Kayteelah, Welcome to Cruise Reviews. Yes, the Serenade is a sister ship to the Radiance. $1600 is a big difference but there are several factors to consider. First, are you looking at the same type of cabin (balcony, outside,). Even if you might be looking at a balcony on both ships, Celebrity has balcony categories that come with Concierge and upgraded amenities. I hope your travel agent friend explained the differences between these two cruise lines and these two ships. The Silhouette is a brand new ship that just came out, the Serenade is eight years old. Celebrity is a premium cruise line and caters to a different demographic market than Royal Caribbean. You do have one extra day on the Silhouette and more ports, so that also accounts for some of the difference.
You already have sailed on Royal Caribbean and liked the product. You can use the difference of $1600 to do a lot of shore excursions. But, ask yourself if you particularly wanted to see certain ports that the Silhouette does that the Serenade doesn't, or do you want to try the Celebrity product to compare, or sail on a brand new ship? The Silhouette does have some unique features. The ambiance on the Silhouette is different that the Serenade. This is your honeymoon. If none of those are factors then the Serenade would be a great cruise for you.
Last edited by Cruise Fanatic; 09-07-2011 at 09:25 PM.