cruise companies go to great lengths to ensure that your time can be filled from morning to night. Unfortunately, the Silhouette's schedule didn't cut it for me. My wife & I spent a lot of our time in the cabin because there was very little that interested us. Plus, Celebrity seems to charge an arm and a leg for anything remotely out of the ordinary on the ship. For example, free movies on the TV were very limited - a few Mission Impossible and Disney. Pay per view movies were $14.99 each. At that rate, I would expect a refillable soda & popcorn delivered to my room. To buy a soda on board costs $3.60. Comparable rates on HAL are FREE & $2.30.
I did purchase an unlimited internet package for 1 device for the entire cruise and it has been fine. It has been down a few times but it does allow me to watch You Tube videos and catch up on emails.
Storage in the cabin is adequate for both of us, but draw space is limited. Extra coat hangers were delivered to our room almost immediately upon request. The bathroom is functional and the shower is fine. There is a distinct lack of electrical outlets in the room compared to more modern ships.
I have just one request of our cabin steward and that is to bring me in a bucket of ice everytime he services the room. Andrew fulfilled this to perfection, especially as the room does not come equipped with an ice bucket.
Overall, the cruise was OK, just not exceptional. The pool area was good and the water was not cold. Celebrity, apparently have a loyal following. Many on our cruise had sailed with them before. I enjoyed the cruises but was just not bowled over.
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