We've cruised many times and in recent years have moved away from big ships, preferring the small more intimate ships instead. However, this Celebrity cruise had exactly the itinerary we were looking for and the price was very attractive compared to the small ships we were considering. We were very hesitant about the size of the ship, but decided to go for it based on many positive reviews seen here. Thought it only appropriate to provide a review in return.
Despite our concerns about the size of the ship (and it IS big) we truly enjoyed ourselves and we did a pretty good job of avoiding the crowds, which was by design. For us, we still really prefer the smaller ships, but the Silhouette did not disappoint, and we would consider cruising on Celebrity again if the itinerary and price were all as attractive as this one was.
Embarkation: Because of personal schedules we opted to fly in day of the cruise. It worked out, but I will not do it again, much nicer to come in ahead of time. But travel was smooth and we arrived in Rome on time mid-morning, found our private transfer easily enough and arrived to the port late morning. Embarkation was a breeze. We chose concierge class as one of our tactics to avoid the crowds, and it paid off right from the start when we went right to the front of the line and were on board in a few minutes. Was even faster and easier than some of our small ship embarkations! Cabins were not ready, as expected, but we were invited to enjoy any of the public areas and have a bite to eat. We headed for the Bistro on Five, another of our crowd avoiding tactics, and it was perfect. Not busy at all. We opted for breakfast crepes and Bloody Mary's and sat back to relax. Timing was perfect as the announcement that cabins were ready came just as we were paying our bill. We headed straight to our cabin and were pleasantly surprised to find our luggage already inside! Set the alarm so not to miss the muster drill, then took a nice, much needed nap. Muster drill was pretty simple. Grabbed a couple of drinks and headed back to our balcony for departure and we were on our way!