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But I feel compelled to discuss Celebrity Cruises’ ship Silhouette, by far the most beautiful ship we have been on, and its great use of public spaces.
Although our choices are usually destination driven, one measure we use to judge a potential cruise is the passenger to crew ratio. That frequently but not always gives an idea of the quality of service one can expect. But we also noted another factor. When Royal Caribbean built their Voyager Class ships, they seemed to enlarge the number of cabins without a commensurate increase in public space over Radiance Class ships. Therefore the Voyager felt crowded to us.
Royal also owns Celebrity. Before leaving home, I read that the Silhouette was 122,200 tons, 1047 feet long, 121 feet in the beam and carried 2886 guests. We have been on a number of ships that were smaller but took more guests. We have been on larger ships that took way more guests. I wondered how Celebrity would use the extra space. Perhaps they would devote more space to “specialty restaurants” for which there is an extra charge.
What they did, however, was make the staterooms and public spaces larger. They have an atrium (two actually, one large and one small) but not as huge and dominating as in many ships. Instead, the designer made better use of the space around the atriums.
Hallways to the cabins are more or less standard size, but the hallways in the public spaces are larger than one usually finds.
All this means that it is possible to move around freely and even in the middle of the afternoon on a day at sea, the lounges are not packed. Indeed, they look quiet. It is possible to find a quiet place to read or talk.
There is a particularly attractive outdoor space on the fifteenth deck. They planted live grass on which one can eat, lounge (including in a hammock), and play.
The theater is not anything particularly special. Similarly, the main dining room is not unusual. But even ordinary areas are beautifully decorated. Lines are not rigidly vertical and horizontal. There are lots of curves. The colors are soft. And at least on our trip, the background music was soft and not dominating. It is what we call “wallpaper music.” It adds to the ambiance without being particularly intrusive.
It was our first voyage on Celebrity’s Solstice Class ships, and we liked it immediately. We liked it even more when we encountered an out-going funny Captain and excellent service.