I know I’ve mentioned this before, but hubby and I like to take a trip each year for our birthdays. Along with an annual honeymoon, that makes three big trips a year –just the way I like it!
Since Joshy’s birthday is in December and we’ve already done Europe in winter, that usually leaves us with two main options: either a Caribbean getaway or a ski trip.
So in honor of my sweet hubby’s last birthday before turning 30, I took him on what I thought would be a wild n crazy cruise.
I present to you, my honest Celebrity Silhouette review.
First Impressions of the Celebrity Silhouette
I guess I really didn’t know what to expect from Celebrity, but I was super underwhelmed as we pulled up to the port. The Silhouette was smaller than expected, but I made a conscious decision not to judge this book by its cover.
The boarding process was easy, especially with our expedited concierge rights, and as soon as we got on board, we were greeted with a glass of bubbly. Me likey!
Even upon boarding, the ship seemed small — afterall, the Silhouette is part of Celebrity’s new Solstice class which claims to have the biggest and newest ships that the cruise line offers. I guess what I’m trying to say here is that you can walk the entire ship, across every floor from end to end in maybe 30 minutes.
Our Cabin on the Celebrity Silhouette
For exactly one week, we got to call cabin 9370, a C2 Concierge Class Balcony on the Celebrity Silhouette our humble little home. Ringing in at a modest 194 square feet, there’s basically enough room to walk around the bed and sofa, and that’s about it. The balcony was almost 60 square feet, and there was just enough room for two lounge chairs and a small table.
Concierge Class on the Celebrity Silhouette
I feel bad saying this, but concierge class on Celebrity is a GIANT waste of money. At first, I thought the perks seemed valuable — priority boarding, a welcome bottle of Champagne with a fruit plate, a tote bag, nightly canapes in the cabin (whatever those are), branded robes/umbrellas to borrow throughout the cruise and perhaps most importantly, your very own personal concierge.
Well, the canapes were not good (usually just olives, smoked salmon or something random on a skewer), the Champagne never showed up until I asked the concierge maybe 3 times to send it and on that note, the concierge himself sucked. He literally never remembered our conversations and almost screwed up Josh’s birthday dinner by forgetting to make the reservation. The priority boarding would have been cool, except for the fact that the boarding area was a ghost town and we would’ve skated right on by regardless.
Basically, if you can get concierge class for free then by all means, take it. But never, and I mean never pay extra for this.
Expert tip: if the price drops before final payment, the cruise line (or your travel agent) will adjust your price or upgrade you to a more expensive cabin category. That’s how we got our free concierge digs!
The People on the Celebrity Silhouette
Every time I think of this cruise, I can’t help but LOL. If I had to estimate, there were maybe 10 people under the age of 30, and the rest of the passengers were 65 and older. I really felt like I was on a nursing home excursion, but didn’t mind in the end thanks to dozens of old people that called us “so cute” and “a beautiful couple” repeatedly. AKA, if you’re young with low self esteem, Celebrity just might be the cure.
If I had $1 for every old person that was asleep on the pool deck, or for every mudslide that was consumed on the ship, I’d be rich AF. For real, these old people drank so many mudslides that the ship RAN OUT OF HERSHEY’S SYRUP. Josh was so fascinated by this that he treated himself to a mudslide on one of our last nights just to see what all the hype was about….and I’ve gotta say, it was a real treat.
In all honesty, the passengers were a sophisticated bunch — mainly wealthy Floridians and Canadians that truly love to cruise.
The Food on Celebrity Silhouette
I had incredibly high expectations for the food on our ship; I can’t tell you how many people told me that we would be blown away by the gourmet meals in the dining room or even in the ship’s buffet. Like any cruise, there were hits and misses. It’s actually pretty simple: for your misses, head to the dining room. For major hits, you have to go to the specialty restaurants.
Some of the best meals I’ve had in my entire life were in the Celebrity specialty restaurants. The service and food at Tuscan Grill were both impressive, as we chowed down on gnocchi, seafood linguini, filet, short rib papardelle ragu (yum!!) and eggplant parm. We tend to over-order, but I ain’t mad…
We also got to taste the funky food at Qsine, which put a creative spin on popular dishes like sliders, tacos and steak.
But the best meal we had on the cruise, by far, was at Murano. We got tableside chateaubriand which cut like butter, broiled lobster tails and souffles that were all to die for.
Expert tip: I highly recommend buying a 3- or 4-pack of specialty dinners as a bundle. You’ll end up saving maybe $50 or $60 and have some of the most delicious and memorable meals. Totally worth it, especially if you’ve got onboard credit to burn.
The food in the dining room isn’t bad, per se….it just isn’t very good.
The Entertainment on the Celebrity Silhouette
Yay! Another opportunity to LOL. It’s pretty easy to sum this up — the individual acts were all amazing, and the group shows were painfully embarrassing. Basically, the comedians and singers that are brought onto the ship as individual acts are stellar, like really, really talented.
But then there’s the Celebrity productions that are so bad, you will undoubtedly have several moments of confusion thinking, “wtf is this?!” throughout the show. I think in an effort not to pay licensing fees to broadway shows or musicals, Celebrity came up with their own shows. Considering that the cruise line attracts people in their 60’s and above, I wasn’t surprised to hear many an old person complaining that they don’t want to hear Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry covers woven into spotty plot lines that make no sense.
I come with good news, though. If you’re a karaoke lover, you’ll enjoy the friendly competition that exists on Celebrity. These people are the REAL DEAL. They come prepared, and if you try to sing a Disney song like I did for fun, don’t expect any roaring applause. There wasn’t really a club on the ship, but the closest we came to a raging night out was during a silent disco on the pool deck.
The daytime entertainment is really fun, too. We enjoyed the games at the pool and especially enjoyed watching the old ladies learn the cha cha slide. I can also proudly announce that I won the grand prize in BINGO, so one thing is settled: good things come to those who wait.
Amenities on the Celebrity Silhouette
On the ship, you’ll find a gelato shop, bakery, ocean-facing fitness center, one main pool, several whirlpools, a Canyon Ranch Spa, 5 or 6 different bars and my personal favorite, the solarium pool — basically an air-conditioned “indoor pool” with panoramic ocean views and the comfiest orange chairs of all time. Instead of raging clubs and a waterpark, the ship has a card room and a library, from which I borrowed 4 or 5 different books.
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a great time on the Celebrity Silhouette. I made so many friends in the solarium pool, at the ice-topped martini bar before dinner and in the karaoke lounge (sorry Gertrude, I know I promised to K.I.T.!). I got to read a bunch of books, which I love, and even though we took FULL advantage of the open bar situation, I came home feeling fresh and new.
I think if you go on the ship knowing what to expect — that it’s going to be a classy and more sophisticated cruise geared towards mellow adults — than you’re in for a fun and relaxing experience.
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Love and Travels,