This is our 16th cruise and our 4th with Celebrity Cruise Line. We live on Staten Island, which is part of NYC, so we didn't need to fly in our stay in a hotel. I drove to the pier and parked the car there. Processing went quickly at the pier then we took the bus and got on board. The Silhouette is a beautiful ship, however, it does have flaws. After we got on board we went to the Ocean Grill since they didn't have the rooms prepared as yet. After we got settled I went to get the food for my wife and I. The first thing I noticed was they had many dishes with spices and curry in it. I did manage to find some things for my wife and I to eat. We ate, had dessert, then when it was time for the staterooms to open we went to ours. My wife uses a walker so it was good to have a stateroom she could just walk in without having to fold the walker. However, the room was smaller than that of the Constellation. There was not that much storage space, the closets were smaller. Who thought of putting storage space above the bed? My wife couldn't reach it. Luckily, I am taller. There is not enough storage space for people to put their clothes on a trip longer than maybe eight days. Upon walking around the ship we discovered the quiet places The Library, The Hideaway, The Card Room, The I lounge. All these places are located off the atrium which runs from deck 3 to deck 14. When there is entertainment in the lobby you lose the quiet spaces. Anything in the lobby goes throughout the atrium. The food- They brought in a new chef and bid farewell to Chef M. Roux. The new Chef is Van Staten. He ruins what could be good meals by putting spicy sauce on it. Horseradish on seafood sauce? Spicy Asian food. Ruins steaks with spices. Bring back Chef M. Roux. He made food that was really good and didn't ruin it with spicy sauces. The Mast Grill is outside. So you get your Hamburger served on a plate and have to walk with it across the deck to get back inside. When a wind comes there goes your onions, and half of your bun. If it is raining out forget about it.
Dining- All the communications with Celebrity Cruise Line had us eating at first seating. We get on the ship we have a card in our stateroom indicating we are eating at second seating. We did get moved back to first seating, but, only after a restaurant manager, Mr. Bernstein of the Lawn Club Grill, spoke to him. Dinner isn't bad in the Main Dining Room. You still have the classic menu to order off of. We did eat in the Lawn Club Grill. Food was excellent and the service was very good. I even got to participate in the preparation. Mr. Bernstein runs a good place. It was so good we celebrated my birthday there. How much more of an endorsement can you get? We also ate at the Tuscan Grille. It wasn't as nice or as good as The Lawn Grill. The service wasn't that good either. The Lawn Club Grille spoiled us. Food availability was more than on past Celebrity Cruises. You could even get a hot meal via room service.
Entertainment- The three spectacular shows weren't that spectacular. They were somewhat repetitive. The third show was the Silhouette Show named after the ship. It had no beginning, no theme that ran though the show. It also had no point. We didn't stay to see if it got better. On past cruises on Celebrity Cruise Line they had afternoon shows on the ship. They didn't this time. Also, in the past you couldn't get into the theater until fifteen minutes before curtain time. Not this time. If you weren't in the theater one hour before you didn't get a seat. Theater is too small. Also, in the past there were people from the activity staff outside the theater. Not on this cruise. They kept people out before theater opened and made sure only handicapped people sat in handicapped seating. On this past cruise anyone could sit in handicapped seating even those who weren't handicapped. Who puts a seat behind a pole? On the Silhouette there were seats directly behind a support pole. Whoever designed the theater put as much thought into it as did the one who designed the staterooms and the public areas, not much. On the Constellation it was three decks tall not two. And there are more passengers on this class of ship. The Casino I always think is the place to be. Most people go through the Casino even if they don't gamble. If you like to watch other people, this is the place to be. At all Casino games the Casino has the advantage. I've seen people yell at dice, at wheels, at slot machines. It doesn't change the outcome regardless of the game. Who knows, you may win a little money too. The dealers were pretty good as was the management. Many of the outside entertainers were good.
Shipboard activities: If you like to play BINGO there was lots of opportunities. Some of them were at not good times. There was table tennis. They had X-Boxes to play, however, no one was monitoring them. Some didn't know how they worked and what if something happened to a passenger if they got hurt playing a game? Many passengers were 50+.
Celebrity Life- Didn't go to many of these activities. Did see dancing with stripes. It was funny. Captain said one of the speakers gave incorrect information. That soured us on many speakers.
Disembarkation- Got off ship without any difficulties.
Overall, we had a decent time.