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The above looks as if I'm showing off. Apologies, it is not intended! Being Diamond Plus on RCCL and Elite on Princess I hope gives us an appreciation of what makes a good cruise and where to draw attention to things that work…or ... Read More
The above looks as if I'm showing off. Apologies, it is not intended! Being Diamond Plus on RCCL and Elite on Princess I hope gives us an appreciation of what makes a good cruise and where to draw attention to things that work…or don't! We flew from London on BA, perfect timing for the ship as it arrives around 11am and it's just a 45 euro taxi ride to the port. Easy! We selected Celebrity because we had heard they were a notch up from RCCL/Princess. We were given 'Elite' status due to RCCL Diamond Plus that meant there was little queuing at embarkation due to a special 'line' and probably were on the ship no more than 30 minutes after arriving at the port. First impressions are always important and it is an impressive ship, more like a contemporary hotel than a ship but first impressions were positive. Rooms were not accessible until 2pm would be the only niggle. We were booked in a Concierge stateroom and thought was narrower compared to a similar cabin on RCCL/Princess. There certainly seemed lack of wardrobe space and the couch was never used as it is in the wrong position. Leaving Venice is a 'must see' and we left on a beautiful evening and although we have done it before it never fails to amaze. Get a cabin on the left side if you want to sit on your balcony and let the views come to you without the scrummage on deck. We had booked 'select dining' and this did not work. Having just come off a Princess cruise where we would turn up and would be seated within seconds…we'll sit with anyone….this just didn't function. One line to register, another line to wait. Sorry Celebrity this is not what I wanted to experience for dining. The dining room, the two occasions we used it was far too dark with those with a 'torch ap' on their mobile phones being in demand to read the menu. I kid you not, it was that dark! Perhaps 'select dining' is planned not to work as there are plenty of 'speciality dining' options but these carry significant add ons and that's where Celebrity want to push you. I have no problem with a once in a cruise paying that bit extra but I don;t think it should be the only viable option. Naturally there was the buffet which was excellent and at 8-15 was quiet. This was our first cruise, number 72 where we have eaten in the buffet at night! Interesting to see plenty of officers and staff but the trouble with the buffet is it's all over in a matter of minutes…you eat your food and go. Not what we really wanted! The main restaurant is called Grand Cuvee. It should be Grand Queuvee We generally found the bar prices to be more expensive than Princess, perhaps by a factor of 20%. You can still get a bottle of wine on Princess for $25……Celebrity add another $10. On sea days unfortunately there is still the saving of chairs by towels and non-existent passengers. We were on the Soltice deck, reasonably quiet but still plenty of bed hogs and no 'towel police' visited the top deck. There should be NO saving of chairs. If you go to lunch…tough. It's the only way……or get enough loungers! The loungers were however much better than RCCL/Princess. More comfortable and padded and the 'beds' were brilliant. The ports were great, Kotor is lovely, Santorini a joy if you get off early and make it before the main body of passengers, Athens was busy. Olympia was interesting. We had booked a private tour, got to the ruins before the coaches and finished the day in the mountains in a monastery that few tourists would visit. Fascinating! Back to the ship. The entertainment seemed a notch higher than Princess/RCCL, the house band 'Soul' were excellent although playing in the atrium area most of the time but the atrium is busy and therefore if you really want to relax and listen to the music it's not really an option. The officers were really friendly, never seen or heard such a friendly captain. They joined in on a number of activities and that was new to see crew v passengers in a poker tournament! The ship was incredibly clean and the staff very friendly. We were able to use the sky lounge every evening as part of the 'Elite' status and there were some friendly passengers there. Complimentary drinks and snacks in a beautiful bar. My only gripe is the time, 5-7pm compared to RCCL's 8pm. I don;t want to spend more time there, but would have preferred a later option. But compared to Princess where there is not a complimentary nightly option this is a nice perk to have. Disembarkation was easy. Find it amazing that there is no passport control when you get off. This happened at Southampton 2 weeks earlier and then again at Venice. Compared to when you do a Caribbean cruise and have to sometimes endure US customs twice, it seemed the complete opposite! The BA flight back at 12 means that you can stay on the ship til 9.30 and be in plenty of time. No hanging about. Would we book Celebrity again? Yes we would. But we would certainly not do select dining and if there was the complimentary 123 promotion would take the drinks package but upgrade it for $10 a day on board. Is it a notch above RCCL…..probably yes.   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
We had always been loyal to another cruise line.. but it was becoming tired and very predictable...and so we thought that we'd try Celebrity. Wow! An amazing experience with friendly (really friendly) staff and crew, a fabulous ship ... Read More
We had always been loyal to another cruise line.. but it was becoming tired and very predictable...and so we thought that we'd try Celebrity. Wow! An amazing experience with friendly (really friendly) staff and crew, a fabulous ship (Where did they hide all of the other passengers?) and an interesting selection of ports. We have booked our next Celebrity cruise already! Venice to Venice via Turkey 23rd August 2015. The food and drink: great speciality dining, especially the Tuscan Grill and Muranos. Be warned that the wines are expensive ---but it's an amazing wine list. No problems with the other eating places that we tried: the main dining room, the deck grill and the room service food were all fine. Entertainment: we don't do shows but we really liked the two classical guitarists, the reggae band and Distrikt.One ---hey guys, I really enjoyed dancing to your music! The concierge for Michael's Club, Anca, was outstanding! A one in a million! If she's your concierge, you are so lucky! The captain was charming and so amusing. We dined with him and also met him later on on the cruise. Thanks to the officers and crew for the Cruise Critic gathering one morning. We enjoyed meeting one another and sharing memories of our cruising. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
We did a back to back boarding on Aug 10th, 2014 These were our 29th & 30th cruises (24 on Princess) and the first on Celebrity. For those reading this review I will try to make a comparison. I'm sure others have different ... Read More
We did a back to back boarding on Aug 10th, 2014 These were our 29th & 30th cruises (24 on Princess) and the first on Celebrity. For those reading this review I will try to make a comparison. I'm sure others have different opinions but theses were our feelings. Pros: 1) Beautiful ship -.loved the balcony flooring and the bathroom 2) Friendliest crew of any of our cruises - they all seemed happy and to get along well .3) Officers very visible. Loved the questions/answers with the Captain. 4) Tuscan Grill best Specialty Restaurant we've experienced. 5) The Buffet layout is easy to navigate and having a pasta station (despite the server using bare hands when the noodles were hanging over the dish edge) and ice cream station were nice. 6) Entertainment was hit and miss. Guest singers were very good but the illusionist was not as enjoyable. The welcome production show was the only one I enjoyed and neither of us cared for events that had the production crew doing "weird poses" or walking around in a "zombie" state. DH enjoyed the Silhouette aerial show but I much prefer singing and dancing. 7) The Silhouette Theater is very nice but beware of posts that block your view. Cons: 1) Food (dining room) -no special breakfast items each day...always the same menu. One day the scramble eggs were so watery that there was more water on my plate than egg. The veal cordon blue was so tough it could not be cut with a steak knife. Getting another selection was no problem. We found the breads and pastries to be dry and no where as good a selection as we have had on Princess. Frequently we had the always available Shrimp Cocktail for a starter because of the poor selection of others. Desserts were very poor especially the cobbler with a big lump of dry crumbs on the top and the Tiramisu which was a watery glob. The ministroni soup was a watered down tomato with no vegetables. Buffet- crowded and noisy with many dirty tables that sat uncleared for quite a while. 2) Turn around service when doing a back to back. Room steward was to move our clothes and just heaped them on a flat trolley despite me asking for a rolling rack. There were clothes all over the floor and one pair of slacks were totally black from being run over by the trolley wheels. 3) Room steward - here again the first cruise they were very poor- we had to asked for towels and wash clothes on several occasions because they had been removed and not replaced. It was a problem getting an ice bucket and ice. We felt had the gratuity charged to our account not been for all the ship's servers and only the room steward we would have removed it several days. 4) Only the choice of one evening entertainment show - we had become accustomed to having the choice of two different shows on Princess. 5) No dance floor- the tile floors in the atrium/foyer/lounge can not be called dance floors and we never heard live dance bands . 6) Rooms- Veranda 8268 and 8229 , we prefer the couch to be next to the sliding door rather than the bed AC/heating - in room 8268 you could not sit on the couch because the air blew directly down on you. We had to have the room steward and plumber come on several occasions because the toilet in 8229 would not flush - of course they thought I didn't know how to operate the flushing mechanism. The 3rd day the plumber did say someone on deck 10 had thrown something down the toilet and plugged all the system on the decks below that morning...once this problem was fixed the toilet worked the rest of the cruise. The couch is a nice touch vs. none in the Princess balcony cabins but it was so hard I had to bring in a deck chair if I was going to sit for any time. 7) No self service laundry 8) All the music and activities geared for a much younger than senior crowd. We had two very good cruises but preferred the ports of Santorini, Athens (our 2nd time to visit), Kotor Montenegro and Katakolon Greece on the first cruise over Dubrovnik Croatia, Ephesus Turkey (our 3rd time to visit), Mykonos Greece and Corfu Greece on the second cruise. The average age was probably in the 40-50 age group with many families with infants and small children sailing. Having been in the over 55 age group for multiple years the screaming and crying during dinner and the shows made for a real negative experience for us. There were so many non-English speaking sailing that some announcements were made in several languages and we noted some people had difficulty communicating their dining orders. It was nice to have an international mix but we never felt "at home" rather that we were always in a foreign country. We only take Ship's excursions and we were surprised that two of the 4 on the second cruise arrived back one hour late. I did ask about this and was told it was not the norm. We enjoyed them all, despite the very hot weather, except for Corfu. We had the Achilleon Palace-Perama- Old Town booked and the guide was so boring we opted to return to the ship before the Corfu walking tour (there were others that left her at that point) The bus never stopped for the photo stop in Perama to see Mouse Island- which didn't really look worthy of a stop despite the guide saying it was the number one attraction of Corfu (that helped us decide not to take her walking tour of the old city). For those that prefer to get off the ship and do their own thing make your plans before arriving, with this itinerary, based on our table mates experiences. One couple never saw much of Santorini after waiting 1 1/2 hours for the cable car, trying to unsuccessfully get a taxi for an hour, and not being able to get on the bus because they were all full. Another found they had over paid for the taxi to Ephesus based on what others paid and only had one hour to see the sight. If you are planning on getting a scooter on Mykonos several couples found they'd all been rented so book ahead and on Corfu a motorcycle license was required so check out the requirements and make arrangements before arriving at the port. Princess Captain's Circle perks are so much better than Celebrity's and giving up our Princess Elite perks makes sailing with another cruise line a hard choice but if the price, as it was for these back to back cruises, was so much better we would not hesitate to book another cruise on Celebrity but would probably plan to dine in the Tuscan Grill or the Lawn each night. For me having to pay for shore excursions before boarding vs. booking and having the charges put on the shipboard account is a real negative. I am aware that a refund can be made if you change your mind but canceling a pre-made reservation for Muranos, because of a docking time changes, resulted in an error by Miami. We were detained on boarding and required to pay $90 before they would let us board even though they had no idea why we were being charged nor did we. Apparently Miami had refunded an extra $90 to our credit card. At the pier and on the ship we were told it was for a shore excursion but after 3 days making several inquiries at guest relations they finally got word from Miami what the charge was for. Not having the choice of booking Celebrity air and paying with final payment is another major drawback. Both of these will result in my not checking for a cruise with Celebrity as my first choice.   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
My wife and I spent 4 days in Venice prior to our boarding of Silhouette; taking in the sites of Venice, Murano, Burano and Torcello! It is an awesome city, very glad to finally have gotten to see it... We had a water taxi take us to the ... Read More
My wife and I spent 4 days in Venice prior to our boarding of Silhouette; taking in the sites of Venice, Murano, Burano and Torcello! It is an awesome city, very glad to finally have gotten to see it... We had a water taxi take us to the pier around 11am and I was surprised to see that there was no porter service for our baggage, we were on our own to get them inside and on to the conveyor. Luckily, we had our Luggage tags already on each bag as I also did not see anyone there to give passengers luggage tags, there were several passengers standing around looking for luggage tags. Once we were inside the terminal, we were steered to the line for Suites and the check-in process was swift and were we on our way onto the ship within 10 minutes. There was some confusion at the Security line as they were asking for our boarding number that was to be given to us by the person that checked us in, but we were not given a number, only our Sea-Pass Cards, so they were not going to let us board. There was a Celebrity Rep nearby and she quickly resolved the issue for us. Upon boarding the ship, we were greeted by a Celebrity Rep who escorted us to Michael's Club, where we were greeted by Anca, the Celebrity Suite Host on Silhouette. I must say that having a dedicated Suite Lounge is worth it for us, it became a daily stop! We were so happy to see Cranston behind the bar in Michael's Club! Cranston was our Pool bartender on Solstice in June, 2012 for our Honeymoon and he immediately recognized us when we entered the club and even remember what our drink preferences were! We had a relaxing time waiting in Michael's Club for our room to be ready. While we waited there were reps there to help us with Specialty Dining and Shore Excursions. We met with the Dining Rep and booked a 5 night Dining Package and made our reservations for Tuscan Grille for the 1st night and subsequent reservations for Qsine, Murano & Lawn Club Grille. We then met with the Excursion Concierge who set us up for a private tour of Dubrovnik for the next day. This worked out great for us as we had not planned anything for that port and we are not fans of the group tours offered by Celebrity. At about 1:20 our Butler, Allano, joined us in the Club to escort us to our Suite. It was great getting t know Allano over our time on Silhouette and he made sure our every need was attended to! After we dropped off our carry-ons in the room, we headed to Bistro on Five for a quiet lunch and then explored the ship a bit. We then returned to Michael's Club to grab a drink before heading to our room to grab a quick nap before our Venice Sail Away. When we got to Micheal's Club upon boarding, we were given an invitation to a Sail Away Party on the Helipad, which was great! We headed to the Forward Elevators on 6, as instructed and fro, there we were escorted to the Helipad. I must say, this is a fantastic way to enjoy the transit through the Grand Canal to open water, it was a site to be seen! After the Sail Away, we retired to our Cabin to get ready for dinner at Tuscan Grille, which was timed perfectly to enjoy a beautiful Sunset. The food and Service was outstanding. Day 2 brought us an early afternoon arrival in Dubrovnik, so we ordered Breakfast from room service that was delivered and setup on our Balcony by our Butler. After breakfast, we explored the ship some more before heading to Micheal's Club to meet the Excursion Concierge for our Tour of Dubrovnik. The excursion could not have been better, it was great getting to see this beautiful place and our guide was fantastic. My wife and I both agreed that we will come back to Croatia to sped more time, it was absolutely BEAUTIFUL! I was money well spent for a private excursion. We had dinner reservation at Qsine this evening. The food was interesting and the service was good, but it was our least favorite specialty restaurant was visited. Our 3rd day was a Sea day, so I had rented an Alcove for the day to avoid the full pool deck. I was awake early enough to see a beautiful sunrise over the Adriatic, it was great. My wife slept in and I headed down to Michael's Club for a Coffee before heading out to find our Alcove. I was met by the Alcove attendant who went over everything with me and from there I headed to the Oceanview Cafe for some breakfast. The Oceanview was the only dining venue in which I felt fell short of Celebrity standards. It was easy enough to get 2 eggs cooked to order, but the rest of it just looked like crap. I had breakfast twice on OC but that was the extent of meals at the buffet. My wife and I headed to our Alcove around 10:30 and enjoyed some quiet time reading and having cocktails. We ordered lunch from The Lawn Club around 12:30 and the attendant set it up in our Alcove, which was a great option. We sent the rest of the afternoon going between our Alcove and the pool. We headed to our room about 5:00 to get ready for the 1st Formal Night. We were invited to the Captains Cocktail party in Michael's Club before dinner, so we enjoyed time meeting the Captain and several other officers. We then headed to the MDR, this was the only time we had dinner in the MDR, we had Select Dining and we were seating right away when we arrived. The food and service was great, but as we already knew, the tables are very close together so its not my favorite. After dinner, we enjoyed the late theater show and then some gambling before heading to bed. Day 4 brought us to Kusadasi, Turkey where we had setup a 5 Hour private tour of Ephesus and Mary's House through Viator and our Credit Card Concierge. The Guide and Driver met us right outside of the port exit and we were on our way. The tour of both Ephesus and Mary's house was fantastic and our guide did a great job. There was a nice ocean breeze blowing tough the ancient city that day, so it was not so hot. We then headed back to the ship, choosing to bypass the Carpet Factories and Grand Bazaar. When we got back to the ship, the cold towels and water were awaiting us! We headed to our room to change into swimming suits and then hit the pool to cool off. Since we had a 9pm departure from Kusadasi, the pool was pretty deserted when we got there, so we enjoyed the quiet time. We had previously not had any dinner plans for that evening other than the MDR, but since we had enjoyed Tuscan Grille on our 1st night so much, we decided to have dinner there again and it was also a great experience. Day 5 brought us to Mykonos, Greece. Since we have been here several times before, we opted to just enjoy the town center by wandering around the winding streets and having lunch seaside before returning to the ship. We had reservations at Murano that evening to celebrate my wife's 40th birthday, which the staff at Murano pulled off beautifully! The food and service were outstanding.... Day 6 brought us to Corfu. We again opted to do this port on our own. We took the shuttle into town and wandered around the town center. This was by far the hottest day we encountered on our journey, so after several hours we were ready too head back to the ship and enjoy some pool time. We were pretty worn out so we decided to have dinner on our balcony that evening. One phone call to our Butler, Allano and we were all set. Day 7 was another Sea day, which we again enjoyed in our Alcove and we had one last dinner at Tuscan Grille on our last night. Since we had an afternoon flight, we opted to get off of the ship around 9:30, we spent the morning enjoying the hospitality in Michael's Club, waiting for our number to be called and once it was we walked right off the ship to meet our private transfer to the airport.... All in all was had a fantastic trip and we will sail with Celebrity again.   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
Our family of 4 (kids 12 and 10) went on this one week cruise to Greece (round trip out of Venice). The cruise followed 2 weeks travel on our own. We were well ready for some relaxation. Celebrity did not disappoint. Embarkation was quite ... Read More
Our family of 4 (kids 12 and 10) went on this one week cruise to Greece (round trip out of Venice). The cruise followed 2 weeks travel on our own. We were well ready for some relaxation. Celebrity did not disappoint. Embarkation was quite smooth. We had only a short wait for our number to be called so that we could join the queue. Perhaps a 15 minute wait and then a few more minutes to get through security. Then a longer line to actually get on the ship. In all it was under an hour. Our cabin (7191) was large and has 2 separate beds for our kids. We did not need all the storage in the room (mind you we packed light as we were dragging our luggage all over Europe). The bathroom was large and had more storage than we knew what to do with (even with 4 people). The balcony was nice - accommodated 2 chairs and table and we brought out the chair from the desk inside as well. Very little sound through the walls. However, because the door is close to our neighbour you do hear that. Also, as with most ships you hear when people run down the hallways. The beds were amazing. Our cabin steward was nice and accommodating. Absolutely, the best cabin I have had on any cruise. The best part of being on deck 7 is the "Hideaway": a public room with lots of chairs and coffee and tea provided all day (though somewhat annoyingly, when one relies on it, coffee was late 2 days). This was a nice place to hang out, read or get away from the rest of the family. I would highly recommend deck 7 for this reason. The food was amazing, both in the main dining room, Grande Curvee and the buffet, Oceanview Café. Really, the best we have ever had. The Grande Curvee had half the menu the same every day and half changed. It wasn't extensive, but we never had a problem choosing a dish. Everything was delicious and cooked to perfection. The service was good, except on formal nights when it was much busier. I was surprised how quiet the dining room was on other nights. We did not eat at the other restaurants because of the price. At $45 or $50 per head, it is prohibitive. This is really my only negative for the cruise. I don't mind a $10 or $20 fee, but $50 is too rich and it meant a less variety with our meals. On our 7 day cruise it was fine, but on a longer cruise than that, I would want a few more options. The Oceanview Café had a good variety of good quality food. My kids were in heaven. They have Indian, Mexican, pasta, pizza, paninis/sandwhiches, salad bar, stir fry, several hot stations, dessert bar and, crucially to my kids, ice cream with toppings. (they charge to the gelato in the coffee bar, but in the OC it's free!). Breakfasts were also excellent with many choices. We were really impressed with the quality. We never had trouble finding a table. We chose this cruise for the itinerary (we are fairly loyal to NCL). We wanted to see Greece, including Athens. We did not get off the ship at Kotor, Montenegro as it was a fairly long tender ride and frankly, we were exhausted from our 2 week trip. We loved Santorini. We pre-booked a boat trip to Oia with return by bus (with Santorini Planet) and we were glad we did. EXTREMELY long longs for the cable car up the mountain. Two ships (and a third after us) on the same day. Athens was lovely, we booked a private half day tour (privategreecetours.com). Our guide, Alex, was excellent in knowledge and provided a memorable tour of Athens. In Katakalon we also had a private tour (katakolotaxi.gr) and went to Old Olympia and up a mountain for a nice view from a Monastery. This was fine and the tour guide was good, but there is just not as much to see at this port. We saw 3 shows in the Silhouette Theatre. The dancers and singers in particular we excellent. The house band "Soul" which played at different venues, were hot and cold for me. One time the singing was so loud and frankly not good, I left the pool. Other times they were quite enjoyable. We spent a fair amount of time at the pool. It never got too crowded although chairs were sometimes a little scarce in the sun. We didn't see the towels being removed very much from chair by the pool butlers. Many people leave more than a towel (shirt, book, bag) and that used up a lot of chairs. Still we always found a place. I know others have commented on the 'upselling' and 'cross selling'. I did not think it was too much more than NCL. I did tire of the junk mail delivered every day with the next day's schedule (2, 3 of 4 things) in addition to 'invitations' to jewellery sales or art auctions. Overall, a very memorable trip and I recommend the Celebrity Silhouette. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
Wife and I had a great time on the Celebrity Silhouette 7 Night cruise, departing Venice on Aug 24, 2014. We are middle-aged, and have both cruised over 10 times, mostly on Celebrity, a couple RCCL, and 1 Princess. Boarding - we have ... Read More
Wife and I had a great time on the Celebrity Silhouette 7 Night cruise, departing Venice on Aug 24, 2014. We are middle-aged, and have both cruised over 10 times, mostly on Celebrity, a couple RCCL, and 1 Princess. Boarding - we have Elite status, so a wait of a few minutes to get checked in and about 10 more minutes wait for our boarding group to be called. We were in out stateroom 25 minutes after we arrived at the pier. Room - Booked a Veranda. Room was clean and comfortable. Staff- the highlight of the cruise - outgoing, friendly, and helpful. Food - We like the variety of the Oceanview Cafe and eat the majority of our meals there. Some things are excellent (the Indian and Mexican food, salads, and deserts) and some are just fair (the pasta). Tables were cleared quickly. Was very busy sea days. We ate in the MDR 2 nights and food was very good. We ate in QSine 1 night and it was outstanding. Drinks - We had the classic beverage package (included). We are not big drinkers, so this was the first cruise with it (it was included). I will admit it was nice to have. Not sure I would pay for it, especially since we can attend the elite social hour. Drink service at the bars/restaurants was great - the bartenders seem to all have really fun personalities. Cabin Stewards - outstanding, personable, friendly. Fitness Center - lots of nice equipment but it got warm in there, could use a fan. Entertainment - we are not fans of the production shows, so we stick with the music (Yunta Brava was incredible) and the comedians etc. House band Soul was great. I am not going to rate the ports because different people like different things. I will say that walking up the donkey path in Santorini is an adventure! Also the cruise-in to Kotor is mangificent - do not miss! Disembarcation - we did walk-off at 7am and took a taxi to the airport (arrived at 7:30am) Transportation in Venice can be confusing if you are staying at a hotel pre/post cruise, so do your homework. If you ware going straight to/from the airport, then I HIGHLY recommend you just take a taxi. Fixed fare 45 Euro, can be shared.   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
We probably would have been happier on a smaller ship with less passengers, and a slightly shorter cruise. As first-time cruisers, we were overall satisfied with the Celebrity Silhouette and found that everything promised was there and ... Read More
We probably would have been happier on a smaller ship with less passengers, and a slightly shorter cruise. As first-time cruisers, we were overall satisfied with the Celebrity Silhouette and found that everything promised was there and often more. Celebrity—and being on a cruise—makes it easy to travel and have lots of conveniences and not have to worry about too much. The Silhouette is a lovely ship with elegant design and thoughtful features throughout, as well as interesting displays of artwork at every turn. I was surprised and happy with how comfortable our veranda cabin was. I found the crew and staff to be professional, fun to talk to, warm and friendly. Too many of the passengers, however, were not friendly. Would not say good morning (ok, ignored them too.) Priviledged people not moving aside in the elevator (we took the stairs more.) During peak times at breakfast and lunch, the 14th level cafe "resembled feeding time at the zoo" (I’m quoting a fellow passenger.) Didn’t love running into empty glasses and plates from the bars and buffet left on public ledges, by the artwork displays, around the pool, and I wish Celebrity did a better job removing that stuff. I saw it too often to be considered “modern luxury” in my book. We enjoyed our meals in the Cuvee dining room and I found the SPE Certified dishes at dinner to be quite elegant and delicious and healthier. Food was always beautifully plated, our servers efficient and unobtrusive, and we were glad to be able to dine alone when we wanted to. Overall the food, especially in the Casual Dining buffet, was a tad bland and seemed to be prepared in the USA. I was hoping for a more European experience, felt the need to kick it up a notch overall. We decided early on not to use the specialty dining venues because for the additional cost it would be nothing different than what we can find at home in NYC. Instead, we opted for great lunches when in port, and for that expense, we had memorial meals off the ship that had all the local flavor I was looking for—even at the most touristy stops. We purchased a premium non-alcoholic drink package, and hard to say if it was worth it or not, but we easily got water, soda, and decent coffee. Very pleased with our 9th floor veranda cabin. Would like to install that bathroom into our home! Embarkation was handled quickly, professionally and we got on the ship pronto and got very excited to be there. Disembarkation, however, was another story. Just another large group mad rush (with lots of luggage) with not enough help from the shore staff (non Celebrity, I think) and we were all on our own to fend for ourself. Entertainment and activities: The few shows we attended in the Theater had high production values, one had a Cirque du Soleil theme, but like the dining, had a bland, Americanized feel. The lounge music channeled Lawrence Welk and we avoided. The one activity I attended, a tour of the kitchens, ending up with a sales pitch to dine at the specialty restaurants. The sales pitches: we knew we were on a floating resort, and that photographs, stores, various sales pitches would be lobbed at us. We just ignored them, but there were a lot of them. Our favorite moment: the sail into Venice. Beautiful Italian music, old and new, played in the background while we all silently stood by the railings on the upper decks and watched the city come in to view. Well done, Celebrity. I will remember this moment. Summary: Celebrity provided a very convenient, comfortable, somewhat bland, not terribly adventurous American-feel experience. Glad we went, glad we got to experience this cruise and the ports, enjoyed the convenience of this ship, but it probably will not be our preferred method of travel in the future. Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
We just came back from our first time cruise this May, 2014 from Rome to Venice, via the Greek Isles. We decided to go on Celebrity because the reviews were so good. I have to tell everyone that this cruise line is indeed great. The ... Read More
We just came back from our first time cruise this May, 2014 from Rome to Venice, via the Greek Isles. We decided to go on Celebrity because the reviews were so good. I have to tell everyone that this cruise line is indeed great. The embarkation process was easy, fast and smooth. We had lunch on board while we waited for our cabin to be ready. The Silhouette is a beautiful ship. Well laid out and decorated. The staff is so friendly and customer oriented. They told me they really enjoy working on the Silhouette, and it shows. The dining room staff was amazing. We had the best food, with so many selections that it was sometimes hard to pick just one. Anyone who does not think the food is great is being way too picky. There is always something on the menu for everyone. If the selection is not to your satisfaction, all you have to do is mention it to the staff and they will look after you. We dined at Murano's one evening on our wedding anniversary. The food there was superb, with impeccable service. In the Main Dining Room, our waiting staff was the best, and so was our sommelier. We chose select dining which gave us the flexibility to eat anytime we wanted. We were in Concierge class, and will try Aqua Class for our next cruise in November to the Caribbean. I can't wait. I am also looking at a British Isles Cruise in November 2015. I know there are other cruise lines who have an all inclusive policy, but for the prices they charge, I would rather spend the money on two cruises rather than one! And with the 123Go packages offered by Celebrity from time to time, you cannot lose! Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
We started with a precruise trip on our own, to Lake Como, Italy. We stayed in Como which was wonderful. We recommend it. PEOPLEMOVER FROM ST LUCIA RR STATION TO PORT (A DUMB IDEA) From Como we took the trains to St Lucia Station in ... Read More
We started with a precruise trip on our own, to Lake Como, Italy. We stayed in Como which was wonderful. We recommend it. PEOPLEMOVER FROM ST LUCIA RR STATION TO PORT (A DUMB IDEA) From Como we took the trains to St Lucia Station in Venice. We prepared all we could and read all info here and on Google regarding the Peoplemover. Nothing prepared us for the onslaught of hustlers trying to carry our bags at the RR station. One exits the stationtowards the canal and turns right and travels along the canal, then across a bridge. Then one crosses traffic at a bus station and works one’s way towards the parking garage where the Peoplemover is located. We belabor the point because, with the four of us, and about 70 lbs of baggage each, the bridge with its STAIRS UP OVER THE TOP and DOWNTHE OTHER SIDE was difficult and ridiculous. The hustlers literally took the bags out of the wives’ hands trying to grab a tip. The “fee” was usually 5 euros per bag!! Our group was not a passive one and I started screaming NO at the hustlers and since I am 6’3” and in good shape, the dropped their ways after several grabs. It was just so irritating to start the cruise this way. We made it to the Peoplemover, and once we arrived at the station on the Portside, we found the walk from the Train Station to the Entry for Embarkation is about 3000 ft. OK, for us walking without luggage no problem, but after dragging the bags around trains etc, what a bummer!!! We were there at Prime Time ( 1 PM) and Celebrity had a shuttle bus that took us to the receiving point. Warning- if you get there early the bus might not have yet not started up and the experience would be brutal if it was hot. Don’t know if it was due to early season or the fact we were the only ship in Port, but next time we’ll take a taxi. SHORE SIDE EMBARKATION (CONFUSION AND DELAYS) Once we arrived at the building, there were really long lines with no porters. Everyone wasdragging their bags in line. No announcements, just two line those with and without tags. Never previously seen this chaos at this port. Later we found out there was some air controllers strike at the airport that might have caused the slug of passengers at the port. It took us one hour to process us onto the ship. This was in addition to the hour it took to get from the train station to the embarkation point. ON THE SHIP Since we arrived later than expected the cabins were opened up and we dropped out bags in the rooms and went to eat upstairs in the Oceanview Café. The place was quite. Either a lot of early birds or late comers. All bags except for one of mine, arrived by dinner time. We didn’t return to the cabin until 11 PM and got a voicemail message to come down to security to retrieve my bag. Almost a minute after hearing the voicemail a porter brings my bag to the door. I must assume they saw one of my many electronic gadgets in my bag and wanted to check it out, but gave up at shift change. STATEROOM Johnson our Stateroom attendant introduced himself and took care of our requests. Ice Bucket Daily and Water Pitcher. The rest of the trip he did the usual magic cleanup and took care of us: Excellent MDR Our Wait Staff Team, Alfie and Edis, were excellent with lots of experience. The Sommelier, from the Ukraine, was always there and as attentive whether we bought a glass or a bottle. . Food was the usual quality for most meals with some cutbacks detected. For example, no more OssoBucco, now the meat is boneless and comes in a Wellington Crust. The desserts seemed to have suffered, but the Cherries Jubilee were actually better than before. Since our table was situated closer to the kitchen the food was hot when it hit the table. The plates were actually hot. WE ate breakfast in MDR half of the time and the menu was the usual. We just don’t care for the chaos in the AM. WE also ate lunch in the MDR on the Sea Days. This is where there was a obvious reduction. The menu was very limited compared to our last cruise on the Reflection during Thanksgiving 2013 ROOM SERVICE We used it for on early days. Ordered via the TV and found it to be the same as pervious cruises. They were always on time. BAR STAFF Sunset Bar at sailaway. As usual crowded and busy for the bar staff but we went to the bar for our drinks and had no problems Elite Cocktail 5-7 in the Sky Lounge: Bar Staff kept it coming About 100 pax participated One particular server, “Luv” from the Ukraine was particularly excellent at her job. . MUSIC Pool side : level is back to the usual level except when the live Band played or they had an event. I overheard an officer say that they toned it down due to complaints. Atrium: during events music was loud, but not ear splltting as some alluded, but it was on only during the usual hours and evening, so not obnoxious. If you have a cabin near the mid ship elevator bank, this could be a problem if you are sensitive to noise. We are 66/67 and we did not object to the type of music. Yes there is music in most of the ship, but toned down. PASSENGERS Interesting mix from around the world, lots of Europeans. Americans were maybe half the ship. Most passengers were in their 50’s to 70’s. Some infants, very few children. INTERNET Internet: NEW system on board works much better - a bit faster (not enough for streaming or skype), but access is 100% better. Shows: The three big shows on this 13 day cruise were up to the same quality as our cruises on the Reflection and Solstice last year. Some of the fill in acts were a little weak compared to past cruises. The Liberace impersonator was not good, nor the Illusionist. PORTS Since this cruise was port intensive we mixed up the excursions up to town visits on our own and longer expeditions Koper – On our own. Walked around Town, a lot like Dubrovnik, more prosperous and commercial Kotor – Lovely setting, did a ship’s tour to Perast and the Church on the Island. The Church was packed with tourists. We should have stayed in town and gone up to the Monastery up the hill. Dubrovnik – On our own. Since we have been there before, we did the Gondola ride and walked about town. Very interesting Military Museum on the top side of the Cable Car. Not for the faint of heart. Also the Cappuccino served at the restaurant in the Upper Cable Car Station is really good, better than ship’s or Starbucks. Split – On our own. Ruins in town are nicely preserved It was a Sunday and all the families were at Cafes along the boardwalk lining the marina. Corfu – On our own We did the Old Fort and other in town points of interest. We were treated to festivities in town due to Ionian Unification Day with Parades and events in town. Very special. Katrakolon – On our own. We went to Mt Olympus and visited the ruins. Different than Ephesus or Pompei, the preservation has trees which provide some shade. Not as vast, but worth the visit. The museum is a must. Valetteta Malta _ On our own The highlight of our trip. We did St Johns Cathedral, the Blue Grotto, Mdina and the Governors Palace Gardens. Clean, well preserved Catania Italy - Ships tour to Mt Etna and Toerlimina. Volcanic terrain was a lot like Hawaiian lava fields. The town of Toerlimina was mostly shops which did not offer much for us. Ravenna - We elected to go to Bologna for the day. The center city was old with churches and antiquities, Interesting but we should have opted to take a train to Florence and overnite, returning to the ship after it arrived back in Venice. We love Florence. SUMMARY We discounted the preboarding annoyances and issues as not under Celebrity’s control. That said, overall, in our opinion, the trepidation and worry about Celebrity falling way short were mostly unfounded. Yes back in the Michel Roux days in the MDR, the specialties, etc , we would give Celebrity an A++. Today, we give them an A. Still great. But that’s us comparing Celebrity of a decade ago to now. For newcomers like our daughter and son in law, they would give them an A++. We voted with our wallet and booked another Cruise on Celebrity. Our decision to alternate long and short days of excursions was a good one. This itinerary is very port intensive, and there were a lot of people going to bed early from exhaustion. Ie the Casino, shows, night activities were not full.   Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
We've cruised many times and in recent years have moved away from big ships, preferring the small more intimate ships instead. However, this Celebrity cruise had exactly the itinerary we were looking for and the price was very ... Read More
We've cruised many times and in recent years have moved away from big ships, preferring the small more intimate ships instead. However, this Celebrity cruise had exactly the itinerary we were looking for and the price was very attractive compared to the small ships we were considering. We were very hesitant about the size of the ship, but decided to go for it based on many positive reviews seen here. Thought it only appropriate to provide a review in return. Despite our concerns about the size of the ship (and it IS big) we truly enjoyed ourselves and we did a pretty good job of avoiding the crowds, which was by design. For us, we still really prefer the smaller ships, but the Silhouette did not disappoint, and we would consider cruising on Celebrity again if the itinerary and price were all as attractive as this one was. Embarkation: Because of personal schedules we opted to fly in day of the cruise. It worked out, but I will not do it again, much nicer to come in ahead of time. But travel was smooth and we arrived in Rome on time mid-morning, found our private transfer easily enough and arrived to the port late morning. Embarkation was a breeze. We chose concierge class as one of our tactics to avoid the crowds, and it paid off right from the start when we went right to the front of the line and were on board in a few minutes. Was even faster and easier than some of our small ship embarkations! Cabins were not ready, as expected, but we were invited to enjoy any of the public areas and have a bite to eat. We headed for the Bistro on Five, another of our crowd avoiding tactics, and it was perfect. Not busy at all. We opted for breakfast crepes and Bloody Mary's and sat back to relax. Timing was perfect as the announcement that cabins were ready came just as we were paying our bill. We headed straight to our cabin and were pleasantly surprised to find our luggage already inside! Set the alarm so not to miss the muster drill, then took a nice, much needed nap. Muster drill was pretty simple. Grabbed a couple of drinks and headed back to our balcony for departure and we were on our way! Cabin: We were very happy with the location of our cabin on deck 10, very quiet. Cabin seemed a bit small, but was well appointed and bed was comfortable. Small sitting area was nice, although the sofa was not comfortable. Not enough drawers for 12 days, but we made do. Bathroom was nice for a cruise and shower seemed bigger than most with a curved glass door, room for two even. Lots of storage. No pull out clothes line, which we missed. Balcony was small, but nice. Glass did not obstruct views and furniture was nice, comfortable chairs with ottomans and a nice sized table perfect for dining. We enjoyed the balcony every day, another crowd avoiding tactic. Public Areas: The ship is very large, but we knew that. Easy to get around, plenty of elevators, very nice décor throughout and very clean. We didn't use all the spaces by any means, but enjoyed all the areas that we did. Deck space seemed plentiful. Busy around the pool, of course, but we opted for the top deck and found plenty of peace and quiet there...and no crowds. Sunset Bar was a little disappointed, just didn't seem to be big enough area for a ship of this size and was usually very busy. We normally love this spot at the back of a ship, but learned early on that our balcony was a pretty pleasant spot to retreat to. Lounges were all very nice. We dine late, so didn't do much of the entertainment, but visited the theater once, nice room and act was okay, and also the small theater once for a comedy show, which was also alright. Dining: Cannot comment on the MDR or Buffet as we never stepped foot in either. One of our tactics to get more of a small ship feel was to plan several nights to dine in specialty restaurants, and we did this the first night and it was great. Our waiter told us about the ultimate dining package which include unlimited specialty dining for a flat price per person and we were sold! Loved it, felt like we were eating in a nice restaurant every night (which we were) instead of a big dining hall. Really enjoyed both Murano and Tuscan Grill. Qsine was very nice and unique, but the novelty does wear off. The Lawn Club for us was disappointing and after one dinner we didn't go back. Didn't care for the salad bar, but the real issue was the steaks weren't good. We both sent ours back, not a speck of pink to be seen for steaks ordered medium and medium rate. A little better when they came back, but still not right. We did have a nice pizza here for lunch one day, but unless you opt for the package as we did I wouldn't recommend it as the price would be ridiculous for just pizza. Service and food in the other three restaurants was excellent. We also enjoyed the Bistro and the Porch for an occasional lunch or breakfast. Room service was okay for breakfast, but we normally got coffee and croissants at the Coffee Bar and enjoyed on our balcony in the morning. We had the classic drink package included in our booking and upgraded to the premium package and were glad we did. One nice glass of wine and a martini every day paid for the upgrade and if we wanted something a little nice the difference in price was very nominal. Itinerary: We primarily booked this cruise for the ports of call and enjoyed it very much. The weather was spectacular every day. The crowds were a bit much in some places and not as easy to avoid in many cases, but we tried! NAPLES: We would've spent the day in Capri, but felt we would still be a bit tired from travel and chose an afternoon tour to Pompeii with the cruise line. We know better, but did it anyway and were disappointed. Crowded, rushed and the audio box quality was poor. Wish we'd gone on our own. Returned to very long lines to get back on board and was beginning to think the big ship was a big mistake. Thankfully this was the only day that the lines were a problem. MALTA: Did our own thing, very enjoyable and pleasant day. MYKONOS: Did our own thing, beautiful island, very enjoyable. Bought the shuttle tickets from the cruise line and thought it was ridiculously expenses for such a short distance - should have researched other options. KUSADASI: Hired a private tour with Ephesus Shuttle for the two of us to Ephesus and the Sirince village. This was the way to go! Guide was excellent, knew how to avoid the worst of the crowds, easiest way around, very informative - very enjoyable day! RHODES: Again, did our own thing and enjoyed it. Delightful walled city and fun to explore. SANTORINI: Priority tender made getting off the ship a breeze! We chose the speedboat to Oia right from the pier to avoid the crowds going up the cliff via cable car. (Alas, no way to avoid it coming back down that I could find) Spent most of our time in Oia and loved it! Did not care for Fria at all, and there was, as expected, quite a line to get the cable car back down. Line for the tender back wasn't too bad. ATHENS: We did an excursion with the cruise line here, just for the convenience of it, but we did chose one that gave us three hours on our own and were glad we did. The crowds at the Acropolis were terrible, guide was good though and tried to make the most of it. After an overview of the city by bus we were dropped off at the Plaka for our free time and we headed in the opposite direction from the group. Strolled back along the promenade and found a delightful restaurant with a fabulous view of the Acropolis for lunch -not a tourist in sight at this place (except us, and I know, we ARE tourist!) Nice, authentic food, really enjoyed it. Then walked back and explored the Plaka for a bit before getting the bus back to the ship. CRETE: Fairly short stop at this port if you don't want to get up at the crack of dawn (and we don't!). We arranged for a driver and a tasting at a lovely little winery outside of town. It was a wonderful spot, the tour was very informative, and of course, we enjoyed the wine! Nice way to spend our time here...and no crowds. VENICE: Ah, what can you say about Venice. Wonderful to enjoy the sail from our balcony. Used the ship's water shuttle option for $20 pp, very convenient and worth it. Did our own thing here and had a wonderful time exploring the city and of course did the requisite gondola ride. Found a lone gondolier on one of the side canals and this was the way to go! Enjoyed some of the small canals and also the grand canal, our gondolier pointed out sights of interest and even serenaded us, what more could you ask for! We stayed over one extra day and arranged a wine tour for the day. The guide picked us up right at the ship and we headed out to the Veneto for the day. Visited two wineries, saw the countryside and had a wonderful lunch before being dropped back to our hotel for the night. Overall, it was a wonderful vacation and Celebrity did not disappoint. Service throughout was excellent, the ship was nice, and we managed to not feel like we were on a huge ship most of the time. While we still prefer the small ships, I would sail on Celebrity again,. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
After sailing more than 35 times on more than 10 different cruise lines, my wife and I are convinced that Celebrity's Solstice Class ships are fantastic. With 2900 passengers, you are never crowded. Aqua class with it's separate ... Read More
After sailing more than 35 times on more than 10 different cruise lines, my wife and I are convinced that Celebrity's Solstice Class ships are fantastic. With 2900 passengers, you are never crowded. Aqua class with it's separate Dining Room Blu is great!!!!!! Ferdinand and his staff in Blu will do everything and anything to make your dining a real pleasure. Lisa the cruise director is Avery talented middle age lady who keeps you entertained with delightful Artists and programs. The Captain, the youngest, brightest and most entertaining Captain that we've encountered in Over 35 cruises. Well done Celebrity, the training that you put into your staff has paid off with the friendliest staff that we've encountered. We're so impressed-we booked two more cruises in Aqua Class while on Board. Mark & Hedy   Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
Celebrity Silhouette Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.5
Dining 5.0 4.2
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 5.0 4.6
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.1
Family 4.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.6
Enrichment 4.5 3.7
Service 5.0 4.5
Value For Money 4.0 4.0
Rates 4.0 4.2

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