Dining On Celebrity Silhouette
continued from last week
In all, Silhouette offers six restaurants plus a buffet and several snack and light-meal options. The main restaurant is the Grand Cuvee Dining Room, designed as a dreamy crystal fantasy by celebrity designer Adam Tihany. Another Tihany design, the Tuscan Grille, is an upscale steak-and-pasta venue.
Qsine is a playful, imaginatively designed space serving food from an eclectic international menu, with an emphasis on creative presentation. Murano serves continental cuisine in an elegant, romantic setting, while Blu serves light and healthy menu items to a clientele that’s drawn almost exclusively from guests booked into the ship’s spa-oriented AquaClass staterooms (plus other guests when there’s availability).
Up at the top of the ship, at the forward edge of the Lawn Club, the Lawn Club Grill is an interactive, highly social, indoor-outdoor restaurant that’s centered around grilling. Guests can grill their own meats and seafood and make their own pizza along with Celebrity’s professional chefs, or sit back and have the chefs do all the work, washing it all down with a bucket of beer or a pitcher of sangria.
We like the thought of being able to develop our grill skills while enjoying a good meal. At this new open-air eatery on the top deck, guests team up with Celebrity Cruises’ chefs to master the grill.
Of course, you can always sit back and let the chefs — or someone else at your table — do the cooking. Worth the $30 per person fee? For dinner, yes. It’s a fun and memorable experience. The Lawn Club Grill will also open for lunch on port days, also $30 per person.
The Porch is touted as a breezy, casual dining spot offering sandwiches, coffees and captivating views of the sea and the lawn. Worth $5 per person for breakfast or lunch?
Evening Entertainment On Celebrity Silhouette
After dinner, guests can head forward to the 1,115-guest Silhouette Theatre, which was designed with a rounded stage to bring performers closer to the audience, plus complex gear up above that lets aerialists fly out over the audience’s heads.
Just down the corridor, the smaller Celebrity Central is a performance venue for late-night comedy shows, films, and other entertainment, while Quasar is the ship’s dedicated disco/nightclub, done up in a streamlined, space-age look.
For a quieter vibe, you can hit the Ensemble Lounge, which offers after-dinner jazz, or Cellar Masters, a Napa-inspired space that does wine tastings by day and casual relaxation by night.
Celebrity Silhouette Staterooms & Suites
Silhouette’s staterooms are an evolution of the standard cruise cabin, from their shape and ergonomic design to their thoughtful details and amenities.
In all, Silhouette offers private balconies on 85 percent of her cabins, and each is big enough to fit two deck chairs and a table. Inside, in each standard stateroom, one wall bulges outward to give more maneuvering room around the foot of the bed, whose mattress is designed with rounded corners to make moving around it even easier. Beds are also higher than normal, allowing more luggage storage beneath, and are surrounded at the wall by a tall headboard that has an unobtrusive little cabinet that’s perfect for purses and other small items.
In the bathrooms, the shower stalls are larger than the cruise ship norm and have little foot rails that make it easier for women to shave their legs. There’s also a nice collection of little drawers, cabinets, and other nooks for storing toiletries.
Suites range from the 300-sq.-ft. Sky Suites, which are larger versions of the standard 194-foot veranda cabin, to the 1,291-square-foot Penthouse Suites, each of which has an enormous living room, wrap-around balcony with whirlpool tub, and palatial marble bathroom.
Between her standard stateroom categories and her suites, Silhouette offers a middle ground in the form of her 130 adults-only AquaClass staterooms, which promote a “wellness” experience through things like special music/sound and aromatherapy options, jetted bodywash showers, pillow menus, and perks like free use of the spa’s Persian Garden aromatherapy steam room and relaxation room and access to the wellness restaurant Blu.