Celebrity Silhouette Cruise Review by HertsBean
- Sail Date: August 2018
- Destination: Baltic Sea
- Cabin Type: Deluxe Veranda (partially obstructed view)
Embarkation and Disembarkation were very smooth. We were on board within half an hour of parking the car right by the terminal and allowed in our cabin by 1pm.
Food in the main dining room is varied and excellent quality. They catered well for my wife's gluten allergy with the menu clearly labelled and if ordered the previous day they would make any other dish gluten free.
The ocean view cafe was laid out well, with a huge variety. Again, they catered well for gluten free, with a whole section marked gluten free. (On a previous P&O cruise this wasn't the case in the buffet, so we avoided the buffet due to risk of cross contamination). There were also lovely gluten free cakes in Cafe al Bacio.
My wife and I dined at Murano for an anniversary meal and while the food was good (apart from desert - strangely inedible!) we felt it was no better than the quality in the main dining room, so therefore not worth the extra charge. However, we dined at Qsine twice as a family and had the most amazing food. In this case, well worth the cover charge! We all agreed they were the best dinners we had ever had! Apparently Celebrity are changing this restaurant which seems a huge shame.
The entertainment was quite varied and we particularly enjoyed the guest musicians during the evening shows. There was a very interesting free galley tour on the first sea day which we went to and several interesting talks about ship life and the destinations on other sea days. The ship's own bands were excellent and they were great to listen to around the various public spaces.
Our kids spent a couple of evenings in the kids club, which they said they enjoyed.
Our only negative point was the cost of the shore excursions booked through Celebrity. We went on a Chocolate and walking tour in Bruges and paid nearly £200 for a family of 4. The walking tour was poor and the chocolate museum was somewhat limited. We'd have been better off getting the shuttle bus and doing our own thing.
Tours in St. Petersburg with Celebrity were much better, with excellent guides, but again were expensive.
We docked some distance from the city centre in Stockholm and therefore took the shuttle bus. This was reasonably priced ($80 for 2 days for family of 4), but the only disappointment was that the last bus back was at 6pm on the day that we stayed overnight, meaning if you wanted to stay later you'd have to get a taxi.
One thing to consider is that there are no laundrettes on board and the charges are very steep (e.g $3 for underwear, $7 for a shirt) For a 14 day cruise this could add up. With about 4 days to go they did offer a deal. Pack as much as you can in a paper laundry bag and it will all be washed for $49. By rolling things very tightly we got $150 worth in - so we thought we'd won!
When we booked we were offered an inclusive classic drinks package. This worked well as drinks on board are relatively expensive and if the package is purchased seperately it would add significantly to the cost. The classic package offers a good range of quality beers/wines/spirits. On the odd occasion that we fancied something a bit more special (a martini cocktail for example) you only pay the difference.
This was our 2nd cruise, having previously been to Norway with P&O Britannia. We loved that cruise, but this was even better. One thing that really stood out was the friendliness of all the staff, from senior officers all the way through to the cabin attendants and waiters.
I would definitely recommend this itinerary, ship and especially Celebrity.
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Cabin was spotlessly clean and attendant was excellent.
A couple of hints - Take some coat hangers as there aren't enough and plug adaptors as the sockets are a mixture of European and American)
Overall, very happy with the cabin.
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