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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Southampton
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Ponta Delgada
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Madeira (Funchal)
  • Day 7
    Tenerife
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Lisbon
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Cruising
  • Day 12
    Southampton

Celebrity Silhouette

Celebrity Silhouette - Celebrity Cruises

Pros

Outstanding service, top-notch cuisine and well-thought out design

Cons

Specialty dining charges can run high

Bottom Line

Sets standards for an upscale big ship experience for service, ambience, dining and decors


Cruise Reviews

1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
My wife and I have sailed 14 times previously with Holland America and enjoy their trips. However, as a result of a price my wife could not pass up we gave Celebrity a try. Our cruise was on the Silhouette (11/18/18 to 11/30/18) and the ... Read More
My wife and I have sailed 14 times previously with Holland America and enjoy their trips. However, as a result of a price my wife could not pass up we gave Celebrity a try. Our cruise was on the Silhouette (11/18/18 to 11/30/18) and the experience was outstanding. I read some negative reviews about our cabin 7183 which made me a little weary, however Celebrity corrected all of the faults mentioned in the reviews and the cabin was in excellent condition. The service and all the staff on the ship was excellent. We ask for a table of not more than six, but was seated at a table for ten, but due to the friendliness of our dinner friends and the excellent service of the wait staff (Jose and Valentino) the experience was great. The entertainment was great, lead by cruise director Sue, who was outstanding, During sea days we spent time at the pool. Always something to do,entertainment, dance exercises, dancing and games. All food revenues were excellent especially the breads freshly prepared daily. The on board and off load was well organized (better than Holland). We will sail definitely sail with Celebrity again and recommend the Silhouette. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
We booked essentially the same cruise on Holland a year ago but changed as our agent found us a better deal with Celebrity. $ca 1000 savings for one more day On sea days not enough plates were around in the buffet. The buffet ... Read More
We booked essentially the same cruise on Holland a year ago but changed as our agent found us a better deal with Celebrity. $ca 1000 savings for one more day On sea days not enough plates were around in the buffet. The buffet isn’t designed as well as Holland’s. Food is essentially good on both lines. Staff are nice and friendly. We missed the chamber music that Holland has. Computer lessons free on Holland cost $$ on Celebrity. The continuous hounding to go to speciality restaurants was NOT appreciated. We had enough hounding in port Trying to get served wine in the buffet was a trying experience. My sister has always been super impressed with Celebrity but she was never on Holland. I found Holland more professional but it was little things so when we take an ocean cruise, the price between the two will decide which line we will cruise on. Don’t buy any electronics in the Caribbean unless you know what the prices are at home. I checked and the Bulchand (whatever) place is a real rip-off. Hmmm perhaps a river cruise next? Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
Our family, including our adult children and their significant others, booked adjoining Sky Suites on deck twelve of the Celebrity Silhouette for the twelve- day cruise to the Southern Caribbean. The Sky Suites were a new experience. We ... Read More
Our family, including our adult children and their significant others, booked adjoining Sky Suites on deck twelve of the Celebrity Silhouette for the twelve- day cruise to the Southern Caribbean. The Sky Suites were a new experience. We embarked in Ft. Lauderdale’s Port Everglades terminal 26 and disembarked in Port Everglades at terminal 25. We parked in the mid-port garage. The terminals and garage were new experiences. We used a wheelchair for my wife who cannot walk or climb well. That was a new experience. Embarkation: We drove to Port Everglades, dropped our bags at terminal 26, and unloaded the wheelchair with my wife near the entrance of the terminal. We parked at the mid-port garage located across the street from the terminal. The large garage is used for several terminals on the East side of the port and conveniently located within walking distance for them. We were met at the security checkpoint by Celebrity terminal representatives who took control of the wheelchair, took us through check-in, wheeled my wife out a pier level door to the Silhouette’s deck two, and up the elevator to the deck 3 customer relations area where we met the rest of our family. The process only allows one person to accompany the wheelchair embarkation. Hint: Call Celebrity and let them know wheelchair assistance will be needed and if you will have your own wheelchair. Cabins: We had three adjoining Sky suites on deck twelve, a huge treat for all of us. The partitions between the three balconies were opened by the room steward so that we had one very large balcony and easy access to each of the cabins. The high deck also had an overhang from the Oceanview Café deck that offered nice shade for most of every day, a real plus in the Caribbean. There was some noise from the Oceanview Café, but not bothersome. We could also smell the food in the hallway. Hint: Ask the steward to open the balcony partitions which they can do on most cruise ships. The Sky suites come with several nice perks including access to the Luminae restaurant and Michael’s Club where the concierge is based. The concierge was helpful in making reservations, solving problems and guiding disembarkation. Dining: We had access to the Luminae restaurant, the restaurant designated for suite guests, and a real treat. We ate most breakfasts and dinners there with excellent service. It is easy to get to know most of the restaurant staff during the cruise. Hint: Let the waiter know if you want expediated service because they normally allow for leisurely dining. The food on Celebrity was excellent. We had filet mignon, lobster, roasted turbot and a Thanksgiving dinner in the evening. Belgium waffles, smoothies, pancakes, and eggs custom prepared for breakfast. Lunches in the Oceanview café were prepared with a different theme each day: Pub, panini, Indian, Mexican, Mediterranean, and taste of the USA. The Oceanview featured large selections of dessert trifles and cakes on different days, colorful and tasty. We booked both the Qsine- Le Petit Chef, and Sushi on Five specialty restaurants. Le Petit Chef included videos with the table and dinner plates as projection screens along with excellent prepared steak and lobster. Nice! Sushi on Five featured rolls and soups that we tried, Hint: The sushi on Five portions are generous. It is easy to order more than you can eat from the a la carte menu. Just ask how many rolls are included in each selection. The steaks in Qsine and the pork chops in the Luminae were highlights of our dining experiences. Ports: Wheelchair processes in the ports was a concern. It worked out well. Disembarkation in each port was from deck two, an easy trip from the ship to each pier. Ship staff were ready every time to assist both pushing the wheelchair off and on. The walk to port shopping was reasonable for most of the ports. Wheelchair friendly shore excursions were few but we did try the trolley tour in Dominica that worked. Port shopping in St. Kitts was the best of any port. There was significant hurricane damage in each port but a lot of work had been completed in the port areas which are the lifeblood of the locals. Ship and staff: The Silhouette is elegant with numerous well kept venues. Café al Bacio is a favorite for specialty coffees, gelato and pastry snacks. The casino has a large variety of games and slot machines but they use stools instead of chairs with backs for many slot machines. Back aches are a penalty. Hint: The casino features slot packages which provide bonus money when purchased. For example you can get $340 of slot play for $300. The catch is that the money must be played. The Celebrity staff, as always, were excellent. The waiters, room stewards, concierge, terminal employees, maintenance staff were representative of the excellence. Worth noting are the quality inspectors who constantly patrol the ship looking for things that need attention. Attention is immediate. Disembarkation: We disembarked at terminal 25, the Celebrity terminal that had a huge makeover for hosting the Celebrity Edge. The terminal was walking distance to the mid-port garage and had easy access for passenger pick-up. We were assisted from Michael’s lounge to the baggage claim area by a member of the ship’s staff. The terminal 25 exit ramp from the ship to the terminal is the back-and-forth type so it is not as steep as a direct ramp like the one in terminal 26. This makes it wheelchair friendly. Hint: Let someone know that you will need wheelchair assistance prior to disembarkation. A staff member will be available. Conclusion: There were plenty of other ship venues and features worthy of mention. The pool deck, Lawn Club Grill, bars and lounges, shops, and grand foyer are among those. You have to experience them. Our experiences with the Sky suites, the terminals and garage on the East side of Port Everglades, and the wheelchair friendly ship were all very nice. Read Less
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