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

We really chose this cruise for 2 reasons: 1. it stayed a total of 3 days in Israel, rather than 2, as many others do ; 2. Celebrity does an excellent job of cultural/educational lectures on a daily basis. Both of the lectors were ... Read More
We really chose this cruise for 2 reasons: 1. it stayed a total of 3 days in Israel, rather than 2, as many others do ; 2. Celebrity does an excellent job of cultural/educational lectures on a daily basis. Both of the lectors were excellent and well-prepared. In addition, the shore excursion lectures were informative, helpful , and interesting, not just meant to sell us another excursion, as on many other cruise lines. My best advice would be to check the CruiseCritic posts for Israel shore excursions you can set up for yourself, rather than do those with the Celebrity large bus tours. We could not have been happier with our guide Moshe Kally (Cally?)(he's on Facebook), from GTI, Guided Tours Israel. Rather than doing their small group tour of 8 up to 16 maximum, we asked for a price for a guaranteed 8 people. It was worth the extra money (not much, considering this might be a once in a lifetime experience, and all time wasted is so precious), to be comfortable in a van with only 4 couples, good AC, able to hear/understand the guide talk and keep up with him walking, etc. Activities: Celebrity should have more aerobic type activities for seniors, as well as their excellent fitness room. It's a shame to charge for yoga, dance, etc., when we have already paid a fairly good price for the ticket, but it seems that's the custom now on all the lines. Cabins, beds (mattress is good, not too soft for those of us with back problems) is fine, service and food excellent, loved the buffet. Embarkation best ever. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Wonderful itinerary. This was our 4th cruise on the Silhouette and the experiences are consistently excellent. Entertainment and food was excellent. The food in the main dining room was so good that we decided to bypass the specialty ... Read More
Wonderful itinerary. This was our 4th cruise on the Silhouette and the experiences are consistently excellent. Entertainment and food was excellent. The food in the main dining room was so good that we decided to bypass the specialty restaurants. However, portions are very small. The lobster tail dinner consisted of one lobster tail. However, more were available if requested. Any time dining was great . No waiting. Our waiter Francisco and assistant Putu were outstanding. Our room attendant Neideson was one of the best we’ve ever had. Production shows were good. Outside entertainers were excellent, as as our cruise director Sue. The ship is getting a little tired looking and should probably be refurbished in the next few years. All in all, this cruise was wonderful. The embarkation was very quick. We were on the ship within 5 minutes of our arrival. Debarkation was also very quick and organized. We will definitely be back. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Had only been on Millenium class previously and they were older dated ships. The Silhouette changed all my previous ideas about Celebrity. Silhouette is bright, roomy, larger cabins and outstanding food. The buffet restaurant was very ... Read More
Had only been on Millenium class previously and they were older dated ships. The Silhouette changed all my previous ideas about Celebrity. Silhouette is bright, roomy, larger cabins and outstanding food. The buffet restaurant was very spacious, open and airy. Very seldom did it appear like the restaurant was full. Dining room seemed a little cramped but the service was great. Ports of call were fantastic encompassing the Mediterranean, Israel and the Greek Isles. Celebrity apparently is doing away with there three perk offers November 1 so we were glad that we got in on three perks - drinks, gratuities, and shipboard credit. We purchased unlimited Internet which seems high for 12 days - $299 but it's nice to not have to worry about minutes since the connection often can be very slow and just signing in and out can eat up precious minutes. The shipboard credit actually covered the internet cost. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose this cruise for the 3 nights in Israel. The ship is excellent, food in MDR is very good at night the lunches in MRD are poor but Ocean view is much better for lunch. The entertainment was good the production shows were my least ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the 3 nights in Israel. The ship is excellent, food in MDR is very good at night the lunches in MRD are poor but Ocean view is much better for lunch. The entertainment was good the production shows were my least favorite on Celebrity. Jayne Curry was a great headline entertainer and Sue cruise director was very funny. We booked our land tours with See Amalfi coast in Naples and went on Amalfi coast drive to Ravelo, Posatano, and Amalfi and was very impressed. For Israel used Guided Tours Israel and Leo was very helpful in booking excursions. Small vans were great for getting to drop off locations so didn't have far walks. Our guide was Johanna and she was EXCELLENT. Venice private guide was with Fiona and she was very good. I would highly recommend the Celebrity Silhouette for any future cruises. Looking forward to cruise Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose this cruise mainly because Celebrity stayed 3 days in Israel, offered a good itinerary at a decent price considering the superior level of entertainment, service and food. Second reason for choosing Celebrity: we love their ... Read More
We chose this cruise mainly because Celebrity stayed 3 days in Israel, offered a good itinerary at a decent price considering the superior level of entertainment, service and food. Second reason for choosing Celebrity: we love their lecture programs that are historical, cultural, or just useful (shore excursions). Both of their lectors on this cruise were top-notch. On sea days there were 2 lectures a day; or more, if you count the shore excursion lectures , which were also worth going to. The Director was honest and helpful, not just trying to sell, but inform and serve. Our 3 days in Israel were the tours of a lifetime with Yossi Kally. You can Google him. He attended a USA college, spoke excellent English, very intelligent, personable, knowledgable . What else could you ask for in a guide? He did a Christian tour with us, but I'm sure he could also do a Jewish tour without a problem. We had Aqua class: Blu restaurant and its servers and hostess, Marie, couldn't have been better. Our favorite server was Ever, as she was efficient and could get us to the early show (7PM), provided we came to dinner by 5:45PM , and warned her. She was truly wonderful! The Maitre d' was also helpful, getting my husband spaghetti one night, instead of the superb gourmet dinners. We went to the main dining room once, which was also fine. Surprisingly enough, with all those good choices, we often went to the buffet. It was excellent, with a good variety of foods, lots of veggies, salads, meats, fish, oriental. The desserts were the best we have had on any of the 15 cruises we have taken on 9 different lines. They must buy a better quality of chocolate and/or have better cooks. What a difference! This ship even has good sugar-free cookies, as well as several excellent sugar-filled ones. Entertainment: 3-4 nights were the BEST comedians and singer you can imagine, 3-4 nights average, 3-4 nights we didn't go. The entertainment director is talented and great. Our Aqua Class room and bathroom were really big and comfortable. We were also very happy with our steward, Melanios, and how much he helped me with the A/C. Why do ALL the cruise lines set the AC too high until someone complains. Just to save a little money? It only takes a couple degrees lower to make the cabin comfortable. We only took 1 Celebrity shore excursion, which was fine, thankfully not in the usual bus of 40+ people. The Gym/Fitness/Yoga Room was the best we have ever used. The AC was good in the cardio area, but too warm in the stretch area. The cardio machines should have tv's on all the machines, not only on a few. Improvements needed: 1. the disembarkation procedure (I was given 3 different numbers with 3 different calls; sent up and downstairs without elevator with carry-ons twice; the bus loading (over-crowded) was a disaster, though the driver and guide were excellent . Dear Celebrity: Is there any way to warn/help the passengers (or get them to the FCO airport at staggered times, and EARLIER), of the horrible madhouse at FCO, the LONG lines (150 or so unless you were Business or Comfort on Delta). I've never ever seen/suffered anything like this. Security was nothing, just us, then more LONG lines for Passport Control, then nothing again for Customs. Poor AC. Allow at least 2-3 hours, or more. 2. Internet: $299 for 12 days?! This was an all-time first. Many people like us simply didn't buy it (and resented it too). Thanks tho, for the last day's offer: $10 for 20 minutes so passengers could check into their flights. Regardless of criticisms above, this was the best cruise we've ever taken. We will try to take ALL our future cruises on Celebrity, as they did a good to great job on nearly everything. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We choose this cruise as it was a Celebrity Cruise and because of its itinerary. We were not disappointed as all the stops were fantastic and we saw so much of Israel. We booked excursions through celebrity due to Distances to travel. Most ... Read More
We choose this cruise as it was a Celebrity Cruise and because of its itinerary. We were not disappointed as all the stops were fantastic and we saw so much of Israel. We booked excursions through celebrity due to Distances to travel. Most were well run. The ship was fantastic and so well kept. Cleaning and painting etc always going on. We were in a sky suite 2155 which was well positioned at the stern. Butler was not great but room attendant was excellent. Great views and a good balcony to experience the cruise ports. Good sized bathroom. Great shows, food in Luninae, and as always excellent staff. (Sony, Olga in luninae) The only downside was that many of the passengers were very rude arrogant people but hey you can choose your ship but not your Passengers! Upgraded to premium drinks package which was excellent for champagne and pouilly fume. Loved the ship so much we are doing the Baltic’s on it in 2018. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
My wife and I are destinations cruisers. We chose this cruise because it began and ended in Rome, with stops in Naples, Italy; Ashdod, Israel (Jerusalem); Haifa, Israel; Mykonos, Greece; Athens, Greece; and Crete. Embarkation in Rome ... Read More
My wife and I are destinations cruisers. We chose this cruise because it began and ended in Rome, with stops in Naples, Italy; Ashdod, Israel (Jerusalem); Haifa, Israel; Mykonos, Greece; Athens, Greece; and Crete. Embarkation in Rome was not up to UIS standards but certainly manageable from a time stand point. Debarkation was a snap because we had a Rome tour the morning we returned. We enjoyed the ship. It is not "overwhelming" like some of the larger ships. Our cabin was very nice - nothing special when compared to other cabins in its class. Our Cabin Steward, Teddy, was incredible. I called him "the Ghost" because we would step out of our cabin and 10-minutes later Teddy had cleaned everything up. The Oceanview Cafe (buffet) was nicely laid out but the food wasn't what I had remembered on a previous Celebrity cruise - but it was certainly adequate (we rarely ate there). We enjoyed the Specialty Restaurants: My favorite was "Qsine" - I highly recommend this one, it is "Uniquely Unordinary". My second favorite was the "Lawn Club". I also enjoyed the "Tuscan Grille" & "Murano". We didn't eat at "Sushi on Five" because just the mention of sushi and my wife won't eat there. Entertainment was very good - a new show every night. One night that the entertainer didn't make the boat...the Cruise Director was the show. But she did okay. Service was great all over the ship. If you like playing in the casino you'll probably be a little disappointed. There wasn't much action on our cruise. Since it was my first time to all of the ports-of-call we took excursions at each port. Naples: We took NP16 Mt. Vesuvius & Pompeii Hike. I highly recommend this excursion. It is a steep hike up Mt. Vesuvius but well worth it. Ashdod (Day 1): We took AS17 Glorious Jerusalem. I recommend this excursion - but prepare for long lines or take on of Celebrity's small group tours, we will next time. Ashdod (Day 2): We took AS50 Bethlehem Half Day Tour (turned into all day). I recommend this excursion - incredible! Haifa: We took HF16 Nazareth and Galilee - Jesus Ministry. I recommend this excursion. Mykonos: We took MK01, Ancient Delos. Another incredible excursion. Athens: We took PR03, Athens and Cape Sounion. I know I keep repeating myself but I recommend this excursion. Crete: We took IQ10, Real Crete - this is the only excursion that I did not enjoy! Rome: Since we stayed in Rome a couple days after the cruise we took CV94, Vatican Museum, St. Peter's Basilica with a city center drop-off: For the last time, this excursion was incredible plus it got us off the boat early and quickly. We will do this cruise again in 2019 with our sons when the oldest returns from Afghanistan. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Nine of us travelled together on this ship and we had an excellent time. After 14 days none of us wanted to go home. Our cabin was 1658 and it was very quiet. We chose this cruise because of the Israel ports. We've been to the Med ... Read More
Nine of us travelled together on this ship and we had an excellent time. After 14 days none of us wanted to go home. Our cabin was 1658 and it was very quiet. We chose this cruise because of the Israel ports. We've been to the Med several times but never stopping in Ashdod or Haifa. This ship had an excellent cruise director and a very funny captain of the ship. The entertainment was the best I've seen on any ship. The dining room food was very good and the staff more than helpful. If you are going to go to Jerusalem and Bethlehem be sure to book your Israel tours with a private tour guide. We used israelprivatetours. I highly suggest that you say one night in Jerusalem at the Harmony Hotel because you get to see Jerusalem in the evening. Walking at night in Jerusalem is very safe. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
The cruise ship, the staff, the places we visited and the passengers together made this the best cruise I have ever been on and I have sailed on about 10 cruises. Firstly the ship was just the right size so that we met most of the ... Read More
The cruise ship, the staff, the places we visited and the passengers together made this the best cruise I have ever been on and I have sailed on about 10 cruises. Firstly the ship was just the right size so that we met most of the passengers but did not feel overcrowded. About 2,500 people on board. There were enough deckchairs for everyone with some spare. OMG the Captain was the funniest senior Officer I have ever encountered. His 10am 'briefing' to us over the tannoy were hilarious and I actually knew of people getting up early just to hear them on sea days. His sence of humour and fun (actually joining in some of the crew versus passengers) were amazing. The cabin was extremely spacious and the best bathroom regarding space and cupboards I have ever had. I suffer from lactose intolrance and every evening at dinner I was given the next day's menu to choose what I wanted so that the chef could make it possible for me to eat it and boy did I eat it and more The entertainment was terrific especially a Beatles 'look & sound alike' group which had the whole boat singing and dancing with a standing ovation and cries of more at the end, The service was fantastic and the staff terrific. As I said the stops were amazing, Rome (where we started), Naples, Ashdod & Haifa (both in Israel), Kasudasi, Santorini, Athens & Malta - incredible stops. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Our third cruise on the Silly in 18 months, service and crew as good as ever. Captain was in good spirits, not like last May when we went to the Baltic and he was sick most of the time. Activities team superb. Dancers in show ... Read More
Our third cruise on the Silly in 18 months, service and crew as good as ever. Captain was in good spirits, not like last May when we went to the Baltic and he was sick most of the time. Activities team superb. Dancers in show productions have a lot to learn about timing, at least most of the special performers were very good, if not a bit staid, no comedians this trip. Pity there were no late night adult shows in the Celebrity Central theatre. One complaint is that the Food and Beverage Dept should realise that more and more passengers are vegetarian and it is totally unacceptable that the salad bar has fish/cold cuts between the salad dishes, and that the cheese platters are between the cold cuts platters. Every day in the buffet I saw people using the same tongs for the cheese as for the meat, the spoon for the mash potatoe was in the meat dish alongside, and bits of tuna had been dropped in the egg salad. The variety of vegies and salads is great, but if only there were a small, separate island with no meat or fish, it would make my cruise a much more enjoyable one, and I would not have to see cross contamination. This is something I point out to all managers on duty, but it falls on deaf ears. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
As far as I could tell, most people on this trip chose it for the itinerary -- three days in Israel. Many of us had never been there. Unfortunately, the Celebrity Cruises decided that it was not worth the risk to dock in Israeli ports ... Read More
As far as I could tell, most people on this trip chose it for the itinerary -- three days in Israel. Many of us had never been there. Unfortunately, the Celebrity Cruises decided that it was not worth the risk to dock in Israeli ports and have people go on excursions. It is not possible for me to second guess them on this. The people on the ground that we were in touch with said that things were more or less normal. I realize that it did not look that way to the cruise ship owners. Having said that, the cruise itself was great, as expected. Celebrity does a wonderful job on the big ships. Esprit de corps of the staff was high, which is important for how passengers feel. The big ships have a great design for music. This trip had a great duo (Blue Waves Duo) and singer/guitar/harmonica soloist (Gordon). We chose to listen to them and did not hear that much of the larger group, which was probably also excellent. The house band, as always, was amazing. We enjoyed all of the main stage acts. We had a suite. Celebrity now treats its suite guests as if they were on a luxury ship, so there is considerable value for the money. I do not drink much alcohol, so did not get full use of the benefits of Michael's club, but the concierge (Anca) booked the small entertainment groups into the club, so I got that benefit. We also had full access to the specialty restaurants at no additional charge. There is also a special dining area for suite guests, called Luminae. Food was always great at dinner time. (We never ate in the main dining room.) [Note: Buffet food is OK, but is not the equivalent of what is available on actual luxury ships. This is not important if you are not eating there very often.] We have booked several more trips in suites on the Celebrity ships. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We, like many of our fellow cruisers, booked this itinerary primarily to see Israel, and were deeply disappointed when those stops were cancelled due to demonstrations and tensions in and around Jerusalem. A perusal of the news, and ... Read More
We, like many of our fellow cruisers, booked this itinerary primarily to see Israel, and were deeply disappointed when those stops were cancelled due to demonstrations and tensions in and around Jerusalem. A perusal of the news, and reports from people who'd been there the week before, validated Celebrity's decision, however, and the addition of additional Greek islands was smooth, though a little redundant. I was amused at the guests who continued to rant against Celebrity for the cruise line's failure to "do something" so we could still land there. Yeah, Celebrity - what's wrong with you for not being able to create peace in the Middle East just for us. Anyway, the cruise was well up to Celebrity standards; wonderful food, especially in the Grand Cuvee dining Room (didn't try the specialty restaurants this time, but previous visit to Qsine knocked our socks off!), excellent entertainment, and outstanding service people in every area. We discovered the joys of room service breakfast, and our most magical moments were sitting on our veranda early in the morning, wrapped in blankets, with coffee and breakfast, watching the lights of a wondrous new destination glide into view. I loved the iLearn classes, and as an iPad/iPhone user, learned a tremendous amount about using both more effectively - great teacher! Also loved the gentlemen who presented every day on the cities we'd be visiting next - really increased my enjoyment. The only two "don't bothers" I can think of are the Internet packages (you'll use up most of your minutes just trying to get on line, and then struggle with the slowest connection of all time. Wait and use the free WiFi at cafes on shore) and the Celebrity-booked shore tours.) I'd pass on the pricey Celebrity tours, unless there's no alternative. In most towns, there are fully licensed tour companies waiting at the dock, or use the ubiquitous "Hop-on/Hop-off" bus lines to give you a guided tour that let's you jump off anywhere that looks interesting. Our best experiences were two tours arranged by fellow cruisers with companies they found on Trip Advisor. I'm trying to find the company name that sent us guide Eleni, an archeologist, who guided us through Athens and the Acropolis, and who's knowledge and patience won our hearts. It was a third of the Celebrity tour, and was everything we could have asked for. I also need to applaud Stefano Piersigilli's shuttle company, who got us to and from the ship, then showed up the next day at 3AM(!) to get us to the airport. Much cheaper than a taxi, and a fount of information on his city. All in all, we had a glorious time and can't imagine choosing any other line than Celebrity. (By the way, Celebrity, I suggest you add another category- "Romantic Seniors". We aren't just one or the other, you know:) Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Everything was excellent. Easy and quick embarkation and debarkation were a pleasure. Staff was alwaysolite and cheerful. Service was prompt. Ship was clean. Food presentation and service was very good. Enjoyed dining in the MDR. We ... Read More
Everything was excellent. Easy and quick embarkation and debarkation were a pleasure. Staff was alwaysolite and cheerful. Service was prompt. Ship was clean. Food presentation and service was very good. Enjoyed dining in the MDR. We enjoyed one dinner at the Tuscan Grill. Captain's Club hostess, Donna, was very informative and helpful. Jamie Petts, the new hotel director, was in contact with guests. He was often seen chatting with guests. He is doing a superb job. Our cabin steward was also great. The Captain was a funny and charming. Entertainment was good. We enjoyed the ports. We did not book excursions from the ship. We had been to all of the ports on previous trips. We did hire a private guide for our stay in Israel. In other ports, we went places by public transportation or on foot. The highlight was visiting the New Acropolis Museum in Athens. Weather was very good. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Celebrity offered a well organised cruise on an outstanding piece of modern hardware. Food and service were uniformly of a high quality. However a number of facilities were very under-utilised creating a number of real dead spots around ... Read More
Celebrity offered a well organised cruise on an outstanding piece of modern hardware. Food and service were uniformly of a high quality. However a number of facilities were very under-utilised creating a number of real dead spots around the ship. Eg the Sky Lounge, Bistro on 5, the Porch. These could easily draw people with music aimed at the baby boomers and some attractively priced alcohol. The later prices were "stings" that I am sure reduced overall spend on board. Many passengers commented on the eye watering price of booze and said at least it was good for their pocket and health as they reduced intake dramatically. Celebrity needs to test different price levels in different locations around the ship to ascertain what will maximise their gross profit. The mix of good music and fair booze price would fill some of the dead spots. Poor destinational information (except for trying to steer you into shops where the Line got a kick back ) just makes independently minded experience cruisers cynical. Solution is to get off as soon as you can in each port (after the priority shore excursions - accepted as reasonable practice) head for the nearest internet cafe and get all the local transport info to enable you to get to see the port highlights. Alternativly negotiate with the local taxi drivers and often you beat the shore excursion bus to the attraction and see the site before the lumbering group clogs it up. The international mix of both passengers and crew was wide ranging and a real positive element of the experience. Overall the cruise was efficient and thoroughly enjoyable. If you realise that up selling is heavy and do not let it bother you it is possible to enjoy a 5 star experience for a value for money cost. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
We are a senior couple and booked this cruise early this year based on the itinerary: Italy, Greece, Turkey, and Israel. It did not disappoint. We spent a wonderful four days in Rome prior to the cruise staying at the Torre Argentina ... Read More
We are a senior couple and booked this cruise early this year based on the itinerary: Italy, Greece, Turkey, and Israel. It did not disappoint. We spent a wonderful four days in Rome prior to the cruise staying at the Torre Argentina Relais, a small, well located boutique hotel which we loved. We 'cheaped out' and took the train to Civitivecchia for €11 each. It was on time and very nice. There are a lot of 'helpers' at the Rome Termini train station looking for tips. We only wish they were in Civitivecchia when we determined that getting from the train station to the taxis required that I lug two heavy bags down a flight of stairs and up another -- and my hubby carried two HEAVIER bags the same distance! The taxi fare was only €5 each for four of us and well worth it as they dropped is at the embarkation door. Embarkation was a bit hectic and there was no special handling of Diamond guests. The ship itself is beautiful and well maintained. We were given an upgrade to an Aqua cabin prior to our final payment after complaining about price reductions. It was not worth it to me- we did not like Blu for dinner (too slow and few choices), but breakfast there was good and quick. We transferred to the MDR and enjoyed it immensely. There was a good variety and everything arrived promptly and hot. We sat at a large table and when one guest did not like her main course, our waiter quickly supplied an alternative. Our waiter and assistant were outstanding, but the wine stewart strangely MIA once he learned each couple was not buying a bottle a night. The maitre-D invited our table to be part of a group of 12 for a private tour of the galley which was fantastic! The galley is definitely something to be proud of- impeccably clean and a calm, well organized operation. I couldn't help but wonder what it is like during dinner! Our cabin was nice, pretty roomy, and had great storage. The prep, however, left something to be desired as there was a tissue jammed in the corner under the desk which the room attendant hurriedly removed once it was pointed out to him. He mumbled about a new assistant and the balance of the cruise took great care of us. The itinerary was great but the ship's excursions were extremely pricy compared to booking independently. We booked only one excursion (Messina/Etna) through the ship which was good if you ignore the three women who were 15 minutes late getting to the bus. In Turkey we took a private tour arranged by an Cruise Critic member. Our guide, Levent, was fantastic and I can't wait to return. Security in Israel is paramount. We had to report at the beginning of our cruise to register for the Israel stops. This required that we allow Celebrity to hold our passports upon embarkation which made us very uncomfortable. They returned them upon registering for the Israel stops. Our three days of private tours through GTI were fantastic thanks to our guide, Itay. Upon returning to Naples for our last stop there was an excruciatingly long wait in excess of one hour to get off the ship. There was no explanation but announcements about every ten minutes saying it would be soon. We were near the front because we had a tour greeting us and it seemed very chaotic with ship and local officials going back and forth repeatedly. Entertainment was adequate but much of it did not appeal to us. Service on the ship was excellent - no long lines or waiting. The bar staff was great - attentive but not pushy. There is no Diamond lounge, but happy hour for Captain Club members in the Sky Lounge was nice and the staff kept the drinks flowing. It was never crowded, possibly because of the 1-2-3 go offer. It was also very nice that as Diamond members we had several options for free laundry. We came home with most of clothes clean! We really loved this cruise and are planning to take it again next year. We will absolutely wait until the last minute to book, because a couple weeks after our final payment the price dropped about $2,000 a person and Celebrity would not budge on our price or provide any sort of compensation. I'm sure the folks who paid $2,000 less enjoyed it just as much as we did!   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
My wife and I booked an aqua class cabin for a tour of the Holy Land (Eastern Mediterranean). The cruise was a wonderful experience with our greatest focus on the Holy Land ports. Our tours (private company, not Celebrity excursions) of ... Read More
My wife and I booked an aqua class cabin for a tour of the Holy Land (Eastern Mediterranean). The cruise was a wonderful experience with our greatest focus on the Holy Land ports. Our tours (private company, not Celebrity excursions) of Israel over the three days was a very moving experience. Our time on the ship allowed us to rest and rejuvenate for the next day's tour. Blu was overbooked with the Suite guests, but this will be corrected when Celebrity adds the dining room for exclusive use by Suite guests. Our Blu experience was wonderful, good food, attentive service and relaxing atmosphere. The ship is absolutely gorgeous. Very tastefully decorated and with many comfortable places to sit, relax, read, or just enjoy conversations with friends. Café al Bacio was a daily delight. The three shows starring the Silhouette performers were the best shows we have ever seen on a cruise. The sets were perfect for the show, the singers had beautiful voices and were good actors, too. The show selections were very entertaining. As always, in all of the ship's operations, Celebrity has well trained crew members who work very hard to provide a pleasant, friendly atmosphere. Now for the Canyon Ranch Spa- As a male who tried to enjoy their services, it was abysmal. The one-size-fits-all robes did not fit many men. We had to walk around holding the two ends of the robe so that it did not hang open as we walked. Further, there were NO men's slippers. The staff advised you of the lack of men's slippers and smiled delightfully as they asked you if you wanted to use women's pink slippers. Not professional. For me, the spa experience they offered men was walking around in pink slippers with your belly hanging out. In terms of my massage, I was asked if I had any particular needs. I advised them of the tension knots in my back and would appreciate their addressing them. My masseuse advised me that I had paid for a deep tissue massage and that is what she would provide. I understood that to mean she would address my tension knots. At the end of the 50 minutes, she did exactly what she said she would do (deep tissue massage) and I left with my tension knots not specifically addressed, and at a cost of over $140. Enough said, except that my understanding is that the Canyon Ranch Spa is a contracted service to Celebrity Cruises. They are from my experiences on this cruise a poor provider of service for aqua class patrons. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
My husband and I (both late 50s) booked this cruise as it went to ports that we hadn't visited previously . We have cruised before but after a third NCL cruise had hoped to find a ship which offered a little more tranquility to enable ... Read More
My husband and I (both late 50s) booked this cruise as it went to ports that we hadn't visited previously . We have cruised before but after a third NCL cruise had hoped to find a ship which offered a little more tranquility to enable us to read at the end of the day as the last one appeared to offer entertainment in every nook and cranny and no peace anywhere! This was the largest liner that we'd been on and we were worried about the sheer size of it when we arrived at port but were pleasantly surprised - the ship felt no larger than previous vessels and we didn't get lost at all! The internal decor was excellent and sumptuous, our cabin was beautifully clean and spacious - with the bonus of being Concierge class with champagne on ice to greet us - a lovely touch. It was the first time we'd had a balcony and we agreed it was well worth paying the extra for the outside space. We'd only booked it to ensure that if the ship didn't have any quiet areas to sit in we could retreat to it, but we didn't need to - however we will definitely book another one! The choice of eateries was excellent - and the main self-service area had such a wide variety of offerings that we often ate there rather than in the formal dining room - there was Indian, Chinese, Roast meats, Pizza/Pasta and so much more - amazing. The shows were first class. The staff were all really helpful and welcoming, it was particularly nice to see the Captain maintain a high public profile too. We would most certainly recommend Celebrity and will travel with them again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
We are a couple in our 60's from the UK and this cruise with the itinerary was to tick a lot of places on our "bucket list". We had not been on a Solstice ship before but were not disappointed the Silhouette is beautiful and ... Read More
We are a couple in our 60's from the UK and this cruise with the itinerary was to tick a lot of places on our "bucket list". We had not been on a Solstice ship before but were not disappointed the Silhouette is beautiful and the crew so friendly and helpful. We flew in from Gatwick to Rome and was very impressed that Celebrity had someone in Gatwick at check in to welcome us and make sure we knew where to go and again as soon as we landed we were met by Celebrity representatives at every turn taking our luggage to the ship and getting us on the right coach to the port which took about 45 minutes. Check-in took just minutes and we were soon on board at about 1o'clock to the announcement that staterooms were ready and so were able to go straight there and drop off our hand luggage. We were in a sky suite 7309 in the aft of the ship on the corner. I had read about the distance to the aft staterooms but we never found this a problem (yes it is a little walk if you had mobility problems) but it was so quiet with no passing traffic and on the balcony we hardly ever heard anyone. The room itself was lovely - very roomy and lots of wardrobe and cupboard space. The bathroom was also a good size (for a ship) and a lovely shower over the bath. Every detail seems to have been thought about. The balcony is a wrap around with two lounge chairs with footstools and a nice wooden round table with views over the back and side - wonderful! There is talk about soot on the aft but we never once had a problem - the stateroom attendant washed the balcony down through the week but we never found anything. Our stateroom attendants and butler (which you get with a sky suite) were excellent and looked after us very well. I will try and tell you a bit about the rest of the ship. Firstly the restaurants - the buffet was excellent with stations for so many different choices. At breakfast to name just a few - cereal, fruit, muffins, cakes, pancakes, breads, toast, eggs cooked in every way you could imagine, bacon, sausage, potatoes, beans etc (even fried bread for English travellers!) they even had a whole cooked hot gammon ham joint for carving! Lunch had stations for pasta, Mexican, Curry, salads, a roast joint, shepherds pie, lasagne, pizza, fish, a pannini station where they would make up what you would like. This is just a selection and I am sure there were many more plus of course cakes and desserts and the ice cream which was available from 12 midday until 9pm which had about 8 flavours. They also did a very good selection for dinner if you didn't want to go to the main restaurants and the selection was again very good with a lot of the same as lunch time but with extras such as sushi and more hot options. We enjoyed the main dining room too and the food was always presented well and was delicious. We had two complimentary dinners in our choice of speciality restaurants as part of the sky suite package and chose The Tuscan Grill which was again very good - lots of food - we had the filet mignon which was one of the best we've ever had. Murano was my favourite - the service and food is second to none. My husband had the dover sole and I had veal and they were wonderful. As nice as they were we would not have paid the extra fee of $45 each as the food in the normal restaurants were so good we wouldn't have felt it necessary. There is also small venues around the ship such as The Porch and The Bistro but again these need an extra fee of $7 - we didn't use them either. The Mast Grill was somewhere we tried for the burgers and they were absolutely lovely - there is a choice of burgers or sausages with salad and chips. Next to this is a self serve soft ice cream machine and drinks machine. In the Oceanview buffet you can always get water, ice, lemonade, fruit punch, tea and coffee. At breakfast there is orange juice and another mixed fruit juice. The ship itself is wonderful and has some lovely quiet areas at any time where you can sit in the sun or shade and nobody bothers you. We like our own company and was worried that on a big ship you would have to join in and people would want to always be wanting to be sociable. Don't get me wrong we don't mind having a chat but we aren't into get togethers! We found on port days in the afternoons the Sky Observation lounge was completely empty and we had many times lounging on the lovely leather loungers having an afternoon nap with no one in sight. The pools aren't very big but has plenty of loungers in the sun and shade and towels everywhere. There are shops and they have different sales advertised in the daily paper. We went on the galley tour one sea day which was very interesting and you are taken around by one of the chefs in groups of about 12. There is a lot of entertainment going on if you want it - theatres and in the main foyer area and in the bars. We really enjoyed the group called "Soul" who played each evening in the main foyer area. There is something for everyone. All our tours or trips off the ship were just half a day as we wanted to enjoy the wonderful ship for some time each day and also it is a very port intensive cruise and we didn't want to over do it. The first port of call was Naples. We did a ship tour which was just using their coach to and from Pompeii. We were a bit disappointed as first of all there were no maps left in English at the entrance and when you walk around there is very little information about what you are actually looking at. We wished we had gone on a proper tour where we would have found out more but we still enjoyed it and were glad we went. Malta was next and being Sunday there wasn't much open in Valetta. The cruise into the harbour was lovely - quite a sight! We walked around Valetta for a while and then made our way back to the ship. We used the lift to get up to the town on the flat which was easy and cost a couple of euros - better than walking up the hills. The next day was a sea day and used this time mainly to get acquainted with the ship and take lots of photos and generally chill out. Mykonos was next and we tendered in with no problem and had a lovely walk around the town early in the morning taking lots of photos before it got too hot or busy. Saw the windmills and wandered the back streets and got a real feel of the place. We went on a ship excursion to Ephesus which was a self tour which included the use of an Ipod. This turned out to be a waste of time and money. First of all unless you are a user of an Ipod and know how to use them then like us you will not be able to learn to use it enough in the few minutes you have and then if you do the reception is intermittent and you can't understand was is being said - we gave up and just walked through and looked at everything. Wished we had time to see the Terrace Houses but we didn't. Next was Athens which we really enjoyed - we did the ship excursion "Sightseeing Athens and Acropolis" and our tour guide was so enthusiastic and made it really enjoyable and interesting. Luckily it was cloudy that day and so climbing to the Acropolis wasn't too bad. It was busy but we had an early slot and so not as bad as it could have been. Santorini was next and we chose the ship's excursion so that we got tendered to another location so we didn't have to queue to go up to Fira. This worked out so well as we were taken to Oia and had free time and a local winery on the way to Fira. A cable car ticket was included and when we headed back down to get the tender we did not have to queue at all! Apparently we were very lucky as there were no other ships in that day. We really enjoyed Santorini it is so pretty and the views were wonderful. Seeing the Silhouette sitting out there was a lovely sight. Then on to Crete - we decided that we would get the local bus which went from the port into town for 3 euros - this was a good way to see the local town of Chania. We wondered around the local markets and streets and had a look at the harbour which was pretty. Nice if you like to shop. It was a sea day next and we were glad of a lie in and chill out time. The buffet did a "lunch extravaganza" which is obviously instead of the one that used to be in the main dining room. There was a lot of extra items out than normal. The desserts were to die for!! Ice sculptures, candyfloss and chocolate fountain to name a few. It was quite busy but we found a table ok. There were many activities if you wanted them but we just found a quiet spot (and you can find one even on a sea day) and just chilled out. Venice was last but by no means least! As a sky suite guest we had an invite to go to the helicopter pad for the journey in and it was the most wonderful experience. They play Italian opera music over the loud speaker system and that with the view was magical - I will never forget it. (make sure you wear something warm - it is cool up front). We were doing Venice ourselves and so headed to the People Mover which cost just a few euros. Then we got the Vaporetto down the Grand Canal into St Marks Square. We had booked tickets over the internet for the Bascilica which meant we had a timed entry and just walked in. The queues were horrendous and so were very glad we had. They are very tight on what you wear in there and I had a sleeveless top on (only showing arms) but luckily a cardigan in my bag and was asked to cover up. They were handing out light shawls for people who hadn't. We then just walked around the Square and took photos of the Bridge of Sighs and then through the back streets to Rialto Bridge. It was so busy and so hot that we then decided to catch the Vaporetto back to the ship (via the People Mover). We loved it in Venice. Overall it was a wonderful cruise - the Silhouette is amazing - the crew so friendly - the food gorgeous and the itinerary everything we wanted.   Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
We overnighted in the lovely Hotel Lunetta in Rome before embarkation in Civitavecchia the next morning. We got the train to Civitavecchia which proved to be easy and inexpensive. Embarkation was very simple and relatively quick and we ... Read More
We overnighted in the lovely Hotel Lunetta in Rome before embarkation in Civitavecchia the next morning. We got the train to Civitavecchia which proved to be easy and inexpensive. Embarkation was very simple and relatively quick and we were on board within an hour of arrival at the terminal. I never understand people who complain about how long embarkation takes. You have 3,000 people getting on board. That is the equivalent of 17 airplanes. It is going to take a little time. Relax and enjoy the excitement of the start of your holiday. This was our first time on Silhouette but the layout was more or less identical to Equinox on which we had sailed last year. There was a nice mix of passengers on board and the overall ambiance was friendly and relaxed. It is a lovely ship with very pleasant decor and a great variety of artwork. Our cabin, 7260 was on the hump and had a huge balcony. The cabin was a perfect size and had plenty of storage space. We had Celebrity Select dining and this worked very well. We never reserved as I think that defeats the whole point of the flexibility of this dining choice. We rarely waited more than 15 minutes for a table. The food in the MDR was in general very good and service was always top class. The food in the Oceanview cafe was always good and there was plenty of choice. I think though they need an extra pizza oven as they were not able to meet demand at peak times. We bought the Specialty restaurant package from our OBC allowance and it was well worth it as the four restaurants we dined in were excellent. We had the complimentary Classic Beverage package which we upgraded so we could have some more choice in our selection of wines. It was well worth the extra money. We found the crew to be almost universally cheerful and they always made you feel welcome. They have tough demanding jobs and yet they go out of the way to smile and greet guests and always take time to talk. The captain of the Silhouette was something of a character and quite charismatic. He was seen throughout the ship and hosted a Q and A session with the guests which went down very well. The entertainment on board was the usual mix. The Sin City comedy was excellent and the music shows in the theatre were fine though I do believe that Celebrity needs to modernise its offering here to appeal to a wider demographic. The shops on board were quite high end and I am not sure where Celebrity is going with this. I do not like shops which have no prices on the merchandise. I think a more mainstream shopping experience would be welcomed by most passengers. The gym was very good and had a great selection of modern equipment. We did not use the casino but it looked great. The ports of call were excellent and we particularly enjoyed Rhodes, Malta and Mykonos. The cruise finished in Venice but unfortunately it rained that day which was disappointing for those who had not been to Venice before. Disembarkation was very well organised and went without a hitch. Overall we had a great time and would definitely travel with Celebrity again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
We bought a package including flights and transfers through our TA -flights from Manchester to Rome with jet2.com and return from Venice. On arrival at Rome airport we were met by Celebrity reps and shown to our awaiting coaches. At the ... Read More
We bought a package including flights and transfers through our TA -flights from Manchester to Rome with jet2.com and return from Venice. On arrival at Rome airport we were met by Celebrity reps and shown to our awaiting coaches. At the port we embarked within 5 minutes and were on the ship at 12.15 ! We didn't get a welcoming drink but apparently they were handing them out on a higher deck. As part of our package we also had the classic drinks package included so headed for lunch at the Ocean View where we ordered 2 glasses of pinot grigio with lunch. As we were a little earlier lunch wasn't too busy. Our cabin was available from 1pm - we were in cabin 6230 which is a standard balcony cabin which sleeps 4. Our kids 16 and 14 were in with us too. I've read a lot of reviews on here that suggest 4 in a cabin is not a good idea. We either had 4 in the cabin or we didn't go on the cruise! The price difference for another cabin put it out of our league so we were prepared to struggle. Apart from us all waking up together in the morning we rarely saw the kids -we all seemed to shower at different times without actually needing a timetable and yes some of the kids clothes did remain in a suitcase under the bed but hey it didn't spoil our holiday and kids don't care about things like that. The attendant dealt with setting the beds out and putting them away each morning and both kids said the beds were comfy! I wouldn't recommend adults sharing with this bed formation but for a family 2 adults and 2 kids and my son is 5' 9 its fine. We were Select Dining and apart from 4 nights ate at a table for 2 which we tried to book ahead at 8.45pm with the maître d -Anna from Romania who had an excellent handle on that dining room and always had a personal comment about how your day was or if the kids were eating elsewhere etc. After a few nights we would try and ask for Jorgie and Jookoo's tables as they were extremely attentive as were the Sommeliers on their tables too. Food was excellent most nights and at worst good on others. The chareaubriand was melt in the mouth, the soups very tasty, the salads fresh and colourful with homemade dressings to choose from. On sea days we ate lunch in the MDR too which was also wonderful. This cruise we chose not to have room service as we were 4 in the cabin it would have been a little chaotic to then eat breakfast there too. Instead we chose to eat in the ocean View or some mornings on the way back from the gym, I stopped at the Aqu Cafe for some grinola instead.It was always quiet there and if you don't want anything cooked, I would recommend this cafe for a peaceful breakfast. The gym was well equipped with 15 treadmills, 5 cross-trainers, bikes, various weights and other devices you would normally find in your gym at home. They have fresh gym towels as well as cold towels in the fridge. It could do with being a couple of degrees cooler but wasn't unpleasant to work out in. I didn't pay for any extra classes but there seemed a good variety. We sailed from Rome to Naples where we decided to do the open top bus tour. It was a beautiful day and the sights over to Vesuvius were stunning.The traffic in Naples is crazy - I wouldn't recommend driving there. The sail into Malta was lovely and quite different from anything we'd seen before. The building built into the sandstone harbour were quite something. Because our open top bus tour was so successfull in Naples we thought we'd opt for that gain in Malta! Big mistake we chose the local company not realising it was different from the city tours. They drove us out of Valetta into the dusty villages to craft fairs which looked closed and no-one was getting off. We were all looking at each other as there were no sights to see and when we reached Medina the driver told us all to get off. We didn't know what was happening but when we got off a crow of people surged onto the bus who had been waiting. It turned out he was telling everyone the tour was changing each time as there were too many people and not enough buses. I have never seen such angry holiday makers and we began to worry about getting back to the ship. Finally another bus arrived after 30 minutes and once again we surged to get on the bus - 2 males began to shove each other and people were shouting!!!! To say we were happy to get back on board ship is an understatement - Malta !!!!!! The ports of Rhodes, Mykonos and Santorini were all beautiful in their own ways. Rhodes is a town but very Greek with the old town area particularly picturesque. Mykonos is a little fishing village and easy to meander through the tiny streets leading up to the windmills on the hill. Santorini is stunning and we made our own way to Oia where the views are breath taking. Nestled on the cliffs are the boutique hotels and plunge pools which add to the flavour. The grand finale of the cruise was arriving into Venice at 7am to the sounds of classical music playing over the open decks. It was dry at this point and felt very special to have such magnificent views from the height of the ship over Venice. By the time it came to disembark, the heavens had opened. We took the Celebrity shuttle boat which was easier and took us close to St Marks square. Apart from a 2.5 hour time window when the rain stopped it rained all day and most of the night. Along with the rain we had thunder and lightning most of the day too. Our efforts to look around Venice were hampered by the weather as we weren't well equipped. It is a beautiful place and we hope to return there one day to do it more justice next time. This is our 3rd cruise with Celebrity and we had a wonderful holiday. Yes, there is a more marketing by the speciality restaurant's but a gentle no and they leave you. There are no turndown chocolates any-more which stopped mid way through the cruise which seemed strange! I didn't notice any other drops in standard and will be back for another cruise again. For UK cruisers, the shops on board offer Clinique in $ much cheaper than at home or in duty free at the airport and also if like me you are a handbag fanatic -the Michael Kors shop is to die for and much cheaper than at home. Overall I think this cruise line are 5* and offer a luxury experience!!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
Having cruised with P & O, Thompson, Fred Olsen and Maritime Cruises we were wondering how Celebrity would stack up against the rest. No need to worry everything about the Silhouette was absolutely fantastic. The food was second to ... Read More
Having cruised with P & O, Thompson, Fred Olsen and Maritime Cruises we were wondering how Celebrity would stack up against the rest. No need to worry everything about the Silhouette was absolutely fantastic. The food was second to none, in the dining room the selection was excellent as was the service and the meat we had was out of this world. The buffet bar on deck 14 was packed with excellent food throughout the cruise for breakfast and lunch if you can't find something to eat there must be something wrong with you. We only had one complaint about the entertainment and that was the very poor American Comedian Steve Caouette he was hopeless but I have to say the Americans loved him their sense of humour is so different from ours. The two best acts were Nick Page and Lindsay Hamilton they were really good. We had a beverage package included in the price we paid and although not being big drinkers we saved a great deal of money as the prices of drinks are well over the top. The itinerary of the cruise was excellent we loved Santorini and Rhodes two places we had not visited before. For the money we paid with all drinks included we thought it was really good value for money. The very place I wanted to visit on this trip was Ephesus but I'm afraid I was somewhat disappointed in it there were lots of people there and our guide whisked us through very quickly and I found it difficult to hear her through our walkie talkie equipment. Our cabin with a balcony was great very well looked after by the cabin staff nothing was to much trouble for them it was the same with the rest of the staff throughout the ship. I had a problem finding anything to complain about other than the price of drinks which didn't effect us directly. We would certainly book with Celebrity again.   Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
We sailed on May 5th. This was our first celebrity cruise for my husband and I (my eighth cruise and his fourth cruise). We are both in our 30s and were celebrating our first wedding anniversary. We had a fabulous time on the Silhouette. ... Read More
We sailed on May 5th. This was our first celebrity cruise for my husband and I (my eighth cruise and his fourth cruise). We are both in our 30s and were celebrating our first wedding anniversary. We had a fabulous time on the Silhouette. Service was excellent and the ship was just beautiful and spotless. We chose the anytime seating and ate at the main dining room 9 nights out of the 11 nights we were there. Food was very good and always found something on the menu. I am glad we chose the anytime dining. We met other couples who had the early dining time and were seated with strangers. Some eventually just missed their dinner times and dinned on the fourth floor for anytime dining. We were given a table for two every night and did not have to sit with strangers. They are pretty lenient about changing your dining times if you do not want the set schedule. We tried one of the specialty restaurant Qsine and had a fabulous time. The cover charge was $45/pp which was very pricey in my opinion. Fortunately, we had on board credit so it I did not break the bank. The food is tapas style from around the world in a very whimsical setting. We loved the experience. We had the classic beverage package included and were able to enjoy cocktails, wines, and premium teas and coffees. However, if you wanted a top shelf drink like grey goose tonic, you will have to pay for that drink because that is considered a premium drink. You cannot pay the difference in which the classic covers and the cost of the premium drink. After two days, we decided to upgrade my husband’s drink package to a premium package because he likes his top shelf liquor. It was an additional $10/day and we found it worth it since you have a bigger wine selection and also premium waters like Evian and San Pellegrino water. We only upgraded his drink package but I was also able to use it at martini bar where they have a fantastic selection of martinis. The bartenders there are Awesome (Peter and Hector). Entertainment/shows I would say is Silhouette’s downfall. The best show was probably the late night comedy show and he main comedy show. We watched probably 4 other shows and we were not impressed. The same dancers and singers for the main shows, a violinist, an illusionist, and singers. We were not impressed. I think by far the best show I have seen on a cruise ship was on the Oasis of the Seas which were equivalent to broadway shows. I met many people who agreed the shows were lacking. Warning: the boat does not have a laundry room to wash or iron your clothes. You will have to pay to have your suit or dress pressed for formal night. Rome: We arrived at 9am after 16hours of flying. We shared a taxi to our Suitedreams hotel near the roma termini with other people we met on the plane for 15€ pp. We couldn’t check into our hotel so we washed up at the hotel and just went straight to Vatican City. We bought express passes to the Vatican for 27€. This saves you tremendous amount of time! I cannot emphasize how long the line was even on a rainy day. Someone told us the wait was around 4 hours long. Even with the express pass it still took us approximately an hour to finally get inside the Vatican. The museum is breathtaking! The next day we walked to the Colleseum and there was already a line before 8:30am opening time. We waited probably 30 minutes to get inside. We did not do any tours. We walked to many of the top scenic spots that day and walked 7 hours. Yes it was a very tiring day. We went back to our hotel , napped and out again at night for dinner and see the pantheon and trevi fountain. We took the express train from Rome Termini to the port. Easy 40 minute ride for $49 online through www.italiarail.com. Book in advance to save money because I booked mine less than two weeks before the trip. Once we got off, we walked until we saw the free shuttle service to the boat (approximately 10-15 minutes of walking with our luggage). Or you can just pay for a taxi to take you directly to the boat. Naples: We decided to spend our day at Capri. We got off the boat and just walked to the ticket booth and bought our express boat tickets for around 20€. They have cheaper tickets around 15€ but they were longer rides. Once you arrive in Capri, you have to purchase lift tickets up to the center for around 1.60€. Once we got to the top we walked around the shops and visited the Augustus Gardens where they have a beautiful view. Afterwards we went to a nearby hotel with an amazing view and ordered some beverages and just relaxed for an hour. After we had lunch and purchased tickets for the trolley to go back down and from there bought out fast boat tickets back to Naples. We were back on the ship around 4pm. Malta: We decided to do the hop on hop off bus tour 15€. This probably is not a good idea because our boat docked at 2pm and the hop on hop off service ends around 5pm along with the museums. Our tickets got switched before we got on the bus and many of us got scammed to getting on busses where they only go on ONE route versus another company that does THREE routes. So be careful if you plan on doing the bus tour. We ended up in Mdina and went to the castle (free). We just took pictures and fortunate enough to catch the last bus and back to our ship. The other stops really were not worth going to and with the limited of time we had, we really could not afford to get off at other stops. Mykonos: We got off the boat and walked probably for 7 minutes until we got onto the main road and reached the local bus stop that took us to the city center for 1.60€. The cruise ship charges $12 pp one way for this service so we saved a lot of money. Once we got to the stop, we rented ATVs for the whole day for 25€ and 10€ for full tank of gas for the whole day. From there, we drove around the city to Ornos beach, off beaten paths and also to Faros lighthouse which has AMAZING views! It was totally worth driving up there. Tour buses do not stop there because it is not a paved road and best for small cars and ATVs. Renting the ATVs was a fun experience especially for Mykonos and I would highly recommend it. Kusadasi: We did not go to Ephesus which is the highlight of the port. It rained that day for us so we decided to just take it easy and just do some shopping right at the port. They sell beautiful rugs and knockoff brand name items. If I was looking to a buy a rug, I would have bought it there. The sales people there are very aggressive so be prepared to bargain. Athens: We had a private tour through PK Travel arranged by someone on Roll Call. http://www.pktravelgreece.com/private-shore-excursions. This was the only tour we did. We were one of the first get off the boat and arrive at Acropolis before all the tour buses arrived. This is probably the benefit of organizing a private tour. There were 12 people in our group and paid 105€ (not including the 17€ admission fees to museums) per couple we were in a comfortable Mercedes mini bus. If you booked this excursion through the ship it would cost the same per person on big tour bus of 40-50 ppl. The highlights of the tour were of course Acropolis, the new museum, and the flea market. We got dropped off the flea market where we did some shopping and had lunch. Santorini: We decided to take the lift up to the top 5€ pp and walked to the bus stop and paid 1.60€ for a 25 minute ride to go to Oia. Once again, we got there early before everyone so the streets were empty and by 10:30 am we were sipping on tea and enjoying brunch at a restaurant with a beautiful view. The cruise ship offers a fast boat service that takes you to Oia for around 20€ as well. Oia is just beautiful like you see in postcards. We had our best meal in Oia. The greek food was amazing and it was my husband’s first time trying baklava! At the end of our day we took the bus back to Fira and took the lift back down around 4pm. By then it was pretty packed. It took us around 40 minutes of waiting. We should have taken the hike down because by the end of the day, there are no donkeys and you can see many people walking down as well. It would have taken probably the same amount of time if not faster to walk down versus waiting in line for the lift. This stop you do not need to take a tour otherwise you will have limited time in Oia whereas we just spent most of our day there. Chania: We purchased roundtrip bus shuttle tickets to the center for under 4€ pp and walked around and did some sightseeing. We went to the market place and bought olive oil and souvenirs. It was an easy day and we were back on the boat by 3pm. Venice: Got the off the boat and walked to the people mover (15min walk) and paid 1.30€ to get to the other end. From there we purchased 24 hour vaporetto tickets for 20€ pp. Which was enough to get us to the city center, back to the boat, and back to the city center again the next morning. We went to St. Marks square and just roamed around venice getting lost. On the map, everything looks far, but Venice is really small. It will take you around 10 minutes to walk from St. Marks Square to Rialto bridge if you don’t get lost. I booked a hotel near St. Marks square, if I had known I would have booked near Rialto since it is bit cheaper and faster to get to as well on Vaperetto. We had amazing Italian food in Venice gelato for dessert. We stayed an additional night in Venice. We purchased our Aliguna tickets to the airport for 15€ pp for the airport next morning. It is an hour boat ride to the airport so plan accordingly. The boat offers transfers to St. Marks square at a reasonable rate of 15€ roundtrip to and from St. Marks square. We didn’t go this route because we wanted to explore the city on their vaporettos and get off at other stops other than St. Marks square. All in all, we had a fabulous time in Europe. I wish the weather was warm enough so we could go swimming at the beach. I will definitely sail with Celebrity again.   Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
Great ship, great crew, great fellow passengers (well mostly). The itinerary was packed and though I never thought that I would hear myself say it we could have done with a couple of additional sea days! If only to properly enjoy the ... Read More
Great ship, great crew, great fellow passengers (well mostly). The itinerary was packed and though I never thought that I would hear myself say it we could have done with a couple of additional sea days! If only to properly enjoy the facilities on board. The ports of call were Naples, Valetta, Mykonos, Kusadasi, Rhodes, Santorini, Athens, Chania and Venice. We enjoyed all the ports with the possible exception of Chania but by then we were getting a bit port fatigued so it may not be a fair judgement. The trip was part annual vacation and part 25th Anniversary celebration and we booked a Celebrity suite for the two of us and our 12 year old son. The suite was well laid out and worked extremely well for us. The butler was an unnecessary but interesting perk. He was a really nice guy and eager to assist but we struggled to find anything specific for him to do. His main contribution, other than always being on hand,was that he got us an extra chair for the balcony and served us breakfast on the balcony on the sail in to Venice (which was amazing). Yes he could have booked us all sorts of things but in the main this was pretty easy to do yourself. We tried out most of the specialist restaurants as we found the main dining room a bit characterless. We were on the anytime dining option and therefore did not have regular dinner companions. We were always seated as a 3 without any delay even when we had not made a reservation and whilst this was excellent in some ways we missed the opportunity to occasionally share with others which was always offered on P&O. Blue was a much better option and towards the end of the trip we tended to revert to Blue as our restaurant of choice (a useful perk of being in a suite). Quisine was perhaps the most unusual and interesting of the restaurant offers with nothing served as you might expect and every course an event. We were unable to try Murano as it is adults only and only went in the Tuscan grille for a specialist food and wine meal which was excellent although they were clearly not geared up to have a child attend the meal which was slightly disappointing. Why do people always assume that kids are only interested in burgers and pizza or that they are incapable of behaving in the appropriate manner for such events? When you have taken the trouble to bring children up well and have ensured that they are comfortable in such surroundings it is really irritating to be limited by such perceptions. Really enjoyed the lawn club grille although was not really up for cooking my own. I am on holiday!! The quality of the steaks however was first class and our waiter that night was exceptional. The bars on board are varied in design, concept and specialities and everyone should be able to find one which suits their taste. The entertainment was a bit disappointing compared to previous cruises with stage shows that left us a little disappointed and whilst there was a club lounge type location in the sky lounge there seldom seemed to be anyone performing there. Instead small groups were consigned to corners of the various bars which all seemed a bit haphazard and belied the quality of some of the groups and instrumentalists who on the whole were deserving of a better stage and a more focused audience. Despite using cruise critic forums and roll calls to inform ourselves on previous cruises we had refrained from 'getting involved' before. This time the roll call had been so involving we felt we just had to meet some of the people who had been contributing. Best decision of the cruise. Great bunch of people who contributed greatly to the enjoyment of the holiday. Can thoroughly recommend Silhouette as a ship, Celebrity as a company (service was first class from booking to departure from Venice) and taking the trouble to meet up with roll call shipmates from cruise critic. Formal entertainment aside (and in the end our fellow passengers provided plenty enough to compensate) this was an excellent cruise on all counts.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
Just returned from a cruise on the Silhouette that was awesome. Great ship wonderful service and the ports we went to were the best. The Greek Islands and Turkey were more than we expected as to beauty and friendly people. The ship never ... Read More
Just returned from a cruise on the Silhouette that was awesome. Great ship wonderful service and the ports we went to were the best. The Greek Islands and Turkey were more than we expected as to beauty and friendly people. The ship never seemed to have as many people on it that were there. Very organized and the dining was superb. The ship was sparkling clean many activities to participate in and the room was wonderful. We travelled Concierge Level and the balcony was one of the best parts of the trip. Breakfast in the room every day..appetizers every afternoon fresh fruit daily and a free bottle of champagne on arrival and on my birthday. I would recommend this trip and this ship to everyone. They did not disappoint. On my birthday I had a wonderful cake and celebrated with the best people in the world my best friend and four new best friends that I met on the cruise. I can;t say enough about this experience. Denis was our cabin attendant and was great. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
We LOVED our Celebrity cruise. It was our first time on Celebrity and it was the best ever, and we will always stay with Celebrity (we have also gone on Norwegian and RCL). The cruise ship was beautiful with lots of quiet spots, as well ... Read More
We LOVED our Celebrity cruise. It was our first time on Celebrity and it was the best ever, and we will always stay with Celebrity (we have also gone on Norwegian and RCL). The cruise ship was beautiful with lots of quiet spots, as well as live music that was mostly pretty good to excellent. Lots of things to do, if we wanted. The elevators are fast, the ship itself is clean and elegant. Food was mostly excellent, and when it wasn't good, it was immediately replaced. We were amazed at the staff. They were so kind and friendly, really service-oriented and both respectful but willing to serve. Great attitudes. Examples: Bathroom attendants who mop up and wipe up after every guest - and greet you with a smile (if you want to say hello). Restaurant servers who wipe down individual glasses so they won't have spots. Buffet servers greeting you pleasantly. Greeters who ask how your day was. Just *everywhere* in the ship we found excellent service and friendly (but not over-chummy or obsequious) staff. The cabin had more storage space than anything I've ever been on! The bathroom had 6 (smallish) shelves, two drawers, and some more space, and a large shower (for a cruise ship cabin). The room had a large and deep shelf above the bed (the width of the bed). The bureau had three deep drawers, and an ample surface. There were bedside tables with two shelves. There were NOT any outlets by the bedside, so bring an extension cord. There is a light switch by the bed that controls the room lights. The desk has a shallow drawer which is filled with a hair dryer (which you must use by the desk) and a keyboard. The couch was not very comfortable, but that's because it's a fold-out couch. Pillows were great. Veranda was wonderful. Weak spots for Celebrity are their subcontracted services - the shore excursions and the spa. Shore excursions - we had one excellent one, two horrible ones (we got a partial refund after complaining) and one OK one. We will definitely arrange our own next time. SPA - I got two massages, my husband got one, and my friends had a number of spa services. When I was in the Relaxation Room, they never had clean glasses for the cool water, nor clean cups for the tea. I asked for a clean glass, and the four people hovering around the reception desk stared at me, then said "they're coming" and turned away from me. I then went upstairs to the main reception desk, again found none clean, though I asked and someone ran and got a few. After my massage I wouldn't drink from the water they brought me because I assumed they used a dirty glass. That fear was confirmed when our friend said he was brought a glass of cold water - he drank it, and found a dirty napkin at the bottom! Horrible! Celebrity needs to do better to manage its subcontracted services. Entertainment was good though not always fabulous. But it was free and mostly fun and energetic. (Odd wardrobe, mostly!) Specialty restaurants - we did not do any, because it's an upcharge of about $30 per person, and we had great food in the main restaurant (8:30 seating). From what we heard, it was good but not necessarily any better than main restaurant (Gran Cuvee?) The captain of the Silhouette is very very funny! His presentation about navigation was better-attended than most others! Overall, we absolutely loved Celebrity as a cruise line - for its facilities, for its outstanding staff (from senior to most humble services), and the comfortable cabins. We will definitely use Celebrity from now on. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
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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