Embarkation was virtually painless and we were aboard the ship with champagne in hand in about 30 minutes.
Beauty, of course, is in the eye of the beholder, and we found the Solstice to be elegant, sleek, and beautiful. The ship was grand and impressive while still easy to navigate.
We loved Stateroom 7277 with veranda! We found ample storage space (which is saying a lot as I'm a certified, card carrying over-packer!). We enjoyed the wonderful views from our balcony especially as we approached our ports of call. Cabin service was perfect, and practically invisible, compliments of Selwyn.
We enjoyed dinner every night in the main dining room and were served by Francisco and staff. We were cruising with another couple, no real food snobs here, and we ALL enjoyed menu options and chefs recommendations. Francisco was part waiter and part entertainer extraordinaire. We also enjoyed making new friends with nearby table mates from Canada on one side & NYC on the other. Such fun!
We enjoyed room service one morning in our cabin, but many other feeding frenzies occurred at the buffet in the Ocean View. Granted, the ship was full and the buffet was to capacity at times. But it was all good. (We just ate 3 hours ago...Could anyone be THAT hungry? Chill, a little mimosa will take the edge off. :-)
We purchased the premium beverage package (an all inclusive drink package, of sorts) and it is perfect if you don't want to worry about prices, number of drinks, etc. Just order what you want, when you want, with no bar tab. Sweet!
The shows & entertainment were enjoyable, but if it didn't tear you up, there were plenty of other options.
Our only disappointment was the space (or lack thereof) near the pool or other decks for sun bathing. The space was tight, limited, and chaises were often reserved by a book or bag with no owner. But with a rum punch or two, we were able to get past it!!!
All in all, we were very pleased and will cruise with Celebrity again.
(If you are one of those people with extremely high standards and expectations, with nose tilted to the sun, admit to being a snob, the best cruise for you might be elsewhere, say ....The Titanic.)