Celebrity Silhouette Cabins to Avoid (+ tips to choose the right one for you)

Take the stress out of choosing a cruise cabin with my tips on what cabins to avoid on Celebrity Silhouette and what to consider when booking.

With thousands of cabins on many cruise ships choosing the right one can be a bit overwhelming, particularly if you are a first time cruiser. I really messed up my first cruise booking. Thankfully, it worked out ok. However, it taught me two lessons.

First, it is well worth taking some time to research the different types of cabins and their location on the ship you wish to cruise on. Second, when you book your cruise, make sure you know exactly what you are booking.

For my second cruise, this time on Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Silhouette, I was a little more prepared. So, I thought I’d share some information on some of the things I considered before booking, which Celebrity Silhouette cabins to avoid (depending on your requirements) and some tips on how to choose the right cabin.

A little bit about Celebrity Silhouette

Entering service in 2011, Celebrity Silhouette is one of five ships in Celebrity Cruises Solstice series. One of the features that makes this class of ship a little different from the rest in the Celebrity Cruises fleet, is the real grass on the top deck. All one half acre of it.

Yes, that’s really grass on a cruise ship!

Facilities onboard include a main dining room, a number of speciality restaurants, plenty of bars, four swimming pools, hot tubs and a spa.

In 2020, Celebrity Silhouette underwent an extensive multi-million-pound refurbishment with every suite and cabin refreshed. Upgrades were also made to public spaces including the Lawn Grill Club and the Sunset Bar. A new gastro pub serving craft beers was also introduced. My cruise was in 2021 so I was able to experience the newly refurbished ship.

Other ships in the Celebrity Solstice class include Celebrity Eclipse, Celebrity Equinox, Celebrity Reflection and Celebrity Solstice.

Cabin Guide

Celebrity Silhouette has 1,449 cabins with a passenger capacity of 3,324. There are 15 passengers decks with cabins on eight of them. A small number are on deck three and the remainder on decks 6-12.

Cabin styles range from VIP suites to single cabins for solo travellers and everything in between. There are 30 accessible cabins. All cabins have a queen-size bed (which can be converted to twin beds if required) and a private bathroom.

Single Inside cabin
(103 Sq ft)

A small but stylish cabin for the solo traveller (or those that just want some space from their travelling companions!) While it is great that cruise lines are offering more options for the solo cruiser, in my experience you may find that these cabins are more expensive than a standard cabin at solo occupancy.

Inside Cabin
(183-200 Sq ft)

Located in the middle of the ship, interior cabins are ideal for those that prefer to be out and about exploring the ship. These cabins have no windows or natural light.

Ocean View cabin
(176 Sq ft)

Cabins with a window so you can have a sea view without having to splash out on a balcony stateroom.

Veranda cabin
(192 Sq ft + balcony 54 Sq ft)

Cabins with a balcony, ideal for those that like a sea view, some natural light and fresh air in their cabin. They are also great if you like to have some personal space outside while at sea.

Aqua Class cabin
(192 Sq ft + balcony 54 Sq ft)

These cabins come with some extra benefits such as premium bathroom toiletries, complimentary fitness classes and an exclusive restaurant to dine in. Unlimited access to the Persian Garden, an area with saunas, steam rooms and a relaxation lounge is also available to passengers in these cabins.

Concierge Class
(192 Sq ft + balcony 54 Sq ft)

These cabins come with a dedicated concierge. Whatever you need, they are there to help.

Note: The Aqua and Concierge class cabins are the same size as standard balcony cabins. What makes them different is their location, decor and perks, such as priority disembarkation, which are provided with these cabins.

Suites – Enjoy the VIP treatment in one of Celebrity’s suites. As well as large cabins, with extra living spaces and a butler service, suite passengers have access to The Retreat. This includes an exclusive access to a lounge area, private sundeck and their own restaurant with a menu not seen else where on the ship. There is also a expanded room service menu available.

There are 2 Penthouse Suites, 8 Royal Suites, 12 Celebrity Suites and 44 Sky Suites. Each offer a slightly different layout.

image of double bed with white linen and Celebrity Cruises branded cushion

Celebrity Silhouette Cabins to Avoid

Everyone has their own individual requirements when choosing a cruise cabin. So, cabins to perhaps think about avoiding when booking will vary depending on your requirements and if you are a light sleeper or not!

Here some things to think about when looking for a cabin and some suggestions on which cabins to avoid on Celebrity Silhouette.

Cabins with an obstructed view

Some cabins are marked as having an obstructed view. As you might expect this means there is something blocking the view. This is usually something like a lifeboat or safety equipment. However, the obstruction can vary and in fact may not actually block the view that much.

I had what was considered an obstructed cabin on my Celebrity Silhouette cruise. It turned out the top of a lifeboat was at the bottom of the balcony. While the view down was obstructed, the view out to sea was not. To be honest, I didn’t really consider this obstructed at all.

On the other hand the view could be blocked almost completely. So, if you like to spend time on your balcony, approach these cabins with caution.

One other thing to note with this type of cabin that they can often be very good value and/or have a great location. So, it is bit of a trade off but if you would like a balcony, perhaps for some light or fresh air, and are not too worried about the view, these cabins are worth considering.

If having an unobstructed sea view while on your balcony is important to you then these cabins are best to avoid.

Related post | What is like to stay in a Celebrity Silhouette balcony cabin

Cabins above or under entertainment venues

One of the great things about cruising is the entertainment on offer. From bars and restaurants to theatre shows and casinos there is little chance of having nothing to do onboard.

That said, while you probably want to enjoy a great night, you may not want to have a cabin too near the entertainment venues. There will usually be a late night show or live music somewhere. The casino and some bars will also be open long into the evening. For theatre shows and musical venues, there may also be rehearsals in the afternoon.

So if you like an early night (or afternoon nap) you might want to think about avoiding cabins above or near the theatre and the bars and restaurants.

Forward cabins on deck six are above the theatre while cabins midship and towards the aft are above restaurants and bars. On deck three, cabins are near the theatre and underneath some of the facilities including the casino on deck four.

Cabins under the pool deck

If you are cruising to sunny and warm destinations, you may be tempted to book a cabin near the pool deck. While this sounds a great idea, you may want to avoid this unless you are a heavy sleeper or not in your cabin much. There is a risk of noise coming from this deck throughout the day.

From chairs and sun loungers being moved around, loud music from deck parties and just general noise from a lot of people in one place, there is likely to be lots of noise on most days. Even more so on sea days.

If you are directly under the pool area, or a sun deck, you may also find the crew will be out and about early setting out the sun loungers and preparing the deck for the day. This could scupper any plans for a sleep in you had.

Cabins directly under the pool area and solarium start at 1539/1544 and go up to 1609/161 so you may want to give these a wide berth.

image of the pool deck on Celebrity Silhouette, with a pool split by a wooden walkway, four hot tubs and sun loungers around the pool

Cabins under the buffet

The Oceanview cafe (aka the buffet) is located on deck 14 and is open from early morning to late at night.

While it may sound great being able to quickly nip upstairs to grab some food or a drink, cabins located directly underneath may be affected by some noise. Particularly if you are a light sleeper. Whether this is crew setting the food out or other passengers footfall, there is risk you may be disturbed. So you may want to think twice about a cabin here.

Cabins under the buffet start at 2107/2108 and go up to 2159. They include some concierge class and suites.

Cabins with connecting doors

If you are cruising with friends or family adjoining cabins with a connecting door can be a great idea. However, if you don’t know the people next door, not so much.

Of course the connecting door will be locked however, you may still pick up some noise such as from their TV or even just them having a chat. I actually had this is while staying in a hotel once. The connecting door seemed to amplify the sounds from the room next door. So much so that I had to call reception at 1am to ask them to do something about the noise.

Cabins near service doors or crew access points

It is no mean feat keeping a cruise ship running, it is a 24 hour job. If you end up with a cabin near a service door, crew access point or lift, you may be disturbed by crew members going about their jobs.

Cabins near the anchor

On a recent cruise, I was a woken up with a start around 5-6am when the anchor was dropped as we had reached our destination of Guernsey, a tender port. To be honest, that had never occurred to me and gave me bit of a fright. Once I had come too, it took a few minutes to realise what it was.

You won’t find details on deck plans so I think it would probably be a bit hard to find out in advance of a cruise. However it might be worth asking the question if booking with a travel agent or the cruise line. Trust me, it is LOUD.

Tips for Choosing a Cruise Cabin

Look for cabins surrounded by other cabins

While you can’t choose your neighbour, picking a cabin that is surrounded by other cabins both above and below is usually a safe bet it won’t be too noisy. Or at least fairly limited noise.

Consider an inside cabin if you are on a budget

Inside cabins are usually the cheapest on most cruise ships. If you are looking for something budget friendly or spend most of your time out and about around the ship these can be a great option.

There are four grades of Celebrity Silhouette inside cabins. All offer a comfortable stay for your cruise. They come with a queen bed, which can also be configured as twin beds, safe, fridge and TV.

I often have an inside cabin, preferring to save a bit of money that I can use for my next cruise…in the hopefully not too distant future. I have found all the inside cabins I’ve stayed in so far comfortable and not as claustrophobic as you might think.

Inside cabins can be found on decks 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Avoid the front or back of the ship if you don’t like walking far

Celebrity Silhouette is 1,041 ft long which is around 317 meters. Whether you measure in ft or meters, it is a long distance so you can expect to be doing a fair bit of walking on your cruise.

If you don’t fancy a hike to the facilities each day, look for cabins towards the middle of the ship and not too far from a lift. That said, having a cabin at the far end of the ship is a good way to get a bit of walking and exercise in without really noticing.

So if you would like to keep a bit active on your holiday, it might worth considering a Forward or Aft cabin.

Worried about being sea sick?

Cabins that are towards the front of the ship or at the back see the most movement. So, if you are prone to sea sickness or fear you might be, then look for cabins that are towards the middle of the ship and on lower decks. In rough seas these areas should have less movement than those at front and back of the ship and the upper decks.

The Last Word

There is more to choosing a cruise cabin than you might think at first glance. Depending on your requirements there may be no cruise cabins to avoid or there may be a lot to avoid. It really is a personal choice.

However with a little research and a browse of the deck plans, you should be able to find the perfect cabin for your cruise.

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