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56 Rome (Civitavecchia) to Transatlantic Celebrity Silhouette Cruise Reviews

Wished it had more "single events". Noting that singles were to meet at 8pm at xx and not having a crew member organizer there, is fruitless since I'm not going to tap-on-shoulder those present at the bar to ask them. ... Read More
Wished it had more "single events". Noting that singles were to meet at 8pm at xx and not having a crew member organizer there, is fruitless since I'm not going to tap-on-shoulder those present at the bar to ask them. (first day there were 3 men at the bar at 8pm. Who is to say whether they were there as a group for themselves?!?) Trivia, I guess is doable, but I don't do Trivia. I missed the daily Piano Man that Royal Caribbean has! Maybe a few nights of this in the main lobby (instead of disco dancing) would have been great. Loved the multiple speakers.... loved the "zumba-like" dancing by the pool. Food was good, everywhere. Staff was exceptional... Evening shows were generally excellent as well. Our Cruise Director Sue Denning, again, outdid herself! Ports were good except had to miss Cinque Terre tour and the Toulon tour due to weather. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We chose this cruise based on the a special group rate that was advertised locally that included flight and bus transportation to airport, hotel in Rome, and fromtmfrom hotel to port and then bus to our home area in Florida. We have ... Read More
We chose this cruise based on the a special group rate that was advertised locally that included flight and bus transportation to airport, hotel in Rome, and fromtmfrom hotel to port and then bus to our home area in Florida. We have cruised Celebrity a few times before, but we have a higher cruising record with Princess. We went with another couple that we traveled with before. One couple we met came back to their room on the 3rd floor to find water from a busted pipe that flooded their room and part of the hallway to a group of rooms. There were some empty rooms and they got upgraded to an outside room. One night we came back to our room and found no water in faucet or toilet. I called guest relations and they said the entire ship was without water. It took several hours for the water to come back and when the faucet was opened the water came out with dirt. The water eventually ran clear. However, not one person of authority from the ship ever acknowledged the situation and cause. We didn't know if water was safe to drink. It all worked out in the end. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
The ship was very clean. The dining room food and service were better than the last 21 cruises we have been on. The entertainment exceeded our expectations. The Horrible. A water main broke on the ship. We had no water to the cabins ... Read More
The ship was very clean. The dining room food and service were better than the last 21 cruises we have been on. The entertainment exceeded our expectations. The Horrible. A water main broke on the ship. We had no water to the cabins for about 6 hours. It wouldn't have been so bad except passengers were not notified. Rumors started to spread that deck 2 was under water and deck 3 was flooding. A total lack of communication from Celebrity. We didn't sink, we got water back so we guess they fixed the problem. The disembarkation was the worst we have ever had. The machine that raises and lowers the gangplank malfunctioned. About 400 of us stood on the promenade deck waiting to get off. Our numbers had been called. There was no communication until a very stressed assistant cruise director tried yelling information above everyone talking. You would think that a life boat deck would have a powered megaphone. We ended up going down a very steep angled ramp with no one from the ship to help those who had trouble. . Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We chose this cruise after doing significant research on several transatlantic crossings. This was our first transatlantic and we loved the idea of starting in Rome and making stops in the Western Med. Amazing ports including Rome, ... Read More
We chose this cruise after doing significant research on several transatlantic crossings. This was our first transatlantic and we loved the idea of starting in Rome and making stops in the Western Med. Amazing ports including Rome, Florence, Barcelona, Palma and Tenerife. We chose to do the shore excursions provided by Celebrity (something we normally don't do) because we were not familiar with the ports. They were even better than expected and wouldn't hesitate to book through them again on a future cruise. Our sea days were very enjoyable and relaxing. The Silhouette has many great public areas and has one of the best lay outs of any ship we have been on. LOVE the fact that there is no smoking anywhere inside the ship including the casino. We tried 3 of the upcharge restaurants, Tuscan Grille (not bad), Qsine (amazing). and Lawn Club Grill (disappointing). We tried to get into Murano but couldn't get a reservation. The MDR was excellent. We had flexible dining and always chose a table for 2. It was never a problem. We also ate in the MDR for breakfast on sea days. We chose the buffet for most of our lunches. It had many, many choices and the ice cream was a favorite everyday! The only real criticism we have was the entertainment. We love comics and there were only 2 on the entire 16 days. The rest of the entertainment was ok but became redundant. We have already booked the Reflection transatlantic for next year. Love Celebrity and love the Soltice class ship layout. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
This one the best yet - a big part to Cruise Critic and the Roll Call. Signed up for two excursions I learned about through the Roll Call. Weather prevented us from stopping for the France excursion, but, the tour in Mallorca was ... Read More
This one the best yet - a big part to Cruise Critic and the Roll Call. Signed up for two excursions I learned about through the Roll Call. Weather prevented us from stopping for the France excursion, but, the tour in Mallorca was WONDERFUL - a small friendly group, a van, great tour guide and time for shopping, food tasting and stops throughout the Island. This was my 3rd cruise on the Silhouette and the crew and passengers all made it an extra friendly atmosphere. Sad that I missed out on the Gift exchange because I was never notified on where or when it was. Did enjoy the Cabin Crawl. Best Celebrity excursion yet was the Inside Tour of the ship including the Bridge. My camera was snapping away. Next cruise is another Trans Atlantic - again on the Silhouette in April. Can't get enough cruise days. The hard part this time will be losing hours instead of gaining them while I sleep. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Overall wonderful experience. Comfortable ship with excellent entertainment options, delicious food, and good value for money. A couple of comments on dining... I rarely saw anyone at the Sushi at 5 restaurant, which used to be a free ... Read More
Overall wonderful experience. Comfortable ship with excellent entertainment options, delicious food, and good value for money. A couple of comments on dining... I rarely saw anyone at the Sushi at 5 restaurant, which used to be a free option. As well, we didnt' see the point in spending extra money on the specialty dining options since our regular dining room meals were already excellent. We did try Murano one night, which was excellent, but not so much better to make it worth the additional cost. Our waiters were wonderful (we had the same ones for the entire 27 days) and they paid special attention to my wife's special food needs. The first leg of the cruise included the beverage package, but the repositioning leg did not .. so it was good that they offered a 2 for 1 deal on it. Otherwise it would have been far too expensive for the amount of alcohol that we would want. The quality of the entertainers was much better than we expected and made the evening shows into must-attend events. The ship's band was also terrific and included a former multiple Grammy winner as its lead. Since there were so many B2B cruisers on board, they made it very simple for those who did not need to disembark after the first leg. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Overall, this was a very enjoyable trip. This was only our 3rd-ever cruise, the first two being on the Carnival Glory in the Caribbean. So we have only a little to compare to. My wife and I seek value for our travel dollar, so we did not ... Read More
Overall, this was a very enjoyable trip. This was only our 3rd-ever cruise, the first two being on the Carnival Glory in the Caribbean. So we have only a little to compare to. My wife and I seek value for our travel dollar, so we did not take any optional drink packages or pay for the optional restaurant meals. We organized our own shore excursions, renting a car on two islands, to do our own touring. First off, we do not recommend waiting till near departure time to book, as there appeared be few rooms available in the last month. We booked 8 months ahead at a slightly cheaper rate to not guarantee a room, and were assigned a nice inside room on a side branch of the 8th floor (little traffic in our corridor) 4 months from the travel date. The room was clearly bigger than our Glory room, with a sofa and more spacious bathroom. The service was adequate, although the cleaner did not close the door fully one time. For a TA (transatlantic), one needs to book 2 one-way flights; do not use the regular airline booking sites, as they charge too much. The port is more than an hour’s train ride from Rome, and the train leaves from a platform quite far from the entrance. Worse, at the Citavecchia train station, one must use staircases to exit (more than one traveller had their suitcases fall down the stairs), and there is no shuttle service to the port (taxi is needed). Boarding was fast and convenient; large suitcases must be checked, but were delivered to our room within 2 hours. The buffet food service exceeded our expectations: good quality, lots of choice, and available from 7 am till 10 pm. The sit-down service always started several minutes late (e.g., 5:40 pm, instead of the advertised 5:30); this was an issue as the service was often slow, and difficult to finish by 7 pm, in time for the early show. The food service itself was nice, and the food was excellent. The main entertainment was a show listing about 45-50 minutes; quality varied greatly: some excellent singers, a good magician and a good comedian. One singing duo was less well received, as their choice of music was obscure. On the Glory, there were 4 different comedy shows each night, in addition to the main shows. In compensation, this TA cruise had more trivia games (several each sea day) and good lectures. In particular, Dr. Gary, a retired physicist, gave dozens of interesting talks. The trivia people were very friendly. On 2-3 occasions, the evening shows were followed by an encore presentation the following afternoon. One annoyance we had was in trying to arrange and advertise a free activity that my wife did: origami paper folding. She is a retired teacher who has taught origami for 35 years, and she wanted to run a free folding activity for all interested passengers, all free. We emailed and called Celebrity well prior to the trip, and got little response. Once on board, after some effort, we were given a room for the activity, but at 5 pm - a time that few would be seeking an activity. We discovered that a specialty restaurant was free to use prior to 4 pm, and did manage to hold origami classes informally then. We were not allowed to mention the activity in the dally bulletin, and so it was very hard to advertise the class, other than word of mouth. We asked at Customer Relations to have a copy for the small bulletin board notice the class had, and never got a response from them. The other major disappointment was missing our only stop in France. The captain announced that we could not travel there, owing to high winds. The only compensation that we received was a small discount for the port landing fee. I had to struggle with customer relations to get access to the internet, to cancel my reservations at that port. They absolutely refused to allocate us even a few minutes of internet time….grudgingly allowing me to use their terminal for 5 minutes. Despite all the time saved by not going to Toulon, we did not arrive in Barcelona early. Celebrity should have done more to compensate for the total loss of a port. Debarkation in Florida was rather disorganized. The captain apparently neglected to account for the high tide at the time, meaning that the off-ramp would not line up properly. So the many dozens of people lined up on the exit deck had to move all their luggage to another deck, where we waited another 45 minutes, supposedly owing to US customs delays. As for the ports, it poured rain at the first stop; we were very glad NOT to have reserved any trips (we heard that the official excursion to Florence left passengers outside in the deluge for hours). We took a local bus to the Montefore sanctuary. For Barcelona, we recommend making early reservations for the Sagrada Familia - a unique site. In Mallorca, we recommend a trip to the north shore, to see some pretty villages. In Tenerife, a visit to the interior National Park is worth the trip. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We spent a few days in Lake Como and toured Italy, then enjoyed the birthday holiday cruise. The crew on Celebrity are always fantastic, but think the powers that be, the management, are making changes. cutting back on many things, and the ... Read More
We spent a few days in Lake Como and toured Italy, then enjoyed the birthday holiday cruise. The crew on Celebrity are always fantastic, but think the powers that be, the management, are making changes. cutting back on many things, and the food is not as good as it has been, or on other lines. Competition for our business is huge and hate to see Celebrity change. The open seating dining was a joke this cruise!!!, finally went to late seating. Our cabin in SV was great, loved the wake everyday!! Sue the cruise director has and still is a great lady. Not real happy with the Shore excursions desk, enjoyed our excursions but had a problem with our tickets and the meeting spot. Brought it to the desk attention after----in one ear and out the other--hear from no one!! The officers were always out and about and friendly always. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Our first TA and our second trip on the S Class ships. We absolutely enjoyed our time on the Silhouette. We stayed in Aqua but dined mostly in other venues including the MDR. The main dining room offered excellent service and excellent ... Read More
Our first TA and our second trip on the S Class ships. We absolutely enjoyed our time on the Silhouette. We stayed in Aqua but dined mostly in other venues including the MDR. The main dining room offered excellent service and excellent food. Blu is always top notch service. Qsine was so much fun, we dined there three nights. Tuscan Grill remains our favorite. Sushi on 5 was always entertaining. The S class offers so many places to meet and gather, it never felt crowded. Overall, we had excellent service in every venue. All crew members we encountered were always friendly. Andrej at the World Class Bar offered a wealth of information. The Martini bar was always fun. The casino could have paid off a bit more but we won several times. We did a ship tour and that is definitely worth the time and money. Celebrity remains our favorite cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We cruised on the Celebrity Silhouette on a back to back cruise, which afforded us 27 nights on this great ship. We were in Aqua Class and ate in Blu every night, where the staff was outstanding along with the service. Our waiters, ... Read More
We cruised on the Celebrity Silhouette on a back to back cruise, which afforded us 27 nights on this great ship. We were in Aqua Class and ate in Blu every night, where the staff was outstanding along with the service. Our waiters, Samsul and Mertha were the best we have ever experienced. The staff everywhere on this ship was outstanding in every way from the bar waiters, to the bartenders, the shop staff, the art gallery staff to the Oceanview Buffet staff. The officers were always visible and friendly as we had many great conversations with them which enriched our trip. The ship is beautiful and very well maintained. The ship is continually being cleaned which added to the beauty knowing that every window, mirror, railing, etc was always as clean as possible. The Cruise Director, Sue, was the best I have enjoyed on my previous cruises. She is elegant, funny, talented and top of her profession for sure. Our cabin was beautiful and spacious. There was so much on the ship to enjoy, we did not do everything during our 27 nights. The only negative our vacation was our experience with, the Activities Manager. She seemed like a fish in the wrong pond so to speak on Celebrity. We witnessed her, being condescending to her activities staff on numerous encounters and even experienced it for ourselves personally as we were disembarking the ship, when she was rude to my husband, who is handicapped. I said to her that I would report her to Celebrity, when she informed me that she did not care as Celebrity would not do anything about it and she could care less what I said or did. This was the last 30 seconds of our month long vacation on this ship and really upset me as she was ugly to my husband at the same time we were having our cruise cards scanned to leave the ship. I have had trouble sleeping for the past fews night thinking of how my husband must have felt having her talk to him the way she did and treat him the way she did because of his mobility disability. She talked down to him and was very condescending to him just like she had been to her employees throughout this cruise. I know Celebrity really strives to score a 10 on every category and they did with us except the Activities Manager. If we cruise again with Celebrity, I will do my best to ensure we don't cruise on a ship that has her as an employee. I hope we never encounter her again. Celebrity really is a great cruise line and this ship was beautiful and our month long stay on her was relaxing and enjoyable. The food was wonderful as well as the service in Blu, the bars, and the buffet. The buffet really went out of their way to have a great variety of foods every day along with traditional favorites we came to enjoy and appreciate. The port stops on this cruise were wonderful as we enjoyed, Greece and Italy so much. Rhodes was outstanding and I highly recommend getting off the ship in this small town and walking around. It was the highlight of our entire cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Cabin lacked many things that were to be included in this class. Afternoon "snacks" we're very poor. Had terrible time with booking a table for dinner in anytime dinning. Never had such a difficult experience as this. ... Read More
Cabin lacked many things that were to be included in this class. Afternoon "snacks" we're very poor. Had terrible time with booking a table for dinner in anytime dinning. Never had such a difficult experience as this. Definitely not worth the Conciege level. Cruise director,Sue , was very good and brought good entertainers on board. However the Singers and Dancers main Shows were not very good and have gone down in quality and spectacular feeling. Acrobatic portions excellent. Some cast singers did not sing but Yelled the music. Found overall sound system in the theatre set to a very loud decibel level making it necessary to put earplugs in many cases. Cabin attendand Nicol was excellent. Wish you had supervised Bridge games with a Bridge teacher. Overall, there are cuts on spending in many levels and perhaps this is felt a bit too much. The elegance of Cruising is weakening. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Chose this cruise because another couple we met on a previous cruise advised us that they had booked on this cruise and invited us to join them. We were most disappointed with the goings on the Silhouette. The Accounting was awful, we had ... Read More
Chose this cruise because another couple we met on a previous cruise advised us that they had booked on this cruise and invited us to join them. We were most disappointed with the goings on the Silhouette. The Accounting was awful, we had paid for a Dinner Wine package and the Somellier had no intimation of this. He most graciously advised us that our credit was good and for us to go ahead and order the wine and that he would take care of the accounting aspect. He discovered that we had been billed for two sets of Wine packages and arranged for the Credit due. The shore Excursions thru' which office we had confirmed three tours, two tours earllier and one later. They had no record of our first two tours and advised us that we had no reservaions even after the fact that they sent us an invoice confirming the tours debited us with the costs. Had a shore appointment whch was made even before we started the tours, where we would not have been able to keep if it was not due to the fact that one of the Shore Excursions Staff, after hearing our plight confirmed with her Manaer and were able to accommodate us. There was a major break down with the water supply for several hours when a main pipe burst and was eventually repaired. When the water supply resumed, the water from the faucet was badly discoloured and presumable contminated and the toilet backed up very badly. When the Front Office Guest Services was requested to supply a few bottles of water (normal Cost US $5.50 + 18% gratuity - a true rip off) at no charge due to the inconvenience. After 3 reminders and assurances, absolutely no action was taken and the water never arrived. We celebrated 2 special occassions with our 51st wedding anniversary and my wife's birthday, receipt of the latter was confirmed prior to full payment and was totally ignored on board.There were numerous, approx. 20 items each day on the daily Today Ship's programme, which were marked with double ** asterics, indicating that a fee applies. Even the Officers Party for Select Members were a joke. the cruise line cancelled the party (a huge savings in doing so) and instead provided each couple with 3 beverage coupons that had to be consumed withing 2 hours from 5 pm - 7 pm, which resulted with the early Dinner sitting passengers had only 45 minutes to consume 6 beverages. Again a massive savings in not achiving the impossible. A sure insult to the intelligence of the cruise passencgers.All of the Waiter and other Staff were very good. The Officers, with the exception of the Captain, could do with some PR updates. Being our 39th cruise, will not be inclined to add this cruise to our repeat list. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We chose this cruise because we spent a week in Prauge and Rome before boarding this trans-Atlantic cruise. The ship missed one port of call because of the weather (never refunded the port charges) but the rest of the crossing the seas ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we spent a week in Prauge and Rome before boarding this trans-Atlantic cruise. The ship missed one port of call because of the weather (never refunded the port charges) but the rest of the crossing the seas were very calm and the weather warm. We found the food day after day to be boring, except if you paid extra for the specialty restaurants (about $100 for 2 unless you buy a package). If you book anytime dinning do not expect to be seated when you want always a long line and a wait. The entire Celebrity cruise line is geared to getting every dollar out of you on a cruise. from internet, drinks, special event, services and of course retail stores which are no bargains. My wife has her hair washed and blown out at the beauty salon cost $75 plus 18% gratuity that was the last time we used any service on board We brought our own DVD player to watch movies in our room. Entertainment in the Celebrity theater was inadequate and nothing memorable, singing that was way to loud so that we had to walk out of the theater several times. Disembarking the ship was a nightmare, something happen to the gangway and they left the passengers lined up on deck in line while they called the shore to have it fixed. We have sailed on 70+ cruises on other ships and are now Elite class on Celebrity. It will be a long time before we sail with this line again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
My wife and I have cruised with Celebrity many times but this was our first time sailing on the Silhouette. It was a major disappointment comparing it to the other trips with Celebrity. The food in the main dinning room was marginal ... Read More
My wife and I have cruised with Celebrity many times but this was our first time sailing on the Silhouette. It was a major disappointment comparing it to the other trips with Celebrity. The food in the main dinning room was marginal at best and not once in the 15 that we ate in the main dinning room did our dinner arrive hot. the meals were warm at best. Portion sizes have been reduced to child size portions and if you return your dinner due to it being cold you wait only to receive another warn dinner. Do you enjoy a cup of coffee with your desert,so do I. Unfortunately not once did the coffee arrive with the dessert and a number of nights we left without ever having our coffee. I can only surmise that the cruise lines want you to book your dinners in the specialty restaurants since the staff were ever present trying to get us to book a table. Activities on this ship were designed for non active or non mobile passengers. No basketball, volleyball or pool games. This was the first cruise I have ever taken that no band of any sort played around the pool during the day. As I said BORING. On a transatlantic cruse with 7 straight sea days you would think the crew staff would have come up with a plan to entertain the passengers better during the day. Our stateroom attendant was great and the stateroom was very comfortable. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Great trip overall. Met nice people and plan to keep in touch. Martini Bar was our "go to" spot every night at 6. Music was not good--screechy Skyla drove us crazy. Bought drink package for 1/2 price the second day. Paid off ... Read More
Great trip overall. Met nice people and plan to keep in touch. Martini Bar was our "go to" spot every night at 6. Music was not good--screechy Skyla drove us crazy. Bought drink package for 1/2 price the second day. Paid off -drinks are very expensive otherwise.Casino is smoke-free, which was a plus, and not too crowded. We did very well--others, not so much! Food is excellent--no need to go to specialty restaurants and pay extra. Did Any-Time with Jayson and Vinesh every night. They were top notch. Shows were OK. Individual acts were much better than crew shows. I'm spoiled by Disney and Royal Caribbean--even Carnival. Tried to play Trivia with Wil but he was annoying and dismissive. Found better ways to spend our time on board. Perfume/Cosmetic shop Andre asked me if I was "on a budget" when I refused to pay for Chanel moisturizer. Another woman gave me a hassle when I returned a concealer. Tried to imply that it was "used" when it was never even opened. Very pushy and rude salespeople. Sue Denning was the best cruise director I've had in 40+ cruises. We did our own private land tours--found on Tripadvisor. They were superb and well worth the slightly extra $. Missed Toulon due to weather and a terrorist threat. Getting off the ship in Ft. Lauderdale was horrific. No crew to help with wheelchairs. Jammed up on deck for 1/2 hour. Not ready to go that long on another cruise, but itinerary will be the determining factor. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
This was our first time on the Silhouette and I have to say it was our favorite! From the start to the finish we had a wonderful time. The food was very good. Went to two speciality restaurants and we enjoyed them also. Best pastries in ... Read More
This was our first time on the Silhouette and I have to say it was our favorite! From the start to the finish we had a wonderful time. The food was very good. Went to two speciality restaurants and we enjoyed them also. Best pastries in the coffee shop by far! The service was excellent. It amazes me how the staff can maintain such a high standard of service. The ship was very clean. Entertainment and lectures were enjoyed. Would like to see more activities ( crafts, origami, etc....) For Elite and Elite Plus they offered a breakfast with fresh juice, coffees, mimosas and bloody Marys. This took place in the Tuscan Grill from 7:30-10am. PLEASE add this wonderful feature to all of your ships. It was wonderful! Only did one ship excursion, we always do private tours. The excursion was a big disappointment. I will absolutely only do private tours from now on. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We chose this cruise because we took the same exact cruise last year & had a wonderful experience. This time was equally wonderful. The only exception to wonderful was the entertainment. The singers & dancers are all extremely ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we took the same exact cruise last year & had a wonderful experience. This time was equally wonderful. The only exception to wonderful was the entertainment. The singers & dancers are all extremely talented young people but the material chosen by the corporate office for them to perform forgot about the scope of the audience which was comprised of a majority of 60+. It was difficult to relate to some of the entertainment. The main dining room's menu was varied & of restaurant quality. We had all but 2 of our meals there. The 2 other dining venues were absolutely outstanding in their style, presentation & taste. Our cabin was maintained perfectly as we expected from Celebrity. After being scared silly by an announcement that there were 2 cases of Norovirus on the ship, we saw an immense effort to keep the ship as germ-free as possible. The walls, floors (even in the elevators), railings were constantly being washed & disinfected. There were no other cases. We can't wait until next year's crossing! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
The service especially in the main dining room was excellent. The food was good and we enjoyed almost every meal. We were in cabin 6243, it was large and the balcony was larger than most. It was a noisy room, during the day, workers ... Read More
The service especially in the main dining room was excellent. The food was good and we enjoyed almost every meal. We were in cabin 6243, it was large and the balcony was larger than most. It was a noisy room, during the day, workers were moving something large and noisy directly below our room. Thankfully they did not work at night. This cruise missed the first port because of bad weather, but the substitute port, Toulon, was wonderful. The weather was great and there were many interesting places to explore. We walked from the ship to the information center where we purchased bus tickets, museum tickets and tickets for the funicular. The lectures were interesting and informative. We especially enjoyed the history series and the white house talks. I am not a baseball fan but the person who gave those lectures had a very interesting talk concerning travel and protecting yourself while traveling. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We have cruised with Celebrity many times and this was our first time with Celebrity Silhouette, a beautiful ship, modern, clean and high tech. Before cruising the Atlantic the ship had some ports of call in Europe, in the ... Read More
We have cruised with Celebrity many times and this was our first time with Celebrity Silhouette, a beautiful ship, modern, clean and high tech. Before cruising the Atlantic the ship had some ports of call in Europe, in the Mediterranean Sea, great places to visit; among others Barcelona, Tenerife, and Mallorca. Our De Luxe Veranda Cabin was great, big, clean and well located right in the middle. The bathroom and closet were small compared with other ships. From the beginning we experienced the consequences of being in such a large ship; most of the time the dinning rooms were very crowded and packed so it was difficult to find a good table. The lay-out of both the "formal" dinning room as well as the buffett dinning room was too tight, noisy, too packed with tables and few free or open spaces. It was like being in a fast food cafeteria. Maybe, for the same reason, some of the attendants/ waiters, etc didn't show a good service attitude; on the contrary, the service was impersonal and in some cases rude. We never had before this experience with other Celebrity Cruises. We must recognize that most of the crew and staff tried to show good behavior and attitude, but there are still many of them who don't. Recreation, shows, activities in general need to improve. Most of the activities were oriented to sell a product or service. Food was OK, just OK, nothing special. We remember those glorious days of Celebrity when the quality of food was recognized as the best in the cruise market... not any more. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
You can check out my other reviews and notice that I don't write them the way most others do. This one won't be any different as I'm not going to write about the details and other things that change from cruise to cruise ... Read More
You can check out my other reviews and notice that I don't write them the way most others do. This one won't be any different as I'm not going to write about the details and other things that change from cruise to cruise and passenger to passenger. Instead I'm going to tell you what our experience was like and how recent changes Celebrity has made to the product affected that experience. Basically I'm going to answer the question: "Why should I choose Celebrity?" and use examples from this cruise to offer practical examples. We've been traveling with Celebrity since 1996, with a short hiatus to Royal Caribbean in between. We started with outside verandah staterooms, progressed over the years into Suites, and thanks to a last minute upgrade deal landed in the unbelievable Penthouse Suite. When we cruise our interests are: Food and service. We are not interested in shows, auctions, activities, etc. Food: Manage your expectations. Personally, we thought the food was outstanding with a "miss" once or twice. We did hear people complain, but their complaints were - quite frankly - ridiculous. Being in a Suite we primarily at in Luminae and from the food to the service it was exceptional. Yes, the menu is limited but for us it was perfect. Would I have liked to see more variety on the lunch menus? Sure, but I could always find something, and when I did it was always delicious. People whine about the cost of the Specialty restaurants, and I do agree to some extent: the prices are going up, but every day there were special offers and discounts. We had unlimited Specialty dining, so it wasn't an issue, but would I have paid for what I got verus eating in Luminae? Maybe, if I got a good deal. Overall though our experience in every specialty restaurant was fantastic - great service, delicious and plentiful food. Celebrity introduced Xcelerate, their high speed broadband internet service. It worked great, usually. There were times/places when it was hard to get a signal. While the speed may not compare to what we have at home, compared to previous cruises it is MUCH improved. They offer packages, too, so you can save some money - the more minutes you buy the lower the cost. These days most people can't live without being plugged in. Drinks are like food, very subjective. The age old question: Should I buy a package? Which one? We like our evening cocktails and wine with dinner so we go with the Premium Beverage package. Totally worth it - for us. Awesome martini's in the Martini Bar, great poolside beverages during the day, perfect wines with dinner. As I said earlier, we didn't go to any of the shows and only saw some of the entertainment from a very passive point of view. People seemed to be enjoying whatever was being presented, so it must have been good. What you don't find on Celebrity is the schmaltzy stuff, although I do wish they would do away with the art auctions - that's just my personal taste. No belly flops, no wet tee shirt contests. Some say that makes Celebrity boring. I say that makes Celebrity tasteful. Service has become a Celebrity hallmark - don't listen to anyone who tells you differently. There was not anything the crew wouldn't do. As a matter of fact there were times where I wished they were able to say "No" to some guests' crazy requests. But service is an area, in addition to food, where Celebrity shines. We book our own independent shore excursions as we did on this cruise, preferring the smaller one-on-one interaction with a guide over marching along with a busload of people. Most of the tours we booked were not much more expensive than you would pay for a Celebrity excursion. Don't let the "you won't miss the boat guarantee" tactic scare you. All cruiselines, Celebrity included, need to re-evaluate the price and structure of their shore excursions - with the internet most people can find their own for less than the cruiseline is charging. Maybe they include 1, 2 or more depending on the category of room booked or offer a discount - the more you book, the more you save. Celebrity attracts an older clientele, and this cruise was no exception. We're in our mid-50's and felt to be on the younger age of the cruise's average. Celebrity has also gone to "Evening Chic" instead of formal and very few people on this cruise wore a tux. We did. The problem was that on "Smart Casual" nights there were SO many people wearing jeans, up to and including cutoff shorts. At night. I don't have an explanation for it, but the many of the guests on this cruise showed complete lack of interest in the ship's dress code. Normal? I hope not. The new normal? Can't say, but I hope not. Finally, our cabin - the Penthouse Suite - was ostentatiously large. We splurged. But I would guess that even the inside cabins are well appointed and when you read online someone's complaint about their room not being big enough it usually centers around storage, which means they brought too much stuff - LOL! the staterooms are kept clean and the entire ship is always being polished and painted. So. Why book with Celebrity? Great food. Outstanding service. Beautiful ship. Value for the money? Subjective and based on your expectations. I feel that we got what we paid for and more. I will say that, based on the emails we have received from Celebrity, things are going to continue to change, and we're not so sure for the better. We are looking at other lines and hadn't considered booking another Celebrity cruise based upon what we had read prior to this trip. This cruise made us rethink that decision. Have any questions? Email me at russg140@hotmail.com Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We are Just back from a fabulous back to back cruise on CelebritySilhouette to the Mediterranean and Israel and then a transatlantic. It was a Fantastic experience--delicious food in the dining room, breakfast and lunch buffets, and in ... Read More
We are Just back from a fabulous back to back cruise on CelebritySilhouette to the Mediterranean and Israel and then a transatlantic. It was a Fantastic experience--delicious food in the dining room, breakfast and lunch buffets, and in specialty restaurants (Qsine, the Lawn Grill, and theTuscan Grill) Best celebrity life activities staff (Patrick, Crystal, Constantine, and Giuseppe) we ever had under cruise director, John Grantham, who was exceptional. Kept us busy every day. Trivia, game shows, music, speakers, etc. Enrichment lecturers on Transatlantic were terrific, entertaining and educational Celebrity shore excursions throughout Europe and in Israel were super. Staff and officers all were friendly and service was professional and efficient. Stateroom 7206 a 1A Veranda was a perfect location on the hump with a large veranda. Entertainment was very good, especially all the specialty acts--singers, violinist, sax player, pianist, magician, juggler). Loved every moment of our 29 days on Silhouette- with its friendly, happy crew. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
I chose this cruise because of the ports and the opportunity to try a TA. I really was pleased with all of it. The days at sea were quite filled with enough activities to keep me occupied. Celebrity did a fantastic job of providing ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the ports and the opportunity to try a TA. I really was pleased with all of it. The days at sea were quite filled with enough activities to keep me occupied. Celebrity did a fantastic job of providing enough entertainment and lecturers (6) to provide a variety of interesting opportunities for enrichment. One of the lecturers worked in the White House for 8 years and was a White House historian, and her lectures were tremendously informative and fun. During the day, I enjoyed the dancing classes and the Spanish and French classes. The trivia is always fun, too, for a fill-in. I didn't find enough books in the library, as they all seemed to be checked out all the time. The evening entertainment was top notch...the comedian was hysterical and clean, for the most part, and we all laughed the entire time. The Tenors of Rock was a highlight, and the other performers were so varied in scope and modalities that each night was something to look forward to. I didn't love the juggler or the magician, but other than that, they were phenomenal. The production shows were quite good, with Pearl being excellent and Life being a bit ho-hum. I was disappointed that there wasn't an activity on the lawn, as I had enjoyed a jazz concert with wine and cheese on the lawn on a previous cruise. The themed parties in the Sky Lounge were fun for late evening music and dancing. I can't say enough about the Cruise Director John, who was professional and excellent. He even did a lecture one day about his previous life as an actor and stunt man, which was delightful. Another highlight of this cruise was the food. I have cruised extensively, and this time the food was the best I've ever had. I really appreciated the reasonably sized portions and the beautiful presentation. We chose late dining so that we could get to know our waiters well, and they were perfect. I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the food in the Oceanview Cafe (buffet), and looked forward to lunches there out on the back open deck. They have removed the 5th deck bistro and replaced it with Sushi, which I don't like, but that's a personal preference. I still appreciate the free pastries and dessert at Al Baccio, but wish you could get a free cup of coffee there to go with them, rather than having to pay. I will say that the drink prices are exorbitant, but so many folks on this sailing were Elite level cruisers, who were entitled to 3 free drinks an evening. Many other guests had the drink packages, but they are terribly expensive. My sister and traveling mate was Elite status, and the extra perks, like free laundry, a wine tasting, a high tea, a backstage tour, and some free internet, made a huge difference in the amount of activity provided and the affordability of alcohol. I would say that traveling without the Elite status could really make this cruise expensive if you wanted to drink much alcohol. The average age of travelers on this Transatlantic was probably 65. Being in that age group myself, I found the music selections and entertainment to be spot on. Younger travelers might have found the crowd to be a bit old for them. The ports of Livorno, Toulon, Barcelona, Palma de Majorca, and Tenerife were excellent, although Tenerife isn't the greatest. We did find the local market, and had a blast shopping there. It made the port delightful, after all. In Livorno, we actually had to dock at La Spezia due to weather, but we still were able to visit the Cinque Terre on a tour with Papillon and that was our #1 favorite day of the whole trip. Don't miss that. In Toulon, we did travel to Aix and Cassis, which also was a totally delightful day. Both of these are adorable French villages and you get to take a boat tour in Cassis. Everyone always loves Barcelona and Spain Day Tours did a tremendous job there introducing us to the city. We topped the day off with a stroll on Las Ramblas, and are anxious to revisit Barcelona. Palma is perfect for walking through the old town for shopping and pastries. I will also add that this was the happiest and friendliest crew I have ever encountered. I was always greeted with a smile and a hello. So, should you take this ship? Absolutely, but depending on your age. Realize, of course, that a TA attracts an older age group, but not old enough for walkers and oxygen tanks!!! We found tons of like minded, energetic people to become friends with. Would you like this itinerary? I would think so for most people. There are enough alternate tours in each port that everyone should find something that they like. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
This was our 2nd Transatlantic. Our trip started out with a quick trip to Rome before heading to the port to board our ship. Our embarkation was great, we had a suite which had it's own line. Once checked in we were met by the ... Read More
This was our 2nd Transatlantic. Our trip started out with a quick trip to Rome before heading to the port to board our ship. Our embarkation was great, we had a suite which had it's own line. Once checked in we were met by the Manager of Guest Relations, he escorted us to Michael's Club where we met our concierge Niko. We sat in Michael's Club before we headed to Luminae for lunch. By the time we finished our lunch they had announced we could go to our cabin/suite. We entered our Royal Suite and all we could say was WOW! Shortly after touring our suite our butler Orlando showed up. We sat down and he briefed us on everything, asked us if we needed anything and then we were off to start exploring the ship. Unfortunately it was rainy and pretty chilly so we elected not to venture outside for a sail away gathering. We enjoyed the comforts of our Suite for breakfast on port days and when the weather warmed up enough to be able to sit out on our beautiful balcony. The majority of our meals we eaten in Luminae and we also enjoyed some of the speciality dining rooms. Our Happy Hours were spent in Michael's Club and some nights for a night cap. The entertainment on the ship was not the quality that we have come to know from Celebrity. The guest entertainers were pretty good but unfortunately we only saw them once, unlike our TA in April we would have afternoon matinees by the evening before entertainment. The stage productions really lacked in quality and were very short, maybe 35 minutes at the most. Pretty disappointed in that. The best thing that Celebrity did was to honor the military veterans, a wonderful tribute. John the Cruise Director showed his emotions, as we all did. Thank you Celebrity Cruise Line for that. The service was great, our butler, waitstaff, assistants, concierge all were there to make our trip memorable. We booked all our excursions through private companies because the ratio tour guide to passengers was much better plus we were able to see more. We had a tour scheduled with Celebrity but it was cancelled because we had to change a port. We did not travel with children, there were a few children on the ship, they were very well behaved. We are looking to do another TA, just not sure which one. Our first choice for cruising is always Celebrity Cruise Line. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We love Rome and the idea of starting in Italy and ending in Florida was irresistible. We had no idea how addicting transatlantic travel is. You get home and your body is adjusted to the time change and you've had seven straight days ... Read More
We love Rome and the idea of starting in Italy and ending in Florida was irresistible. We had no idea how addicting transatlantic travel is. You get home and your body is adjusted to the time change and you've had seven straight days to relax, be entertained, and have fun. All the ports were terrific. We took the cruise line's tours of Tuscany and Aix en Provence both of which were terrific. Our cabin was a concierge balcony. It was clean, neat and maybe a touch older than it should be. The service was very good. We had been spoiled by our concierge on a previous Mediterranean cruise and this man wasn't as personable or efficient. The food was not quite as good as the Celebrity Equinox so I don't know if all of Celebrity is not as into their menu quality or it is just the Silhouette. Loved the specialty restaurants. The activities were good, entertainment okay. We can't wait for our next transatlantic adventure Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We enjoy Italy, we enjoy Celebrity, we enjoy time at sea. And so a TA from Rome on Silhouette was an obvious selection. We started with 4 days in Florence, then a day driving a rental car through the Tuscan hills down to the port. ... Read More
We enjoy Italy, we enjoy Celebrity, we enjoy time at sea. And so a TA from Rome on Silhouette was an obvious selection. We started with 4 days in Florence, then a day driving a rental car through the Tuscan hills down to the port. Transportation the next morning from our hotel to the ship was chaotic - too many big ships in port and the cabs were hard pressed to keep up. But we were able to share a minivan cab with two other couples headed for our ship, so it worked out. Misty rainy windy weather on our way out of port that evening. We were notified that they would skip Lavorno in lieu of the more protected port of Lasizes. I understand that all tours that were to have originated in Lavorno were conducted out of Lasizes instead, so no big deal. We spent the day relaxing aboard. Next day was Toulon. Waterbus transfer from the ship to the city's waterfront. We went with a small group who had signed up for the ship-sponsored walking tour of the old part of the city. Very well done! After lunch on our own, we found a bus (#40 if I recall correctly) that took us up into the foothills and the teleferique. A nice gondola ride with beautiful views from the hilltop overlooking the city and the harbor. Barcelona the next day. Wonderful city, deserving of a follow-up visit of several days. We took the ship's shuttle to the base of the Ramblas. Found a cab who would drive us around the several must-see spots on our list, and off we went. Cathedral, Sagrada Familia, Picasso museum... The cab dropped us at the head of the Ramblas, we had a leisurely walk to the waterfront with a stop for food and a pass through the market along the way. Still plenty of time before boarding so we took a 45 minute harbor tour on a small tour boat, then walked back to the shuttle bus stop. Mallorca! We had joined in on a tour arranged through the CC roll call. Well done, a great day. Half day in and around Palma, then up into the hills to the small village of Valledemossa where Chopin and his lady friend (pen name George Sand) spent a miserable winter back in the 1830's. On our next visit to the island I plan to spend the day just wandering through that little town. Delightful! The following day we passed through the Straits, nicely timed with a gorgeous sunset to welcome us to the Atlantic. A day or two later (it all starts to run together) we reached Tenerifé in the Canary Islands. Celebrity shuttle to the waterfront, then a walk to Plaza España where we were meeting a friend who had come down from Norway for the weekend. Coincidentally, the Plaza that morning was the start point for a Classic Cars Rally and so we had a good time watching the old Cobras and VWs and Lancias and BMWs and Porsches and Minis head out for their day's competition. A misty rainy day so we took refuge for coffee and conversation several times, but our walk managed to cover some ground in and around the old city and the market. We caught the last shuttle bus back to the ship and settled in for a week of sybaritic leisure. Food in the MDR was good, usually with at least two appetizers and two entrees which looked very tempting. I did often have two of the appetizers but restrained myself and limited myself to a single entree. Good service, competent friendly attention from the wait staff and from Despot, the best sommelier we have encountered in our cruising. We both enjoyed the Alan Fishman Art presentations in the Beyond the Podium series. My wife enjoyed the White House talks by Melinda and the presentations by Dr. Lisa. I put up with Dr. Lisa for 1 1/2 presentations but was totally put off by her apparent presumption that she was talking to a bunch of high schoolers who needed entertainment rather than to serious adults who were interested in learning. And she was so proud of herself that she spends so much time doing her preparation, and she can't bother to correct the egregious mistakes in her slides? Really? E.g.: did so-and-so have 3,000 soldiers like she said or 300,000 like it showed on her slides? We will never know and I quickly got too annoyed by her sloppy presentation to care very much about her topic... Time with her was a majorly waste of time, but I understand that Celebrity has to cater to all types and they can't always find top-quality speakers like Fishman (on this cruise), and Milos (who we have enjoyed on other cruises). All in all, a nice relaxing time aboard with good memories of our days ashore. We took advantage of on-board Future Cruise deals and have booked a similar transatlantic for 2018. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
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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