Wonderful cruise, terrific ship and itinerary: Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by KCalla
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Wonderful cruise, terrific ship and itinerary
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Here are some other observations, in no particular order:
I was thrilled to have excellent vegetarian and vegan options for myself at the Oceanview Cafe. Soy milk was available throughout the ship. The staff at Blu and at the specialty restaurants were incredibly helpful...well beyond anything I had hoped for. While I had notified Celebrity of my food preferences prior to the cruise, I'm not sure if that information was attached to my "file". I let the Maitre d'hotel of Blu know about my food preferences at the beginning of the cruise. He, his staff, and the chefs were fabulous about it. I enjoyed fantastic Indian entress at Blu for the first few nights. When I asked for a change to Italian entrees at Blu, they were also fantastic. Tuscan Grill made wonderful pasta for me. Murano's vegetable dishes were exquisite. My husband has more broad tastes and chose from the menu each night at each restaurant. He also found the quality, preparation and presentation of the food to be outstanding. We did not purchase a drinks or wine package, but we found the wine selection and pricing to be very good.
My husband used the Persian Gardens daily, really enjoyed it. I enjoyed relaxing in our cabin during those times. We attended two of the evening shows together, they were very good production shows, very enjoyable. My husband also enjoyed a third show.
We missed having a promenade deck for walks/exercise. The walking track on the upper deck was not conducive to exercise because of people enjoying the sun. I had planned to purchase internet time, but did not (vacation mode won out). The lack of movie variety and afternoon and late night show times was a bit of a disappointment, but the venue for movies was very nice. Cafe al Bacio was a beautiful space, with a great staff and lovely "treats", but the coffee sizes and strength/quality were somewhat lacking.
We have cruised in inside cabins, outside/window cabins, balconies, minisuites over the years and while we have enjoyed each for what it offered, I have to say that I am eager to cruise Aquaclass again. It really enhanced our cruise experience. The ship staff was terrific. They were professional, friendly and while I can not seem to find the correct words for this, I hope readers will understand my meaning -- I truly appreciated that staff members were not "fawning" or overly/artificially friendly or familiar. This also greatly enhanced our cruise. Embarkations and debarkations were handled extremely smoothly, and Barcelona was a great start and finish - easy airport to get to and use. As you can tell, this was a great cruise for us and we look forward to our next Celebrity cruise. Less
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