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Sail Date: February 2019
We went with a large group and knew from the start that things would not be going well. First, they didn't have enough seating in the dining room for all of us. Second, the food was of such a low grade that we could not cut up the ... Read More
We went with a large group and knew from the start that things would not be going well. First, they didn't have enough seating in the dining room for all of us. Second, the food was of such a low grade that we could not cut up the steak, no steak knives...safety reasons! So no more meat that needed to be sliced up. The baked goods appear to be frozen and then heated up...the biscuits were like hockey pucks! We had a guy who ordered the Kosher packaged meals and shared with the rest of us...one of the guys at the table remarked that this was the best meal he had on the whole trip! The entertainment was at fifth grade level...we had seen better performances at school theater! The acrobat couple were amazing! The comedians were fabulous but that was only 2 shows. The staff was wonderful and they did rise above all the miserable food and entertainment. I would go with a different line in the future...this one is done as far as I am concerned! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
On 2/1/19 we did a 9 day cruise on the Celebrity Silhouette. We do a lot of cruising so it is easy to make comparisons. We mostly cruise on Royal Caribbean but since Celebrity is owned by RC and we go on Celebrity as an Elite status so we ... Read More
On 2/1/19 we did a 9 day cruise on the Celebrity Silhouette. We do a lot of cruising so it is easy to make comparisons. We mostly cruise on Royal Caribbean but since Celebrity is owned by RC and we go on Celebrity as an Elite status so we do several cruises a year on Celebrity. Here are some of my notes that I jotted down while we were on the cruise, not in any specific order. They did not have the Elite club happy hour on first day. Our dining was linked together with friends per email but not actually linked once we got on board. It took a day to get that corrected. On the day we got on the ship we only got one of our two suitcases so I had to go looking for the second suitcase. It was being held on deck two because I had an outlet plug with four additional outlets so they confiscated outlet strip and I could not get until we got off ship. I got it back after I exited immigration's. On Royal Caribbean the Diamond Club is typically open from 5 to 8 PM but on this ship the Elite and Elite plus in the Sky Lounge is only from 5 to 7 PM per night. In Grand Cayman as an Elite you were supposed to have priority to get off but it was no faster as we waited about 25 minutes to get on the tender. On Aruba we took a taxi to Eagle beach, $15, rented two chairs for $20, the beach was ok, a public beach. On the way back we took the public bus, $2.60 per person, back to the bus terminal. We did not know it but the bus terminal is close to the port. Exit the port onto the Main St. and turn right go about 100 feet and there is a Diamond International store on the right and across the street is a Pizza Hut and the bus terminal is behind the Pizza Hut. In Curacao we walked to town. Docked at the newer dock, opened in Nov 2017, and it is a longer walk to town. Stopped and checked out the Renaissance Hotel on way into town. You can get a day pass and use there beach and infinity pool for $20 per person, including two beach chairs an umbrella. Super Bowl night there was nothing in the theater but the super bowl all night. The show, Cosmopolitan, had the great acrobatics but music was not appropriate for a 60 plus audience. Good comedian, Dan Wilson, the first night and also good, funny, adult show the following night. We went to see the production show Peril and did not like it. One of the headliner shows was Ashlie Amber, who did many of Whitney Houston’s songs. Nice voice and did a good job on Whitney’s songs. One night we saw a magician called Jay Mattoili and he was good, mixing magic with some comedy. All of his tricks were small, hand faster than the eye type of tricks. He interacted very well with the audience. We saw the third production show called Life which had singing and acrobatics. It was much better than the two previous production shows. The other comedian was Bill Garan and both his shows were very good. We have seen many comedy shows on cruises and most of the time I do not find them very funny but both of these comedians were really funny. On the last night of the cruise we went to see Savannah Smith in the theater. She sang songs made popular by female artist. She had a nice voice but I was only familiar with about half the songs she sang. Also on the last night on deck 3 they had a 60’s night, playing music from the 60’s after the theater performance at 10:15 PM. It was good. Food in the buffet was better than average and more room in buffet dining room than a lot of ships. Our cruise had very few kids. The average age looked like 60 plus years old. I joked that Celebrity is becoming the new Holland America. We had the non alcoholic drink package and I kept track of the drinks each day. The total for the 9 days was $325 dollars and we paid $423, not exactly a great deal but we had a lot of on board credit so it did not matter. We had coffee etc at the Cafe al Bacio on deck five many times. The pastries there are all free so you should try them, better than most ships. We ate on the outside covered area on deck 14 for lunch several times, nice. The lunch meals in the buffet were better than most buffets as they changed some of the selections each day. On the last two days in the buffet for lunch they had special deserts, one day was a special selection of truffles and on the last day they had a selection of great cakes in addition to the normal deserts. Ships common areas were cold for me. If you get cold easily make sure you take a sweater. Our room was 6224 on deck 6. It was what they called a bump out room, very close to the rear elevators. Most rooms on deck 6 have their view obstructed because of the lifeboats. This room was a veranda room and was fine, very convenient to the elevators and no obstructed views. It had a big safe in it, much bigger than the safes on Royal Caribbean. The shower was bigger than on Royal Caribbean which was good. Not as many draws for storage, only 3, but they had storage over the bed which is better than nothing but inconvenient. My wife and I both had internet service and it was much better than on most ships and price for an Elite status was reasonably priced. They were really pushing the specialty restaurants but we did not do any because we thought they were over priced at $45 or $55 per person for dinner. Getting off the ship went very smooth. We left our room at 8:10 AM, picked up our luggage around 8:30 AM and were at the airport at 9:30 AM. The Ft. Lauderdale airport is only about 4 miles or a 10 minute taxi ride from the port at a cost of $15 to $20. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
I chose this cruise because it was going to Grenada. Food was not up to Celebrity standards. The Ocean Café however was outstanding! Service was great. I pre-paid 4 bar activities and only received an invite for 1 which conflicted with ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it was going to Grenada. Food was not up to Celebrity standards. The Ocean Café however was outstanding! Service was great. I pre-paid 4 bar activities and only received an invite for 1 which conflicted with the Behind the ship scenes excursion. Several cruisers came down with a viral infection. The lawn club and the upper decks were for rent and I never saw anyone, just wasted space. The pool area could use some actual table and chairs and now all lounge chairs. Could not play cards or scrabble outside by the pool. I think my next cruise will be on Princess. I was in a balcony cabin on Veranda deck #7202 and it was very nice. Our stewardess Janiss was excellent! Over all a decent cruise. Did not go to any shows. Did not go to any specialty dining. The sunset bar was nice but the same peoples to up most of the seats every night leaving tables with no seats. I just hope I can get my money back from the prepaid activities I didn't get to use. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
This is an excellent ship, in excellent condition. The ship's crew are very helpful. Main dining restaurant food was so good that we didn't even want to try the speciality restaurants. The only draw back was that the Sky Lounge ... Read More
This is an excellent ship, in excellent condition. The ship's crew are very helpful. Main dining restaurant food was so good that we didn't even want to try the speciality restaurants. The only draw back was that the Sky Lounge was closed everyday about 4.30 at a time when we wanted to stay for a drink as it was such a lovely lounge. We attended one Art auction but unfortunately it was the same old banter from the auctioner using the same old spiel that Park West tells them to use. Not bery many works were sold at the first auction. We avoided all the rest of them. It is time that Park West changed the way they do things. The ports of call were very good and varied and showed the Caribbean off incredibly well. We had an excellent time and were extremely well looked after. We would certainly use this ship again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
So nice to get out of the cold and settle in to another Celebrity cruise. 12 days in the sun, lots of islands to visit, and a wonderful ship all the while. Silhouette is still a great ship and the service on board has not slipped. We ... Read More
So nice to get out of the cold and settle in to another Celebrity cruise. 12 days in the sun, lots of islands to visit, and a wonderful ship all the while. Silhouette is still a great ship and the service on board has not slipped. We ate in Blu each night for dinner where the staff were once again amazing. We did think the food quality has gone down a bit from past cruises, but actually chalked that up to the chef who seemed to blunder at times with some of the standard menu items. Others were as good or better than we have had in the past. Our cabin in Aqua was fine, clean, spacious and centrally located. Quiet too. The ports in the Caribbean are typically the same. We did not go to any of the evening shows, finding the listings cheesy and amateurish enough to avoid. All of the bands performing around the ship were pretty bad too, although the solo guitar player was more than enjoyable. Bars were packed early but no so much late at night. All in all we had a fine time and plan on booking a similar cruise next January. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
My friend and I wanted a quick weekend trip of fun and sun - I am a professor and I had off the Friday and Monday of MLK weekend. I have family in Florida so I got to visit with them as well. We liked the comedian and the massages at the ... Read More
My friend and I wanted a quick weekend trip of fun and sun - I am a professor and I had off the Friday and Monday of MLK weekend. I have family in Florida so I got to visit with them as well. We liked the comedian and the massages at the spa - the gym was fine but having no water fountain was not cool). My friend is a vegetarian and she appreciated different choices each day. This cruise was advertised as a 2 day cruise, but we had to disembark at 8 am, and I didn't get on until 1 pm, so it wasn't a full 2 days. Because of this, it was a bit pricey. Next time I will go to an all-inclusive hotel and pick when I get there and when I want to leave. The disembarking was crazy - we asked three different people and got three different answers. Guest Services always had a line. You know how hotels have a book that describes the amenities, etc? Well, with only two days to get familiar with the boat, it would be nice to have a book like that in a cabin. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
I really can't understand the negative comments about the cruise we experienced on the Silhouette. Was it perfect? No. But is any cruise completely perfect? I don't think so! But this was one of the best cruises we have taken, ... Read More
I really can't understand the negative comments about the cruise we experienced on the Silhouette. Was it perfect? No. But is any cruise completely perfect? I don't think so! But this was one of the best cruises we have taken, and we have taken quite a few. We were in Suite Class in a Shy Suite, Deck 10, Cabin 1202. You can read that review below. We started off in the new Edge terminal. Suite check in was great! An elevator up, no lines. No waiting, except for the woman who was complaining about her dining room table. But when we had waited 30 seconds, another person came over to check us in. We had 1 bag that we were carrying, and went to Luminae for lunch. There was no cruse of people at the buffet, just a nice quiet table. Our waitress was Eka, an extremely pleasant young lady from Bali. Except for 1 meal in Luminae, we kept Eka. Of all the cruises we have taken, if I could take Eka with us on any future cruises, I would pay the difference! To say she was wonderful would not give her the credit she deserves. Actually the entire staff in Luminae was outstanding. Our sommelier, Carlos, made the selection of a wine completely enjoyable. After the 2nd night, we didn't even taste what he selected. It paired perfectly with our meal. The ship is beautiful and well maintained. What absolutely added to the cruise was the Cruise Director, Sue Denning! We have had many cruise directors, but Sue has to be our age, mid 60's, but has the energy of someone in their 30's! From the time we got up in the morning, to late at night, Sue was always there. She was vivacious, and fun, but NOT over bearing! The entertainment was unbelievable, to good. Ivan Rutherford, who played Jean Valjean on Broadway and around the globe, performed a number of Broadway Show Tunes, and his voice was magnificent! There was a "comic/juggler" was on the bill. I am so sorry I forget his name. I said to my wife that I was not sure I even wanted to go to that show. That would have been a HUGE MISTAKE! To say he was a little funny would be like saying the Pope is a little Catholic! He was side splitting funny, and did a second performance matinee which was as good as the evening show! A group named Uptown, 3 guys from New York, were absolutely wonderful, and another senor moment since i can't remember his name, piano player/singer who has performed for years, and at the Grand Old Opry, was also great. The cast productions were OK. The silhouette had something called "Silent Disco." We saw these people dancing in the disco on the 1st or 2nd night, with no music, just headphones on. Looked pretty lame, but on the 3rd night, they moved it out to the main section of the ship. Lame it is NOT! Again, my wife and I are in our mid 60's but very healthy and pretty much in shape. Well, Silent Disco has got to be the most enjoyable evening dance activity we have ever done. There were all ages there, from their 20's to their 70's. You really don't want to hear this loud disco music if you have a cabin close to the center core. So everyone has headphones with 3 channels, each one playing a different selection. You see all of these "weird people' dancing with no music, then all of a sudden, people are singing, off key I must say because you have the headphones on and can't hear yourself, to the chorus. We did Silent Disco 3 nights and we should have done it that 1st night. There were a few "late night" activities for adults over 18 only. Hysterical! I'm gonna end it here, but to say we had a great cruise would be short sighted! This was definitely one of the best cruises we have ever taken. I would go on the Celebrity Silhouette again in a heartbeat! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We just got home from the Celeb Jan 2 Silouhette and absolutely loved everything about it except the ship’s shows. They were boring and Celeb needs to work on it a bit. Cabin - was very roomy! Bigger than a few others we have been ... Read More
We just got home from the Celeb Jan 2 Silouhette and absolutely loved everything about it except the ship’s shows. They were boring and Celeb needs to work on it a bit. Cabin - was very roomy! Bigger than a few others we have been on. We had 7119 on Silouhette. Balcony. My kids enjoyed the fun factory and my oldest loved the Hideaway room so he could chill and read. Restaurants - Sushi was good and QSine was okay. The best is the Murano! Dining Room Service and Food was phenomenal!! Buffett food same! Great picks and almost clean. Shore Excursions - excellent!! We loved Klein Beach of Bonaire! Bring plenty of water and snorkel gear! Celeb wanted 35 per person for the water taxi but we hopped on for 20 per adult and the kids were free! We also did the Cayman Islands turtle and dolphin adventure excursion. Loved it!! The activities on the ship were a bit boring. I would of given it a five star but I didn’t like the shows or the activities on the ship. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We have cruised many times and had been on the Reflection, her sister ship, in March and we decided at the last minute that we wanted to get away for the Holidays. The Silhouette had availability so we booked it. The Ship, Cabin, ... Read More
We have cruised many times and had been on the Reflection, her sister ship, in March and we decided at the last minute that we wanted to get away for the Holidays. The Silhouette had availability so we booked it. The Ship, Cabin, Dining, and Service were all fine. The Entertainment and Activities AND the Ports and Shore excursions are another matter: The evening shows on the ship were mediocre and appear to be suffering from budget cuts and there was a notable scarcity of activities on sea days. Some of the Ports should have been replaced with sea days and I would not have minded a bit but you do not learn that until after the fact. Most of the ports are not yet ready for prime time. The two worst were St Lucia and Dominica with our St Lucia "Volcano excursion" being a five and half hour trip of misery. The roads are very narrow with constant hills, turns, and switchbacks and the first stop was a "fishing village" where we got to witness the sight of abject poverty, scrawny half-starved dogs on the beach and the ubiquitous street vendors. We were advised we could use the "washrooms" at the end of the narrow street and the ladies room users found they had to wash their hands with water poured from a jug into a bucket by an attendant. The mens room at least had some cold running water. It was really dismal, and if the tour company insists on keeping the place as a stop on their itinerary the least they could do is invest in some adequate plumbing for the wash rooms. Another hour of torture on the bus brought us to the old volcano site and a nice building where we were supposed to view a video about how volcanos form islands, etc. Would have been interesting except the video was not working and no one had been advised. Did I mention that the place reeked of sulphur, rains were very frequent and it was quite crowded. Couldn't wait to get back on that sorry bus but it had to make two more dismal stops at attractions that are not worth describing before finally returning to the port. Was the absolute worst excursion we've ever experienced in eighteen cruises. Dominica's excursion on the open air "bus train" would have been good if the "locomotive" pulling the cars was not constantly asphyxiating us with it's engine exhaust gases. This is a poor engineering design that could have easily been remedied by routing the exhaust pipe to exit above the cab and the passengers. Discussed same with driver who responded that he had never thought of that. I've got to wonder if it will ever be changed or if they will continue to dump exhaust gases on their passengers. On a positive note, the scenic rail tour and catamaran ride (Caribbean Scenic Rail & Sail) at St Kitts, our last port of call, was most enjoyable. I readily recommend it. Overall Celebrity does a nice job, but I would urge them to periodically review the shore excursions that they offer. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
I chose this cruise because I have shares in the RCI parent company which entitled me to a shipboard credit. It also had an itinerary that included several islands that I had never visited before (Grenada, St. Kitts, St. Croix, Dominica), ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I have shares in the RCI parent company which entitled me to a shipboard credit. It also had an itinerary that included several islands that I had never visited before (Grenada, St. Kitts, St. Croix, Dominica), so it looked interesting. I'd actually rate it somewhere between a 3 and a 4. I'd been on another Solstice class ship before, so knew what to expect in terms of the physical amenities. As a solo traveller, i felt pretty awkward a lot of the time. There weren't many things that were geared to single travellers and because the trip was over the Christmas holidays it was mostly families and couples, which I did expect. Nevertheless, I did feel uncomfortable when I went to a bar or event, especially since I am kind of introverted and shy. That said, I liked the itinerary and the cabin staff were great. I couldn't understand a word the captain said when he spoke on the PA system. I thought that the food in the main dining room was so-so, but the food in the specialty restaurants was really good. The pools were jammed packed with kids most of the time, and the hot tubs were pretty busy too. I have heard that this ship is due for a reno, and I understand that. The carpet looked tired and the amenities a bit dated, but fine. My only other comment was that the sound of kids running around in the halls all the time was pretty annoying. Lastly, for some reason the cruise director Sue seemed really annoying to me. I know a lot of people really liked her but she just seemed grating to me. (The last Celebrity Cruise that I took had Alejandro, who was amazing and so much fun, so maybe not a fair comparison.) Anyway, I really don't mean to sound so negative. It was fine, but not fantastic for me. Read Less
Celebrity Silhouette Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.5
Dining 5.0 4.2
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 5.0 4.6
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.1
Family 4.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.6
Enrichment 4.5 3.7
Service 5.0 4.5
Value For Money 4.0 4.0
Rates 4.0 4.2

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