Sailed on the Celebrity Silhouette November 30 - December 12, 2011. We were a group of 12 between 55 and 65. For several in our group this was their first cruise, for others of us this was our seventh cruise. For all of us the first time on Celebrity Silhouette. A great time had by all.
We left from Bayonne, NJ. We came from different parts of the country so the day before we stayed at the Wyndam, Newark. There we could park our car for the duration of the cruise. We booked thru stay123.com. We got a shuttle to the cruiseport 20 minutes away. This was the easiest getting on and off the ship I ever experienced.
Personally my husband and I felt we didn't enjoy the layout of this ship as much as other smaller ships we have been on. I liked the idea of the indoor solarium and the hot tubs were very nice. Entertainment was good and they switched the entertainers mid cruise so we had a nice variety of performers.
We went to Qusine Specialty Restaurant the second night because they offered a 25% discount after watching at A Taste of Silhouette cooking demo, otherwise we never would have paid $40 each. We ate at Bistro at Five crepe restaurant. well worth the $5. We did three wine events. Wine Appreciation 101 was a waste of money. We enjoyed the Riedel Comparative Crystal - wine really does taste different in different shaped glasses. The Art of Food and Wine Pairing was good also. The Martini with Flair Bartenders was very entertaining.
All in all we had a great time but Celebrity would not be my first choice next time unless the itinerary was exactly what I wanted.