Cruise: Look inside the transformed Celebrity Silhouette – part of a £380m investment

Celebrity Cruises is set to unveil its newly transformed Celebrity Silhouette ship to cruisers following a 42-day makeover period which has transformed the ship. The bow-to-stern renovation is part of a £380 million fleet-wide investment dubbed “The Celebrity Revolution” set to boost the cruise line’s offering.

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With a push to develop modern elements, the Celebrity Silhouette will welcome state-of-the-art features with a luxury edge.

Returning to its homeport in Southampton, cruisers will be able to experience the ship first-hand as of May 1.

The cruise ship will then depart on its first sailing since the transformation.

From upgraded suites to the introduction of new bars and eateries, there are plenty of new additions to keep cruisers busy.

Meanwhile, technology has been installed throughout to streamline passenger experience.

The addition of facial recognition technology means that guest will now benefit from a “frictionless terminal experience and expedited boarding.” Plus the Celebrity Cruise’s mobile app will boast a guest-to-guest chat feature and, for the first time, the introduction of digital room keys.

All staterooms and suites have been refreshed, with the addition of new bedding, mattresses, televisions and upgraded amenities. Plus six new staterooms have been added, including two new sunset suites.

Suite guests can also now benefit from a brand new all-inclusive area exclusively for them.

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Named The Retreat Sundeck, the hideaway boasts luxurious cabanas, loungers, a hot tub, private bar, as well as an exclusive 24/7 lounge which offers complimentary snacks and beverages.

Meanwhile, ship-wide cruisers can rest assured there will be plenty to keep them occupied.

A brand new eatery, the Craft Social, will offer a relaxed atmosphere as well as more than 40 craft beers.

Cruisers can pick from a selection of food favourites, as well as wine and cocktails on tap.

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Cocktail lovers can also head straight for the dedicated bar now open on board. The Entertainment Court bar will offer a full menu of delicious mixed drinks to choose from, in an opulent and sophisticated surrounding.

Meanwhile, the Lawn Club has also seen an update, welcoming a series of alcove seating for extra privacy, as well as an oversized outdoor movie screen for boosted entertainment.

If cruisers are hoping to stay active, they can head to the ship’s updated fitness centre, which has welcomed a host of new machines and equipment.

The solarium and pool deck have been refreshed, now the perfect spot to chill out on a sunny day.

Shopaholics won’t have to go far to satisfy their needs either.

The ship has welcomed a selection of new retailers including vintage brand What Goes Around Comes Around; artisan-driven Lemlem, featuring a collection of resort wear, shoes and handbags made entirely in Africa; Tarbay, a collection from Venezuela that features handcrafted fine jewellery; Tao Company Jewelery by Vanessa Arcila, k; and a brand new destination shop, Point B.

Elsewhere, an enhanced art gallery brings a touch of culture to the onboard offering.

The ship’s casino and conjoining bar have also had a fresh update.

“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.”

The ship will embark on its first voyage since the makeover on May 1, spending eight nights spanning Spain and France.

Tickets start as low as £715 per person for an interior stateroom.

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Later in 2020, the ship will take on a 14-night Scandinavia and St Petersburg cruise, as well as a seven-night Norwegian Cruise.

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