We just spent 23 days on the Celebrity's Silhouette doing a cruise to the Holy Land and then a Transatlantic which ended in Bayonne. For the first leg of the cruise we had a cabin in the aft. Our balcony on the 6th floor had a blue deck in front of it that crew walked on while we were in port. There are no aft elevators and getting around make it difficult. The decor of the ship is very sterile in its feel. The art work looks like something that little thought was given to. It does not blend or have a theme, except as they say, "silhouettes." The staff was wonderful, but the food could have been better. Sometimes it was a better choice to eat in the buffet than the main dining room. The specialty restaurants have an up charge of $40 per person. They too think too highly of themselves. I have to say that the Lawn Grill was nice, fun and a little different in concept. It is outside, so if the weather is bad it won't be fun. They have two places with only $5 up charges. I would recommend the Bistro on Five. They give you choices and can make changes to the standard fare. The Porch on the other hand charges you $5 and all the paninis are pre-made. The cabins are lacking drawer space. They also seem smaller than previous Balcony cabins we've had. The sink is very small and the "fancy" faucet sprays all over. There is also no place to hang items you wish to wash by hand. Celebrity treats B2B cruises as two separate cruises, so doing on line check-in and booking excursions was a pain. We had to change cabins for the crossing and there were not enough hanging racks so our cabin steward had to carry our clothes by hand.I was disappointed in the activities that they had for the crossing. There was no bridge lecturer or movies during the day. The crossing was rough, but the Captain was wonderful in keeping us out of what could have been awful.
When we finally got to Bayonne, disembarkation was a mess. The ship was supposed to arrive at 3:00 a.m. to begin the clearance process. We did not dock until nearly 8:00. Dock workers said it was because Celebrity didn't want to pay "overtime" to workers to start unloading the ship at 7:00. Our time to disembark was scheduled for 8:00, we did not get off the ship until nearly 10:00. Luckily we live in NJ and did not have to catch a plane. I have a feeling some people were not as lucky. I really like Celebrity, but I have to say this was not my best experience with them.