This was our first Celebrity experience and it was almost everything we expected. The Silhouette is a magnificent vessel and in its first year of operation. It is well appointed with wonderful amenities, great accommodations and a sensational, dedicated and superb staff.
Embarkation and disembarkation were a rather simple process and easily facilitated.
Staterooms on Concierge level were tastefully done and quite comfortable for 2 passengers. Luxurious bathrobes and towels were provided. Well stocked refrigerator and canapes offered daily right in the comfort of your suite. Our room attendants were accessible, not overbearing and provided all the assistance one could possibly require.
We chose this line for its itinerary. We wanted a minimum of 3 nights in Israel. Here we had 2 nights in Haifa and 2 nights in Ashdod. It allowed us a whirlwind visit to this magnificent country and an opportunity to taste of its culture(s) and complexity.
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Italy and Greece on a previous cruise and it was refreshing to return and enjoy their beauty once again.
Although this stellar ship offered so many niceties, we were extremely disappointed with the quality of the food served in the Grand Cuvee dining room. Tough steaks,tasteless chops, fish that was served overcooked, sauces that masked many of the items presented. One does get tired of sending these items back to the kitchen in the hopes that its replacement would suffice. It does spoil the experience. We were compelled on many evenings to dine in the Premium restaurants for which a service fee is charged ranging in the area of $40.00/person. In these restaurants the food was terrific. No qualms with the quality. I just don't think a ship has to offer commercial grade (think Sysco) in its main dining room while serving outstanding cuts of meat and fish in their premium restaurants. Quality should be consistent no matter where you eat. At times we took our meals on deck 14 where the buffet is offered virtually all day. One could always find something to eat. I enjoy being served especially when I am paying for it; not something you get at the buffet.
All things considered I would travel on this line again. It does have a lot going for it. Less
Celebrity Silhouette Cruises to the Eastern Mediterranean
We had contracted our own tour guide and so many fascinating cities in the northern and eastern part of Israel. Visit the Galilee, see the olive and grape fields. Visit Bahia Gardens in Haifa. Go to the grotto on the Lebanese border.
Israel is full of history. Taste it.