Celebrity Silhouette

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Celebrity Silhouette sailing into San Juan on January 8th, 2013.
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Name: Celebrity Silhouette
Owner: Celebrity Cruises
Builder: Meyer Werft, Papenburg
Cost: $640 million (USD)
Launched: July 23rd, 2011[1]
Status: Complete and In Service
General characteristics
Class & type: Solstice-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 122,210 GT[2]
Length: 315 m (1,033 ft) (length overall)
Beam: 36.8 m (121 ft)
Speed: cruising speed 25 mph[citation needed]
Capacity: 2,886 passengers
Crew: 1,500

Celebrity Silhouette is a Solstice-class cruise ship, owned and operated by Celebrity Cruises.

History[edit]

Celebrity Silhouette is the fourth ship in the Solstice class, her sister ships being Celebrity Equinox, Celebrity Eclipse, Celebrity Solstice and Celebrity Reflection. Solstice, Equinox, and Eclipse entered service in 2008, 2009, and 2010, respectively. Silhouette was launched in 2011, and Reflection, the final ship in the Celebrity Solstice series, launched in 2012. [3]

Effective July 2014, Silhouette has developed problems with its propulsion system. The ship has thus been sailing at reduced speeds. Many itineraries have been affected. Silhouette is unable to reach San Juan on its Caribbean itinerary, for example. Celebrity has not been notifying customers in advance but rather notifying customers upon embarkation and offering a $100 per cabin on-board stateroom credit as a "reflection of goodwill". Celebrity's letter to embarking passengers is below:

"To begin, we apologize for your tremendous dissatisfaction with the itinerary change and the compensation offered. Due to the ship’s reduced speed, the Captain decided no further recourse was available other than to modify the itinerary. Nonetheless, we extend our sincere apologies that you will miss a much-awaited port on your cruise vacation. We certainly understand and sympathize with your discontent.

It is necessary to explain that Celebrity Cruises reserves the right to change an itinerary without notice, as stated in our brochures and Cruise Ticket Contract. However, be assured that we make all efforts to adhere to originally advertised itineraries. As this situation proved, problems may occur that prevent us from doing so.

Although, we do not offer compensation for any changes to an itinerary, we felt inclined to extend an onboard credit as a gesture of goodwill in hopes to ultimately minimize some of the disappointment our guests will experience. Please note that all the facets of this situation were taken into consideration prior to making our decision to provide an onboard credit. We believe this offer was a fair and reasonable compensation and sincerely hope that you will accept our decision in the spirit of goodwill in which it was intended.

Please also note that the cruise fare price is based upon our cost for food, entertainment, staffing, activities, etc.. Ports of call are not included in the cruise fare price as there is usually no cost to the cruise line to visit. Therefore, we do not offer refunds or discounts when a port of call is omitted from the itinerary as it did not have any bearing on the cruise ticket price.

We remain hopeful that this unfortunate grievance will not impact your enthusiasm for your upcoming cruise. We look forward to welcoming you onboard the Celebrity Silhouette."[4]

Itinerary[edit]

Summer 2011- Mediterranean and Holy Land sailing from Civitavecchia (Rome)

Winter 2011- Caribbean sailing from Cape Liberty

Summer 2012- Mediterranean and Holy Land sailing from Civitavecchia (Rome) and Venice

Winter 2012- Caribbean sailing from Fort Lauderdale

Summer 2013- Mediterranean sailing from Civitavecchia (Rome) and Venice

Winter 2013- Caribbean sailing from Fort Lauderdale

Summer 2014- Mediterranean and Holy Land sailing from Civitavecchia (Rome) and Venice

Winter 2014- Caribbean sailing from Fort Lauderdale

Design and construction[edit]

The fourth of five ships in the Solstice class, Celebrity Silhouette was being constructed by Meyer Werft at their shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.[5][6] Celebrity Silhouette is built to the same design as the preceding three ships.[7] The completed ship is 319 metres (1,047 ft) in length overall, with a beam of 36.8 metres (121 ft), and a tonnage value of 122,400 gross tons.[8] Celebrity Silhouette carries 2,885 passengers, 35 more than the past 3 ships.[5] 90% of the staterooms have outside views, and 85% have verandas.[5]

The vessel's name was publicly announced on 21 December 2009.[7] The ship was launched in 2011.[7]

Amenities/Facilities[edit]

Celebrity Silhouette and her sisters offer a wide variety of stateroom categories, including Celebrity Cruises' signature ConciergeClass and the new AquaClass.

Facilities aboard Celebrity Silhouette include:

  • The Lawn Club, a country club-like activity center on the uppermost deck, with a half-acre of grass.[5]
  • First ship in the fleet to have a grill at The Lawn Club called Lawn Club Grill which is in place of the glass blowing theatre featured on the first three Solstice Class ships.
  • First ship in the fleet to feature restaurant The Porch at the Lawn Club which is also in place of the glass blowing theatre featured on the first three Solstice Class ships.
  • First ship in the fleet to have The Alcoves, verandas at the Lawn Club
  • First ship in the fleet to have an Art Studio at The Lawn Club.
  • First ship in the fleet to have The Hideaway
  • The Celebrity Silhouette has 12 restaurants
  • The iLounge; a combination internet cafe and Apple Store.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Celebrity Cruises New “Silhouette” Comes Out Of The Shadows". Cool Cruise News. 
  2. ^ "DNV Exchange - CELEBRITY SILHOUETTE - Summary". DET NORSKE VERITAS. 
  3. ^ Celebrity Cruises orders fifth Solstice-Class Ship, retrieved 2008-02-24.
  4. ^ http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2139478
  5. ^ a b c d "Celebrity Cruises names fourth Solstice-class ship Celebrity Silhouette". Cruise Industry News. 21 December 2009. Retrieved 17 February 2010. 
  6. ^ a b . Travel Daily News. 22 February 2010 http://www.traveldailynews.com/pages/show_page/35703-Celebrity-Cruises-introduces-'Celebrity-iLounge'-. Retrieved 22 February 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ a b c Silverstein, Erica. "Happy Winter Solstice: Celebrity Names next ship in class". Cruise Critic. Retrieved 22 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "Meyerwerft Website: Celebrity Cruises". Meyer Werft. Retrieved 22 February 2010. 

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