My wife and I cruised March 9-16, 2014 on the Celebrity Silhouette with our 16 year old son on a Western Caribbean cruise. It was our fourth time sailing with Celebrity. We had cruised on the Celebrity Solstice in 2011, the refurbished Celebrity Summit in 2012 and the Celebrity Reflection in 2013. We had high expectations before going and this cruise was our best ever.
Embarkation: We arrived at the Port Everglades at 11:00 am and the check-in process was smooth and efficient. We were unable to preregister online because of a technical glitch and we were still on the ship in 30 minutes.
Ship: The Celebrity Silhouette is an ultra-chic, state-of-the-art ship that incorporates elegance, functionality and a touch of class on every level. It is well laid-out. The food is at the aft or back (the Grand Cuvée Main Dining Room on the 3rd and 4th level, the Tuscan Grille, Blu, Qsine and Murano on the 5th level, the Oceanview Café on the 14th level), the money is in the middle (shops, art gallery and casino) and the entertainment is at the front (Silhouette Theater on the 4th and 5th deck, Celebrity Central on the 4th level).
On the 5th level, you’ll find the Bistro on Five, Gelateria and Café al Bacio, which turned out to one of our favorite spots to enjoy a specialty coffee and a treat. You enjoy Apple devices on deck 6 in the Celebrity iLounge. On the 7th level, you can enjoy the main Hideaway lounge, a great place to grab another cup of coffee and read and relax. While on the 9th level, you can get a chance to play on the electronic games in the Card Room. You can also unwind in the Library on the 10th deck.
Moving to the 12th level, you can locate the Fitness Centre at the front of the ship. While on the ship, you probably spend part of your days on the 14th deck enjoying the pools, eating in the Oceanview Café or having a drink in the Sky Observation Lounge. A great place to enjoy the sail away is on the 15th deck at the Sunset Bar.
Staff: Captain Emmanouli Aleropoulos and his entire staff are to be commended on an outstanding cruise experience. Captain Aleropoulos participated in Liar’s Club game in the Silhouette Theatre and proved to have a good sense of pronunciation and humor.
Overall, the staff was friendly, professional and accommodating. They created an outstanding cruise environment.
We wanted to point out the outstanding work of the team of professional photographers on the Celebrity Silhouette. They did an excellent job of capturing our vacation memories. We would recommend that you buy a CD of your pictures at the end of your cruise.
Food: From the Oceanview Café to the Grand Cuvée Main Dining Room, the food was excellent. For breakfast, we ate primarily in the Oceanview Café. There were plenty of choices at breakfast every morning. There was also fresh fruit and an omelet bar for breakfast.
There were also several stations set up to allow for the flow of people in the Oceanview Café. There was a Mexican station, a Carving station, an Indian Stir Fry station, a Pasta station and a Pizza Station.
Our waiter was Marsha and her assistant was Maria in the MDR. Both were outstanding and took excellent care of us. Marsha and Maria were known as M&M and they were a joy to deal with and are to be commended on their excellent work.
On Tuesday, we ate in The Tuscan Grille and our meals were simply amazing. My son and I ate the filet mignon and my wife had the rib eye steak. It you enjoy an excellent meal in a classy and elegant environment, you need to try the Tuscan Grille. The Tuscan Grille is well worth the $35 charge per person.
We ate breakfast in the Bistro on Five on Wednesday. The waitress was outstanding and we thoroughly enjoyed our crepes.
We also grabbed a cheeseburger at the Mast Grill most afternoons during the week and we thoroughly enjoyed eating outside.
Cabin: Our cabin was 7272 and located midship on the starboard side on deck 7, just around the corner from the Hideaway Lounge and the elevators. The bed was comfortable, there was plenty of storage space and the room was well designed. We enjoyed sitting on our balcony, reading a book and looking out at the beautiful, blue ocean.
Entertainment: Our cruise director Patti Honacki was visible, interacted with the passengers in the Entertainment Court after all the shows, and did an excellent job of emceeing and introducing the acts all week. Patti was the best cruise director we have had the pleasure of sailing with. Activity Director Pete was also fun-loving and made an excellent team with Patti.
The best production of the week was Silhouette-The Show, which features amazing acrobats performing Cirque du Soleil-like moves, spectacular singers and talented jugglers in a high-energy show in the Silhouette Theater.
Delisco, the winner of E! Network TV series The Entertainer, was also excellent. He performed songs made famous by Stevie Wonder, Sammy Davis Jr., Michael Jackson, Lionel Ritchie and several other stars.
The show Broadway Nights, which was a tribute to Broadway, featured songs from Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Footloose, West Side Story, and Mamma Mia. Velocity was another spectacular production featuring the hottest music and dance of our time with a touch of Cirque du Soleil mixed in for good measure.
It’s impressive to think that the Celebrity performers put on three different productions, Silhouette-The Show, Broadway Nights and Velocity, and did an excellent job with each performance.
Kyle Knight and his wife Mistie brought a touch of Vegas to the Silhouette with their illusions and magic show.
Ports of Call: This Western Caribbean cruise had excellent ports of call. Our first port was Cozumel, Mexico and we just got off the ship and walked around. We did some sightseeing, shopping and returned to the ship.
The next port was Grand Cayman and we had to take a tender to get off the ship. I would recommend that you line up early to avoid the line-ups that occur if you disembark later. They issue tickets to facilitate disembarkation. We had ticket number 8 and we were off the ship by 10:05 am after arriving around 9:45 am. Another guest at our table in the MDR had ticket number 28 and waited over an hour to hear their number called.
While in Jamaica, we booked a shore excursion through the ship called The Best of Jamaica. It featured a trip to climb Dunn’s River Falls, a shopping trip, an authentic Jamaican lunch of jerk chicken and pork, time at Shaw beach and a boat cruise. It was a great way to see Jamaica for the first time.
The best day of our cruise was our father-son excursion in Labadee, Haiti. We each rented a SeaDoo wave runner and had a blast zipping around the coastline. It made for a great day and was the highlight of our cruise!
Disembarkation: It was well-organized and although the lines were long, they flowed well.
Overall, we went on this holiday with high expectations and we had an amazing time. Based on the food, the entertainment, the ports of call and the overall high level of service, this vacation was our best cruise ever.