Our transatlantic crossing on Celebrity Silhouette was a first, both for the transatlanic, and as first timers on Celebrity. The Silhouette is a beautiful ship with modern appointments, which I loved. The overall open design and white decor was refreshing and lent itself to relaxation. The quiet spaces, like the library and the Hide-away were very pleasant; and the Martini Bar was incredibly lively and fun. We also loved the Sky lounge. I can't comment on the pool and outside areas as the weather was not conducive to swimming or hanging out on the lawn, though these areas were very attractive when we walked through. Lots of people enjoyed the indoor pool area. It was nice, and we did enjoy some hot tub time. We had 6 At Sea days, so the quality of our surroundings was extremely important. Celebrity did not disappoint.
We found the stateroom disappointing due to the small size of the basic storage areas. There were 2 large over the bed compartments, but I'll be darned if I know what would be conveniently stored there! I particularly disliked the 'sofa', and would prefer 2 chairs instead. The sofa was hard as a rock and the back rest straight, hard, and generally like a cheap daybed. There was no other place to sit in the room and it was hard to move around...even for small people such as ourselves. The veranda was small, but adequate and clean. The furniture was very nice. Too bad it was a tad too cold out in the Atlantic to spend much time on it.
The evening entertainment was OK. Daytime activities were lively and well rounded. My favorites turned out to be the talks provided by the former White House staffer and the Art historian who provided tremendous insights for the European masters that were ahead of us in our ports of call. The action at the Martini Bar was outstanding, particularly the tasting session where the bar tenders knocked our socks off with incredible juggling and mixing tricks. Another great venue is the Cellar Master, where you can sample a wide variety of good wines, tailored to your tastes and budget. This was a fine replacement for the piano bar, which we missed.
Food on Silhouette was very good. We mostly dined in the MDR and buffet, but also had a note worthy dinner at Murano. Food and service everywhere was fine and good. Do try the Bistro for a brunch alternative. At $5 pp, it is a delightful venue with an interesting menu of crepes to please anyone.
We used Celebrity for 2 shore excursions, and both were fine. We tend to make our own arrangements, or go it on our own, but the trips we booked were fair priced, reliable and smooth running.
Two noteworthy events:
The Captain very graciously presented 2 one hour discussions regarding the ship and navigation. He was charming, informative, and seemed to genuinely welcome our suggestions and questions. This really added a sense of connection to Celebrity that I did not expect.
One evening, after a long day on shore, we just wanted to hand out in our stateroom, have a few drinks and nibbles, but couldn't find anything appealing on the room service menu. We wanted a cheese plate, with crackers and tidbits. We asked our room steward, who arranged it with the supervisor, and voila! an acceptable cheese platter for 2. Very nice, thanks a lot. BTW, we did pay for concierge class, so I guess this was a benefit.
All up, we thoroughly enjoyed this cruise and will certainly keep Celebrity on our list of desirable cruise lines.