We sailed again on the Celebrity Solstice and found it to be just as wonderful as the first time we went in the Med.
Embarkation was fast, easy and trouble free. We were on board by 11:30 am and having lunch in the Buffet from around the world. Many selections for many regions/nationalities. Something for everyone. AND very good!!!!
Rooms were available as promised. Concierge class, deck 10. Champagne and fruit in the room and very clean and ready for us to spend the next 7 days.
We walked the ship to remind us where everything was. We chose late seating(as we always do) and were not disappointed. Our waiter Felix was terrific and had a great personality as well. Our somallier, Wendy went out of her way to make sure we had our favorite wine with dinner each night. Very friendly, outgoing and happy to be of service.Even when we saw her out of the dining room, she provided great service.
The ship was ALWAYS clean or being cleaned. Hand santiizer at every restaurant door. Friendly staff.
We ate at the Tuscan Grille again and was it was absolutley terrific. TRY the filet mignon if you get a chance on any Celebrity that has the Grille. You will not be disappointed.Cuts with a butter knife.
Never eating in a french restaurant, we tried the Murano. OMG!!!! The food was outstanding, cooked at your table and tasted a bit like heaven. Try the lobster, or the fancy filet mignon wrapped in pastry dough. YUMMMMMM!!!
On this ship, there is not the constant voice over telling you about the "activities". You are left to read all about it in the daily newsletter and we can honestly say, that is the way it should be. We were there to relax and relax we did. There were kids on board but we never saw them and if we did they were well-behaved. Thanks to all the Moms and Dads who kept their kids under control.
Got to tour the galley and if you have never been behind the scense, try it. What a great learning experience about the inner workings of a cruise ship.
The cirque de soliel show was good even though we had a "rocky" night with high winds. The rest of the bands/signers were good and you just had to sing along.
You need to see at least one of the Corning glass blowing shows. Out of this world!!
If you like cappuccino, then go to the Cafe el Bacio. Our favorite server was Lisa Marie. She was on the ship the last time we were on it and she is just so smiley all the time.
Ship stores are okay. Nothing to write home about. Trying to sell whatever they can.
Debarkation: Not that good but not totally Celebrity's fault. Government at work - or should I say....late for work. Customs was not open and caused everything to bottleneck. We chose early express but actually ended getting off with some of the other groups. Celebrity needed to control that situation a bit more. But all in all, we were out of the port by 8:40 and on the road home.
If you want a more mature sailing, this is your ship!!!not really geared for kids. But we can recommend going with the parent company, Royal Caribbean as they have many kid activities.
Final note: We love the Solstice class and will continue to make this our cruise line of choice.