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9 Celebrity Silhouette Luxury Cruise Reviews

This was my first cruise on aboard a Celebrity ship. And I love it. The quality of the instalations, decoration, services and food on Silhouette is excellent. Many islands of this itinerary are very poor so I recommend a celebrity ... Read More
This was my first cruise on aboard a Celebrity ship. And I love it. The quality of the instalations, decoration, services and food on Silhouette is excellent. Many islands of this itinerary are very poor so I recommend a celebrity excursion to enjoy the trip. There are good excursion offered aboard. We stayed at a corner aft suite on deck 12. It was fantastic. The suite is very large, comfortable and the varanda looking backwards great. The suite class has services, like Michaels Club and Luminae restaurant that worth the extra money. suite class can also go to Blue, the Acqua Class restaurant. Suite class also provide priority embarkation and debarkation. Everything you need abroad you can use the Michaels Club Concierge. The specialty restaurants are great - worth a visit to all of them. We went to Murano - super elegant, Qsine - amazing Petit Chef show before each course, Porch was delicious - I recommend to go for lunch to enjoy the view. Sushi on Five we loved it and is a very good option for lunch as it stays open longer than the Main Restaurant. The Lawn Club Grill is an experience, specially if you are invited to cook your own food with the chefs. The entertainment is very good also - many options all the time. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We chose this ship due to dates off from work, kinda last minute and wanted to cruise on this ship after reading all the positive reviews. Happy they still offer the champagne upon embarkation. The staff were happy and accommodating at all ... Read More
We chose this ship due to dates off from work, kinda last minute and wanted to cruise on this ship after reading all the positive reviews. Happy they still offer the champagne upon embarkation. The staff were happy and accommodating at all times. The size of the cabin and bathroom was very nice. The bed already had an egg Crete on it, perhaps because we had a concierge cabin. The daily afternoon canapés were a nice touch as well. Food better than on most ships, other cruise lines, that is. On embarkation day, lunch provided to concierge guests in the dining room was very good. Choices were adequate and our salmon was yummy. Only have one complaint, and that was disembarkation. Apparently, customs has made it very difficult to get a porter, as they aren't allowed to take you out on the porter line, they have to take your luggage with you through the endless, winding, snake line to wait for maybe 5 Customs Agents. Thus waiting with you to clear customs, there aren't any porters available. Senseless end to a great trip. I felt badly for the Grandmas and Grandpas, having to drag their own luggage. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
The Signature Shakespeare and Scandanavia cruise was brilliant. We embarked from Southampton and it was all very easy. The queues weren't bad at all. The safety demonstration was simple to follow and we didn't even have to ... Read More
The Signature Shakespeare and Scandanavia cruise was brilliant. We embarked from Southampton and it was all very easy. The queues weren't bad at all. The safety demonstration was simple to follow and we didn't even have to go on deck. Our room Aft-View Extended Balcony staterooms feature a larger balcony for more lounge-around room, two twin beds (convert to a king) and a single sofa bed, sofa and coffee table, desk and seat, and a full bathroom with shower. The food on board was brilliant especially the Grand Curve restaurant. We had wonderful food. The ocean view cafe was also good for lunch. We liked the Spa, pool and gym. My wife went to a wonderful yoga class. We liked the extra events put on by Paul the cruise director. We went to the 70's night in the Atrium. We thought the entertainment was exceptional especially the main theatre. we saw Life and the singing and dancing was brilliant. The main theatre looked like a West End theatre. We also enjoyed the Shakespeare events including Doctor William Heller's lectures on Hamlet and Words, Words, Words and Shakespeare and Science. The Shakespearian actors were also great. The roamed around in costume and spoke to us all. We loved Cassandra Hodges, Simon Kingsley and James Stone. We saw Cassandra in a play in London recently called Antigone (one to watch). We enjoyed the shopping onboard and my wife bought Micheal Kors handbag in the sale. We would recommend Celebrity to our friends. Great service, clean and classy. It is expensive but worth every penny we thought! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Recently ten friends and I sailed on the Celebrity silhouette.They offered a deal called pick your perks,we chose the beverage package, at what we thought threw booking with a celebrity cruises customer service rep was an all inclusive ... Read More
Recently ten friends and I sailed on the Celebrity silhouette.They offered a deal called pick your perks,we chose the beverage package, at what we thought threw booking with a celebrity cruises customer service rep was an all inclusive beverage package. We found out the second day of the cruise we were charged for all the alcohole we drank. The package the y gave us was actually call the classic beverage package, and was informed at the customer service desk it included certain vodka and not others,certain rum and not other ect,it would have been nice to have this told to us before we got on the ship. Well over a hundred dollars they got from me on drinks that day. Threw the entire cruise we felt nickel and dimed to death. The buffet food was the same everyday,the food was below standard,service was exceptionally bad we finished our food normally before anybody waited on us to give us drinks.we we're constantly hounded to go to specialty restraunts with staff waiting outside the buffet. I could go on and on about the disappointment in that area. The first two days we were at sea they closed the casino and bars early and basically put us to bed. We never saw our room attendant except for the first day when she told us they couldn't find our luggage. The best thing about this cruise was getting off the ship at ports.The service was unbelievably horrid! The last day I bought a watch supposivly seventy- five percent off. It cost 175.00 so I bought it thought it was beautiful and a good deal. I checked the price online when I got home it cost retail at over five stores 75 bucks. Need I say more. I will be sticking with princess with who I've sailed five times now and had excellent service. I love cruising it really took a lot to ruin our vacation, But Celebrity and their staff managed to do that! I don't normally complain but if I'm able to help anybody else out there this is worth it Oh and let me add they had everybody who was walking off the ship at the end of the cruise carry their luggage down three flights of steps, what a joke! Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
So they have a lawn - it's dead in spots as are many of the shrubs surrounding it. For the first 3 days of the cruise it was covered in plastic and roped off with caution tape. I booked an alcove for some quiet time, only to have the ... Read More
So they have a lawn - it's dead in spots as are many of the shrubs surrounding it. For the first 3 days of the cruise it was covered in plastic and roped off with caution tape. I booked an alcove for some quiet time, only to have the crew pressure-washing the flagstone patio, someone trimming the dead grass with electric clippers, and someone else with a shop vac sucking up the dead bits. Not restful at all. Our first cabin was on deck 12 and the noise from the buffet area directly above us started at 5AM. After 3 days we were moved to another cabin on deck 9, which had been vacated due to a death. That cabin was quiet as a tomb. Concierge class used to include a butler (at least it did on Millennium in 2004 and Infinity in 2007) but does no longer. For almost $300 extra for your concierge class cabin you get the use of some binoculars, and a plate of inedible appetizers every afternoon. (Would you eat shrimp or salmon mousse that had come to room temperature?) Pillow menu, what pillow menu? On top of that we were forced into prepaid gratuities which included $4/day for the concierge. With 280+ concierge cabins that's $2000/day in tips. And the guy wasn't at his desk during posted hours (he was in training). The storage space in the cabin is laughable. There is one small closet and three drawers. There are an additional two shelves at ceiling level above the beds, but unless you're athletic and can climb on the bed, you can't use them. So what do all those folks in scooters, wheelchairs and walkers do?In a 12-day cruise with 6 sea days I expected organized bridge games. There were none. I was told that Celebrity has stopped doing bridge on any cruise. There were dozens of disappointed people. We were prohibited from removing cards from the incredibly small card room. After I finally found the concierge and got some cards from him we were prevented from playing cards in the buffet area since those tables are for food service. The ship's decor looks like they went to a tag sale from the Austin Powers movies and all those 70's casinos that have been torn down in Vegas. Avocado green, harvest gold and sunset orange in the buffet. Haven't seen that since the 60's. White vinyl chairs in lounges waiting for Blofeld to show up. The dining room was described as having "old Hollywood glamour." Unless you count the 2-store photon torpedo rack that is used to hold wine bottles there is nothing Hollywood or glamorous about this room. The light fixture is hundreds of chrome and clear spheres with so many burnt out bulbs we couldn't count them. It was also dusty, but it would be impossible to clean without dismantling it. The chandelier in the atrium lobby, which should be the focal point was seriously undersized for the space, and was made of melted bits of lucite plastic. Bleh. There was a ficus tree wedged amongst the glass elevators which dropped leaves on unsuspecting passengers four decks below.The shows were a disappointment. They are emulating Cirque du Soleil and doing a bad job of it. Someone spinning on a trapeze while the dancers sway in the background while singing the same 8 bars of music over and over is not entertaining. It's junior high. I feel sorry for the performers having to do this schlock. The ship is a tin-can. Noise (not just in cabins) was prevalent. One night we were doing 7 knots in a dead calm sea, and every 15 minutes there were two loud bangs in succession, as if we had run over a whale (I'm sure we didn't). It caused the ship to shudder. I'd hate to be on one of these Solstice class ships in heavy seas at a decent rate of speed. The food was great (outside of the appetizers delivered to our room) and the Murano was spectacular. Service was of a level I expect from Celebrity, except for the concierge part. This is a fairly expensive cruise line, but you can get on much nicer ships with food that's just as good without paying that high price, especially for the non-existent concierge class service. That is a joke. Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
This "review" is going to take a different approach -â€" instead of the standard review (embarkation, cabin, food, etc.) I thought it might be better to answer questions I had before sailing on Celebrity Silhouette. ... Read More
This "review" is going to take a different approach -â€" instead of the standard review (embarkation, cabin, food, etc.) I thought it might be better to answer questions I had before sailing on Celebrity Silhouette. First a little about us: We are a couple in our almost-50's. We've cruised 13 or so times and were RCCL fans until RCI re-branded RCCL to a more mass market audience, at which point we revisited Celebrity (X) after an absence of several years. Our number one priority is service. Good food, fun times with friends, and relaxation in an upscale environment are also at the top of our list. Entertainment, activities or parties, and shopping are not important to us. We always book a junior suite or higher, and choose late seating for dinner. How was getting on and off the ship? Getting on was a bit tedious. Not because of anything X did but because our fellow guests had not completed their Xpress Pass nor did they have their photo ID ready when requested. When going through the security scanners they also didn't remove all metal objects, causing them to have to be scanned several times. Fairly annoying. Getting off the ship was a breeze. TIP: Have all of your documentation completed prior to arrival at the terminal and have your photo ID out and ready. How was leaving from New Jersey? Would you do it again? We traveled on the 11/18 sailing and our first day at sea was rather chilly, but by mid-day on day 2 it was fine to sit on deck. Coming back we were lucky and had nice weather even on the last sea day. If it had been cooler you would lose 3-4 days to sit outside. Having said that the Solarium, which is indoor and heated was lovely to enjoy even though it was cool outside. We would not recommend sailing out of Bayonne beyond October. NOTE: X has decided this will be the only season it will homeport Silhouette in Bayonne. What did you think of the ship? Stunning, understated elegance. Think a boutique hotel at sea. TIP: If you like the glitz of neon and bright colors this ship is not for you. How would you describe your fellow guests? X attracts a more mature crowd -â€" the age range for this cruise was mid 20's honeymooners to a woman celebrating her 103rd birthday. The average age was mid 50's. The onboard experience is geared toward those demographics meaning activities are more "grown up"; think cooking demonstration not art auctions, guest versus officers pool volleyball versus belly flop contests, lectures on local history and culture instead of port shopping talks. Cruise staples are still offered such as bingo and trivia. TIP: You must check your Celebrity Life daily planner each day to determine what activities you want to participate in since X keeps announcements over the PA system to a bare minimum.How was the service? Outstanding. From the officers to the crew everyone was friendly and smiling, always offering a warm greeting. Service at the bars was prompt, professional and courteous. Cabin attendants, butler and dining room servers were all terrific. TIP: If you're nice to them they will be nice to you. If they smile at you return the favor. We're thinking about buying a beverage package. Are they worth it? This was our second cruise buying the premium beverage package. Essentially this makes the cruise "all inclusive" since almost everything such as specialty coffees, bottles water, soda, and almost all alcoholic beverages are included. Another perk is that you avoid having to sign all those slips of paper. Just hand them your card and you're done. Buying drinks individually adds up but if you're only going to have a beer with lunch and glass of wine with dinner, then a package certainly is not for you. TIP: Review what beverages are included with each package and, if you choose to purchase one, do so on the X website to avoid any additional paperwork on the ship. How many formal nights were there? Did people get dressed up? Three. Check with X to find out which nights are formal nights. There were a bit more guests in formal attire than we have seen on previous cruises but that will vary from cruise to cruise. TIP: If you don't want to get dressed up you can have your dinner in the Oceanview Café which serves essentially the same food as in the Grand Cuvee Dining Room. Are the specialty restaurants worth the extra charge? Absolutely. That's not to say the food in the Dining Room isn't wonderful (more on that later), but for a more intimate dining experience each one of the specialty restaurants is excellent and unique in their own way. The only one we did not try was the Lawn Club Grill -â€" it just didn't appeal to us -â€" but we heard very positive comments from others. TIP: While you should try all of the specialty restaurants Murano is a MUST DO. It is truly a 5-star dining experience.How was the food overall? It ranged from very good to exceptional. Food is very subjective, but I'm going to expound on this a little more to dispel any misconceptions. When I read online or hear onboard complaints about the food my only question is, "What do you eat at home that is so much better than what is being served on the ship?" From selection to quality to presentation the food was great whether in the Dining Room, Oceanview Café, Mast Grill or any of the specialty restaurants (as mentioned above). It seems to have become fashionable to complain -– overheard on an elevator: Guest, "The food has been awful, but since they're offering a deal on a future cruise I may give them another chance." Really? Let me say that if we ever had problem with our food, which we didn't, all we needed to do was say something and it would be taken care of. If we wanted more of something all we needed do was ask. For example: one evening there was an appetizer of seared tuna carpaccio (how often do you get that at home?) and I asked for two portions. Our server didn't even blink and brought it with a smile, even asking if I wanted more. The servers always checked back to make sure you were enjoying everything. As I mentioned we were on second seating (8:30). Personally I feel that many of the complaints may come from first seating guests who have a limited amount of time to eat their meal before the Dining Room has to be turned over for the next seating. While 2 hours seems like enough time, ½ hour of that time is needed to reset the tables. The food for first seating may also be prepared ahead of time to improve serving times and keep things moving along, which may result in a dish not being as hot as one might like it. Again, all the guest needs to do is ask and it will be corrected, but some would just rather complain. TIP: If you don't like the way something tastes, feels, smells or what have you SPEAK UP. We had another outstanding experience on the Silhouette and have booked two more cruises, including another on the Silhouette. Okay, this is long enough. If you have any other questions or would like any additional TIPs, please email me. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
This was our second Celebrity cruise after travelling on the Eclipse last year. We were celebrating our honeymoon, so much younger than the average age of the guests on board but it did not concern us. We found plenty to do and the ... Read More
This was our second Celebrity cruise after travelling on the Eclipse last year. We were celebrating our honeymoon, so much younger than the average age of the guests on board but it did not concern us. We found plenty to do and the holiday left us feeling totally relaxed which was our aim. The Silhouette is basically just like the Eclipse but with improvements. The top deck which houses glass blowing on the Eclipse has been transformed into an eating/drinking/relaxing area with the lawn club grill, hammocks, an art studio and grass lawn where on some nights you can relax listening to live music with wine/cheese and a blanket. Very nice indeed. Aquaclass We chose to book Aquaclass. You are paying more for use of the Persian Garden and steam room. You also get your own restaurant Blu which serves healthier meals compared to the main dining room. You also get canapés and iced tea in your room each day. Is it worth it? For us yes as we loved being able to use our own restaurant and eat when we wanted. We didn't use the Persian garden a great deal but it was a nice option. The rooms are the same as stateroom verandas, so you get no extra space. We were located on floor 11, so close to the Aquaspa on 12 and the pool on 14. You also get a great shower in the room with jets. Good points: staff are so friendly, always making a point to say hello, ask you how your day was etc. Rooms are comfortable with nice bedding, towels. Great tv system with free films. We made use of this on any wet/windy days. Food Is superb. We also tried Quisine- a great experience everyone should try. The lawn club grill was also excellent. You can help make the food but rather than paying to cook your own dinner, it is more like a cooking class. My husband cooked his filet mignon and picked up all sorts of BBQ tips. You are under no obligation to participate. It is great food whatever! Other food highlights throughout our 12 nights: Tortilla soup, warm coconut bread, great cookies, Filet mignon and peanut butter ice cream. The Rutherford Ranch red wine is superb. Low points I must highlight the dreadful hotel where Celebrity put us up before the cruise began. It was the Sheraton Newark and the service was so bad and it was a very disappointing start to our honeymoon. After a long flight from London we decided to get breakfast in bed as a treat. Despite what turned out to be 7 phonecalls over the space of 2 hours and repeated assurances it was on its way, we never did get our breakfast. The response on the reception desk was simply the worst, 'that's not my department I am afraid' said the receptionist. The staff could not give a damn at this sloppy Sheraton hotel and Celebrity should seriously re-think it's choice of hotel at Newark. When we took a cruise from Miami last year with Celebrity we were met at the airport but this did not happen in Newark so that was a shame. We also mentioned when booking that it was our honeymoon but there was no mention of this when we arrived at our stateroom or at anytime during the trip. It's not a big thing but it would have made our trip feel more special. The Aquaspa is expensive. I had a call in my stateroom one day telling me I had won 50 dollars off a treatment in a silent raffle. The treatment however was 149 dollars for a massage and that was with the discount. I told the girl it was expensive but she was still being quite pushy. I think the spa should re-think it's price structure. Ports We stopped off at Antigua, St Kitts, St Lucia, St Thomas and St Martin. My best advice would be to do a bit of research and head to the best beach for the day. This is what we did in Antigua (we went to Jolly Beach) and had a great day on a beautiful beach. At all these places you are hounded by taxi people when you get off the ship. Negotiate a good deal and head off to your beach of choice. Whilst the taxi drivers can be pushy, once you are on your way the drivers are usually very chatty and friendly. Overall, we love Celebrity Silhouette and had a lovely time. There are just a few comments I have made, that I hope the company take on board. As I highlighted, the experience we got on the ship was dreadful. We were so relieved to board the ship and get that first glass of bubbly!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
Embarkation and Disembarkation: The process was excellent at both ends of the cruise and better than what I have experienced on a couple of other cruise lines. Celebrity knows how to swiftly and conveniently move a lot of folks who are ... Read More
Embarkation and Disembarkation: The process was excellent at both ends of the cruise and better than what I have experienced on a couple of other cruise lines. Celebrity knows how to swiftly and conveniently move a lot of folks who are either anxious to board or get to the airport at the end of the trip. Cabin: We were very pleased with our Aqua cabin on Deck 11. The room was very well appointed, meticulously clean, and had a very nice verandah. My wife (who is particular about such matters) was impressed with the bathroom. The shower was large compared to other ships and the location of the shower head and lower nozzles made us want to take longer showers than we normally do. The no fogging mirror is a great touch. Our cabin steward (Sebastian) was attentive and very professional. He seemed to anticipate our needs and fulfilled requests quickly. We also enjoyed the fact that there were so many free first-run movies available. My only nitpick is that there was no soft reading light near the couch so that I could get up early to read without disrupting my wifes sleep. The Ship: What a pleasure it was to be on one of the first sailings of this magnificent ship. It was spotless everywhere, spacious and tastefully decorated. Not sure if this is due to layout or clever scheduling but with a couple of exceptions, we never felt crowded. In fact, we never had trouble finding a deck chair. There were also plenty of places to wander, including several interesting bars (Michael's, Martini Bar, etc.). We absolutely loved the fitness area, with plenty of great equipment and it was never too crowded. Again a small nitpick but I would have liked better yoga classes. The Staff: All departments of Silhouette were well represented by the ships personnel. Everyone (with one exception) was receptive to requests and greeted us with a cheerful good morning or good evening. One thing I noticed (and appreciated) on this cruise was that the staff treated the guests as professionals, not as party types. They referred to passengers as Sir or Madam not you guys like they seem to do on lower quality cruise lines. Also, while the staff was always available, they were not constantly shoving drinks and photos at the passengers. Celebrity has again proven to be a quality and discerning cruise line. Dining: We had most of our dinner meals in Blu and each was a pleasure. The Maitre d' and waiters got to know us and were friendly and professional. They not only went through the mechanics of great service but genuinely seemed to care that we were satisfied with every meal. They even made a special dish for my wife when she inquired about whether they were going to have it on the menu. Our three dinners in the main dining room were also excellent. The best dinner we had on the cruise was at the Tuscan Grill, one of the many specialty restaurants. The staff and chefs at Tuscan exceeded our expectations. The Ocean View was sometimes a bit crowded but food quality was good for buffet service. It was a great place to have a quick bite before heading out for an early morning tour. We also had several quick (and healthy) breakfasts at the Aqua Spa Cafe. One other important factor the coffee was uniformly good throughout the ship. We used the room service twice and the service and food was good. Entertainment: We were expecting average entertainment but were pleasantly surprised at the quality. We attended all except two shows and would give all of them an A or B grade. The visiting entertainers (Jack Walker, Mike Doyle, and the young lady pianist who performed on the last night) were particularly impressive, as were the circus entertainers on the next to last night. Nick Weir is an enthusiastic and professional cruise director. The shipboard groups were also great, especially Spira, the acapella group and the jazz group that played in the Ensemble Lounge. Education: We were disappointed with the two professors who did lectures. The astronomer did not stick to the title of his presentation and the historian cut the length of his lecture on the fall of the Roman Empire in half. Itinerary: What can you say about the itinerary? While we were disappointed that Egypt was dropped, how many chances does one have to go to Italy, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus and Israel on the same trip? We had excellent guides at all ports, some private and some arranged through Celebrity and others via private tours. Overall, we give this ship, staff and itinerary very high marks. We look forward to sailing with Celebrity in the future, either on the Silhouette or one of the sister ships. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
Everything was perfect from Check in to checking off at the end of the cruise , it was efficiently and swiftly done . My cabin was beautiful and tended to perfection , also the food was amazing from the Buffet to the dining room and Blu ... Read More
Everything was perfect from Check in to checking off at the end of the cruise , it was efficiently and swiftly done . My cabin was beautiful and tended to perfection , also the food was amazing from the Buffet to the dining room and Blu ( the people in Blu are fantastic , my mum and i were referred to as "Our English Roses " everytime we went to eat there . I am going to be boring and say there was nothing negative at all , the Celebrity tours were memorable , also the entertainment,we only went to the shows three times but liked what we saw. The Captain is so funny ,what a sense of humour !!!! It has to be Celebrity from now on for me , this was going to be a last cruise for my 87 year old mum but she is already planning her next one ( i am not complaining )Celebrity made her so happy and i will always be grateful for that A Big Thankyou x Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
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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