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Sail Date: September 2014
Constant pressure to pay the ship more money detracted from an otherwise beautiful cruise experience. From Sept 23rd to Oct 4th, Venice to Rome, we enjoyed an interesting itinerary on a lovely ship, spotlessly clean, with very good food. ... Read More
Constant pressure to pay the ship more money detracted from an otherwise beautiful cruise experience. From Sept 23rd to Oct 4th, Venice to Rome, we enjoyed an interesting itinerary on a lovely ship, spotlessly clean, with very good food. Apparently guests and crew remained healthy, all good signs of a good ship. As experienced travellers and cruisers, we knew that the cost of this cruise was already substantial. The bar and excursion prices were the highest we have ever experienced. There was continuous pressure to sell us beverage packages (at $159 per person per day), shore excursions (at $50 to $350 per person), specialty restaurant access at $40 to 50 per person), overpriced bottled water, special coffees etc. Upselling became tiresome, for example inside the specialty dining rooms, being asked to purchase additional menu items. Staff were very friendly and helpful, but obviously were obliged to repeatedly ask "Is everything OK, is everything wonderful?". On several occasions, private conversations were interrupted by a supervisor asking the same questions, which had already been asked several times within the past 10 minutes. This felt like we were being kept on the "corporate message". Perhaps some guests did not notice, but we did, and did not like it. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2014
This review is about the ship, conditions, service, staff, overview of Celebrity Cruises, & the officers. First the ship was very clean & most of the staff helpful & friendly. Our housekeeping, head mater'd, waiters in ... Read More
This review is about the ship, conditions, service, staff, overview of Celebrity Cruises, & the officers. First the ship was very clean & most of the staff helpful & friendly. Our housekeeping, head mater'd, waiters in the main dinning room, quest services, were all excellent. This was complimented by the friendliest staff of officers we have ever encountered while cruising. We were excited to board the Silhouette due to the excellent itinerary & arriving Venice after a long 14 hour flight from the West Coast of the USA. We were very pleased with the mix of passengers on this voyage. Lots of people from England, Europe, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, & the USA. Fortunate to meet many nice people during this voyage & exchange ideas & socialize. For the most part, everyone was very friendly & polite. However there is the occasional group or passengers who insist on meeting in the middle of the hallways, jamming the traffic patterns, & oblivious to others trying to reach their destinations. This was very apparent in the evenings & the day at sea. A lot of this problem could be solved if Celebrity would not allow it's vendors to try to sell so much merchandise outside of their shops. Decks 4 & 5 particularly crowded, especially with people entering or leaving the theatre. Many had referred to Celebrity's up selling of their products & the high alcohol drink prices. I totally concur. I know it is a personal decision trying to decide if these things are of value. Wine prices are ridiculous at dinner & who pays $12-16 for a cocktail ? Further I purchased a $100 wine card at Cellar Masters. I found the selections rather odd, the pours short for the price, & lack of any help available during my visits. Machines did not function properly or the bottle of my choice would be empty. I only purchased this card because the wines available by glass at the bars are terrible. Although we purchased many bottles during our dinners in the main dining room, we were still left with poor choices for wine after dinner. I ended up only using about $50 on this card. Hard to imagine at these inflated prices, I could not spend $100 worth of wine on a 12 night cruise. ( Celebrity wins again ) Staff was very good in all areas of the ship except, the bars ( especially the Martini Bar ) We felt the bar-tenders were slow, rude, & only concerned about collecting the purchase price for beverages served. I can only guess as to the amount of revenue lost, due to these prevailing conditions. We ate in the main dinning room most of the time. Food was very good & portions adequate. Listen to your waiters, they will give you the best choices for your evening meals. Ours never failed us & we are glad we listened. Some of our tablemates did not, & were disappointed with their choices. We also ate at 2 speciality restaurants. Excellent as always, but is it worth the up-charge? Only you can decide. Entertainment in the theatre was average at best. The Celebrity Band was the best, wish they were playing somewhere else besides the theatre. The best entertainment was with the group Soul. Loved the sound, music, & vocals. However what a really dumb place to have these people on a ship this size. They attracted large crowds with most people standing. Why not use the observation lounge for some live music, they would have filled it every night, instead of a DJ playing what he liked & no one attending that performance. Get with it Celebrity, by now you show know the average age of your passengers & play music appropriate for this age group. By the way... There was piano player anywhere to be found on this ship. A large mistake by you Mr. Celebrity.We attended most performances, however on many occasions we left early & found other ways to entertain ourselves. Excursions, because this cruise is so port intensive, we decided to break it up into 3 parts. We ended up doing about 1/3 of Celebrity Shore Excursions ( which to our surprise were very good ) Private tours with just 4 people total all excellent, & the balance DIY. We are not pool people, so I cannot comment on this, but to say it was well attended on the sea day & appeared there were many lounge & chair hogs. We found the Sunset Bar more to our liking, although we did breakdown & try a hamburger & hot dog at the pool. Actually it was much better than we anticipated. The ocean was flat, the cruise enjoyable, & the weather was very good the last 9 days. Rain in Venice did dampen our spirits, however we did manage a full day tour with umbrellas & all. Perhaps these are the worst pictures I have ever taken of Venice. So glad we have visited before with lots of sunshine. Crowds are still insane & prices very high. In conclusion, I think maybe the solstice style may not be for us. Although the ship accommodations are very nice & they do a good job of moving people on & off the ship, it does not quite work for us. Just too many people. Likely we will go a ship like the Summit or try Azamara. We are loyal to Celebrity, just wish they would make a few improvements to ensure their customers satisfaction. Happy sailing... onespots   Read Less
Sail Date: September 2014
First impressions were that the ship was well designed with an attractive atrium. The staff without exception were friendly and professional. The decor was in good condition. The quality of the food in the buffet and the main dining room ... Read More
First impressions were that the ship was well designed with an attractive atrium. The staff without exception were friendly and professional. The decor was in good condition. The quality of the food in the buffet and the main dining room was very good. The first evening show for us after second sitting dinner was of high standard.  However subsequent shows were timed badly for our dining arrangements. They were scheduled at 7pm and 9:30pm At the former we were making ready for the evening and at the latter we were dining. So missed all of the rest, which was disappointing. Pre dinner performances of the house band Soul were most enjoyable and included some strong singers and musicians.  The itinerary was interesting and varied with wide range of excursions.  Our main criticism was the cost of alcohol which was made worse with the addition of 15% gratuity on every drink.   Read Less
Sail Date: September 2014
First I should say we were all invited to complete an online survey about the cruise after we disembarked. I wanted to do this, but by the time we got home (we stayed on a few extra days in Rome, and then it's a 36-hour marathon to ... Read More
First I should say we were all invited to complete an online survey about the cruise after we disembarked. I wanted to do this, but by the time we got home (we stayed on a few extra days in Rome, and then it's a 36-hour marathon to our part of the world), the survey was closed. Which is why I'm reviewing it here instead of direct to Celebrity as I would have preferred. So I guess that's the first point I would make to Celebrity: keep your surveys open a little longer, to cater for those who are not flying home immediately. (Please don't assume we can go online while we're still away; some of us take holidays to escape the tyranny of technology). It was a wonderful cruise. The ship is beautiful, the crew friendly, the food marvellous (though starting to lose its novelty and freshness by the end), the cabin stewards cheerful and charming, the whole atmosphere a lot of fun. The particular cruise we did (down the Adriatic, then Malta & Sicily, and up to Civitavecchia) included some wonderful destinations. Indeed it was these that attracted us to this particular cruise, and we weren't disappointed. That said, there are just a couple of things Celebrity need to do to turn an excellent experience into a truly outstanding one. First, the line needs to be redrawn between what is included and what we pay extra for. Alcoholic beverages we expect to pay for, but coffee at the end of your meal? OK, there is coffee in a self-help server that is free, but it's pre-mixed and very ordinary. A real coffee (or tea) is surely an integral part of dining - not an extra. Ditto regarding fruit juice for breakfast: freshly-squeezed is surely as much par for the course as the bulk supply stuff at the self-servery, and should not be charged extra for just because it happens to come from the bar. (Does it have to come from there)? More seriously, the disembarkation process let Celebrity down. The usual evening-before destination lecture wasn't given for Rome, and Guest Relations staff were remarkably ill-informed or reticent to talk about how to get from the port to Rome independently. Celebrity offered a bus transfer into Rome for US$90 per person - an outrageous price considering taxis (with less economies of scale than a bus) did it for less than a third of that price. It's a shame that such a wonderful cruise and a wonderful experience, ends on a "down" note with passengers made to feel that now it's over they no longer matter. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2014
We have just rerurned from an 11 night Adriatic cruise and loved every minute. A wonderful itinerary (although many of us think that Ravenna could be missed). Sailing out of Venice was stunning. We were blessed with great weather for the ... Read More
We have just rerurned from an 11 night Adriatic cruise and loved every minute. A wonderful itinerary (although many of us think that Ravenna could be missed). Sailing out of Venice was stunning. We were blessed with great weather for the entire cruise. Quality of ship and service were excellent as was the entertainment. Entertainment each night in the theatre was very good and better than we have experienced on other cruises. We only ate in the main dining room for dinner although we had thought of trying one of the other specialty restaurants but we enjoyed the quality of food, service and comfort in the main dining room. I agree with other reviews that there was a large effort to sell, sell, sell all the time which was annoying, whether it was photos on the ship as well as every day departing and also for the specialty restaurants, beverage packages, spas etc. Our balcony cabin was excellent but very similar to other ships although the bathroom was definitely larger and better equipped than we've experienced on other ships. Price of laundry was expensive especially with no self laundry options. On other cruise lines we have at least had a discounted laundry bag during the cruises but the Silhouette price did not seem discounted as the bags are small and cost US$45 washed only plus 15% service charge. We look forward to another cruise with Celebrity sometime. Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2014
There are very few reviews of cruise tours so I thought I would help remedy the situation after all they can be a significant part of your vacation. When we made our online booking the #5EB cruise tour for cabin 6173 was $200 pp cheaper ... Read More
There are very few reviews of cruise tours so I thought I would help remedy the situation after all they can be a significant part of your vacation. When we made our online booking the #5EB cruise tour for cabin 6173 was $200 pp cheaper than for the cruise charge for cabin 6173. We booked the cruise tour. Well wouldn't you.? After a 24 hour flight from Melbourne via Dubai we arrived tired and jet lagged at Malpensa, Milan to be greeted by our cruise tour driver who whisked us away to our excellent 4 star hotel The Grand Hotel di Como. In a parkland setting this hotel may not have the Baroque cherubs and the Renaissance frescoes, but it is clean and comfortable, serves a good breakfast and above all the staff are excellent . After a 6:00pm tour briefing we were still not too tired to dine at our pre booked ( not included in the tour) trattoria set high in the hills above Cernobbio. Frequented by the Villa d'Este crowd, George Clooney, Ralph Lauren, Matt Damon etc. the Il Gatto Nero provides the most wonderful view of the Lake, eclectic decor, candelight ambience, good food and if your lucky, the most amazing waiter Carlitta. The tour proper began the next day with an hour long private boat tour of Lake Como Villas cruising past the Versace villa, the Opus Dei villa, the Clooney villa Oleander and compound ( 4 buildings and a large garden for him) the Branson villa , villa Balbinello etc. etc. The 2 hour lunch stop at Bellagio (our favourite restaurant Biblicus for us) was followed by the included return hydrofoil transport back to the hotel. Also included was dinner at a delightful restaurant outside Como. Next day it was a four hour bus ride to Venice with an informative commentary by our excellent guide Nardine. Now our one night pre cruise accommodation in Venice was to be at the conveniently located 4 star Hotel Splendid. As our tour group was larger than expected ( 50 ) and as the Splendid could not accommodate everyone, we and 28 others were upgraded to the 5 star St Regis San Clemente Palace Hotel. Wow! Set on its own private island this is truly an outstanding property and the definition of modern luxury,taste and style. Our large beautifully decorated room had two bathrooms , the hotels swimming pool was to die for, the silver service breakfast unbelievable, the well manicured gardens extensive, and a complimentary half hourly launch shuttled guests to and from San Marco, the hotels pier being near the Danielli. That night we dined at the (not included ) overrated , overpriced and pretentious new Oro restaurant at the legendary Cipriani. When a ferocious storm suddenly hit Venice and the lagoon became too rough for both hotels launches, but then finally calm enough for the Ciprianis, the concierge at the San Clemente sent a complimentary water taxi to its pier at San Marco to pick us up. What a hotel !! As we have visited Venice many times we avoided the stifling crowds ( they have very much increased in numbers ) of San Marco and the included morning tour of the Doges Palace and the Bascillica. Instead we walked our favourite route from Salute (and as we have visited them before ) past the Guggenheim ,Ezra Pound's house, the Accademia ,and the Frari to Piazzale Roma where we boarded the number 1 vaporetto to return down the Grand Canal. We then took the St Regis private launch back to the hotel and rejoined the tour to begin the cruise. Overall this was an amazing experience and very much value for money cruise tour. Thank you Celebrity you really did us proud! I will not go on about the cruise as all has been written so many times before, but for us there were no negatives. Needless to say the Silhouette is a wonderful ship, the weather for our Adriatic cruise was perfect, the seas smooth, the ports interesting, the food excellent ( all food allergies were well catered for ) and the crew outstanding. Well done Celebrity and we will certainly sail and do a cruise tour with you again. Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2014
The above looks as if I'm showing off. Apologies, it is not intended! Being Diamond Plus on RCCL and Elite on Princess I hope gives us an appreciation of what makes a good cruise and where to draw attention to things that work…or ... Read More
The above looks as if I'm showing off. Apologies, it is not intended! Being Diamond Plus on RCCL and Elite on Princess I hope gives us an appreciation of what makes a good cruise and where to draw attention to things that work…or don't! We flew from London on BA, perfect timing for the ship as it arrives around 11am and it's just a 45 euro taxi ride to the port. Easy! We selected Celebrity because we had heard they were a notch up from RCCL/Princess. We were given 'Elite' status due to RCCL Diamond Plus that meant there was little queuing at embarkation due to a special 'line' and probably were on the ship no more than 30 minutes after arriving at the port. First impressions are always important and it is an impressive ship, more like a contemporary hotel than a ship but first impressions were positive. Rooms were not accessible until 2pm would be the only niggle. We were booked in a Concierge stateroom and thought was narrower compared to a similar cabin on RCCL/Princess. There certainly seemed lack of wardrobe space and the couch was never used as it is in the wrong position. Leaving Venice is a 'must see' and we left on a beautiful evening and although we have done it before it never fails to amaze. Get a cabin on the left side if you want to sit on your balcony and let the views come to you without the scrummage on deck. We had booked 'select dining' and this did not work. Having just come off a Princess cruise where we would turn up and would be seated within seconds…we'll sit with anyone….this just didn't function. One line to register, another line to wait. Sorry Celebrity this is not what I wanted to experience for dining. The dining room, the two occasions we used it was far too dark with those with a 'torch ap' on their mobile phones being in demand to read the menu. I kid you not, it was that dark! Perhaps 'select dining' is planned not to work as there are plenty of 'speciality dining' options but these carry significant add ons and that's where Celebrity want to push you. I have no problem with a once in a cruise paying that bit extra but I don;t think it should be the only viable option. Naturally there was the buffet which was excellent and at 8-15 was quiet. This was our first cruise, number 72 where we have eaten in the buffet at night! Interesting to see plenty of officers and staff but the trouble with the buffet is it's all over in a matter of minutes…you eat your food and go. Not what we really wanted! The main restaurant is called Grand Cuvee. It should be Grand Queuvee We generally found the bar prices to be more expensive than Princess, perhaps by a factor of 20%. You can still get a bottle of wine on Princess for $25……Celebrity add another $10. On sea days unfortunately there is still the saving of chairs by towels and non-existent passengers. We were on the Soltice deck, reasonably quiet but still plenty of bed hogs and no 'towel police' visited the top deck. There should be NO saving of chairs. If you go to lunch…tough. It's the only way……or get enough loungers! The loungers were however much better than RCCL/Princess. More comfortable and padded and the 'beds' were brilliant. The ports were great, Kotor is lovely, Santorini a joy if you get off early and make it before the main body of passengers, Athens was busy. Olympia was interesting. We had booked a private tour, got to the ruins before the coaches and finished the day in the mountains in a monastery that few tourists would visit. Fascinating! Back to the ship. The entertainment seemed a notch higher than Princess/RCCL, the house band 'Soul' were excellent although playing in the atrium area most of the time but the atrium is busy and therefore if you really want to relax and listen to the music it's not really an option. The officers were really friendly, never seen or heard such a friendly captain. They joined in on a number of activities and that was new to see crew v passengers in a poker tournament! The ship was incredibly clean and the staff very friendly. We were able to use the sky lounge every evening as part of the 'Elite' status and there were some friendly passengers there. Complimentary drinks and snacks in a beautiful bar. My only gripe is the time, 5-7pm compared to RCCL's 8pm. I don;t want to spend more time there, but would have preferred a later option. But compared to Princess where there is not a complimentary nightly option this is a nice perk to have. Disembarkation was easy. Find it amazing that there is no passport control when you get off. This happened at Southampton 2 weeks earlier and then again at Venice. Compared to when you do a Caribbean cruise and have to sometimes endure US customs twice, it seemed the complete opposite! The BA flight back at 12 means that you can stay on the ship til 9.30 and be in plenty of time. No hanging about. Would we book Celebrity again? Yes we would. But we would certainly not do select dining and if there was the complimentary 123 promotion would take the drinks package but upgrade it for $10 a day on board. Is it a notch above RCCL…..probably yes.   Read Less
Sail Date: August 2014
We booked a one week eastern mediterranean cruise on Celebrity Silhoutte from Venice to Kotor, Santorini, Athens and Katakolon. Did exactly the same cruise on another ship years agon so we knew what to expect in the ports. Cabin: As the ... Read More
We booked a one week eastern mediterranean cruise on Celebrity Silhoutte from Venice to Kotor, Santorini, Athens and Katakolon. Did exactly the same cruise on another ship years agon so we knew what to expect in the ports. Cabin: As the price difference between the Aqua Class Cabin and a Sky Suite was marginal we decided to try the Sky suite this time, only suites available were the ones looking to the aft od deck 10. There were also ones available on Deck 11 but the Cafe is right above and I read people complained about the noise. As we also already experienced huge noise problems in a cabin below pool deck on another ship, we always avoid that. Sky Suie 1667 was absolutekly perfect, the extra space was great, double the size of closet and drawers, huge bathroom with bathtub, nice sitting area and huge balcony. The butler was perfect, took extra care, nice snacks every afternoon and coffee whenever we wanted it. Only disadvantage compared to Aqua Class Cabin (which is cheaper), water is not included in the suite. There was only one main issue, which we experienced after the first night, there was soot all over the balcony and covered floor, chairs, handrail and table. Whenever we wanted to use the balcony, we had to clean with towels. The steward did his best to keep in clean, but after some hours soot was all over again. Staff told us, that this problem is known for all Solstice Class ships. So overall, we would never book a Sky Suite at the aft again, book only one at the side of the ship!!! Public rooms of the ship are spotless and elegant, we love the restaurant and all bars. Had food in the MDR nearly every night and it was always good. One night we had dinner at Lawn Grill and loved it, you must have this at least once during your cruise, perfect open air setting. Staff overall the ship was really helpful and nice. Embarkation and Disembarkation in Venice was smooth, to get offthe boat we opted to carry our own luggage which saves tremendous time. Tendering process in Kotor/Montenegro and Santorini was also smooth. Our favourite port is Santorine, its a must, perfect views and so relaxing just to hang out in a nice cafe in Fira. Athens was also nice, we never booka guided tour, in Athens we took the Hop-on Hop-off bus, which is waiting right at he port and took the 3 hours tour. After the tour we had lunch in Athens, a walk in old town and then took the bus back to the port. In Katakolon we did not take atour to Olympia, just walked across the little town, nice bars and cafes along the seaside. Then walked to the little beach (which is not really nice and well kept, but at least has a bar and showers) for a swim. Kotor in Montenegro was also a nice stop, comparable to Dubrovnik, nice small streets to stroll around. Entertainment program was really first class, we loved most of the shows and the entertainers in the bars were one of the best we have seen on ships. One minor issue on the public decks: Nobody cares on the towel policy, people start reservibfg deckchairs as from 6 am and nobody cares. I saw people asking the "Pool Butlers" for help and after compalins they removed towels. Once I did it by myself for an older couple looking for deckchairs. The two chairs next to us were reserved for 5 hours, nobody came. I think this policy has to be executed. Overall, Celebrity did not disappoint, beside the Soot Problems the Cruise was fantastic. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2014
Just returned from 7 nights on Silhouette eastern Med. and Greece sailing myself and DH. The overall experience was of course very good. We arrived in Venice 3 days before embarkation. Non-stop from Philadelphia on USAir. Slept all the ... Read More
Just returned from 7 nights on Silhouette eastern Med. and Greece sailing myself and DH. The overall experience was of course very good. We arrived in Venice 3 days before embarkation. Non-stop from Philadelphia on USAir. Slept all the way so we were feeling refreshed and ready to go. We were staying at the Papadopoli Hotel which is right across a foot bridge from the bus station. I highly recommend this hotel if only for the location and ease of getting around. You can get a very good rate including breakfast if you look around various websites and book early. The bus cost 6 euro each left almost immediately after we boarded and were were in Venice within 30 minutes. A quick 2 minute walk across a foot bridge with wheelchair / luggage ramp was very easy. Check in was smooth although the attitude of the 2 gentlemen at the front desk could have been more pleasant. We enjoyed a lot of what there is to see and do in Venice but I'm sure we could have done alot more. Went to the Doges Palace which was spectacular and loved sitting in St. Marks square with the most fabulous ice cream concoction I've ever had. Missed going inside of the Basilica. We didn't buy a ticket before hand and the line was an hour and a half long. That day was sunny and hot, hot, hot . Ate in some good places and some not so good places. Can't remember their names but non were memorable, I'm afraid. On embarkation day we simply walked back over the foot bridge to the People Mover which is right at the bus station and that took us directly to the cruise port. One problem here. Bad signage as you get off the People Mover. No one directing where to go and so we just started walking towards the ship. We did pass a group of people waiting for something perhaps a shuttle but we saw no signs as to what they were waiting for so we just kept trudging. Took about 10 minutes to walk. Here's where it gets disappointing. We are Elite and were quickly checked in but given a number 6 to board. We didn't understand why such a high number but we soon found out. The Zeniths, suites, Aqua and Concierge board first then the Elite plus and then Elites board along with all the other Captain's Club members. We had to wait about 30 minutes after boarding began. I guess we're not so special anymore. Maybe it's always been this way. Maybe it was because there were a lot of passengers. But we started to get the feeling that the almighty dollar is how Celebrity measures status now. No biggie, we were so excited about the cruise it really didn't matter at that point. We carried our swimsuits with us and so after a mediocre lunch in the buffet we found a cozy spot by the pool to look out over beautiful Venice and get some sun. Our bags arrived quite quickly to our balcony room # 8289 which was very nice except for the overhead storage. That was a bit inconvenient. The bathroom was great. Large and roomy with a largish shower with double doors. No more sticky shower curtain, yay! All of the staff seemed genuinely happy and went out of their way to assist in any way at all. Our room steward Gleno was a gem. Sailing out of Venice was just beautiful. Hard to describe the experience but everyone should do it once. We booked Qsine that night because of the first night 30% discount. (What happened to half price?) We both had the included classic drink package and I found that the Benziger chardonnay was just fine. DH mostly beer or rum and coke with an occasional martini so the classic was sufficient. Until we found the Molecular and Martini Bars. DH wasn't interested but I wanted to try some schmancy drinks so I upgraded on the 3rd night for $51.00 and was glad I did. Tried some really great drinks, hic. Our first stop was Dubrovnik. We found a taxi at the pier with the best driver in the city. We were so enthralled by listening to his knowledge of his country that we forgot to get his name. He took us to the top of the mountain overlooking the city. The view was spectacular and our driver was very informative with a great sense of humor, too. He dropped us off at the old city where we thought about walking the wall but it was about 90 degrees that day so we just walked around and bought a couple of things including a disposable camera. DH dropped my good camera on deck that day and it was not repairable. I used my Iphone from then on. Let me say we thought that besides our driver most of the locals seemed like they didn't like tourists. A waiter where we stopped for drinks said to me (while my DH was in the restroom),"Are you American?" But the distaste with which he said that was obvious. I said jokingly "yes we are, we're horrible American tourists". To which he responded "I thought so." Jerk. Everything was super expensive. They have a short tourist season and they jack everything up during that time. Next sea day we spent in one of the Alcoves. I had prereserved it on line and after seeing them in person we kinda had second thoughts but there was nowhere to sit by the pool (chair hogs) so we used that as our base for the day. I have to say the service was spotty. About 11am we decided to have a couple of bloody mary's so we called our attendant who quickly forgot about us. After watching her move around the deck for 30 minutes I finally went over and asked about our drinks, "Oh I forgot!" No biggie, it happens. But the same thing happened with our afternoon attendant. After 30 minutes, "Oh I forgot!" We enjoyed the peace and quiet, but we don't think we'll do the Alcoves again. At $149 for a sea day we'll just hunt down some deck chairs next time. Our only ship's tour was Ephesus. It certainly rivals other ancient cities we've seen. Just spectacular and a must see. Our tour guide was delightful if not quite understandable. But we got the gist. Later we walked thru the bazaar near the ship and found a lot of shopkeepers are related,lol. Each shop I bought something they'd send me next door to their brother or cousin, it was really funny. I bought a small "Turkish" rug from a delightful shop keeper who looked exactly like Robert Di niro. I guess he felt bad that he probably over-charged me (I didn't care he was such a hoot!) so he gave me another one for free as we walked out. We've been to Kusadasi before and the people are just the nicest, friendliest we've ever met. 2nd sea day was another formal night and we went to Muranos. The service was wonderful if not the lobster. It was the same lobster they probably were serving in the MDR with a so-so sauce on it. I found my favorite wine by the glass Mer Soleil in Murano at 20.00 each. That made the dinner superb. Only problem is no one in any of the bars was willing to try to serve me a glass after that. I guess they wanted me to buy the bottle at 75.00 ($60.00 with discount). But the math didn't add up. I would have spent $12.00 for 4 glasses or $60.00 for a bottle. So back to classic package wine. Went in the Wine Cellar once but the attendant was kind of snooty and all I wanted was Mer Soleil which he sniffed that he had never heard of it. Never went back there. It used to be if we saw an envelope on our door it was an invitation to the Captain's table or a special event. Now it's just advertisements for jewelry or some other way of giving them more money. Didn't expect that from Celebrity. Kinda cheesy. We had been to Mykonos before so we just walked along the shore and stopped for coffee since we had to be back to the ship early. Mykonos was surprisingly low cost so we bought some doo-dads their such as olives, olive oil and olive soap. We like olives, can ya tell? Corfu was our next and last stop. We took a bus to the Fort where I had an iced coffee in the shade while DH climbed to the top. He said the view was beautiful. Then back to town where we just walked along the esplanade (another blistering hot day) and stopped for a drink, then Caught the ship's shuttle back to the ship. $10.00 each way. Last sea day got up early got our chairs by the pool and never left until lunch time. The pool police were out in force that day and we were glad as we watched people put down their stuff and never come back. One thing that the ship is missing is a children's pool. Kids took over both pools every day. Two kids were throwing a ball back and forth all week and no one told them to stop. It was annoying to say the least. We kind of expected a lot of kids but didn't know they wouldn't have their own pool. We ran into a brief but powerful storm late afternoon. Captain came on the PA to reassure the passengers that we would sail through it quickly and that the ship could handle this, and it did beautifully. Noticed by the last day that the staff were not as perky and eager as the first day. But neither were we,. The last day is always the saddest. The Silhouette is a beautiful work of art in itself. The designing and engineering that went into it is phenomenal. We never felt crowded, except at those chaotic $10.00 sales which I tried to stay away from but couldn't. So in a nut shell, the ship was lovely, the staff were great and the food good if not great like it used to be. Entertainment was hit and miss. They had a really fun party out by the pool one night with the band Soul playing great dance music. That was our favorite band. The female singer could sing anything really well. This was our 40th cruise and we were celebrating our 30th anniversary so we'll never forget this one. Now we have to find a place that still develops film for that 20euro disposable camera we bought in Dibrovnik, lol.   Read Less
Sail Date: August 2014
This was the second year in a row that my wife and I chose a summer cruise in Europe. We wanted some beaches this year, and Celebrity had the best itinerary for us. In particular the fact that Venice was the start point was the top selling ... Read More
This was the second year in a row that my wife and I chose a summer cruise in Europe. We wanted some beaches this year, and Celebrity had the best itinerary for us. In particular the fact that Venice was the start point was the top selling point We flew into Venice on Thursday overnight into Friday and spent two glorious days at the Bosco Venezia. As advertised it was close to the main sites without being too crowded. I was surprised by the fact that the gondolas were so cheesy (our gondolier rudely informed us that they only sing in the movies and he seemed disinterested otherwise). Nevertheless it was a beautiful city with much to offer. We embarked on Sunday. You must definitely use a water taxi to the port, as it was extremely easy and convenient. Embarkation was excellent , and the view leaving Venice was awesome. As far as the ship was concerned, it was somewhat lesser than Royal Carribean in two areas. One was the lack of friendliness in the room stewards. We have always made friends with the stewards on prior RC sailings, but the steward was either very shy or not interested in interacting. The other issue was the constant badgering for jewelry sales almost everywhere you went. We also thought the $500 watch giveaway was fixed, as the person who picked the name picked her own relative. There were many pluses as well. Two of the best shows I have ever seen on land or sea were the magician Gary Allan and the twisted pianist John Courtnay. They also had a comedian in the midnight show who used to open for George Carlin. In particular the activities manager Maria worked so hard and was the best I have seen at her particular job. We also had an inside cabin that was quite spacious and well designed in every way. The food was top notch and the buffet was well above average. The solarium was pleasant and there were many fine amenities throughout the ship. We had four ports and only did one tour, that in Ephesus Turkey. The ruins were a sight to behold and quite incredible. If the tour had ended there, it would have been five stars. Unfortunately, the tour continued at a "theme park" that was merely an excuse to sell the tour operator's crap. We bagged out of the carpet making demonstration at the end, and we were told by others it was also used to peddle souvenirs. Mykonos and Corfu were both excellent. We took a taxi to Paradise Beach in Mykonos, but we had to leave before the party started. We rented a car in Corfu and drove to two beaches on the other side of the island. They were world class. Dubrovnik was a nice little port town with beautiful views and easy walks. I strongly recommend not taking any beach tours as you can save a lot of money doing it yourself. We disembarked in Venice and the transition was seamless. We are very glad we chose this cruise.   Read Less
Celebrity Silhouette Ratings
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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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