We are home and back on dry land, and the holiday blues have well and truly set in. Is it just me that hates holidays ending? A total contradiction as I love coming home to our little house but hate holidays ending!
The Bravo Cruise on board Celebrity Silhouette was a total triumph. We had the most wonderful week immersed in ‘all things performing arts’.
Before sailing on this cruise I would have thought a themed cruise would not by my thing. However the key is finding a theme and genre you are genuinely interested in. And Cruiseco arranges cruises to suit all musical tastes. Check out Claire and Lisa’s Back to the 80s cruise over on Cruising With Kids.
I love cruising we all do in the Christie household and this was our 8th cruise, but our 1st themed cruise. Because we had never done anything like this before I was nervous. Mainly because despite what people say, cruise ship entertainment is generally incredible. Whether it is West End style shows, casino nights, ice shows, or quizzes that have people entering in their droves. There is always something to do at sea.
So to go onto a cruise knowing almost the whole entertainment team is on a break is daunting to say the least. And even with an impressive line up such as Bravo 2018 offered, my biggest question was, could this work for us as a family.
We arrived on day 1 to hear there were no kids on board, well 5! (Who we never saw) no kids club and nothing arranged for children.
There is an argument that we had chosen to cruise in term time but we have done that before on 2 occasions and there have still been lots of kid’s facilities. Maybe the nature of the cruise was a factor? But that makes me sad, as parents should encourage their children to have a love of the arts. Anyhow we decided that was fine, we embraced the opportunity for uninterrupted family time and this was the perfect opportunity to have Joe to ourselves for a while.
We were so lucky with the weather and sail away defined the tone for a week with glorious sunshine except for one foggy day.
Our 3 berth balcony cabin on board Celebrity Silhouette was a great size.
With lots of storage enabling us to fully unpack all of our cruise clothes and not feel cramped at all. The bathroom also had lots of storage shelves.With plenty of shelves with glass doors for the stupendous amounts to toiletries I take whenever we cruise. But with port days and elegant evenings you need to be prepared for every eventuality.
The third bed came down from the ceiling so was made up each night and stowed away during the day. The balcony was an average size. This was the first time we had enjoyed a side balcony, previously going for an aft balcony. Which are generally larger, however I felt the side balcony got more sun.
The food and service on board Celebrity Silhouette was exactly what I would expect from a cruise, exceptional.
The fact that the ship was chartered for the Bravo Cruise did not affect the quality of the food, drinks or service. The staff on-board Celerity Silhouette was so very attentive. Nothing was too much trouble everybody was so friendly. The bar service was quick, cocktails amazing and the Martini bar was an entertainment form in itself.
Dinner in the main dining room was always delicious; we did not eat a bad meal during the whole 7-night cruise.
I am a huge fan of formal dining and whilst the Ocean View cafe served great quality food, which we loved at breakfast or lunch, formal dining is my preference for an evening meal.
And with the Grand Cuvée restaurant offering dishes such a beef Wellington, lobster, steak, salmon and don’t get me started on the deserts, this for us was the perfect choice. We like to offer the boys the chance to try new dishes when we travel to new countries, in fact it’s a rule of travel in our house and the Grand Cuvée offers the perfect opportunity to try new things.
We also dined at 2 of the speciality restaurants Qsine and the Lawn Club Outdoor Grill. They were both so very different and unique.
Qsine restaurant which call’s itself uniquely unordinary hits the nail right on the head with the analogy. Serving a unique sharing menu, which is literally a bit of everything. You could visit here as a family eat as much as you like and find a favourite for everyone dining. Offering dishes such as fish and chips, burger sliders and oriental favourites all served in a unique way. Qsine has its own unique style and as such is not to be missed.
The Lawn Club Grill is an open BBQ restaurant where you can choose to cook your own meal or be served. There is huge choice of steak cuts and some fish dishes too. Coupled with delicious flat bread starters and an all you can eat salad bar, this is the perfect place to dine with the sea breeze in your hair.
I have so much more to share about the ship, ports and entertainments on board Bravo. See part 2 here.
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23 thoughts on “Review of Celebrity Silhouette,”
This looks such a fab ship Sarah and the food looks amazing! I’ve never been on a themed cruise before so you’ve made me want to check this out ? Can’t wait to hear all about the rest of your trip. Love this xxxx
Mandy the food was amazing we had the best time I would do it again tomorrow x
I would never have thought of going on cruise before but this looks and sounds amazing. Looking forward to reading more about your trip x
Lindsey cruising is amazing for families, this one was less family friendly but I think that was the fact there were so little kids on board but we had a great time chilling, however overall cruising is the best way to travel x
You describe the ship really well, but not much about the entertainment. Most people went specifically to hear the various performers and were not 100 per cent happy. The performers themselves were fabulous and could not be faulted. Many of them were happily available for conversations with passengers, and this is one of the great things about this type of cruise. However having gone on one of these out of Sydney, we have seen better performing spaces on a smaller ship – more performances and easier to get to them all. Performance spaces were bigger too whereas on the Silhouette we were pretty regulated and limited.
We enjoyed ourselves, I just think the organisers need to rethink their ship choice for this type of cruise.
Sue (from Australia)
Ah Sue I was saving that for part 2 of my post, yes I heard some rumbling too, but the performers were incredible,I cant fault any of them. I think the card system caused a bit of a stir, but we did sneak in a few performances we were not booked in for as we do did not want to do the 6pm shows, and no one stopped us. It was no problem. We loved the whole cruise from start to Finish even though there were no kids on. I think you are right maybe a few more late performances would have worked x
Never done a cruise before. Liking the big deck chair, pool looks fantastic too. #mondayescapes
Cruising is not our kind of thing at all, sounds like you had a lovely time though #MondayEscapes
I’ve gone on a cruise once. Wasn’t for me, but a nice way to get around to different places. Looks like you had the whole thing to yourself 😀 A lot quieter than my experience 🙂 #mondayescapes
Would be interested to see what the “art” part was about.
Personally I’m not fond of cruises. To be honest not a fan of ferries either. I once spent 24hrs on the ferry to Italy and was bored to death! But it’s a was to see many places in a short time (I’m having in mind the cruises that take place in the Aegean Sea). #mondayescapes
I’ve never been on a cruise with my family, but I think I would totally love a themed one! I look forward to hearing about the ships’ entertainment. Did your kids feel extra special being among the few children there, or did they feel weird? The food looks delicious, and what beautiful weather! #MondayEscapes
I love cruising so, so much, it’s the absolute most relaxing way to travel, but I’ve never done a themed cruise before. It sounds like you had a real blast!
I LOVE the look of the Martini bar! I’ve never been on a cruise ship and still can’t believe how humongous they are. Would love to try one with kids one day.
I’m so sorry, I forgot to add #MondayEscapes to my post
Oh this sounds so interesting I’ve been fascinated with your music cruises recently.
I’d love to go on a cruise and a themed cruise sounds interesting! Love that you can cook your own food too at the Lawn Club Grill – it looks like the food was amazing there.
Odd about the kids club, but sounds like you had a lovely time. The food looks delicious! #MondayEscapes
We’ve never done a cruise but slowly i’m being tempted seeing all these wonderful cruises! Can’t wait to read more about your time at sea #MondayEscapes
Looks like you had beautiful weather, from your photos! And you’re definitely not the only one who likes to come back to their own home after a vacation, but also gets major post-vacation blues!
It looks like you had a fantastic family holiday together. Eight cruises – that’s impressive! I get terrible post-holiday blues whenever we come back from a trip, even if it’s only been for a weekend. I have to start planning the next adventure straight away!
We’ve never sailed with Celebrity, but it looks like a lovely ship! We have mixed emotions about theme cruises. One reason we like cruising is the variety. Sometimes a theme cruise can be too much of a good thing. Of course, you’re on a cruise! That’s never too much of a good thing. 😉
Celebrity ships are incredible! I’m itching to go on one now that I’ve seen your experience. The food in particular looks divine!
Your photos make me want to go back…to this date our favourite cruise ship/holiday. Not sure how they’d cater for us these days, as hubby was pescatarian at that point and I was still omni. But that lawn deck. ?