We were staying in Southampton at the Moxy hotel for four nights prior to our Transatlantic cruise. It was windy and rainy, but nothing compared to storm Babet which was battering Scotland. The opposite side of the system whipped up waves along the Iberian Peninsula, having an impact on the prior Silhouette sailing. Some folks who were doing back-to-back alerted us to a likely delay long before a message came from Celebrity. We added an additional night’s stay at the Moxy, which Celebrity promised to reimburse (max. £200). The original embarkation day was sunny so we took the train to Winchester to do some sightseeing. While the ship managed to get from Lisbon to Southampton faster than anticipated, we opted not to attempt embarkation late that evening. We finally boarded Silhouette the next morning around 8:30am with no lineup, carrying our luggage and we headed to our balcony cabin on deck 9. Celebrity also allowed a pro-rata one-night onboard credit, which was fully refundable if not used during the cruise. No complaints there.
The ship was nicely refurbished throughout, including rocking chairs in the Sky Lounge and functional seating around the grassy lawn in the aft. Having sailed on all Solstice class ships, this one rates the best. While the ship was full, there were only a handful of kids and teenagers on board. The Captain, his officers and the Captain Club hostess were visible interacting with guests regularly. The staff was always friendly, talkative and eager to ensure we are enjoying the cruise experience.
Cabin: Our port-side balcony on deck 9 had the bed by the bathroom. All the bedding, furniture, drapes were in great shape. There was easy access to everywhere, and the corridor was very quiet and private, since it was a dead-end. The balcony was more spacious than expected, with two loungers and a small table. It was fully covered but no overhang, offering almost total privacy. Excellent large screen TV with some free movies, re-runs of ship’s activities and lectures, restaurant menus, guest account and more. The remote took a little time to figure out. Our friendly and efficient cabin steward Ann worked very hard with little sleep from day one.