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86 Rome (Civitavecchia) to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Celebrity Silhouette Cruise Reviews

My daughter and I got to Rome ahead of time for tourist time there. We stayed at the Rafello Hotel in Rome, very well located, clean rooms and close to our bus, Hop on Hop Off, Staff was very attentive too. Once on the ship, which was an ... Read More
My daughter and I got to Rome ahead of time for tourist time there. We stayed at the Rafello Hotel in Rome, very well located, clean rooms and close to our bus, Hop on Hop Off, Staff was very attentive too. Once on the ship, which was an easy embarkation , we had a beautiful room at the front of the ship, great views and large room, linen, pillows, everything we asked for was supplied. Meals were great in the dining room and the cafeteria lots of selections to choose from. Our waiters in the dining room knew what we liked and had it ready for us when we sat down. Great service. Everyone we met were pleasant and helpful , all staff more than eager to help in any way. The shows were good too but we only liked the production shows and didn't go to some of the others by choice. The shows we saw were excellent. We ate in the Murano special restaurant and had lobster which was wonderful, service there excellent and fun, beautiful dining room too. All our transfers arranged by Celebrity and our Travel agent were comfortable and timely. The trip to the Airport in Venice was long but pleasant and we saw a lot of the country side. This was the first trip my daughter and I had taken together with no children along so it was a very nice relaxing experience for us both. We found a great reading room and lounge chairs to sit quietly and read or talk. The selection of TV shows at night was not so good but we didn't care we were tired and went to sleep early. Our shore excursions were great except for the one in Athens , it was not very informative at all. Since I had been to Athens several times I could explain a lot to my daughter that the tour guide didn't mention. First time I had ever been disappointed in any tour booked while on a Celebrity cruise. Most ship mates were English speaking but many countries were represented so it was a nice mix of cultures and people. Very few little children on board which was good for adults traveling with no children. Disembarkation was a little confused for some reason but we were fine just crowded in the restaurant for a while. Overall the cruise was wonderful . I love Celebrity better than any others I have sailed on . Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
General: This is a beautiful, clean ship with a very port-intensive itinerary for the Eastern Mediterranean and Greek Isles – only 2 days at sea. We chose this cruise for the excellent itinerary. Embarkation/Debarkation: In most cases ... Read More
General: This is a beautiful, clean ship with a very port-intensive itinerary for the Eastern Mediterranean and Greek Isles – only 2 days at sea. We chose this cruise for the excellent itinerary. Embarkation/Debarkation: In most cases this went very smoothly. We did have a slow time getting off in Ephesus. We tendered at the Greek Islands, but that worked out fine. The views coming into Malta and Venice were most memorable. Cabins: We traveled with our 2 sons (10 and 12) and booked 2 cabins on the Sky deck, mid-aft ship- a balcony cabin and an interior cabin across the hall. I am so thankful we decided to spend the extra money to have the extra space. I really thought the balcony cabin was fantastic – plenty of room, a big balcony, good sized bathroom and plenty of storage space. You can get extra keys so you can each get into the others rooms. The beds were ok in terms of comfort for us; not sure if maybe too soft. You do have the option to choose from different pillows on the Concierge level which was nice. Having the balcony was very nice for some of the arrivals and departures from the various ports. Dining Areas/Food/Drink: The first night we were told we were told we would be moved for the subsequent nights to a different table. Overall I thought the food was good; not excellent. I was actually surprised that there were more add-on cost restaurants than included restaurants. Or you needed to be Aqua Class to get access to 2 additional restaurants. We dined in the Main Dining room and the upper Cafe area (buffet style) almost all the days. There wasn’t really a theme in the Buffet area, but a wide variety of food so you could eat whatever you wanted (e.g. Asian, Italian, American). The main dining room headwaiters were excellent. All the staff was very pleasant and willing to please. We had some newer junior waiters who did make a couple mistakes – for example, not setting the table properly or not getting an accompanying condiment that should have come with the dish. Room service was fine and a good option when you needed to be out the door early. We did not get the drink package and believe we stayed under the cost they would have been. Since we were gone most of each day and got up early almost every day we didn’t have a lot of alcohol in the evenings. We did really like the Michael’s Club beer bar with lots of specialty beers – we didn’t come across this till 2 nights before we left the ship. Public Areas: The Silhouette is a very clean, pretty ship. It is also lets in a lot of light, which I really liked. There are plenty of public areas and there really weren’t any crowds except around the 2 public pools. There are 2 pools available for everyone and then there is an adults-only area that is an enclosed section of the boat next to the public pools with it’s own private pool. There’s a nice library if you’re a reader. The Lawn Club was really pretty and we did hear a guitarist one evening on part of the lawn while having wine and cheese with the sun setting. Really nice. But the main part of the Club required you to pay extra to rent little cabanas and that took up almost 1/3 of the top deck. Shows/Entertainment: We really liked our cruise director Alejandro. Tons of energy and a good sense of humor. The Silhouette Theater had the main entertainment each night. We went about 5 of the nights. I thought the entertainment was ok. We like the comedian Fred Klett. We had high hopes for the magician, but the kids could even see some of the props he used. Some of the musical/dance shows just weren’t in line with our tastes – a Circue di Soleil type show and a couple broadway show tune shows. We did enjoy some of the trivia games and the acoustic guitar singer who would move around the ship to different bars each night. We did not go to the Casino, but it was pretty large. Children’s Programs: My teen son didn’t have any interest; my younger son did sign up and go once or twice, but didn’t find the activities of interest to him and would rather be out at the pool or walking around the ship. Excursions: We didn’t book any ship excursions - I did my own research – mostly TripAdvisor, and booked private tours in Naples, Athens, and Ephesus to save money and not have to be in a large group. Ports: NAPLES – We booked a private tour (Limo Service Naples) for our family to go see Pompeii and Herculaneum. Very interesting. Kids got a bit bored with all the ‘rocks’. MALTA – The sail-in was gorgeous. We got in early afternoon and left in the evening. We decided to try the Malta Sightseeing hop-on-hop-off bus, but it was late enough in the afternoon we didn’t have time to hop off anywhere. The kids really liked this because they didn’t have to walk around and the breeze on the top of the bus was nice. Malta is a really interesting country with no rivers or lakes and varied terrain. Very medieval-looking in spots. ATHENS - We booked a private tour (Private Greece Tours) for our family and did a day tour all over Athens. Very good. MYKONOS – We took a cab to the Agios Ioannis beach. Beautiful surroundings. Water cold with a rocky entrance. Then took a bus around the island and got dropped off in the middle of town and walked passed the iconic windmills and Church of Panagia and the Harbourfront KUSADASI/EPHESUS- We booked a tour with 2 other couples (via Cruise Critic Connections) with Ephesus Shuttle. Excellent tour – loved Ephesus and the Terrace Houses. Also went to House of Virgin Mary, St John Basilica, and lunch. Then we did have a carpet making demonstration that was good. Don’t miss Ephesus. SANTORINI - Oia is exactly what you see in calendar photos. You will take a tender to the island where you will either walk up 600 steps, ride up 600 steps on a donkey, or take a cable car up to Fira, or if you’re a bit nervous, you can take a water taxi up to Oia. Once you leave the bus, there are no cars in the main part of Oia. The town was gorgeous. We then took a bus to the black sand beach Kamari. I was actually surprised it was so rocky. Pretty setting. We had lunch at a café on the beach. Then a bus back to Fira to get the cable car. VENICE – Be out on the decks for sail in as you go right past St. Mark's Square. Wander the streets and all the bridges. We went to the Frari Church, Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. All worthwhile.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
The cruise was very good with the cleanliness and general appearance of the ship. The waiters and waitresses were very attentive to your needs as were the cabin attendants. However the staff who manned the reception desk showed a lack of ... Read More
The cruise was very good with the cleanliness and general appearance of the ship. The waiters and waitresses were very attentive to your needs as were the cabin attendants. However the staff who manned the reception desk showed a lack of interest in your questions and gave different answers to the same question depending on who was asked. An example of this was when I requested information, on three different occasions, on what the procedure was for debarkation from the ship early morning on the Sunday when you were not due to be collected by the coach till 14:00. I asked if we could stay on the ship till a later time than 10am (the time we were instructed to disembark the ship). The following answers were given by different customer relation staff ;- “ I don’t know what you can do”, “ I think everyone has to leave the ship, no one has asked this before I will have to find out and contact you”, “there is an excursion to Padua which will drop you at the airport. It is $95 each” “you can take the waterbus into Venice” At no time prior to the Sunday morning were we told that there was an option to stay on the ship even though there was, as we found out on the morning of disembarkation. We were then told that “ there is a list of names of people who are staying on the ship until nearer their pick up time. Unfortunately you have not given sufficient notice so you cannot stay”. This meant we had to make our own arrangements for the Sunday morning and also pay to have our cases held in a secure place, this was a small cost which I was happy to pay, but not informed of by the reception desk when I asked them what you do with your luggage, as their answer was it can be left in the customs shed till required. It felt that once the disembarkation day had arrived we were no longer of any concern to the company. The ship seemed to have difficulty keeping to the schedule of times that were in our information pack, stating the time we came into ports and left ports. Venice was very disappointing as we were under the impression according to the schedule of times we would dock at 9am. The actual docking time was 13:00, this was a disappointment as we expected a full day in Venice and was one of the reasons we booked this cruise rather than one of the many others which cruise the eastern med. We were told by the Captain over the tannoy system and the daily information sheet that access to the ship would not be possible on the Saturday evening we were in Venice between 19:00 and 20:00 as the ship had to change berths. We got back to the ship at 17:50 as we assumed that we would be able to get on the ship as it was well before the planned move. We were unable to get on the ship. We were not informed of what was happening . It took till 19:20 to gain access to the ship. Within that hour and a half we were told nothing and a queue built up of about 1000 people (you can verify the exact number with your boarding procedure). The customs hall was hot and dry with no access to liquids. Plus there was not a single member of the crew present to inform the passengers what was happening, only disinterested customs staff. On reporting this to your reception on the ship they showed a distinct lack of understanding to the problems we had faced. Up to the ship entering Venice, I thought the whole cruise experience was good even though a little late at some of the destinations we went to, plus having a reception that gave conflicting information to passengers. However sadly the Venice experience spoilt the whole cruise experience rather than being the icing on the cake as we thought it would be. We have been on many cruises with a number of companies and the Venice experience has unfortunately made it very unlikely that we will choose Celebrity Cruises in future.   Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
Having previously travelled on Celebrity Eclipse once before and loved it, we chose the Silhouette firstly for the itinerary but also being another one of the amazing Solstice class ships. As we hoped, the Silhouette did not disappoint! ... Read More
Having previously travelled on Celebrity Eclipse once before and loved it, we chose the Silhouette firstly for the itinerary but also being another one of the amazing Solstice class ships. As we hoped, the Silhouette did not disappoint! Ship: As a solstice class ship, everything is thought about so carefully. They really have, in my opinion, got everything pretty much right on here. The ship is easy to get around, logical, and the directions outside every elevator are really handy. The ship was a little over a year old when writing this, and still has a lovely new feel. Facilities on board were fantastic. It never feels crowded, even when you are told it's sailing full. Sun loungers on sea days were never a problem and the pool butlers take care of empty reserved beds quite religiously which is refreshing to see. There is a perfect choice of restaurants including the fabulous main dining room, Grand Cuvee and a small selection of speciality restaurants which are nice if you are happy to pay a cover charge. I found the main dining room quality equally as good as the speciality restaurants and therefore no need to use them unless you want a change of scenery? The buffet restaurant is well designed and very easy to get around without bottle necks even on a sea day. The Solstice class ships have the real grass lawn on the top which was nice on the Eclipse, but a little spoilt now with the addition of "The Alcoves" on the Silhouette. The Alcoves are meant to be a small private area to sit and enjoy a complimentary picnic etc. However, the price tag was way too high at what I believe was nearly a hundred dollars. This makes the lawn area less accessible to guests who do not want to participate in paying for an Alcove, but none the less, it doesn't make your holiday any less enjoyable! Accommodation: We chose a Concierge class Guarantee cabin which was allocated on deck 9. Unfortunately, it was only a few cabins in from the very back of the ship and therefore suffered from a little vibration when manoeuvring in to port in the early morning. However, it was by no means something to spoil your holiday, just something to think about when choosing a cabin next time! As chose a guarantee cabin, we didn't get a choice in this. The bathrooms on the solstice class ships are really fantastic. So well thought out and very user friendly. Top marks there. The cabin was comfortable with plenty of storage. Our stateroom attendant was really fantastic, very happy and always wanting to make sure you have everything you need. I heard her on many occasions having chats with our elderly neighbours in the next door cabin which I think they enjoyed. Fresh towels and sheets were never a problem. Concierge class also benefit from lovely Frette bath robes, Afternoon Canapes Daily, binoculars (although they didn't work too well), fresh fruit, flowers and a rather neat tote bag and brolly. You also have access to an extended room service menu and you can order full cooked breakfast to the room if you wish. No tray charge was in place at the time either which is another bonus. The cabins have really great flat screen TV's and a very good interactive systems on there with all the info you need plus the ability to order shore excursions and room service on the TV! Plenty of films available if you want them and a good selection of music too. Again, it really was the best entertainment system I've seen in a long time. Service: Being in concierge class, we expected access to a dedicated concierge person throughout our stay. However, this isn't the case. Our stateroom attendant took care of any room service orders and delivered them personally which was a really nice touch. The main dining room staff were fantastic too. We used the coffee shop on many occasions and there was too lovely South American ladies (Ruth and Beatriz) working there who were not only efficient at anticipating your needs, but they were also very funny and entertaining. We found most of the staff that you came into regular contact with we're indeed excellent at anticipating your needs. This must be a credit to the team. My only disappointment with the staff was Guest Relations, not from the service provided by the team there, but the fact that their management generally left just or two staff working the desk which resulted in horrendous waiting lines before you could speak to someone. I noticed on several occasions that other guest relations staff walked around the back of the desk doing other things but made attempt to step and help out with the guests waiting. I heard someone who appeared to be a supervisor telling another staff member to go and get any other guest relations staff out of the back office and to stop hiding. Dining: I found the food on the Silhouette very slightly less impressive than my previous cruise on the Eclipse. However, the Celebrity standard in general is far superior to that of the other main strain cruise lines. I have travelled with P&O, NCL and Costa and it beats all of these hands down. Main dining room breakfast each day is by far the best way of starting your morning. The staff have literally got your hot drinks, juices and Danish all taken care of as you are sitting down. The selection is great and nothing is a problem. We tried breakfast in the Garden Cafe buffet once, but its way too busy and crowded. And you're on holiday, why would you want to serve yourself? Lunch, we tried various venues including the buffet and the porch. I have to say the porch is well worth the $5 cover charge. It's generally quiet there, the staff are superb and the view worth every penny! The Mast Grill does fantastic burgers for lunch, very much homemade and not frozen like some cruise lines. The buffet offered a great selection as always too, although there were a few staple items which repeated on a daily basis. Ice cream station was nice, and always popular. Dinner, we chose main dining room late sitting. Yes, the late sitting is very late at 8.45pm but when you see that the entrees are cooked to order, you know why it's not a quick meal service. Our first table allocation was a little less pleasant being in an annexe of the main restaurant, but a quick word with the Maitre D and we had a new table the next day which was nicely located in the main dining area. The waiters can't do enough for you, and again, they quickly pick up on your likes and dislikes. Our preferred beverages were quickly delivered each meal time without needing to ask. Our waiter knew exactly now we liked our steak cooked and nothing was a problem. I can't praise these guys highly enough. Alcohol was generally expensive given that everything comes with an automatic 15% gratuity added. If you are used to P&O prices, then it will come as a little shock. Not being a huge alcohol drinker, it didn't bother me. However, the non-alcoholic drinks package was well worth taking and also included speciality hot drinks in the coffee shop and freshly squeezed juices. It didn't take long to realise we had our monies worth out of the $7 or 8 a day we paid for this. One positive thing with Celebrity is that there always seems to be a good selection of free drinks available in the buffet including lemonade, ice tea, juice, water and tea/coffees. Having travelled with some lines that only offer water, and sometimes not even that, this is a nice thing to do. Entertainment: Our cruise director Lisa was very nice, very efficient etc, but somehow, didn't seem warm. I can't put my finger on it. However, they all did a great job and her team were always visible even if she wasn't. The theme parties seemed a great success and the program of activities were always plentiful and varied. The Evening shows were sometimes a little hit and miss and the one thing I would change there is the constant changing of the show times. Most cruise lines, you know that the show is either the same early or late time each day. However, on Celebrity, they change quite variably and we did miss one show because of this. An illusionist was listed twice, but turned out to be nothing more than a card trick show which was a little disappointing. There was an opera singer and a violinist also appearing which we decided to give a miss. The main production shows were excellent as always and they really do make a fantastic effort with the stage, costumes and special effects. Itinerary: This cruise called at Naples, Malta, Athens, Mykonos, Rhodes, Kusadasi, Santorini, Crete finished with an overnight in Venice. The itinerary was amazing, such lovely ports visited. Everything is always well organised in each port and when the plan changed from a tender in Mykonos to being docked at the pier, the cruise line on coaches to take every to and from the main town where the tenders would have landed. This was all free. When you arrive back, the staff are always waiting outside the ship with an arrival tent including cold towels and refreshments. Again, another nice touch. An extensive port guide was left in the cabin each night with the turn down service which covered everything you needed for the following day. We didn't opt for any ships tours as it's not our thing, but this itinerary was very easy to get around and do your own thing. Overall: There was a lovely atmosphere on this cruise and we met some lovely fellow passengers on board, so if you are reading this... Wendy & Her Mum from South Africa - Thank you for chats and for bumping in to one another every day! We enjoyed your company! Luda & Robert from Upstate NY - We enjoyed spending some time with you guys too, thanks for sharing a couple of great trips! Nina & ID from Fort Myers - We missed at the last night Dinner! We enjoyed sharing your stories too, thank you. The cruise was another amazing holiday and I can't wait to get back on Celebrity again in the near future. We took the option to book an "Open Passage" future cruise credit on board which offers a guaranteed room credit, well worth doing! I can't highly recommend this cruise line enough. Well done Celebrity! Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
I must admit that we are relatively new cruisers but we have travelled a lot so we have some ability to comment on our treatment on our recent Mediterranean cruise on the Celebrity Silhouette. We felt really pampered. We had the standard ... Read More
I must admit that we are relatively new cruisers but we have travelled a lot so we have some ability to comment on our treatment on our recent Mediterranean cruise on the Celebrity Silhouette. We felt really pampered. We had the standard balcony room which was slightly larger than the room we had on the Norwegian Sun. There were lots of cubbies for stowing things so the room felt less cluttered and crowded. The bed was very comfortable which is critical as far as I'm concerned. The selection of on demand movies was great too. The waiters and wine stewards did everything they could to make sure we enjoyed our meals - including having special gluten free meals and desserts for my husband every day. We shared our table in the main dining room with a German gentleman who wrote reviews for a German travel organization. We asked him how he would rate our evening meals and he said that they were as good as a meal in a 5 star resort. We agreed and didn't bother to try any of the specialty (extra cost) restaurants. We took advantage of several of the reasonably priced combo specials offered by the spa to try a variety of massages, facials and reflexology treatments. The massage therapist who took care of me was fantastic - and I'm spoiled by the massage therapist who takes care of me at home. My only negative was that we paid extra for wi-fi access and had constant battles as we kept losing contact with the internet. I'm sure we wasted some of our expensive online time just trying to get re-connected but even if the clock stopped when we were interrupted - it was a royal pain. Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
Overall my 15-day cruise to the Holy Land was good with one exception, we never made it to the Holy Land (Israel). Hamas and the Israelis decided to have a rocket contest just long enough to prevent us from visiting Israel. Celebrity ... Read More
Overall my 15-day cruise to the Holy Land was good with one exception, we never made it to the Holy Land (Israel). Hamas and the Israelis decided to have a rocket contest just long enough to prevent us from visiting Israel. Celebrity decided to skip Israel (3 port days) and go to Istanbul instead. This was acceptable, but I think Celebrity did a poor job communicating the change in plans. Yes, they told us that they were discussing with the Celebrity headquarters and told us the night before our scheduled arrival in Ashdod, Israel that the Israel ports would be cancelled. But, they never explained why we sailed past Santorini, Rhodes, Crete and Cyprus and traveled way out of the way to get to Istanbul. We basically lost one port of call and added another sea day making it six out of a 15-day cruise. In addition, the Ship Officers disappeared from sight once the itinerary change was announced. The passengers came to the same conclusion, Celebrity selected the option that would make them the most money. It is really a shame since the ship, food and crewmembers, excluding the Officers that hide, were really good. OK, now on to the review. The ship was really nice, only about 1.5 years old. There were 3000 passengers, but the ship never seemed crowded. The common areas were open and spacious. The pool and deck furniture were padded and comfortable. Never had a problems finding a deck chair. There was a common area with a real lawn. They had evening wine & jazz nights with blankets and pillows available to sit on the lawn. During the day they had lawn games like crocket. The lounges, bars and specialty restaurants were nicely decorated and comfortable. The entertainment was hit and miss. Their production shows were good, but they didn't have as many "fun" type of activities as Caribbean cruises. The food was good but not great. The exception was the specialty restaurants. I went to two, Qsine and Murano. They have a steep surcharge fee, $40 per restaurant, but those two were probably worth the money. Qsine is a wild and quirky tapas restaurant. The menu is an iPad and a rubic's cube. The food presentation is amazing; nothing is served on a dish. Murano was a French restaurant where your meal is cooked tableside. The buffet was better than other ships, but the main dining was similar to other ships with average food. This cruise offered both set time seating and open seating options. I like the open seating option; I met more people and can go eat when I'm hungry. We only had to wait once, during a formal night. The cabin was nice. I had a guaranteed balcony cabin and they gave me a great location on deck 8 mid-ship with an extra large balcony. It had a nice size flat screen TV. The bathroom was decent size but the storage area was limited. The "Celebrity Life" was good. Celebrity had two guest speakers that had interesting presentations on the ancient history for the port of calls we visited. Many of the activities had surcharges. Embarkation/Disembarkation in Rome (Civitavecchia). The port is a long distance from downtown Rome and the international airport, but there are a number of options that a reasonably convenient. The most convenient is the cruise line transfer, which can be expensive. If you have a lot of luggage and want convenience, this is probably the best option. The lowest cost option is the train. There is an express train from the airport to the main station in Rome. I would highly recommend a stay in Rome, one the most amazing historical capitals in the world. Although I have been to Rome several times, I stayed both before and after my cruise. I stayed at a hotel near the station for convenience, since I used the train from/to the airport and the port. There are trains running to the port every hour, some local and some express. Try to get the high speed train that makes the journey in 35 minutes. The local train may by over an hour. The train station at the port, Civitavecchia, is very small. There are three options to get to the ship from the train station, which may be anywhere from 1/2 mile to 3 miles away depending on where it docks. The lowest cost but longest time is to walk about 1/2 mile to the entrance of the port. There is usually a free port shuttle bus that will take you to your ship running roughly every 30 minutes during peak boarding time. Option 2 is take a share taxi van with a flat rate of $40, so the more people in the van the lower the cost per person. Option 3, is taking a taxi and the fare will depend on how far your ship is docked from the train station. The cruise line transfer was $129/person one way from the airport to the ship with a travel time of roughly 2 hours depending on traffic. The train and option 2 for me was $30/person and takes about the same time. Port of calls 1) Alexandria, Egypt. A trip to the pyramids and Memphis, Cairo or the Egyptian museum is a must. It is a very long day and expensive. It is best to take a Celebrity shore excursion or a third party excursion arranged a head of time. Alexandria can be done on your own with a taxi. The library is worth a visit. Not much by the port except a few shops 2) Istanbul, Turkey. This replaced the Israel ports. A wonderful city to visit. The major sights are close to each other and the Grand Bazaar is a short walk away. Shore excursions are convenient, but you can take a trolley from the port to the sights and bazaar for 50 cents each way. The ship will also have a shuttle to the Grand Bazaar for $15. This was an overnight stay and the nightlife was fun in Istanbul. There are several cafes, restaurants and bars a few minutes walk from the port. 3) Kusadasi, Turkey. A trip to Ephesus is a must. Best preserved ancient town along with Pompeii. The terrace homes are especially nice. There are other ancient ruins in the area along with some Christian religious sites. This port was popular for shopping. The shops are very close to the pier. There are also a lot of seafood cafes and restaurants. 4) Athens, Greece, A trip to the Acropolis is a must. The Arcopolis museum is also excellent. The Plaka area at the base of the Acropolis hill is good for shopping and lunch. There is a subway from the port to downtown Athens. 5) Catania, Italy. The town is nice but most head to Tamarino, a beautiful town perched on a hillside above the Mediterranean. We also went to the mid-station of Mt Etna. It was 70 degrees in Catania and Tamarino, but freezing and snowing at 6200 feet. If you do this tour, be prepared for cold temperatures on Mt Etna. 6) Naples, Italy. So much to do. Pompeii, Capri, Amalfi, Sorrento, Mt Vesuvius and the Naples Archeological museum. It was windy and stormy the day we docked, so the ferries to Sorrento and Capri were cancelled. A railway strike made it difficult to visit Sorrento and Pompeii. Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
Celebrity Silhouette - September 15, 2011 Sailing - Holyland A quick summary before the details: My wife said this was the best vacation she ever had and I'd probably agree. It was our sixth cruise and our first from the ... Read More
Celebrity Silhouette - September 15, 2011 Sailing - Holyland A quick summary before the details: My wife said this was the best vacation she ever had and I'd probably agree. It was our sixth cruise and our first from the Mediterranean. From the standpoint of the ship and Celebrity it could not have been more perfect. Before leaving for the cruise, I was on Cruise Critic daily and while most comments were generally positive about this ship, there were a few negatives, so we were overly sensitive to the earlier comments and were prepared for a less than perfect experience. It was evident when the Captain first introduced himself to the passengers over the intercom; he was aware of "cruise critic" and jokingly commented that we needed to participate in the muster exercise along with everyone else. So he's reading our comments folks! We had absolutely no complaints and felt like we were royalty. There were few kids on this sailing; they were a rare site, so no complaints there. The Europeans that we encountered couldn't have been nicer. No breaking in lines or hogging deck chairs like we'd heard. We immensely enjoyed meeting families and couples from all over the world. One of the smartest things we did beforehand was to join the "roll call" for our cruise and were able to meet a lot of the fellow "critics" at a sail away party. We met several who have become good friends and were able to join in with them on non-ship sponsored excursions. And for any of you wondering (as we were beforehand), we had no problems with ports of call changes or cancellations - particularly in Israel. The media sensationalizes a lot of what is going on and while we were in Greece, Italy and Israel, saw no evidence of any unrest or problems. All of these areas are having issues, but it appears for the most part that tourists are pretty sheltered if they are careful. We arrived as the UN was voting on breaking Palestine off as a separate country from Israel and Greece had a general strike the day before we arrived in Athens. We were told by those in the countries that tourists represent a large part of the economy, so if they run us off, things will only get worse. Embarkation: Upon our arrival a courteous baggage handler took our baggage with no wait or problems. We were then directed to the end of the large tent for check-in. Based on previous cruise critic reports we expected the embarkation process to be a hassle. It took us under 40 minutes from the time we got to the port until we were on the ship. Not our worst experience with cruise embarkations, but not the best either. We prefer the method Princes Cruises uses where each deck is assigned a line and you know where you are in the process. On this sailing, there was a VIP line and an Aqua Class line, and what appeared to be about 90% of the rest of the cruisers were forced into a single line based on the time of their arrival to the port. Once through this single point, the process went quickly. Celebrity staff were there to offer drinks, cookies, etc. to all those waiting. We arrived at port about 1:00 p.m. which appeared to be at the peak of the process as the tent was full of passengers. As you entered the tent, a number was handed out to each entrant for the purpose of organizing the line. A waiting area with chairs is provided until the numbers are called. An intercom would have helped since the numbers were called out by voice only by the attendants and there was no signage to indicate what number was being processed at the time. With such a large tent, it was a bit confusing. The process could be improved at peak times, but I didn't hear a lot of complaints either. I'm mainly pointing this out not for the purpose of complaining, but to indicate that there are probably better ways to handle the peak crowd. Other than my wife (she has an addiction) wanting more chocolate selection (and I really don't think she was deprived), this was the only suggestion that I'd make for the ship. Onboard: We were directed to deck 14 for a quick bite to eat before heading to the stateroom (7318). The attendant as you entered the elevator area advised that some staterooms may not be ready, so we decided to eat first. We were in our cabin thirty minutes later with no evidence that any rooms were not ready. We took advantage of the couple of hours before the muster (emergency briefing) to unpack and relax a bit in our stateroom. The ship is absolutely beautiful throughout and we especially enjoyed the elevators in the central atrium that are glass and open for viewing all decks as you go up and down. In our opinion, it is the best looking cruise ship we've been on in every respect. There were very few intercom interruptions during the cruise, and most had to do with information that was concerning ports of call, etc. There was never a sales pitch offered over the ships speakers and this was a refreshing change from other cruise lines we've sailed. We're in our mid-50s and all aspects of the ship were to our liking. I did miss a wraparound Promenade deck that allowed for leisurely walks around the ship, but only a couple of our previous cruises have had those. The jogging track is in the area of the deck chairs around the pool area, so not meant for midday joggers. The fitness center was first class and always seems to have available equipment. When you're in port, you can mail cards and letters from the ship and they will bill postage to your room. Staterooms: We've always stayed in the veranda staterooms on our previous cruises with Princess and Norwegian. By far, this was the best stateroom we've had on a cruise. We were in the standard veranda room and it was more spacious than those on any of the other cruises, was tastefully decorated and had ample storage space. We were short about 4 hangers in getting all our cloths hung in the closest and our cabin steward had extras to us within 3 minutes of our call to housekeeping. The bathroom is large by cruise standards. You c an drop soap in the shower and actually have room to bend down and pick it up. Our large suitcase easily fit under the bed for storage along with our other bags. The safe is dummy proof and quite a bit larger than on other cruises. I estimate the safe interior measurements to be about 14"x14"x7". I'd called Celebrity beforehand to inquire of the size and it was not available - so I'm passing this tidbit along for inquiring minds. A few other things that might be helpful knowing are that the U.S. type plug in the bathroom does not have the three prong ground (just a two prong), so some devices may need to be used at the desk and mirror in the cabin with the three prong (grounded outlet). There were two U.S. type plugs and one European type plug next to the desk. We'd brought a small three outlet adaptor which allowed for more convenience in charging cameras and laptops, etc. at night. The verandas do not have a separate light, so you'll need to open the curtains at night to get light out there. My wife and I have a tradition of playing at least one game of Scrabble at night from our balcony on each cruise. (We carry a mini-travel game) Fortunately I had brought a very small hat clip type LED light that you can buy at sporting goods stores. This tiny light puts out a lot of lumens and I was able to clip it onto the door to the veranda and angle it at our game for plenty of extra light. It was also helpful as a nightstand flashlight for getting up at night on both on the ship and at our hotels without disturbing the spouse in slumber. While we didn't have time to watch any, there were at least a couple of dozen free on demand recently released movies available in the staterooms at any time along with a lot of other shows and entertainment. There was a good selection of TV channels to keep up with world events. We caught the news each night and the ship has a free daily newspaper of world news that you can pick up from the guest relations desk. Entertainment: For a twelve day cruise, it's got to be a challenge to put on a show each night that everyone enjoys. The Silhouette really did an admirable job here. My wife and I only skipped two shows and we enjoyed all of them. Some were better than others, but it's evident that they've worked hard to keep the audiences entertained. The dancers and singers went all out and at the end of each show greeted the audience as they left the auditorium. The cruise director is a bit nutty, but aren't they all? The captain participated in greeting the passengers and introducing the staff at one of the shows and if he ever decides that being a ship captain is not his thing anymore, he might just make it as a stand-up comedian - he was that good, especially with the "Greek" jokes. We particularly enjoyed the evenings where the entire troupe of singers, dancers and comedians participated. We had early seating for dinner and went to the earlier show, most were full, except on nights in Israel with later ending excursions. There was an a cappella quartet of young men who did an exceptional job with a variety of music who played throughout the ship and in the shows. The band Sipra was also especially good. There were too many other activities and entertainment on the ship for anyone to be fully engaged with all of it which is probably a good thing. Educational Presentations: Ed Safer hosted several exceptional presentations on places of interest represented by tours and ports of call. He always presented these before the stop and used slides, maps, and other tools to bring a perspective of an archeologist/historian passing on tidbits that were in my opinion better than any tour guide. The presentations were videoed and available to view from the staterooms at different times. We particularly enjoyed the presentations on Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, Masada, Athens, and Pompeii/Herculaneum. None of Ed's presentations offered a "sales pitch" for ship excursions, etc. Another presenter gave information on ports of call with a bit more of the cultural/shopping perspective. And another couple of gentlemen gave presentations of what the cruise sponsored excursions covered. There were previews also available for the various excursions offered by the ship that were also informative and available to watch later from the stateroom. Food/Meals: We ate in the formal dining area most nights. We were very satisfied with the food and service and did not dine in any of the specialty restaurants. We selected a table for two and enjoyed this. Our table was a few inches from another couple from London and they were pleasant company for us. At the end of the cruise we took pictures and exchanged emails. Another table next to us was assigned but never had anyone show up. On most excursion days, the dining area was open seating rather than assigned because there were fewer patrons. One note about the seats in the formal dining area; they are very comfortable, but are a bit heavy and overstuffed for some patrons. One elderly couple next to us had trouble moving the chairs once they were seated and preferred more support in the back of the chair. From the first day (and without asking), they were always provided extra help in scooting the chair closer to the table and were provided with small pillows for their backs. I personally had no complaints about the chairs. The food very good and service was excellent. The presentation of the food matched the best we've seen on a cruise. We ordered many different entrees, salads and desserts and were pleased with every selection. On the last full day at sea, a brunch was offered in the formal dining area and there were a large variety of breakfast, lunch and specialty foods including sushi and chocolate fountains and bars. Ice sculptures, specialty carved meats, cheeses, fruits, etc. were available. Our compliments to the Celebrity staff for this event. The only complaint was the overwhelming popularity caused a shortage of seating when we arrived, but we found a place. This was the best brunch we've ever been to. Several mornings we got breakfast via room service (especially on excursion days). Some of the comments from passengers on early sailings mentioned mix-ups with food. We never experienced this and always got exactly what we ordered. The food was hot and we got a call from our cabin steward a couple of minutes prior to delivery each day so that we were ready for delivery. I really appreciated this, mainly because we were usually still in bed when he called and it gave us time to get up and clear a space for the food. The empty food trays were promptly removed after breakfast and we appreciated this as well. The 14th floor cafeteria was a welcome change on occasion for meals. We always found seating there was always a good selection. The free ice cream bar was a hit, had a large selection including soft serve and several toppings including M&M's etc. A lot of folks seemed to enjoy walking away with a bowl of toppings to snack on and the attendants happily obliged. Some other cruises offer 24 hour service in the cafeteria; I think this one closed at about 1 am, which always worked for us. The grill next to the pool offered standard hamburgers, hotdogs, fries and a self-serve ice cream machine that was pretty popular. We ate there a couple of times and were not disappointed. The fries were excellent. There was a specialty Italian (gelato) ice cream bar on the 5th deck mid-ship that sold excellent ice cream and toppings. There was also a free upscale desert bar nearby that had a good variety of sweets. So to finish, it was indeed a prefect cruise for us. I don't really know how it could have been better. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
This is a review of our recent September 3 cruise on the Silhouette, which was very enjoyable and with a fine group of fellow passengers. EMBARKATION Couldn't have been smoother, we were on in just a few minutes and went ... Read More
This is a review of our recent September 3 cruise on the Silhouette, which was very enjoyable and with a fine group of fellow passengers. EMBARKATION Couldn't have been smoother, we were on in just a few minutes and went immediately to Bistro on Five to enjoy their excellent crepes and the lovely quiet atmosphere. CABIN We had a Concierge level accessible cabin which had excellent space for my wheelchair. The bed was a bit high for easy transfer, so we asked the steward to take off the pillow top. However this did make the bed very, very hard, so there was a tradeoff. We also enjoyed trying the complete pillow menu that comes with concierge cabins, including the body pillow. We had been planning to purchase new pillows when we returned home, so this was an excellent way to try some options. PUBLIC ROOMS The public rooms/areas were outstanding, as they are on all Celebrity S class ships, but we were disappointed by the dark forest painting on the walls of the alcove leading to the specialty restaurant area, we felt the Equinox alcove with its bright metal and lights was much more dramatic. And we never heard the ambient sounds that were supposed to be a part of the Silhouette's alcove. DINING We enjoyed the Main Dining Room. In fact I would say the food, which has always been excellent, has actually improved since our first cruise with Celebrity on the Zenith in 1999. The sauces for example are less heavy and more nuanced, and the desserts, which I feel have never been Celebrity's strong point have improved greatly. For example, I especially enjoyed the Sacher Torte, even better than the one we had a few days earlier at the Hotel Sacher in Vienna, although it too was very fine. However I do miss the lobster tails and some of the other more expensive (to Celebrity) items they have deleted, and the lobster half tail in the substitute Lobster Melange was tasteless, which is hard to do with lobster, not sweet, not juicy, just no taste. But I must also admit it did taste good with the sauce which accompanied it. SPECIALTY DINING We tried all the specialty restaurants and enjoyed them all. We visit Murano (or its equivalent) on each cruise we take, and found most of the offerings as good as ever, but I think our old Michel Roux favorites, the warm goat cheese souffle and the lobster bisque are no longer the same quality, in fact we sent them back. The lobster bisque did not contain the lobster chunks we used to enjoy, just thin tasteless slivers and the taste of the bisque itself was not what we fondly remembered. The goat cheese souffle which had already declined in taste on the departure of Michel Roux, was now even much drier and we missed the tomato coulis that used to enhance the dish. But the Maitre D graciously took them back and suggested a shellfish risotto, which was excellent. We had fun at Qsine and also at the new Lawn Club Grill. At the Lawn Club Grill we especially enjoyed watching 3 young boys molding and twirling their flatbreads (under the helpful eye of one of the staff) along with their parents. I ordered a rib eye, which I had never sampled before, but was disappointed (perhaps rib eyes are just not for me), so the chef gave me two magnificent shish kabobs with huge squares of prime tenderloin, although even these were somewhat unevenly cooked, with some parts much rawer than medium rare. But the portions were so large I couldn't even finish the second skewer. I also had a shrimp kabob which was the best I have ever tasted. As far as I know, you can order as much as you wish and three of the cuts of beef are New York Strip, Filet Mignon and Rib Eye. We realized afterward that we could have chosen our steaks, etc. from the tray holding the meats in the cooler. And don't miss the warm chocolate chip cookie with ice cream! And I suggest the Mykonos day as an excellent day to book, as you can watch the neighboring islands go by as you enjoy your open air meal, with its marvelous view. But the real surprise for us was the Tuscan Grill, which we had not tried previous to this cruise. It had the best (and largest) Filet Mignon we have ever had, and the Tuscan Onion Soup is a fascinating taste delight (different from the Onion Soup in the MDR, which is also a favorite of ours). The lump crab cake was a large portion and very flavourful. And of course there was the rich dark (Belgium) chocolate fondue. This is not to mention the excellent view of Naples receding into the night as seen from the floor to ceiling and wall to wall windows. ENTERTAINMENT One aspect of the entertainment that I really enjoyed on our Sep 3 sailing of the Silhouette was the singers and the show band. The dancers and acrobatics were excellent but the show band was the best I have ever heard at sea and the equal of any of its size I have heard on land. The band was what we in jazz parlance call "tight," very together, and there was not a weak link in the group. In fact I was surprised by the power and drive they brought not only to the stage, but to their appearances in the ship's deck 3 atrium. And just as the band was exceptional, so were the singers. They all had good voices and each brought their individual characteristics to the music they sang. And this was largely because they were allowed to sing. What I mean here is that there is a lot of prerecording in music revue productions, especially on ships lately. What we are hearing from the soloists may have been recorded many months ago, with the singers singing along with it. And when this is done one doesn't have the immediacy of a "live" performance, which can make a huge difference. And when the vocal solo tracks are prerecorded they are often homogenized, so that the individual characteristics that each singer brings to a performance are equalized out. I was told by those directly involved in the productions, that the company which produced the productions felt strongly about this, for which I was very grateful. They didn't even utilize prerecorded tracks for when the singers might be sick, but had the singers learn to cover the other's parts if such a situation rose. So it was nice to hear a show that was actually happening (albeit with a few additional prerecorded instruments added, and thankfully for the most part these instruments were not just synthesized). So kudos to the production company and to the fine performers that entertained us so well!! WHEELCHAIR USERS As I found in our previous Equinox cruise, Celebrity's S class ships show a great, sensitive understanding of wheelchair users needs. One improvement we noted was that wheelchair signs were placed on the removable chairs at the backs of the two auditorium levels (and were understandably removed once the performance had started, so latecomers had more seats available to them). And on this cruise I realized that the automatic double doors to all outside areas were not just good for wheelchair users, but for all the cruisers. You just approach the doors and they immediately open. TOURS My wife took ships tours to Caesarea, Jerusalem/Bethlehem, and Ultimate Ephesus and thoroughly enjoyed them and the excellent tour guides, including the Palestinian tour guide (Bethlehem). For our other two days in Galilee and Jerusalem we used the services and wheelchair van of Eli Meiri of Israel4All. He was marvelous and because most the people who us his services are wheelchair users, he knew the best venues and paths for us. This was especially helpful in Old Jerusalem. It was amazing how many sites I was able to access and his cost was no more than other agencies which us non-accessible vehicles. CONCLUSION A marvelous cruise with a fine crew and staff on an outstanding ship to areas that are so steeped in history and meaning. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
We booked the September 3rd Holy Land cruise on the Silhouette because it was a brand new ship and was spending four days in Israel which we had always wanted to visit. I hoped the growing pains of a newborn would be smoothed over after ... Read More
We booked the September 3rd Holy Land cruise on the Silhouette because it was a brand new ship and was spending four days in Israel which we had always wanted to visit. I hoped the growing pains of a newborn would be smoothed over after the earlier cruises. I was amazed at how smoothly everything flowed! From an easy embarkation to meeting our cabin steward Reynaldo at 1:00 PM when we were able to move in, everything worked like a well oiled machine. We found our cabin quite roomy with enough closet and drawer space. We were a C3 on the starboard aft but were not bothered by motion or smoke. Plus, we enjoyed the exercise benefit of the walk to the elevators! The bathroom was roomy and well stocked with fresh towels twice a day. Reynaldo gave us a pitcher of ice water several times daily as requested, and when we asked for cheese and crackers one day, he also brought canapEs as well. The bed was very very comfortable and turned down with mints on the pillows each evening. We requested different pillows and found the perfect fit. Drawer space is just adequate, though with room in the bathroom and over the bed, we were not cramped. The closet design allows for long and short garment hanging space that maximizes the usable area. We loved lounging on our veranda in our robes, as it was private and protected from the wind. The Apple TV system allowed us to watch BBC, CNN, the navigation channel, or check our account daily. When we saw an error in a charge, one phone call had it corrected. As we explored the ship we kept discovering new areas like the Solarium with its indoor pools, the Porch with paninis, salads, and soups for a $5 extra charge, or the Sky Lounge at the top forward of the ship. Moving between decks was quick and easy especially on the midship glass elevators. They zoomed up and down like a science fiction movie from decks 2 to 14, past the mature tree suspended in the center of the glassed in atrium. Music and dancing took place on deck 4 in the marble Grand Foyer in the center of the ship. We always stopped to hear our favorite quartet Aquadio. Interestingly, despite 2800 passengers and 1400 crew, it never felt crowded. We all seemed to sort ourselves out and found our favorite haunts: we loved having our late night drinks at the Molecular Bar with amazing mixologists Susana from Serbia and Viktor from Sweden. We had Select Dining which we liked a lot. We never had a wait, despite rarely reserving ahead, and always had great service, particularly from Matthew and Silva. In the main dining room, the Grand Cuvee, you can order from the left side of the menu which is the same night to night. The escargots, French onion soup, creme brulee and the apple pie were all excellent. The right side changed nightly and the steaks and lamb were delicious. I found ordering rare was the way to get medium rare as I prefer! The wait staff is so attentive and wanting to please that they encourage replacing a dish if you had anything less than total satisfaction. We also dined at the specialty restaurants Tuscan Grill and Murano. Tuscan Grill had excellent steaks but my wife's Branzino was a little dry. Murano was an extraordinary extravaganza of service, beautiful presentation, and an amazing menu. It served the best dessert onboard...a Gran Marnier soufflE. Our only criticism was that the appetizers, soups and salads were too generous and we were stuffed when we finally left. But it was all sooooo good! On port days, we usually ordered room service the night before. Since we were Concierge Class, we had fresh squeezed orange juice with our eggs or French Toast and a big pot of fresh coffee. It always came on time and was hot. It made getting ready for a day of touring much easier than going to the dining room or the Ocean View cafe, at least for us. We had arranged private tours in Israel with two other couples we met on our Roll Call and had wonderful full days of touring. In Kusadasi we took a ship's excursion to Ephesus and then wandered and shopped in the bazaar in town. It was great fun capped off with an excellent lunch at a small cafe. Mykonos was just fun to wander around and soak up the charm. In Naples, we joined our friends and toured for the day with a driver to Herculaneum, Sorrento, and had lunch in Positano overlooking the Amalfi coast. After amazing day after day on board and excellent evenings filled with entertaining shows or casino stops or dancing, we finally came to our last day. We had a 7:30 disembarkation which was, as expected, very smooth and easy. Our bags were easy to find and our Roma Shuttle driver (another recommendation, by the way), waiting to take us to the airport. It was sad saying goodbye to our new friends but we still have the glow from the amazing Silhouette! Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
We booked the cruise with the perception that this cruise line was more 5 star than 4, and this would be reflected in the experience we would have.It was not. The ship was set out nicely and was fresh and new. The food was in most cases ... Read More
We booked the cruise with the perception that this cruise line was more 5 star than 4, and this would be reflected in the experience we would have.It was not. The ship was set out nicely and was fresh and new. The food was in most cases excellent and definitely 5 star.Our accommodation at the back of the ship on deck 10 was excellent, with a balcony that was equally as good. Entertainment was generally poor, however certain individual entertainers were obviously talented and stood out. I cant help thinking that if Nick, the entertainment director had thought a little more about why he was there, and less time on his own self interests, then we would have got a lot more than was delivered. It seemed to me that all staff took the time to greet and talk especially cabin staff and dining room staff. Deck waiting was not fantastic but deck dining was good. The excursions were very expensive and thus disappointing because of this.We also felt, as many other passengers did, that we were squeezed for as much money as possible, from tipping to costly restaurant and drink charges. Disembarkation was a nightmare, we were dumped back at Rome airport at 10:30 am by coach and were not told that our flight was leaving until 9:30 that evening, it put a real downer on the end of the holiday,a disgrace. Was it value for money..........yes. Was it 5 star...................no. Would I do it again with this cruise line...........in a heartbeat! Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
We booked our flights through Celebrity and these included transfers to and from the port. We were allocated BA flights from Gatwick which suited us fine. We took the opportunity to pre-select our seats at BA.com and did the online ... Read More
We booked our flights through Celebrity and these included transfers to and from the port. We were allocated BA flights from Gatwick which suited us fine. We took the opportunity to pre-select our seats at BA.com and did the online check-in the day before and printed off our boarding passes which meant we only had to drop our bags once we got to the airport. On arrival at Rome the Celebrity rep was waiting for us once we'd cleared passport control. She told us which luggage belt was ours and where to deposit our bags for onward transition. Once we'd done this, another rep led us out to the buses for transfer to the port. All very efficient. At the port there were different lines for Suites, Aqua Class etc. and they moved very quickly. Just after 1pm we were on our balcony drinking our welcome champagne. TIP: Check in online and print out your Xpress pass beforehand as this will save time at the port. We booked Aqua Class and had stateroom 1531 on deck 11. This was a good location, a few steps from the forward lifts and a short walk to the Relaxation Room and the "secret" spiral staircase to the spa at the end of the corridor. The room was a little larger than we were expecting with the bed near the bathroom. Ideally, we could have done with a little more storage. The cupboards over the bed are not easy to reach if you are short! In contrast, the bathroom had plenty of cupboard and drawer space and the shower was wonderful. Small Niggle: the bedside tables are far too small, especially when one of them has the telephone on it which makes it virtually useless as a table. This is a design flaw as there is plenty of room for them to be a bit larger. Also, I found the shape of the glasses in the room difficult to hold, in fact I dropped and broke one of them. Most people head to the cafe or Bistro on 5 for lunch but as we had eaten on the plane we were quite happy to sit on the balcony drinking our champagne, eating our fruit and watching the other ships come and go. These included 2 wonderful Star Clippers in full sail and a very colourful Moby ferry which had cartoon characters painted all over it. Our bags arrived within an hour or so and once we'd unpacked we headed off to explore the ship, ending up on the Solstice deck with a rum punch for sailaway. FOOD: As we were Aqua we only ate in the main dining room for brunch on the last sea day. This is not to be missed. There was a huge selection of hot and cold foods, ice sculptures, chocolate fountains etc. Blu: For a variety of reasons we only ate here about 5 times. However, we loved it. The food selections are good and the portions just right. The smaller room makes it a much nicer experience and the service was fantastic. We had pre-booked 2 speciality restaurants online beforehand but changed onboard to take advantage of the 3 meals deal. Tuscan Grill: This is right at the back of the ship and has wonderful views. The food was OK, not great. We both ordered Lemon Herb Chicken which was huge, and tasted of neither herbs nor lemons. The service was very good. TIP: Try to get a window table, particularly if you are sailing out of port. Murano Grill: This was much more formal. We both had the veal. Mine was delicious but DH's had quite a lot of fat. Again, we had excellent service. Qsine: This was the best experience of the lot, completely unique, from the way you order to the descriptions and presentations. You select your favourites from the menus on the iPad and your waiter helps you by suggesting what order to eat them in and whether to reduce items or leave some out. If you order cocktails they bring the ingredients to table and show you how to make them. The only disappointment was the "surprise" dessert - it turned out to be apple pie which was not very good so the waiter took it away and brought me a small portion of chocolate cake. The service throughout was fantastic and all the staff are determined that you have a good time. Small Niggle: They have a habit of turning down the lights in the restaurants as the evening goes on. I presume this is to create atmosphere but it makes it hard to read the menu and see what you are eating! Bistro on 5: We ate here one night. It was not very busy and the menu was quite limited. Service was average. Throughout the whole cruise this seemed to be the least used. Oceanview Cafe: This was a bit hit and miss. They have changed the layout so that there are various "stations" set in the centre. In theory this should work but in practice does not. You end up trailing from one station to another to get a whole meal. It also leads to a lot of log jams and getting in each other's way. The food selection and quality were pretty good and there was plenty of table space, including outside at the rear. Mast Grill: This is located on the upper deck of the pool area. The disadvantage to this is that there is nowhere on the pool deck to get free drinks unless you go into the Aqua Spa Cafe. It also means you have to tackle the stairs back down to the pool balancing your plate/drinks etc. We only used this once to have a cheeseburger which was very good. Room Service: This was the biggest disappointment. The selection is extremely limited - as we were Aqua class we were supposed to have an expanded menu - the non-aqua class menu must be really short. The printed menus in the rooms were missing from the information folder - apparently they were not ready in time. This is unforgivable considering the time the ship has been in preparation. You can order through the interactive TV but despite advertising 24-hour room service, you can only actually order between certain times which is just daft. Aqua Spa Cafe: We mainly used this for breakfast. The selection is fresh fruit, toast, cereal etc. You can also order different kinds of eggs. Service was pretty good but there are not nearly enough tables. We did not use Michael's Club or the Lawn Club Grill and we only found The Porch on the last night of the cruise. We also found the lighting in the Ensemble Lounge to be positively Dickensian. You have to walk through it to get to the speciality restaurants and Blu, it was like walking into a dark tunnel - not nice. EXCURSIONS: In Israel we booked all our tours through the ship. In Haifa we docked right in the centre of town. As we had a port side room we had wonderful views. Our first trip was Haifa and Acre, but should more accurately have been described as Acre and Haifa as we spent so long in Acre that we had to rush back to Haifa to get to the Stella Maris monastery before it closed and saw next to nothing of Haifa itself which was a shame as it looks very interesting, unlike Acre which was actually rather uninteresting. This was DH's choice as he is a history buff but even he said it was not a good choice - you spend hours traipsing round the rooms of the Crusader fort, which are mostly very similar and then through the worst souk we have ever seen - small, filthy, smelly and generally horrible. There are much better souks elsewhere in the Med. What's more, the tour totally missed the seafront and city walls which are the very things the Israeli tourist board say you must see. It was very very hot and extremely humid. The next day was Nazareth and Galilee. Unfortunately, I was unwell in the night so DH did this on his own. The trip included a visit to the River Jordan which, according to DH, was very commercial and he found it difficult to glean any religious experience from it. There were lines of people queuing to take a dip, plus the water was very dirty. However, some of the churches on the shores of Lake Galilee were absolutely beautiful. Both Capernaum and Nazareth were well worth seeing. The included lunch was taken at a kibbutz and DH said the food was absolutely wonderful. We sailed overnight and arrived in Ashdod early morning. Today we had a trip to Jerusalem and Bethlehem. This was wonderful and we had a great guide. He took the trouble to make us stop and think about what it would have been like in Jesus's time. We visited the Garden of Gethsemane, the Wailing (or Western) Wall, walked along part of the Via Dolorosa and then headed to the Church of the Holy Sepulcha. This was absolutely packed and again it was difficult to get any religious sense but was very beautiful. After a wonderful lunch at a hotel we headed into Bethlehem where we took on a local guide. We were very lucky that once we got to the Church of the Nativity which holds the grotto over Jesus's birthplace there was next to no queue. This was an amazing experience and very moving. After visiting the grotto we headed to the Catholic Church where they were singing the service, very beautiful. On the second day in Ashdod we did the trip to Masada and the Dead Sea. It's quite a long drive and we had to make a stop en route as our air conditioning was not working. Fortunately, we stopped at a view point in Jerusalem while we waited for the replacement bus. Masada is an amazing place if you are interested in history or of the Jewish faith as this place is regarded as the birthplace of Israel. It was extremely hot so I elected to stay at the bottom of the mountain while DH went up to the top in the cable car. Rather annoyingly, the guide did not tell me that there was a restaurant where I could have waited. When DH returned via the cable car he waxed lyrical about the amazing views and how interesting the ruins were. We then drove to the Dead Sea resort area for another wonderful lunch and the chance of a dip in the sea. The hotel had direct access to the sea, plus a swimming pool. While it is something you have to do, I would not say it was particularly pleasant. As it's so buoyant you have no control so it's actually quite difficult to manoeuvre. Tip: Take beach towels from the ship as the ones the hotel provide are quite small and they only give you one. Overall, our experience in Israel was wonderful. I know some people were concerned about the political situation but as our guide told us, life goes on as normal and we had no problems whatsoever. Kusadasi: We've been to Turkey many times so didn't feel the need to do any tours. After a leisurely breakfast we walked to Pigeon Island for a wander around and then had lunch in a restaurant by the port. I did take the opportunity to have a new gold wedding ring made at a jeweller near the port (I managed to lose mine a while ago) and this was ready by the time we returned from lunch. DH also splashed out on a diamond bracelet for me (aah). Again, the ship docks right in the centre and the view from the Relaxation Lounge was wonderful. I bumped into our assistant steward in there admiring the view. Sadly, he was not scheduled for any time off and I felt quite sorry for him. Mykonos: We did the ship's island tour in the morning and then stayed in the centre for a wander around. We were scheduled to tender at this port but were lucky enough to berth at the new harbour. Yet more beautiful views from the Relaxation Lounge. This was our first visit to Mykonos and it probably won't be our last, it's a jewel of and island and well worth a visit. Naples: As we'd been to Naples/Capri before, we opted for the ship's tour of the Amalfi Coast. This is a long drive along the coast with stops in Sorrento and Amalfi. The included lunch at hotel was distinctly average, although the location was wonderful. They also make a compulsory stop at a cameo factory, which frankly was only useful as a toilet stop. Tip: Try to get a seat on the right hand side of the coach and take a travel sickness pill as the road is very twisty. This was probably the least enjoyable trip. Rome: We had transfers included but as our flight was not until 18.10 we decided to take the ship's city tour and airport transfer. Once we'd collected our bags and put them on the coach we were on our way. We headed for the centre of Rome and picked up our local guide. The best thing about this trip is that we got to the Vatican City and St Peter's early in the morning and, more importantly, got priority entry which meant no queue. After a very comprehensive tour of St Peter's we headed to the Coliseum. By this time it was very hot and a few of us decided to sit outside, rather than tour it. The guide did not react very well to this and was quite short with us. We then headed to the airport. We arrived at about 2.30pm and I used the self-service machines at the BA desk to check in and print our boarding passes. Rome airport is a nightmare with very little seating and miles of walking. We were extremely frazzled by the time we got on the plane. ENTERTAINMENT: We only went to the theatre once for the Broadway show which was average. The dancers need to work on their timing. The acrobatic acts were quite good and I would have preferred to see more of them. The party band Sipra were great as always and we often sat having a coffee in the evening listening to them and watching people dance. We did not do any other activities. We did TRY to do one of the art studio seminars which was a disaster. We arrived 5 mins before the start time to find it full with people very engrossed in what they were doing. We thought this was probably the previous class. The woman running it totally ignored us. After a couple of minutes I asked her when the class was going to finish and she told us that it had already started. Apparently people arrived early so she just started without bothering to wait until the official start time and it was now too late for us to join in. We were not impressed. We did not use the casino. SUMMARY: The ship is beautiful but we felt it was a little too large for us. We did not experience any of the bad behaviour previously reported but that was probably due to the fact that the children's school holidays were over. That said, I can easily see how the pool area could become congested with lots of kids on board. I would definitely recommend Aqua Class for Blu alone. The rest of the "perks" are just fluff really and not worth getting excited about. We only used the Persian Garden once and did not use any of the spa services. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
We booked this cruise for the September 1st sailing for our tenth anniversary as we thought that the itinerary which included four days in Israel was perfect for us. We were hesitant after reading the initial reviews of the ship, but as ... Read More
We booked this cruise for the September 1st sailing for our tenth anniversary as we thought that the itinerary which included four days in Israel was perfect for us. We were hesitant after reading the initial reviews of the ship, but as soon as we stepped foot on the ship, we dropped all of our apprehension at the door and enjoyed every moment on this beautiful ship! We had a Concierge Class room on the tenth deck, mid ship. The room was beautifully appointed and looked very fresh and new. It was bigger than I expected it to be and the layout was fairly well thought out. The only thing I didn't like was the shelving units on top of the bed as they were awkward to access and I kept the majority of my clothing in them. I would have preferred to use the trundle bed area under the couch as a drawer rather than having an unused mattress in it. The bathroom was large and the shower was wonderful. Our shower made a horrible high pitched shrieking noise two minutes into each shower. We thought this was normal until we mentioned it to friends a few nights later. We told our room steward and he had it fixed immediately. All of the main areas on the ship are elegant and really nice. There are so many places to hang out, each with it's own unique style to suit even the most picky person. The ship was always spotless and well maintained. We joined in some of the different activities (Poolside games, Celebrity Rox, Bingo, dancing, etc.). The Activities staff, in particular Esperanza, Sarah, Justin and Dave, are enthusiastic and seem to work endless hours. Their energy and clear affection for one another is infectious and it is hard not to smile and join in when they are around. The casino area was fairly slow and it was several days into the journey before we saw people sitting at the poker table. Once we did, however, it was always the same five or six guys playing. My husband played in one of the Texas Hold'em tournaments and did well. The ships' different musical performances (Aquadio, Allegra Strings, Sipra, Johnny Mantra) were all very entertaining and we would often go to listen to them in their various venues around the ship. We especially liked Johnny Mantra. He has a beautiful voice and a wide variety of songs that he plays. Aquadio is also an amazing, high energy group, although their songs get repetitive. We never once came across any obnoxious kids or people who did not obey the smoking rules. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves and kept to their own business. We dined most evenings in the main dining room. The first night was a disaster and took way too long. We had the late dining (8:45pm) and I found that it was quite late and impacted the rest of the evening for me. However, I think a big part of this was because the entertainment in the theatre for the late dining occurs after dinner (10:55 pm). I would have much preferred for the entertainment to be before dinner, as has been my experience in the past. By the time the show was done it was close to midnight and I was too tired to move on to other attractions on the ship. After the staff ironed out the issues from the first night, the rest of the evenings in the main dining room were lovely. I am a picky eater and could usually find at least one thing on each section of the menu to eat. I found the food was mostly very tasty and came out with good timing and at the right temperature. The staff were all friendly and very accommodating. They quickly learned our preferences and we would come to the table and everything would be set according to our likes. The asst. Maitre D was very accommodating to my husband's dietary issues and he stopped by our table every night to discuss the next night's choices. We also dealt with a lovely sommelier who greeted my husband each evening and was always available to fill his glass. I am not a wine/alcohol drinker and he surprised me with a martini one evening that he thought I would like, free of charge. We definitely noticed the non-English speaking families struggling with communication in the main dining room. One family next to me ordered every entree on the menu at night because they couldn't read the menu and the waiter and assistant waiter did not make a stronger effort to help them. I did mention it to the Maitre D, but did not see the family again after that evening. We dined in the buffet for breakfast and it had a wide assortment of choices to suit everyone. There wasn't a consistent rotation of food, it pretty much remained the same, but I didn't have a problem with it. There was enough variety that you could easily choose different foods each morning. We also ate here for lunch sometimes and it was good enough. We would make a turkey or tuna sandwich and have some salad. Again, lots of variety for those who want a light or hearty meal. We ordered room service a few times. The system for ordering is through the television and while room service is 24 hours, there are only certain times you can order, which is annoying. However, when we placed an order, we always got a confirmation call within three minutes and the food always came on time and exactly as ordered. The only problem we had was when ordering breakfast. We wanted french toast, but we each wanted 3 pieces, so I put a six on the form and hung it on my door. They brought us six separate plates of french toast, which was pretty silly. We ate at Tuscan Grille once, to celebrate our anniversary. I had booked it and paid for it weeks before we sailed. When we got to the dining room, we had five different people come to us at the door, but none of them seated us. Finally we were given a table and looked around and the restaurant was practically deserted. I asked the waiter if it would be possible for me to have chicken parmigiana instead of veal parmigiana and he told me that usually it would be ok, however, that evening they were having a wine connoisseur's dinner and the kitchen is too busy. It all went kind of downhill from there. All of a sudden, a large group entered the dining room and the serenity of the room changed to a hustle and bustle of sommeliers running around filling glasses and people getting louder as they drank more wine. At one point, it took forty minutes for my water glass to be filled. My husband thoroughly enjoyed everything he ordered. He said the tuna steak was the best he'd ever had. My food was bland and dry and i didn't enjoy it. The desserts were delicious, especially the chocolate fondue. At the end, our waiter brought our bill and tried to recharge us for the already prepaid dinner. He kept repeating to me all night that they were just too busy with the 'wine connoisseur dinner' which was leaving me with a sour taste. It sucked that the one night we chose to celebrate was our only experience with poor service and not great food (for me). We did talk to guest relations a couple days later and she immediately had the Maitre D call me. He wanted to invite us to the restaurant again, but it was the last night of the cruise and we wanted to be in the main dining room to say good bye to our nightly companions. He did send us chocolate covered strawberries to our room and invited us to go for dessert in the restaurant after dining in the main dining room, but we declined. I was happy how he tried to resolve the situation. I wasn't in love the ship's entertainment in the theatre. I thought the broadway night was amazing. The vocals on three of the four singers are unbelievable. They put a lot of effort into putting on a good show and I appreciate how difficult it must be to perform two shows in one night. There are also some amazing acrobatic acts that are thoroughly impressive. The dancers also work extremely hard and have high energy and smiles on their faces the whole time. I found the Cruise Director, Nick, to be annoying and arrogant. A couple of the shows revolved around him and his singing and it really bothered me that they were fluffing the entertainment so he could use the stage as his personal concert. I found his song choices to be boring and not the least bit appealing to listen to. There was also an evening which revolved around circus. While some of the acts were beautiful, the music was awful. The songs were nonsensical, repetitive and monotone. Several people around me fell asleep and I would have walked out had I not been sitting near the stage in the centre of the row. Disembarkation was easy, we got off the ship right away (7:30am), found our luggage and left with our prearranged cab to the airport. It was not busy at all and was a very smooth transition. We would definitely sail with Celebrity again although only for the two of us. If we take our kids, we will go with Royal Caribbean. Our kids would be bored on this ship, with the exception of the Fun Factory. This ship (and itinerary) is ideal for couples or families with teenagers/young adults. For us, this was a trip of a lifetime and we were so happy that we chose to do this cruise. We made lots of new friends and made wonderful memories. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
I would like to give a detail review of our September 3rd sailing. Before sailing I was a little worried about some of the reviews. All told the ship lived up to what I expected with a Solstice class ship and more. Embarkation ... Read More
I would like to give a detail review of our September 3rd sailing. Before sailing I was a little worried about some of the reviews. All told the ship lived up to what I expected with a Solstice class ship and more. Embarkation We took the train from Rome to Civitavecchia and walked to the port. Once in the port Celebrity provides a complimentary shuttle to the terminal. It would be a long walk if you decided to walk it. Once in the check-in area things moved swiftly. Concierge Class cabins get priority checkin and embarkation. The priority embarkation worked like a charm. We never waited in any line for then 5 minutes. This includes all of the port of calls. Cabins The balcony cabins are nice. The flat screen TV's are great. Only negatives of the room is the storage and lack of lighting on the balcony. The storage is adequate but spread all over the room. They may want to look into changing the closed design to add some shelving. There is no light on the balcony and it is nice to sit out there and read when the Sun goes down. The Ship It still smells new and is absolutely fabulous. The ship is a big ship that has a small ship feeling. The ship never felt crowded. On sea days the indoor pool area was great and always able to find a chair. The regular pool area would get crowded but that's expected on a sea day. The ship had things going on during the day and late night as well. It really depends on the crowd on the ship as too how late the bars and night clubs stay open. The sky lounge was like a New York City style nightclub and lounge. This was definitely a great place to dance, drink, and relax. The Food Now I know this has been a debated topic on here recently. I have sailed on all the major cruise lines and still find Celebrity has the best food. The main dining room was delicious. The food was great and was better then all the other lines I have sailed. When in the dining room the quality rivaled restaurants that server quality food. Room Service was just ok. The biggest knock was they never got our breakfast order totally correct. They usually left some things out. The specialty restaurants prices have gone up and I was hesitant to pay the premium to try the restaurants. When we got on the ship they offered a 5 night dinner package for 139USD. This included each specialty restaurant once and the Tuscan Grille twice. Tuscan Grille: The steaks are cooked to perfection and the salad it made tableside. The food was just amazing and rivaled most steak houses where I live in New York City Murano: I am personally not a fan of french cuisine. The food was very good and the lobster made table side was simply amazing. Qsine: This is a new concept restaurant replacing Silk Harvest. It is more of a tapas style restaurant. You can order as much as you want. EVERYTHING was cooked perfectly from the kobe burger sliders to the fillet Mignon. You will walk out of there stuffed and satisfied. I wish I was able to try more things. Lawn Club: This is an interesting place. At first I thought for 40USD per person this was overpriced. You are paying for the experience. You start off by making your pizza appetizer. You through up the dough, put on the sauce and toppings. After a few minutes they deliver your pizza to the table and it was great. Next is a huge salad bar. Now the fun part begins. You get to select your meat for the grill. You get to season it with the Chef and cook it. If you like to grill it is great. Our steaks came out perfect. The chefs are with you every step of the way to make sure it comes out just the way you want it. The major knock on this restaurant will be in the winter time when sailing out of New Jersey. It is an outdoor restaurant with a roof. If its raining you wont get wet, but if its cold you will feel the cold. The Crew The crew was great. We did run into 1 or 2 members who were a bit arrogant but nothing that was upsetting. Besides those members the rest of the crew was FANTASTIC always smiling and delivering Celebrity style service. Our room steward Slyvester was great. Our room was always clean and he was always around if we needed anything. Entertainment: This was the only disappointing part of the cruise. The singers in the show were singing and it sounded like they were shouting when singing the same notes. The dancers were never in sync. The one positive of the shows were the aerial dancers. They put on an amazing show at sea with there unique dancing in the air. Ports: The ports were efficient. In most ports there were shuttle buses running continuously to the main port entrance and there was never a line for the transportation. The only negative was Mykonos. The do charge 7 dollars R/T. This is because the ship now docks about 10-15 minute drive to the downtown area. Where the ship docks there is nothing around there. Celebrity has the cold towel and water service as you reboard the ship. Overall: The Ship and crew is 5 stars. I will definitely take another celebrity cruise. I have decided that Celebrity is now my first choice for cruising. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
Everything was perfect from Check in to checking off at the end of the cruise , it was efficiently and swiftly done . My cabin was beautiful and tended to perfection , also the food was amazing from the Buffet to the dining room and Blu ... Read More
Everything was perfect from Check in to checking off at the end of the cruise , it was efficiently and swiftly done . My cabin was beautiful and tended to perfection , also the food was amazing from the Buffet to the dining room and Blu ( the people in Blu are fantastic , my mum and i were referred to as "Our English Roses " everytime we went to eat there . I am going to be boring and say there was nothing negative at all , the Celebrity tours were memorable , also the entertainment,we only went to the shows three times but liked what we saw. The Captain is so funny ,what a sense of humour !!!! It has to be Celebrity from now on for me , this was going to be a last cruise for my 87 year old mum but she is already planning her next one ( i am not complaining )Celebrity made her so happy and i will always be grateful for that A Big Thankyou x Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
The Silhouette is simply a wonderful ship. The food was excellent, the staff was terrific. We enjoyed the veranda cabin immensely. The difference it made to be able to open it up to outdoors was huge. My wife spend hours reading and ... Read More
The Silhouette is simply a wonderful ship. The food was excellent, the staff was terrific. We enjoyed the veranda cabin immensely. The difference it made to be able to open it up to outdoors was huge. My wife spend hours reading and snoozing outside. Osy (pronounced like Ozzie), our cabin steward was incredibly thoughtful and helpful without being even a little intrusive. When we asked for ice the first day we got it and had ice for the rest of the cruise. We brought some wine for our room and he made sure we had wine glasses from then on without being asked. The experience was so consistently good the only weakness in the trip was Nick the cruise director who was insufferable. He seemed to think that Las Vegas is the cultural capital of the world. He demanded loud applause over and over. The opening number of the first show was one that was about "having another drink" again and again. We didn't go to the last couple of evening shows because we were tired of him. The entertainers on the other hand were excellent doing a broad range of music and dancing, even Irish folk style (a la Riverdance). I'd recommend the ship to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
Prior to our cruise we also read the not so flattering reviews of the Silhouette. What we found was, that this cruise was excellent in all the areas we encountered. Service at all levels was great. We found that the crew went the extra ... Read More
Prior to our cruise we also read the not so flattering reviews of the Silhouette. What we found was, that this cruise was excellent in all the areas we encountered. Service at all levels was great. We found that the crew went the extra mile to attend to needs. Case in point; At the Passport bar I asked for Hendricks gin. The bartender didn't have any on hand. So, he got on the phone, called all over the ship, found some at the Sky lounge and said "I'll be right back". Up to deck 12 back down and poured me a drink. Service doesn't get better than that. There were many other instances of being made to feel special. One thing that really struck me was how personable many of the crew was. The food was better than we expected in the MDR. Service was exceptional. We did select dining but kept asking for the same crew. We ate at Murano twice and Tuscan once. I felt they were worth the money. One pet peeve I have is finding a place on deck when many people put "stuff" on chairs and don't use them. The staff did periodically come by and remove towels if no one was there for a while. I just asked someone near by if anyone had been around in the last half hour. If not, we just sat down and moved in. We never felt crowded or rushed. The big ship certainly had lots to do and provided a sense of intimacy. Great places to "hide out" and watch the day go by. In all this was a great cruise. We're booked for another next year Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
I've read the prior Silhouette reviews and while I agree with all of the positive comments, I can report that most of the negative comments were very minimal on the Sept. 15th sailing. The ship is beautiful and exceeds expectations. ... Read More
I've read the prior Silhouette reviews and while I agree with all of the positive comments, I can report that most of the negative comments were very minimal on the Sept. 15th sailing. The ship is beautiful and exceeds expectations. The Holy Land destinations were wonderful, since I had only been to Mykonos before. Due to the numerous destinations and excursions, my wife and I really didn't get a chance to take advantage of all that the Silhouette had to offer. I would note that we did purchase the package of 5 specialty restaurant dinners, going twice to the Tuscan Grille. The food and atmosphere in these restaurants exceeds that of the main dinning room, though that is not to say that the MDR's food is not acceptable. It is very acceptable. The Tuscan Grille was our favorite, though all the other specialty resturants have their own uniqueness and charm. You should do Quise and the Lawn Grill at least once...just for the experience. To comment on the prior negative comments. First the ship's entertainment was a mixed bag. I agree that the Cruise Director needs to dial himself back a bit. However, the ship's singers/dancers I found to be very professional and entertaining, especially for the best of Broadway production. No, these are not the stars of the original Broadway shows, but they are very good and very entertaining. The poolside entertainers were by far some of the best that I have ever seen on any cruise ship. My wife loved Johnny Mantra...actually so did I. The Aquaudio was a great harmonizing group of four Michigan guys (our home state). And the other band (forgot name) did a wonderful job, especially the lead female singer. One of the ship's officers even played lead guitar on a couple of songs one day...rock on George! My wife and I didn't attend performances by any of the other entertainment acts in the main theater, so can't rate them. Relative to staff friendliness, I did not encounter one staff person that did not acknowledge me, say a greeting, and/or be other than completely customer oriented. Since we had many early morning excursions, we ordered room service breakfast on six mornings. Dany, our room stewart, delivered those trays on time and totally complete. Great job! Jesus was our MDR head waiter. He was new and it showed...he had a little trouble on who got what at our 8-person table, but Adelina,the asst. waiter, was there to help him out, and it was never a major problem. We did have the 8:45pm late seating in the MDR, which is a bit late. 8:15 or 8:30pm would be better. On sea days, the pool area did get crowded, but we always found a lounge (which was very comfortable)somewhere. Obviously, the earlier you get to the pool, the more choices you will have. Yes, the in-cabin storage is challenging. I do not like the overhead storage, but it works. Under bed storage for suitcases is good. The overall cabin is very comfortable and roomy, especially the larger bathroom/shower. I agree that a light on the balcony would have been nice. Relative to excursions, we did not book through Celebrity. The Cruise Critic roll call board was terrific. We scheduled all of our excursions with other CC roll call members and had wonderful transportation and guides--for probably half the price of official ship excursions--and in much smaller and intimate groups. For Israel, we used Guided Tours of Israel (info@guidedtoursisrael.com)for 3 days and Moti (moti@travel-israel.info) for the first day out of Ashdod. In Athens, we used prvategreecetours.com. In Naples, we did the Amalfi coast and Herculaneum tour, and used www.allarounditalys.net. BTW, don't miss Herculaneum, the site is much more preserved than Pompeii, and very interesting. We spent 2 hrs there with a knowledgeable guide--and still left more to see. Note: For us getting off the ship was smoother than getting on. We arrived about 12:15pm and a large crowd was already gathering. We did the registration, but had to wait til 1pm to get access to our cabin. However, no major problems with embarkation. Remember to print out all Silhouette online documents and get luggage tags sent to you...saves time. My recommendation, don't plan to walk from train station to port or ship. Split a taxi with someone, much more convenient and comfortable. Getting to Rome airport after the cruise, again we had a shuttle lined up with Cruise Critic friends. The shuttle picked us up right outside the luggage area of the ship...no problem at airport in about an hour (actually we stayed overnight at the Domus Lina hotel right near the airport--great little hotel and very reasonablly priced plus good location for food and shops. 15 euros to airport in the morning). Overall, a totally wonderful cruise adventure. The Silhouette was outstanding. The people we met were interesting. The staff was very customer focused. The ports were totally amazing. Can't wait to book another cruise (if only I could do something about the awful and exhausting airline flight schedules to get to and from Rome from Michigan, especially when using airlines frequent flyer miles to book...oh well, that's the price we pay or don't pay). Now, home tired, but satisfied, and eager to cruise again. Ciao! Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
We went on a cruise to Italy, Israel, Greece and Turkey on the Silhouette at the beginning of Sept 2011. It was a fantastic way to travel and the accommodations were the best we ever had on a Celebrity ship. To give a run down of ... Read More
We went on a cruise to Italy, Israel, Greece and Turkey on the Silhouette at the beginning of Sept 2011. It was a fantastic way to travel and the accommodations were the best we ever had on a Celebrity ship. To give a run down of individual items: Restaurants - All of the restaurants we ate at were great and better than any we have been to here in Manhattan. You don't need to eat in the main dining room where it's crowded and can get noisy. The Murano restaurant is pure 5 star dining. We ate there twice during the cruise. The staff is simply amazing and ready to treat all customers like royalty. We both had the lobster tail and it was succulent. And, to top it off, it was cooked by a French chef named Anne. She was great and a pleasure to have at our table. Aqua Blu is also out of this world. We dined at this restaurant about 5 times and each time they have new items on the menu to try. The wait staff was wonderful and it was simply just a joy to dine and have a window table overlooking the Mediterranean. The Tuscan Grill is also fantastic. Great Italian food and service. You will not go wrong dining in this fine venue. Qsine is one of the most unique dining experiences you will ever enjoy. The food was great and the staff of waiters was a lot of fun. Two other places we tried were Bistro on 5 and the Porch. Bistro on 5 is one of the best kept secrets on the ship. They have delicious soups, salads, crepes, and desserts. At the porch you can get a salad and panini. Both of these dining venue's have $5 cover charges, but it's absolutely worth it. Excursions - Most of excursions we took were informative and fun. The Tzippori Mosaics were not crowded and was interesting to visit in the countryside. Glorious Jerusalem was a long 10 hour day, but our guide was informative and kept the group engaged. Don't bother with the Tel Aviv and Jaffa excursion - it was a waste of time. Our guide was lazy and didn't take us on the itinerary the ship had described. I wish we had gone to the Dead Sea and Masada instead. Ephesus was a wonderful experience. Also, the excursion staff only wants to sell you and really isn't truthful in their explanations. They need to get their facts straight during their presentations and tell people truth. For example, the Via Doloroso is not where Christ did the 12 stations of the cross. It's in the general area, but it's just the route celebrated by Pilgrims. In facts, it's a lot of souvenir ships and places to buy a soda. Also, other facts they mention about Jerusalem, just are not true. Don't bother with a tour on Mykonos, just do it on your own. I like other guests found the $7 shuttle fee another way to nickel and dime guests. In Naples they have a shuttle to the ferrys, but don't charge? Why in one place and not the other? Capri is great to visit on your own. You can get there by taking the ferry and make a day of it yourself by walking around. It's $17 one way. Don't buy a return ticket, unless you feel the time the boat has is good. We went over with one ferry and back on another because we wanted to stay longer. You can get your ticket to come back right when you get over to Capri, to avoid waiting in lines at the end of the day. Entertainment - The entertainment in the Silhouette Theater was lackluster. One night there was a musical and one minute they were singing Stevie Nicks, and the next minute was Irish step dancing? And, then the comic one night was Rikki something or other. He was not very funny. People were more or less laughing at his stupidity, rather than his jokes. Claire M. was full of herself and self absorbed. Hopefully they improve the entertainment in the theater. The musicians on the ship were great. One night we listed to Jazz on the lawn on the top deck while docked in Ashod. That was one of best events we attended. Celebrity should do this more often. Bars and Lounges - The Ensemble lounge is a nice place to listen to music. A little dark, but overall the atmosphere is great. The back deck bar was awesome. Rodolfo and crew make for a fun time while pulling away from the ports at night. There are so many bars and lounges to visit on the ship, you never feel crowded. The Wine Cellar was a big hit with my better half. You can sample wines from all over the world. They also have free appetizers for you to snack on while relaxing. Cabin - We stayed in a Sky Suite. What a great experience. It was roomy with lots of places to store your items. The bathroom was fantastic with a rain head shower and full tub. The accommodations were immaculate and staff great. Arles (our butler) and his staff make you feel at home in 5 star luxury. Pool area - It was very very crowded with not enough seats on sea days. People were packed in like sardines which doesn't make for a good time. Also, it appeared many people were reserving their chairs with towels. The pool staff should really pay more attention and clear areas if people are not there so other can enjoy the sun. Getting to the port from Rome was easy. We hired a private driver named Claudio (claudioguagnelli@hotmail.it) who took us from Civitavecchia to our hotel in Rome for $120 Euros. Less than what it would be for Celebrity and their bus to dump you off at a central point in Rome, and then have to take a taxi to your hotel. He was very professional and on time. We came off the cruise ship and he was there waiting with a sign for us. I would highly recommend him if you need to book a ride. Overall the Celebrity trip was fantastic and worth the time and expense. The Silhouette is 5 star luxury and the best ship we have ever sailed on. I look forward to more Solstice cruising if the price is right in the future. Despite the excursion staff everyone on the ship was fantastic to deal with. What a great way to travel and see the ancient wonders of Europe. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
After reading the negative reviews of the Silhouette, posted by previous passengers, we were a little apprehensive about our trip. We should not have been. The ship is beautiful, the staff has gotten the message to smile and be extremely ... Read More
After reading the negative reviews of the Silhouette, posted by previous passengers, we were a little apprehensive about our trip. We should not have been. The ship is beautiful, the staff has gotten the message to smile and be extremely helpful and the food was good (but not great). The other passengers, both North Americans and Europeans, were cooperative and polite. Whatever the earlier problems were, we did not experience them. We loved the itinerary, and the combination of "Sea Days" and Ports. (see my comments below about Israel) There are about 2800 passengers on the ship, and you never fell part of a herd. Everything is done so efficiently that there were no long lines to embark, retrieve one's passport or find a seat at the pool. There is more than enough facilities for all. We ate at Murano and Tuscan Grill, and I would say avoid both unless it is a special occasion. $40 per person to eat food that is similar to what is served in the MDR is ridiculous. Of course the presentation, service and ambiance is better-but not $80 a couple better. I also thought it was downright "tacky" for Murano to charge extra for Earl Grey Tea. In fact, Silhouette charges too often for items that should be included-it seemed to be the universal opinion that we were being nickel and dimed to death. (Of course, you can avoid these charges if you wish and still have a wonderful time) Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
We really enjoyed our holy land cruise. The ship was lovely and the staff were fantastic. Our stateroom attendant could not do enough for us. All the staff we met were always smiling and many stopped to talk. We were select dining and ... Read More
We really enjoyed our holy land cruise. The ship was lovely and the staff were fantastic. Our stateroom attendant could not do enough for us. All the staff we met were always smiling and many stopped to talk. We were select dining and never had any problem getting a table for two. We did not like the location of one table we were allocated but just said and the staff moved us to a better located one. food was delicious with plenty of things to choose from in the dining room. We mainly ate breakfast and lunch in the buffet and had no problem getting a table. There was always plenty to choose from and especially loved the omelettes at breakfast. We did not sit around the pool but made use of our balcony so were not aware of how busy it was. We went to the shows and really enjoyed them especially the guest performer Lynsey Hamilton we could have listened to her all week. We had flights and transfers arranged through celebrity. Everything worked fine on the way there but we had a long wait for our flight home. We did not want to leave the ship and will certainly be booking celebrity again. We met some lovely people from all over Europe. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
So just got off the Celebrity Silhouette 12 Night HOLY LAND cruise. Boat is the same as Equinox with minor alterations and changes. Made it easy to get around as familiar with their layout. I will give you more or less as much description ... Read More
So just got off the Celebrity Silhouette 12 Night HOLY LAND cruise. Boat is the same as Equinox with minor alterations and changes. Made it easy to get around as familiar with their layout. I will give you more or less as much description and recommendations and ideas that we experienced. Embarkation Okay, when you get on a boat, which is a port of call in the United States, it is easy, simple and not complicated. When you get on a boat in Europe port of call like we did it in Rome, well priority is non-existent whether you do everything on-line before hand, you have a suite or a regular stateroom, it is simply disorganized and chaotic. It took us over 1 hour, which we felt having been on 3 Celebrity boats prior, was unacceptable, and hard to comprehend coming from such a big company who should already know how to deal with issues such as this, they do it in the United States. It is not horrible, but extremely long and tiresome. You do require upon entering the check-in area is your confirmation sheet (boarding card signed, which you can print on-line as pre-boarding pass cards) and passports. The sea pass cards have the same restrictions for children under age, and allowed parents to include what they wanted on their child(s) sea pass cards. All children must check-in with the youth desk and receive a color-coded identification bracelet. Emergency Drill Like other ships, people ignore this procedure, however, Silhouette runs this extremely effectively. You must go to your correct muster station where your sea pass card is scanned. All passengers' once accounted watch a short film and best part, no need to carry life jackets with you. Departure All passengers must have their luggage outside their stateroom before 11:00pm. The boat provides you with color tags to place on each bag. Unlike embarkation, it was simple and easy. Our luggage was waiting for us in our designated group area, porters were plentiful, and it was easy to leave. Stateroom We had a Royal Suite Stateroom (1116). It is located at mid ship, right of the middle elevators next to the library. Celebrity sails extremely smooth with very little to no vibration, we never once felt we were on a ship, the only time we had some rough waters which was "extremely" uncommon was both times in Greece (Santorini & Athens). This stateroom is spacious, generous with cupboard, drawer and shelving in the living area only. The master bedroom with a king size bed, 2 night tables and a "small" cupboard for hanging and only 5 drawers. The Equinox had a bigger closet space, but it is not such a problem. The bathroom is very large off the master bedroom, but has 2 sinks, toilet, bathtub (Jacuzzi) and a separate glass shower inside a few drawers to put all your belongings. The living area consisted of a pull out double bed sofa, small second sofa, coffee table and large and a huge new HD Samsung plasma TV same as Master bedroom. There is another small bathroom with a sink and toilet located at the entrance. This stateroom has a spacious balcony and my kids loved to bathe in the Jacuzzi located outside on it. The mini bar was also sparse but we never required it, with the amount of food and beverage options you have. Room Service was also very good and easy to do through the TV set. Butler Service (only with Royal Suites) Our butler Singh was great. He was extremely accommodating and helped us with whatever we needed. It is very convenient if you need help to book specialty restaurants, Aqua spa... Food & Beverage We sat at table 145 in The Grande Cuvee Dining Room, Deck 4, but for only three meals. We booked mostly specialty restaurants. The Oceanview Cafe has a huge assortment and variety of food; it did not seemed as packed and always difficult to find a table, especially breakfast and lunch hours, so I would definite say this was a PLUS! A good alternative solution, which is sometimes very crowded, is the BBQ place on Deck 14, which offers a hotdogs, hamburgers and BBQ items. Space very small, and hardly any tables, so a little difficult at times. There is a lot of assortment of juices, which are all complimentary for kids (Apple juice, fruit punch, ice tea) they get changed at times to, so it gives you variety. We did NOT purchase a water package, it is definitely NOT necessary!!!!! Specialty Dining - Need to book in advance, and highly recommend doing this on the internet once they allow you to book things on your cruise, if you do not cancel within 24hours of showing, you will be charged regardless, so keep this is mind when booking. If you do not book in advance, extremely difficult to get reservations. Specialty Restaurants (a) Qsine - This has got to be one of the best concepts and ideas, I have been too in a restaurant. You are given Ipads as menus to begin and your browse through the menu and place whatever you want in your favorites. Once everyone at the table has completed this, they combined all the menus and create a menu for the table. Everything is served family style, and there are a mixed variety of foods. I highly recommend anyone to book this; we ate there twice, and would have eaten more. AMAZING A++++++++++++++++++. The dessert menu is the coolest, but I will leave that as a surprise, but one hint, most are interactive and you can design and make yourselves. Kids are allowed here, smart casual dress, you definitely can wear jeans. (b) Tuscan Grille - It was good, same as the Equinox, it is nicer than going to the dining room and better food. Kids are allowed here, smart casual dress, you definitely can wear jeans. (c) Murano - The best "adult" ONLY restaurant, kids only over the age of 18. A beautiful, gorgeous restaurant. The food incredible, and service TOP NOTCH. I would highly recommend this, we ate here twice. The wine selection amazing too. A++++++++++++++++++++++++ (d) The Lawn Grill - located on Deck 15, outdoors, and its location is the same as the glass blowing on the Equinox. It is an interactive dining experience. You can make your own flat breads, with whatever toppings you want, as well as BBQ you meal if you are over the age of 12. My kids had the best time with the Grill Master making their flatbreads; the grill was too hot as my kids were too young. But a great family restaurant, fun, great atmosphere, great Mediterranean breeze. A definite recommendation, you can also buy the aprons, which are really nice. Places for kids Fun Factory - It is a small area, no swimming facilities and a small outdoor basketball area. My kids went a few times, as we did a lot of excursions at the ports of call. They made a few small art projects, most the same as previous Celebrity ships, colored t-shirts and bears, and some key chains. The staff was great and extremely friendly. The older kids ages 9+, are allowed to sign in and out on their own, so this gives them some freedom and independence. There are 3 age groups 3 to 5, 6 to 8, 9 to 12, and a teenager group. They also have a small arcade for teenagers as well as an alcohol free lounge/bar. Everything located on Deck 15, you must walk all the way to the front, and so we generally walked Deck 12 and took the 2 designated elevators that go to Deck 15. If you are really looking to keep your kids occupied, Celebrity is not designed for this. There are no other areas than the Fun Factory, any ping-pong tables, shuffleboards, and mini putt.... Places for Adults (a) Pools -There are 3 to choose from. 2 outdoors on Deck 12, which happily are NOT salt water, but FRESH water and kept extremely clean. However, they are NT heated at all, and could be somewhat chilly, but you get use to the water once submerged. They are not large, and tend to feel extremely crowded on Sea Days when it is very hot outdoors. I would have to say, they do need more pool areas, too small for the amount of people requiring it. There are 4 hot tubs, always packed to the rim, and very hot and full of chlorine. There is a pool in the Aqua Spa area, but for ADULTS ONLY and it is covered, there is no sun exposure, they also have 2 hot tubs in there as well. Chairs are abundant and but once again, I do not get why they cannot work out the reserve seats, they have 9 pool butlers and they simply do not organize themselves well. They can bring you more chairs, but reserving chairs should NEVER be allowed!!!!!!!!!! I will say which was my "truly" my only disappointment, the lack of security and pool lifeguards (monitoring) is definitely unacceptable. No one is watching our controlling what adults or kids are doing. When they write "at your own risk" on the pool rules and regulations, here they definitely mean it. Not impressed at all!!!! (b) Bars - We never used them. Places to hang out (a) Deck 4 & 5 - They have some shopping, but you would think by now, they would have some shops that would be interesting enough to want to browse, a lot of the same cut your own chains, celebrity stuff. They did add a Michael Kors shop, and Bulgari store on Deck 5. The jewelers have some nice items, especially Bulgari. However, I say this with EXTREME caution, price and make sure you know how much something costs, it is all a myth that they say you pay no taxes and duties and get an extra 10% off. Trust me the price is not different in the end then buying retail at a store. So if you are looking make sure to check on the Internet or know your prices, especially Bulgari. Shows - We saw the Broadway ones with the dancers and singers, the entertainers are great, and have super voices and dancers extremely talented. If you go 15 minutes before the show, you will get whatever seats you want, not difficult to get, if you order drinks, just make sure they fit in the cup holders, as most don't and then you end up holding them the entire time. Casino - My father and husband went once or twice, they said same as being at any casino. Ports - The ports are DEFINITELY what attracted on this cruise. (a) Santorini, Greece - This was our only tender, it accommodates I believe 40+ people. They take you to the island; maybe 3 minutes drive to shore. Once at shore, you can either take a cable car to the top of the hill, walk the thousands of steps, or a donkey ride. I believe the cable car is not that expensive, for our family of 5, it was 18 euro. It accommodates 4 people, and is fast and speedy. If you are scared of heights, sit with your back facing the ocean, this way you don't need to look down. Once on top, cool with all the small shops, full of souvenirs and tons of jewelry. It was short port of call so we did not get to experience the entire island. Two restaurants right when you get off cable car, the one on the right okay, but if looking for typical Greek souvlaki, don't bother. Ask someone as they have smaller places, which supposedly are much better. (b) Ephesus, Turkey - We booked our own tour through Auto Venture, and it was incredible. Our guide was truly amazing. She took us though Ephesus, and we toured the ruins, she took us to this amazing place for lunch " BULBUL MOUNTAIN LOOMS", they can be reached at; bmountainlooms@gmail.com, private and gorgeous, it was in a garden where it is a family business and they make silk and naturally carpets, the most beautiful. I would highly recommend this, very relaxing and not open to the general public. The owner (Ertugrul Karasu) guides you through his premises and he also harvests his own crops, so the meal and fruits and vegetables are YUMMY. We headed closer to the town and we did a little browsing through the market area, a beautiful store with respectable pricing and designs for Jewellery is Faberge. They have lots of leather shops, so if you cannot find at one, trust me 20 others will. Turkey is magnificent and would definitely like to go back and tour the other cities and places. (c) Ashdod, Jerusalem - We booked our own tour guide here for 2 days, as we stayed at The King David Hotel (gorgeous) for one night, as opposed to driving back to the boat and getting more time in Jerusalem. We took a guided tour with a well respected and amazing person, his name is Emanuel, and you can reach him at emanuelno@gmail.com, and his website is www.normantour.com. An experience you will never forget. We went to the Dead Sea to swim, we walked Ben Yehuda street, did the Western Wall Tunnels as well as putting notes in the wall (remember you need to cover your shoulders and knees - for women only), took us to a great lunch place called "FOCACHETTA", bought Kippas as a great place which has whatever you think you are looking for and more "KIPA STORE on Ben Yehuda. We planted trees at JNF, took a great city tour throughout Jerusalem, ate at a typical and amazing restaurant for dinner called Dolfin-Yam, not to far from the Mamila Mall, which we walked through too, closes at 11:00pm. Beautiful definitely an outdoor mall to walk through. The whole experience was memorable and Emanuel is incredible with kids, he brought along toys and gadgets for them to play while we ate and travelled from location to location such as PSP, DS, and puzzles, cards and this cool blow up balloons. Don't miss this opportunity!!!!!!!!!! (d) Haifa, Israel - Emanuel met us there, same tour guide as Ashdod. Droves us through the town, highlights all the important points and gives you a great history in a fun way. He took us to the Galilee to Kfar Kedem, a re-creation of a First Century village in the Galilee and participated in hands-on projects to learn about life in ancient times. Made our own pita bread and even ride a donkey around the village. The place is Hosha'aya, and the man who owns and the place is Menachem Goldberg, he can be reached at info@k-k.co.itl and Internet www.k-k.co.il. My kids as well as the adults had the best experience and time here. I don't want to tell you everything, but you dress and go back in time as what live was really like. I HIGHLY recommend this experience, something you will never forget!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We then took a tour through the Drews village and ate at an amazing place called Abu Anter Restaurant, aboantar6@gmail.com. Extremely generous and a typical and delicious Mediterranean lunch. We went to visit the ancient ruins of Caesarea, which is okay, but if you were limited in time, I would definitely take this time and go and visit more the Bahai Gardens from atop Mt Carmel. We did get to see them but only from a distance as they close at 5pm, so we could not walk through. They are spectacular. I complete experience was remarkable and all due to Emanuel. (e) Athens, Greece - We booked our own tour through Courmouzis Travel Services. We saw the original stadium of the 1896 Olympics, unfortunately Olympic rings no longer on the building. You see how well maintained it is and they did use it for the Marathon run and Archery for the 2004 Olympics and still for musical venues. The 2004 Olympic park is 14 miles to the North of Athens so too far to visit on a one-day tour. We drove the Temple of Zeus and saw the arches as well. The city is very commercialized with evident ruins. The acropolis and seen from everywhere and so cool. We took the long and hot trek up the steps and witness the acropolis, so cool, but very windy and just be careful when walking as all marble and slippery at times. We did not go the museum, as our kids were so tired, it is full of statues and ruins from the acropolis. Overall was not as impressed with Athens as we had anticipated, but a great experience and glad to see something from history that still remains. We had a typical and delicious Greek meal at Spiros Bairaktaris, Tabepna. A definite recommendation. We also had tea and ice cream at The Hotel Bretagne, which is spectacular. (f) Naples, Italy, We booked our own tour with Giuseppe Dipino he can be reached at Giuseppe.dipino@tin.it. He was amazing especially with the kids. Due to the ruins of Pompeii being on strike in the early morning we visited the small towns of Ravello, Amalfi and Positano. My husband and I had visited the region before so it was amazing to come back and see it in the summer. It is still fantasyland and simply paradise. Our guide was awesome, we finished in Positano but before he took us to a store for ceramics, so we would get the best pricing. He said not to buy in the small towns they rip you off. So I recommend Piccadilly, you can check out their website www.piccadilly.com. Beautiful and very well made products and items. We ate at Chez Black on the water, which we had eaten at 13 years prior and it was the same awesome food!!!!!! We were unable to go see the ruin, which was for our kids, but we had seen. If you have never seen it, it is amazing and incredible to see what they have recovered for the volcano. Overall a great, relaxing day. I have to stay our voyage was pleasant, nothing other than when we got on, would we say anything negative. A great ship and definitely recommend it and the itinerary. We did stay a few days in Rome at The Hotel Eden, which is in a great location, and if you plan to visit any of the sites, definitely get private tours the Hotel can set it up for you. This way you do NOT wait in the hour-long line at the Colosseo. Private tours get priority and do NOT wait in the Colosseo lines. Best to visit the Vatican after 2:30pm the lines are small and short. It is very hot and remember to bring a shawl or cover your shoulders and knees. One of the best restaurants is Alla Rampa, just below and behind the Spanish steps, a definite!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great job Celebrity on a nice ship, just make some security issue adjustments, and getting on the ship embarkation and some more upscale stores, and you continue on a great path of continued success. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
Well, they finally sold it out... After cancelling the Egypt ports and months of price drops, the Silhouette finally set sail on Aug 10 and after a year of waiting, we were on it. We are a family of three, very experienced cruisers and ... Read More
Well, they finally sold it out... After cancelling the Egypt ports and months of price drops, the Silhouette finally set sail on Aug 10 and after a year of waiting, we were on it. We are a family of three, very experienced cruisers and very familiar with Celebrity. Because of the price drops we were able to taken an extra cabin and invited my mother to join us on this voyage. We are Elite Captain's Club members. We disembarked from the Star Princess in Rome on Aug 10 and took the shuttle bus to the other side of the port to join the Silhouette on the same day. We checked in early and found it disorganized and chaotic, and think it is high time Civitavecchia invested in a permanent terminal on Celebrity's side of the port, instead of the temporary tent style structure they have there. We boarded at lunch time and went for lunch as the cabins were not ready. We had adjoining balcony cabins on deck 6. The ship is as gorgeous as we expected it to be and the Oceanview Cafe is one of the best buffets on the seas. We found our cabins to be beautifully appointed, well insulated for noise and very comfortable. We usually have three in a cabin, so found plenty of space for our things for two of us, although there is a lack of places to put personal items and the counter under the TV was permanently cluttered for lack of a better place to put everything. The pillows were all foam and quite high, so not terribly comfortable. We asked for feather pillows after a couple of nights of less than perfect sleep, but weren't in Aqua Class so got more foam ones delivered instead. Our Captain's Club benefits did not arrive and neither did our invite for the CC M&G the following morning. We only found out about it by accident and had to go and hunt down the information we needed from Guest Relations. Several roll callers missed the meeting altogether as they never got their invites either, and we never got to meet them at all. Lifeboat Drill was interesting, as the brand new video system in Michaels Club failed to work and instead of the video we were supposed to watch, the safety drill was summed up in a few words by a crew member and we were advised to watch the video in our cabins instead. My husband was not at all pleased to find one of his bags in the "naughty room" and to have his single golf club confiscated because it was considered to be a potential weapon. He found that quite humiliating and upsetting. After appealing to officers at the roll call M&G, his club was returned to the cabin a few days later, which mollified him to a large degree. What next, plastic knives in the dining rooms?! We found the ship to be stunning in design, but when design takes over function, there are issues and this ship has the same problems as the other Solstice Class vessels. The pool area remains far too small and congested and was a total nightmare on this voyage due to the heavy usage. One of the two pools was reserved for over 16's, leaving one small pool on the ship for all the families, which was just ridiculous. My 10 year old water rat didn't bother going to the pool on this voyage, because it was literally standing room only in the water. Completely inadequate. The casual visitor didn't stand a chance up against the professional sun worshippers, of whom there were hundreds on board, judging by the deep leathery color of their skins. The cabanas eat into space at the Lawn Club but seemed to be used a lot and as long as people are willing to hand over $149 to use them on a sea day, Celebrity will continue to provide them and find new ways of charging fees for services. This is a creeping trend on the newer ships and I see no end in sight. As a shade seeker who doesn't do well in heat, I was happy to leave the masses to fight it out over the sunny spaces and was more comfortable inside or in the shade. The fountain area by the pool is gone (safety issue), the Lawn Club continues to plague the crew because of maintenance issues on the grass, and the Hot Glass Show has been replaced by yet another fee based restaurant. The fitness center is superb. The entire ship is gorgeous, it just doesn't seem to look as good or work as well when you pack it with almost 3000 people, all fighting for their share of it... We hoped the photographers would take advantage of the stunning atrium staircase for a photo location, but were told they had been stopped from doing it because of congestion in the area and lack of space for the tiny dance floor. As ours was only the third voyage of the ship, it didn't take long for that to happen. The photographers weren't thrilled either, but again, design trumps function. We had fabulous waiters and enjoyed the dinners, but the food was often dry and lacking in flavor, although it was beautifully presented. First Sitting was half empty, Second Sitting was completely packed. At least the theater was also lightly attended for the first show of the evening, which was a plus. We went to Qsine once and ate far too much, but the price increase to $40pp as of next month may well hold us back from doing it again next time. I think Celebrity is on the verge of overdoing it with the fees and price increases, for a large mass market cruise line. Our daughter loved the Fun Factory and seeing many of her favorite counselors again from other ships. I enjoyed the entertainment very much but felt there was heavy emphasis on singing and dancing and not a lot of variety offered, probably due to the passenger mix. One show, Velocity, introduced some of the acrobats and at one point two men were hoisted up on ropes to spin in unison above the audience. Unfortunately, one of them completely failed to do his bit and hung there looking like he had no idea how to even begin, let alone work in sync with his partner. It was mortifying to watch, knowing how badly messed up it was. New Celebrity cruisers may not have noticed. The CD was Nick Weir, and while he had great stage presence, he was barely visible outside of the theater. We felt his staff did a great job with all the Trivia sessions, sparsely attended as they were. Everyone was at the pool! The captain was young, handsome again (where does Celebrity find them?!) and very entertaining. We thoroughly enjoyed his daily briefings and his speech at the welcome party was fabulous. One of the biggest issues, based on our experience and the many people we talked with, was the cultural mix of passengers on board. There were 2990 people on the ship, including 400 children of varying ages. Half the passengers were non-English speaking and there were almost 500 Italians on board, and almost as many French. The Italians seems to arouse the most ire on a regular basis, with some of the most obnoxious and rude behavior we've ever seen. Rules were only suggestions. We heard of them arriving for First Sitting dinner 90 minutes late and expecting to be served, and staying till midnight on Second Seating. Second Seating was 8.45 and the late show started at 11PM to accommodate them. We saw the dress code being completely ignored and unenforced. We heard of people refusing to sit at their assigned table and sitting wherever they wanted. We heard of one waiter who was so distressed by how he was treated by his table that he talked of quitting his job. Our next door table mates (Slovenian) came to Formal Dinner in jeans and open necked shirts and brought their cell phones with them. The Oceanview Cafe was often the scene of large groups commandeering chairs from under people and acting as if they were the only people on the ship. We grew very tired of the rude behavior we witnessed on a regular basis and everyone we met had a horror story of their own. I think the crew had a very hard time on this voyage and didn't enjoy it that much either. Some people complained about the brazen European kids on the ship, but for me, the adults were the true villains. I heard that a Frenchman got into a fight with a woman up at the Lawn Club one evening and dragged her across the floor by her hair while everyone sat and watched and did nothing. The following night, he threw a fit and tossed his shoe into the pool, hitting a child on the head in front of security officers, who initially declined to do anything, until a friend of ours, who had seen both incidents, insisted they intervene. When they saw TV footage of how this man had behaved on the ship he was finally taken away. I began to understand why Security confiscated my husband's golf club at the start of the cruise... I was told the reason all the deck chairs were strapped down every night was not because of wind or pool closure, but to prevent passengers from throwing them overboard... I could hardly believe I was on Celebrity. It was like a bad experience on Carnival or Costa, from some of the behavioral issues going on. On my first and only visit to the pool deck on the second day, an American woman marched up to me and asked if I was using the lounger I was sitting on. She was obviously looking for a place to sit and didn't feel I was making full use of my lounger and should vacate it to her. When I confirmed I was using it, she hurled insults my way. Never had THAT happen before on a ship! My mother spent a lot of time at Smoker's Corner on Deck 5 and picked up all kinds of stories to share... I only wish I had the space to write about them all. I believed every one of them. I think the Silhouette will work out just fine, once the teething troubles are sorted out. They are off to a relatively good start, but the crew needs to gain their confidence and learn how to handle things a lot better, and to regain control of the ship from the unruly passengers, especially the southern European ones. The maitre'd needs to start enforcing the dress code, and the 30 minute window to enter for dinner. The pool butlers needs to be far more aggressive in dealing with the chair hogs, who got out there at 8AM to bag their loungers for the day and then disappeared for a leisurely breakfast. Security staff need to step in when there's an obvious problem, without being told to by passengers. It is an extremely civilized ship, but it was not a terribly civilized experience and it should have been different. The staff were too afraid of causing offence or confronting poor behavior, and I put much of this down to inexperience. This was our 8th cruise with Celebrity and we have now been on three of the Solstice Class vessels. We waited a year for this voyage, and we did have a lovely time for the most part, but there was also some relief at being able to disembark and get away from the madness and the masses. 3000 people is too much for these ships and the cultural mix on board simply didn't work. So overall, not a bad start for a brand new ship but definite room for improvement. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
Great Ship, Incredible Vacation: Silhouette 10 August Holy Land My wife and I just returned from an incredible cruise on the Silhouette. Another reviewer couldn't have been on the same ship...although I know she was! As far as ... Read More
Great Ship, Incredible Vacation: Silhouette 10 August Holy Land My wife and I just returned from an incredible cruise on the Silhouette. Another reviewer couldn't have been on the same ship...although I know she was! As far as her complaint about the food in Rome, she must have chosen the wrong restaurants and the wrong areas. We also came to Rome a few days early after several days in Prague and never had a problem finding decent Italian food for very reasonable prices. There were many outside cafes near our hotel with price fixed menus for 13-20 Euros (US$20-US$30). We even went to Trastevere and found price fixed menus. CHECK-IN AND OUT; Check-in was a breeze, easier than any other we've experienced. It took us at most 15 minutes from the time we left our taxi until we were on the ship. Leaving the ship on the last morning was even easier. We simply walked off when we were ready! THE SHIP: Although we've been on other Celebrity, Azamara, Royal Caribbean and Holland America cruises, this was our first time on a Solstice class ship. We were impressed. The ship was sparkling new with no smell of smoke (except in the smoking sections, which we avoided) and the interior design was exceptional. The attention to minute details was exceptional. The staff was always smiling and saying "hello", "good morning", etc. The captain spoke at the opening night's show and was very humorous. One of the few complaints that we had was that we were not able to hear him when he made his daily noon announcements...the volume was too low. CABIN: The cabin was beautiful with plenty of storage. We were told that there were no shelves in the closets on Solstice ships, so we picked up hanging "shoe" bags at Walmart which gave us plenty of extra space for t-shirts, underwear, bathing suits, shorts, etc. The bathroom was larger than other ships and had lots of storage space. The shower was also large and had a great adjustable head (a Concierge Class extra). The steward and assistant steward (Dany and Omar) were always ready to please. We opted to get tea, fruit and cheese as our afternoon snack (Concierge Class) and they made the change and delivered on time daily. They even were able to switch the champagne for red wine, which we preferred. They both always wore a smile. FOOD: The breakfast and lunch buffets were adequate and we could always find something that we liked to eat (the eggplant dishes and the shrimp salad were wonderful!). We don't expect gourmet meals in the buffet, so we weren't disappointed. On the four sea days, we had excellent lunches in the Main Dining Room. The breakfast breads were not the best but their desserts made up for that. There was almost always ice cream available any time day or night. The meals in the Main Dining Room were excellent and the service was exceptional. We had anytime dining and had different wait staffs and they were all friendly and very willing to help in any way. I'm on a low-salt diet and the Maitre D came over nightly with the following night's menu to help me select something that they could prepare accordingly. The Maitre D, Prederick, was always willing to do anything to make our dining experience an excellent one. We ate in Tuscan Grill one night and had an exceptional 3 ½ hour dinner with friends we made on Cruise Critic. INTERNET: Anyone who has cruised before knows that the internet connection on a ship is "iffy", at best, certainly not like at home. On the first day, we purchased a $199 internet package (then discounted by $50) which made our cost $.36 per minute. We were not always able to get on-line (and off-line). The ilounge staff was very understanding and kept giving us more credits. We ended up with $67 left. I called Celebrity customer service today and explained that we were not able to use all of our minutes and they refunded the balance we had left. They were very kind to do that as the policy does say that unused minutes couldn't be refunded. ENTERTAINMENT: There was ALWAYS something going on. Some of the highlights were the A Cappella quartet (four guys from Michigan), the piano player and the String quartet (four women from Russia (?). Most of the shows were excellent but some were a repeat for cruisers that have been on other recent Solstice cruises. POOL: Yes, the pool was very crowded, but living in Southern California, we didn't go on vacation to sit in the hot sun, so that didn't matter. Since this was the end of summer break, there were many more children on board, than at other times of the year. From what we heard from a very reliable source (6 year old Austin), the Fun Zone was terrific. OTHER CRUISERS: Most of the other cruisers were not English speaking. The majority were from France and Italy. I think this was due to the airfares from the US being so high this year and Celebrity probably discounting the cruise for Europeans to fill the ship. Yes, there were cultural differences, but we travel a lot and are used to being with people from all over the world. We did hear a lot of complaints about the Europeans pushing to get on a shuttle bus and not letting people get off elevators before they could get on. That's all part of the travel experience. PORTS: We chose this cruise due to the ports. Each one was different and all were great. We had been to all of the countries we visited on prior trips abroad, but there were a few new ports for us. We try not to take ship excursions (overpriced and crowded) so we planned private tours with other Cruise Critic members who we had met on-line prior to the cruise. In Santorini, we had to use a tender and the seas were rough, causing many delays. Being "Select" Captain's Club members, we were able to get off the ship early. The delays were weather related and certainly not Celebrity's fault. We shared a driver with another couple and toured the beautiful island. In Ephesus, we had prearranged a private tour with Ephesus Shuttle which had been recommended to us by a friend who was there in June. Ask for Deniz and do tour #8. (www.ephesusshuttle.com). This tour included lunch in a small mountain village which was excellent. Israel: We've been to Israel twice before and didn't need to repeat Masada and the Dead Sea in the heat of summer. Instead, we went to Tel Aviv/Jaffa on Monday. The tour guide took us to a great restaurant in Jaffa. As it was a custom tour, we asked to see the border with Gaza which was about ½ hour south of the port. On Tuesday, we had an excellent guide (Shalom) who took us to Jerusalem. We first went to Yad Vashem. Even though we had been there twice before, it has been redone and was just terrific (although depressing). We then went to the Old City, visited Mount of Olives for the view and then The Western Wall. It was a long 12 hour day and Shalom was excellent. Each of these tours cost us $95 each for six people in the van. The following day, we were docked in Haifa. We shared a cab with another couple and went to Safed where we had also been before. Our driver had to leave as he had a family emergency so we became "stranded". We were offered a ride back from a private tour guide who was sympathetic, but the cruisers in that group (all Cruise Critic members from our ship) were upset with her offer to help us, got out of shape and told their guide not to take us. One of the shop owners was extremely helpful and found another taxi for us to get back to Haifa, but we were disappointed in the attitude of our fellow cruisers on the private tour. Athens: we've been to Athens before but there were many people on the roll call saying how terrible it would be and they'd rather stay on the ship than experience the "horrors" of Athens. We had booked entrance to the New Acropolis Museum on-line, in advance and had no problem with the taxi going from the port to the museum (15E) and returning from the Plaka (20E). We had lunch in the Plaka, (actually two lunches, the food was great!). Both taxi drivers were friendly and honest and there was very little traffic. We found the first taxi a few blocks from the port as the drivers in the port wanted a minimum of four hours. Naples: we had not been to Naples before. We booked a private driver (50E each, he was not a guide) with six other Cruise Critic members and had a long day seeing the Amalfi Coast and visiting Pompeii. It was probably the hottest day of the cruise, but still, we had an interesting and great adventure. At Pompeii, we picked up a local guide to show us the ruins. SUMMARY: We had a wonderful vacation. The ship was beautiful, the service excellent and the food met our needs. What could possibly be bad about that? Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
We are a family of 4 and we have sailed with Royal Caribbean and with Norwegian in the past. This was our first Celebrity Cruise on the lovely Silhouette. We had originally booked it because it was scheduled to go to Egypt, we stuck with ... Read More
We are a family of 4 and we have sailed with Royal Caribbean and with Norwegian in the past. This was our first Celebrity Cruise on the lovely Silhouette. We had originally booked it because it was scheduled to go to Egypt, we stuck with it because our travel agent said we would love it! We checked in after a 5 day stay in Rome. Civitavecchia was a 45 minute train ride to the port. Very easy and cost effective. What was not so pleasant was the shuttle system from the pier entrance. It was poorly organized and there was no defined place to stand and wait for the shuttle to check-in. We basically had to read the sign on the shuttles arriving to make sure it was going to our ship and make a run for it. After 3 attempts we finally got our luggage stored under the bus and got some seats. A big free for all with a me first attitude. Not so fun with kids in towe. Once we arrived to the check-in tents, yes, tents....the luggage porters motioned for passengers to load their own luggage onto the carts which was a first time experience for us on a cruise. The benefits of a concierge class booking made no difference upon check in. Actually, people who took the train with us from Rome who had standard rooms made it through their line faster than us. Our daughter's luggage arrived to the stateroom damaged and an item was missing. After all this was done and forgotten we did begin to enjoy this beautiful ship. The ship is very elegant and stylish. I loved it but the kids found it boring compared to the Allure which we sailed on last March. We, my husband and I, thought it was a great size and had everything a couple could want. Adult activities were plentiful and we certainly enjoyed the wine tasting events. The sommeliers were informative and pleasant and it made for lovely and pleasant afternoons on sea days. Our 16 and 9 year old children enjoyed the Fun Factory and the X-club however the amenities for children on a ship like the Silhouette were for the most part non-existent compared to what they have experienced on RCCL and Norwegian. The biggest disappointment was the small pool on the pool deck and the fact that only half of it was made available to the 400 children on board during our sailing. There was no kids pool area. The service level we experienced was fabulous throughout the cruise. It was exceptional at Bistro on 5, Murano, Tuscan Grill and Qsine. The specialty restaurants were delectable! Where the service was mediocre was at the ilounge and at the buffet. There were a few people that worked in the ilounge but the guy who seemed to oversee the lounge was arrogant and easily flustered which led him to speak without a fliter in a very unprofessional manner. We tried to avoid the buffet the most part but on the days where we had to go there we found that it was a little less polished and the wait staff was generally more aloof. It might have had something to do with the "Me first attitude" of many of the guests on board and the general pushiness of the guests in crowded areas and on the elevators. This brings us to the culture of the guests on board. This European cruise was a first for us so I'm not sure if this is just the way it is or if this was unique to the dynamic of the guests on the cruise for this particular sailing. One thing Celebrity must resolve is the inability of the pool butlers to execute Celebrity's no reservation policy of chairs on the pool deck. The amount of reserved chairs not being used for several hours at a time was ridiculous and even more ridiculous was that people were saving 2 sets of chairs. One set in sunspots and the other in shaded areas. The ports were fabulous and I can't really comment on the shore excursions because we booked all our ours independently through local tour guides. If I had a magic want though, we would have had a full day in Santorini, the 6 hours were just too short once you factored in tender time to get on and off the ship. I would have easily traded the 3rd day in Israel for and extra day in Greece. Do not walk up or down those steps in Santorini. Big mistake unless you like navigating donkey poop on marble steps. Our Stateroom was very clean, new, elegant and would have been perfect for the 2 of us. It was a little crammed for 4 people and I found the storage area above the beds hard to reach. The bathroom was nice and spacious and the storage there was plentiful. We did not really order canapes so I am not sure I would book Concierge class again. The 4th bed was a trundle and I do not like the set up. It makes the balcony near impossible to get to after turn down service. We much prefer the pullman system. The shows were good and our cruise director was very entertaining but we only saw him on stage. As a family we agreed that we preferred the shows we saw on the Allure though. We found the ones on this sailing got repetitive after 3-4 nights. What we did love was the live entertainment on the pool deck, in the lounges and throughout the ship. There was a fabulous a Capella group from Michigan and a lovey Jazz band that accompanied our new favorite jazz singer Azure McCall. She was simply sensational! What a voice! The Captain was adorable! Being of Greek descent I guess he couldn't help it! His daily updates were witty and charming. Disembarkation was quite easy but again when it came to the shuttles, directions to the shuttles were non-existent and getting on was another free for all reminiscent of embarkation. Party was over!!! Loud and clear!!! In summary, my husband and I would love to cruise with Celebrity again once we are empty nesters. We know we will enjoy elegant and refined surroundings with delectable food and wine with excellent service. If and when we do, will will go out of our way to avoid boarding any ship in Chivitavecchia. Until then, we will likely stick with RCCL. Same company more suited to families. I will miss Murano until then that's for sure! Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
To celebrate our 40th Wedding Anniversary, I booked the Silhouette for the 8/10 Holy Land cruise. What I didn't tell my wife was that I had booked a Royal Suite. The jig was up when we embarked in Civitavecchia and were escorted on ... Read More
To celebrate our 40th Wedding Anniversary, I booked the Silhouette for the 8/10 Holy Land cruise. What I didn't tell my wife was that I had booked a Royal Suite. The jig was up when we embarked in Civitavecchia and were escorted on board by the Assistant Purser to meet our butler. Here's my report on the ship and the cruise. These are my opinions and reflect our experience on board from the perspective of long time cruisers. EMBARCATION - A little disconnected. We arrived at the embarkation tent around 10:45 AM and were handed a group number card. When our number was called at least 15 people with numbers after ours rushed the line and got to the head of the queue. Not a good start, X. Once we were at the counter, everything went smoothly . The Assistant Purser , Nicholas, escorted us to Michael's Club where our butler escorted us to our cabin. Based on comments on this forum we opted for Bistro On 5 for lunch and were not disappointed. A very nice, tasty lunch without the crowds in the buffet. Our suite was FANTASTIC! It was like a small apartment and I will have a hard time going back to a standard cabin after this. THE SHIP - A real beauty. Great open spaces. You never felt crowded (except at lunch in the OceanView Cafe where playing bumper cars seemed to be the rule) despite a sold out ship with 2800 passengers and 1300 crew. Beautiful dEcor and venues. DINING - A hit and miss affair. The first night we dined in the MDR and were sorely disappointed. My wife's fish was dry and overcooked and my medium steak was well done. The service was first rate and the desserts were awesome but the entrEe fell short. The last time we were on X was when Michel Roux ruled the kitchen and our expectation was that the cuisine would be at least as good. During the cruise we heard other passengers give varying opinions from not good to great. I am a restaurant owner and amateur chef so my opinion may be a little more nit picking than others. But I believe that you should get the dining experience you are paying for. Having said that, the following night we dined in Blu as we were in a suite and I must say the experience was night and day. Absolute perfection, outstanding service and great ambiance. On any future cruise on X, I will be booking in whatever category gets me into Blu. The OceanView Cafe (buffet) was outstanding for breakfast. A very good variety and the whole stern of the ship is open to outside dining. Lunch provided a good salad bar, pizza, Indian, stir fry, etc. The Mast Grill one deck up served great made to order burgers, fries, and hot dogs. Trust me you will not starve! SPECIALTY RESTAURANTS - Again, as a restaurant owner, I was eager to try the different venues. We dined at the Lawn Club Grill, Tuscan Grill, and twice at Qsine: Lawn Club - Wow, a great addition! You can grill your own or have the chefs do it for you. Our son, who is autistic, made the flatbread pizzas for us and had a great time. The seafood and steaks were perfect and the ambiance outstanding. This is NOT your at home BBQ. I would do it again in a heart beat. Tuscan Grill - Had a great meal here with excellent service. We stuck to the seafood but I heard others say the steaks were rather bland. Again, YMMV. Qsine - We ate there twice. 'Nuff said J ENTERTAINMENT - This was a very port intensive cruise and, for the first time, we did not attend any of the shows. Starting the first show at 8:30 PM was part of the problem since on previous cruises we have been used to shows starting around 8PM. None the less, we heard many positive reviews about the shows especially the Broadway review and the Cirque show. CASINO - Usually my favorite venue on board. Staff were very friendly but Fortuna was not with me this trip L A nice venue with a good variety of games. Just be aware of the rules before you play. SHOPS - Two venues, one standard with the usual collection of trinkets, t-shirts, etc . Booze was over priced compared to other X ships (different vendor). X would be well served to use the same vendor as on Eclipse, etc. The other venue was very high end but we did nothing more than casually pass through. STAFF - Invariably friendly and helpful. ITINERARY - A very nice mix of sea days and port days. Each port was great. See my port reviews for more detail. Bottom line was the interspersing of the sea days allowed good recuperation from the port days. Nice job, X. THE SUITE - OK, you all want to know J. The suite was out of this world. The butler service from Nilesh was unbelievable. Every day at 4:30 PM, my wife would wait for the daily delivery of little treats and snacks (I waited for the Champaign!). We needed to move some specialty reservations around, arrange for early disembarkation, etc. and Nilesh handled it flawlessly. 590 square feet with a 155 sq. ft. veranda with a hot tub. What's not to like? DISEMBARKATION - Absolutely flawless. We had a 10 AM flight out of Rome and needed to be off the ship by 7 AM. Our butler delivered breakfast to our suite at 6:15 AM as requested and we were off with our bags on time. Good job, X. BOTTOM LINE - Would we sail on Silhouette again? Let's put it this way. We booked the 8/22/12 sailing while on board. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
Celebrity Silhouette Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.5
Dining 5.0 4.2
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 5.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.1
Family 4.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.6
Enrichment 4.5 3.7
Service 5.0 4.5
Value For Money 4.0 4.0
Rates 4.0 4.2

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