Luxury cruising on Celebrity Silhouette
Luxury cruising on Celebrity Silhouette

We spent the last two weeks cruising through Northern Europe aboard the luxury cruise ship Celebrity Silhouette, and let me tell you – it was a luxury experience through and through. We’re used to staying in luxury hotels with perks and amenities you don’t see everyday, but Silhouette was a step above anything we imagined we’d find aboard a cruise ship.

As you might know, this was my first cruise, so I don’t have anything to compare this ship to, but I certainly can’t imagine they all look like this. Celebrity prides themselves on being a luxury cruise line. They were voted Best Premium Cruise Line six years in a row by Travel Weekly’s Readers’ Choice Awards.

Silhouette is one of five ships in Celebrity’s Solstice class. The occupancy is just under 3,000, which made me worried that the ship would be crowded, but there were only a few times when every seat in the cafe or the martini bar were taken and the hot tubs were packed full. Other times, we felt like we had the ship all to ourselves.

Luxury Cruising on Celebrity Cruises

In case you’re considering a cruise on Celebrity or just wanting to see what a large luxury cruise ship looks like on the inside, I would like to take you on a photo journey through the ship to see what luxury cruising on Celebrity is really like. This isn’t a review, so much as a photo excursion intermingled with my commentary. You already know how I feel about the boat – AMAZING!

Exterior Photos

In order to give a good overview of the ship, I’m going to break it down into my 10 favorite sections, in no particular order. First a few pictures of the exterior of this behemoth of a ship.

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Aqua Class Staterooms

We booked into the Aqua Class because of some of the additional perks it offered, like access to a special dining room called Blu, special spa amenities like upgraded bath products, a special spa shower and access to the Persian Garden at the spa. I don’t think there are many differences between the actual stateroom in Aqua Class versus Concierge or Veranda rooms, just that they are located in more sought after locations on the ship and some amenities are different.

Celebrity Silhouette
Celebrity Silhouette
Celebrity Silhouette
Celebrity Silhouette
Celebrity Silhouette
Celebrity Silhouette
Celebrity Silhouette
Celebrity Silhouette
Celebrity Silhouette
Celebrity Silhouette

Bars/Lounges

Celebrity Silhouette has a good mix of bars and lounges to hang out in. There was no lack of places to grab a drink, which was a good thing because we were making sure we properly abused our Premium Beverage Package.

There was the classy and sometimes rowdy Martini Bar that also has an attached Vodka Bar. The Martini bars was covered in ice that you could etch things into with your fingernails. The bartenders here were supposed to be known for their flair bartending – tossing bottles and shakers in the air and around their backs, but all we ever saw was the bartender-in-training dropping things. The Vodka Bar was alluring with its ice covered bottles of Vodka in the middle of the table. The menu offers dozens of types of Vodka and other liquors, along with pre-selected Vodka flights.

Vodka Bar
Vodka Bar

The dark and alluring Ensemble Lounge is located on the way to the Specialty Dining restaurants. The shades were always drawn and the chairs are set in intimate circles. We also really liked the musicians that played double sets in the lounge each night.

Ensemble Lounge
Ensemble Lounge

We particularly enjoyed the stately and comfortable Cellar Masters, because it was always empty and quiet. They have an elaborate wine dispensing system that we never tried because it wasn’t included in the Premium Beverage Package. One night we went to Cellar Masters and created our own Port wine tasting, which was super fun.

The seemingly forgotten Molecular Bar was hidden around the corner by the shopping stuff and was never frequented by many people. We only went there once and quickly learned that the cocktails weren’t really “molecular” in any way, but they did have liquid nitrogen poured on top to make them smoke.

Cocktail with liquid nitrogen at Molecular Bar
Cocktail with liquid nitrogen at Molecular Bar

It seemed that every evening something was going on in the Sky Observation Lounge, so we didn’t get so spend a lot of time up there. But it was a really beautiful place to be when it was open. The lounge fills the entire upper deck area at the front of the ship and has panoramic views of the sea as you’re sailing. It’s a perfect place to watch a sunset or hang out as the ship sails out of port.

Sky Observation Lounge
Sky Observation Lounge (Photo by Bruce Bordner)

Specialty Restaurants

One of our treats to ourselves was to visit all the specialty restaurants at least once. Some (like Tuscan Grill) we returned to more than once.

It’s not a specialty restaurant, but I’ll lump it into this category anyway. Blu was our Aqua Class dining room, meaning we didn’t have to go to the main dining room at all. Blu serves lighter fare and the main menu items change every night. We liked having our own place to go away from the masses, and we loved the Sommelier at Blu, Miroslav. He always kept our glasses filled (sometimes too filled).

Tuscan Grill was our favorite. We went back three times. The lasagna was so delicious. And we all got table-side Caesar salads each time. The food was delicious, and the servers were all so friendly and fun. The view form the Tuscan Grill was also one of the best on the ship.

The most upscale restaurant on the ship is Murano. It’s a steakhouse with lobster, table-side show cooking and a fun little cheese cart. We went once and had a really great dinner – super filling and enjoyable.

Murano Show Cooking

I really want to like Qsine because I think the concept is great, but the execution was not consistent and the food was hit & miss. We actually went back twice because our first experience was really good. But sadly, the second time was incredibly bad, leaving a not so good overall impression.

We all loved the Lawn Club Grill and I wish we’d gone back there twice instead of Qsine. Located up on the lawn deck with the open air around you, it feels summer and fun. You’re allowed to cook your own food on the grill, if you want, which we did. They also make really good flatbreads that are actually pizzas. They encouraged us to order with our eyes and we ended up with WAY too much food. But everything was delicious and the experience was worth the extra fee.

Lawn Club Grill
Lawn Club Grill

For lunch, there were two other premium options, The Porch and Bistro on Five. We didn’t got to The Porch, but we did eat at Bistro on Five. They have both sweet and savory crepes, along with a few soup and salad options. We had some really delicious crepes. It was akin to going to a nice Bistro for lunch and I almost forgot we were on the ship.

Spanish dessert crepe
Spanish dessert crepe with dulce de leche

Pool/Solarium

There were two areas with pools and hot tubs. The outdoor pool didn’t get used much during our journey because it was a little too cold outside and the wind was often blowing strongly. We used the hot tub outside because we liked it cool.

Outdoor pool area
Outdoor pool area

There was also a solarium inside that had a small pool and two hot tubs. We didn’t spend much time in there. On the sea days, all the chairs were filled with people lounging, reading and sleeping.

Silhouette's Solarium
Silhouette’s Solarium (Photo by Carlo Mirante)

Lawn Club & The Alcoves

The Silhouette has a Lawn Club on the upper deck where you can hang out on the grass, play some lawn games and enjoy the fresh air. This area wasn’t used much on our cruise because of the high winds, but it was a really nice area and I can see it being highly used during the Caribbean sailings.

The Lawn
The Lawn

They also have these great cabanas that they call The Alcoves. It’s a private area with chairs and a couch and plenty of room to hang out on a sea day. The only problem with these is that they are premium areas, so you have to pay around $100 a day in order to use them. Again, on our sailing, none of them were ever in use.

The Alcoves
The Alcoves

Hang Out Areas

The library and the game room were always full on sea days. Everyone loved the open area where you could borrow a book or cuddle up on a couch and read. We didn’t spend much time in these areas, but we did stop by one of the space-age tree houses that were hanging between decks. Only problem is they were only made for one person.

Tree house
Tree house

Tree house

We didn’t spend much time in the Casino, either. It always smelled a little of smoke, even though there was no smoking allowed on board. There were always people in there though and it did resemble a regular casino. Nick tried to join in the Officers vs Guests Poker tournament, but didn’t get in. The regular poker games required a $200 buy-in, which shouldn’t be too much seeing how we were spending an atrocious amount to be on the ship in the first place, but was just a little too steep for gambling.

Silhouette's Casino
Silhouette’s Casino (Photo by Bruce Bordner)

We had a really fantastic time luxury cruising on Celebrity Silhouette and look forward to the next time we’re able to take a Celebrity cruise. Have you been the Silhouette or one of the other Celebrity ships? Tell us about your experience in the comments. Did you love it?

25 thoughts on “Luxury Cruising on Celebrity Silhouette

  1. Carol Colborn says:

    We did a Baltics cruise last year but not through a luxurious ship like this! We went with an Enrichment voyage that had seminars while you are at sea about the places, architecture, people, economy of the place we were about to see next. I would like to try luxury once!

  2. Betsy Wuebker | PassingThru says:

    I really appreciated your honest assessment of the amenities and quality. What popped out, though, for me most while reading your article were 1) the mentions you made of noise and crowding in the more popular areas., and, 2) the fact that you booked a premier class of service so as to avoid the main dining area (and presumably many more other passengers). Honestly, one of the reasons we’ve not considered a trip on a ship this size is concern that it’s not a good fit for us. I can’t completely relax if I’m vying for physical space or availability of things I’d like to do. Unfortunately, I think we’d be disappointed by this experience, but I’m open to being proven wrong. 😉

    • Laura Lynch says:

      I’m particularly weary of crowds and being around too many people and I had the same concerns you brought up, so I made sure I wouldn’t have to deal with those situations. There were a few times when there were a lot of people around (like a crowded bar at home), but most of the time we felt like we had the boat to ourselves. Sea days were when it was crowded in some spots, but on a 12-day cruise, we only had 2 sea days… so most of the time it was blissful and quiet. I had a wonderful time and would definitely do it again.

  3. Christy says:

    I would love to see Scandinavia from a luxury cruise. I’ve been on Celebrity, but it was many years ago and I don’t think the ship was this nice.

  4. RaW | Ramble and Wander says:

    Haven’t been on a luxury cruise like this. I don’t think I can last a few days on a cruise actually, heh heh, but I have been on a cruise across the Baltic Sea and one of the most memorable moments for me was seeing the midnight sun from the deck.

    • Laura Lynch says:

      I wasn’t sure what to expect from the cruise, being my first one, but it was really nice. I probably wouldn’t do a 12-day cruise again, though – it’s just a bit too long.

  5. Vicky and Buddy says:

    Wow, so many restaurants! I love how you have so many options on a cruise ship. I’ve only been on one cruise, but I really enjoyed it. I definitely wouldn’t mind going on another one, especially if it’s a luxury cruise!

  6. Lieurene Tran says:

    Wow, I am totally blown away by how nice the Celebrity cruise looks! I’ve only been on Carnival cruise ships for family vacation a few time but I would definitely love to try out Celebrity cruises next time now that I’ve seen your pictures! I do have to say since I am kind of a science geek, I totally geeked out when I saw that they have the Molecular Bar! That’s so cool!

    • Laura Lynch says:

      I think they’re actually about to get rid of the Molecular Bar, sadly. I don’t think it really worked out the way they imagined. I love that kind of stuff though.

  7. Bettyann says:

    Going on the same Baltic cruise in August on the Silhoutte. Wondering how your excursions were and which one you liked best

  8. Bob White says:

    Gosh Laura, you make this sound like a crowded, windy & cold test of your endurance. 12 Days of trying to escape crowds, weather and overpriced eating establishments.

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