Family of 6, ages 12 to 73. Cruised on RCCL, Carnival, NCL,
Princess. We heard good things about Celebrity and wanted to try
the newer Silhouette ship. We stayed on Deck 11, Aqua Class.
Embarkation/Debarkation: Very smooth and speedy. Grade: A
Ship's Appearance: Other than some odd artwork, ship looked very
nice. Grade: A-
Food: Blu restaurant was quite good. Buffets were ample and
tasty. One day they served an excellent brunch. Room service the
best we've ever seen. Grade: A
Fitness Center: Machines were being used longer than the
suggested 20 minutes, causing wait times. For 3100 passengers they
need more machines. Grade: B-
Nightly Entertainment: First two shows were subpar. Acrobat show
was very entertaining. Illusionist from Ireland rather annoying.
Headline singer excellent. RCCL seems to have better overall
entertainment. Grade: B
Ports: Cocoa Cay was fun. Been to St. Thomas and St. Martin so
many times. Would rather see new islands like St Barts, etc. Grade:
Cruise Director: Stuart was just okay, kids thought he was a
dork. Grade: C
Ship Activities: For families, there isn't a lot of structured
games, karaoke, or contests. Celebrity falls way short in this area
vs. other lines.
There were no pool contests. Kids activities rather weak.
Basketball hoop in front of ship, forcing the kids to play in
gale-force winds. The Family Feud game had 15 people show up. At
times we became bored and just wandered to the buffet. Grade: C-
Cabin: Aqua Class cabin was fantastic, lots of space, great
bathroom and shower. We opened the balconies to our three adjacent
rooms. Outstanding. Grade: A
Staff: Overall, the staff was courteous and helpful, but I
wouldn't say they made any impression like some staff on prior RCCL
journeys. They needed to smile more and be friendlier. Some were
indifferent and seemed like they didn't care for their job. Grade:
Casino: Typically tight slots, staff indifferent,
poorly-executed tournaments. One Texas Hold Em table that was full
with the same people every night. Grade: C
Ship Vibe: This is the area that would probably cause our family
not to return to Celebrity. After 10 PM the ship basically shut
down. The cruise director didn't inspire. Celebrity is definitely
“stuffier” than other lines, even though this was a
Christmas cruise. Grade: C-
Overall: The ship's layout was very easy to navigate. The lawn
on the top deck is ill conceived. Most of the space is wasted. Why
not build a putting course or movies under the stars? We liked the
food quite a bit more than other lines. The cabin was perfect.
Entertainment decent. Staff okay. Activities disappointing. Ship
vibe less than stellar.
OVERALL GRADE FOR CRUISE EXPERIENCE ON SILHOUETTE: B