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Other than some unseasonably chilly weather in some of the ports that we visited, the entire experience was excellent. This was our third Celebrity Cruise; coincidently, all three cruise were on the Celebrity Silhouette, a very fine ship indeed. This time we tried Suite Class, expensive but well worth it. I've found that the key to Celebrity is its people, and this cruise was no exception; unfailing helpful, pleasantly outgoing and really dedicated to fine service. This true throughout the ship. Special recognition is due our Butler, Walter, who performed admirably and was consistently helpful in so many ways. His seasoned advice on cruising generally and excursions in particular was extremely valuable and he was always there when you needed him. In the cruise industry, Walter is definitely a roll model to be followed. He fine-tuned our stay to perfection. Special recognition also goes to our room attendant, Mr. Osman, who pleasantly arranged our cabin to meet our schedule, some days late risers and other days not. Last but certainly not least , special recognition is due for the staff of the Suite Class restaurant, Luminae. Management and staff, every one of them, was truly pleasant and, outgoing, self-motivated and provided service found only in the finest restaurants. They went far out of their way to accommodate us during the cruise and made it a point to anticipate our dining desires. The cabin was basically double the size of an ordinary cabin, the nicest part was the full size shower and amenities. Some noise was generated through the ceiling that separated our cabin from the ship buffet on the deck above, but nothing terrible. The shows were fine and the performers were all excellent. The hypnotist show was a real hit. It was a nice touch that our Butler made it a point to keep us timely apprised of special shows where the Suite Class guests were seated in a reserved area. There were also a couple of good movies offered on board at no charge for those times when you just wanted to relax. The ports of call were in Northern Europe and it was pretty chilly most of the time. With the exception of St. Petersburg, all of the places visited were clean, well-maintained and there were lots of WC's along the way. Tallin, Estonia was pleasant. Helsinki appeared nice but we visited it on Sunday when not much was going on. The highlight of Helsinki for me was the Church of Rock, a splendid piece of modern architecture and truly inspiring. A surprise favorite for me was Berlin, so much history. The Holocaust memorial and the memorials for the other masses of humanity singled out for extermination during the Second World War were inspiring, moving and though-provoking. The remnants of the Berlin Wall and related memorials were also especially moving and occasionally sites of artistic genius. Definitely worth the 2+ hour train ride form our docking port in Warnemunde. St. Petersburg was both magnificent and sad at the same time. The major tourist sites such as Peterhof, Catherine's Palace, the Hermitage, the naval fortress and Church of the Spilt Blood were extremely well maintained and nothing short of miraculous. A photographer's dream. The sad part was the condition of the structures everywhere else. Windows that hadn't been washed in decades, Scotch tape holding together cracked windows, bleak views behind the windows, slapped-on cement used a patchwork and a general state of disrepair throughout the area. Our tour guides were pleasant and very helpful. Mostly everyone else, however, appeared unhappy and unapproachable. It was saddening. It was a great shore excursion but be prepared for lots and lots of walking. Stockholm and Copenhagen were very nice indeed and I will have to revisit them again.

Scandinavian Cruise, Celebrity Sihoulette, May 7-19, 2017

Celebrity Silhouette Cruise Review by ASTONISHING

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2017
  • Destination: Europe
  • Cabin Type: Sky Suite
Other than some unseasonably chilly weather in some of the ports that we visited, the entire experience was excellent. This was our third Celebrity Cruise; coincidently, all three cruise were on the Celebrity Silhouette, a very fine ship indeed. This time we tried Suite Class, expensive but well worth it.

I've found that the key to Celebrity is its people, and this cruise was no exception; unfailing helpful, pleasantly outgoing and really dedicated to fine service. This true throughout the ship. Special recognition is due our Butler, Walter, who performed admirably and was consistently helpful in so many ways. His seasoned advice on cruising generally and excursions in particular was extremely valuable and he was always there when you needed him. In the cruise industry, Walter is definitely a roll model to be followed. He fine-tuned our stay to perfection. Special recognition also goes to our room attendant, Mr. Osman, who pleasantly arranged our cabin to meet our schedule, some days late risers and other days not. Last but certainly not least , special recognition is due for the staff of the Suite Class restaurant, Luminae. Management and staff, every one of them, was truly pleasant and, outgoing, self-motivated and provided service found only in the finest restaurants. They went far out of their way to accommodate us during the cruise and made it a point to anticipate our dining desires.

The cabin was basically double the size of an ordinary cabin, the nicest part was the full size shower and amenities. Some noise was generated through the ceiling that separated our cabin from the ship buffet on the deck above, but nothing terrible.

The shows were fine and the performers were all excellent. The hypnotist show was a real hit. It was a nice touch that our Butler made it a point to keep us timely apprised of special shows where the Suite Class guests were seated in a reserved area. There were also a couple of good movies offered on board at no charge for those times when you just wanted to relax.

The ports of call were in Northern Europe and it was pretty chilly most of the time. With the exception of St. Petersburg, all of the places visited were clean, well-maintained and there were lots of WC's along the way. Tallin, Estonia was pleasant. Helsinki appeared nice but we visited it on Sunday when not much was going on. The highlight of Helsinki for me was the Church of Rock, a splendid piece of modern architecture and truly inspiring.

A surprise favorite for me was Berlin, so much history. The Holocaust memorial and the memorials for the other masses of humanity singled out for extermination during the Second World War were inspiring, moving and though-provoking. The remnants of the Berlin Wall and related memorials were also especially moving and occasionally sites of artistic genius. Definitely worth the 2+ hour train ride form our docking port in Warnemunde.

St. Petersburg was both magnificent and sad at the same time. The major tourist sites such as Peterhof, Catherine's Palace, the Hermitage, the naval fortress and Church of the Spilt Blood were extremely well maintained and nothing short of miraculous. A photographer's dream. The sad part was the condition of the structures everywhere else. Windows that hadn't been washed in decades, Scotch tape holding together cracked windows, bleak views behind the windows, slapped-on cement used a patchwork and a general state of disrepair throughout the area. Our tour guides were pleasant and very helpful. Mostly everyone else, however, appeared unhappy and unapproachable. It was saddening. It was a great shore excursion but be prepared for lots and lots of walking.

Stockholm and Copenhagen were very nice indeed and I will have to revisit them again.
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Sky Suite
Cabin S2 2124
Extremely well maintained. The double-sized deck and cabin were light and spacious. Plenty of room to move around. The location on Deck 12 put us close to the indoor and outdoor pool areas, just one deck below the Buffet and right by the bank of elevators that took us to Luninae. To keep unwanted noise to a minimum, I would not stay closer than 10 rooms from the elevator lobby. Some noise cam through the cabin ceiling between Decks 12 and 14 where the Buffet is located, but the sound was pretty muffled and didn't bother us.
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