The award-winning Celebrity Silhouette joined the Celebrity Cruises fleet in July 2011. This impressive Solstice Class ship blends innovative features with the attentive service, stylish staterooms and excellent culinary experience that are synonymous with her five-star rating. Days on-board float by in inimitable style, whether you're luxuriating in a hot stone massage at the Canyon Ranch SpaClub, enjoying the seclusion of The Alcoves, indulging in some designer shopping at the Bulgari and Michael Kors boutiques, or experiencing outdoor barbecuing in the interactive Lawn Club.
Deck 12 is the hub of the ship during 'at sea' days. The two outdoor pools are surrounded by plenty of comfortable sun loungers, with a pool bar close at hand for refreshments. The solarium is a child-free zone where waterfalls and a serene pool set the scene. While the adjoining Canyon Ranch SpaClub, Persian Garden and Fitness Centre cater to both your mind and body. The Art Studio is the place to get creative with a painting class or why not relax with the latest best-seller in the library? The Fun Factory is packed with fun and games for 3 to 12 year olds, and the X Club chill-out zone and evening dance club is reserved for teenagers.
Celebrity Silhouette brings together a world of flavours and dining styles. The Grand Cuvee Restaurant spans two decks and offers traditional two-sitting dining and Celebrity Select Dining options. The contemporary styling and impressive two-deck high wine tower complement the five-course culinary experience. AquaClass guests have exclusive access at breakfast and dinner to the innovative and healthy menu in the Blu restaurant. The Oceanview Cafe offers made-to-order pasta, pizza, sushi, stir-fries, a salad bar, and a variety of a main courses and desserts in a casual setting. Bistro on Five features an open kitchen and serves tasty crepes, soups, salads, paninis and desserts. The Mast Grill & Bar features alfresco fast-food fare or you can enjoy health conscious options in the Aqua Spa Cafe.
A selection of speciality restaurants enhances the on-board culinary journey. The Tuscan Grille is the ship's steakhouse featuring a contemporary and Italian-inspired menu of steaks and seafood dishes. Indulge in world-class cuisine and impeccable service in the French-style Murano restaurant, while Qsine is on-hand as the fun-food restaurant where you select from a menu of bite-size treats via iPads. You can also try tucking into freshly-cooked, rustic barbecued fare at the Lawn Club Grill.
From your morning espresso to champagne and cocktails in the evening, the bars and lounges on-board Celebrity Silhouette hit the spot. Savour freshly brewed Lavazza coffee and ice-cream filled waffle cones in Cafe al Bacio Bar & Gelateria. Chill-out in Cellar Masters and enjoy a glass of wine specially selected for you by the wine sommelier, or watch master mixologists create colourful cocktails in the Martini Bar. Royal, Reflection, Penthouse, Signature and Celebrity Suite guests have exclusive access to Michael's Club private lounge with its complimentary daytime drinks, evening canapés and tasty cocktails.
The evening entertainment on Celebrity Silhouette has something for everyone. The Silhouette Theatre hosts Broadway-style shows, comedians, magicians, acrobats and dancing, although the place to enjoy film screenings, game shows, bingo and stand-up comedians is Celebrity Central. The Sky Observation Deck is a quiet refuge by day and buzzing venue by night with live music, dancing and themed parties. Enjoy pre-dinner cocktails and live music in the Ensemble Lounge, or try your luck at the gaming tables and slot machines in the Vegas-style Fortunes Casino.
Day 1: Southampton, UK
Arrive in Southampton and board Celebrity Silhouette for your eight night cruise.
Day 3: Bilbao, Spain
Discover the cosmopolitan Basque city and lively port of Bilbao. Surrounded by verdant green mountains, this city in northern Spain is home to the breathtaking modern and contemporary art at the Guggenheim Museum. Sample authentic tapas dishes in the family-run restaurants that line Casco Viejo, Bilbao's vibrant old quarter, and shop for handmade souvenirs at quirky independent boutiques. The modern transport links provide easy access to the two other capitals of the Basque Country — Vitoria and San Sebastián.
Day 5-6: Leixoes (Porto), Portugal
Porto is a coastal city in the north of Portugal, most famous for its Port wine production. The city sits on a steep riverbank where you’ll find tiled 14th-century churches and 19th-century palaces. Climb the tower in Sao Francisco Church for spectacular views, or pay a visit to the impressive Palacio da Bolsa and discover its elegant interior. Soak up some of Porto’s culture with a performance at the Casa da Musica concert hall, an exhibition at the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, or a stroll along the Cais da Ribeira.
Day 8: Le Harve (Paris), France
France's capital, Paris, is a global centre for art, fashion, gastronomy, and culture. Its most famous landmark is the Eiffel Tower with steps and elevators leading to observation decks and offering spectacular citywide views. The Louvre Museum is packed with huge art collections, Roman sculptures, and is home to the iconic Mona Lisa painting by Leonardo da Vinci. The huge Gothic Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris features flying buttresses and gargoyles. Pay a visit to the impressive Sacre Coeur and then meander through the cobblestone streets of Montmartre. The famous Arc de Triomphe commemorates Napoleon's victories and the adjoining Avenue des Champs-Elysees is lined with elegant restaurants, bars, and boutiques. The Palace of Versailles is an 18th-century palace filled with extraordinary apartments and the acclaimed Hall of Mirrors. No trip to Paris would be complete without taking an evening bateau-mouche cruise along the River Seine to see the city's famous sights illuminated against the night sky.
Day 9: Southampton, UK
Disembark Celebrity Silhouette in Southampton and make your way home.