Yesterday I was on board Celebrity Silhouette which was visiting Liverpool for the day. Sadly an overcast, windy and drizzly day.
Celebrity Silhouette was ordered on May 2007, and it’s the forth Solstice class ship. The $640 million ship was built at Meyer Werft Shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. The ship is 319 meters long and 36.8 meters wide, with a GRT of 122,400. The ship can carry 2886 passengers and they are looked after by a crew of 1500.
As the forth Solstice class ship she entered service in 2011, preceded by Celebrity Solstice launched in 2008, Celebrity Equinox in 2009, Celebrity Eclipse in 2010 and was followed by Celebrity Reflection in 2012.
She is slightly larger than her previous sister ships carrying 35 more passengers, however slightly smaller than Celebrity Reflection. She also introduced the ‘Lawn Club Grill’ and ‘The Porch’ as additional dining areas.
The ship has an amazing glass roofed atrium, three swimming pools, one of which is indoor, making her perfect for cruising the British Isles and Northern European voyages.
We arrived on board and had a short guided tour around the main lounges, bars and restaurants, visiting the Casino, Theatre, atrium, Martini Bar and the main dining room.
As part of the tour we visited Tucsan Grill were we treated to a four course meal, for started I had Beef Carpaccio, followed by Minestrone soup. My main course was a brilliant steak, which tasted amazing. Finally for desert was a delicious lemonchello cheesecake. I did plan on taking photos of all the courses but was also too excited to eat them so there is only a picture of the cheesecake.
Tuscan Grill is located at the very aft of the ship, with brilliant floor to ceiling windows, which if you was leaving port would provide a spectacular view, and a great view of the ships wake. However we overlooked the abandoned remains of the former landing stage, which really do need removed for our cruise visitors.
After lunch we were given the opportunity of walking the ship alone or as part of a guided tour. Choosing the alone option I quickly headed up to the Lawn Club, as even eight years after Celebrity Solstice debuted with this feature I do find it hard to believe.
The Lawn club looks like a great area and is much more spacious than I expected. Following the path around the back of the ship you come to the Sunset bar, which looks like somewhere I would spend a lot of time.
Back round the outdoor pool area, the two outdoor pools look like a nice place to spend time in the sun, with four accompanying hot tubs. With the ship involved in Northern European cruising the indoor pool is a sensible place and was being used by a few people while I wondered through.
The interior decoration of the ship is smart and contemporary throughout, if I was to design a cruise ship Celebrity Silhouette is the design I would hope to achieve.
I was glad to see most of the passengers had got off the ship in Liverpool despite the unpleasant weather, which provides a great boost to the city economy. The cruise terminal has had more effort put into since my last visit however it is still a tent, but the staff are friendly and welcoming and make up for the temporary nature of the terminal. The council has announced that a planning application will be made before the end of the year for the new permanent cruise terminal. The on board theater was hosting a Beatles night later after departure.
I would cruise on Celebrity Silhouette, her contemporary modern design works well and she is supported by a great on board product with outstanding food and entertainment. Her design makes her acceptable to cruise anywhere in the world, indoor and outdoor spaces mean she can be a ship for all seasons.
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Have you cruised with Celebrity, let us know how you found it?