Celebrity Silhouette

4.1 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: L     Built: Jul 2011    
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Celebrity Silhouette is a large ship, carrying 2850 passengers and 1246 crew, and sails from Southampton (London), England and Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida.

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Very nice cruise

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
5 out of 5

Very nice cruise

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

 We experienced nothing but excellent service throughout the ship.  The ship is beautiful and well-maintained.  The food was very good. The entertainment on the ship was good. The ports were ok.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

celebrity cruise experience

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

This was my first time on any Celebrity ship although I have cruised more than 20 times on other cruise lines.  The service was excellent and the food and entertainment were both good.  The room was a bit small for two people (I was traveling alone so I had enough room).  There was plenty of closet space and hangers but there was limited drawer space and no shelf space.  The air conditioning system worked well.  Accessibility to the verandah was very good.  

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

First Time Cruiser Opinion

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Okay, I may not actually be a true 'first timer' but it's been over 20 years since I was last on a cruise.  Living in South Florida and not going on at least one cruise is a heresy...so I decided to try it out.  I chose Celebrity Silhouette (CS) based on line reputation and the style of vessel.  Not too big, but loaded with amenities and a good track record for dining.  I chose correctly.  This vessel met or exceeded expectations right from the start.  Impeccably clean, and I mean, we looked for it like health inspectors.  The food did not disappoint and in many ways was consistently beyond what we had expected.  I may have gone in with low expectations (my wife and I are cooks and we traveled with a gourmet chef), nevertheless from start to finish we were pleasantly surprised at the variety and quality of the dining experience.  Both my wife and I purchased drink packages, hers was a 'classic' and mine was 'premium'.  i would say for moderate social drinkers this may have been more than we needed. Unless you are hard straight quality liquor drinkers, a classic package is more than enough (and for some, maybe even too much).  Be advised: you will be encouraged to upgrade to premium every step (bar) along the cruise. Living in South Florida, we did not feel the need to indulge in many of the shore excursions, so our highlights focused mainly on the vessel, the crew service, the food, and the on vessel entertainment.  We were not disappointed.  The crew was extremely professional and friendly...to the extreme! It got to the point where different crew members knew us by our first names and went out of their way to engage us in friendly conversations, often telling us of their experiences and backgrounds...my wife, the people person, loved these encounters. The one exception were the busy bartenders.  As a former bartender, I was maybe more acutely aware of the 'behind the scenes' activities of the bars. And, in defense of the staff, which are from all around the globe, there may be cultural and language issues at play. I would recommend a couple of simple changes to the delivery of drink services, particularly during busy periods (aka, 'surges' which can be anticipated based on history). First, use 'bar-backs' to run glasses and replenish supplies to a busy bar...keep the bartenders at the bar.  Second, encourage and train the bartenders to 'work the bar' in a specified and orderly manner, and make eye contact with the next in line patron (and if really skilled, take that order while filling another).  Everyone knows they are working hard, but most folks just want to know that there is some 'method to the madness'. The on-board services and amenities were very good to excellent.  The casino, while it could use a few more different card games, was great and rarely ever crowded.  Needless to say, we lost overall, but we did have our share of 'ups' during the cruise. There were numerous activities and entertainment venues, some we participated in, many we did not out of personal preference. Everything, from the shows, to the lounge dancing, to trivia contests, were fun and thoroughly enjoyable. Even riding the elevators was cool on this vessel. Art shows, scotch tastings, expense gift drawings...lots of very entertaining sidebars. There's a lot more I could comment on, the leadership of the vessel, the social director, the room attendant, the sommelier...all just plain excellent. If I had to throw in one last recommendation for improvement, and this is purely selfish, add a variety of salsas and srirachas in the Oceanview Cafe buffet area.  Good ones are not all 'hot' and overly spicy...but can add just the right amount of flavor (even coloring) to make an ordinary something (think scrambled eggs), extraordinary!. We will do this again, for sure!

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3 out of 5

Celebrity Silhouette: A Floating Department Store

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 To be perfectly honest, our cruise on Celebrity Silhouette was somewhat disappointing. We had gone on Princess the last 2 cruises before this one and loved them both. When we booked a terrific Celebrity cruise 5 years ago and considered this line a step up from Princess, we thought we were paying for and would be getting an upgrade from the cruises on Princess. Well, it turned out not to be the case, even though the online reviews were terrific. We were not impressed with the ship's decor, and the "grand" foyer was not grand at all, especially compared to Princess'. The room service breakfast left much to be desired with watery scrambled eggs and small cold pieces of hard bread that were supposed to be the rye bread we ordered. The buffet on the high deck had above average food, (B-) but the service was not good. In the 7 or 8 times we ate there, not one server came over to the table to ask if we wanted the complementary water, coffee or tea. The only ones that appeared were waiters wanting to sell us specialty drinks, beer or liquor. And they appeared twice during each meal. When we finished and sat talking with dirty and empty dishes in front of us, noone came to clear them away until we piled them up ourselves and pushed them to another table. All they cared about was clearing dishes where noone was seated and rarely greeted us. This was just the opposite on Princess where they could not do enough to get us any drink and cleaned off the tables immediately with a smile and a greeting.

 

Oh, and trying to pass through the gauntlet of people selling merchandise was really a pain.  Many of them had stuff sitting out in front of the shops and would approach you to buy their products. If you looked on the schedule of activities for the day, there were at least 30 listings for presentations which they hoped would lead to sales for those items.  I was so sick of being bombarded with Faberge jewelry, Michael Kors, spa treatments, acupuncture treatments, clothes, etc., etc.  We rarely went to any activity because it was mostly merchandise or kids’ activities. The BINGO games cost double of Princess' and the payoffs were less. In addition the odds of winning were small because hundreds of people were playing at the same time in the theatre venue. They made you balance your cards on your lap, and one false move would make the little slats over the numbers get covered up or go away. At least on Princess they held the BINGO game in a lounge with flat tables for your cards and only about 100 people or less would play. This Silhouette ship was like a floating department store. Sure, Princess did some of this as well, but we never felt bombarded and salespeople rarely pressured you by standing outside trying to reel you in. 

 

In all fairness, the stateroom was very nice and the attendant was great. This was also true for the dining room meals and the wonderful waiters. We loved most of the entertainment that featured many talented young people. The comedian, Sheridan, was excellent.

 

 They had no fanfare or party for the captain in the foyer on dress-up night compared to Princess where they pile the champagne glasses real high and pour the champagne on them to make a spectacular flowing fountain with music and confetti. Even the chefs and waiters on this cruise just marched around the dining room with no real excitement or flaming baked Alaska. A big disappointment was that people like us with the Classic Level were not invited to the High Tea. On Princess they had a high tea every afternoon for anyone who wanted to attend. These Princess ships had the best white glove high tea service with fancy tablecloths, great sandwiches and pastries and delicious teas and coffees. We felt like peons, as we always looked forward to those high teas and we were excluded.

 

We were happy to see MSNBC, CNN and FOX on the trip going, but that all disappeared on the way back. There were all these movies we had no interest in or had seen before, and they never announced the name of the program or when the program would repeat like on Princess so that you could plan. I would turn on the TV and nowhere was info about what you were watching.

 

And finally, they were alerted prior to the cruise that it was David's birthday cruise, and the only recognition of that was an envelope delivered to our room saying "Happy Birthday" and inviting us to a lecture on Faberge. Well, it was not a special invite, as anyone and his uncle could have attended, as we noted it was on the daily list of activities for everyone. We must say the presentation was excellent, but it evidently was a ploy to have us buy some jewelry in their shop. In contrast, on Princess, we found a wonderful "Happy Birthday" poster on the stateroom door for my 66th birthday which we celebrated on the ship. It was so nice and covered in real balloons. On the day of my birthday a wonderful chocolate cake was delivered to our stateroom and at dinner our waiters came out with our desserts with sparkles and sang "Happy Birthday." We were also serenaded by one of the waiters who played guitar and sang beautifully.

 

Regarding the ports-they were very interesting and we did have a good time touring the cities. In Saint Martin, our friends who live there picked us up at the port and took us out for a wonderful day.

 

Prior to this cruise I had read many reviews which were mostly glowing.  Well, we don’t know what Silhouette ship they were on, perhaps in an alternate universe. We are not saying the cruise was horrible, but we expected a lot more for the money we paid. In no way was it the fault of Phyllis Cronin, our agent, as she did get us this very good room at a very good price and she had no way of knowing about the experiences we described.

 

We hope you will take this criticism as a helpful tool to divert people who would feel uncomfortable on a cruise like this and steer them toward another kind of cruise.  

 

 

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
4 out of 5

Spring break, good times!

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Booking with Aaron Pecinagonzalez was made easy, and his follow up was great.

 

We had enjoyable time with our family. As usual, Celebrity is top notch.

 

We have been to these ports many times, wish there were other places that would be included. I realize being a big ship, limits ports.

 

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
4 out of 5

Celebrity Silhouette

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

The cruise was very relaxing. Ports were nice too. Food was very good although the service was a tad slow. I was a bit disappointed that they didn't acknowledge that this was our honeymoon until we went to guest relations. Then they sent us a bottle of wine and flowers which was very nice. Good mix of ages and kinds of people from all over. We were seated with nice people for dinner.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Another wonderful trip with Celebrity!

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This is our third trip with Celebrity, the second on the Silhouette.  We sailed from Fort Lauderdale to the private island, Cococay, then to Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Jamaica.  We went Aquaclass and had the Classic drinks package included in the price of the cruise, we upgraded to the Premium package just before we sailed and it was well worth it, no large bar bill at the end of the cruise and it gave us the opportunity to try stuff that we may not normally try for fear of not liking it and wasting it.  Our cabin was spotless and well kept by Stanley our room attendant.  We enjoy eating in Blu each night, its a smaller dining room and a little more intimate, the staff get to know you quickly and make you feel so welcome.  All the food was good, including the Ocean Cafe, we also at at the Tuscan restaurant which was excellent too.  It was easy to find quiet spots on deck to relax or we could go and watch the hi-jinx by the pool!  We managed to catch several shows, the comedian and comedian/impressionist were very funny, the Beatles tribute band was not too bad as long as they were singing, but their wigs and speaking voices were dreadful, awful parodies of an English accent!  We also went to see the Captain's talk about navigation, and he provided a lot of information in a fun and humerous way, he is such a hoot, the daily announcements had everyone laughing!  We were pleasantly surprised by Celebrity's private island, Cococay,  it was very clean, plenty of sunbeds, easy to get away from the noise if thats what you want, the bbq was good, the water all kinds of beautiful blues!  we have been to other cruise lines private islands and were not impressed, they were crowded and very noisy, Cococay was quite lovely!  Embarkation was quick and painless, disembarkation was easy, there were the usual lines at immigration, but thats not the fault of the cruise line!  Only fly in the ointment was the idiot that flouted the no-smoking rules regarding cabins and balconies on the deck above us, not only did we have to put up with the stink we also had ash floating down on us and we also saw him flick his cigarette butts overboard.  At least thats where we hope they went, they could have blown back into someones balcony and started a fire/burnt someone.  Security were advised and took a very dim view of what was going on, we have no idea whether or not they caught up with the idiot, although he did disappear pretty sharpish on the last evening at sea while he was polluting the atmosphere on his balcony!

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
5 out of 5

Celebrity is by far the best

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

The turtles in Grand Caymen and the beach beds in cococay were the best! Main dining room staff very attentive! Love the interactive TV to see charges to the room.  I wish the room TV had better/more channels and the ability to see photos like on the solstice ship

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
5 out of 5

The new glalmorous Celebrity Silhouette cruise experience.

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

The entertainment was our best experience.  The dinner menu was excellent and we were very satisfied.  Service by our head waiter Vadym, his assistant Brain and Maco who provided us with wine and cocktails was top notch.  We gave them an A for service.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Great cruise!!

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LOVE the staff. All were very nice and hospitable. Barista employees don't look happy, no smiles but great service. CLEANEST SHIP EVER-staff always cleaning and disinfecting public areas. we had a group of 8 and no one got sick-a rare occasion for a cruise. GUEST SERVICES-were very helpful for all our needs.

CRUISE DIRECTOR and Managers were great fun and entertaining. What a wonderful group of hosts. Really enjoyed the Silent Disco wished someone would instruct ballroom dance and not just play music. Our group wanted to learn more but no instruction was being offered. ENTERTAINMENT was PHENOMENAL. Wow is all we had to say! of all the things we did, we all made sure to see every evening. Gym was neat and clean and modern equipment. Some folks really enjoyed the outdoor walking track.

 

HATE:

CELEBRITY..FIX YOUR WEBSITE!! very difficult to navigate. CLASSIC DRINK PACKAGE-was changed the week before our trip and some people were disappointed they didn't get the drinks they thought were available. WHERE DID THE SMOOTHIES GO? the bar in the buffet was available for making smoothies on our last Celeb.cruise, really missed that. Now only the spa makes them. Don't understand THAT concept. Massage packages are priced about $45-50 per person too high!! Same with the Garden experience and the lawn cabanas. We would not recommend any of these services based on price alone. Staff was very friendly.

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mirard
Contributor Level: Third Mate

If you enjoy your drinks, upgrade to Premium Package, you won't regret it. Research all ports and plan ahead. This saves time, and you can be on your way instead of trying to decide once you have disembarked.

dside
Contributor Level: Third Mate

Get the drink package you will use it. For the ports get out of the cruise shopping areas and see the islands. For PR see old city, For St Martin see the whole island, for St Thomas (SEE ST JOHN). If you bring kids they have plenty to do too so you can enjoy your cruise.

eireland532
Contributor Level: Purser

Drink package is great and a must even if it is only soda and bottled water. Remember even the bottled water will cost you! Do the excursions and see the Islands, it is well worth it.

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Price

L

Size

Jul 2011

Built

2850

Total Passengers

2.29

Crew to Passenger Ratio

13

Number of Decks

1443

Total Cabins

31

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