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Itinerary and specialty restaurants were great. I can only think of 2 reasons someone might like this cruise: 1. You like large crowds (~2900 passengers); 2. You have enough points to defray the added costs. We purchased thru Celebrity and bought the classic drink package. One day 1, we found out that was extremely limited, and got the "hard sell" to upgrade. Seemed like every day we got a hard sell, from dining at the restaurants to buying art. Instead of staff asking "how can we help you" it was "what can we sell you." You room key is color coded according to your "class" and it seemed we were treated accordingly. Many of the "programs" on the sea days were also geared to sales (e.g., a seminar on Swiss watches, with many for sale). The excursions were, on the whole, reasonably priced, but our trip to the Hermitage was awful. It was extremely overcrowded and we were herded through with no room to appreciate the art unless one elbowed yourself to the front. We contacted Celebrity prior to the cruise to inquire about our options in Russia and were told the 72-hour visa only applied to Celebrity excursions - found out from other passengers that they did private excursions. We did enjoy the specialty restaurants (for an additional cost, of course), especially Qsine. But overall, our experience was that everything had an extra cost, from exhorbitant laundry fees (no self-serve laundries or irons available) to the shuttles into town (keep in mind that a ship this size must often dock far from the city center). This was our 7th cruise, 1st with Celebrity. For future cruises, we'll look for smaller ships and pay a little more for all-inclusive service (or actually, maybe a little less in the long run).

Great itinerary, but constant hard sell put us off.

Celebrity Silhouette Cruise Review by Skneip

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2015
  • Destination: Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Veranda
Itinerary and specialty restaurants were great. I can only think of 2 reasons someone might like this cruise: 1. You like large crowds (~2900 passengers); 2. You have enough points to defray the added costs. We purchased thru Celebrity and bought the classic drink package. One day 1, we found out that was extremely limited, and got the "hard sell" to upgrade. Seemed like every day we got a hard sell, from dining at the restaurants to buying art. Instead of staff asking "how can we help you" it was "what can we sell you." You room key is color coded according to your "class" and it seemed we were treated accordingly. Many of the "programs" on the sea days were also geared to sales (e.g., a seminar on Swiss watches, with many for sale).

The excursions were, on the whole, reasonably priced, but our trip to the Hermitage was awful. It was extremely overcrowded and we were herded through with no room to appreciate the art unless one elbowed yourself to the front. We contacted Celebrity prior to the cruise to inquire about our options in Russia and were told the 72-hour visa only applied to Celebrity excursions - found out from other passengers that they did private excursions.

We did enjoy the specialty restaurants (for an additional cost, of course), especially Qsine. But overall, our experience was that everything had an extra cost, from exhorbitant laundry fees (no self-serve laundries or irons available) to the shuttles into town (keep in mind that a ship this size must often dock far from the city center). This was our 7th cruise, 1st with Celebrity. For future cruises, we'll look for smaller ships and pay a little more for all-inclusive service (or actually, maybe a little less in the long run).
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Cabin Review

Deluxe Veranda
Cabin 2B 8208
Cabin was adequate, but with limited drawers. It was quiet and the bed is good. The sitting couch, however, was designed for looks and not comfort. Cabin was fairly clean, and steward service was good.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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    We were on our own prior to the cruise. Unfortunately, Amsterdam was crazy due to a major regatta event and school starting the next week. Hotel rooms were scarce and expensive. We did a "hop on/hop off" canal cruise, but found out after we oaid that the 2 out of 3 routes were unavailable due to the regatta. Nevertheless, it was an easy way to get around. Lots of young, intoxicated people, and do not walk in the bike lanes or you'll get hit.
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    We stayed in Warnemude, a delightful small seaside town within walking distance of the ship.
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    City tour was pretty thorough and tour guide was good. We visited the palace and saw the changing of the guard and the Little Mermaid. We were given the option of getting off, but would have had to pay yet again to take the shuttle back to the ship.
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  • Hermitage Museum
    Beautiful museum, but unfortunately it was so crowded you coukd not appreciate it. We were literally herded through, stopping briefly at selected pieces of art. Most of my photos are of the ceiling (which was lovely), but I was glad to get out of there. There were 3 cruise ships docked, which may have accounted for the crowds - but I would recommend a private tour. Tour guide was very knowledgeable, and ear phones were a must.
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    This was an outside tour of the gardens. The gardens were modelled after Versailles and are extremely opulent. Unfortunately, it poured, which made it uncomfortable. The ride back was on a hydrofoil, but no scenery because of the weather (and fogged up windows). Take waterproof clothes and an umbrella
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  • Stockholm
    We took a shuttle into old town. Beautiful and historic buildings.
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  • City Tour
    Bus ride through town with photo-stops. Tour guide was not as educated (she was very young) as in other places. They did allow us to get off at the end of the tour and this was the only port where one can walk to the ship. Talinn is a great stop - do your shopping here, it had the best prices.
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