We have sailed over twenty times on various cruise lines. Our favorites are Celebrity and Royal Caribbean. We decided on the Silhouette as we have sailed on many other Celebrity ships, but this was our first time on the Silhouette.
Check in and boarding the ship was easy- very efficient. We arrived at the terminal around 11AM registered and were handed our room key card and took our boarding picture. We were onboard about noon. Our first action item was making dinner reservations. We booked the all inclusive unlimited specialty dining package . Having previously sailed on celebrity in both Aqua Class, suites and C Class, we opted for CC class which was much cheaper then a suite or Aqua Class and decided that the food in all of the speciality dining rooms was significantly better then the main or AQ dining rooms. We then had lunch in Bistro on Five as we always do on boarding day. Since we also had the unlimited drinking package, and upgraded it- we were able to enjoy wine and specialty coffee with our meals. Our cabin was on deck 10. Near the elevator with an extended balcony. We had another cruise after the silhouette so we had 4 pieces of luggage and lots of clothes. No problem with storage, as we had a very large storage cabinet above our bed. The clothes closet was also a good size and we were able to hang our shoe storage holder. After we unpacked we were able to store our suitcases under the bed. The room, albeit not large was adequate. The bathroom had ample storage. The furnishings were the same as the reflection and other solstice class ships we had previously sailed on.
Our cabin steward , Belinda did a very good job keeping our cabin neat and clean. We truly enjoyed the adult pool area . We rented an alcove for the week and it was wonderful. No worrying about chair hogs or having our towels removed if we were gone from our seat for more then 1/2 hour. We had very comfortable seating and butler service at the Alcove. The butler brought us drinks, lunch and if we desired, fruit and cheese platters. Since we had been to the islands many times before, we loved enjoying the peace and quiet on the ship during port days. While we did spend money to rent the Alcoves, the cost of typical shore excursions was more then the Alcove rentals.
We loved the lawn grill- our favorite restaurant! They have a nice salad bar. The appetizer can be a flatbread pizza with the toppings of your choice. You can, if you desire assist in the food preperation, but it isn't mandatory. The main course had a great selection of good steaks prepared on a barbecue style on an open grill, chops, fish and chicken dishes. Side dishes were lobster macoroni and typical steak house favorites. Qsine is also great! The serving of the food was a show. The food was also great served tapas style. You order it on an ipad. Murano's is the fanciest of the restaurants, over the top french restaurant. Tuscan grill is an steak house-Italian style. The restaurant has a wonderful view-the best on the ship. Food also very good. Service in all venues was great.
The Martini and Molecular bars are not to be missed. They are superior to all other cruise line bars. Drinks excellent and the preparation a floor show! Shopping on the ship was okay- not great- but we did manage to make a purchase in the Jewelry store! The hair salon did a very good job on my hair. We didn't opt for any other spa services. The art auctions were not "my cup of tea" and the vendors very agressive. We enjoyed the main shows, but a hand paperbag puppet act dissappointing. The comedy show was very good. We also missed the Acapala singers. They were something we truly looked forward to-but they were missing on this ship :--( and not replaced by other entertainment. We used to enjoy sitting in Cafe Bacci and hearing them perform daily. Overall the entertainment was okay.
The service in all areas was superior to most other cruise lines. Staff friendly and the captain was very funny and very visable. Overall a great cruise and a beautiful ship! Have rebooked it again for the spring!!