Lovely ship but very expensive extras

Celebrity Cruises | Celebrity Silhouette Reviews

By Jennifer Fairchild on 21 October 2019

This was our first Celebrity cruise, we usually favour either Cunard or P&O. The price was right and we got good value for money. Our inside cabin was well fitted, very clean and the beds were extremely comfy. The shower even had doors which is a great improvement on the usual shower curtain. The ship is beautiful with plenty of places to sit inside and out and the Sky Lounge soon became a favourite. Needless to say there was always some sort of music playing which can be tedious at times. This is a very American ship and the food relected this – pancakes and grits etc for breakfast, and always burgers, hot dogs and fries available at lunchtimes and evenings in the buffet. The choices in the restaurant weren’t that many but the food here was good, if rather cold. We were somewhat surprised that most days we berthed during the morning and departed early afternoon which didn’t give us much time ashore. Our main grumble was with the cost of excursions, drinks and in shops. As we had visited all of the destinations before and we didn’t book any excursions, and if prices in shops are too high you just don’t buy. What I really took issue with was the cost of drinks from the bar. Most passengers seemed to have a drinks package included with the cost of their cruise, we did not. On the first morning we went to discuss the possibility of buying a drinks package mainly because my husband loves his coffee and we are both partial to a g and t before dinner when on holiday. There are two packages on offer, the higher priced one would have cost us a whopping $1000! There was a ‘ special offer’ on the day we enquired which reduced this to $800 but even this didn’t tempt us! Drinks can be purchased as and when of course but there is an 18% service charge which results in a can of beer costing nearly £10. Ludicrous in our opinion.There is no guest launderette on the Silhouette and a small bag of laundry could be washed, dried and folded for $50. Again thanks, but no thanks. Would we travel with Celebrity again? I don’t think so.

By Jennifer Fairchild on 21 October 2019

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  • I recently travelled on Silhouette 13th October-24th October this was my first time having previously travelled with Cunard/P&O/RCL, although the ship was lovely and clean, I have to say the entertainment was something to be desired. Silent disco only on for about an hour the place was rocking but they just shut it saying its finished now! The DJ in the skybar only had one playlist of about 10 songs and played the same tunes over and over again. Lack of seating in bars, and SAME guest speakers on every other day…. pretty disappointing for us I have to say, but you live and learn… we probably will give this a miss in the near future.

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