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75 Venice to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Celebrity Silhouette Cruise Reviews

Constant pressure to pay the ship more money detracted from an otherwise beautiful cruise experience. From Sept 23rd to Oct 4th, Venice to Rome, we enjoyed an interesting itinerary on a lovely ship, spotlessly clean, with very good food. ... Read More
Constant pressure to pay the ship more money detracted from an otherwise beautiful cruise experience. From Sept 23rd to Oct 4th, Venice to Rome, we enjoyed an interesting itinerary on a lovely ship, spotlessly clean, with very good food. Apparently guests and crew remained healthy, all good signs of a good ship. As experienced travellers and cruisers, we knew that the cost of this cruise was already substantial. The bar and excursion prices were the highest we have ever experienced. There was continuous pressure to sell us beverage packages (at $159 per person per day), shore excursions (at $50 to $350 per person), specialty restaurant access at $40 to 50 per person), overpriced bottled water, special coffees etc. Upselling became tiresome, for example inside the specialty dining rooms, being asked to purchase additional menu items. Staff were very friendly and helpful, but obviously were obliged to repeatedly ask "Is everything OK, is everything wonderful?". On several occasions, private conversations were interrupted by a supervisor asking the same questions, which had already been asked several times within the past 10 minutes. This felt like we were being kept on the "corporate message". Perhaps some guests did not notice, but we did, and did not like it. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
This review is about the ship, conditions, service, staff, overview of Celebrity Cruises, & the officers. First the ship was very clean & most of the staff helpful & friendly. Our housekeeping, head mater'd, waiters in ... Read More
This review is about the ship, conditions, service, staff, overview of Celebrity Cruises, & the officers. First the ship was very clean & most of the staff helpful & friendly. Our housekeeping, head mater'd, waiters in the main dinning room, quest services, were all excellent. This was complimented by the friendliest staff of officers we have ever encountered while cruising. We were excited to board the Silhouette due to the excellent itinerary & arriving Venice after a long 14 hour flight from the West Coast of the USA. We were very pleased with the mix of passengers on this voyage. Lots of people from England, Europe, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, & the USA. Fortunate to meet many nice people during this voyage & exchange ideas & socialize. For the most part, everyone was very friendly & polite. However there is the occasional group or passengers who insist on meeting in the middle of the hallways, jamming the traffic patterns, & oblivious to others trying to reach their destinations. This was very apparent in the evenings & the day at sea. A lot of this problem could be solved if Celebrity would not allow it's vendors to try to sell so much merchandise outside of their shops. Decks 4 & 5 particularly crowded, especially with people entering or leaving the theatre. Many had referred to Celebrity's up selling of their products & the high alcohol drink prices. I totally concur. I know it is a personal decision trying to decide if these things are of value. Wine prices are ridiculous at dinner & who pays $12-16 for a cocktail ? Further I purchased a $100 wine card at Cellar Masters. I found the selections rather odd, the pours short for the price, & lack of any help available during my visits. Machines did not function properly or the bottle of my choice would be empty. I only purchased this card because the wines available by glass at the bars are terrible. Although we purchased many bottles during our dinners in the main dining room, we were still left with poor choices for wine after dinner. I ended up only using about $50 on this card. Hard to imagine at these inflated prices, I could not spend $100 worth of wine on a 12 night cruise. ( Celebrity wins again ) Staff was very good in all areas of the ship except, the bars ( especially the Martini Bar ) We felt the bar-tenders were slow, rude, & only concerned about collecting the purchase price for beverages served. I can only guess as to the amount of revenue lost, due to these prevailing conditions. We ate in the main dinning room most of the time. Food was very good & portions adequate. Listen to your waiters, they will give you the best choices for your evening meals. Ours never failed us & we are glad we listened. Some of our tablemates did not, & were disappointed with their choices. We also ate at 2 speciality restaurants. Excellent as always, but is it worth the up-charge? Only you can decide. Entertainment in the theatre was average at best. The Celebrity Band was the best, wish they were playing somewhere else besides the theatre. The best entertainment was with the group Soul. Loved the sound, music, & vocals. However what a really dumb place to have these people on a ship this size. They attracted large crowds with most people standing. Why not use the observation lounge for some live music, they would have filled it every night, instead of a DJ playing what he liked & no one attending that performance. Get with it Celebrity, by now you show know the average age of your passengers & play music appropriate for this age group. By the way... There was piano player anywhere to be found on this ship. A large mistake by you Mr. Celebrity.We attended most performances, however on many occasions we left early & found other ways to entertain ourselves. Excursions, because this cruise is so port intensive, we decided to break it up into 3 parts. We ended up doing about 1/3 of Celebrity Shore Excursions ( which to our surprise were very good ) Private tours with just 4 people total all excellent, & the balance DIY. We are not pool people, so I cannot comment on this, but to say it was well attended on the sea day & appeared there were many lounge & chair hogs. We found the Sunset Bar more to our liking, although we did breakdown & try a hamburger & hot dog at the pool. Actually it was much better than we anticipated. The ocean was flat, the cruise enjoyable, & the weather was very good the last 9 days. Rain in Venice did dampen our spirits, however we did manage a full day tour with umbrellas & all. Perhaps these are the worst pictures I have ever taken of Venice. So glad we have visited before with lots of sunshine. Crowds are still insane & prices very high. In conclusion, I think maybe the solstice style may not be for us. Although the ship accommodations are very nice & they do a good job of moving people on & off the ship, it does not quite work for us. Just too many people. Likely we will go a ship like the Summit or try Azamara. We are loyal to Celebrity, just wish they would make a few improvements to ensure their customers satisfaction. Happy sailing... onespots   Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
We have just rerurned from an 11 night Adriatic cruise and loved every minute. A wonderful itinerary (although many of us think that Ravenna could be missed). Sailing out of Venice was stunning. We were blessed with great weather for the ... Read More
We have just rerurned from an 11 night Adriatic cruise and loved every minute. A wonderful itinerary (although many of us think that Ravenna could be missed). Sailing out of Venice was stunning. We were blessed with great weather for the entire cruise. Quality of ship and service were excellent as was the entertainment. Entertainment each night in the theatre was very good and better than we have experienced on other cruises. We only ate in the main dining room for dinner although we had thought of trying one of the other specialty restaurants but we enjoyed the quality of food, service and comfort in the main dining room. I agree with other reviews that there was a large effort to sell, sell, sell all the time which was annoying, whether it was photos on the ship as well as every day departing and also for the specialty restaurants, beverage packages, spas etc. Our balcony cabin was excellent but very similar to other ships although the bathroom was definitely larger and better equipped than we've experienced on other ships. Price of laundry was expensive especially with no self laundry options. On other cruise lines we have at least had a discounted laundry bag during the cruises but the Silhouette price did not seem discounted as the bags are small and cost US$45 washed only plus 15% service charge. We look forward to another cruise with Celebrity sometime. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
There are very few reviews of cruise tours so I thought I would help remedy the situation after all they can be a significant part of your vacation. When we made our online booking the #5EB cruise tour for cabin 6173 was $200 pp cheaper ... Read More
There are very few reviews of cruise tours so I thought I would help remedy the situation after all they can be a significant part of your vacation. When we made our online booking the #5EB cruise tour for cabin 6173 was $200 pp cheaper than for the cruise charge for cabin 6173. We booked the cruise tour. Well wouldn't you.? After a 24 hour flight from Melbourne via Dubai we arrived tired and jet lagged at Malpensa, Milan to be greeted by our cruise tour driver who whisked us away to our excellent 4 star hotel The Grand Hotel di Como. In a parkland setting this hotel may not have the Baroque cherubs and the Renaissance frescoes, but it is clean and comfortable, serves a good breakfast and above all the staff are excellent . After a 6:00pm tour briefing we were still not too tired to dine at our pre booked ( not included in the tour) trattoria set high in the hills above Cernobbio. Frequented by the Villa d'Este crowd, George Clooney, Ralph Lauren, Matt Damon etc. the Il Gatto Nero provides the most wonderful view of the Lake, eclectic decor, candelight ambience, good food and if your lucky, the most amazing waiter Carlitta. The tour proper began the next day with an hour long private boat tour of Lake Como Villas cruising past the Versace villa, the Opus Dei villa, the Clooney villa Oleander and compound ( 4 buildings and a large garden for him) the Branson villa , villa Balbinello etc. etc. The 2 hour lunch stop at Bellagio (our favourite restaurant Biblicus for us) was followed by the included return hydrofoil transport back to the hotel. Also included was dinner at a delightful restaurant outside Como. Next day it was a four hour bus ride to Venice with an informative commentary by our excellent guide Nardine. Now our one night pre cruise accommodation in Venice was to be at the conveniently located 4 star Hotel Splendid. As our tour group was larger than expected ( 50 ) and as the Splendid could not accommodate everyone, we and 28 others were upgraded to the 5 star St Regis San Clemente Palace Hotel. Wow! Set on its own private island this is truly an outstanding property and the definition of modern luxury,taste and style. Our large beautifully decorated room had two bathrooms , the hotels swimming pool was to die for, the silver service breakfast unbelievable, the well manicured gardens extensive, and a complimentary half hourly launch shuttled guests to and from San Marco, the hotels pier being near the Danielli. That night we dined at the (not included ) overrated , overpriced and pretentious new Oro restaurant at the legendary Cipriani. When a ferocious storm suddenly hit Venice and the lagoon became too rough for both hotels launches, but then finally calm enough for the Ciprianis, the concierge at the San Clemente sent a complimentary water taxi to its pier at San Marco to pick us up. What a hotel !! As we have visited Venice many times we avoided the stifling crowds ( they have very much increased in numbers ) of San Marco and the included morning tour of the Doges Palace and the Bascillica. Instead we walked our favourite route from Salute (and as we have visited them before ) past the Guggenheim ,Ezra Pound's house, the Accademia ,and the Frari to Piazzale Roma where we boarded the number 1 vaporetto to return down the Grand Canal. We then took the St Regis private launch back to the hotel and rejoined the tour to begin the cruise. Overall this was an amazing experience and very much value for money cruise tour. Thank you Celebrity you really did us proud! I will not go on about the cruise as all has been written so many times before, but for us there were no negatives. Needless to say the Silhouette is a wonderful ship, the weather for our Adriatic cruise was perfect, the seas smooth, the ports interesting, the food excellent ( all food allergies were well catered for ) and the crew outstanding. Well done Celebrity and we will certainly sail and do a cruise tour with you again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
We booked a one week eastern mediterranean cruise on Celebrity Silhoutte from Venice to Kotor, Santorini, Athens and Katakolon. Did exactly the same cruise on another ship years agon so we knew what to expect in the ports. Cabin: As the ... Read More
We booked a one week eastern mediterranean cruise on Celebrity Silhoutte from Venice to Kotor, Santorini, Athens and Katakolon. Did exactly the same cruise on another ship years agon so we knew what to expect in the ports. Cabin: As the price difference between the Aqua Class Cabin and a Sky Suite was marginal we decided to try the Sky suite this time, only suites available were the ones looking to the aft od deck 10. There were also ones available on Deck 11 but the Cafe is right above and I read people complained about the noise. As we also already experienced huge noise problems in a cabin below pool deck on another ship, we always avoid that. Sky Suie 1667 was absolutekly perfect, the extra space was great, double the size of closet and drawers, huge bathroom with bathtub, nice sitting area and huge balcony. The butler was perfect, took extra care, nice snacks every afternoon and coffee whenever we wanted it. Only disadvantage compared to Aqua Class Cabin (which is cheaper), water is not included in the suite. There was only one main issue, which we experienced after the first night, there was soot all over the balcony and covered floor, chairs, handrail and table. Whenever we wanted to use the balcony, we had to clean with towels. The steward did his best to keep in clean, but after some hours soot was all over again. Staff told us, that this problem is known for all Solstice Class ships. So overall, we would never book a Sky Suite at the aft again, book only one at the side of the ship!!! Public rooms of the ship are spotless and elegant, we love the restaurant and all bars. Had food in the MDR nearly every night and it was always good. One night we had dinner at Lawn Grill and loved it, you must have this at least once during your cruise, perfect open air setting. Staff overall the ship was really helpful and nice. Embarkation and Disembarkation in Venice was smooth, to get offthe boat we opted to carry our own luggage which saves tremendous time. Tendering process in Kotor/Montenegro and Santorini was also smooth. Our favourite port is Santorine, its a must, perfect views and so relaxing just to hang out in a nice cafe in Fira. Athens was also nice, we never booka guided tour, in Athens we took the Hop-on Hop-off bus, which is waiting right at he port and took the 3 hours tour. After the tour we had lunch in Athens, a walk in old town and then took the bus back to the port. In Katakolon we did not take atour to Olympia, just walked across the little town, nice bars and cafes along the seaside. Then walked to the little beach (which is not really nice and well kept, but at least has a bar and showers) for a swim. Kotor in Montenegro was also a nice stop, comparable to Dubrovnik, nice small streets to stroll around. Entertainment program was really first class, we loved most of the shows and the entertainers in the bars were one of the best we have seen on ships. One minor issue on the public decks: Nobody cares on the towel policy, people start reservibfg deckchairs as from 6 am and nobody cares. I saw people asking the "Pool Butlers" for help and after compalins they removed towels. Once I did it by myself for an older couple looking for deckchairs. The two chairs next to us were reserved for 5 hours, nobody came. I think this policy has to be executed. Overall, Celebrity did not disappoint, beside the Soot Problems the Cruise was fantastic. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
Just returned from 7 nights on Silhouette eastern Med. and Greece sailing myself and DH. The overall experience was of course very good. We arrived in Venice 3 days before embarkation. Non-stop from Philadelphia on USAir. Slept all the ... Read More
Just returned from 7 nights on Silhouette eastern Med. and Greece sailing myself and DH. The overall experience was of course very good. We arrived in Venice 3 days before embarkation. Non-stop from Philadelphia on USAir. Slept all the way so we were feeling refreshed and ready to go. We were staying at the Papadopoli Hotel which is right across a foot bridge from the bus station. I highly recommend this hotel if only for the location and ease of getting around. You can get a very good rate including breakfast if you look around various websites and book early. The bus cost 6 euro each left almost immediately after we boarded and were were in Venice within 30 minutes. A quick 2 minute walk across a foot bridge with wheelchair / luggage ramp was very easy. Check in was smooth although the attitude of the 2 gentlemen at the front desk could have been more pleasant. We enjoyed a lot of what there is to see and do in Venice but I'm sure we could have done alot more. Went to the Doges Palace which was spectacular and loved sitting in St. Marks square with the most fabulous ice cream concoction I've ever had. Missed going inside of the Basilica. We didn't buy a ticket before hand and the line was an hour and a half long. That day was sunny and hot, hot, hot . Ate in some good places and some not so good places. Can't remember their names but non were memorable, I'm afraid. On embarkation day we simply walked back over the foot bridge to the People Mover which is right at the bus station and that took us directly to the cruise port. One problem here. Bad signage as you get off the People Mover. No one directing where to go and so we just started walking towards the ship. We did pass a group of people waiting for something perhaps a shuttle but we saw no signs as to what they were waiting for so we just kept trudging. Took about 10 minutes to walk. Here's where it gets disappointing. We are Elite and were quickly checked in but given a number 6 to board. We didn't understand why such a high number but we soon found out. The Zeniths, suites, Aqua and Concierge board first then the Elite plus and then Elites board along with all the other Captain's Club members. We had to wait about 30 minutes after boarding began. I guess we're not so special anymore. Maybe it's always been this way. Maybe it was because there were a lot of passengers. But we started to get the feeling that the almighty dollar is how Celebrity measures status now. No biggie, we were so excited about the cruise it really didn't matter at that point. We carried our swimsuits with us and so after a mediocre lunch in the buffet we found a cozy spot by the pool to look out over beautiful Venice and get some sun. Our bags arrived quite quickly to our balcony room # 8289 which was very nice except for the overhead storage. That was a bit inconvenient. The bathroom was great. Large and roomy with a largish shower with double doors. No more sticky shower curtain, yay! All of the staff seemed genuinely happy and went out of their way to assist in any way at all. Our room steward Gleno was a gem. Sailing out of Venice was just beautiful. Hard to describe the experience but everyone should do it once. We booked Qsine that night because of the first night 30% discount. (What happened to half price?) We both had the included classic drink package and I found that the Benziger chardonnay was just fine. DH mostly beer or rum and coke with an occasional martini so the classic was sufficient. Until we found the Molecular and Martini Bars. DH wasn't interested but I wanted to try some schmancy drinks so I upgraded on the 3rd night for $51.00 and was glad I did. Tried some really great drinks, hic. Our first stop was Dubrovnik. We found a taxi at the pier with the best driver in the city. We were so enthralled by listening to his knowledge of his country that we forgot to get his name. He took us to the top of the mountain overlooking the city. The view was spectacular and our driver was very informative with a great sense of humor, too. He dropped us off at the old city where we thought about walking the wall but it was about 90 degrees that day so we just walked around and bought a couple of things including a disposable camera. DH dropped my good camera on deck that day and it was not repairable. I used my Iphone from then on. Let me say we thought that besides our driver most of the locals seemed like they didn't like tourists. A waiter where we stopped for drinks said to me (while my DH was in the restroom),"Are you American?" But the distaste with which he said that was obvious. I said jokingly "yes we are, we're horrible American tourists". To which he responded "I thought so." Jerk. Everything was super expensive. They have a short tourist season and they jack everything up during that time. Next sea day we spent in one of the Alcoves. I had prereserved it on line and after seeing them in person we kinda had second thoughts but there was nowhere to sit by the pool (chair hogs) so we used that as our base for the day. I have to say the service was spotty. About 11am we decided to have a couple of bloody mary's so we called our attendant who quickly forgot about us. After watching her move around the deck for 30 minutes I finally went over and asked about our drinks, "Oh I forgot!" No biggie, it happens. But the same thing happened with our afternoon attendant. After 30 minutes, "Oh I forgot!" We enjoyed the peace and quiet, but we don't think we'll do the Alcoves again. At $149 for a sea day we'll just hunt down some deck chairs next time. Our only ship's tour was Ephesus. It certainly rivals other ancient cities we've seen. Just spectacular and a must see. Our tour guide was delightful if not quite understandable. But we got the gist. Later we walked thru the bazaar near the ship and found a lot of shopkeepers are related,lol. Each shop I bought something they'd send me next door to their brother or cousin, it was really funny. I bought a small "Turkish" rug from a delightful shop keeper who looked exactly like Robert Di niro. I guess he felt bad that he probably over-charged me (I didn't care he was such a hoot!) so he gave me another one for free as we walked out. We've been to Kusadasi before and the people are just the nicest, friendliest we've ever met. 2nd sea day was another formal night and we went to Muranos. The service was wonderful if not the lobster. It was the same lobster they probably were serving in the MDR with a so-so sauce on it. I found my favorite wine by the glass Mer Soleil in Murano at 20.00 each. That made the dinner superb. Only problem is no one in any of the bars was willing to try to serve me a glass after that. I guess they wanted me to buy the bottle at 75.00 ($60.00 with discount). But the math didn't add up. I would have spent $12.00 for 4 glasses or $60.00 for a bottle. So back to classic package wine. Went in the Wine Cellar once but the attendant was kind of snooty and all I wanted was Mer Soleil which he sniffed that he had never heard of it. Never went back there. It used to be if we saw an envelope on our door it was an invitation to the Captain's table or a special event. Now it's just advertisements for jewelry or some other way of giving them more money. Didn't expect that from Celebrity. Kinda cheesy. We had been to Mykonos before so we just walked along the shore and stopped for coffee since we had to be back to the ship early. Mykonos was surprisingly low cost so we bought some doo-dads their such as olives, olive oil and olive soap. We like olives, can ya tell? Corfu was our next and last stop. We took a bus to the Fort where I had an iced coffee in the shade while DH climbed to the top. He said the view was beautiful. Then back to town where we just walked along the esplanade (another blistering hot day) and stopped for a drink, then Caught the ship's shuttle back to the ship. $10.00 each way. Last sea day got up early got our chairs by the pool and never left until lunch time. The pool police were out in force that day and we were glad as we watched people put down their stuff and never come back. One thing that the ship is missing is a children's pool. Kids took over both pools every day. Two kids were throwing a ball back and forth all week and no one told them to stop. It was annoying to say the least. We kind of expected a lot of kids but didn't know they wouldn't have their own pool. We ran into a brief but powerful storm late afternoon. Captain came on the PA to reassure the passengers that we would sail through it quickly and that the ship could handle this, and it did beautifully. Noticed by the last day that the staff were not as perky and eager as the first day. But neither were we,. The last day is always the saddest. The Silhouette is a beautiful work of art in itself. The designing and engineering that went into it is phenomenal. We never felt crowded, except at those chaotic $10.00 sales which I tried to stay away from but couldn't. So in a nut shell, the ship was lovely, the staff were great and the food good if not great like it used to be. Entertainment was hit and miss. They had a really fun party out by the pool one night with the band Soul playing great dance music. That was our favorite band. The female singer could sing anything really well. This was our 40th cruise and we were celebrating our 30th anniversary so we'll never forget this one. Now we have to find a place that still develops film for that 20euro disposable camera we bought in Dibrovnik, lol.   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
This was the second year in a row that my wife and I chose a summer cruise in Europe. We wanted some beaches this year, and Celebrity had the best itinerary for us. In particular the fact that Venice was the start point was the top selling ... Read More
This was the second year in a row that my wife and I chose a summer cruise in Europe. We wanted some beaches this year, and Celebrity had the best itinerary for us. In particular the fact that Venice was the start point was the top selling point We flew into Venice on Thursday overnight into Friday and spent two glorious days at the Bosco Venezia. As advertised it was close to the main sites without being too crowded. I was surprised by the fact that the gondolas were so cheesy (our gondolier rudely informed us that they only sing in the movies and he seemed disinterested otherwise). Nevertheless it was a beautiful city with much to offer. We embarked on Sunday. You must definitely use a water taxi to the port, as it was extremely easy and convenient. Embarkation was excellent , and the view leaving Venice was awesome. As far as the ship was concerned, it was somewhat lesser than Royal Carribean in two areas. One was the lack of friendliness in the room stewards. We have always made friends with the stewards on prior RC sailings, but the steward was either very shy or not interested in interacting. The other issue was the constant badgering for jewelry sales almost everywhere you went. We also thought the $500 watch giveaway was fixed, as the person who picked the name picked her own relative. There were many pluses as well. Two of the best shows I have ever seen on land or sea were the magician Gary Allan and the twisted pianist John Courtnay. They also had a comedian in the midnight show who used to open for George Carlin. In particular the activities manager Maria worked so hard and was the best I have seen at her particular job. We also had an inside cabin that was quite spacious and well designed in every way. The food was top notch and the buffet was well above average. The solarium was pleasant and there were many fine amenities throughout the ship. We had four ports and only did one tour, that in Ephesus Turkey. The ruins were a sight to behold and quite incredible. If the tour had ended there, it would have been five stars. Unfortunately, the tour continued at a "theme park" that was merely an excuse to sell the tour operator's crap. We bagged out of the carpet making demonstration at the end, and we were told by others it was also used to peddle souvenirs. Mykonos and Corfu were both excellent. We took a taxi to Paradise Beach in Mykonos, but we had to leave before the party started. We rented a car in Corfu and drove to two beaches on the other side of the island. They were world class. Dubrovnik was a nice little port town with beautiful views and easy walks. I strongly recommend not taking any beach tours as you can save a lot of money doing it yourself. We disembarked in Venice and the transition was seamless. We are very glad we chose this cruise.   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
This is about my 15th cruise 5 th with Celebrity and the pros far far outweigh the cons. We started with a pre day in Venice, staying at the Hilton Molino Stucky, nice hotel off the beaten path, and nice to come home to, as Venice was ... Read More
This is about my 15th cruise 5 th with Celebrity and the pros far far outweigh the cons. We started with a pre day in Venice, staying at the Hilton Molino Stucky, nice hotel off the beaten path, and nice to come home to, as Venice was very crowded. I love Venice and have been there many times, this time seemed so so busy and very very expensive to get around. I did book private transportation which were expensive but very accomodating and always where they were suppose to be. We used Venicedriver.com and dealt with Svetlana prior to our trip. She always responded quickly and service was excellent but again it is very expensive to get around Venice.The public transport is ever present however they are very crowded and people have luggage and not a lot of places to sit so we opted for private transport worked out well for us. We did Venice on our own as we have been here before. Our traveling companions had not. So, we did get up very early to get them into all the attractions and it worked out fine. Just remeber to go early or you will wait for hours to get in. St. Marks square was also very very busy and expensive. My suggestion is to go off the beaten paths you find wonderful restaurants and little shops. Getting lost is such fun in Venice. We had privated transport from our hotel to ship the next day and again they were right on time. We boarded the ship about 12:30 p.m. and walked right on board (we were in Concierge Class). Champagne as we entered is always a nice touch and really enjoyable. Our room was ready and we went right up dropped off our bags and went for lunch. This ship is beautiful, and clean. Lunch was wonderful. If you can not find something to eat on this ship you certainly have a problem. We decided to go back to the city. My only complaints about this cruise ship and many others as they were always complaining about. The upselling and the transportion to the towns. I do hope that Celebrity takes a look at these issues or I am sure they are going to lose customers. One gentleman said it so well, he said I just got off a long flight got on the ship, he was tired and hungary and the first person he meets wants to know if he wants to go to a upsell restaurant. He said hell, I just got off a plane I am tired, I just want some lunch and relax. Then there is the sooooo overpriced transportation that is so crazy you just want to scream. The poor staff is so unorganized it was sad. More about ship transport later. We did take the people mover it was so crowded we got off at Rialto Bridge, walked around and had dinner at small restaurant. We decided to try and get a taxi back we did negotiate one back and was well worth it but expensive. Our first stop was Koper, slovenia We had a private tour with Ivan we went to the Lipica Horse farm, a tour of the old town then off to his store for a wine and cheese tasting. We had a great time and would recommend this tour guide. He is basically right off the ship however I would book in advance to secure the time you want. email is istranka.koper@gmail.com Ivan is the owner and responded quickly to all e mails. Would highly recommend his services. Next day was Ravenna, Italy. Again transportation from ship to town was down right expensive and so un organized. This we felt was a rip off by the ship. One must keep in mind that most shops in Italy/Europe close for siesta, so if you want to shop go into the towns early. The town is very cute with lots to see and very friendly people. Next day was Split Croatia. We just walked around town and had a lovely day. The old fort is wonderful. there was lot to see and do on your own. They are noted for coral and onyx and there was plenty of it at some reasonable prices. Next day was Dubrovnik. We ended up hiring a taxi right at the ship. He was very interesting and took us to some beautiful stops above the city looking down at the old town and the wall. It was a real treat and we loved Dubrovnik. Inside the wall is so interesting. Never did find the Buza Bar. Next day Koter, Montenagro. We all agreed that this was one of the most surprising and pleasant ports. We had a private tour, that I booked last minute with monttravelers@gmail.com. The owner and driver Diko was fantastic. We had such a wonderful day and can not recommend Diko enough. He loves his country and went out of his way to make sure we all enjoyed. We were scheduled for a 5 hours tour however it was well over that time with us. Diko was so interesting and we went to such great places off the beaten path to see what life was like in Montenagro. We visited many sites along the way to the Old Town Budva. Then off to St Stefan where caino royale was filmed. The scenery is breathtaking. Diko took us to a off the beaten path to try the ham, cheese and wine from his country. I can not say enough about our tour with Diko! I can only say if you are in Montenagro and want a great tour e mail him. Next day sea We enjoyed all the amenities on board. There is so much to do the day flew. Nest day Olympia, Greece. We had a tour with Andre Samos at olympiataxi@yahoo.gr We had a wonderful time with Andres. He took us to see the ruins of Olympia, then off to the town and some shopping, coffee and sweets. He took us to a winery Mercuri Winery which was wonderful we were able to taste wine cheese and olives it was great. Then off to a monastery which had without a doubt the most beautiful scenery in the world. Andreas took us to a restaurant that was off the beaten path with some of the best greek food we have had, then they brought out baklava! We were so full never ate dinner that night. We loved every second in Greece. People are friendly and very helpful. If you need a tour in Olympia e mail Andreas you wont be disappointed. Next day Malta- Beautiful sail in, lots of history here. We were on our own here and really enjoyed it. We took a taxi into town and just walked around, went to museum which was great. It was very hot in Malta. They do have beautiful filligree silver. Loved shopping here. Worth every penny! We took one of the small taxi's back to ship and it was fun. I would like to say a few things about the Silhouette and the crew. They were amazing, our room stuart Hector was a gem and I can not say enough about our dining experience with our servers Suria, and Anto and of course the ever smiling Erde the wine stewart who never missed a beat. It made our dinners so enjoyable we never wanted to leave. Of all the cruises we have been on they were the best!!!!!!!! The ship is so clean and they really know how to handle people on board. Did not really go to any shows as we were so tired at the end of the day. We heard that they were good. We knew this was a very intense port cruise and we were ready for it as we wanted to see as much as possible. My only suggestions to the cruise line is to cut out the upselling, take a look at the prices you are asking for a bus ride and for heaven sakes stop the crazy $10. days it is out of place on a ship like this. Besides that we loved the food on Celebrity, the service, and the beautiful ship.... We certainly will sail again with Celebrity. It is just going to be hard to beat our dinner service it was wonderful! The Ship singers that were in the main lobby were great and we listened to them most nights. One last note which is not very promising. The Mecenate Palace Hotel which is where we stayed in Rome was the downer of the trip. Would never recommend this hotel. If anyone wants additional information please do not hesitate to contact me. Shopinpat@aol.com Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
It was our 2nd cruise with Celebrity and as previous members have stated, there seems to be a push for you to pay more money. We really could not fault the main dining room with an excellent team looking after our table. The cruise did ... Read More
It was our 2nd cruise with Celebrity and as previous members have stated, there seems to be a push for you to pay more money. We really could not fault the main dining room with an excellent team looking after our table. The cruise did not get off to to a good start for us (and 30 other guests) as after the lifeboat drill we went up to the front Skyview Room to view the departure from Venice down the grand canal. Unfortunately a young lady who introduced herself as the "captain's assistant" informed us we would have to move as the room was going to be used for a private function. So we were kicked out. No notice had been provided and we had to stand in the cold. The same room was reserved for every departure. So much for the little people. Our next complaint was the excursions. We booked 5 and 3 were late departing the ship by up to 45 minutes. The excursions are expensive and yet the crew could not get their act together. I plan to give another cruise line a chance for my next cruise and I beleive a number of other guests will choose to do the same. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
We have done one cruise before, a 3 night one to the Bahamas in 1998. Things have changed a bit since then. The Silhouette is all that other cruisers have said in previous reviews. We had great service and a great trip. Amongst the best ... Read More
We have done one cruise before, a 3 night one to the Bahamas in 1998. Things have changed a bit since then. The Silhouette is all that other cruisers have said in previous reviews. We had great service and a great trip. Amongst the best for service was our butler, housekeeping team, guest relations and concierge. We needed a bit of help before we sailed with trying to get something through Italian Customs in time to sail. In spite of the concierge's best efforts, we were not successful. She worked very hard for us. We also had issues with an air con leak in our cabin. After the 4th day of it, we asked to speak to someone in management. The Assistant Guest Services Manager we dealt with was excellent We had one of the Sky Suites and loved it. Having a balcony and extra room in the cabin was great for a 12 night cruise. We were under the buffet floor though and I was woken every day by the noise of some sort of wheeled cart going back and forth. The food was a disappointment to us. We expected a Las Vegas style buffet and were disappointed to find it more like a mall food court. Sometimes the food was dreadful, including a burnt spaghetti bolognese sauce. We only ate once in the main dining room and the food was nice. We didn't eat at all in the specialty restaurants. We checked all the menus each day but I have very specific food needs and for the most part the dining options didn't cover them. We did bring food back to the ship from our shore visits and I ended up mostly eating that. Because we were up early, we were asleep early and couldn't stay awake for the shows in the evening. I had more than one experience with the spa. On separate occasions I had a manicure and a pedicure. The nail tech was excellent. I also had a massage and couldn't wait to get out of the place. The massage therapist spent a lot of time trying to sell me other services and products. It wasn't at all relaxing. We did a few of the ship's shore excursions. One of them was fabulous - the trip to Bologna. The tour guide was great on the way there and we had a wonderful time wandering round. We bought quite a lot of food from the market there and it was all divine. I wonder though, whether the cruise company audits the companies it contracts to provide the excursions though. We were disappointed by the guides in both Koper and Sicily. We cancelled a few of the trips we had booked and changed some too, once we'd been to Bologna and Koper. As we'd been to the Amalfi coast previously, we made an arrangement to go with a private tour I arranged. We travelled with Charming Italy tours. They provided a car and driver/guide to fit with our wish to have lunch in Positano. The car was in top notch condition, the driver was knowledgeable but not pushy. He asked us if we would like a recommendation for lunch and the food at the place he took us to was exquisite. I'd happily book with them again and heartily recommend them. Disembarkation was smooth until we got out to the place where everyone was meeting their transfer drivers. That was chaotic and not a little unsafe with cars driving in and around people. I'd had to change our transfer time several times as we kept getting different information about disembarkation times. Our travel agent initially told us that disembarkation was at the docking time of 5 am. So we arranged the transfer for that time. Then when I did the online check in, it said 11 am. So I booked to fit with that. Then on the ship, the disembarkation form listed the last time off as 9.30 am, so I rebooked to fit with that. All in all, it was a good way to see a lot of places in a short time while not packing and unpacking all the time. Then we could decide which places we'd like to go back to for longer. I think we've decided we are not group booking type people for shore excursions though. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
Just got back from an awesome vacation... this was my fourth saling with Celbrity but second time for my daughter and husband. Flew from Vancouver to Seattle,Paris and finally got to Venice via Delta Airlines. Must say we were impressed ... Read More
Just got back from an awesome vacation... this was my fourth saling with Celbrity but second time for my daughter and husband. Flew from Vancouver to Seattle,Paris and finally got to Venice via Delta Airlines. Must say we were impressed with service on Delta and will fly with them again. Spent 2 days in Venice.. stayed at Hotel Becher, a small boutique hotel right in San Marco. Anna, the hotell Manager and Giovanni were awesome. The rooms were great, great continental breakfast by the small jetty infront of the canals were an extra treat. Would definitely stay here again. Our other travellling party came to pick us with their water taxi and we made our way to our ship. The greeting Celebrity once we disembarked from the water taxi was excellent. Our tagged baggage picked up right away and we were directed towards the main building. It did not take long to get our seapass and soon we were on board the Silhoutte... We were greeted with mimosas or champagne once we got on board. Our cabins were not ready as yet so proceeded to Oceannview cafe for buffet lunch. Having been on board the Soltice and Equinox, knew that there would be great Indian curry available. As expected, the Indian curry was superb and did not disaapoint even our Indo Canadian travelling friends. Service was fast and efficient and there was no shortage of table waiters cleaning tables and getting refreshments for guests, unlike our last sailing with Princess in November. Also loved the ice cream selection. Was pleasantly surprised that one could get apple and orange juice at the fountain as other cruise lines often only had lemonade, ice tea and water. Cabin - we got to our cabin once we were informed they were ready. We were on the 8th floor and had a balconey. The double bed looked comfortable and there was a sofa, which we assumed would be the sofa bed for our daughter. Bathroom and shower stall was a decent size. Initially, we thought there was inadequate drawer space as we only noticed the 3 small drawers by the vanity table. Did not realize there was a huge drawer section right underneath the sofa and also storage space above our double bed. Stateroom attendant.. We only saw our stateroom attendant when we first got into our cabin and when I was looking for our tagged luggage to arrive. Our tagged luggage took some time to get to us, as they did not show up till about 3:50, 10 mins prior to our muster driill. I had hoped to unpack prior to the muster drill as I wanted to partake in the 5 pm sail out of Venice and then head to dinner. Dining room experience at Grand Cuvee - our waiter Bobi was from Macedonia.. He was somewhat difficult to understand, but he did try his best to be efficient and attentive. He recommended the breaded pork chops for dinner on our first night. I did not order the Pork chops, but my husband did and he loved it.. It was probably the best meal we had aside from the Caribbean lobster tail we had our second formal night. I have to say we were not overly impressed with the menu and the food selection nightly. It was very predictable.. Chicken dish, white fish, lamb or beef dish and a vegetarian dish - like tasteless couscous or extremely salty vegetable korma(indian curry dish) and the every day special - spaghetti, salmon, chicken, caesar salad, escargot, shirmp cocktail, french onion soup and new york cheese cake or fruit and cheese tray. Out of the 7 nights, there were really only two nights we enjoyed the selection of food offered. The first night and the second formal night - where they had Caribbean lobster tail, duck ala orange and mushroom risotto. We gave up on our final night and went up to Oceanview cafe for buffet dinner for better selection of salads, and dinner entree We only had lunch once in Grand cuvee- again, the lunch menu was rather boring.. On the other sea day, we ate in Oceanview cafe again for better selection and taste. Did not try any other dining areas as we were not into hamburgers etc.. wanted to try the altenative healthy lunch and breakfast cafe on deck 12t, but never made it. Because we had the classic beverage package, we frequented Cafe al Bacio alot for our tea, cafe fraps and light pastry dessert. The lemon and fruit tarts were great. Entertainment. Overall my daughter enjoyed all of the shows, the Broadway shows, the ventroloquist, the interactive truth or lies session with the Captain, Cruise director and guest ventroloquist. Sin city comedy and burlesque dancer was enjoyable and got our 23 year old daugher laughing non stop. The ships main band, Soul was amazing. Both the female and male singers had amazing voices and were by far the best singers we have experienced on any of our cruising experience. We practically listened to them every night. Distrik one comprossing of 2 men , one on drums and the other on synthesizers were energtic and often caused fellow passengers including my husband and I to dance up a storm around the Martini Bar. Liquid theme pool side party on deck 12 was a smash. Districk one performed here and got every one in a energized party mode... the Silhoutte dancers entertained us in and out of the pool. The activity director even convinced one fellow passenger to jump into the pool along with the other Silhoutte dancers. We felt like we were at a wealthy person's pool side party with highly energized dancers and fellow passengers. A unique and unforgettable experience. Mask - Venetian theme party on our final night. Our Silhoutte dancers dorned Venetian masks and gowns and entertained and rocked with us on the 3rd floor foyer.. Another memorable experienced and we truly rocked till we docked. The dance party moved onto the Martini bar where Distrik one took over the dance fever and we were rocking till late being our final night on board.. We also made our way to Quasar on the 4th floor to see what was happening there.. Great DJ music with a younger crowd, but still enjoyable.. We usually see single ladies dancing up a storm on the dance floor, but this time, we saw some very good looking young men dancing on the floor by themselves.. Too bad, no single ladies around them.. what a pity! Activities - we took part in the Are you smarter than your ship officer contest.. Fun and interactive. Watched the sail into Kotor from deck 6, Heli pad with ship's officers. An amazing sail in experience. Never had this opportunity before. Watched and enjoyed the passenger vs officers Pool Volley ball challenge. Great to see how interactive and visible the Ship Captain and his crew of offcers were throughout the cruise. They were even serving mango sorbets to passengers on deck 12 and the lawn area on one of sea days.. Never experienced that before.. Not sure if that is a new thing Celebrity is doing or just this Ship Captain from Greece. Ports of call - Kotor, Santorini, Athens, Katakolon were all great and memorable. We opted to hire private tour guides as we were a party of 6. All were booked based on recommendations from Trip Advisors and fellow cruise critics.. Thank you! Weather was hot - 24 c in Venice , 34 to 35 c in Athens, Santorini and Katakolon.. We managed with lots of water, hat, sunscreen, light clothing ,air conditioned and humour. All in all, an awesome cruise... only downside was the fact that some passengers reserved pool chairs first thing in the morning, only to show up 5 hours later while other passengers walked back and forth looking for chairs. The Pool deck attendants should remove towels after an hour if the passengers dont show up.   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
Embarcation was quick ,had the glass of champagne and were having lunch in 45 minutes. We enjoyed the ports Santorini was incredible ;Athens interesting but at over 100 suffocating ; the same goes for Olimpia :Kotor on the other hand ... Read More
Embarcation was quick ,had the glass of champagne and were having lunch in 45 minutes. We enjoyed the ports Santorini was incredible ;Athens interesting but at over 100 suffocating ; the same goes for Olimpia :Kotor on the other hand could be replaced by another Greek island,we didn`t arrive until 3pm and tendering was time comsuming [didn`t get off till 5:30pm].The sail away from Venice was awesome and not to be missed. We had cabin 6214 with an oversize balcony and Denis the attendant was awesome. After a so so so first nite at the dining room our table was changed and the new team of Jesus and Albert was excellent.The food at the main restaurant was great and the only so so meal [a chicken saltimbocca] was quickly replaced.We had lunch at the Graden Café and the food was good and fresh.We had breakfast at Café Il Bacio thanks to the drink package and enjoyed the variety of coffees and croissants.Our drink package was part of the offer but I will buy it anyway at $6 for a beer and $9 for a drink is worth it at $149 for the week. The outside pools were crowded on sea days but the indoor pool was great and never crowded. Getting off the ship was a breeze,we stayed 2 extra nites ,but on Sunday half of Europe descended on Venice ,it was crowded but we did the Vaporetto ride Rialto Bridge St Marks and the Accademia,The second day we went to Murano in the am and Burano in the pm and had a great time without the crowds.We stayed at the Crown Plaza airport and although the ride into Venice was only 30 minutes the carpets were worn and the Bathroom full of mold. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
After a amazing three day stay in Venice joined the ship on 2 August for 7 days,,arrived early at the ships embarkation point after a false start we were processed and boarded the ship ,we knew the Celebrity was up market and first ... Read More
After a amazing three day stay in Venice joined the ship on 2 August for 7 days,,arrived early at the ships embarkation point after a false start we were processed and boarded the ship ,we knew the Celebrity was up market and first impression were not disappointed welcomed with a glass champagne or soft drink , early afternoon able to get into our 6104 stateroom with balcony very modern with shower / toilet a high standard, wardrobe had a selection of plastic coat hangers , cutbacks have been made only received one chocolate biscuit (on the pillow) in 7 days,beds were comfortable. We checked out the various facilities , we had been allocated late dinning 2130 hrs we joined the queue at the restaurant to request early dinning ,we used the Grand Cuvee occasionally We took most of our meals in the Ocean view restaurant which was popular with other guest's and first time cruisers, really good selection of hot & cold food liked the idea of two sizes of plates( fish plate or dinner plate) then you avoid piling on the food No one recording food temperatures at bain-marie's. There are many bar's and speciality restaurant’s. We elected to pay the one off gratuity,looked at the drinks package on board and decide no ( 58 Dollars per day per person).although we did meet a fellow passenger who bought one package and there were two persons in their stateroom . Martini bar was the most popular with loud music Sky observation lounge you could relax in. Entertainment in Silhouette theatre was average stage scenery was low budget consisted of a raised platform and two stairways, some of the guest artist were entertaining musicians played sets in various parts of the ship daytime entertainment was mainly by the pool , played game boules on the lawn ships Officers v Guests all good fun . The sunbeds could be very busy have to congratulate the pool butlers who removed towels quickly from unoccupied loungers. Ships officers and Staff were friendly and helpful Security staff were always around + CCTV. Enjoyed port's of call, except Corfu declined the run ashore as it was by ships tender boats,due to large number of guests going ashore it takes up to 3 hrs to get off the ship (our estimated boarding was 1600 hrs) , quayside tempers were frayed for passengers who had to wait 45 mins in midday heat for curtsey bus to take them into old town and you had to be back on board for sailing at 2030 hrs. Enjoyed the Cruise on Celebrity ,downside is I do not like paying the 15% service charge or the daily gratuity @ 12½ % per person and the drinks are over priced .   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
First time cruisers from Australia, in our 60's with no idea what to expect, we were in for a very pleasant surprise. Stayed at Hilton Venice the night before in a lovely room overlooking the Grand Canal, breakfast was excellent, ... Read More
First time cruisers from Australia, in our 60's with no idea what to expect, we were in for a very pleasant surprise. Stayed at Hilton Venice the night before in a lovely room overlooking the Grand Canal, breakfast was excellent, discharge efficient even though very crowded. Ordered a private water taxi as we had many bags and a short time later arrived at the Silhouette. We were met on the dock by Celebrity staff who took our bags and directed us to embarkation. We were met on board where welcome drinks were served and then shown to our cabin. We were in room 1028 ( disabled room ) and were surprised by the size of the bathroom, balcony and the room itself, they were much larger than expected. The beds very comfortable and room to store bags without being in the way. The dining options were numerous, we had no trouble with crowds in all but the buffet on port day, this is understandable as all were eating at the same time before disembarking in time for tours. The speciality restaurants are very good especially Tuscan Grill which is 5 star in every way, two visits there were not enough. The oceanview cafe had a very large range of food at every meal and the fresh orange juice was amazing. Entertainment was available everywhere, from concerts in the theatre, live band with excellent singers to games and competitions and in room movies. The swimming pools seemed to be the most popular entertainment of all and never appeared too crowded. Ports were good and not so good but all were interesting and really good shopping at some ports. Disembarkation and luggage collection went smoothly. In summarising, Celebrity Silhouette was a fabulous first cruise, with outstanding staff in every department, they are efficient and the passenger, staff ratio contributes to the exceptional service, always given with a big smile. An amazing experience. Will definitely cruise Celebrity as soon as possible. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
This was our third time on Celebrity. We had previously been on Eclipse (Eastern Med) & Infinity (Panama Canal). We chose this particular cruise for the itinerary around the Adriatic as we hadn’t been to much of this area before. The ... Read More
This was our third time on Celebrity. We had previously been on Eclipse (Eastern Med) & Infinity (Panama Canal). We chose this particular cruise for the itinerary around the Adriatic as we hadn’t been to much of this area before. The cruise started in Venice and visited Slovenia, Croatia, Greece, Malta and a few different places in Italy. As we booked the cruise only 8 weeks before it sailed we had to travel to Birmingham to get a direct flight to Venice (booked through Celebrity). Flight was on time and as soon as we had collected our luggage we were met by a chain of Celebrity representatives and shown to the transfer bus. It was all very slick and just over an hour after landing we were on the ship - Impressive. An announcement was made that the staterooms were ready at 1pm. We chose a balcony cabin which was perfectly adequate. Not as good as previous rooms though. Celebrity seem to be cutting back on some of the amenities in the room ie they no longer supply shower gel and the toiletries they did supply were not pleasant. We don’t eat at breakfast time so just went to the café for a drink. We always ate at the buffet for lunch if we were on the ship. Buffet was really good but after 12 days very repetitive. On the one day at sea the buffet was exceptional. Totally different things to the normal fare but far too much variety to be able to try everything you wanted to try. Maybe instead of doing this just put on a couple of the different items every day. Desserts weren’t very good (apart from the at sea day) and some of the ice cream tasted powdery. We ate in the main dining room for dinner. We had one meal which we didn’t particularly enjoy but apart from this the food and service were excellent. The waiters and assistant waiters were friendly and efficient. We were looking forward to trying Michael's Club to sample the craft beers on offer. But for the whole duration of the cruise it was closed for a private function. There was no mention of this when booking the cruise. Every time you were leaving (even at 7.15am to go on a trip!!), returning to the ship, or even going to the buffet restaurant there was always someone trying to get you to book one of the speciality restaurants at $45pp. After a while this became really irritating. We had actually booked a speciality restaurant when we first got on the ship but subsequently found out they did daily deals with up to 50% off but only bookable on the day. On principle, and like a lot of other people we cancelled our booking. Part way through the cruise my husband was asked by the F&B director how he was enjoying the food, etc and he raised the above with him. The F&B director agreed that it was a point of contention and not good customer relations but the decision had been made at corporate level. Once you are on board, Celebrity seem to have adopted a policy of trying to get as much money from you as possible, The Porch had a $7 surcharge, again we didn’t use this nor did we see more than a handful of people using it throughout the whole cruise. We booked drink packages. I had the premium package as I like to try different cocktails, my husband had the classic package and was hounded for the first week to upgrade to premium. Most of the ports we visited we had researched and did our own thing. The only organised trip we did was on the last day in Naples. We wanted to visit Capri, Sorrento and Pompeii and didn’t think we would be able to manage all of this in the time we had so booked a trip. The guide was good and answered all questions asked of him, nothing was too much trouble. At this point I must add that I felt sorry for the guide as I have never been with such a moaning group of people, they whinged about everything. In summary the cruise itinerary was good. The ship adequate for purpose though not as good as the other Solstice class ship we had been on and the changes to the Celebrity customer services disappointing - I would like to think in a competitive cruising market they would review these changes for the benefit of the customer. We may try Celebrity again if an itinerary came up that appealed at a time that suited us but it is looking unlikely. In the past year we have tried Silversea, Regent Seven Seas and are due to go on Seabourn next month. Because the entertainment and activities on board are not a high priority for us we find that these smaller ships suit us better.   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
We sailed on the Silhouette on 31 August from Venice having sailed on all of the Solstice class ships. Embarkation was smooth and easy as usual and the ship was in port overnight in Venice. The itinerary was very good and we only had one ... Read More
We sailed on the Silhouette on 31 August from Venice having sailed on all of the Solstice class ships. Embarkation was smooth and easy as usual and the ship was in port overnight in Venice. The itinerary was very good and we only had one sea day.  Pity the weather was not very good until we reached Malta as the rain followed us down the coast of Croatia. The ports were excellent and the service on board of good standard.  The entertainment was average but the cruise director was one of the best.  Pity that there were a couple of acts (a juggler for example) was dreadful. I think it is a shame that the martini bar has very load music now as a group plays there after dinner and there is no way anyone can have a conversation. We noticed cutbacks eg toiletries and ice only when requested.  The excursions are very expensive as are the price of drinks especially when the service charge is added also shuttle bus fees when a local bus is so inexpensive. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
My husband and I have just returned from this Venice and Eastern European cruise on the beautiful Celebrity Silhouette. Embarkation was very smooth and quick,nice to be greeted with champagne or juice,the ship itself is very modern and ... Read More
My husband and I have just returned from this Venice and Eastern European cruise on the beautiful Celebrity Silhouette. Embarkation was very smooth and quick,nice to be greeted with champagne or juice,the ship itself is very modern and well appointed,and staff friendly. We are late forties and been on Carnival and Norwegian Caribbean cruises before, very mixed passengers European American Australian,the age groups on this cruise was varied from teenagers to seventies, We where concierge class and had a lovely stateroom 1674 on the 11th floor aft, Outside we had a large balcony with two loungers and a table. Inside the state room was a 42"flat screen tv with lots of English speaking channels and news channels and even on demand programs and movies and children's tv if needed. The mini bar was stocked with alcohol juice and water all cost extra to our upgraded drinks package we had the classic package $49 with the cruise but upgraded to the premium package $59 a day only paid the $10 difference a day was well worth it as drinks could be costly,depends how much you drink a day, We also brought two bottles of champagne and paid the $25 corkage at dinner two nights we knew about this and was not a problem. There was a sofa and the bed was kingsize and fairly comfortable,there is room under the bed for cases and three drawers for clothes and large closet with wooded coat hangers and two toweling robes for use, the en suite shower room was modern with plenty of storage and had a corner shower that was spacious and good water pressure and quality shower gel products, The restaurants,my husband paid for an online package for five speciality restaurants £165 for the two of us, on arrival we had to pre book all our choices,having read previous reviews on cruise critic I wanted to try Murano and Tuscan grill we where told it was their choice the first night which was The Lawn Club Grill it was nice enough pizza and steak I had lamb the staff where very friendly,you can make you own or just be served we choose the latter, Breakfast and lunch we mainly went to the ocean view cafe very large and busy at most times and a wide selection of choice for all tastes even Indian curry, Qsine was quirky Asian food sharing and unusual tastes and waitress Mimi fantastic, On formal night we went to the cuvée MDR as was recommended by the girl organizing our bookings on the first day,we we're suppose to booked in for 8:45pm we arrived on time and where giving a pager to come back in half an hour it was very busy and unorganized,after returning at 9:15 we where told another half an hour my husband said he was not waiting to 9:45 to eat and the man who was serving us walked off! The nice girl who was booking the tables then asked if we wouldn't mind sharing a table with two other couples,which was fine,food was nice enough but at that time we would have ate anything. The Tuscan Grill was okay food trying to hard and staff friendly but a bit hap hazard at times, Murano was the best restaurant on the ship food very good and waiters attentive it was my birthday and they brought me a lovely chocolate birthday cake with no fuss, We mainly drank in the martini ice bar was busy and good atmosphere bar tenders friendly and attentive, Entertainment at that bar was a DJ and drummer people liked to get up and dance here too, The ENSEMBLE LOUNGE was nice with acoustic guitarist Preston very good but bar staff here very unhappy at their work and it shows with their attitude. The molecular lounge was very interesting and nice ambient atmosphere, Sunset bar was the most relaxing nice chairs a smoking and non smoking section we spent most nights up there as it was lovely with the stars on a clear night,waiters again appeared hassled, We heard the magician was very good and the shows okay not our thing, Only went to the comedy club at midnight was very funny American sin city cast and also burlesque dancer that was a strange combination and not necessary, Sunbathing there are lots of comfy sun beds pool area mobbed with younger teenagers and children,we opted for the solstice deck up on the higest deck forward nice and quiet but we had to ask for bar staff to attend as no waiters appeared most days, Disembarkation was very good we opted to walk off with our cases we left at nine am no problems or queues you could go for breakfast before you go if you wanted, This was a fantastic cruise an I would recommend this ship to everyone just a few staff problems I've been on less expensive cruises and never had that but that could be sorted, I will revue the fabulous ports in the ports section, Hope this revue helps and happy cruising.   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
This was our first cruise with Celebrity having previously been on Royal Caribbean ships the Freedom and the Independence of the Seas. We loved it. The ship is not dissimilar to the RCI ships but there is a slightly more low key/restrained ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Celebrity having previously been on Royal Caribbean ships the Freedom and the Independence of the Seas. We loved it. The ship is not dissimilar to the RCI ships but there is a slightly more low key/restrained atmosphere. The public areas are good and we appreciated the wide variety of public spaces. There were multiple bars and specialty food outlets of course, but also areas where you could just sit and talk. We had found these oddly lacking on the Royal Caribbean ships and they allow passengers more choice and to spread widely around the ship. Our sons found the lounges to be highly useful for late night teen socialising. Boarding at Venice was a little slow but fairly efficient. We arrived at peak time. There was a 20 minute wait from arrival to checking in and a further 25 minutes before we were then allowed to board. The state room were ready almost as soon as we had boarded (1300 hrs) and the cases arrived soon after. We had an inside room for our boys (15 & 17) and a balcony room for ourselves. The cabins were fine; big enough and with adequate storage for a shorter cruise. The beds were very comfortable. The bathroom was very good. It was a reasonable size, well appointed and with a spacious and decent shower. The food was pretty good and we enjoyed the main dining room. There was a daily parallel veggie menu (important for us) to run with the main one and we were also offered the chance to request dishes that might not be on the menu. We had one meal at Qsine which was fun but probably not worth the extortionate $45 per head cover charge. The drinks are pricey and for the most part fairly standard and what you would expect although the wines were better kept/chosen that on RCI. We had non-alcohol drink packages which were, in my view, worth having. Given that our boys go through plenty of fizzy drinks on holiday and that we enjoy fresh juices and specialty teas and coffees, the packages were a welcome addition.The molecular cocktail bar is expensive but somewhere we returned to for some pretty spectacular drinks. There is very little in the way of negative comment to make. The main gripe was that the pools are really very small for a ship of this size. You could not really swim on sea days given the density of bodies in the pools. On the other hand it was a real pleasure to see the pool butlers actually removing towels from unoccupied sunbeds. In one case a passenger was quite irate that the leaflet they had left on a sunbed for over an hour to reserve it had been removed. In summary, this was an excellent family cruise. The ship is lovely and the facilities excellent. We did not have s single problem with any member of staff. There were lots of teens aboard who generally behaved well and were accordingly treated with respect by the staff. We would happily cruise with celebrity again with or without kids in tow and on this or another ship. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
Celebrity Silhouette is a beautiful sleek floating palace, this was a first ever cruise and we certainly picked a great ship to start. Embarkation was fairly smooth despite the large number of people boarding the ship and first impressions ... Read More
Celebrity Silhouette is a beautiful sleek floating palace, this was a first ever cruise and we certainly picked a great ship to start. Embarkation was fairly smooth despite the large number of people boarding the ship and first impressions as we arrived on deck were "wow, is this really a ship" Following a welcome drink we found our good size cabins on the 7th deck with verandah and settled on the Port side of the ship for our trip through Venice. This was a truly amazing experience, one I will never forget. The food on board was excellent with plenty of choice. We dined in the main dining room on select dining so we could choose our times for dinner. Breakfast and lunch we ate in the OceanView cafe which had so much choice. Staff on board the ship were amazing, friendly, helpful and efficient. Entertainment staff were all enthusiastic and willing to have a go. We watched the theatre shows most nights - some were good like the Broadway nights musical review, a cirque du soleil type show and Jon Courteney who was a pianist/comedian. Others were not quite so special. Shops on board sold rather pricey gifts, watches and jewellery but there was plenty of choice if you had plenty of money. The pool areas were always clean and pool butlers were vigorous in getting rid towels left on beds that remained unoccupied for more than half an hour. There is plenty of shade if the sun became too hot - we were blessed with glorious weather on our cruise. All ports were fabulous althugh two were tendered and this does take time when disembarking the ship - Corfu in particular resulted in a delay of over two hours leaving the ship which really curtailed our private tour of the Island. The layout of the Silhouette means no-one feels they are in the deepest depths of the ship as the lifts are all open and stairwells are also well designed to give a light airy feel to the ship - I was gobsmacked most of the time that we could actually be on a ship at all. There was no discernable movement at all when the boat was sailing - all in all an amazing experience and one we will be repeating again - definitely with Celebrity and probably with the Silhouette - a lovely name for a lovely ship......... Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
Some thoughts on a recent Med cruise from Venice. Third cruise with Celebrity and first time in Europe. I've cruised with NCL, Royal and Carnival in the past. Cruise Port & Embarkation - Not the easiest port to access and things ... Read More
Some thoughts on a recent Med cruise from Venice. Third cruise with Celebrity and first time in Europe. I've cruised with NCL, Royal and Carnival in the past. Cruise Port & Embarkation - Not the easiest port to access and things were a little chaotic. Arrived at roughly 1:30 and were aboard within an hour. Bags arrived quickly. Second experience on a Solstice class. Beautiful ship with a great collection of art. Flows well. Cabins are nicely sized. Silhouette is having some technical issues with one engine and itineraries have been modified. We were a little disappointed that port times had changed as it was a strange itinerary. But it worked out fine. The departure and sail down the Grand Canal was worth the cruise alone. Cabin - 9130. Nice balcony starboard forward. Nice sized cabin with an ample sized washroom and shower. Bed was comfortable but the pillows weren't great. Celebrity have a nice sized balcony on the Solstice class. Just the right size. I find RCL and NCL cabins a little too tight. Stateroom attendant was pleasant. Dining - We tried the Bistro on Six and Tuscan Grill for specialty dining. I think Celebrity recently increased prices again. Dining room and buffet were both good. Service was good. I love the beverage packages that Celebrity is now frequently throwing in. Entertainment - Bands were all good. Shows were a mix. Magician was very good. Comedy was okay. Sea Days & Ports - A little frustrating getting space on deck on sea days. We ended up on the Lawn Club grass and really enjoyed it. Itinerary was good except for strange docking times. Some of that was due to distance and also the propulsion issue. Ports were all good. I was a little put off that our excursion arranged through Celebrity for Kusadasi ended with us being herded into a Turkish Rug place for their sales pitch. Overall I was very happy with this cruise. We had the beverage package and an OBC so we had no bill to speak of at the end of the cruise. And to me that in itself adds immeasurably to a cruise holiday. A few thoughts on Celebrity and the Solstice ships. Bistro on Six, The Porch and Cellar Masters seemed empty most of the time. Expect that there will be changes to these venues. The craft beers from Michael's have been moved into Cellar Masters but that still didn't seem to draw a crowd (Michael's is now a private suite only space). It speaks to a larger issue with Celebrity with these larger ships. What demographic are you trying to engage? It seems the foodie wine lover isn't buying into the specialty wines or beers. They were trying to get people to come out for deck parties and such and these events seemed to be sparsely attended despite the average age of the passengers being fairly young. The disco never seemed busy. What crowd is Celebrity trying to appeal too? Celebrity is by far now my cruise line of choice. The food and ships are great and their aggressive promotions make them a very good value. I just wish they would stop trying to be more like Royal or NCL and focus on being elegant and sophisticated. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
This was our third cruise, second with Celebrity, first on Silhouette. It was third of 3 overall but was still very good. The postives were Excellent Main Dining both food and service, we were Select and were able to enjoy same table and ... Read More
This was our third cruise, second with Celebrity, first on Silhouette. It was third of 3 overall but was still very good. The postives were Excellent Main Dining both food and service, we were Select and were able to enjoy same table and servers at different times. Better than Solstice. The embarkation at Venice was smooth (better than Sydney), and so was the disembarkation in Rome (better than Auckland). Where we were tendered the Silhouette handled it better than Solstice last year. The Sky Suite remained very comfortable , with excellent service. Kotor, Montenegro is stunning, up with Norway and NZ. The hot tubs and pools were open until 11pm, brilliant, just what we need after a day sightseeing (again better than Solstice who closed them at 9pm). BUT smoked salmon is now charged for room breakfast (I protested, they provided for free). Internet charges are criminal. They have changed from a nice chocolate mint on the pillow to a ghastly Oreo biscuit, totally inedible and inappropriate. Water and coffees and drinks have all increased well ahead of inflation. Sicily is not a safe place to visit. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
As we have enjoyed cruising in the past, particularly Royal Caribbean, we decided to give Celebrity a go. For us, however this proved to be a disappointing experience. As we were meeting friends for this cruise we all decided to book ... Read More
As we have enjoyed cruising in the past, particularly Royal Caribbean, we decided to give Celebrity a go. For us, however this proved to be a disappointing experience. As we were meeting friends for this cruise we all decided to book concierge class rooms as a special treat, however we feel this was not worth the extra money & overrated. Unfortunately we had a couple of complaints with our room, one being a very strong smell of chlorine after our room attendant had serviced our room. This was eventually resolved the following day after two complaints as the smell was making us feel ill. Incredibly our room attendant claimed he couldn't smell anything!!! We also had problems with our phone ringing on two occasions during the night which we did report & resolved ourselves by taking the phone off the hook. In the past we have enjoyed the cruise ship entertainment, however not so on this ship and as a result eventually gave up going to a show after dinner, however we did enjoy listening to the Soul band in the Sky lounge & in other areas of the ship throughout the day. We also enjoyed dining in the Main Dining room each evening & our wait staff were fantastic! This cruise was unfortunately not the relaxing experience we had hoped for & the constant harrassing to book specialty restaurants & buy beverage packages quickly became very irritating....we don't recall this being so bad with other lines. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
Celebrity Silhouette is exactly what the advertisement announces: a new ship with many attractions and still large enough to accomodate secluded places to stay away from the crowds. Shore Excursions and internet access remain very ... Read More
Celebrity Silhouette is exactly what the advertisement announces: a new ship with many attractions and still large enough to accomodate secluded places to stay away from the crowds. Shore Excursions and internet access remain very expensive. Shows were as usual, some good some just regular, but all showing a lot of rehersals and a very good orchestra.The music shows in the main lobby were sometimes impossible to assist because of the loud noise produced by the drummer. The selection of music to be played at the seaview cafe was also too loud and pop, instead of soft and orchestrated as the place would reccomend. Our special thanks for the special and efficient service rendered by our waiter Chester at the main dining room. Also to be praised the cabin attendant Ronaldo and the sales persons Fabricio and Jose for their polite and patient attention to our needs. And last but not least, Andre at Guest Relations and Simona at future cruises for their efficiency and profecionalism. Finally, the cruise could have been better if had more days at sea to enable some relaxation between ports. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
This cruise to the Eastern Mediterranean was our third Celebrity cruise (two on Silhouette, one on the Reflection), and it was as excellent as the other two were. I'll begin with the embarkation. We stayed in Venice for three days ... Read More
This cruise to the Eastern Mediterranean was our third Celebrity cruise (two on Silhouette, one on the Reflection), and it was as excellent as the other two were. I'll begin with the embarkation. We stayed in Venice for three days before the cruise, and took a private water taxi directly from the hotel to the cruise terminal. The additional expense was more than worth it, and bypassed all the complications of the vaparetto's, Piazalle Roma, people mover, etc. In 20 minutes we were at the terminal. The taxi pulled right up to the terminal dock, and the bags were placed on a moving conveyer belt by service people. I'd definitely recommend this. We were curious about the Venice cruise terminal (after reading some reviews on Cruise Critic), but it was as organized as possible, knowing that 2,900 people were going through the process of boarding. The terminal support personnel were very friendly, and helped during the process. We were on board the ship in a little more than an hour, after arriving at 10:45 AM. The Silhouette is a beautiful, sophisticated ship, with artwork, and a contemporary feel. Exceptionally well maintained. The food is very good, and is something Celebrity is known for. We ate in the main dining room four nights, the food was very good, and the main waiter, assistant waiter, and sommelier made each meal memorable. For the first time, we ate in two of the specialty restaurants (Lawn Club Grill, and the Tuscan grill), and enjoyed each. The additional price was worth it in these two restaurants, although during our previous two cruises, we dined in the main dining rooms, and were perfectly satisfied. Breakfast and lunch were at the Ocean View café, which has an amazing variety of food, presented in an organized, upscale way. Tip: the spaghetti Bolognese is not to be missed. The cabin is large enough to be comfortable, with blonde wood, granite surface tops, and contemporary fixtures in the bathroom. The verandah is perfect for sailing in the Mediterranean, great way to relax and enjoy the views. We always take advantage of as many activities as we can, and enjoyed the Top Chef cooking competition, Captain's presentation, Trivia, Bingo, gym in the morning, Broadway presentations in the main theater, Captain's Club party with the officers, etc. The excursions were all booked through Celebrity, as we feel that it can get complicated booking private tours, especially where tender ports are involved, and this cruise had two tender ports (Kotor, and Santorini). The only negative was the ship's delayed arrival in Kotor (3:00 PM), which did not allow us to see as much of Perast and Kotor as we would have liked. The tours of Kotor, Kotakolon (Olympia), Athens, and Santorini were excellent with really knowledgeable guides, and first class buses and audio equipment. Celebrity is our favorite cruise line, for all the reasons listed above, but also for their service. Their people are really good, and are not only efficient and professional, but very friendly as well. They help make the cruise very memorable, and we'll continue to cruise with Celebrity.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
My mom and I are both first-time cruisers and had a great experience on Silhouette. All the crew members are very friendly and cheerful. Our stateroom attendant Edwin and his assistant stateroom attendant are both very responsible and ... Read More
My mom and I are both first-time cruisers and had a great experience on Silhouette. All the crew members are very friendly and cheerful. Our stateroom attendant Edwin and his assistant stateroom attendant are both very responsible and diligent. They are also very attentive. Most of the fellow passengers were good to talk to and had a great sense of humor. Cruising is indeed a very unique form of traveling. We are able to meet a lot of different people from different cultural backgrounds and have a great time together. The food in the MDR was excellent. Not to mention the specialty restaurants. On the first night I got my prime rib slightly overcooked and our waiter Frederick immediately asked if I wish to have another plate after knowing it. The duck breast at Murano was seared so perfectly that I am still missing it now. I even found very sweet melons in the Oceanview Cafe. If I have to mention some room for improvement, it will be about embarkation and entertainment. We waited so long during embarkation. I was not sure why, might not be their fault, it was fine and didn't affect our anticipation for the ship. And I think there is somehow insufficient diversification in entertainment. Overall mom and I are both satisfied with the ship and are looking forward to our next cruising with Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
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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