Bow-to-stern modernisation for Celebrity Silhouette

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Celebrity Silhouette has returned from a 42-day bow-to-stern makeover, the fourth ship in Celebrity Cruises’ fleet to benefit from an investment of more than US$500m that the brand is making in ship-wide upgrades and reimagined spaces.

Celebrity Silhouette’s modernisation began on 3 January 2020 and was conducted by more than 500 engineers, architects, artisans, designers, contractors, Navantia shipyard employees, and the Celebrity newbuild and operations teams.

“The modernisation of Celebrity Silhouette takes one of the most gorgeous ships in our fleet closer to the Edge,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and CEO, Celebrity Cruises. “In many spaces, we worked down to the studs and built it all back up again in the modern, ultra-luxurious style that is synonymous with our innovative Edge series, while still keeping much of the Solstice Series charm and beauty our guests have grown to cherish.”

All staterooms and suites have been refreshed ship-wide, with enhancements for guest comfort, including Celebrity’s exclusive eXhale bedding featuring cashmere mattresses, new flatscreen TVs and upgraded amenities. Six new staterooms and suites have been added to Celebrity Silhouette, including two new Sunset suites and four interior staterooms.

The Retreat, an all-inclusive area for suite guests that includes The Retreat Sundeck, was added, offering an exclusive hideaway to enjoy the sun with new cabanas, loungers, hot tub and bar. There is also an exclusive 24/7 lounge with complimentary beverages, food and concierge services, known as The Retreat Lounge (formerly Michael’s Club).

A new dining offering was introduced, Craft Social (formerly Cellar Masters), a casual spot featuring more than 40 craft beers, wine and cocktails on tap, comfort food favourites, flat-screen TVs, and leather seating.

The Entertainment Court Bar, a new cocktail quick-stop spot was introduced, as well as an updated Lawn Club, featuring eight refreshed alcoves and an oversized outdoor movie screen; and an upgraded Sunset Bar offering cocktails and views with a new shaded lounge area complete with banquette seating and hammocks.

Digital enhancements were made across the ship, including the addition of RFID lock technology and Xcelerate wi-fi. Guests will also now be able to use Celebrity’s mobile app and facial recognition embarkation technology. Additional digital features include guest-to-guest chat and digital room keys.

Retail enhancements include vintage brand What Goes Around Comes Around; artisan-driven Lemlem, featuring a collection of resort wear, shoes and handbags made in Africa; Tarbay, a collection from Venezuela that features handcrafted fine jewellery; Tao Company Jewelry by Vanessa Arcila, known for its raw emeralds and pre-Columbian designs; and a new destination shop, Point B.

The Fitness Center was upgraded with new cardio and weight equipment from Technogym. The Art Gallery, Photo Gallery and iLounge have been enhanced and a new design was introduced for The Casino and The Casino Bar. The Library, offering passengers an opportunity to find a good book for their journey, was also redesigned. The Solarium and Pool Deck on the open-air top deck were also refreshed.

Sweeping upgrades were also made to the crew areas of Celebrity Silhouette, including a renovated gym and refreshed recreational spaces, plus an upgraded outdoor bar and lounge area, with enhanced crew laundry facilities.

Celebrity Silhouette is the fourth ship to undergo Celebrity’s The Celebrity Revolution revitalisation programme. Celebrity Constellation is next, scheduled for completion in May 2020, with four more ships to be modernised by 2023.

Images: Celebrity Cruises

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Marisa has been writing about transport design and the passenger experience since 2013 and is also a contributor to sister titles Aircraft Interiors International and Business Jet Interiors International. She has travelled the world extensively by car, plane, train and cruise liner.

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