Sail Date: April 01, 2013 Ship: Celebrity Silhouette Cabin Type: Balcony Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 4 years ago
The Silhouette is a very classy ship - there was clearly great painstaking care put into the design of this class of vessel. Having sailed previous generations of Celebrity and Royal Carribean - this was the finest ship.
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
All the restaurants are decorated very nicely. Black Tie is optional and few people wore it - but many dressed up in business attire for the formal dinners. The Grand Cuvee main restaurant food was pretty good\, but not over the top exceptional. It is clear that the great quality that used to be the norm in the main dining room for cruises a few years ago\, has now been overcome by bean counters scrimping on every dollar of cost. For example - no escargot - it costs too much. And wine by the bottle is ridiculously and unnecessarily exhorbitant. The attempt is to drive you to the specialty restaurants for a heavy upcharge - way too high for what you get. Of those\, some try too hard (Qsine)\, or not hard enough (Tuscany). Only Murano was top shelf. Ironically\, the beef filet was best at the Lawn Club. Yet - next time I would skip the specialty restaurants and stick with the main dining room and the Ocean View open cafe.
1 out of 5
Skip the pre-arranged tours - overpriced and you can step off the ship in every port and find local guides or transport to do the same or better.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
Crew were always available\, friendly and cheerful - amazing considering how hard they work and the long hours they pull.
5 out of 5
The finishning details are exceptional on this ship. There is extremely optimal use of space throughout - even with nearly 3000 passengers\, you never feel crowded\, can always find a deck chair\, a seat in the restaurant or a spot in the lounges. The elevator gallery is spectacular.
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
Very suitable\, great shower\, very comfortable bed\, nice balcony\, quiet.
Pros: Beautiful Ship
Cons: Ridiculous upcharge for specialty restaurants; outrageous charge for Internet access
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