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Sail Date: March 2019
Sailed out of Fort Lauderdale (1st time) and what a breeze. Embarkation was smooth and concierge class and above is the only way to go. Disembarkation was just as smooth. Lounge with coffee/juice and pastries was available on the ship ... Read More
Sailed out of Fort Lauderdale (1st time) and what a breeze. Embarkation was smooth and concierge class and above is the only way to go. Disembarkation was just as smooth. Lounge with coffee/juice and pastries was available on the ship while we waited for our time to disembark. The customs system at the port is smooth (picture taken) which eliminates the long line ups to be interviewed by custom officials. The ship was clean but a little outdated. We understand it is due for an overhaul...new carpet, room color, etc. Will make it much better. They need to understand that no one used the grass area. Great for publicity but not practical. Could make additional seating for guests on the top back deck (bar area). Cabanas were used by 1 couple on the whole trip. I think over priced and another item that could be eliminated. Dining: we have learned that it is not worth eating at the main dining area. We found the same food at the cafeteria and more relaxed and less crowded. The cafeteria food is bland but seasoning is available everywhere. Understand that everyone has different tastes, it is better to be bland and season your food (ie salt/pepper) to your liking. They did have Ox tail in the cafeteria that was exceptional. We (and others) requested to the chef to have it served again. Low and behold, 2 days later there it was (not something they usually do). The chef even made a point to let us know when it would be available. Nice touch.Specialty dining is hit and miss. Sushi on 5 was great. Fresh and appetizing. The Porch , not so much. Without improvements, it could go. Over priced, small protions and the food was not that fresh or tasty. Lobster bisque was the best part of the meal. The seafood tower was very disappointing. Entertainment: probably the least attractive item on the ship. Again, thru past sailings, we found the entertainment to be average at best. Don't expect Jersey Boys, Cats, Seinfeld or David Copperfield. Usually home grown and again average at best. Casino: Very nicely laid out. Staff was amazing. Very talkative, not pushy and that goes for servers to dealers to management...Joseph, Amy, Sol, Lou, Diedra, Hania, Charlene, and yes, you too Kyle. I know I missed some names, my apologies. Celebrity needs to loosen up the slots ! They need to know that any winnings on average just get put back into the machines. Probably the worse payouts of all our cruises. We have only cruised Celebrity and will continue to do so, but we are hoping the refurbishment and maybe some other changes will keep them at the top. Time will tell. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We are loyal to Celebrity, have been on 17 long cruises and until this one have always been happy with Celebrity. Our air arrangements (Choice Air) booked directly with Celebrity were a nightmare. What should have been no more than 4 or ... Read More
We are loyal to Celebrity, have been on 17 long cruises and until this one have always been happy with Celebrity. Our air arrangements (Choice Air) booked directly with Celebrity were a nightmare. What should have been no more than 4 or 5 hours turned out to be closer to 14 hours. If it had been weather related we would have accepted it but when we booked the air we were not given a choice of arrangements, we had to go with AA which was very bad. Due to a problem with the first leg of the flight they (AA) bounced us all over the place and refused to change to another airline. Instead of possibly booking us with another airline they squeezed us in the last row (no windows) and directly across from the lavatories. It was miserable. We spent many hours between flights. We had left our hotel in Manchester, NH at 6:30 am for a 8:45 flight which should have got us to FLL mid afternoon. We had to take a ride to Boston (80mph) to take a flight to Miami (not Ft. Lauderdale) and arrived at out hotel there after 9pm. My advice is not to trust Guaranteed flights by Celebrity. The ship itself is lovely as are all ships in this category. The meals in the main dining room were for the most part very much like what I remember at the school cafeteria. Small (measly) amounts of less than prime cuts. A lot of cheap cuts and sometimes tiny amounts. They were nothing like we have enjoyed even since 5 months ago. We had a good amount of cabin credit and used it to book 3 ship tours. St. Martin Beach and lunch was awful, Magens Bay was pretty but very crowded and the last one to Nevis on a catamaran was the best tour we've had in the Caribbean in years. We would book it again in a heartbeat. The service on the ship was great and we like almost all the shows. The ship is very nice. Our main complaints were about the air arrangements and the less than satisfying meals, Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Best cruise ever - my 45th with Celebrity. Everyone out did themselves to make our trip the best as it possibly could be. Embarkation was a breeze. Was on the ship by 1030. Ship was the cleanest and friendliest of all of the ... Read More
Best cruise ever - my 45th with Celebrity. Everyone out did themselves to make our trip the best as it possibly could be. Embarkation was a breeze. Was on the ship by 1030. Ship was the cleanest and friendliest of all of the Solstice ships I have been on. Fantastic attention to detail. The meals were exceptional, everywhere! I would highly recommend going to the Dining Room for lunch on Sea Days. The entertainment was also very good - the Celebrity Dancers are really amazing and I could watch them for hours! Ports of call with the exception of Dominica (which should be struck - what a waste of a day) were top notch! Lots of things to see and to do. One thing though -I will not be cruising on the Celebrity Edge - we were parked beside it in St Martin, and those infinity balconies are a complete joke. If I pay for a balcony, I expect a balcony!! I think Celebrity Corporate made a huge strategic faux pas and will find these new ships harder to fill up in the future after the "pink cloud" wears off. Just returning to the Silhouette, there are some key individuals who merit comment: Jamie, the Hotel Director, Jeremy, the Activities Director and all of the staff at the Cafe al Bacio, especially Bianca and Staywill. All of them made our cruise very memorable. Thanks so much. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
Really good itenerary on an excellent ship. We were Aqua Class and Blu was excellent. Had the premium package and the wine was sublime. Enjoyed a good meal in the MDR with friends. Did not use the speciality restaurants. Buffet lunch ... Read More
Really good itenerary on an excellent ship. We were Aqua Class and Blu was excellent. Had the premium package and the wine was sublime. Enjoyed a good meal in the MDR with friends. Did not use the speciality restaurants. Buffet lunch on the rear deck was a great spot. Wife demanded the healthy cafe for breakfast St Thomas was okay. Did a snorkel cruise on a sailboat with Captain Mike which was 3 star - loads of unnecessary rules and poor reef. St Marten did the Celebrity arranged Americas Cup racing on paired 19 metre yachts. - excellent and an adrenaline rush (I sail and have raced so.....). Great tour with Cosol tours in St Lucia. The beach was pretty rubbish though but great boat ride there. Volcanic bath was fun. Ship arranged white water tubing in Dominica was fun. Lost my sandal so wear don’t sit on them as I turned over. We went to Shipyard in Carlisle Bay Barbados - okay. Why do these places always have banging music. Great value if you do the snorkel which I am told was good. Did the snorkel and catamaran trip in Grenada - really good. All in another great Celebrity Cruise. Have booked up another to South America in 2020 Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Post cruise thoughts. We booked this cruise because we loved the Celebrity Equinox and were told this is the sister ship and exactly the same. It is mostly the same but some important differences. No bar in the back of the ship on ... Read More
Post cruise thoughts. We booked this cruise because we loved the Celebrity Equinox and were told this is the sister ship and exactly the same. It is mostly the same but some important differences. No bar in the back of the ship on deck 14. A underutilized Master Celler wine area and just not the service level we expected. While we enjoyed our cruise I was disappointed with Celebrity in many ways. Mostly with the entertainment. Being a Musician I am probably more critical of the music and shows than most would be. And I must say that the quality of all the musicians was excellent. However I thought most of the music in the lounges was inappropriate for the age of the crowd and there was not enough of it. Even the PA music was hip hop, pop and even rap. Really? Did they not look at the age of the crowd? Only Ocean 5 and the Silhouette orchestra met my taste. I know it's different strokes for different folks and there were passengers from many different countries, but BR4 was playing mostly slow Latin beats and seemed to have a repetoire of about 20 songs. Listing them as a dance band was ludicrous when you saw very few people dancing to their music. Again they are fine musicians but wrong for the crowd which had to average 65 years of age. Also they looked pretty bored and like some others, playing for their own amusement and satisfaction. Angie Hernandez soloist was very good, in the Ensemble for listening. The same for the string duo. But I didn't go on a cruise to sit and listen. The string duo was actually putting me to sleep. I know many like that but I want to party. Dallas Bridge duo were building their background music with what is known as a looper. In effect they were creating backing tracks by recording and multi layering song parts over one another until it was sufficient for them to play and sing to. This takes a lot of talent and expertise but I really didn't want to listen to 4 to 5 minutes of creating their backing track for a 3 minute song. After 1 or 2 songs it became tedious and boring for the listener. Basically in the evening there were 3 places to hear music, Ensemble, Sky, Grand Foyer. They did not run simultaneously. Many nights we had no place to go to dance. Only Sky lounge was large enough to accommodate a crowd, During the sea day there was the pool and maybe deck 15 occasionally. Basically 1 soloist, 2 duos and 2 dance bands for 2500 people in 3 locations at separate times for 12 nights. Huh? for As for the shows, I thought most were amateurish and corny. Only "Uptown" blew away most people. They are one of the best acts I've seen anywhere. The comedian Dan ???? on our last night was also very good. After the first 3 shows we basically stopped going. The dining room food to me was a 7 or 8 out of 10. My table mates rated it lower. In my opinion the specialty restaurants were way over priced. We did try Q-sine when it had a sale, but the lobster tail was tiny and tasteless and the filet mignon was the same as well as dry. The projected chef was a clever idea we enjoyed. Dining room service was excellent as were the bar servers. My room attendant was new and not very good though she tried hard. Many days our room was not made up until after 3 and every night my bed was short-sheeted. My wife cut her foot on broken glass in our cabins carpet. I sensed a real cut back on employees. This was my 18th cruise and it ranked there as well. I guess I remember the old days at Celebrity when they were a notch above the rest. I remember when waiters used to carry your buffet tray to your table; The kitchen staff used to parade around the Dining room with the baked Alaska and Cherries Jubilee: Specialty Restaurants were $15 to $25; etc. etc. Still as I said up front, we enjoyed our vacation and will cruise again. Last year we cruised Equinox and loved it, and we are scheduled for Equinox next April. Maybe this was just a Silhouette problem. I should say that I find the size and layout of the ocean view room to be about the best we've seen. But I used to lean towards Celebrity. No more. I will go where the best deals are. Maybe it's time to try one of the Mega ships. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
We have sailed on 5 Celebrity cruises, Equinox, Eclipse twice on Reflection and first time on Silhouette. We love Celebrity for the low key, kick back relaxing atmosphere. we are 55 and 62 years old. So not young and not ancient. ... Read More
We have sailed on 5 Celebrity cruises, Equinox, Eclipse twice on Reflection and first time on Silhouette. We love Celebrity for the low key, kick back relaxing atmosphere. we are 55 and 62 years old. So not young and not ancient. Celebrity really does treat guest with respect. (except maybe Guest Relations, they need to work on this) We choose Celebrity mainly for the duration and ports. plus the bang for the buck is awesome with the perks they offer. Getting on the ship is amazing fast and well organized, we always fly the red eyes. And arrive at port around 10am and are checked in and on the boat by 11ish. Getting off this time was a breeze. with the face recognition they do we just walk out once we found out cases. Amazing. This time we did an excursion on Grenada, Ultimate Sea, Sun and Fun Cruise . Well worth the money for sure. Snorkel at the underwater sculptor park and another area, then a wonderful lunch on Calypso Island, which is a rock formation with a restaurant at the top. It was amazing. St Lucia we booked an outside vendor Ambrose tours to Joulise Beach. Would not recommend at all. Not worth the cost at all. Sugar Beach is amazing on the resort side of the dock, the Public side is a grimy rocky beach. But you are able to go over to the resort side for sand and swimming. Public side did have snorkeling area. Next time we will probably just taxi it to Rodney Bay or Pegeon Island. I think Celebrity should think about removing Dominica from its Itinerary. We had stopped there on a previous trip and was not thrilled at stopping there again. I only got off the ship to walk through the vendors and back on again. The Ship is looking a little old but I understand it will be going into drydock next January. Can't wait to see it, as we booked next years on Silhouette again. We love Barbados and always just taxi over to Harbor Lights and have a good beach day. St. Martin we loved in the past because we would go over to Orient bay, but after the hurricane we now just beach day it usualy outside Kokonuts which is closed now but still have access to Chairs and umbrella we negotiate price for that and bucket of beer. We booked late so we were given a cabin on the 6th deck with the life boats. not great but it did ok for us. On board Dinning was good. We tried Quisine Le Petit Chef for the first time. It was fun but would not do it again. Lawn Club Grill is amazing. did that one twice. Main Dinning room we actually only ate there twice. Not for any fault of theirs but because after a few buckets of beer on the beaches we just relaxed and ate at the Buffet. Which is nice and chill. Variety is good, something for every one. Entertainment was alright. Not to impressed with the first production show cant even remember the name.. Second production Pearl was good. Some of the other shows did not interest us, did even bother going in. Not for us, but could be great for others. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
Really enjoyed this 9 nt on Silhouette. Plenty of sea days to relax and interesting ports. Crew was awesome everywhere. Will miss the ones leaving and looking forward to seeing the others again. Anxious to see her after refurb next ... Read More
Really enjoyed this 9 nt on Silhouette. Plenty of sea days to relax and interesting ports. Crew was awesome everywhere. Will miss the ones leaving and looking forward to seeing the others again. Anxious to see her after refurb next year for the 12 nt. EXCEPT for getting rid of Cellar Masters. Very sad about that. Have to wonder where we will find good wine when it isn't time for lunch or dinner. Not sure what Celebrity is thinking with this attempted re-branding and they aren't telling. Casino hostess, Amy, had everything ready for us at the Slot Pull. The casino staff was very congenial and checked on us several times during our hour or so. Would have rather had better luck, but I think everyone had a good time. Luminae staff was great and Kati at Cellar Masters went above and beyond with a great horizontal 2007 wine tasting for 9 of us. Just hope we will be able to find her next year without the lounge. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We had never been to the ABC's and wanted to check them out. We had been to Grand Cayman twice before so we only did a walk about but we did bus tours on the ABC's which were well organized and paced just right. They were ... Read More
We had never been to the ABC's and wanted to check them out. We had been to Grand Cayman twice before so we only did a walk about but we did bus tours on the ABC's which were well organized and paced just right. They were colourful and we enjoyed seeing a wide area of the islands on the tours we took. Our dining room experience was enhanced by the Waiter and his assistant who worked as a team to ensure our meal time was pleasant and enjoyable. The sommelier was very knowledgeable in the wine she suggested. The only negative in the dining room was the person who was supposed to serve the pop and alcohol drinks they were non-existent and the sommelier took care of it for us. The entertainment was a 10 out of 10 with a good variety over the 9 days. The Silhouette dancers/singers were wonderful and top notch. We love the Silhouette and look forward to our next cruise. We have been on both the Equinox and the Silhouette but feel the Silhouette is our favourite. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
We have sailed on the Silhouette previously. Love the ship, perhaps our favorite Celebrity Ship. We were in a Celebrity Suite. Check in at terminal 25 went quickly. We were on the ship about 10:30 AM. We proceeded to Michael's ... Read More
We have sailed on the Silhouette previously. Love the ship, perhaps our favorite Celebrity Ship. We were in a Celebrity Suite. Check in at terminal 25 went quickly. We were on the ship about 10:30 AM. We proceeded to Michael's club and met Vanessa, the Michael's Club concierge. She was great and helped to facilitate multiple reservations. We also saw Rose, the Captains club Hostess. She as always was great. We had lunch in Luminae. The staff also was always meeting our needs for special requests. However, we preferred the specialty restaurants for dinner. We then proceeded to our suite at about 1:00. Our butler Surin was also excellent- enjoyed breakfast on our balcony and in the suite. We used to get white table clothes, but apparently no longer used. Su our stateroom attendant was also wonderful and keep our suite immaculate and well stocked. We even found Maja from the shops excellent. The entire staff was great. We had dinner in Qsine- which was changed to a wonderful show and dinner venue. It was better then any Disney dining room experience. While I really enjoyed the old Qsine menu, we did dine in Qsine twice on our cruise. We also enjoyed dinner at the Tuscan grill and Murano's. Our favorite specialty restaurant, the Lawn Club grill was excellent, we also had dinner at the Lawn Club Grill twice. We enjoyed spending time in an Alcove on Sea Days and had excellent service from the Alcove team. Only negative comment is when we went to the sunset bar near our alcove, we experienced horrible offensive Cigar smoke from two smokers. The wind allowed to smoke and smell to move into the no smoking area, as the smokers sat on the board of smoking and non smoking- Celebrity has a great no smoking policy in the Casino, and all internal areas of the ships. However, cigar's should be banned from the ship. The Captain Georgios Latrou was visible throughout the cruise- always a smile . We enjoyed taking photos as we had the photo package- what fun and great picture memories. I had my hair styled twice by Jose who was also great. Didn't use any other spa services. The shows were disappointing. Celebrity clearly dosen't invest in entertainment. Mostly one guest performers a night- also a couple of production shows that were poor. The dancers and singers talented by the shows had no substance. For great shows, we love Royal Oasis class ships. The internet was great- no connection problems. Disembarkation was easy and fast. We also were able to use the luggage valet program which was excellent and very worthwhile. We had laundry done- and I just recommend that you limit what you launder to underwear, sleepwear and tee shirts that aren't expensive as they use very hot water and detergent. We loved as usual, lthe Martini Bar. Didn't participate in any enrichment activities as non interested us. As always Cafe Al Bacio was wonderful. Enjoyed spending time their daily. StilWell at Al Bacio was great- he remembered my name and order. The ports were great, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao and Grand Cayman. I am sure we will sail on the Silhouette again! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
It has been a few years since we cruised on Celebrity so thought we would try it again, especially since we liked going to the ABC islands. Arrived at the port at 11:15. Registration was fast and we were on the ship by 11:30. The ... Read More
It has been a few years since we cruised on Celebrity so thought we would try it again, especially since we liked going to the ABC islands. Arrived at the port at 11:15. Registration was fast and we were on the ship by 11:30. The aft balcony room was great. Room attendant was super. Room was always cleaned and ice was always available. Concierge class hor dourves were not very appealing. Taryn, the Concierge, was very helpful. Activities on the ship were the normal offerings. The theatre shows and presenters brought onto the ship were very good, The ship show had "Rap" music and was not very good, especially for an older crowd which was most of the ship. The casino was 100% non-smoking, which I appreciated. The food in the main dining room was a little disappointing with limited choices and similar menu items each night. Food itself was just so-so. The best part of the meal was the wait staff and the sommelier who were terrific. Only took one excursion, Aruba Scenic Cruise and Beach Break. The catamaran was overcrowded and the beach break time was very limited. Departure was smooth and quick. Arrived at a different terminal than we departed from so had to take the shuttle to the parking lot in the port. Shuttle was waiting just had to wait until it was full. Celebrity is still a good cruise line, just not as good as a few years ago Read Less
Celebrity Silhouette Ratings
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Cabins 5.0 0.0
Dining 5.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 5.0 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 4.5 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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