Cruise lines invariably seem to charge a bit more for holiday period cruises, and I'd always wondered whether it was a matter of raising prices during high-demand periods, or whether some meaningful extras were included. The answer is: A little of both are true.
The Silhouette - a beautiful ship in every regard - was dazzling when decked out with Christmas trees and holiday lighting. The New Year parties weren't that different from normal cruise dare, plus the usual party favors (and by the way, if you want to create a relaxing cruise, children and noisemakers don't mix).
In typical Celebrity fashion, the food onboard, from the MDR to the snack outlets - was really very good in terms of variety, quality and presentation. We found no reason to seek out the specialty restaurants. The music was good and varied as well, and we especially enjoy visiting Labadee, Haiti, Royal Caribbean's private area. The beaches there are amazing.
We felt that the service was exceptional, even for Celebrity. Are the best employees selected to go on the newest ships, or were we just lucky? Either way, from waiters, desk staff, barman and room stewards to Captain's Club Hostess Tanushka d'Souza, everyone was a cut above. That's saying something too: We think Celebrity as a whole provides exceptional service on its vessels.
Would we book another holiday season cruise? Maybe, if the price was right and the itinerary suited, but we wouldn't necessarily go out of our way to do so. It was lovely, but we've 'been there, done that' now.