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15 Celebrity Silhouette Cruise Reviews for Romantic Cruises to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

Booked this cruise as we got a great deal on a Celebrity Suite and was looking forward to the WOW factor. It was the 12 night sailing from Rome to the Greek Islands and Israel in late October. The check in was very smooth and being in a ... Read More
Booked this cruise as we got a great deal on a Celebrity Suite and was looking forward to the WOW factor. It was the 12 night sailing from Rome to the Greek Islands and Israel in late October. The check in was very smooth and being in a higher level suite we were met at portside and escorted to the Michaels club to have a drink. This started of the cruise very well. Got to our room Suite 1110 and was slightly disappointed as based on past cruises the SKY Suite is actually bigger. Seems like they have tried to cram a lot in a small space. We were on the HUMP so the balcony was much bigger but what a waste of space. We had one comfy lounger and a small round table with 2 chairs. So much wasted space... Everything on the ship is ow an extra. We were bombarded with this package and that package by the staff to try and make the cruise better but I only see Celebrity getting any benefit as everything is so expensive. We had a drinks package which helped but if we wanted a better class of wine, beer or even a cocktail then another 7 bucks was added to the bill. If you have never been in Michael's club then don't get too excited. On this ship it was next to Murano and inside the room it is very dark as there are no windows. The atmosphere is not great either. We started eating in Luminae but after many complaints, not just from us, we moved to the Blu Restaurant which was much better and we ate there for the rest of the cruise. We did complain but nobody came to talk to us about it. Entertainment was OK and it was what I expect on a cruise ship. You just have to go with the flow and go along to the theatre. The Officers seemed to be keeping themselves to themselves. I can honestly say that I seen the Captain once the whole cruise and did not see many other officers either unless they were having coffee in the Coffee bar. We were ken to see Israel as we had never been there before. The country is stunning but like all cruise ships arriving at a small port there are line and lines everywhere. We had booked excursions for 3 days but after 11 hours on the first day we decided it was enough. When getting off in Israel you have to go through Customs and this took ages as you can expect with over 3,000 people trying to get off the ship. We cancelled the other excursions and did our own thing. I am trying to say something really positive about the cruise but are struggling. We have been on the Celebrity Eclipse and Celebrity Reflection and they just seemed better organised ships. As many off you are Elite members and above, you expect to be treated well but we are also Diamond Plus with Royal Caribbean so our next cruise is April next year on the New Symphony of the Seas. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose this cruise because of the destination ports (Italy, Israel and Greece). All of our previous cruising experience was on Holland America. Overall, the ship is in great condition and service was as expected, what I didn't like: ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the destination ports (Italy, Israel and Greece). All of our previous cruising experience was on Holland America. Overall, the ship is in great condition and service was as expected, what I didn't like: * Food in dining was sub-par, especially for what we paid. Quality was not good, portions were small - I was surprised they did not have menu and wine options that matched with our destinations - Italy, Israel and Greece. * Drink packages are not worth it, way too expensive. At best, you come out even for what you spend. Only worth it if you want the "pay-up-front and forget about it" benefit. * Entertainment was in the center area and was quite loud. There were not great options if you wanted quiet time during the evening. Personally, I would have loved classical - piano, violin, etc. * Common areas were not as clean as they should have been (around pools especially). Felt like lounge chairs were "well-used" and a bit dirty. What I liked: * Service was very good. The only wait times were at some of the more popular bars early evening before dinner. There was a crush of people and you'd have to wait 5-10 min to get a drink. Other than, that - state rooms were well kept, clean and everyone was very courteous. * Cabin was in good shape. Minor complaint about our back deck - got dirty at times, not sure if that was from soot, or something else. We would read on back and books, ipad had dirt after spending an hour or 2. We were on back - room 8353. * Excursions - favorite excursion by far was the Multi-Day tour in Israel, guide was well-versed. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Our third cruise on the Silly in 18 months, service and crew as good as ever. Captain was in good spirits, not like last May when we went to the Baltic and he was sick most of the time. Activities team superb. Dancers in show ... Read More
Our third cruise on the Silly in 18 months, service and crew as good as ever. Captain was in good spirits, not like last May when we went to the Baltic and he was sick most of the time. Activities team superb. Dancers in show productions have a lot to learn about timing, at least most of the special performers were very good, if not a bit staid, no comedians this trip. Pity there were no late night adult shows in the Celebrity Central theatre. One complaint is that the Food and Beverage Dept should realise that more and more passengers are vegetarian and it is totally unacceptable that the salad bar has fish/cold cuts between the salad dishes, and that the cheese platters are between the cold cuts platters. Every day in the buffet I saw people using the same tongs for the cheese as for the meat, the spoon for the mash potatoe was in the meat dish alongside, and bits of tuna had been dropped in the egg salad. The variety of vegies and salads is great, but if only there were a small, separate island with no meat or fish, it would make my cruise a much more enjoyable one, and I would not have to see cross contamination. This is something I point out to all managers on duty, but it falls on deaf ears. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We, like many of our fellow cruisers, booked this itinerary primarily to see Israel, and were deeply disappointed when those stops were cancelled due to demonstrations and tensions in and around Jerusalem. A perusal of the news, and ... Read More
We, like many of our fellow cruisers, booked this itinerary primarily to see Israel, and were deeply disappointed when those stops were cancelled due to demonstrations and tensions in and around Jerusalem. A perusal of the news, and reports from people who'd been there the week before, validated Celebrity's decision, however, and the addition of additional Greek islands was smooth, though a little redundant. I was amused at the guests who continued to rant against Celebrity for the cruise line's failure to "do something" so we could still land there. Yeah, Celebrity - what's wrong with you for not being able to create peace in the Middle East just for us. Anyway, the cruise was well up to Celebrity standards; wonderful food, especially in the Grand Cuvee dining Room (didn't try the specialty restaurants this time, but previous visit to Qsine knocked our socks off!), excellent entertainment, and outstanding service people in every area. We discovered the joys of room service breakfast, and our most magical moments were sitting on our veranda early in the morning, wrapped in blankets, with coffee and breakfast, watching the lights of a wondrous new destination glide into view. I loved the iLearn classes, and as an iPad/iPhone user, learned a tremendous amount about using both more effectively - great teacher! Also loved the gentlemen who presented every day on the cities we'd be visiting next - really increased my enjoyment. The only two "don't bothers" I can think of are the Internet packages (you'll use up most of your minutes just trying to get on line, and then struggle with the slowest connection of all time. Wait and use the free WiFi at cafes on shore) and the Celebrity-booked shore tours.) I'd pass on the pricey Celebrity tours, unless there's no alternative. In most towns, there are fully licensed tour companies waiting at the dock, or use the ubiquitous "Hop-on/Hop-off" bus lines to give you a guided tour that let's you jump off anywhere that looks interesting. Our best experiences were two tours arranged by fellow cruisers with companies they found on Trip Advisor. I'm trying to find the company name that sent us guide Eleni, an archeologist, who guided us through Athens and the Acropolis, and who's knowledge and patience won our hearts. It was a third of the Celebrity tour, and was everything we could have asked for. I also need to applaud Stefano Piersigilli's shuttle company, who got us to and from the ship, then showed up the next day at 3AM(!) to get us to the airport. Much cheaper than a taxi, and a fount of information on his city. All in all, we had a glorious time and can't imagine choosing any other line than Celebrity. (By the way, Celebrity, I suggest you add another category- "Romantic Seniors". We aren't just one or the other, you know:) Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
This was our third time on Celebrity. We had previously been on Eclipse (Eastern Med) & Infinity (Panama Canal). We chose this particular cruise for the itinerary around the Adriatic as we hadn’t been to much of this area before. The ... Read More
This was our third time on Celebrity. We had previously been on Eclipse (Eastern Med) & Infinity (Panama Canal). We chose this particular cruise for the itinerary around the Adriatic as we hadn’t been to much of this area before. The cruise started in Venice and visited Slovenia, Croatia, Greece, Malta and a few different places in Italy. As we booked the cruise only 8 weeks before it sailed we had to travel to Birmingham to get a direct flight to Venice (booked through Celebrity). Flight was on time and as soon as we had collected our luggage we were met by a chain of Celebrity representatives and shown to the transfer bus. It was all very slick and just over an hour after landing we were on the ship - Impressive. An announcement was made that the staterooms were ready at 1pm. We chose a balcony cabin which was perfectly adequate. Not as good as previous rooms though. Celebrity seem to be cutting back on some of the amenities in the room ie they no longer supply shower gel and the toiletries they did supply were not pleasant. We don’t eat at breakfast time so just went to the café for a drink. We always ate at the buffet for lunch if we were on the ship. Buffet was really good but after 12 days very repetitive. On the one day at sea the buffet was exceptional. Totally different things to the normal fare but far too much variety to be able to try everything you wanted to try. Maybe instead of doing this just put on a couple of the different items every day. Desserts weren’t very good (apart from the at sea day) and some of the ice cream tasted powdery. We ate in the main dining room for dinner. We had one meal which we didn’t particularly enjoy but apart from this the food and service were excellent. The waiters and assistant waiters were friendly and efficient. We were looking forward to trying Michael's Club to sample the craft beers on offer. But for the whole duration of the cruise it was closed for a private function. There was no mention of this when booking the cruise. Every time you were leaving (even at 7.15am to go on a trip!!), returning to the ship, or even going to the buffet restaurant there was always someone trying to get you to book one of the speciality restaurants at $45pp. After a while this became really irritating. We had actually booked a speciality restaurant when we first got on the ship but subsequently found out they did daily deals with up to 50% off but only bookable on the day. On principle, and like a lot of other people we cancelled our booking. Part way through the cruise my husband was asked by the F&B director how he was enjoying the food, etc and he raised the above with him. The F&B director agreed that it was a point of contention and not good customer relations but the decision had been made at corporate level. Once you are on board, Celebrity seem to have adopted a policy of trying to get as much money from you as possible, The Porch had a $7 surcharge, again we didn’t use this nor did we see more than a handful of people using it throughout the whole cruise. We booked drink packages. I had the premium package as I like to try different cocktails, my husband had the classic package and was hounded for the first week to upgrade to premium. Most of the ports we visited we had researched and did our own thing. The only organised trip we did was on the last day in Naples. We wanted to visit Capri, Sorrento and Pompeii and didn’t think we would be able to manage all of this in the time we had so booked a trip. The guide was good and answered all questions asked of him, nothing was too much trouble. At this point I must add that I felt sorry for the guide as I have never been with such a moaning group of people, they whinged about everything. In summary the cruise itinerary was good. The ship adequate for purpose though not as good as the other Solstice class ship we had been on and the changes to the Celebrity customer services disappointing - I would like to think in a competitive cruising market they would review these changes for the benefit of the customer. We may try Celebrity again if an itinerary came up that appealed at a time that suited us but it is looking unlikely. In the past year we have tried Silversea, Regent Seven Seas and are due to go on Seabourn next month. Because the entertainment and activities on board are not a high priority for us we find that these smaller ships suit us better.   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
This cruise to the Eastern Mediterranean was our third Celebrity cruise (two on Silhouette, one on the Reflection), and it was as excellent as the other two were. I'll begin with the embarkation. We stayed in Venice for three days ... Read More
This cruise to the Eastern Mediterranean was our third Celebrity cruise (two on Silhouette, one on the Reflection), and it was as excellent as the other two were. I'll begin with the embarkation. We stayed in Venice for three days before the cruise, and took a private water taxi directly from the hotel to the cruise terminal. The additional expense was more than worth it, and bypassed all the complications of the vaparetto's, Piazalle Roma, people mover, etc. In 20 minutes we were at the terminal. The taxi pulled right up to the terminal dock, and the bags were placed on a moving conveyer belt by service people. I'd definitely recommend this. We were curious about the Venice cruise terminal (after reading some reviews on Cruise Critic), but it was as organized as possible, knowing that 2,900 people were going through the process of boarding. The terminal support personnel were very friendly, and helped during the process. We were on board the ship in a little more than an hour, after arriving at 10:45 AM. The Silhouette is a beautiful, sophisticated ship, with artwork, and a contemporary feel. Exceptionally well maintained. The food is very good, and is something Celebrity is known for. We ate in the main dining room four nights, the food was very good, and the main waiter, assistant waiter, and sommelier made each meal memorable. For the first time, we ate in two of the specialty restaurants (Lawn Club Grill, and the Tuscan grill), and enjoyed each. The additional price was worth it in these two restaurants, although during our previous two cruises, we dined in the main dining rooms, and were perfectly satisfied. Breakfast and lunch were at the Ocean View café, which has an amazing variety of food, presented in an organized, upscale way. Tip: the spaghetti Bolognese is not to be missed. The cabin is large enough to be comfortable, with blonde wood, granite surface tops, and contemporary fixtures in the bathroom. The verandah is perfect for sailing in the Mediterranean, great way to relax and enjoy the views. We always take advantage of as many activities as we can, and enjoyed the Top Chef cooking competition, Captain's presentation, Trivia, Bingo, gym in the morning, Broadway presentations in the main theater, Captain's Club party with the officers, etc. The excursions were all booked through Celebrity, as we feel that it can get complicated booking private tours, especially where tender ports are involved, and this cruise had two tender ports (Kotor, and Santorini). The only negative was the ship's delayed arrival in Kotor (3:00 PM), which did not allow us to see as much of Perast and Kotor as we would have liked. The tours of Kotor, Kotakolon (Olympia), Athens, and Santorini were excellent with really knowledgeable guides, and first class buses and audio equipment. Celebrity is our favorite cruise line, for all the reasons listed above, but also for their service. Their people are really good, and are not only efficient and professional, but very friendly as well. They help make the cruise very memorable, and we'll continue to cruise with Celebrity.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
This was our second cruise on Celebrity. Both Celebrity sailings have been on Solstice class vessels, the first being the Solstice itself and this past cruise, the Silhouette. Both ships are magnificent! Engineering marvels, really! This ... Read More
This was our second cruise on Celebrity. Both Celebrity sailings have been on Solstice class vessels, the first being the Solstice itself and this past cruise, the Silhouette. Both ships are magnificent! Engineering marvels, really! This review will concentrate on the Silhouette primarily. Check-in was a breeze. We are currently stationed in Germany so a European embarkation point just makes sense for us. We now know Venice a little better and can say that it is so very very easy to travel from the Marco Polo International Airport to the Piazza Le Roma by bus! From Piazza Le Roma, it is a one stop trip (only 1/2 a kilometer really) directly to the cruise port on the People Mover monorail. You can't go the wrong way as there is only one direction out of Piazza Le Roma. 14 Euros one way for both of us! Private taxi, you had better have 70 - 80 Euros handy. Once at the cruise port, we went directly to check in. We were early, 11:00am and no lines. We had done the online check in process which saves a lot of time at the counter. Verification of travel documents and credit card for the on board account and we were off to security for clearing. Rooms were not ready yet but there were parts of the ship ready for travelers (like the buffet for lunch and pool area.) Announcement let us know when rooms were ready and luggage arrived very timely. On the first night, specialty restaurants were %50 off so we went to Murano. - Murano is a very nice on board restaurant with exquisite cuisine. This was our second meal in one. The food quality is excellent, presentation remarkable, and taste is very pleasing! We had the premium drink package and opted for wine with dinner. This is where the experience went south... Sommelier informed us of our options with the drink package. He also recommended a wine that was $2 over the allotted drink package and since our package was premium, it would only cost us the difference. We said yes to my wife's glass of wine. All was good except the Sommelier decided to bring out wines for the other courses and failed to mention they too, were over the drink package cover. By more than $2 dollars! I did not appreciate him taking liberties with our bill. On day 1 I decided to not let it spoil the trip and not raise a fuss, but what he did was wrong. And from that point, I made darn sure I was getting what I expected with no more surprises. - Aqua Class: This was the first time we sailed Aqua Class and I give it mixed reviews. Overall, I very much liked it! Priority boarding was excellent. Champagne is the room was good if unspectacular, but a nice touch none the less. Access tot he Persian Gardens was oh so relaxing! Loved that and couldn't understand why more people didn't take advantage. I did like the quiet relaxation all to myself though... Room shower with the jets was nice for my aching bones.. Access to Blu, the Aqua Class restaurant was worth the upgrade in my humble opinion. Although we did not dine there exclusively, we did dine there quite a bit and it was like a specialty restaurant experience every night! Maria, our Sommalier at Blu gets a special shout out for being what all Sommeliers should be.. She was excellent and enhanced our dining experience so much! Thanks Maria! Only drawback on Blu - Where is the coffee cream at breakfast? Only Brits like milk in their coffee... They were always gracious enough to get us some and we appreciated that! Blu = EXCELLENT! Aqua Class downers: 1. No flowers in the room until late on day 2 2. Fruit plate daily was apples. ONLY Apples. Like there was a shortage of other fruits or something. We threw away the apples and they brought us MORE apples! We gave up.. Grabbed a banana in the buffet... 3. Daily canapes.. What are these things anyway? hor d'oeuvres? Whatever they were intended to be, the thought was nice but quality was questionable. Stale tortillas. ham wrapped around a bread stick? Looked like leftovers from the buffet at times.. Olives were good though! 4. Pillow menu? WHAT pillow menu? Not sure what I expected but I sure didn't expect to have to describe what a pillow menu is to the cabin steward. Hey, Celebrity advertises a pillow menu for Aqua Class, not me.. You should know what you are promising to people... As it turns out, not much there... Although the regular pillows are fine. Overall food grade would be a A-. To be fair, that is an exceptional grade for any cruise line to achieve with someone who loves food they way I do! I am totally amazed at the quality of the food on board with Celebrity considering the sheer quantity they prepare! Kudos to the chef and crew! The ONLY drawback is food can get a little cold or stale of the buffet line. Not a lot mind you, they do keep it reasonably fresh. I also believe there is always room for improvement when handing out grades so do consider my scale a half letter down from the average person.. Food = GREAT on Celebrity. Drinks - I LOVE the drink package thing! I don't ever want to worry about the cost of anything when I am on vacation! And in this case, I prefer to have my drinks prepaid and not go against my on board account! Its a personal preference for my own budgeting.. All specialty coffees are covered. i like that! Got my money's worth right there, never mind the two glasses of wine at dinner or the beers poolside... Vacations are supposed to relax you so take the worry out of the equation and prepay the expenses.. Then experiment with new tastes at THE MOLECULAR BAR! AWESOME!! Second time there and I have now worked around the menu! Would never have tried it if buying drinks individually... Pools - not enough pool space yet, had a great time up top on deck! Soothed my aching bones in the whirlpools too! Standard on ships and very nice! Deck got REAL hot in the sun though.. Wear flip flops! Solarium is so relaxing and quiet. It's like an indoor pool area without the noise of kids or music. Designed for quiet relaxation. Casino - We made $5 on slots. I'm happy! Nice casino with assortment of games. Very clean and new, like the rest of the ship! Onboard shopping - Never understood this. Why would anyone spend all that money to go on a cruise to spend even more in specialty stores.. But nice to window shop as the merchandise in the high end stores is quite nice. If you want to do duty free shopping, wait until you're at the airport... Crew - A very professional crew. Always took care of business. Knew what their job was and did it. Not as engaging or as friendly as the Solstice with a few exceptions. (Maria and Anna from Blu, Suzanne at the Molecular Bar) Slobodon, the manager of the Blu restaurant, does a wonderful job. Entertainment - Did not take in any shows so no comments. Specialty Restaurants - Only ate at Murano. REALLY wanted to try out the new grill restaurant but can't fathom why anyone would spend $40 on a steak.. Bring your price back to reasonable Celebrity.. We got nice steaks in Blu for free... QSine was pushed awfully hard but I thought the concept to be too playful.. I like to eat not play with my food... Shore Excursions - Only took one and was a little disappointed. I'll never be a fan of the scare tactics all cruise lines use to get you to sign up for an excursion - letting you know that they WILL leave you behind at port UNLESS you are on their authorized excursion. That is all well and good but after telling me 20 times, I get it.. And still managed to get my butt back on board all by myself on time. Got to see the ports of call on my terms which frankly, always is better (for me) than being herded onto a bus.. Grab your Rick Steves book and go your own way. Plan your adventures in advance to include reservations for museums you may want to see. Have a good watch and plan on getting back to port and give yourself an hour of leeway in case of unforeseen delays.. If the ship offers transportation to a particular city (i.e. $12 for shuttle service to Dubrovnik's old town) take it. Ciao! Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
My husband and I took the May 17 Eastern Mediterranean cruise out of Civitavecchia. This was our first cruise on Celebrity. We chose Celebrity due to great reviews by family members. We had cruised on Princess (twice) and Royal Caribbean ... Read More
My husband and I took the May 17 Eastern Mediterranean cruise out of Civitavecchia. This was our first cruise on Celebrity. We chose Celebrity due to great reviews by family members. We had cruised on Princess (twice) and Royal Caribbean (once) and wanted to try Celebrity. When we heard they had a new ship I checked the itineraries and found just what we wanted. The ports were all new to us and we liked the fact that there were only 2 days at sea. We booked a veranda stateroom very much in advance and got a very good price. The price continues to go up the closer you get to the sale date. Although other incentives were offered as time went on, they still did not make up for the difference in what we paid compared to the new prices with incentives. Boarding: We used Roma Cabs to get from our hotel in Rome to Civitavecchia. This company is terrific. We highly recommend them. We arrived at the time the cruise lines said they would start boarding (11:30 AM) and it only took about 10 minutes to board. We got our stateroom immediately and were able to drop off our carry on luggage. Our other luggage arrived in the early afternoon. We went to the buffet in the Oceanview Cafe. It was not crowded. We were told only about 500 passengers had boarded so far so that might be why it wasn't crowded, since the ship was fully booked and holds over 3000 passengers. We were greeted at the buffet with complimentary champagne and mimosas. What a way to start off. The buffet surpassed the lunch buffet we had on both Princess and Royal Caribbean. The food was much more varied and a higher quality. There were many salad choices (both those you make yourself and prepared salads which varied every day). At all lunch buffets there is always Asian and other eastern cuisine, a pasta bar and pizza, a place to make sandwiches with cold cuts, soups, other hot entrees and lots of desserts including an ice cream bar with toppings (whipped cream, chocolate and vanilla sauce, M and M's plain and peanut, Reese's pieces, gum drops and jelly beans and sprinkles). The ice cream bar is there at dinner and after dinner as well. In the AM a waffle station with toppings is there in its place. There are also soft serve machines in the buffet and on deck 15. We ate all our breakfasts and lunches (when on the ship) at the buffet except twice when we had lunch at the Mast Bar (deck 15 - very good hamburgers, hot dogs and french fries). We went to the dining room for 7 of the 10 dinners. The dinners were fabulous in the Opus dining room, but a few nights we just chose to eat at the buffet because we were tired from our excursions or just wanted to eat outside, since the weather was marvelous. There is ample outdoor dining seating just outside the buffet which is on deck 14 at the back of the ship. We did not eat at the specialty restaurants. There are many and they do look wonderful but we were more than satisfied with what was offered in the main dining room and at the buffet. Tip: The specialty dining costs are cheaper the first night on the ship (you can book when your board) or if you get a dining package. The prices for specialty dining go as high as $45. Breakfast at the Oceanview Cafe was incredible. Carvery of ham every day, eggs and omelets to order, all kinds of cereals, fresh fruit, pancakes (2 kinds), waffles, blintzes with whipped cream, fruit and sour cream toppings, bananas foster, lots of breads and pastries, and many other items that appealed to the guests from other countries. The only 2 things that were not to our liking were the juices (the better juices were only available at an additional cost or part of a premium beverage package) and the bacon which was much too undercooked for our taste. Don't get me wrong, we were not disappointed with breakfast at all. There were plenty of delicious choices. The buffet in the evening had a carvery, several hot dishes, hamburgers and hot dogs, pasta, salads, fish and chips and other choices. The Opus Dining Room dinners were wonderful. We chose select dining and came to dinner at about 7:00 every night and we were always able to get a table for 2 and the same waiter if we wanted him. Note: The people who choose select dining have to eat upstairs. They cannot eat on the main (first level) of the dining room which is really the prettiest place to eat. However, if you are lucky enough to get by the rail, overlooking the main area, you can still enjoy the beautiful room. We felt the convenience of eating when we wanted to was worth this concession. The menu was varied, the food of the highest quality in taste and preparation and presentation, and the staff was amazing. There were also several appetizers including mushrooms stuffed with crab meat and shrimp cocktail, salads, entrees and desserts that were available everyday to please most people. Try the french onion soup - it was fantastic. Check out the website 'beyondships' for details on this ship including menus. A note to hearty eaters - the portions for many of the dinner choices, especially the appetizers and some desserts were small, and we are not big eaters. We were glad since it kept us from overeating and you can always ask for more. Better to ask for more than have a lot of food go to waste. The formal nights for this cruise were on the 2 sea days, but this can change since it is up to the captain. On the 2nd formal night we had a hard time choosing between lobster tail, beef wellington and duck a l'orange and other great choices. There is also a brunch that was held on the 2nd sea day on the first level of the Opus dining room from 10:00 to 1:00. It was gorgeous. Glass sculptures, fruits and veggies carved into flowers and birds, etc. The food included all the normal breakfast items plus many, many more including eggs benedict, quiches, a shrimp station, etc. There were also white and milk chocolate fountains with fruit for dipping. What a spread! The staff really worked hard. Regarding the staff: classy, classy , classy and I do not mean stuffy. Everyone was so professional, spoke at least 2 languages including English, were very friendly, and just couldn't do enough for you. There was always someone to help you. By the way, the officers were also very friendly. We are not drinkers so we did not visit the bars. We also did not visit the casino. Onboard activities: We were very busy when in port and when at sea we chose to go to the pool (indoor and outdoor) so we did not partake in the onboard activities except for the shows in the evening. The Celebrity singers and dancers are phenomenal and they gave 3 performances at night and several more at different times in the atrium. The other entertainment was good but not quite as good as we expected. They had one great pianist. The other entertainers were good and we enjoyed them but not just as good as we had experienced on the Royal Caribbean mediterranean cruise we took 3 years ago. We went to the shows in the Reflection Theater every night except the last night. The entertainment at the pool, in the atrium and elsewhere on the ship was very good. Our stateroom. We had an veranda 1a stateroom on the port side of the ship. Our stateroom was 8253. Our stateroom attendant Xavier was wonderful. He even got a maintenace man to fix one of my purses. The cabin was very roomy and had plenty of storage space. Note: Store your suitcases under the bed. Also, above the bed is a large storage area that really helps. The bathroom was roomier than I expected, also with ample storage space, toiletries, a foot rest for the ladies to shave their legs, etc. It seemed like every time we came back to the cabin (even when we were only gone 30 minutes) the towels were changed if used, the ice bucket was filled, etc. I don't know how they do it. If the stateroom steward was in the hallway he would open the door for us. He even greeted us by name the first day and we hadn't even reached our cabin. I do not know how he knew who we were. The balcony had 2 lounge chairs and a table and was quite roomy. There was a flat screen TV with movies and music. We also got candy on our pillow every night. How sweet! I am not going to go into much detail on the ports. We only used Celebrity excursions which were all very good. We loved the ports. We were very lucky to have excellent weather. We did not choose excursions for Rhodes or Mykonos. Very easy to visit on your own. We rate this a 5 star +. We will always choose Celebrity if there are itineraries that suit our needs. Thanks, Celebrity for a great time.   Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
Our cruise began with a tour of northern Italy on our own. Rented a car and drove to Trieste and then to Ljubljana. Trieste had much to offer in sights to visit. Took the hop on hop off bus and visited the Castello Miramare built by the ... Read More
Our cruise began with a tour of northern Italy on our own. Rented a car and drove to Trieste and then to Ljubljana. Trieste had much to offer in sights to visit. Took the hop on hop off bus and visited the Castello Miramare built by the Arch Duke Maximilian. We highly recommend this visit and the bus tour which hits the city highlites.Drove on to Ljubljana as this was one of the tours offered by the cruise line. We decided to take it on our own as the tour by the cruise line was very costly and the tour offered by the Line was very lengthy. Glad we did this on our own. Ljubljana was a disappointment to some degree. My wife and I enjoy historical sites and the old architecture. The city has a small historic area and can be seen in a very brief time. The old city is naturally along the river but it never was a large important location. There is a castle on the high prometory point affording a expansive view of the city and area. It is reachable by a funicular for 1 Eruo. It has a university and an artsy feel to it, but it is a very modern city of about 250,000. We did enjoy dinner at one of the hotels before driving to Venice.We arrived in Venice to catch the ship. Spent some time in Venice which is one of the cities my wife really enjoys. The history of Venice is overwhelming and one visit to the city is not enough. Left Venice and sailed to Koper Slovenia. Unfortunately the weather turned nasty. Got caught in a rain storm. Koper did not have a lot to offer as it is basically a port industrial city for Slovenia.The itinerary of this cruise was one of the reasons for our taking it. We sailed down the Adriatic Sea stopping in Split and Dubrovnik in Croatia and in Kotor in Montenegro. These were all beautiful cities with history dating to the Greek and Roman times. Kotor is a small town of about 13,000that is located in a fiord and surrounded by mountains. The sailing into the narrow passage is worth being up early when the ship arrives in port. The Old City of Kotor is one of the best preserved medieval towns in the Adriatic. The city is surrounded by an impressive wall and there are a great number of monuments of medieval architecture: churches, cathedrals, palaces and museums. You can do a self tour so save yourself the money and pass on the ships tour.We then sailed to Ravenna, Italy which was a disappointment. Took a ship tour since the port is about 20 minutes from the city center. The city is large but according to our guide most of the city was ruined by the bombing of World War II. We visited the beautiful Sant'Apollinare in Classe, an imposing brick structure dating from the beginning of 6th century by order of Bishop Ursicinus. It was consecrated on May 9, 549 by Bishop Maximian and dedicated to Saint Apollinaris, first bishop of Ravenna and Classe. The Basilica is thus contemporary with the Basilica of San Vitale of Ravenna. In 856, the relics of Saint Apollinaris were transferred from the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe to the Basilica of Sant' Apollinare Nuovo in Ravenna. We also stopped by the Mausoleum of Teodorico, an ancient ruler who had the mausoleum built but does not rest there now.The local economy booms with a big chemical industry, the discovery of offshore gas deposits, and the construction of a new ship canal. These are the things you see en route from the ship to the city center.Sailed on to Bari Italy and then to Malta. From Malta we sailed to Sicily and then to Naples before ending at the port of Civitavecchia outside of Rome.Well, the food on the cruise was good but not as good as what we've had on other Celebrity ships. The buffet had great selections and we liked the floor layout for convenience and ease of moving around to various offerings. Service through out the ship was excellent and the staff courteous and helpful at all times. The entertainment was okay. Maybe I'm getting to the point where it seems repetitious. All of the ship facilities where well maintained. The exercise equipment was the latest and in excellent condition. There was ample shops on board with a good selection of high quality products if one is interested in shopping. The casino, according to my wife, was very stingy on their payouts. I would like to mention that we originally booked a cabin with a balcony on deck 8 but made a change to deck 6. When we made the change, we believed that the cabin had an unobstructed view. We learned before sailing that the cabin had an obstruction (life boats). On discussing the issue with our booking agent, she stated that we would be saving a thousand dollars and would find the lifeboats would not be much of an obstruction. In any event, we could not change cabins because the ship was sold out. Well we have to give our agent a big thank you for the savings, because there really wasn't much of an obstruction. We would do it again.We both agreed that this was an excellent cruise but the itinerary is definitely one that will tire you out. You will need a vacation in Tahiti to relax. Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
This is our second cruise with Celebrity, the first being on the Eclipse last year and we loved it so much we bought the guaranteed onboard spend voucher for the next cruise, which we used on this one. We had a good deal with a travel ... Read More
This is our second cruise with Celebrity, the first being on the Eclipse last year and we loved it so much we bought the guaranteed onboard spend voucher for the next cruise, which we used on this one. We had a good deal with a travel agent (found it in the paper) and decided to opt for Aquaclass. Embarkation was smooth. Got to our stateroom and was greeted by the Aquaclass extras. We had a balcony room on the Eclipse, so this is what the difference is in Aqua. We got fluffy bathrobes, extra large fluffy towels, canapes delivered daily even when we were not in (despite what they say on the order form), fresh fruit daily, bottle of champagne on arrival (so far I think this is the same extras in Concierge Class), a few extra toiletries (facial mist, lip balm), shower jets that were really nice, extended room service menu (which we made use of almost everyday for breakfast, which included smoothies and freshly squeezed orange juice for no extra charge), the use of the Persian Gardens (amazing steam room, hot stone beds), 2 bottles of water daily, plus the amazing Blu restaurant which only Aquaclass can make use of for breakfast and dinner. Blu Restaurant was amazing and we ate there everynight except on 2 occasions when we went to the Tuscan Grille and Murano. All the speciality restaurants there are amazing, but the prices are a little steep ($40 per head at Murano and Qsine). We managed to get 50% off for dining in the Tuscan on the first night, and 20% off at Muranos during the second week. Had to ask for the latter. The food on Celebrity is the best we have ever experienced on any ship. Entertainment was simply amazing. Their production show (there were 3) were absolutely wonderful! Best ever!!! Service onboard was very good. Our stateroom attendent was very good, very efficient, polite and non intrusive. He brought us our breakfast every morning though sometimes we did have breakfast in the Aqua Spa cafe. Now for the ports, which I hope you will find helpful! Naples - we did a ship's excursion that included a hike on Mt Vesuvius, and a trip to Pompeii. A thunderstorm meant the hike was not possible and it was a wasted journey all the way up. Pompeii was good, despite the rain. Wish we had just done the Pompeii trip on our own as opposed to a large bus group. The ship did a Pompeii transfer as well which we would have done if we'd known Mt Vesuvius was going to be cancelled. Catania,Sicily - Did a ship's excursion to Taormina and Mt Etna. Taormina was very nice, though it was very crowded with so many visitors. Mt Etna was enjoyable though it was extremely windy and cool up there. We didn't have time to go up the cable car since we were with a tour group. Again, wished we could have been independent and done more walking on our own up there. Some people rented a car for the day when they got to Catania and paid 40 euros for it (they asked in several rental places and took the cheapest) and had a very good independent day. Valletta, Malta - This was our first sunny and warm day. Very pleasant, walkable from the port, nice shops just outside the ship. It is quite a hilly place with nice views and pleasant old town. Corfu - the old town is walkable. This ship provided shuttles at $12 but able bodied people will take about 20-25 mins to walk into the town. There is also a local bus #16 that goes from the terminal at the port gate to the old town for just 1.50 euros each one way. We took the #16 into the town, and walked back. There is a free bus that takes you from the ship to the port gate, but it is only a few minutes walk if you don't want to take that bus. Corfu town is completely touristy - shops selling souvenirs of all sorts in their old town. Kumquat liquers, kumquat delights, wooden items, lace, leather etc. If you don't want to walk, take the local bus. It does the same thing as the ship's shuttle at a fraction of the cost! It's a direct bus - doesn't stop until you get to the old town. Bari, Italy - we were told on the ship that unless we were on an excursion, Bari was not worth visiting. Might as well stay on the ship. However, after spending a very quiet morning on the ship, we decided to walk into Bari after lunch. The ship provides a shuttle @$10 and tries to discourage you from walking. Again able bodied people will find it takes about 10-15 mins walk following a very safe path to the old town. It is a pleasant walk, not at all that bad. Bari old town was very nice, cobbled, lots of character. It was quiet as it was siesta time, but we saw how local people lived and it was pleasant walking through the streets and alleyways. Definitely no need for a shuttle bus! Dubrovnik - we loved Dubrovnik. We definitely needed a shuttle here as we were docked quite far away. Shuttles were provided by the ship @ $12. Make sure you have local Kuna in Croatia. Some places do take euros, but we found it a lot easier having kunas with us. We walked the city wall first thing (less crowded) which took about an hour with camera stops), then we took a boat trip out (paid 10 euros each for that and there were 8 of us on the boat). Choose a small boat with less people. We noticed some rather large boats with a lot of people - not so nice. The boat trip was nice as we saw old Dubrovnik from the sea. After that we went up the cable car, which we highly recommend. The view from up there was fantastic. After that, we came down and mooched around the Placa and sat around in cafes before returning to the ship with plenty of time spare. Kotor, Montenegro - We loved this little gem of a place. The sail in and out is brilliant. Picture postcard type views. We tendered into Kotor and wandered around the town. Walked up the mountain towards the fort. Took us an hour to climb up very uneven steps and stone paths. The views are breathtaking from high up. It costs 3 euros to go up (ie if a man is there to collect the money). There is an alternative route up the mule path - you can see it on the left that zigzags up the mountain. It is less steep but a lot longer, and free. We went up the steps and came down the mule path for a different perspective. We loved Kotor. Split - again another tender port. Split was very busy. With 2 other cruise ships there, the whole place was packed. We went up the Bell Tower (extremely scary for those who hate heights and rickety stairs!). Nice view though. Nice market there and a promenade full of cafes and shops. Ravenna - now this is a place we wished we hadn't bothered with. Needed a shuttle to get into town (25 mins journey). When we got there, there was really nothing much to do there and to us was the most boring of all our ports. There are a few Unesco sites, but after the previous ports, Ravenna just seemed very bland. If we docked in Ravenna again, we'll either go to Bologna or stay on the ship! Koper, Slovenia - the ship docks within a few minutes of the town. Pleasant town with shops and cafes and a tower to see the view. We also visited Piran, which is about 30 mins away. Another pleasant place. Venice - this is where we ended our cruise. We got off the ship and took our luggage to the left luggage (4 euros per item) next to the ship. We then took a waterbus to St Marks. From there we wandered around Venice, had a gondola ride (150 euros for 40 mins!), ate pizza, icecream, took a #1 waterbus from St Marks down the Grand Canal (7 euros each). 5 hours in Venice and we were then on a taxi to the airport to fly back home. Absolutely loved this cruise and loved our Aquaclass room. Worth it just for dining in Blu. One downside.... a bit too much hard selling on Celebrity - trying to push excursions, shuttles, speciality coffees, wines, speciality restaurants. They do not give enough information about each port for independent travellers, prefering you NOT to be independent! But it is only a small downside and as long as you are aware of it, do your research before you get onboard! Will definitely sail with Celebrity again and hopefully Aquaclass! Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
We traveled on the Silhouette in January on a twelve night Caribbean cruise leaving from Bayonne, New Jersey. We had one of our best cruises so booking this European cruise and anticipating the same type of experience... we were not ... Read More
We traveled on the Silhouette in January on a twelve night Caribbean cruise leaving from Bayonne, New Jersey. We had one of our best cruises so booking this European cruise and anticipating the same type of experience... we were not disappointed! Read my in depth review posted in January about the ship. We cruised October 23rd for eleven nights from Venice to Rome, with an extra day in Rome at the end. Lets start with the negative which had nothing to do with the cruise but our travel experience it was almost disastrous. Heathrow airport was fogged in so our connecting flight to Venice was cancelled. Fortunately the ship was overnight or we would have missed it!!! Needless to say we had not slept in thirty hours as we flew from Toronto to London to Madrid to Venice. We arrived in our stateroom at midnight and ordered room service and had a lovely dinner. The positive, Celebrity hit it out of the park! We once again stayed in Aqua Class, had very good food throughout the cruise, we never felt the need to go to a speciality restaurant and the service was fantastic as usual! The extra special experiences was having the Captain's club hostess Donette Fletcher stop us in a hallway and state that she remembered our faces so we got re-aquainted as well we had two servers and an assistant come up to us our first evening and said they remembered us from January as we did also. We must have left quite the impression! Yikes!!! Other great experiences was an invitation on a formal night to dine at the Captains table hosted by Donette Fletcher and two engaging officers. Our fellow diners were American, British and Irish and were a pleasure to meet. A lovely touch was a photo of the whole group taken high above on the upper floor of the dining room. We all received copies at the end of the dinner personalized with everyone's name. A classy touch. Another would be highlight was an invitation for a champagne sail out in Kotor, Montenegro on the Heli pad at the bow of the ship. Unfortunately due to weather this event was cancelled but a great experience it would have been. A couple of cutbacks we noticed was the Captains club reception for Select and Elite members as there was no food as in January we had sushi and crepes. This time around there was just drinks, so there was plenty of laughter! Also, they were not promoting the discounts for the speciality restaurants like they use to. Although we did receive a 50% discount on our first night on the ship. All for not in our situation. We have dined in Murano before which is a lovely experience but you must plan on two to three hours and go very hungry. The entertainment was vastly improved over January and there were three of the principal singers we recognized that were impressive. The shows were excellent! We had to tender in to port at Split , Croatia which was a very unpleasant experience. Three thousand people getting off and four boats? We booked on board an open booking for a future cruise with a nominal deposit which never expires. The only issue with this cruise was it was port intensive, nine ports including Venice in 11 nights. Only one sea day so you are constantly on the move. This was a historic and educational cruise so we did not mind. Saying that our next cruise with Celebrity will have at least three to four sea days. In closing we would like to give kudos to our room attendant from Indonesia, Donette Fletcher, Captains Club hostess, Damar and ToTo our servers and Tyrone the assistant. Also, the Assistant Maitre'd Danella was very professional and looked after us. The Captain was a stand up comedian! Most of the staff were very friendly and engaging. If you are looking for value for your hard earned dollar, quality of food and service and ship amenities are important, Celebrity should be on your short list. Yes the age demographic is getting a little bit older but if you are healthy and mobile in your seventies, eighties and nineties I will keep cruising too! There are plenty of other cruise companies that cater to all sorts of different age groups. Saying this I would put the average age on this cruise at about sixty-five. A great mix of nationalities. A certain amount of class and decorum which is a nice change from the overly casual "island cruises". We enjoy cruising on other lines and like to switch things up to see if our benchmark (Celebrity) is still the one. We will be trying out the Eurodam a Holland America cruise over the holidays and New years with our two adult sons so we will be interested in the comparison. We keep coming back to Celebrity! Enjoy the experience, try Celebrity and become a convert! Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
We traveled as a family of 4 adults (30's and 60's) and this was our first Celebrity cruise. We stayed in Rome for 3.5 days before our cruise in an apartment on Campo de Fiori. The location was perfect: loud, really fun and you ... Read More
We traveled as a family of 4 adults (30's and 60's) and this was our first Celebrity cruise. We stayed in Rome for 3.5 days before our cruise in an apartment on Campo de Fiori. The location was perfect: loud, really fun and you can walk everywhere. We loved Rome and did all the main tourist attractions (Vatican, Colosseum, etc). We also booked a day trip to Orvieto & Civita di Bagnoregio which was fantastic. We used Rome Cabs to take us to Civitavecchia and it was very easy and only took us about 40 minutes on a Tuesday. Ship: To sum it up we LOVED it! We were on the Silhouette and it is a gorgeous ship. Our stateroom was 8105 and since it was in the very front of the ship it had extra room. The downfall of the room is it's pretty noisy however we were so tired we didn't care most of the time. We thought the storage and bathroom space was fine but we did ask for more hangers. Ladies you will love the "shaving" foot bar in the shower. We arrived about 1:30pm and check in was amazingly quick (20 min) and we had our luggage 45 min later. We did tip the porters so that may have had something to do with it :). The spa was very nice, we had a couples massage, and while they do tell you about products they do not give you the hard sell! The Alcoves were nice to have on sea days but we probably woulnd't book them again. They do face inwards but you can see the water across the grass between the other alcoves. If you really wanted to the glass panels in the back slide open and you could turn you chair around to see the water. The only problem is you would be sitting right next to the walkway behind the alcoves so it's not really private. It was also windy so you couldn't sit there and play cards like we wanted to. Food & Drinks: The food in the main dining room was excellent and the buffet was much better then other crusie lines we travelled. All the bartenders were VERY generous with the alcohol in the drinks, even on a drink package. We definitely got our money's worth our of the premium beverage package and we didn't feel it affected our service at all. Michaels had an "around the world beer club" that had 10 beers to try and rate. At the end you got a certificate. Very fun for the guys in our group and Andrei the bartender was great! Very knowledgeable and fun to talk to. We ended up here most nights after dinner for a drink and to watch the Euro Cup. Zsombor the sommelier in the celebrity select dining was amazing and accomodated our drink package with wines not listed on the menu as by the glass. If we wanted a pricer bottle he would just charge us the difference. Every night as soon as we picked our meal Zsombor would select our wine and he nailed it every time! He even got us to try wines we would never normally drink! The gelato was very good and worth the small fee. We ate at the Tuscan Grill and while it was good we didn't think it was $30pp better then the main dining room. We also tried Quise and that was a really fun experience and worth the $40pp. It was a 3 hour dinner so don't go if you are in a hurry! The paninis on The Porch were also good and worth the $5. The molecular bar was fun for at least one drink but they were a little too sweet for me to drink all the time. Entertainment: We only went to a few shows because dinner usually ran long and then we were tired from our long port days. The shows we did see were entertaining and fun to watch. Overall: The service was top notch (stateroom attendants, servers, waitstaff etc)and the ship was beautiful. We were very happy with Celebrity and plan on booking with them for all future cruises. The one disappointing experince we had was we couldn't stop in Mykonos. There were 46mph winds and really big waves so they closed the port to all ships. We had another sea day which was disappointing and it would have been great to have a subsitute port. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
We arrived a day early in Venice and enjoyed strolling the Grand Canal and St.Marks Square. Embarkment was so quick and easy. The ship is very similar to Celebrity Eclipse which we sailed on 2 years ago. The Hideaway is new which is great ... Read More
We arrived a day early in Venice and enjoyed strolling the Grand Canal and St.Marks Square. Embarkment was so quick and easy. The ship is very similar to Celebrity Eclipse which we sailed on 2 years ago. The Hideaway is new which is great for reading and relaxing. We especially loved the Lawn Club and the enetertainment aboard. One evening while sailing away we went up to the Lawn Club and sat on the grass while we listened to a jazz ensemble and ate wine and cheese. All complimentary. The solarium pool is outstanding for relaxing and swimming. The lounges are so comfortable and there's an abundance of fresh towels.The temperature in the hot tubs are perfect and they were no crowded. I especially liked the canopy lounges where it was so easy to read and fall asleep. The food was outstanding. Every meal was delicious and well prepared. The variey was also very good as no menu was repeated during the cruise. We especially enjoyed 'Bistro on Five.' The upcharge is only $5.00 but you can get as many crepes as you want and the service is wonderful. In fact, the service is wonderful all over the ship. GREAT staff who wants to please each and every guest. The Celebrity singers and dancers performed in three spectacular shows, the last one being the best we've ever seen. Guest enetrtainers were good. Overall, Celebrity Silhouette exceeded our expectations. If you want a carefree cruise surrounded by elegance, great food and style then this ship is for you. We loved it so much that we booked 2 more Celebrity cruises through the future cruise sales which were quite busy.You have nothing to worry about once you board. Even disembarkment was so quick and easy. Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
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
We booked this cruise for the September 1st sailing for our tenth anniversary as we thought that the itinerary which included four days in Israel was perfect for us. We were hesitant after reading the initial reviews of the ship, but as ... Read More
We booked this cruise for the September 1st sailing for our tenth anniversary as we thought that the itinerary which included four days in Israel was perfect for us. We were hesitant after reading the initial reviews of the ship, but as soon as we stepped foot on the ship, we dropped all of our apprehension at the door and enjoyed every moment on this beautiful ship! We had a Concierge Class room on the tenth deck, mid ship. The room was beautifully appointed and looked very fresh and new. It was bigger than I expected it to be and the layout was fairly well thought out. The only thing I didn't like was the shelving units on top of the bed as they were awkward to access and I kept the majority of my clothing in them. I would have preferred to use the trundle bed area under the couch as a drawer rather than having an unused mattress in it. The bathroom was large and the shower was wonderful. Our shower made a horrible high pitched shrieking noise two minutes into each shower. We thought this was normal until we mentioned it to friends a few nights later. We told our room steward and he had it fixed immediately. All of the main areas on the ship are elegant and really nice. There are so many places to hang out, each with it's own unique style to suit even the most picky person. The ship was always spotless and well maintained. We joined in some of the different activities (Poolside games, Celebrity Rox, Bingo, dancing, etc.). The Activities staff, in particular Esperanza, Sarah, Justin and Dave, are enthusiastic and seem to work endless hours. Their energy and clear affection for one another is infectious and it is hard not to smile and join in when they are around. The casino area was fairly slow and it was several days into the journey before we saw people sitting at the poker table. Once we did, however, it was always the same five or six guys playing. My husband played in one of the Texas Hold'em tournaments and did well. The ships' different musical performances (Aquadio, Allegra Strings, Sipra, Johnny Mantra) were all very entertaining and we would often go to listen to them in their various venues around the ship. We especially liked Johnny Mantra. He has a beautiful voice and a wide variety of songs that he plays. Aquadio is also an amazing, high energy group, although their songs get repetitive. We never once came across any obnoxious kids or people who did not obey the smoking rules. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves and kept to their own business. We dined most evenings in the main dining room. The first night was a disaster and took way too long. We had the late dining (8:45pm) and I found that it was quite late and impacted the rest of the evening for me. However, I think a big part of this was because the entertainment in the theatre for the late dining occurs after dinner (10:55 pm). I would have much preferred for the entertainment to be before dinner, as has been my experience in the past. By the time the show was done it was close to midnight and I was too tired to move on to other attractions on the ship. After the staff ironed out the issues from the first night, the rest of the evenings in the main dining room were lovely. I am a picky eater and could usually find at least one thing on each section of the menu to eat. I found the food was mostly very tasty and came out with good timing and at the right temperature. The staff were all friendly and very accommodating. They quickly learned our preferences and we would come to the table and everything would be set according to our likes. The asst. Maitre D was very accommodating to my husband's dietary issues and he stopped by our table every night to discuss the next night's choices. We also dealt with a lovely sommelier who greeted my husband each evening and was always available to fill his glass. I am not a wine/alcohol drinker and he surprised me with a martini one evening that he thought I would like, free of charge. We definitely noticed the non-English speaking families struggling with communication in the main dining room. One family next to me ordered every entree on the menu at night because they couldn't read the menu and the waiter and assistant waiter did not make a stronger effort to help them. I did mention it to the Maitre D, but did not see the family again after that evening. We dined in the buffet for breakfast and it had a wide assortment of choices to suit everyone. There wasn't a consistent rotation of food, it pretty much remained the same, but I didn't have a problem with it. There was enough variety that you could easily choose different foods each morning. We also ate here for lunch sometimes and it was good enough. We would make a turkey or tuna sandwich and have some salad. Again, lots of variety for those who want a light or hearty meal. We ordered room service a few times. The system for ordering is through the television and while room service is 24 hours, there are only certain times you can order, which is annoying. However, when we placed an order, we always got a confirmation call within three minutes and the food always came on time and exactly as ordered. The only problem we had was when ordering breakfast. We wanted french toast, but we each wanted 3 pieces, so I put a six on the form and hung it on my door. They brought us six separate plates of french toast, which was pretty silly. We ate at Tuscan Grille once, to celebrate our anniversary. I had booked it and paid for it weeks before we sailed. When we got to the dining room, we had five different people come to us at the door, but none of them seated us. Finally we were given a table and looked around and the restaurant was practically deserted. I asked the waiter if it would be possible for me to have chicken parmigiana instead of veal parmigiana and he told me that usually it would be ok, however, that evening they were having a wine connoisseur's dinner and the kitchen is too busy. It all went kind of downhill from there. All of a sudden, a large group entered the dining room and the serenity of the room changed to a hustle and bustle of sommeliers running around filling glasses and people getting louder as they drank more wine. At one point, it took forty minutes for my water glass to be filled. My husband thoroughly enjoyed everything he ordered. He said the tuna steak was the best he'd ever had. My food was bland and dry and i didn't enjoy it. The desserts were delicious, especially the chocolate fondue. At the end, our waiter brought our bill and tried to recharge us for the already prepaid dinner. He kept repeating to me all night that they were just too busy with the 'wine connoisseur dinner' which was leaving me with a sour taste. It sucked that the one night we chose to celebrate was our only experience with poor service and not great food (for me). We did talk to guest relations a couple days later and she immediately had the Maitre D call me. He wanted to invite us to the restaurant again, but it was the last night of the cruise and we wanted to be in the main dining room to say good bye to our nightly companions. He did send us chocolate covered strawberries to our room and invited us to go for dessert in the restaurant after dining in the main dining room, but we declined. I was happy how he tried to resolve the situation. I wasn't in love the ship's entertainment in the theatre. I thought the broadway night was amazing. The vocals on three of the four singers are unbelievable. They put a lot of effort into putting on a good show and I appreciate how difficult it must be to perform two shows in one night. There are also some amazing acrobatic acts that are thoroughly impressive. The dancers also work extremely hard and have high energy and smiles on their faces the whole time. I found the Cruise Director, Nick, to be annoying and arrogant. A couple of the shows revolved around him and his singing and it really bothered me that they were fluffing the entertainment so he could use the stage as his personal concert. I found his song choices to be boring and not the least bit appealing to listen to. There was also an evening which revolved around circus. While some of the acts were beautiful, the music was awful. The songs were nonsensical, repetitive and monotone. Several people around me fell asleep and I would have walked out had I not been sitting near the stage in the centre of the row. Disembarkation was easy, we got off the ship right away (7:30am), found our luggage and left with our prearranged cab to the airport. It was not busy at all and was a very smooth transition. We would definitely sail with Celebrity again although only for the two of us. If we take our kids, we will go with Royal Caribbean. Our kids would be bored on this ship, with the exception of the Fun Factory. This ship (and itinerary) is ideal for couples or families with teenagers/young adults. For us, this was a trip of a lifetime and we were so happy that we chose to do this cruise. We made lots of new friends and made wonderful memories. 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 4.5
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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