Celebrity Silhouette is a beautiful new addition to the Solstice class. This was our third trip on Celebrity but the first in about six years. Things have changed.
On the positive side, we were very impressed with the ship. The design is inspired and delights in almost every detail except the Main Dining Room (more later). Service was excellent throughout. The entertainment on board exceeded expectations in both quality and quantity and was the highlight of the cruise for us. This includes the main showroom but also the many acts that appeared in smaller venues. Acapella singers, solo guitarist, pool band, and jazz quartet were all outstanding. The Oceanview Cafe (main buffet) and the Aqua Spa Cafe were excellent.
Now the big minus. Our first Celebrity cruise was about a dozen years ago on the now retired Mercury. At the time, Celebrity touted its Chef Michel Roux led cuisine. Even many cruises later, we still believe the food served in Mercury's Main Dining Room was the best ever. That is why writing about Silhouette's MDR is so painful. First, the room is the exception to the inspired design throughout the rest of the ship. I suspect they were going for a contemporary look but the bland, solid off-white decor loses the elegance seen in most other MDR's. Service is ok but lacks the crispness seen on other premium lines. The food is the biggest let down. Uninspired menus, uneven presentation, lower grades of meat, and substandard execution in the kitchen was the norm. The china in the MDR is now a pattern-less solid white. I remember from earlier trips the fine china with Celebrity's logo that the waiters took pains to place properly at due north.
No, nothing was terrible, just a major change from our previous Celebrity experiences. And, I believe I know the answer.
There are five up charge dining alternatives on board. I'm afraid the MDR is now the dining choice for second class passengers. If you want the previous level of food service, I guess you pay up.
On balance, we enjoyed the cruise. In fact, in twenty cruises we have learned most cruises are enjoyable and that every cruise line excels in certain areas. It is a shame that the fine MDR experience that set Celebrity apart is no longer.