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5 Celebrity Silhouette Cruise Reviews for Romantic Cruises to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean from Rome (Civitavecchia)

Booked this cruise as we got a great deal on a Celebrity Suite and was looking forward to the WOW factor. It was the 12 night sailing from Rome to the Greek Islands and Israel in late October. The check in was very smooth and being in a ... Read More
Booked this cruise as we got a great deal on a Celebrity Suite and was looking forward to the WOW factor. It was the 12 night sailing from Rome to the Greek Islands and Israel in late October. The check in was very smooth and being in a higher level suite we were met at portside and escorted to the Michaels club to have a drink. This started of the cruise very well. Got to our room Suite 1110 and was slightly disappointed as based on past cruises the SKY Suite is actually bigger. Seems like they have tried to cram a lot in a small space. We were on the HUMP so the balcony was much bigger but what a waste of space. We had one comfy lounger and a small round table with 2 chairs. So much wasted space... Everything on the ship is ow an extra. We were bombarded with this package and that package by the staff to try and make the cruise better but I only see Celebrity getting any benefit as everything is so expensive. We had a drinks package which helped but if we wanted a better class of wine, beer or even a cocktail then another 7 bucks was added to the bill. If you have never been in Michael's club then don't get too excited. On this ship it was next to Murano and inside the room it is very dark as there are no windows. The atmosphere is not great either. We started eating in Luminae but after many complaints, not just from us, we moved to the Blu Restaurant which was much better and we ate there for the rest of the cruise. We did complain but nobody came to talk to us about it. Entertainment was OK and it was what I expect on a cruise ship. You just have to go with the flow and go along to the theatre. The Officers seemed to be keeping themselves to themselves. I can honestly say that I seen the Captain once the whole cruise and did not see many other officers either unless they were having coffee in the Coffee bar. We were ken to see Israel as we had never been there before. The country is stunning but like all cruise ships arriving at a small port there are line and lines everywhere. We had booked excursions for 3 days but after 11 hours on the first day we decided it was enough. When getting off in Israel you have to go through Customs and this took ages as you can expect with over 3,000 people trying to get off the ship. We cancelled the other excursions and did our own thing. I am trying to say something really positive about the cruise but are struggling. We have been on the Celebrity Eclipse and Celebrity Reflection and they just seemed better organised ships. As many off you are Elite members and above, you expect to be treated well but we are also Diamond Plus with Royal Caribbean so our next cruise is April next year on the New Symphony of the Seas. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose this cruise because of the destination ports (Italy, Israel and Greece). All of our previous cruising experience was on Holland America. Overall, the ship is in great condition and service was as expected, what I didn't like: ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the destination ports (Italy, Israel and Greece). All of our previous cruising experience was on Holland America. Overall, the ship is in great condition and service was as expected, what I didn't like: * Food in dining was sub-par, especially for what we paid. Quality was not good, portions were small - I was surprised they did not have menu and wine options that matched with our destinations - Italy, Israel and Greece. * Drink packages are not worth it, way too expensive. At best, you come out even for what you spend. Only worth it if you want the "pay-up-front and forget about it" benefit. * Entertainment was in the center area and was quite loud. There were not great options if you wanted quiet time during the evening. Personally, I would have loved classical - piano, violin, etc. * Common areas were not as clean as they should have been (around pools especially). Felt like lounge chairs were "well-used" and a bit dirty. What I liked: * Service was very good. The only wait times were at some of the more popular bars early evening before dinner. There was a crush of people and you'd have to wait 5-10 min to get a drink. Other than, that - state rooms were well kept, clean and everyone was very courteous. * Cabin was in good shape. Minor complaint about our back deck - got dirty at times, not sure if that was from soot, or something else. We would read on back and books, ipad had dirt after spending an hour or 2. We were on back - room 8353. * Excursions - favorite excursion by far was the Multi-Day tour in Israel, guide was well-versed. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
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
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
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
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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