New Ship Alert: Celebrity Silhouette

July 19, 2011 | By | 7 Comments

The grass looks lush, and we’re ready to sail. We’re speaking, of course, about the Lawn Club on the 122,000-ton, 2,884-passenger Celebrity Silhouette. Celebrity’s fourth Solstice-class ship will be christened on Thursday in Hamburg, and we’ll be filing live reports from the naming ceremony and two-night preview sailing.

While Silhouette reminds us of its sisters (okay, the resemblance is eerie), there are a number of major renovations, the biggest of which is to the now-iconic Lawn Club.
Gone from the at-sea greenery is the Corning Glass Museum and the Hot Glass Show, a (free) fan favorite on Silhouette’s three sisters. The line’s traded glass for grub, and the Lawn Club Grill, a $30-per-person venue billed as an “interactive dining experience,” has supplanted the show.
Eight private cabanas, called “The Alcoves,” will occupy prime Lawn Club real estate on Silhouette. The Alcoves will be available for full-day rentals ($99 per day on port days, $149 on sea days). The alcoves are Wi-Fi enabled (fee applies), and passengers will receive a handful of included amenities (an iPad, fruit, chilled towels, bottled water, mini-fans) and have the option to order extra-fee picnic baskets and beverages for delivery.
Smaller touches include the addition of eight hammocks and a pair of oversized Adirondack chairs. Let the hammock-hogging commence.
So why mess with a legend? We’ll find out later this week; stay tuned for photos and anecdotes from Silhouette.
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    7 Responses to “New Ship Alert: Celebrity Silhouette”

    1. arthur loev
      July 20th, 2011 @ 10:06 am

      WILL BE VERY INTERESTED IN THE SHIP AS WE ARE BOOKED ON A NOVEMBER CRUISE FOR 12 DAYS. i am sorry that they decided to not continue the glass blowing exhibit– it is so interesting and always so very crowded. {we have seen it on the Equinox three times. Seems they did away with it for a money making restaurant.

    2. Ron
      July 20th, 2011 @ 8:39 pm

      We are booked on the Silhouette in December and find the substitution of a free glassblowing event with a make your own “creative” meal experience a loser…………..I make my own meal every night why would I want to to that and pay $30PP extra to do that on a vacation cruise?? Makes no sense to me but I’m sure some people will love learning how to cook something “fantastic”. We were on the Eurodam last year and experience HAL efforts to add $$cabanas to their lines……….Did not see one occupied the entire 10 day trip and their presence just used up a lot of space that was once available to all passengers to at least walk through.

    3. Scott Lara
      July 20th, 2011 @ 9:08 pm

      Another winner from Celebrity!

      Looking forward to the “grilling” experience!

      Scott Lara
      @scottlara1961 on Twitter

    4. EJ
      July 20th, 2011 @ 10:08 pm

      I understand that the $30.00 includes beer and wine with dinner, under the stars. Not to shabby to me.

    5. Cruise Critic
      July 21st, 2011 @ 2:45 am

      @EJ, had not heard that the $30 includes booze (though if you do the grillin’, you *will* get a keepsake apron). The media group is set to dine there Friday night, so stay tuned for a full report.

      Dan Askin
      News Editor

    6. PandA
      July 21st, 2011 @ 4:04 am

      We’re joining her on Saturday, looking forward to your updates!

    7. thomas wrenn
      July 24th, 2011 @ 3:57 pm

      My wife and I are booked on the Silouette in November, I’m looking forward to Grilling and drinking craft beer(s).

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