Celebrity Silhouette Review Caribbean April 2012

 

New with a beautiful view of the pool area at night

Silhouette berthed alongside Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas, during our visit to St. Kitts

Master Captain Dimitrios Kafetzis

Born in Piraeus son of a ship supplier he came across his first cruise ship aged 7. Soon he realised he was meant to be a seafaring wanderer travelling all over the world. Although a whimsical character with his comments at the end of the 12 noon announcements along the lines if he became incapable the Staff Captain would take over and failing this the first officer and if that did happen then ‘we’ were having a very bad cruise day !!

 

Cruise Director Paul Baya

Born in Westchester County NY. He has been working on the high seas for some 16 years and has just recently joined the Celebrity Silhouette team.

 

Executive Chef Thomas Stellbrink

Born in Dusseldorl, Germany where his parents run a restaurant, At the age of 17 he enrolled in a culinary school in his hometown. Worked in various hotels and restaurants including “Restaurant Schiffchen” before joining Celebrity.

 

Staff Captain Theodoros

Born in Pireaus, he joined Celebrity in 2000. He applied his navigational expertise to the cruise ship industry and joined as a Chief Officer.

 

Chief Engineer Yannis Chazandroulis

Born in Piraeus, started work on a cargo ship but the lure of the seas lead him to join Celebrity as a 2nd Engineer.

 

Other Staff Hotel Director Damien O’Connor; Food and Beverage Manager Ewan Wilemse and finally Guest Relations Manager Alex Stylianou.

 

Captains' Club Hostess was Donnetter Fletcher

 

Flight great first time we had the choice and it worked out well until we arrived at Newark collected our luggage and went looking for the air train. We were stuck here in 2009 during the volcanic eruption so new where it was but many hadn’t a clue but we helped as many as we could. The directions were as poor as they were 3 years previous collect your luggage see signs for coaches and taxis, but Air Train !!!

 

My wife told a few and the followed us, we eventually saw the sign and all was well, the same as 2009. The train is good but the platform and the access point onto the train don’t match, pity it is really a good idea.

 

When to got to P4 we waited and eventually a mini bus from the Rennainssce appeared but there were a large contingent of our flight and clearly it couldn’t cope. If there has been a meet and greet as we usually expect and a coach it might have saved a lot of waiting and bad temper by some.

Arrive by the front door in the minibus

and leave by coach from the backdoor.

The luggage was brought down to the bus by the porter, but some chose to do it themselves.

The hotel was lovely and the accommodation and food excellent, so in the morning 5 coaches appeared and loaded up and off to Cape Liberty, well maybe Cape take a liberty. It was along tent acting like a wind tunnel but we were checked in and then a bus to the ship but everyone was bundled in and not well organised and not what we have come to expect from Celebrity.  Having said this on the return there seemed more staff available and finding our luggage was one of best we have ever had. We coached to the same hotel for a day room leaving around 2.30 p.m to head to the airport. No problems with the minibus this time as most seemed to be staggering their time for leaving. The minibus took us straight to P2 and not as we thought it might have done, to P4 and then the Air Train.

The surise at Port Liberty

The skyline we all know, to the right these lines are aerials unfortunately

The cruise lasted 12 days 3 days travelling to and from the Caribbean calling in at St. Thomas; Antigua; St Lucia & St.Kitts and finally St. Maartens 

 

Now to the ship is as you would expect not unsimilar from Solstice; Equinox and Eclipse. The atrium is very different style from the other 3 but  it is

still a spectacular sight

During the day and in the evening all sorts of activities could be enjoyed from decorating a cake to ballroom dancing along with several bands/groups playing, including a Caribbean steel band two some.

 

Our accommodation was a Concierge C2 on Deck 12 2107, if looking right it was slightly obstructed but to the left a massive view. This was the first time we have had a balcony where the bed was located next to it, normally it is the wardrobe the bed is next to, so we did find it a bit strange.

The boss on the right Mauricio or Morris to his friends and on his left Luminosa his assistant and like all other cruises that really did an excellent job looking after us.

Our Stateroom with the usual stoways and a touch of swan lake

The bathroom

If you have friends in the next stateroom you can open up the partition to give you greater space

The balcony slightly larger due the the angle

 

We were Cocierge class which does give you the option of Breakfast in your stateroom as does Aqua class and any other suites. The menu was much reduced from some previous cruises and no poached or scrambled eggs just a fried egg or seven choices of Omelets, even the cornflakes were missing

 

Morris was extremely punctual with the breakfast and being some 75 degrees it was very pleasant sitting out on the balcony having a leisurely breakfast.

It's these swans again..............

 

oh no not Elephants and bears as well....

The lovely rose in the bathroom

On the left from our room and on the right a gift from the Captains' Club hostess Donnetter Fletcher and in the background Adveture of the Seas

All the ships in the Celebrity fleet have the  Interactive -TV system and Silhouette is no different. You can order excursions and see photo's taken by the on board photo team both going of the ship and on the formal evenings. There are various uses you can use your I-TV for including checking up on all the items you have signed for

What TV channels do you have on the in your stateroom and it does vary slightly on each ship:

Ch 2

Cruise Director

Ch 3

Shore Excursions

Ch 4

Port Shopping

Ch 5

Navignation

Ch 6

Bridge View/Weather Forecast

Ch 7

CNBC

Ch 8

MSNBC

Ch 9

BBC World

Ch 10

Sky News

Ch 11

Fox News

Ch 12

E! TV

Ch 13

Movies

Ch 14

Food

Ch 15

Documents

Ch 16

Sea TV

Ch 17

CBC Celebrity

Ch 18

Celebrity Life

Ch 19

ESPN

Ch 20

CNN

Ch 21

TNT

Ch 22

Cartoon Network

Ch 23

Tru TV

Ch 24

TBS

Ch 25

Special Events

Whilst on about IT as on other ships it is on Deck 6 midship and Silhouette has the latest wi-fi fitted which gave very good/excellent signals anywhere I tested it. It is still the normal broadband speed you will have at home unless you have access to fibre services and this is 54 Mbps, the costs were again different from when we were on the Constellation cruise last September. The are no service charge and Captains' Club Elite member's get 90 FREE minutes each

Packages

Price

Rate/min

Minutes

In and Out

$24.95

$0.65

35

In Touch

$49.95

$0.55

90

Informed

$99.95

$0.48

208

Interact

$119.95

$0.36

555

Informed

$399.95

$0.24

1666

The Sanitisers located throughout the ship wherever eating/drinking took place, but still many did NOT use them. Normally at busy times a member of staff was on duty. This one was located at the entry to the Cafe on Deck 14

In the cafe as a good example you can see tongs supplied for all the food dishes

In the main diningroom on Deck 3 Table 343 it was Rudsen on the left who took great care explaining each evenings menu and on the right Sanisa who also helped to look after Christine so well, many thanks

A well attended brunch on one of the days at sea

As on previous cruises the upper deck of the Main Diningroom was where the anytime diners were catered for

Other dining areas include:

Qsine cover charge $40

Tuscan Grill cover charge $30          

 

Sample Menu:

 

Prosciutto with parmiggiano reggiano, sweet cantaloupe, mbaby arugula & fresh basil

 

Arancini Di Riso allo Zafferano

(Saffron Risotto Croquettes) with marinara sauce

 

Polpette di Granchio

(Crab Cake)

with citrus and tarragon emulsion Calmari Fritto Misto with marinara sauce and lemon garlic aioli

 

Filet mignon & charbroiled octopus carpaccio with sun-dried tomato & kalamata olive tapanade Ravioli di carne di Manzo Brasata

 

Homemade braised beef ravioli with wild forest mushroom truffle sauce

Bisteca Tartare

(Steak Tartare)

Dijon mustard, capers, parsley, onion, parmesan cheese, black pepper vinaigrette & crispy potato chips

 

Cannelloni Ripieni di Melanzane

Grilled eggplant stuffed with roasted red pepper, basil and goat cheese; Served with tomato coulis

Blu whist primarily for Aquaspa guests, it was possible to eat here cover charge $5 Access to all 3 you pass through the Ensemble bar and a sample menu:

APPETIZERS

Wild Mushroom Napoleon

Melted Buffalo Mozzarella Cheese

Porcini Dust

Chilled Maine Lobster Salad

Shaved Hearts of Palm, Lemon Herb Aioli

Almond Crusted Baked Brie

with Organic Pepper Jelly

SOUPS & SALADS

Chilled Romaine and Yogurt Soup

Blue Point Oyster, Sevruga Caviar

Creamy Spiced Parsnip Soup

Caramelized Apples, Duck Confit

and Fried Shallots

Jicama Salad

Cucumbers, Watermelon

and Mint Mojito Purée

Wild Watercress Salad

Walnut Bread Croutons,

Black Pepper Cranberry Dressing

SALAD ENTREÉ 

Grilled New York Steak

Mixed Green Salad, Herb Vinaigrette 

ENTREÉS 

Sautéed Orzo

Smoked Chicken Breast, Preserved Tomato and Garlic

Broiled Daurade

Sautéed Artichokes, Sauce Niçoise,

Petit Arugula Salad and Lemon Oil

Roasted California Squab

Sweet Potato Gnocchi, Spicy Sausage,

and Sage Pan Jus

Cabernet Braised Short Ribs

Horseradish Mashed Potato, Red Onion Marmalade,

Brioche Croutons and Haricots Verts

Daily Vegetable

Vegetable Tart, Shaved Parmesan and Herb Pesto

DESSERTS 

Passion Fruit Maracuja Cake

with Mojito Gelée

Chocolate Biscuit

with Mandarin Mousse

and Caramel Nutmeg Sauce

No Sugar Added Rhubarb Crumble Clafoutis

with Cinnamon Chiboust

Ice Cream

Vanilla, Strawberry, Chocolate, Pistaccio

or Cherry Brandy

Kiwi Sorbet

Low Fat Piña Colada Frozen Yogurt

No Sugar Added Chocolate Ice Cream

Appetizers

 

Tian of Peekytoe Crab, Gravlax Salmon & Avocado Mousse with Salmon Pearls & Caviar- Dill Crème Fraîche

 

Escargots Tortellini with Smoked Applewood Bacon, Fricassée of Morels & Roasted Garlic-Parsley Foam

 

Crispy Seared Sweetbread with Shallots, Capers, Basil Purée, Lemon Zest & Sun Dried Tomatoes

 

Diver Scallop Wellington Style with Black Truffle Emulsion & Spinach Fondue

 

Pan Seared Foie Gras with Heirloom Tomato Confiture, Duck Rillettes in Feuille de Brick, Roast Ginger Sauce & Toasted Hazelnuts

 

Warm Goat Cheese Soufflé with Smoked Tomato Coulis, Parmesan Cream & Basil Presto

 

Soups & Salads

 

Creamy Maine Lobster Bisque with Leek and Shallot Flan, Cognac Cream & Crispy Sweet Yellow Corn BeignetsWild Mushroom Cappuccino with Porcini Gelato

 

Phyllo Baked Anjou Pear with Roquefort Cheese and Lollo Rosso Lettuce, Spicy Pecans & Port Wine Reduction

 

Bouquet of Mixed Greens, Herbs & Cucumber with Shaved Hearts of Palm, Toasted Almonds & Vanilla-Citrus Vinaigrette

 

Heirloom Tomato Salad, Buffalo Mozzarella, Apple & Cantaloupe with Micro Basil & White Balsamic Emulsion

 

Young Spinach & Frisée Salad featuring a Shallot-Truffle Vinaigrette, Sunnyside Egg, Pork Rillettes & Brioche Croûtons

 

Caviar

 

Golden Osetra or Sevruga Caviar With Traditional Condiments and Buckwheats Blinis (Market Price)

 

Entrées

 

Dover Sole Véronique: Pan Seared Golden Brown, à la Véronique with Green Grapes & Beurre Noisette

 

Lobster Tail "Your Way": Delicate Warm Water Rock Lobster Tail Prepared Classic Thermidor Style, Broiled or Steamed, Crispy Potato Basket, Glazed Asparagus & Clarified Butter

 

Pan Seared Filet Mignon: Larratte Pommes Purée, Honshimeji Mushrooms,Haricots Verts, Green Peppercornsand Cognac Cream Sauce

 

Sautéed French Turbot: Ginger Infused Spaghetti Squash, Green Asparagus & Lemongrass Nage

 

Crispy Loup De Mer: Roasted Artichoke, Eggplant Caviar, Kalamata Olive Purée, Sun Dried Tomato Pesto & Balsamic Reduction

 

Sautéed Muscovy Duck Breast: Spiced Duck Leg Confit in Almond Crusted French Toast & Raisin-Apple Compote au Jus

 

Mushroom Crusted Rack of Colorado Lamb: Sweet Peas & Roasted Lamb

Jus

 

Five-Spice Crusted Cervena Venison Loin: Celery Root Fondant, Wilted Spinach, Red Cabbage Marmalade & Lingonberry Sauce

 

"Surf & Turf" Duo of Petit Roasted Lobster Tail & Filet Mignon: Cabernet Demi Glace, Bouquet of Vegetables & Pomme Mousseline

 

Desserts

 

Les Six Etoiles du Murano for Two: A Selection of Favorite Bite-Sized Desserts, including, Royal Tokaji, Aszu, 5 Puttonyos, Hungary

 

Valhrona Cocoa Croquant: Salted Caramel, White Coffee Ice Crean

So if you feel like dining in style then this maybe the place for you, but book early as this is one of the most popular places to dine even for the charge of $40

 

The Qsine restaurant drew a lot of praise during this cruise and might be worth giving it a thought

 

also found on the right is Michael's club

Some new restaurants are now featured on Silhouette and not on Solstice; Equinox nor Eclipse and these are all on Deck 15

 

The Lawn Grill, cover charge $40

Have a go cooking your own steak supervised by one of the chef's

The Porch and finally cover charge $5

 

Sample Menu:

 

The Pomodore

Vine Ripe Tomato, Swiss Cheese and Scrambled Eggs

 

The Champignon

Basil Pesto, Sliced Mushrooms and Scrambled Eggs

 

The Classic

Applewood Smoked Bacon and Scrambled Eggs

 

The American

Smoked Pork Sausage, Grated Cheddar Cheese and Vine Ripe Tomato

outside seating at the Art Studio 

 

Now having featured some of the restaurants the food has to come from somewhere, so I decided on one of the days at sea I would join the queue to go on the tour of the Galley

Some 250/280 of us turned up no one was turned away the the whole process was explained, some 652 personnel are involved in the process and that is in excess of 50% of 1200 personnel on the ship. There was a very large contingent of French guests and given their love of food I didn't find this unusual and a smaller group of Germans. Here during the introduction chefs arrived to take the groups around. Now it maybe new or I have never noticed it before but each chef has collar around their neck which advises the level they have achieved black is for those who are at the Executive level and other colours such are red; yellow and blue for their level of experience. All the chefs who took us on the tour, were Executive ones

This shot is purely to give some idea of size and they are large. Now with the sort of numbers there were going on the tour the galley was very quiet, but for saftey reasons.

A full explanation was give by our chef on how the quantity of food is handled but I will not comment on that in case this has given you a taster to to do the tour

Now this picture gallery displays what the food that will be served in MDR that evening should look like. If this has wetted your appetite to go on the tour normally there will be 1 or 2 opportunities for you to do so, it depends on the number of days you are cruising, but it normally starts at 10.30 and in the case of Silhouette on Deck 3 or the lower of the two MDR decks, no need normally to sign up, you could ask your waiter to let you know when the next tour will take place.

During a 10 day cruise guests woud consume Tenderloin : 3000lbs; Whole Chickens : 4500lbs; Chicken Breast : 1900lbs; Rack of Lamb : 2740lbs; Pork Loin : 1150lbs; Salmon : 1900lbs one of my favourites and last but not least 1000 gal of ice cream

Some new sights

The Hideaway lounge, very popular and new to Silhouette

New style coffee service

and the old style found in the Aquaspa area

New to Silhouette the Sea Breeze cocktail bar on Deck 5 in the area where the art auctions used to take place. My apologies I think it was called this name but not certain

The Alcove cost $99 when in port and $199 when at sea

The BIG seats

and a few views around the pool all Deck 12

A lovely tranquail picture of the pool, not one my images but Mike Trinder. We met Mike and his wife on the cruise having been in touch prior to joining Silhouette

The Aquaspa area

and the water feature which took a bit of patience to capture

Celebrity ships are well none for all their art work and here is a sample

It was Easter and there wereround 250 kids on board and one of their many games was to go around counting how many pictures there were

 

Many might ask did the kids spoil your cruise, well we certainly found them great fun, the only time when they were a pest when in groups they were taken to the ice cream bar, what a choice what will I have was the main question !!

 

During our cruise the entertainment rolled on and those who say they hardly found any to entertain them well they certainly were not on our ship. On the formal nights and we had 2 plus a new theme a cocktail night it went on into the wee small hours. I would agree on other nights it started to go quiet around midnight but there was still the Quaser entertainment and you have to bear in mind by 7 a.m. most days the ship was in port and excursion started from around 8.30 a.m

 

So what is going on by way of entertaiment:

 

Silhouette Theatre Decks 3 & 4:

 

Late night comedy with Al Duchame

Showtime with Jordan Bennett in An Unusual Concert

Showtime with singing by Jordan Bennett and music and humour of

Doug Cameron

Andy James magician

Rich Ceisler a combination of real-life anecdotes and the true observations with a good sprinkling of cynicism and with

An Evening of Music and Variety Al Duchame combination of observational humour, comical characters and celebrity impressions

Barabara Barnes Sims Jerry Lee, the Last Man Standing

Newly weds and not so Newly wed

Starring Crew & You

Katrina Rose Piano Vocalist

Bingo Final Snowball Jackpot

Talks

Kris Stanek entitled the Best of the Hubble

Kris Stanek entitled The Biggest Explosion since the Big Bang

Captain Kafetzis the Secrets of Navigation

and finally the Farewell show

 

Sky Lounge Deck 14

 

Ballroom Dance Music

Karaoke in the Sky

Kenosis Party Band

Trivia Quizzes

Dance through the Decades Party

Dancing with stripes Officers with a guest volunteer

Family Easter Egg Hunt

Ice Slide Martini night

 

Grand Foyer

 

Kenosis Party Band until late

Birthday Cake Decorating

Busta Move Dance Class

Port-of-call T-Shirt Raffle

Ballroom Dance Hour

Bingo

Dance Class Series

Dance Class Series Modern Line Dancing

Special Vocal Performance with your Cruise Director

Ballroom Dance Hour

Busta Move Dance Class

 

Ensemble Lounge Deck 5

 

Rip Tides A Cappella Group

Bell Canto Duo [Piano & Violin]

Manny Kellough and the Jazz All Stars

Mickey llardi – Guitar & Vocals

 

Michael’s Club Deck 5 off Ensemble Lounge

 

BritishPub Quiz Night

History of Time : Walk Talk

Acupuncture Seminars

Beer Tasting

Beer Fest

 

Cellar Masters Deck 5

Lush & Silky Late Harvaet Wine Tasting

Sunset Bar

Big Vibes, Caribbean Duo [video on Pool Deck]

 

Quasar Deck 4

 

Music best of the 80’s

Things that make you go Mum

This is how to do it

X-Bowling Alley

Flash Mob Rehearsal

Music Hour with Nat King Cole music

Late night Dance Party Club

 

Also there is a Cinema and these films were being screened during the cruise:

Captain America [PG-13] 124 mins

War Horse [PG-13] 105 mins

Killer Elite [R] 116 mins [late]

Cowboys and Aliens [PG-13] 119mins

Rise of the Planet of the Apes [PG-13] 105 mins

Horrible Bosses [PG-13 96mins

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy [R] 127 mins Late showing

Mr Poppers Penguins [PG] 94 mins

The Debit [R] 113 mins

Another Earth [PG-13] 92 mins

Warrior [PG] 139 mins

 

Movie Marathons were also screened consisting of several of th current movies one after the other

The title is self explanatory

  

Now for those who smoke there is no longer any area on Silhoueete where you can smoke inside, it use to be the port side of the Sky lounge but that is no longer the case. I don't smoke but I think this policy will mean guests who do smoke will go to the extreme and this might be more of a problem than finding a solution where they can smoke. Now on Deck 12 midship is one of the main areas and if you look at the structure there could be an option to enclose that area

the supports and struts are there, but on a wet windy day not very pleasant which also goes for the are on Deck 5 port side just past the Captains' club and again near to the Celebrity theatre again port side. The 4th place is the sunset bar. If Celebrity are so committed to making no area available to smokers that is covered/sheltered then why do they sell the cigarettes !!

 

The new style ashtrays

but with a design problem, they rust at the point the column joins the bowl

Well it is farewell to my lunctime treat

Well as the cruise draws to the end an apology to Mike & Nicole who we met and had some chats about cruising and many other things. Mike got in touch when he saw on the website we could be on the ship at the same time ae he and his wife, how I forgot one never knows....but sorry

Christine says farewell to her bandit, hopefully better luck on Eclipse in September

and to Rudsen who looked after us so well

waving to us with a lovely smile

so as the sunsets it is all over until the next cruise in a few months time on Eclipse when hopefully the sun will rise again