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Celebrity Silhouette Review

Celebrity Silhouette (Photo: Celebrity Cruise Line)
2019 Best for Dining
2019 Best for Service

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Celebrity Silhouette Overview

More energetic and with more extra-fee attractions than its three Solstice-class predecessors, the 122,400-ton, 2,886-passenger Celebrity Silhouette debuted in July 2011 as the fourth of five ships in the now-iconic series. The Solstice signatures -- a stable of themed dining venues, a public hub that smells of waffles, a strikingly green and grass-covered deck space, the use of glass and marble throughout -- are all there. But Silhouette also reflects a handful of significant modifications to the blueprint.

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About Celebrity Silhouette


Pro

Outstanding service, top-notch cuisine and well-thought out design

Con

Specialty dining charges can run high

Bottom Line

Sets standards for an upscale big ship experience for service, ambience, dining and decors


The most visible are found on the Lawn Club, a half-acre of real grass that tops every Solstice-class ship's stern sun deck area. On Silhouette, the public park has become something of a gated village green, and the space is much more exclusive -- and expensive -- to use than those planted on Solstice, Eclipse and Equinox. Gone is the (free) Corning Glass Show, replaced by the breezy Lawn Club Grill, where participants pay for a combination meatfest and cooking class under open skies. The Porch, a for-fee casual lunch or dinner option modeled after a private deck in the Hamptons, has also been slotted into space previously free to occupy. But the most controversial additions to Silhouette's Lawn Club are the eight alcoves, private cabana rentals that occupy prime real estate in what was a common sunning area on previous lawns.

Silhouette's custom-collated multimillion-dollar art collection is also a key differentiator. Two installments that draw the most shouting, laughing and exuberant pointing: caged birds on video screens and the enchanted forest with piped-in chirps, positioned in a vestibule through which hundreds of passengers walk en route to the ship's specialty restaurant hub.

Still, despite these distinctions (or perhaps in spite of them, considering the Lawn Club changes), Silhouette is nothing if not quintessential Solstice Class. It's the most sophisticated experience you'll find on a nearly 3,000-passenger ship -- see the focus on wine, sleekly styled spaces and upscale dining -- without being overly stuffy. Celebrity does a commendable job of keeping the pretentiousness quota in check by inserting playful touches, like an ice-topped martini bar that features juggling bartenders, the aforementioned cook-your-own steakhouse and another restaurant, Qsine, where passengers are encouraged to play with their food. Solstice-class stalwarts won't miss a beat, and for first-timers, Silhouette will showcase why the series has become one of the most acclaimed in modern cruising.

 

Fellow Passengers

Celebrity draws a wide range of upper-middle-class couples and groups, with the average age of passengers being in the mid-50s. On cruises from Southampton (the ship splits its time between the Caribbean and Europe), expect a majority of Brits. The ratio of families with kids to couples may increase during the Caribbean season and the European summer season, bringing the average age down.


Celebrity Silhouette Dress Code

During the day, dress is resort casual, but Celebrity passengers tend to dress up for dinner -- typically button-down or dressy collared shirts and slacks for men and dresses or smart-casual pants for women. Formal night on Celebrity has been replaced by Evening Chic in the main dining room. This means that men can ditch the full suit and tie in favor of a sport coat and collared shirt, with designer jeans. Women can wear cocktail dresses, sundresses or designer jeans or nice pants. In the buffet, almost any form of dress is allowed except swimwear, flip-flops, spa robes and bare feet.


Celebrity Silhouette Gratuity

Tips aren't included in the cruise fare, but suggested gratuities are automatically added to your onboard account at a rate of $14.50 per person/per day, if you're in a standard cabin; $15 per person/per day, if you're in a Concierge Class or AquaClass; and $18 per person/per day, for passengers in suites. If you would like to adjust the gratuities, you can do so through the Guest Relations desk. An 18 percent charge is added automatically to all beverage and mini-bar purchases as well as spa and salon purchases. You can't remove these gratuities but can add to them. The currency onboard is U.S. dollars.

Note: Australians and New Zealanders do not have the service charge added to their account; fares automatically include this gratuity as long as the cruise was booked in AU or NZ dollars.


Celebrity Silhouette Awards

Cruisers’ Choice Awards

2019 Best for Dining
2019 Best for Service
2018 Best Overall
2018 Best for Cabins
2018 Best for Dining
2018 Best for Embarkation
2018 Best for Fitness & Recreation
2018 Best for Public Rooms
2018 Best for Service
2018 Best for Value
2017 Best Overall
2017 Best for Cabins
2017 Best for Dining
2017 Best for Embarkation
2017 Best for Public Rooms
2017 Best for Service
2017 Best for Value
2016 Best Overall
2016 Best for Cabins
2016 Best for Public Rooms
2016 Best for Service
2015 Best for Dining
2015 Best for Fitness
2015 Best for Public Rooms
2014 Best Overall
2014 Best for Cabins
2014 Best for Dining
2014 Best for Fitness
2014 Best for Public Rooms
2014 Best for Value
2013 Best Overall
2013 Best for Cabins
2013 Best for Dining
2013 Best for Public Rooms
2013 Best for Service
2013 Best for Value

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Deck:
Plaza Deck
Promenade Deck
Entertainment Deck
Continental Deck
Sunrise Deck
Vista Deck
Panorama Deck
Sky Deck
Penthouse Deck
Resort Deck
Lido Deck
The Lawn Club
Solstice Deck

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Celebrity Silhouette Member Reviews

Celebrity Silhouette
jnegus9
Sail Date: Oct 2018
Celebrity Silhouette is the most unstable vessel I have ever sailed upon, and I have sailed many ships from many cruise lines around many parts of the globe. She lurched from side to side and front to...Read More
Celebrity Silhouette
Oneills211
Sail Date: Mar 2018
We chose the Celebrity Silhouette for the itinerary and the ports of call because the previous Cruise on the Equinox was so enjoyable. This ship is big enough you are not bumping into people all the time...Read More
Celebrity Silhouette
Cruisers555
Sail Date: May 2019
Britannia 4 times, Azura. (Cunard) Queen Elizabeth 2 times. This time we thought we would try Celebrity Silhouette to see what it was like. A 3 night cruise to Amsterdam. How did it compare to the other ships...Read More
Celebrity Silhouette
Eyedoc44
Sail Date: Jan 2019
sighted! This was definitely one of the best cruises we have ever taken. I would go on the Celebrity Silhouette again in a heartbeat!...Read More

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