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Overview As Elite Plus guests, we have sailed with Celebrity some 20 times during the last 10 years and always have enjoyed the experience. This cruise was no exception. The crew do their utmost to provide quality service but there were times when we wondered about the support they got from corporate management cost cutters. Passengers need to make their observations known. Having said that we have already booked two more Celebrity cruises. The Ship Our Deck 9 cabin was ideally placed next to the elevators/stairs by the Card Room allowing easy access to the Ocean Cafe buffet above and to the restaurants below. Silhouette is sister ship to Eclipse and Equinox and laid out well for ease of getting about. Public areas and our cabin were clean and well maintained. Our Stateroom Attendant Kevin and his assistant took excellent care of us. Guest Relations staff were always helpful and friendly. Aleksandra, the main restaurant hostess, juggled arriving Select Dining guests' seating requests masterfully. Waiter Nelson, assisted by Maritza and Sommelier Tehaina, made dining an enjoyable event. Up in the Deck 14 Elite cocktail lounge, Reggy was outstanding. The Captain made an effort to be friendly and his announcements were jocular. However, I don't think this should become expected of all Celebrity Captains. There are enough crew members dedicated to our amusement. I am happy for the Captain to remain a bit remote, above the fray and focused on getting the ship safely from A to B. I missed the route map that used to be on a Deck 3 easel, which showed in detail where we were as the cruise progressed. We could have learned from that, for instance, on our way through the Hebrides. We understood that many ports-of-call weren't deep water, which necessitated tendering. However, in several ports there were few exit gangways and long lines formed to get ashore. Also the angle of the port gangways was very steep at times. This was particularly evident in Leith. Dining We aren't fussy or special need eaters and enjoyed most of our dinners in the main dining room: escargots, fresh salads, salmon, prime rib, were among our favorites. As “frequent travelers”, however, we do note that the menus were almost identical to menus on Eclipse and Equinox, right down to cherries jubilee and bananas foster! Maybe the top executive chef needs to think how to get out of the rut. The buffet on Deck 14 was always excellent and we enjoyed the breakfast and lunch offerings, apart from the watery soups. Probable examples of cost cutting were replacing china mugs with plastic and cheap napkins. Sorry to see that Bistro on 5 has been replaced as previously we liked their soups, crepes and panninis. A great restaurant newcomer is the Lawn Club Grille. Excellent freshly grilled meat and seafood. Entertainment The best shows for us were the pianist/singer Claire Winkelstejn and another day when four of Celebrity's own sang solos and duets. We like to dine at 8.00 so the early show at 7.00 works best. The lady Beyond the Podium made interesting presentations on the Irish and the Vikings. Ports-of-Call Unlike other cruises, where we either organized or participated in small group cruisecritic tours, this time we enjoyed a mix of DIY and Celebrity excursions. Guernsey's bargain: for one Pound each we boarded local bus # 91 right outside the dock. It took us around the whole island in 90 minutes. No commentary but we were given a map and saw a mix of pretty inland roads and the rocky coastline. At Cobh (Cork) we boarded a Celebrity coach trip to Kinsale. Our guide was very knowledgeable and had a charming soft, Southern Irish accent. He kept us content with his commentary during the hour drive to a fortress above Kinsale. Wonderful views there and we were free for 90 minutes in the pretty town. Heaving with tourists in summer and short of real Irish atmosphere: the woman who fried our fish & chips was Asian and the bartender who served our pints of Murphy's stout hailed from Poland! However, the excursion immersed us in the region's history and we saw a lot of rolling Irish farmland. Alas it rained in Dublin. We walked through Trinity College, up Grafton Street and enjoyed a capuchino at historic Davy Byrnes pub. Then the rain got heavy so we boarded a HOHO bus in Merrion Square. The right decision as the commentary was interesting and we got to see a lot of the city, even driving a mile or two out into Phoenix Park. Liverpool was a total wash-out so we sheltered in the museums in the port near our dock and in the shopping mall near by. Interesting displays about the Titanic and about the slave trade. The Tate Gallery was disappointing --apart from the gift shop. Based on our success in Dublin, we boarded a HOHO bus in Belfast. The commentator was a recent graduate of Queen's University. She gave us a very informative tour of the city, including the “Troubles” neighborhoods and way out to the impressive parliament building, Stormont. After Liverpool we were Titanic-ed out so didn't go into the magnificent new center. Lerwick on a grey Sunday had little to offer apart from Shetland fudge and wool and we didn't go on an excursion. At Inverness we took the Celebrity excursion to Cawdor Castle and it was a cruise highlight. Lots to see inside the turreted fairy-tale castle, and two large gardens either side of the estate are beautifully maintained. Our coach guide was a local man, very well-informed. From him we learned about the history of the Scottish region as well as the family of the Thanes, later Earls, of Cawdor. On the return drive, he showed us the battlefield at Culloden Moor where Bonnie Prince Charlie's army was defeated in 1746. The ship moored a 20 minutes tender ride from Leith, where a local shuttle drove us another 20 minutes into Edinburgh. We didn't book seats for the Tattoo so were spared the dismal tendering experience described by guests who went on the first evening. The highlight of our Edinburgh visit was Holyrood House Palace. We bought entrance tickets on line so avoided queues to get in. Fascinating historical artifacts (even a lock of Mary Queen of Scots' hair), spacious halls, art work and lovely gardens. As on a previous cruise we took Celebrity's “Bruges-on-your-own” bus. There are cheaper means of local transport but none gets you from ship to city as swiftly and comfortably. There was adequate time to shop for chocolates and summer sale bargains, as well as downing a plate of typical mussels and fries before returning on board. Our Amsterdam flight didn't leave till the afternoon. So as not to waste the day waiting to depart, we joined Celebrity's tour. The coach took us and our luggage around the city and eventually dropped us at the Airport around noon. Our Dutch guide was well-informed and entertaining. Traffic was light early Sunday morning which meant she could take us to many of the main sights, as well as on an hour's boat trip along the principal canals. It worked out fine and we recommend the Celebrity tour as a great way to end your cruise in Amsterdam.

Around British Isles on Silhouette: Way to Go!

Celebrity Silhouette Cruise Review by ragbag1

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Trip Details
Overview

As Elite Plus guests, we have sailed with Celebrity some 20 times during the last 10 years and always have enjoyed the experience. This cruise was no exception.

The crew do their utmost to provide quality service but there were times when we wondered about the support they got from corporate management cost cutters. Passengers need to make their observations known.

Having said that we have already booked two more Celebrity cruises.

The Ship

Our Deck 9 cabin was ideally placed next to the elevators/stairs by the Card Room allowing easy access to the Ocean Cafe buffet above and to the restaurants below. Silhouette is sister ship to Eclipse and Equinox and laid out well for ease of getting about. Public areas and our cabin were clean and well maintained.

Our Stateroom Attendant Kevin and his assistant took excellent care of us.

Guest Relations staff were always helpful and friendly.

Aleksandra, the main restaurant hostess, juggled arriving Select Dining guests' seating requests masterfully. Waiter Nelson, assisted by Maritza and Sommelier Tehaina, made dining an enjoyable event.

Up in the Deck 14 Elite cocktail lounge, Reggy was outstanding.

The Captain made an effort to be friendly and his announcements were jocular. However, I don't think this should become expected of all Celebrity Captains. There are enough crew members dedicated to our amusement. I am happy for the Captain to remain a bit remote, above the fray and focused on getting the ship safely from A to B.

I missed the route map that used to be on a Deck 3 easel, which showed in detail where we were as the cruise progressed. We could have learned from that, for instance, on our way through the Hebrides.

We understood that many ports-of-call weren't deep water, which necessitated tendering. However, in several ports there were few exit gangways and long lines formed to get ashore. Also the angle of the port gangways was very steep at times. This was particularly evident in Leith.

Dining

We aren't fussy or special need eaters and enjoyed most of our dinners in the main dining room: escargots, fresh salads, salmon, prime rib, were among our favorites. As “frequent travelers”, however, we do note that the menus were almost identical to menus on Eclipse and Equinox, right down to cherries jubilee and bananas foster! Maybe the top executive chef needs to think how to get out of the rut.

The buffet on Deck 14 was always excellent and we enjoyed the breakfast and lunch offerings, apart from the watery soups. Probable examples of cost cutting were replacing china mugs with plastic and cheap napkins.

Sorry to see that Bistro on 5 has been replaced as previously we liked their soups, crepes and panninis.

A great restaurant newcomer is the Lawn Club Grille. Excellent freshly grilled meat and seafood.

Entertainment

The best shows for us were the pianist/singer Claire Winkelstejn and another day when four of Celebrity's own sang solos and duets. We like to dine at 8.00 so the early show at 7.00 works best.

The lady Beyond the Podium made interesting presentations on the Irish and the Vikings.

Ports-of-Call

Unlike other cruises, where we either organized or participated in small group cruisecritic tours, this time we enjoyed a mix of DIY and Celebrity excursions.

Guernsey's bargain: for one Pound each we boarded local bus # 91 right outside the dock. It took us around the whole island in 90 minutes. No commentary but we were given a map and saw a mix of pretty inland roads and the rocky coastline.

At Cobh (Cork) we boarded a Celebrity coach trip to Kinsale. Our guide was very knowledgeable and had a charming soft, Southern Irish accent. He kept us content with his commentary during the hour drive to a fortress above Kinsale. Wonderful views there and we were free for 90 minutes in the pretty town. Heaving with tourists in summer and short of real Irish atmosphere: the woman who fried our fish & chips was Asian and the bartender who served our pints of Murphy's stout hailed from Poland! However, the excursion immersed us in the region's history and we saw a lot of rolling Irish farmland.

Alas it rained in Dublin. We walked through Trinity College, up Grafton Street and enjoyed a capuchino at historic Davy Byrnes pub. Then the rain got heavy so we boarded a HOHO bus in Merrion Square. The right decision as the commentary was interesting and we got to see a lot of the city, even driving a mile or two out into Phoenix Park.

Liverpool was a total wash-out so we sheltered in the museums in the port near our dock and in the shopping mall near by. Interesting displays about the Titanic and about the slave trade. The Tate Gallery was disappointing --apart from the gift shop.

Based on our success in Dublin, we boarded a HOHO bus in Belfast. The commentator was a recent graduate of Queen's University. She gave us a very informative tour of the city, including the “Troubles” neighborhoods and way out to the impressive parliament building, Stormont. After Liverpool we were Titanic-ed out so didn't go into the magnificent new center.

Lerwick on a grey Sunday had little to offer apart from Shetland fudge and wool and we didn't go on an excursion.

At Inverness we took the Celebrity excursion to Cawdor Castle and it was a cruise highlight. Lots to see inside the turreted fairy-tale castle, and two large gardens either side of the estate are beautifully maintained. Our coach guide was a local man, very well-informed. From him we learned about the history of the Scottish region as well as the family of the Thanes, later Earls, of Cawdor. On the return drive, he showed us the battlefield at Culloden Moor where Bonnie Prince Charlie's army was defeated in 1746.

The ship moored a 20 minutes tender ride from Leith, where a local shuttle drove us another 20 minutes into Edinburgh. We didn't book seats for the Tattoo so were spared the dismal tendering experience described by guests who went on the first evening. The highlight of our Edinburgh visit was Holyrood House Palace. We bought entrance tickets on line so avoided queues to get in. Fascinating historical artifacts (even a lock of Mary Queen of Scots' hair), spacious halls, art work and lovely gardens.

As on a previous cruise we took Celebrity's “Bruges-on-your-own” bus. There are cheaper means of local transport but none gets you from ship to city as swiftly and comfortably. There was adequate time to shop for chocolates and summer sale bargains, as well as downing a plate of typical mussels and fries before returning on board.

Our Amsterdam flight didn't leave till the afternoon. So as not to waste the day waiting to depart, we joined Celebrity's tour. The coach took us and our luggage around the city and eventually dropped us at the Airport around noon. Our Dutch guide was well-informed and entertaining. Traffic was light early Sunday morning which meant she could take us to many of the main sights, as well as on an hour's boat trip along the principal canals.

It worked out fine and we recommend the Celebrity tour as a great way to end your cruise in Amsterdam.
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    It worked out fine and we recommend the Celebrity tour as a great way to end your cruise.
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  • Brugge (Bruges)
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  • Cobh (Cork)
    At Cobh (Cork) we boarded a Celebrity coach trip to Kinsale. Our guide was very knowledgeable and had a charming soft, Southern Irish accent. He kept us content with his commentary during the hour drive to a fortress above Kinsale. Wonderful views there and we were free for 90 minutes in the pretty town. Heaving with tourists in summer and short of real Irish atmosphere: the woman who fried our fish & chips was Asian and the bartender who served our pints of Murphy's stout hailed from Poland! However, the excursion immersed us in the region's history and we saw a lot of rolling Irish farmland.
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  • Dublin
    Alas it rained in Dublin. We walked through Trinity College, up Grafton Street and enjoyed a capuchino at historic Davy Byrnes pub. Then the rain got heavy so we boarded a HOHO bus in Merrion Square. The right decision as the commentary was interesting and we got to see a lot of the city, even driving a mile or two out into Phoenix Park.
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  • Edinburgh (South Queensferry)
    The ship moored a 20 minutes tender ride from Leith, where a local shuttle drove us another 20 minutes into Edinburgh. We didn't book seats for the Tattoo so were spared the dismal tendering experience described by guests who went on the first evening. The highlight of our Edinburgh visit was Holyrood House Palace. We bought entrance tickets on line so avoided queues to get in. Fascinating historical artifacts (even a lock of Mary Queen of Scots' hair), spacious halls, art work and lovely gardens.
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  • Highland Day Tour
    At Inverness we took the Celebrity excursion to Cawdor Castle and it was a cruise highlight. Lots to see inside the turreted fairy-tale castle, and two large gardens either side of the estate are beautifully maintained. Our coach guide was a local man, very well-informed. From him we learned about the history of the Scottish region as well as the family of the Thanes, later Earls, of Cawdor. On the return drive, he showed us the battlefield at Culloden Moor where Bonnie Prince Charlie's army was defeated in 1746.
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  • Liverpool
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