Celebrity Silhouette Cruise Review by bundeera
- Sail Date: October 2016
- Destination: Western Mediterranean
- Cabin Type: Sky Suite
The ship was the Celebrity Silhouette and we stayed in cabin #2116, a Sky Suite (S2). As we had priority embarkation/debarkation so the check-in/check-out was quick and smooth. The suite was about 300sqft and spacious with appropriate furniture and loads of storage space; we packed clothing for 4 weeks and we still had unused space in the cupboards and wardrobes. The bed was comfortable and we slept well. The crew, from the butler through to the cabin attendant were friendly, obliging and attentive to our needs. As a Suite Guest, apart from the larger cabin there are a number of perks such as the Butler service which was very helpful particularly when something out of the ordinary needs attending to.
The Mediterranean is not rough and together with the stabilizers extended when there is a bit of chop, you are barely are aware of the ship’s movement. My wife gets motion sick in a deep pile carpet and she had no problem whatsoever even when we hit the Atlantic en route to Lisbon (even after a cocktail or two!)
We were able to pick 2 perks from a list of 4 and opted for the ‘free’ gratuities (one can add extra if one wishes for outstanding service) and the beverage package for both of us. We are not big drinkers nor connoisseurs of fine wines and spirits, but the Classic beverage package provided a range of wines, beers, spirits, cocktails, waters , specialty teas and coffees that more than satisfied our needs.
We ate at Luminae, Blu, Oceanview (buffet), Murano and the Tuscan Grill Restaurants. Luminae is the dedicated restaurant for suite guests (for breakfast and Dinner. Lunch is available on ‘at sea’ days). It has a smaller menu than the main dining room (generally 4 choices per course) but if you can’t find something to tickle your fancy, you can order from the Main Dining Room (Grand Cuvee) menu which has additional offerings. The restaurant is of course much smaller than the main dining room but also quieter and more intimate. We did not have to wait for seating at any time. The food is very good indeed. We did have one meal of a very tough chicken. No problem, we just ordered something else. Blu is for Suite and Aquaclass guests. It is bigger than Luminae and has a different and quite comprehensive menu with additional healthy eating options. The quality and extent of the offering in the Oceanview café has improved greatly over the years. As the range of food is extensive we tended to have breakfast in the cabin to avoid overeating. We frequented Oceanview for lunch but had exercise restraint! Murano and the Tuscan Grill are Specialty restaurants available at extra cost. Murano is superb (I am not a gourmet foodie but the food quality was among the best I have eaten even on land) The Chateaubriand and the Lobster were excellent. The Tuscan Grill was good though we thought Murano was much better. Our server in the Tuscan was somewhat ‘over the top’. Overall the food on board was extensive and very good. HOWEVER: the average cruise passenger can put on up to 0.5kg a day so beware!
The evening shows were generally very good. But the on board venue entertainment was variable. The house band ‘Funky T’ could have been very good but we found the drummer far too loud. Perhaps he forgot there were other band members and vocalists the deserved to be heard.
We did a combination of Celebrity, private and our own shore excursions. The Celebrity Shore excursions were generally good. However a couple of tours took us to time wasting retail ‘financial harvesting opportunities’. e.g. a winery & glass blowing, which I, and many others found a waste of the limited time available and took away from our own shopping opportunities. Many of the destination ports were in the port towns which made walking around the town and ‘doing your own thing’ easy and enjoyable.
The only negatives (minor) we encountered on both cruises were
Disabled USB port on the cabin TV
The high cost of the slow internet access
The assertive and continual pushing of add-on sales of services e.g. spa, aesthetic treatments, specialty restaurants etc
Occasional noise from movement of furniture in the Oceanview café above the cabin.
In summary it was an excellent cruise with plenty of destinations and I would highly recommend it.
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