The 122,400-ton Celebrity Silhouette cruise ship carries 2,886 passengers and joins her three older sisters--the Celebrity Solstice (2008), Celebrity Equinox (2009), and Celebrity Eclipse (2010)--as the fourth Celebrity ship in the justifiably-popular Solstice class.
Celebrity has kept many of the great things from the other Solstice-class ships like the spacious, contemporary design, The Lawn Club and the delightful dining venues, but has added some new things that I think will be very popular with the cruising public. These are detailed in the tour of the Celebrity Silhouette and the links below.
Past Celebrity cruisers will be delighted to find their old favorites still on the ship, like my personal favorite Qsine. I love small bites, and Qsine presents them in such adorable packages. Other specialty restaurants like Murano, Blu, and Tuscan Grille were also retained.
One of the best-designed buffet restaurants at sea, the Oceanview Cafe, sits atop the ship, and the Grand Cuvee main dining room has the same spectacular chandelier and wine tower as the other Solstice-class ships.
The large cruise ship has many other cabin and suite categories, ranging in size from less than 200 square feet to almost 1,300 square feet. Most of the accommodations have a balcony, but the ship also has inside and window cabins for those who are budget conscious.
Although the cabins have a foot rest in the shower, which is perfect for shaving your legs, I wish it had a lighted magnifying shaving/make-up mirror. Many of us baby boomers can't see to "put on our face" without one.
Other popular watering holes include the Martini Bar and the Sky Lounge, with its spectacular sea views from its location on deck 14. I also love the Sunset Bar, since it sits in a protected area at the aft of the ship and also has marvelous outdoor sea views.
The ship has a large tree suspended over its Grand Foyer like its sister ships. It also has a new quiet sitting area called the Hideaway in the space occupied by Team Earth on the other ships. The Hideaway has some eclectic seating and a self-service coffee bar.
The Celebrity Silhouette has an Art Studio with its entrance next to the Lawn Club, which will be used for classes in drawing, painting, and jewelry-making. In addition, the studio will host culinary-themed classes, such as plating, tastings and mixology.
Like all large cruise ships, the Celebrity Silhouette has many onboard shops. A Bulgari jewelry and Michael Kors sportswear shops are two new boutiques for Celebrity.
Celebrity made some significant changes in the Lawn Club area, adding the two new restaurants discussed above and some interesting seating--two over-sized Adirondack chairs and some very comfortable hammocks. The cruise line has also added the Alcoves, which are eight cabana-type Lawn Club sitting areas. These can be rented by the day or the length of the cruise.
The Celebrity Silhouette has on outdoor pool with numerous lounge chairs. It also has an indoor pool called the Solarium.
Celebrity Silhouette Itineraries
I attended the Celebrity Silhouette naming ceremony in Hamburg and stayed onboard for a two-night preview cruise. This is a great ship for those who appreciate the variety of activities, entertainment, and cuisine a large ship can deliver. It's also a great ship for those who like a more elegant, sophisticated atmosphere. I sailed for a week on the Celebrity Solstice and also did a short preview cruise on the Celebrity Eclipse and loved both those ships. The few changes made to the Celebrity Silhouette have made it even better!
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