Booked on Silhouette, I'm a Little Nervous
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Second, remember that those who post here are maybe 1% of the total number who cruise. A couple of negatives are just a drop in the ocean.
As to 'most' of the reviewers were disappointed in the dining experience, it seems to be just human nature to focus on the negatives. I looked at the last 25 Reviews and they average 4.3 for the overall ship experience, and 4.2 for the dining experience. The dining grades range from a '1' to '5+'. In fact there was one '1' and five '5+'. Yes, the last 4 reviews graded two '3s', one '2' and one '1'. But if you look beyond those reviews, you'll is many more high grades.
Even one person who graded the overall cruise experience only a '3', graded the dining experience a '5'.
My personal recommendation is not to worry about it and look forward to enjoying your cruise. If you start by thinking that the dining will be substandard, there is a good chance your 'concern' will be what you experience.
Enjoy your cruise!
It is all subjective and I do believe there is a very small portion of people that are never happy and always looking for outlets to complain. These people make noise all out of proportion to their perceived issue. I have researched this ship extensively and believe that the food will be very good and the service even better.
In the end, go in happy and positive and if things aren't 100% perfect, take it in stride and don't let it bother you. I haven't been on a perfect cruise yet, but they all have been pretty good. I am sure you will be happy you selected this ship.
DH and I are booked on our first Celebrity cruise (third cruise overall). It's in January on Silhouette. I was just reading member reviews of this ship from August and September, 2012, and most were really disappointed with the food and the entertainment. Some also mentioned disappointment with MDR service and the Customer Service area. Hope we haven't made a mistake. Any input?
The best thing that happened to us is that we did not find this board until be came back from our first cruise! DH and I took our first cruise on Celebrity's Summit (at least 10 yrs ago). We had no idea what to expect but a good friend had recently become a Travel Agent and we trusted her completely. We had a GREAT time and thought everything was perfect! EVERYTHING was outstanding, food, service, the ship, our stateroom and on and on. After we got home I looked up this board (people aboard told me about it) and sure enough, there was a post from someone that had been on our cruise and he complained about everything! ! We could not believe he was on the same ship that we had been on. He went on and on about how dirty the entire ship was! We never saw this! And we really looked at the condition of the ship, he said the food was not fit to eat - we thought it was great - AND good food is really important to us! Anyway we learned immediately that we would NEVER let what others post on this board effect what we book. We read what others say - but unless the GREAT majority of people say the same thing, we make our own decisions. Take all of this with a grain of salt. Each cruiseline is different and within the cruiseline the ships can offer a different experience. If you find a cruiseline that you love I suggest that you stick with it. If you have not found what you are looking for I fee very confident that it IS out there, you will find it. We are very lucky that we found what we love the first time out. We have also sailed, Carnival, RCCL, and HAL we 'may' sail any of those again but we love Celebrity!!!!
It is perfect for us - but it is not perfect for everyone! BonVoyage!
Enjoy your cruise
Enjoy the Hot Glass show (artists from the Corning Museum of Glass showing off their skills and craft) and in the theatre the shows are great. Food WONDERFUL and you can always splurge and try out one of the speciality restaurants too but you do not need to as the MDR is great. We prefer to book "Select" or anytime dining so that we can go to dinner when we are ready as opposed to 6 or 8:30 pm (early or late seating) ...
And make sure you find our when they are doing the "Brunch" in the MDR and go early for that around 11:15am so that 1) you get a table and 2) you can take photos of hte wonderful food displays before they are all eaten!
A great ship, the main compliant in the reviews I have seen were that the evenings were quieter than expected.
We were on the 4-sept cruise and it was quieter after 11 pm than other cruises. This was a 13 night cruise with only 2 sea days, so not a surprise.
I think the evening entertainment was similar to Solstice last year. There was a big band lawn wine n cheese show which was new.
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I always take the occasional negative reviews with a pinch of salt, some people are hard to please and, in fairness, some pay considerably more than we would, or travel further so expect perfection plus.
You will have a great time.
I really can't say enough about her. If you are very, very lucky you will get a cabin steward named Oliver who sings while he is working. Beautiful voice!!! Don't miss the crew talent show. Some of them are amazingly talented.
Enjoy your cruise. The Sil is a winner.
There are also people that are unhappy no matter what and always look for issues. I believe it is also true that more people will write about their negative experience versus their positive experience. I have never written a review for any of my cruises. They have always been positive overall and if there ever was an issue (minor as it was), it was resolved quickly and completely while still onboard.
I personally have no issues sailing on the Silhouette and have booked a crusie for us and my parents for March 2013.
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Don't let your cruise experience be decided by others, Take your cruise and make your own judgements. Chances are that they will be much more positive than those negative ones you have read.
I just wish the itineraries were more appealing. I really have no interest in Jamaica, Cozumel or Grand Cayman - mainly as I fear they will be overrun with passengers from other cruise ships. Guess we will stay onboard and enjoy the beautiful, and less crowded, ship
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DH and I are booked on our first Celebrity cruise (third cruise overall). It's in January on Silhouette. I was just reading member reviews of this ship from August and September, 2012, and most were really disappointed with the food and the entertainment. Some also mentioned disappointment with MDR service and the Customer Service area. Hope we haven't made a mistake. Any input?We sailed on the Silhouette on one of her first cruises last August 2011
We've just returned from our 2nd cruise this August 2012
We're already booked on her again for our next holiday August 2013
Same cabin too !!
We never go to the same place 3 yrs in a row -----
Enough said !
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