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The ship was beautiful and nicely appointed - very easy to get around based on the location of our cabin. The variety of foods in the Oceanview Cafe was quite good at first, but after the first week, became rather repetitive and predictable, but tasty nonetheless. Some of the folks dishing out the food did not speak or understand English very well; however, with hand signals and the like, we managed to get what we wanted for the most part. One day for dessert there was cotton candy, delicious chocolate coated apples and a delectable assortment of special treats to my great delight! The little ones on board, as well as some of the older cruisers, were ecstatic to see the cotton candy. The food in the main dining room was not up to the usual standards of Celebrity and some evenings was downright disappointing. We actually skipped the dining room several nights because of lack of variety and the descriptions often did not match what was served. They were accommodating though if you wanted something different and we were always able to get our mashed potatoes in addition to or in place of something on the menu. We were fortunate enough to have friendly, personable table guests which made up for what the food lacked. We were always able to find something good to eat at the Cafe when we felt more like having dinner in a more casual atmosphere. The worst part during breakfast and lunch were the enormous crowds in the Cafe and being unable to find a seat. In hindsight, we should have gone to the dining room, but in the past we found service there to be very slow at breakfast. Waiting 15 mins. for a glass of juice is unacceptable. We may be jaded after all our other cruises, but the entertainment in the theatre on several evenings, was not to our liking. The ship singers/dancers, while very talented, performed music not really suited to the majority of guests (ages 55+) on board. The costumes were superb - very colorful and elaborate. The aerial performances were stellar and we thoroughly enjoyed that. Not all the entertainment was bad - there were several acts which we really liked. The Tenors of Rock were awesome. Even the Beatles tribute band was decent. The Flyrights were quite good and humorous. There was lots of excellent entertainment around the ship, but the theatre's line-up was not up to snuff in my opinion. The service on board was very good, but the constant barrage of pushing alcohol became very tedious after a while. We enjoy a drink or two on our trips, but Celebrity (and all the cruise lines) really need to take a closer look at this practice. We really enjoyed our ports of call, but booked a couple of private tours or used public transportation as those offered by Celebrity were either not to our liking and/or far too costly compared to private bookings. It's quite shocking how much they charge for the simplest thing - a bus ride into town cost $32 (no actual tour, just transportation), but if you walked 5 minutes and took a local bus, you paid less than $5. Ireland and England turned out to be our favorite places. I would have liked to have 2 or 3 days in Scotland instead of just a few hours. We were disappointed in Edinburgh Castle (you've seen one, you've seen 'em all) and wish we had skipped that and done something else. The crowds were immense and there were literally thousands and thousands of people crowded inside the walls making for less than ideal conditions. The firing of the cannons was heard, not seen, due to the crush of people trying to get closer. The locals were nice and friendly though which was good and the shops had some nice things on the walk back from the castle. The ancient buildings around us made us feel as if we had stepped back in time. Waterford, Ireland was lovely and the locals there were friendly and welcoming. Dublin has very heavy traffic (foot and vehicular). It was especially hot when we were there and the Hop On, Hop Off buses did not seem to run on the same schedules that were posted. The bus drivers were quite humorous though and I would recommend you get on one of the HOHO buses and do an entire tour before deciding where to disembark. Be prepared for lots and lots of walking. We walked approx. 15 kms. that day, but fortunately, there were lots of pubs and cafes to stop at and have a meal or a brew. Buy your juices, water and soft drinks on shore and take them back on board to avoid paying the exorbitant prices on the ship. Same goes for snacks. At the Captain's Club events we were totally ignored by the officers who seemed to each spend their time with two or three guests, ignoring everyone else. The captain was quite friendly and was seen around the ship on many occasions. Some of the officers who participated in the activities/games with guests were funny and friendly. I won a 'gold' medal as Queen of the Bean Bag Toss, beating out 30 other competitors including two officers, so I was pretty pleased about that. Our airplane creations in that competition were not so award winning, but we had lots of fun just the same. Overall, we enjoyed our trip with few disappointments. A word of caution ladies - don't put your SeaPass card next to the magnetic closure on your purse. My roomie went through three before they discovered the cause of her problem. There were a couple of other ladies we met who had done the same thing. We really enjoyed the British Isles and the cruise gave us an opportunity to visit many ports in just one trip.

British Isles; Beautiful and Welcoming

Celebrity Silhouette Cruise Review by capergal56

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The ship was beautiful and nicely appointed - very easy to get around based on the location of our cabin.

The variety of foods in the Oceanview Cafe was quite good at first, but after the first week, became rather repetitive and predictable, but tasty nonetheless. Some of the folks dishing out the food did not speak or understand English very well; however, with hand signals and the like, we managed to get what we wanted for the most part. One day for dessert there was cotton candy, delicious chocolate coated apples and a delectable assortment of special treats to my great delight! The little ones on board, as well as some of the older cruisers, were ecstatic to see the cotton candy.

The food in the main dining room was not up to the usual standards of Celebrity and some evenings was downright disappointing. We actually skipped the dining room several nights because of lack of variety and the descriptions often did not match what was served. They were accommodating though if you wanted something different and we were always able to get our mashed potatoes in addition to or in place of something on the menu. We were fortunate enough to have friendly, personable table guests which made up for what the food lacked. We were always able to find something good to eat at the Cafe when we felt more like having dinner in a more casual atmosphere.

The worst part during breakfast and lunch were the enormous crowds in the Cafe and being unable to find a seat. In hindsight, we should have gone to the dining room, but in the past we found service there to be very slow at breakfast. Waiting 15 mins. for a glass of juice is unacceptable.

We may be jaded after all our other cruises, but the entertainment in the theatre on several evenings, was not to our liking. The ship singers/dancers, while very talented, performed music not really suited to the majority of guests (ages 55+) on board. The costumes were superb - very colorful and elaborate. The aerial performances were stellar and we thoroughly enjoyed that. Not all the entertainment was bad - there were several acts which we really liked. The Tenors of Rock were awesome. Even the Beatles tribute band was decent. The Flyrights were quite good and humorous. There was lots of excellent entertainment around the ship, but the theatre's line-up was not up to snuff in my opinion.

The service on board was very good, but the constant barrage of pushing alcohol became very tedious after a while. We enjoy a drink or two on our trips, but Celebrity (and all the cruise lines) really need to take a closer look at this practice.

We really enjoyed our ports of call, but booked a couple of private tours or used public transportation as those offered by Celebrity were either not to our liking and/or far too costly compared to private bookings. It's quite shocking how much they charge for the simplest thing - a bus ride into town cost $32 (no actual tour, just transportation), but if you walked 5 minutes and took a local bus, you paid less than $5.

Ireland and England turned out to be our favorite places. I would have liked to have 2 or 3 days in Scotland instead of just a few hours. We were disappointed in Edinburgh Castle (you've seen one, you've seen 'em all) and wish we had skipped that and done something else. The crowds were immense and there were literally thousands and thousands of people crowded inside the walls making for less than ideal conditions. The firing of the cannons was heard, not seen, due to the crush of people trying to get closer. The locals were nice and friendly though which was good and the shops had some nice things on the walk back from the castle. The ancient buildings around us made us feel as if we had stepped back in time.

Waterford, Ireland was lovely and the locals there were friendly and welcoming. Dublin has very heavy traffic (foot and vehicular). It was especially hot when we were there and the Hop On, Hop Off buses did not seem to run on the same schedules that were posted. The bus drivers were quite humorous though and I would recommend you get on one of the HOHO buses and do an entire tour before deciding where to disembark. Be prepared for lots and lots of walking. We walked approx. 15 kms. that day, but fortunately, there were lots of pubs and cafes to stop at and have a meal or a brew. Buy your juices, water and soft drinks on shore and take them back on board to avoid paying the exorbitant prices on the ship. Same goes for snacks.

At the Captain's Club events we were totally ignored by the officers who seemed to each spend their time with two or three guests, ignoring everyone else. The captain was quite friendly and was seen around the ship on many occasions. Some of the officers who participated in the activities/games with guests were funny and friendly.

I won a 'gold' medal as Queen of the Bean Bag Toss, beating out 30 other competitors including two officers, so I was pretty pleased about that. Our airplane creations in that competition were not so award winning, but we had lots of fun just the same.

Overall, we enjoyed our trip with few disappointments. A word of caution ladies - don't put your SeaPass card next to the magnetic closure on your purse. My roomie went through three before they discovered the cause of her problem. There were a couple of other ladies we met who had done the same thing.

We really enjoyed the British Isles and the cruise gave us an opportunity to visit many ports in just one trip.
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Our stateroom was very cozy and quiet. The room was adequate for our needs with one exception. The sofa was too large and blocked access to half the closet. In order to get to your clothes in that side of the closet, you had to stand on the sofa which was dangerous. A love seat would have been perfect as the room only sleeps two people.
The other thing that presented itself is that, without an alarm or natural light, your body didn't know when it was time to wake up. We had never booked an inside room before and it wasn't something we even thought of. Someone needs to invent a timer device that will gradually turn on the lights to simulate natural light. We started setting our alarm and it solved the problem, but who wants to wake up to a buzzer or telephone ringing while they're on vacation? I don't think we will stay in an inside room again for that reason only.
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