We first went on Silhouette five years ago and have cruised with Celebrity (and others) every year since. We find that Celebrity offer good food, entertainment and service with good ports of call so we tend to look for balcony offers.
We chose this cruise for the ports of call and were really looking forward to Russia. We embarked within 10 minutes of arriving at Southampton port. We then could make the most of an early lunch in the MDR and relax before the muster call. Unlike others who have criticised the new format, I think Celebrity have tried to follow the BA example of making a boring legal requirement more interesting by showing a funny film during the drill. That done we could relax.
We loved Bruge- the shuttle was reasonable. We then enjoyed Copenhagen and Stockholm. Tallinn was walkable from the port but we took the shuttle as it was 30 degrees. St Petersburg was our highlight and we loved the 3 days there. We agree Rostock is a bit of a weird port but a quiet day is a good call after Russia. I would agree the shuttle service here was poor - we took it to Warnemunde but we were not told we had arrived! We sat on the bus while a man from the shuttle company got on and told us all to get off! We refused as the sign outside said Rostock! He then said Rostock, yes! Warnemunde yes! Eventually someone on the bus explained that we were there as the two merge together and that we should get off. It was the low point of our cruise but a small gripe really. Shuttle prices are well advertised and tbh if you are going on a cruise surely you research the ports and know what might cost you money when you get there?
We had researched excursions at Russia and used Alla who were fabulous - no complaints about them. They were £60 cheaper than Celebrity for a similar 2 day itinery.
Drinks and food service were excellent on board. Speciality dining at Murano and Tuscan Grille well worth it. Cruise Director new to us but did a sound job although we didn't see him around ship often as we have with others but we were off ship alot. We had been on Reflection with Sue Denning so were sad to find out she got off Silhouette as we got on!!!
Actiivities Manager Kate worked really hard and the two other guys, Steven and Jaz, were fun at quizzes which were well attended.
The buffet was really good with themed evenings when you were tired or late back. We enjoyed the Indian selection and trifle day was fabulous.
Shows in theatre were very varied and worth attending. The magician was stunning and we only went to stay for a bit before going to the German band - we missed that as he took our breath away!! He was a British magician and he was amazing.
The flexible dining approach in MDR was good as my mother had to have low fat food and they accomodated this well - giving us the menu a day ahead to ensure they could prepare for her needs. Also, they allow you to swap bits of each meal if you want to which was great e.g. swap potatoes for rice or pasta for jacket potato. Service there was exceptional - the Maitre D came to every table every night and developed a rapport with most people. The waiters were great too - Jeson and Theresa. They couldn't do enough to help us choose the food we wanted from the offers.
The house band were not as good as others on other ships - they seem to have a limited repertoire. The classical one was good and Devico were too. There were never enough seats in the Sky Lounge or main foyer for all the fun things they planned e.g Abba night, 60s night.
However, we had a great cruise with good service and we would chose Celebrity every time.
Cabin had a slightly larger balcony on one side due to being right at the back. It is a walk to the lifts but after all that food that is a bonus! Attendant was lovely and room was spotless.
Quaint and you can explore easily.
Hop on Hop off bus used - went to Tivoli - would recommend.
Get up early and watch the sail in for 2 hours - stunning views. City is great too - lots to do and pretty.