Fabulous first cruising experience

Celebrity Silhouette Cruise Review to Europe - Northern Europe
Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 6

Overall Rating:

4.9 out of 5
Celebrity Silhouette

14 Night Scandinavia & Russia (Southampton Roundtrip)

Sail Date: July 07, 2018

Ship: Celebrity Silhouette

Cabin Type: Balcony

Cabin Number: 2159

Traveled As: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review Summary

We had a fabulous time and look forward to our next cruise. Could not fault the experience we had on Celebrity Silohette and all that the staff did for us.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
From the drop off point to getting on board sitting with our first coffee was all completed in an exceptionally smooth process. As first time cruisers all the ground staff made it extremely easy and guided us through smoothly. Think the whole process was completed within 20 minutes from being dropped off, where our luggage was quickly taken from us with no fuss, to finding the coffee bar on board and ordering out first of many fabulous coffees.

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Never stuxk for something to eat and found the food to be of high quality. The staff were always trying to ensure it was all to satisfaction. We ate at night in the main dinning room as it suited us better. Did not try the speciality restaurants as never felt the need, although others we spoke to recommended Murano and Tuscan Grill. The Ocean view cafe did a good selection for the buffet with lots of fresh cooked options available. Drinks wise we had upgraded to the premium drinks package which for us was definitely worth it. Loved all the cocktails, wide selection of craft beers and great recommendations from the sommelier in the wine bar. Ended up doing 2 off the wine tasting activities which we thoroughly enjoyed and found really interesting. Having the option for speciality coffee in our package was also a big plus. All the bar staff were excellent.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
We did a couple of the activities such as wine tasting and dance lessons. Lots of quizzes and other games if you so desired bit not our thing. Kept running out of time to do everything.

Entertainment

4 out of 5
Varied each night. Some of the guests entertainers especially the Russian ones were fabulous. I even enjoyed the magician on the first night which is not my usual but he was really good. Silohette cast carried in their performances bit overall were enjoyable.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
All staff we interacted with were exceptionally well trained, polite and wanting to ensure we had a fabulous holiday. Service received was fabulous from out very hardworking room steward, waiting staff in the main dinning room, bar and coffee shop staff we were impressed by their dedication. Could not fault it.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
As this was our first cruise we could bot compare to anything but thought the layout and design of ship was good. Staff were always cleaning areas especially the public toilets etc. Noted lots of maintenance being carried put when we were in dock but this never impacted on our overall experience.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ports Of Call

Zeebrugge (Bruges), Belgium

5 out of 5
We went to Blankenberge rather than. bruges. Took local tram for €3 return. Lovely seaside town to walk and chill.

Copenhagen, Denmark

5 out of 5
Booked the hop on hop off bus before we travelled which allowed us to get straight off ship and onto bus. Much cheaper as well. Silohette docked at one of the further out berths when we were there which caused a few passengers problems with their private tour bookings but our hop on/off bus provided a shuttle. Did the full tour and then enter round to furthest point and walked back through the city to pick up shuttle back to ship. Expensive to eat and drink but lovely to wander about by ourselves.

Nynashamn (Stockholm), Sweden

5 out of 5
Again we did our own thin and stayed in Nynasham rather than going to Stockholm. Easy to walk from the ship berth into town. Marina and spuroundong area beautidul main town was OK.

Tallinn, Estonia

5 out of 5
Walked from ship into old town no problem and definitely did not need to take any transport to access. Lovely old town which we would like to visit again. Very picturesque and historical. Also good amber shops.

St. Petersburg, Russian Federation

5 out of 5
Used Cruising Excursions for our 3 full days of touring. Had a fabulous tour guide Andrei who was very informative and enthusiastic about everything he could show us. It was a full itinerary with no returning to the ship early even on the last day every minute was used up till we had to return as the ship was due to leave. Need to be fit for this trip tho. Had a fabulous time in Russia.

Rostock (Berlin), Germany

5 out of 5
Made our own way to Rostock via bus and tram, wandered about taking in the sights before taking the train to seaside town of Warnemaunde. All day ticket cost of €5.20 for all modes of transport can't beat it. Tourist office staff also very helpful. Lovely chilled day.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5

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