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

Very beautiful Cruise Except thé shows We din't see a lot singers and dancers.. MAny many other singers We were disappointed about that Good at cafétéria wasquehal perfect Thé restaurant bleu was vero good ... Read More
Very beautiful Cruise Except thé shows We din't see a lot singers and dancers.. MAny many other singers We were disappointed about that Good at cafétéria wasquehal perfect Thé restaurant bleu was vero good Thérè aren't a lot OF children , it was very well to rest Anyway CELEBRITY is not a company for children it is very quiet, ROYAL CARIBBEAN is better for family and CELEBRITY better for couples We loved thé solarium only for adults , thé swimming pool is large and jaccuzis are perfect Thérèse was some problems with thé température OF thé pools sometimes cold cool or good , I don't understand why thé température wasn't always thé same Thé itinerary is Nice except KATAKOLON greece which isn't interested when we have ever visited OLYMPIE CHANIA is a very beautiful area, but we didn't stay enough time In AQUACLASS we don't havé water bottles any more , I didn't think it costed so much but CELEBRITY seems to jeep mord and mère money 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 have taken some cruises with different lines. The positives of cruising on Celebrity Silhouette are many and well described by other reviewers. We would like to point out some possible Improvements. Entertainment In the evening ... Read More
We have taken some cruises with different lines. The positives of cruising on Celebrity Silhouette are many and well described by other reviewers. We would like to point out some possible Improvements. Entertainment In the evening everywhere was playing music. It would have been nice to find quiet areas to drink something and discuss together. Music is a matter of taste. We were missing a bit of classic pieces. The ship has a lot of beautyful rooms, but what is a library without a librarian? Not English native speakers can’t find books. It was a Mediterranean cruise but the focus of the news was pointed to the USA We missed Television programs in German, French or Italian. It’s laudable that between all the entertainment and Activities Celebrity offers creative watercolor painting. Marcie Jan Bronstein creates itinerary-based projects for passengers. I always remember what it means: «Bring the owls to Athens». Culinary Delights We enjoyed the food in the BLU. Marie from Mauritius was very welcoming; it was nice to speak French with her. She knew our preferences by the end of the first night. Gede, the waiter from Bali with his crew made an excellent job. We bought a package for the specialty dining. The evening in the Lawn Club Grill was wonderful and the price is worth it. Best coffee we got in the Café al Bacio, the service is very good. How to make it possible We enjoyed the daily addresses from the bridge gave by Captain Kafetzi. He had a good sense of humor, we learned a lot, even as not native English speakers we couldn’t understand all it was funny. The crew and the staff from the officers down to the lowest levels, are very kind and helpful, and take time to ask how you are. But some employees at guest relation desk should practice her kindness more, so that guests have the feeling of being welcome. One example: In the board are no more Sudoku. Hospitality could be, to print on request one more out. High Service prices Some cruise lines provide in Ashdod a free shuttle service. As you are not allowed to walk in the port, it is disappointing to charge 20$ per day and person for shuttle service. The charge for internet use is very high. The answer given at the guest relation desk, if Celebrity offers an access for 10 Minutes to make the check in for the flight: «There is only the 24 hour package, price 49 $», was not really helpful. We spent the last day at sea, so we had no possibility to go to a Wi-Fi coffee. Valetta We booked only one land tour with Celebrity, on the island panoramic drive in Malta we saw nice places, but there was not enough time to visit it, 20 minutes here and there. It was not really a good value, The Tour guide seemed not to be amused about their job. Mykonos October 28 was Oxi Day, a national holiday and celebration with parades, and flags on the houses. The Greek commemorate with the «NO-Day» that they refused the ultimatum of the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. And so started 1940 the Greek – Italian war. Haifa In October was inaugurated a new ferry connection from Haifa to Acre. The ride takes 45 Minutes and the return price is 55 Shekel. It was a nice experience and we were the only guests from the Silhouette. Leaving back in the afternoon some of the younger Arabic people began to dance in face of the rough sea. Ashdod Our private organized tour to Jerusalem was impressing. What a crowd and traffic. On that Monday they were celebrating Bar Mitzvah, an important path from childhood into manhood. I suppose «Peace» is the most written word in the small papers with a prayer or request wedged into the cracks in the Western Wall. Let’s hope! Katakolon We took the possibility to visit Olympia. Young people invited the crusaders to a trip for only 10 Euro return, the price in the ship is much higher. Vangelis was not only a good driver even a guide and he explained a lot about daily live in Greece. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
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
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
We booked the cruise with the perception that this cruise line was more 5 star than 4, and this would be reflected in the experience we would have.It was not. The ship was set out nicely and was fresh and new. The food was in most cases ... Read More
We booked the cruise with the perception that this cruise line was more 5 star than 4, and this would be reflected in the experience we would have.It was not. The ship was set out nicely and was fresh and new. The food was in most cases excellent and definitely 5 star.Our accommodation at the back of the ship on deck 10 was excellent, with a balcony that was equally as good. Entertainment was generally poor, however certain individual entertainers were obviously talented and stood out. I cant help thinking that if Nick, the entertainment director had thought a little more about why he was there, and less time on his own self interests, then we would have got a lot more than was delivered. It seemed to me that all staff took the time to greet and talk especially cabin staff and dining room staff. Deck waiting was not fantastic but deck dining was good. The excursions were very expensive and thus disappointing because of this.We also felt, as many other passengers did, that we were squeezed for as much money as possible, from tipping to costly restaurant and drink charges. Disembarkation was a nightmare, we were dumped back at Rome airport at 10:30 am by coach and were not told that our flight was leaving until 9:30 that evening, it put a real downer on the end of the holiday,a disgrace. Was it value for money..........yes. Was it 5 star...................no. Would I do it again with this cruise line...........in a heartbeat! Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
After reading the negative reviews of the Silhouette, posted by previous passengers, we were a little apprehensive about our trip. We should not have been. The ship is beautiful, the staff has gotten the message to smile and be extremely ... Read More
After reading the negative reviews of the Silhouette, posted by previous passengers, we were a little apprehensive about our trip. We should not have been. The ship is beautiful, the staff has gotten the message to smile and be extremely helpful and the food was good (but not great). The other passengers, both North Americans and Europeans, were cooperative and polite. Whatever the earlier problems were, we did not experience them. We loved the itinerary, and the combination of "Sea Days" and Ports. (see my comments below about Israel) There are about 2800 passengers on the ship, and you never fell part of a herd. Everything is done so efficiently that there were no long lines to embark, retrieve one's passport or find a seat at the pool. There is more than enough facilities for all. We ate at Murano and Tuscan Grill, and I would say avoid both unless it is a special occasion. $40 per person to eat food that is similar to what is served in the MDR is ridiculous. Of course the presentation, service and ambiance is better-but not $80 a couple better. I also thought it was downright "tacky" for Murano to charge extra for Earl Grey Tea. In fact, Silhouette charges too often for items that should be included-it seemed to be the universal opinion that we were being nickel and dimed to death. (Of course, you can avoid these charges if you wish and still have a wonderful time) Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
We booked the September 3rd Holy Land cruise on the Silhouette because it was a brand new ship and was spending four days in Israel which we had always wanted to visit. I hoped the growing pains of a newborn would be smoothed over after ... Read More
We booked the September 3rd Holy Land cruise on the Silhouette because it was a brand new ship and was spending four days in Israel which we had always wanted to visit. I hoped the growing pains of a newborn would be smoothed over after the earlier cruises. I was amazed at how smoothly everything flowed! From an easy embarkation to meeting our cabin steward Reynaldo at 1:00 PM when we were able to move in, everything worked like a well oiled machine. We found our cabin quite roomy with enough closet and drawer space. We were a C3 on the starboard aft but were not bothered by motion or smoke. Plus, we enjoyed the exercise benefit of the walk to the elevators! The bathroom was roomy and well stocked with fresh towels twice a day. Reynaldo gave us a pitcher of ice water several times daily as requested, and when we asked for cheese and crackers one day, he also brought canapEs as well. The bed was very very comfortable and turned down with mints on the pillows each evening. We requested different pillows and found the perfect fit. Drawer space is just adequate, though with room in the bathroom and over the bed, we were not cramped. The closet design allows for long and short garment hanging space that maximizes the usable area. We loved lounging on our veranda in our robes, as it was private and protected from the wind. The Apple TV system allowed us to watch BBC, CNN, the navigation channel, or check our account daily. When we saw an error in a charge, one phone call had it corrected. As we explored the ship we kept discovering new areas like the Solarium with its indoor pools, the Porch with paninis, salads, and soups for a $5 extra charge, or the Sky Lounge at the top forward of the ship. Moving between decks was quick and easy especially on the midship glass elevators. They zoomed up and down like a science fiction movie from decks 2 to 14, past the mature tree suspended in the center of the glassed in atrium. Music and dancing took place on deck 4 in the marble Grand Foyer in the center of the ship. We always stopped to hear our favorite quartet Aquadio. Interestingly, despite 2800 passengers and 1400 crew, it never felt crowded. We all seemed to sort ourselves out and found our favorite haunts: we loved having our late night drinks at the Molecular Bar with amazing mixologists Susana from Serbia and Viktor from Sweden. We had Select Dining which we liked a lot. We never had a wait, despite rarely reserving ahead, and always had great service, particularly from Matthew and Silva. In the main dining room, the Grand Cuvee, you can order from the left side of the menu which is the same night to night. The escargots, French onion soup, creme brulee and the apple pie were all excellent. The right side changed nightly and the steaks and lamb were delicious. I found ordering rare was the way to get medium rare as I prefer! The wait staff is so attentive and wanting to please that they encourage replacing a dish if you had anything less than total satisfaction. We also dined at the specialty restaurants Tuscan Grill and Murano. Tuscan Grill had excellent steaks but my wife's Branzino was a little dry. Murano was an extraordinary extravaganza of service, beautiful presentation, and an amazing menu. It served the best dessert onboard...a Gran Marnier soufflE. Our only criticism was that the appetizers, soups and salads were too generous and we were stuffed when we finally left. But it was all sooooo good! On port days, we usually ordered room service the night before. Since we were Concierge Class, we had fresh squeezed orange juice with our eggs or French Toast and a big pot of fresh coffee. It always came on time and was hot. It made getting ready for a day of touring much easier than going to the dining room or the Ocean View cafe, at least for us. We had arranged private tours in Israel with two other couples we met on our Roll Call and had wonderful full days of touring. In Kusadasi we took a ship's excursion to Ephesus and then wandered and shopped in the bazaar in town. It was great fun capped off with an excellent lunch at a small cafe. Mykonos was just fun to wander around and soak up the charm. In Naples, we joined our friends and toured for the day with a driver to Herculaneum, Sorrento, and had lunch in Positano overlooking the Amalfi coast. After amazing day after day on board and excellent evenings filled with entertaining shows or casino stops or dancing, we finally came to our last day. We had a 7:30 disembarkation which was, as expected, very smooth and easy. Our bags were easy to find and our Roma Shuttle driver (another recommendation, by the way), waiting to take us to the airport. It was sad saying goodbye to our new friends but we still have the glow from the amazing Silhouette! Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
Everything was perfect from Check in to checking off at the end of the cruise , it was efficiently and swiftly done . My cabin was beautiful and tended to perfection , also the food was amazing from the Buffet to the dining room and Blu ... Read More
Everything was perfect from Check in to checking off at the end of the cruise , it was efficiently and swiftly done . My cabin was beautiful and tended to perfection , also the food was amazing from the Buffet to the dining room and Blu ( the people in Blu are fantastic , my mum and i were referred to as "Our English Roses " everytime we went to eat there . I am going to be boring and say there was nothing negative at all , the Celebrity tours were memorable , also the entertainment,we only went to the shows three times but liked what we saw. The Captain is so funny ,what a sense of humour !!!! It has to be Celebrity from now on for me , this was going to be a last cruise for my 87 year old mum but she is already planning her next one ( i am not complaining )Celebrity made her so happy and i will always be grateful for that A Big Thankyou x Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
Great Ship, Incredible Vacation: Silhouette 10 August Holy Land My wife and I just returned from an incredible cruise on the Silhouette. Another reviewer couldn't have been on the same ship...although I know she was! As far as ... Read More
Great Ship, Incredible Vacation: Silhouette 10 August Holy Land My wife and I just returned from an incredible cruise on the Silhouette. Another reviewer couldn't have been on the same ship...although I know she was! As far as her complaint about the food in Rome, she must have chosen the wrong restaurants and the wrong areas. We also came to Rome a few days early after several days in Prague and never had a problem finding decent Italian food for very reasonable prices. There were many outside cafes near our hotel with price fixed menus for 13-20 Euros (US$20-US$30). We even went to Trastevere and found price fixed menus. CHECK-IN AND OUT; Check-in was a breeze, easier than any other we've experienced. It took us at most 15 minutes from the time we left our taxi until we were on the ship. Leaving the ship on the last morning was even easier. We simply walked off when we were ready! THE SHIP: Although we've been on other Celebrity, Azamara, Royal Caribbean and Holland America cruises, this was our first time on a Solstice class ship. We were impressed. The ship was sparkling new with no smell of smoke (except in the smoking sections, which we avoided) and the interior design was exceptional. The attention to minute details was exceptional. The staff was always smiling and saying "hello", "good morning", etc. The captain spoke at the opening night's show and was very humorous. One of the few complaints that we had was that we were not able to hear him when he made his daily noon announcements...the volume was too low. CABIN: The cabin was beautiful with plenty of storage. We were told that there were no shelves in the closets on Solstice ships, so we picked up hanging "shoe" bags at Walmart which gave us plenty of extra space for t-shirts, underwear, bathing suits, shorts, etc. The bathroom was larger than other ships and had lots of storage space. The shower was also large and had a great adjustable head (a Concierge Class extra). The steward and assistant steward (Dany and Omar) were always ready to please. We opted to get tea, fruit and cheese as our afternoon snack (Concierge Class) and they made the change and delivered on time daily. They even were able to switch the champagne for red wine, which we preferred. They both always wore a smile. FOOD: The breakfast and lunch buffets were adequate and we could always find something that we liked to eat (the eggplant dishes and the shrimp salad were wonderful!). We don't expect gourmet meals in the buffet, so we weren't disappointed. On the four sea days, we had excellent lunches in the Main Dining Room. The breakfast breads were not the best but their desserts made up for that. There was almost always ice cream available any time day or night. The meals in the Main Dining Room were excellent and the service was exceptional. We had anytime dining and had different wait staffs and they were all friendly and very willing to help in any way. I'm on a low-salt diet and the Maitre D came over nightly with the following night's menu to help me select something that they could prepare accordingly. The Maitre D, Prederick, was always willing to do anything to make our dining experience an excellent one. We ate in Tuscan Grill one night and had an exceptional 3 ½ hour dinner with friends we made on Cruise Critic. INTERNET: Anyone who has cruised before knows that the internet connection on a ship is "iffy", at best, certainly not like at home. On the first day, we purchased a $199 internet package (then discounted by $50) which made our cost $.36 per minute. We were not always able to get on-line (and off-line). The ilounge staff was very understanding and kept giving us more credits. We ended up with $67 left. I called Celebrity customer service today and explained that we were not able to use all of our minutes and they refunded the balance we had left. They were very kind to do that as the policy does say that unused minutes couldn't be refunded. ENTERTAINMENT: There was ALWAYS something going on. Some of the highlights were the A Cappella quartet (four guys from Michigan), the piano player and the String quartet (four women from Russia (?). Most of the shows were excellent but some were a repeat for cruisers that have been on other recent Solstice cruises. POOL: Yes, the pool was very crowded, but living in Southern California, we didn't go on vacation to sit in the hot sun, so that didn't matter. Since this was the end of summer break, there were many more children on board, than at other times of the year. From what we heard from a very reliable source (6 year old Austin), the Fun Zone was terrific. OTHER CRUISERS: Most of the other cruisers were not English speaking. The majority were from France and Italy. I think this was due to the airfares from the US being so high this year and Celebrity probably discounting the cruise for Europeans to fill the ship. Yes, there were cultural differences, but we travel a lot and are used to being with people from all over the world. We did hear a lot of complaints about the Europeans pushing to get on a shuttle bus and not letting people get off elevators before they could get on. That's all part of the travel experience. PORTS: We chose this cruise due to the ports. Each one was different and all were great. We had been to all of the countries we visited on prior trips abroad, but there were a few new ports for us. We try not to take ship excursions (overpriced and crowded) so we planned private tours with other Cruise Critic members who we had met on-line prior to the cruise. In Santorini, we had to use a tender and the seas were rough, causing many delays. Being "Select" Captain's Club members, we were able to get off the ship early. The delays were weather related and certainly not Celebrity's fault. We shared a driver with another couple and toured the beautiful island. In Ephesus, we had prearranged a private tour with Ephesus Shuttle which had been recommended to us by a friend who was there in June. Ask for Deniz and do tour #8. (www.ephesusshuttle.com). This tour included lunch in a small mountain village which was excellent. Israel: We've been to Israel twice before and didn't need to repeat Masada and the Dead Sea in the heat of summer. Instead, we went to Tel Aviv/Jaffa on Monday. The tour guide took us to a great restaurant in Jaffa. As it was a custom tour, we asked to see the border with Gaza which was about ½ hour south of the port. On Tuesday, we had an excellent guide (Shalom) who took us to Jerusalem. We first went to Yad Vashem. Even though we had been there twice before, it has been redone and was just terrific (although depressing). We then went to the Old City, visited Mount of Olives for the view and then The Western Wall. It was a long 12 hour day and Shalom was excellent. Each of these tours cost us $95 each for six people in the van. The following day, we were docked in Haifa. We shared a cab with another couple and went to Safed where we had also been before. Our driver had to leave as he had a family emergency so we became "stranded". We were offered a ride back from a private tour guide who was sympathetic, but the cruisers in that group (all Cruise Critic members from our ship) were upset with her offer to help us, got out of shape and told their guide not to take us. One of the shop owners was extremely helpful and found another taxi for us to get back to Haifa, but we were disappointed in the attitude of our fellow cruisers on the private tour. Athens: we've been to Athens before but there were many people on the roll call saying how terrible it would be and they'd rather stay on the ship than experience the "horrors" of Athens. We had booked entrance to the New Acropolis Museum on-line, in advance and had no problem with the taxi going from the port to the museum (15E) and returning from the Plaka (20E). We had lunch in the Plaka, (actually two lunches, the food was great!). Both taxi drivers were friendly and honest and there was very little traffic. We found the first taxi a few blocks from the port as the drivers in the port wanted a minimum of four hours. Naples: we had not been to Naples before. We booked a private driver (50E each, he was not a guide) with six other Cruise Critic members and had a long day seeing the Amalfi Coast and visiting Pompeii. It was probably the hottest day of the cruise, but still, we had an interesting and great adventure. At Pompeii, we picked up a local guide to show us the ruins. SUMMARY: We had a wonderful vacation. The ship was beautiful, the service excellent and the food met our needs. What could possibly be bad about that? Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
What a pleasure to be on the brand new Celebrity Silhouette. The ship was beautiful and everything as befitting a new ship was in pristine condition. Celebrity did a wonderful job of designing the public spaces on the ship. Despite its ... Read More
What a pleasure to be on the brand new Celebrity Silhouette. The ship was beautiful and everything as befitting a new ship was in pristine condition. Celebrity did a wonderful job of designing the public spaces on the ship. Despite its size the ship never felt crowded unless you were at the pool. We booked the Holyland cruise as we really liked the fact that the itinerary gave us 4 days in Israel and an opportunity to see a number of important sites. Although we didn't get to see as much as we hoped as due to security concerns, the ship did not move from Haifa to Ashdod as originally planned. We never really knew why the decision was made as a Royal Caribbean and Princess ship did move to Ashdod at the same time. Maybe because the Silhouette was a brand new ship, Celebrity was reluctant to take any chances. I have to respect their judgment, but it did mean that we could not get to Masada and the Dead Sea. While our private tour company would have been willing to take us, our group decided that 3+ hours in a bus each way was not how we wanted to spend our time. Plus it would have meant we would have arrived in Masada when the lines for the cable car were the longest. We decided rather than be disappointed, we would use it as a reason to visit again. In the category of disappointment, it appears that Celebrity sold a large number of cabins to another cruise line. What that meant for us was that we had a large number of first time cruisers who had no idea as to proper behavior on board a ship. It got to the point where we avoided the buffet at peak hours as you would have thought these people were worried that Celebrity would run out of food. The whole ambiance of the ship was changed and I felt like I was on a Carnival cruise. I understand that there were also something like 300 children on board. While I endorse broadening a child's horizon with travel, clearly a large number of parents felt that they could abdicate any responsibility for their children. There were children who had nothing better to do than push every button in an elevator or run up and down the halls at all hours of the day. There were so many complaints about misbehaving children that Celebrity made sure that there was security in the Solarium because children were running all over that area and using the adults only facilities. On my comment card, I said that if I had not cruised with Celebrity before and had to judge them based on the current cruise, chances are I wouldn't be back. So what I have learned is never again cruise in the summer. I will be back on the Silhouette in April and am hopeful that the experience will be much more like the usual Celebrity experience. There were definitely some high points on the cruise and I will talk more about them in the port section of the review. We were very pleased with the meals in the main dining room - Grand Cru. The food overall was top notch and the noise level in the restaurant seemed better than on other Celebrity ships. The buffet was well designed and provided an ample choice for breakfast. lunch and dinner. The only specialty restaurant we used on this trip was The Tuscan Grille and the meal was exceptional. I like the location of the restaurant and the menu was great. We did have lunch at The Porch which for $5 provided a quiet area with a menu that focused on paninis and salads. We tried to dine at Bistro on Five, but ended up with a less than satisfactory experience. As we dined in the Bistro on other ships and enjoyed the experience, I will chalk this up to still working out the kinks. When we went to the Bistro, only 3 tables were filled. After ordering and waiting 35 minutes with no food we decided to leave. Other tables around us were receiving their orders, but we were ignored. We definitely didn't order anything special, just regular items from the menu. We'll give it another try in April with hopefully better results. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
This was a first cruise for both myself and my husband and it was perfect. The ship is absolutely fantastic. We cannot imagine for us how it can be bettered. From start to finish everything was great. Embarkation for us was a very ... Read More
This was a first cruise for both myself and my husband and it was perfect. The ship is absolutely fantastic. We cannot imagine for us how it can be bettered. From start to finish everything was great. Embarkation for us was a very easy process. We were travelling concierge class. We only booked the cruise through our agent, Viva Voyage (highly recommend) and made our own separate arrangements to travel to Rome spending one day there before the cruise and two days after. We travelled Jet 2 then took the bus to Rome then the following day the train from Rome to civitavecchia. Easy and we met lots of cruise passengers along the way. We arrived at the ship at about midday and were on board for about 12.30. Our prepaid drinks package was not on but was sorted out in 1 minute at Guest relations. Still no queues at that point. Our first view of the interior of Silhouette did the wow factor for us! We liked the ocean view cafe with its huge outside deck and the grand cuvee is beautiful. The shops arcade and theatre, library and observations decks were great as is the grassy Lawn Club. We looked around the pool decks which are nice and the excellent fitness centre. We do not like hoards of people around so knew we would not be by the pool but would find a quiet spot to relax. So our thoughts as first time cruisers. The stateroom was better than than we anticipated it was spacious and very light. Our attendant was superb bright and cheerful and she is to be highly commended. The cabin could do with some more drawers rather than hanging space but it was not a problem. The shower was good and the on demand films etc excellent with all news channels. We were happy meeting people on the Lawn club and ocean view deck rather than on the pool deck and reading and sunbathing on our own veranda was heaven. The pool deck looked too much like sardine cramming. We cannot comment on the behaviour of people as we did not go there. The shows we went to 2 were ok but nothing special but to be honest we were happier watching films after our port days and dinners. The food we have not had better in any part of the world we have visited and we felt no need to go to the specialty restaurants. We always breakfasted on deck in the Oceanview cafe. It was never crowded, lots of people but more than enough food and places. For lunch if we could! there was salad in The Ocean view or a burger on the Mast head on Deck. We could never fault the food.Icecreams were available all day. I miss them! As to dinner we were on select dining. The waiters were fantastic, we certainly never came across any that needed training! Everyone without exception was good, attentive and we so enjoyed it. Our thanks particularly to Ivana, TW and assistant and our friend from Bulgaria and Indonesia who made our dinners so much fun. The quality of the food and choice was superb .We had amongst others the best tornedo rossini, duck, lamb and salmon dishes.The brunch on the final sea day was excellent so much so that a large number of guests were filming. Do not miss it! Our one gripe is that we were surprised that the dress code was not really observed in the dining room, it should be jeans and t shirt should be banned and the behaviour of some families with children Particularly Italian families should be checked. We have 3 children but would never have allowed them to behave in such a way. It is unfair to those dining around but unless a code is put into place and observed which should be done then the behaviour will carry on. It did not affect us too much but there were rumblings from people we spoke to. Children and pushchairs should not be allowed into restaurants in the evening.The buffet is available and should always be available. I am sure all reasonable parents would understand this!! Apart from this perfect. As to shore excursions, we did our own every time. Sorry organised tours are not for us. In Santorini We got the tender to Fira, the cablecar then the local bus to Oia and back. We did everything at our own pace. All details found on web for bus times etc Athens We were intending to take the metro to the Acropolis but as soon as we left the boat we saw the red hop on hop off Athens Bus. We hopped on (22 euros each) took the tour to the Acropolis then hopped back on for the remainder of the tour then back to the boat. Brilliant and avoided all the walking in the heat Israel. We had family here and were very disappointed about not going to Ashdod but understood. It did not spoil anything. For two days we had the services of Matyo who we can highly recommend. 0525762086. He was on the port in Haifa where together with 8 other passengers who we just met, he took us on two great days around Israel to Acre, Rosh Hanikra and Jerusalem. He also took our friends to the Dead Sea and Massada, a really good guy reliable and reasonable rates. In Haifa you are also next to the train station Naples We had intended to go to Capri but the hydrofoil queues were too bad so plan b we walked to the station and caught the train to Sorrento. Beautiful,you can always stop in Pompei too Rome Hotels booked via travelrepublic and Last minute. Great. Used open top red hop on hop off bus . Visit the Vatican on Saturday afternoon no queues! Also get your ticket for the forum/Colosseum at the forum. Less queues! Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
Celebrity Silhouette Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.5
Dining 5.0 4.2
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 5.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.1
Family 4.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.6
Enrichment 4.5 3.7
Service 5.0 4.5
Value For Money 4.0 4.0
Rates 4.0 4.2

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