We sailed on the Celeb Silhouette on the 4th Sept from Venice, which is an amazing and unique port and I highly recommend anyone to visit this beautiful city and began our tour of the Med taking in some gorgeous ports such as Dubrivnic, Montinegro, Sicily, Malta.. And also some not so nice ones (Corfu, Slovenia)..
The Silhouette is marketed as a 5 star cruise liner, but unfortunately it is not. Yes it is immaculately clean and very efficiantly run, but it really has no wow factor whatsoever, in fact I would go as far to say as it is the most boring and lifeless ship I have ever been on. The entertainment is completely awful, and most of the time non existent. Where is the beautiful classical music that Celeb used to have? Instead you are subjected to the same butlins style caberet band all day and all night churning out the same middle of the road pop songs. There is a classical duo who play in Michaels Bar, which doesn't feel like a bar at all, its more like a waiting area for the speciality (Pay Extra For) restaraunts. There is also a young lad who plays a few songs on the lawn club part of the ship. It truely is 2 star entertainment..
And then there's the food.. What can I say about that??
Well the Grand Cuvee (Main dining room), It was completely unmemorable to be honest. There was nothing wrong with it, it was ok, no lovely classical music as on other Celebrity ships, they've toned down the waiter service (ie no table scraping between courses, no toothpicks, little details that make something 5 star) and again, like everything else on this ship, no wow factor. The menu was terrible. I sat there on the first formal night, and looked at the menu for ages, and didn't fancy any of it. There is a real lack of sea food and shell fish.
And deck 14 (buffet restaraunt) Feels more lick a works canteen. The decor is really really bad, and has no luxury feel to it whatsoever. Again, no wow factor, and deffinately not 5 star. Oh, and a real lack of green vegetables.
QSine: (Speciality Pay Extra Restaraunt) We tried it hoping for a more interesting menu, and yes it was. iPad menu in a Tapas style serving. It was great food and served in a very unusual if not a bit too gimmicky way. But overall I would say the food quality in here was 5 star. But the wierd way it was served wont suit everyone. I liked it tho. I wish the food in the Grand Cuvee was as good as this. It ought to be.
Lawn club grill: (Speciality Pay Extra Restaraunt). Quite good i suppose. You are invited to get involved making a flatbread then loading it up with your own toppings. A gimmick, but at least it was a break from the Grand Cuvee or Deck 14 boredom.
The coffee on board is very rough indeed. From either the free stuff to the pay extra stuff. Non of it is any good.
The shops on board look and feel like the ones you would find on a ferry.
The cabins were ok. We had a balcony cabin, and it was nice.. The online room service thing from the TV was unavailable for more time than it was available. But the room was comfortable.
Overall it feels like this ship has been fitted out on the cheap, and the entertainment is done on the very cheap. It has come down to the level of Royal Carribean Ships or in some ways, lower.
I had a lovely holiday, the weather was great, the ports of call were great, and I had a great time with my family. But I can't honestly accredit any of that to the Celebrity Silhouette. Sorry Celeb, you have let your standards slip. And I will be trying another cruise line in future.