Wife and I had a great time on the Celebrity Silhouette 7 Night cruise, departing Venice on Aug 24, 2014.
We are middle-aged, and have both cruised over 10 times, mostly on Celebrity, a couple RCCL, and 1 Princess.
Boarding - we have Elite status, so a wait of a few minutes to get checked in and about 10 more minutes wait for our boarding group to be called. We were in out stateroom 25 minutes after we arrived at the pier.
Room - Booked a Veranda. Room was clean and comfortable.
Staff- the highlight of the cruise - outgoing, friendly, and helpful.
Food - We like the variety of the Oceanview Cafe and eat the majority of our meals there. Some things are excellent (the Indian and Mexican food, salads, and deserts) and some are just fair (the pasta). Tables were cleared quickly. Was very busy sea days. We ate in the MDR 2 nights and food was very good. We ate in QSine 1 night and it was outstanding.
Drinks - We had the classic beverage package (included). We are not big drinkers, so this was the first cruise with it (it was included). I will admit it was nice to have. Not sure I would pay for it, especially since we can attend the elite social hour. Drink service at the bars/restaurants was great - the bartenders seem to all have really fun personalities.
Cabin Stewards - outstanding, personable, friendly.
Fitness Center - lots of nice equipment but it got warm in there, could use a fan.
Entertainment - we are not fans of the production shows, so we stick with the music (Yunta Brava was incredible) and the comedians etc. House band Soul was great.
I am not going to rate the ports because different people like different things. I will say that walking up the donkey path in Santorini is an adventure! Also the cruise-in to Kotor is mangificent - do not miss!
Disembarcation - we did walk-off at 7am and took a taxi to the airport (arrived at 7:30am) Transportation in Venice can be confusing if you are staying at a hotel pre/post cruise, so do your homework. If you ware going straight to/from the airport, then I HIGHLY recommend you just take a taxi. Fixed fare 45 Euro, can be shared.
clean and comfortable