By Adam Coulter
Cruise Critic UK Managing Editor
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Cruise Critic Editor Rating: Entertainment

Celebrity Silhouette Entertainment & Activities

Theater

The Silhouette Theater is situated on Decks 4 and 5 forward. It's a huge space, with plenty of seating and good sight lines. The shows onboard vary depending on where the ship is based. So, while it's in the Caribbean you'll get guest acts like Southern rock band Raegar or the massively popular soul and R&B trio, Uptown; when it is U.K.-based, expect a mix of Britain's Got Talent winners and British comedians.

Big production shows performed by the onboard entertainment team, include Pearl, which is a whimsical song and dance show following the main character's journey into the ocean. Production values are high (i.e., some great choreography and a knockout set), but the quality of the singing varies; nevertheless, it's a fun diversion for 45 minutes.

Daily Fun

Daytime entertainment is wide and varied, and listed under the "Celebrity Life" activities section of the Daily Program. Options might include cooking demos, wine and food pairing classes (for a fee), port shopping talks, art auctions, bingo, quizzes, game shows, seminars in the iLounge from resident "Apple geniuses," bridge and whist drives.

At Night

There is a welcome aboard karaoke and dance party in the Sky Lounge on the first night; the rest of the cruise you'll find plenty of live music around the ship, including in the Ensemble Lounge, the main atrium, the Sunset Bar and on the main Pool Deck.

Fortunes Casino (Deck 4) takes up a large chunk of space midship and is where you'll find games such as slots, craps, blackjack, roulette and three-card poker. 

Feature films are shown most nights in Celebrity Central, a secondary theater venue located on Deck 4.

Celebrity Silhouette Bars and Lounges

Celebrity Silhouette has a great selection of bars, with a distinct atmosphere in each. Although it's not necessarily a late-night party ship, there's certainly plenty of places to imbibe till late. Most of the action kicks off inside from 5.30 p.m. or so till 11 p.m., with outside drinking centered around the Sunset Bar during clement weather.

Passport Bar (Deck 3): A good spot for pre-dinner drinks if you are eating in the main dining room; this bar is also ideal for watching the nightly entertainment in the Grand Foyer. Passport Bar has the longest operating hours with service available from 9 a.m. until late.

Cellar Masters (Deck 4): During the day, this dark, wood-paneled room complete with comfy chairs and sofas, hosts regular wine tastings and has quite a buzz about it, but at night, the crowds seem to dry up -- perhaps because it's unstaffed. Instead, you'll find automatic wine dispensers. You buy a "wine card," then insert it into the dispenser, choose your tipple and it pours a measured portion of 1, 2 or 4 ounces. It's a great idea and has been copied by many other cruise lines, but is no replacement for a cheery bartender.

Martini Bar (Deck 4): The ice-topped Martini Bar is a Solstice-class stalwart. Located in a prime spot overlooking the main atrium, it is the place for a pre- or post-dinner drink. It's also a main meeting point for dinner or the theater.

Quasar (Deck 4): This futuristic (in a kind of retro-futuristic way -- all pods and booths) is the ship's nightclub, which interestingly was phased out on the next Solstice-class ship due to lack of use. No one ever seemed to be in it on our sailing.

World Class Bar (Deck 5): Named after the bartender competition of the same name, this spot is sponsored by beverage company Diageo and hosts occasional cocktail-making masterclasses. The mixologists make a mean cocktail from a wide and varied range of tipples. It's in a prime spot on a thoroughfare overlooking the main shopping walk and off the main atrium.

Michael's Bar (Deck 5): This became the suites-only passenger bar in 2016, much to the annoyance of many loyal Celebrity passengers. Done up like an old-style gentleman's club (though without the cigar smoke), with leather seating and plush sofas, Michael's is quiet, discreet -- and exclusive.

Ensemble Lounge (Deck 5): This is a great gathering place for pre- and post-dinner drinks as it's situated just outside Murano and Michael's Club, and a stone's throw from all the specialty restaurants. It's always dark in here (deliberately), so it retains a sultry air day and night. There is plenty of seating in large, comfy chairs, many by the windows, and there is live music every evening.

Pool Bar (Deck 12): Serves wine, beer and cocktails, as well as soft drinks right by the poolside.

Mast Bar (Deck 14): Overlooking the Pool Deck, this is a popular spot, which serves the same as the bar below, but also food from the grill. Smoking is allowed here.

Sky Observation Lounge (Deck 14): This is a huge area right at the top of the ship, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows all round, a large bar, small dance floor and an enormous amount of seating. During the day, it's a great place to sit and contemplate the ocean or read a book; at night it gets lively after the show ends (around 10 p.m.), with dancing and game-show type competitions. It's likely why Quasar is never full -- everyone is up here.

Sunset Bar (Deck 15): The most popular outdoor bar is in a great spot at the back of the ship with wonderful views of the wake. It's a small bar, but has seating all around including either side overlooking the real grass lawn (port side smoking is allowed). The menu looks small (mainly focusing on beer and wine), but the bartenders will whip up a selection of cocktails for you.

Celebrity Silhouette Outside Recreation

Pools

Silhouette's main outdoor pool area, located midship, has a shallow family pool, a "Sports Pool" and the "Wet Zone," a rectangular rubber deck space that offers randomly firing water jets. There are four hot tubs dotted about. 

You'll also find cushioned loungers, including the class' signature two-person poolside beds. You can get drinks at the Pool Bar and a bite to eat (burgers, dogs) at the Mast Grill.

The adults-only Solarium is on the same deck forward, and is a quiet and peaceful retreat from the main pool, with a fountain, soothing music and impressive art. It features a pool, two hot tubs, loungers with extra-thick cushions and the AquaSpa Cafe serving up salad, chilled soups and pre-plated dishes of grilled chicken and fish.

Recreation

The nicest recreational area is the Lawn Club, although space here has been severely curtailed due to the installation of eight Alcoves that cut into the open grass area. You can still sunbathe here or play bocce, but you're overlooked by the fee-paying Alcove dwellers. (Alcove hire is $99 on port days and a $250 on sea days, which includes water, some food and alcohol.)

However, the two grass strips on either side are still wide open and free to use. There are also eight free-to-use hammocks on the main Lawn Club, and also a giant chair, which makes for fun photos.

At the forward end of the ship, on Deck 15, is a basketball court and table tennis.

Sun Decks

The main pool deck is surrounded by cushioned loungers, as well as the two-person poolside beds that are a signature of all Solstice-class ships. For additional sunbathing space, the sun deck at the front of Deck 16 rarely gets crowded. You can also grab a towel and relax on the Lawn Club's lawn at the other end of the ship.

Celebrity Silhouette Services

In addition to being elegant, Silhouette is effortlessly organized. Deck 3's marble-washed Grand Foyer is the ship's entry point. Passengers will find the guest relations and shore excursions desks there, along with the Passport Bar. 

Decks 4 and 5 make up the ship's main hub and are the location of Silhouette's entertainment venues, casino, shopping venues, art gallery, dining rooms and most alternative restaurants, as well as numerous bars.

Midship are some 20 boutiques and shops. Running parallel to the casino on Deck 4 are the shops on the Boulevard, showcasing a mix of jewelry, watches, handbags, clothing and duty-free goods. If that's not enough, the Galleria Boutiques, which include the first dedicated Bulgari boutique at sea, are just a flight of stairs away. 

The iLounge internet cafe, "Hideaway" lounge, card room and library are stacked midship on Decks 6 through 10. Each venue abuts a towering vertical corridor in which a massive potted tree appears suspended in mid-air. The iLounge, Silhouette's trademarked computer lab, is populated by Apple products. The venue also holds classes on subjects like photo and video editing, rents out the latest iPads and sells products. You can get online here, or use your own device, but be warned: internet is not cheap. You can buy by the hour ($24.95), the day ($49.95) or the week ($249). Also, watch out for midweek offers.

Silhouette saw the introduction of the Hideaway, a two-deck venue punctuated by a pair of overhanging second-floor seating arrangements that look like dangling wicker cages. The venue, which is basically a place to relax, and includes two coffee machines, replaces Team Earth, an interactive environmental exhibit that had elicited shrugs even from Prius drivers. 

The ship does not feature self-service laundry facilities. A bag will cost you $49.95; or you can get individual items laundered.

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Celebrity Silhouette Spa & Fitness

Spa

Silhouette's spa, run by the famed destination retreat Canyon Ranch, offers a dizzying array of spa treatments, including full body wraps and scrubs, a variety of massages from traditional to special sports massages, and couples' treatments. As on all cruise lines, treatments do not come cheap (and do not forget the obligatory 18 percent service charge), but look out for special offers, such as when the ship is in port. A signature 50-minute massage will cost you $145, while a specialty massage such as hot stone will set you back $215.

The spa also offers teeth-whitening services, acupuncture and reflexology.

Canyon Ranch operates a hair salon and a barber shop, too; a shampoo starts at $53, while a beard trim is $47.

The Persian Garden is the line's thermal suite, which is free to AquaClass passengers; for everyone else, passes cost $25 for one day or $99 a week ($169 on a 14-night cruise). The space includes a mixed sauna and steam room, tropical rain shower and heated relaxation chairs with ocean views, but oddly no spa pool.

Fitness

The Solstice-class of ships, and Silhouette is no exception, has one of the finest gyms onboard any ship of this size, occupying the whole of the forward section on Deck 12. It's well thought out (in that you do not have to walk through the spa to get there, as on many ships), and is in a prime spot at the top of the ship with floor-to-ceiling windows affording stunning views.

The fitness center features modern equipment, including treadmills, stationary bikes and elliptical trainers, as well as resistance equipment and a solid selection of dumbbells. Classes include yoga, Zumba and boot camp, and a new-to-the-fleet option: TRX suspension training. Fees are reasonable ($11 for 50 minutes) and classes fill up quickly, so if you have your heart set on a particular workout, sign up as soon as you get onboard. In addition, there are a number of free classes including stretching, core strength and dancersize.

There is also a separate weights area and a spot for classes such as yoga and Pilates (for a fee).

The jogging track (eight laps to the mile) is one deck up from the gym. 

Celebrity Silhouette For Kids

While Celebrity might not be as family-oriented as big sister Royal Caribbean, Silhouette does have a packed program of kid-focused activities, as well as family-friendly dining, shore excursions, onboard sports and a decent kids' club. The ship also has a good choice of family-friendly accommodations, including Family Ocean View Staterooms and plenty of interconnecting rooms.

The forward area on Deck 15 is where you'll find the Fun Factory kids' club (for 3- to 11-year-olds); X-Club (for ages 12 to 17) is on the port side.

The two areas are of roughly equal size and packed with age-appropriate gear, including a huge collection of Xbox consoles. You'll also find the video arcade here.

Celebrity Cruises has achieved Autism Friendly Cruise Line status, having completed an Autism Friendly Certification with Autism on the Seas, an organization dedicated to helping families with autistic children have the best cruise vacations they can. Silhouette offers movies, games and activities that are suitable for kids with autism, as well as toys that can be borrowed for in-cabin use.

Babysitting is available, either in the Fun Factory or in your cabin, but children must be at least 12 months old.

In-cabin babysitting is available for up to three children in the same family and includes two babysitters. Bookings must be made 24 hours in advance, and one parent or guardian must stay onboard during babysitting time. Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis and the fee is $19 per hour.

If you are going to use group babysitting services on multiple days, consider getting your kids a VIP Pass. It gives your child unlimited access to all extra-fee program activities. The one-time fee varies by cruise length, and it covers all meals and slumber parties, as well as behind-the-scenes tours. Kids also receive a gift bag.

Kids

The Fun Factory is open from 9 a.m. each morning or half an hour before arriving in port for children with parents on shore excursions departing prior to 9 a.m. All parents must register their children at the start of the cruise and sign kids ages 3 to 8 in and out of the Fun Factory.

The well-staffed youth program includes organized activities for four age groups, as follows:

Babies and Toddlers (6 months to 3 years old): Designated "Toddler Time" sessions are organized for the youngest kids onboard. Toddlers are permitted in the Fun Factory only with parental supervision; you cannot drop your child off and leave. Children do not need to be potty-trained to participate.

Shipmates (3- to 5-year-olds): Activities include arts and crafts, treasure and dinosaur hunts and face painting. Note, children must be toilet-trained and diaper-free to enter, unless accompanied by a parent.

Cadets (6- to 8-year-olds): The Cadets get to dress-up, play games such as "become a spy" and have limited time on age-appropriate video games.

Ensigns (9- to 11-year-olds): Ensigns get to take part in scavenger hunts, pool games, bingo, basketball and game shows. Ensigns also have Wii consoles, foosball and air hockey tables. Ensigns are allowed to sign themselves into and out of programs until 10 p.m., unless otherwise indicated on their Parental Consent Form. After 10 p.m., Ensigns require an adult to sign them out of activities.

Youth Staff will also take kids to lunch (noon to 2 p.m. on port days only) and dinner (5 to 7 p.m.), but this is charged at $6 per hour when the ship is in port. (Dinner is free when at sea, or if sailing at or prior to 5 p.m.) Pre-registration is required before 11:45 a.m. for lunch and before 5:45 p.m. for dinner.

From 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., a "Slumber Party" is on offer. Children from ages 3 to 11 can slumber or party, depending on their needs and choices. The fee is $6 per hour. The VIP pass gives you 40 percent off all fees.

Teens

The X-Club features the newest gaming consoles and titles and a soft drink bar with a popcorn machine; the drinks cost money, the popcorn does not.

Teens are split into two groups. Those in the 12-to-14 age bracket participate in "tweens" activities like pool Olympics, game shows and karaoke; those in the 15 to 17 group, which has less structured schedules, have a prom party and a "Dancing with the Stars" event. All activities are hosted and supervised by youth counselors.

Celebrity also has an interactive and immersive video project called iTake, which will keep your teen gainfully occupied for four hours -- for no extra fee. The program involves brainstorming a storyboard, then, armed with GoPro video cameras, they head out to get the shots they planned. After the filming is complete, they learn how to edit their videos back in the X-Club. 

Celebrity Silhouette Ship Stats

  • Crew: 1,500
  • Launched: July 2011
  • Decks: 15
  • Passengers: 2,886
  • Registry: Malta
  • CDC Score: 97

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