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Celebrity Silhouette Review

2019 Best for Cabins
2019 Best for Dining
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Celebrity Silhouette
5.0 / 5.0
1939 reviews

Pros
Outstanding service, top-notch cuisine and well-thought out design
Cons
Specialty dining charges can run high
Bottom Line
Sets standards for an upscale big ship experience for service, ambience, dining and decors

About

Passengers
2,995

Crew
1,500

Passenger to Crew
2.00:1

Launched
2011

Shore Excursions
528
Sails To
Europe, South America, Baltic Sea, Western Mediterranean, British Isles & Western Europe
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Adam Coulter
Cruise Critic UK Managing Editor

Celebrity Silhouette Overview

More energetic and with more extra-fee attractions than its three Solstice-class predecessors, the 122,400-ton, 2,995-passenger Celebrity Silhouette debuted in July 2011 as the fourth of five ships in the now-iconic series, and enjoyed a bow-to-stern refurb in 2020, which saw a number of new features added from the line’s new Edge-class ships. The Solstice signatures -- a stable of themed dining venues, a public hub that smells of waffles, a strikingly green and grass-covered deck space, the use of glass and marble throughout -- are all there. But Silhouette also reflects a handful of significant modifications to the blueprint.

The most visible are found on the Lawn Club, a square of real grass that tops every Solstice-class ship's stern sun deck area. On Silhouette, the public park has become something of a gated village green, and the space is much more exclusive -- and expensive -- to use than those planted on Solstice, Eclipse and Equinox. Gone is the (free) Corning Glass Show, replaced by the breezy Lawn Club Grill, where participants pay for a combination meatfest and cooking class under open skies. The Porch, a for-fee casual lunch or dinner option modeled after a private deck in the Hamptons, has also been slotted into space previously free to occupy. But the most controversial additions to Silhouette's Lawn Club are the eight alcoves, private cabana rentals that occupy prime real estate in what was a common sunning area on previous lawns. However, the 2020 addition of a giant screen showing movies and games has given this space a more egalitarian feel.

Further exclusivity extends to what was once the basketball court on Deck 16, which has become an exclusive key-card access only sundeck for suite passengers, called the Retreat Deck; while the popular Michael’s Club has become the Retreat Lounge, also for suite passengers only. Both of these new spaces are lifted from the line’s Edge-class ships.

Still, despite these distinctions (or perhaps in spite of them, considering the Lawn Club changes), Silhouette is nothing if not quintessential Solstice Class. It's the most sophisticated experience you'll find on a nearly 3,000-passenger ship -- see the focus on wine, sleekly styled spaces and upscale dining -- without being overly stuffy. Celebrity does a commendable job of keeping the pretentiousness quota in check by inserting playful touches, like an ice-topped martini bar that features juggling bartenders, the aforementioned cook-your-own steakhouse and another restaurant, Qsine, where passengers watch a fun animation called “Le Petit Chef”. Solstice-class stalwarts won't miss a beat, and for first-timers, Silhouette will showcase why the series has become one of the most acclaimed in modern cruising.

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Inclusions

Included with your cruise fare:

  • Main dining rooms, the buffet and select other eateries.
  • All theater shows and the comedy club
  • Use of table tennis
  • Most daily activities unless noted below
  • Use of the gym, but not most classes

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Gratuities ($15.50 per person/per day, if you're in a standard cabin; $16 per person/per day, if you're in a Concierge Class or AquaClass; and $19 per person/per day, for passengers in suites.)
  • Automatic beverage and spa tips (15 percent for both)
  • All drinks beyond water, tea (including iced-tea), coffee and select juices in the buffet
  • Spa treatments
  • Shore excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Photos and art work

Top Celebrity Silhouette Itineraries

Celebrity Silhouette
14 night argentina & chile cruise

Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Punta del Este, Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego), Punta Arenas

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Fellow Passengers

Celebrity draws a wide range of upper-middle-class couples and groups, with the average age of passengers being in the mid-50s. On cruises from Southampton (the ship splits its time between the Caribbean and Europe), expect a majority of Brits. The ratio of families with kids to couples may increase during the Caribbean season and the European summer season, bringing the average age down.


Celebrity Silhouette Dress Code

Daytime: Casual, with T-shirts, workout gear and shorts the norm.

Evening: Celebrity passengers tend to dress up for dinner -- typically button-down or dressy collared shirts and slacks for men and dresses or smart-casual pants for women. Evening Chic (twice a cruise) equals sport coat and collared shirt, with smart jeans. Women can wear cocktail dresses, sundresses or designer jeans or nice pants. In the buffet, almost any form of dress is allowed except swimwear, flip-flops, spa robes and bare feet.

Not permitted: T-shirts, tank tops and flip-flops are not allowed in the main dining room at any time; shorts are not allowed at dinner (although this rule isn't always enforced).

For more information, visit Cruise Line Dress Codes: Celebrity Cruises.


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Celebrity Silhouette Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins5.04.4
Dining5.04.2
Entertainment4.03.8
Public Rooms5.04.5
Fitness Recreation5.04.1
Family4.03.8
Enrichment4.53.7
Service5.04.5
Value For Money4.04

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Celebrity Silhouette won 56 awards over the years, including Best for Cabins, Best for Dining and Best for Dining in 2019.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

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  • 2019 Best for Embarkation
  • 2019 Best for Service
  • 2018 Best Overall
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  • 2018 Best for Embarkation
  • 2018 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2018 Best for Public Rooms
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  • 2018 Best for Value
  • 2017 Best Overall
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  • 2017 Best for Value
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  • 2016 Best Overall
  • 2016 Best for Cabins
  • 2016 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2016 Best for Service
  • 2015 Best Overall
  • 2015 Best for Dining
  • 2015 Best for Dining
  • 2015 Best for Embarkation
  • 2015 Best for Entertainment
  • 2015 Best for Fitness
  • 2015 Best for Public Rooms
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  • 2015 Best for Value
  • 2014 Best Overall
  • 2014 Best for Cabins
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Celebrity Silhouette Member Reviews

Celebrity Silhouette
upthehudson
Sail Date: Dec 2019
Celebrity deilvered a really good time for us ahead of what we learned would be a hiatus for the beautiful Silhouette.... Read More
Celebrity Silhouette
HarlemRiverDrive
Sail Date: Feb 2020
Hubby and I chose to sail Celebrity Silhouette to celebrate Valentines Day. We had sailed her in Europe 2017 and had a wonderful time. Our sailing was the first after drydock.... Read More
Celebrity Silhouette
JL Boggess
Sail Date: Dec 2019
The Silhouette is going into refurb this year but still is an excellently cared for and neat ship.... Read More
Celebrity Silhouette
Georgia Peaches
Sail Date: Nov 2019
Thank you, Celebrity. We feel we got our money's worth and look forward to returning to the Silhouette in the future.... Read More

Celebrity Cruises Fleet

Celebrity Millennium
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating

1714 reviews

An eclectic mid-sized ship, which carries near 2,100 passengers; offers Celebrity Life’s enrichment programs, guest entertainers and late night dancing.

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Celebrity Infinity
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating


Contemporary and elegant vibe; features include an ice-topped bar, self-service wine venue, gourmet dining, solarium, spa and indoor pool.

Celebrity Summit

Sophisticated vibe with gourmet dining options, a suites-only restaurant and lounge and a spa partnership with Canyon Ranch; fewer than 3,000 passengers.

Celebrity Constellation

Affectionately known as "Connie," 2,034-passenger Celebrity Constellation debuted in 2002 and, over the years, has developed a host of admirers and repeat cruisers.

Celebrity Xpedition

48 passengers; sails year-round in the Galapagos and features several onboard naturalists, active excursions and upscale amenities like a spa and hot tubs.

Celebrity Solstice
5.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating


An sophisticated ship transporting 2,850 passengers in style with open-air movies and cabanas at the Lawn Club, great restaurants and a Canyon Ranch spa.

Celebrity Equinox
4.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating


Chic atmosphere featuring grassy Lawn Club with Corning Museum glass blowing shows, gourmet dining options and spa cabins and cuisine.

Celebrity Eclipse
4.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating


Caters to the chic city slicker with a Lawn Club, Apple computer classes and bars specializing in everything from martinis to cocktails to craft beer.

Celebrity Silhouette

Cultured vibe; features the country club-style Lawn Club with extra-fee Hamptons-inspired The Porch, suites-only restaurant and multimillion-dollar art collection.

Celebrity Reflection

Sophisticated vibe; attractions include the country club-style Lawn Club, the Martini Bar, suites only restaurants and multimillion dollar art collection.

Celebrity Edge

Celebrity Edge is Celebrity's edgiest ships featuring the revolutionary Magic Carpet, a tennis-court sized moveable deck, and rooms that convert from inside to outside with the touch of a button. 

Celebrity Apex

Celebrity Apex is the second of four new cruise ships that will debut under Celebrity's Edge Class moniker. Beyond will launch in 2020.

Celebrity Xploration

Part of Celebrity Cruises' Galapagos Islands fleet; launched in 2017 and left fleet in 2019.

Celebrity Beyond

The third of four new Edge Class ships will launch in Fall 2021 and will feature several innovations debuted by Celebrity Edge.

Celebrity Edge IV

The fourth and final of Celebrity's Edge class cruise ships will launch in spring 2022 and will feature "infinite" balconies and a moveable deck.

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