We (me, husband & 16 yr old son) sailed on The silhouette on July 5th 2012 from Venice to Rome and had a wonderful 2nd cruise with Celebrity - we're already looking to book next year on 'Reflection'and wish we'd started 'cruising' long before now; but we plan to make up for lost time!
To families thinking about cruising - worried about the 'age group' on board, worried about your teenagers being bored, worried about feeling 'crowded' - we worried needlessly about all of those things & more but are now 'converted'. The age groups on board range from young honeymooners to Grandparents with an even spread through the generations. Their were around 50 teenagers in the 15 - 17 year age group on board and they all had a ball. At no point (even on At Sea days did we feel 'crowded') Everything about The Silhouette exceeds expectations.
Our Concierge class cabin on Deck 11(Aft) was ample room for the 3 of us thanks to lots of clever storeage space we were able to unpack fully & store 3 cases under the 'king size bed'. Our teenager was very comfortable on the sofa bed.
Our balcony was deeper than we'd expected and we could all sit out comfortably, breakfast was a bit of a tight squeeze for table space but doable.
The view is unobstucted and privacy between balconies is excellent. Our 'concierge' was excellent and kept the cabin immaculate at all times.
I'd recommend the 'fixed time' dining option (we did the early sitting); our table on the main floor of the restaurant was perfect, hidden away in a corner by a window; our 'staff' were absolutely superb and 'added to our enjoyment' of our holiday. The food was very good, the menu changes daily and the portions are generous. We'd recommend The Tuscan Grill for excellent steaks, relaxed atmosphere, great views and lovely staff. Murano is superb - it's really the only 'fine dining' option and some may find it a tad formal. Both are worth every penny of the supplement. Bistro on Five is super value at $5 a head and a quiet spot for a nice lunch. Qzine was not for us - altho' quirky, creative, great staff, we found the food lacking in quality.
The entertainment on board is varied, enjoyable and something for all age groups & tastes. Our 16 year old son made full use of the X Club and had a ball at Discos, Pool Parties, Dodge Ball, Table Tennis, Karaoke & loads more.
He's in touch (on-line) with 28 other teenagers from all over the world who enjoyed themselves so much they had a 'video conference call' the weekend after the cruise ended - fabulous! My husband & I enjoyed The Sunset Bar - spectacular views of an evening, we went dancing in Sky on 14, laughed out loud at 'Dancing with the Stripes' (Officers & passengers), enjoyed the spectacle of the Rock n Roll night on the Pool Deck and saw all the theatre shows. Father & Son took part in the 'quiz programme' and thoroughly enjoyed the daily gathering of like minded trivia enthusiasts. There's an activity for all ages & tastes, but I most enjoyed simply sitting on the balcony mesmerised by the 'sea' and was lucky enough to see Dolphins while sailing to Malta. Fabulous.