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Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by Linda Swanson: Our first cruise and we loved it .....

Celebrity Solstice 5
Linda Swanson
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Member Rating

Cabin 5.0
Dining 5.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities 5.0
Entertainment 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 5.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 5.0
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions 5.0
Value for Money 4.0

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Our first cruise and we loved it .....

Sail Date: May 2012
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Barcelona

As first time cruisers we were apprehensive, particularly as we booked the day the Costa went down and only discovered it when we turned on the TV news. We needn't have worried, Celebrity provided us with a first class cruise experience.

We flew to Barcelona from Heathrow and on arrival at the port were told that as we were too early to check in on the ship they had arranged a city tour for us free of charge. This was an unexpected bonus which we enjoyed and got us off to a good start.

Our stateroom was very good and had a balcony (we had been recommended by friends to make sure we booked one and we were glad we did. Our attendant was Arthur Gomez - first class in every way.

The positives of the cruise were:

Beautiful ship, wonderful design
Excellent customer service
High quality and well presented food
Interesting itinerary with a mix of at sea and shore days. We visited Naples, Venice, Rome, Florence, Dubrovnik, Toulon, Corsica. More
All guides for the excursions we took were extremely knowledgeable, professional and friendly
Very full programme of activities with something to suit everyone
Entertainment programme very good

The negatives of the cruise were:

Upselling - some of the spa talks etc ended with them trying to sell you treatments or items etc

Drinks expensive

MEMORABLE MOMENT: sailing into Venice in the sunshine with the music of Andrea Bocelli being played over the sound systems. It was pure magic.

To sum it up: we loved it and can't wait to plan our next one! Less


Published 06/08/12

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Cabin review: 1A9239

Good location, not far from lifts and stairs.

Port and Shore Excursions


City Tour

This excursion was organised free of charge by the cruise line and was excellent. Lasted about 3 hours.

Ok. Cold and windy day but we took the local tourist bus and enjoyed it.

This was a surprise. We did not really know what to expect but we loved Durovnik. The streets are clean, no litter. The people were friendly and welcoming in the cafes and shops. Lots of walking, steep steps - but worth it. I wouldn't want to spend a whole holiday there but we enjoyed our visit.

Pompeii Walking Tour

Very interesting. Guide informative and personable. Involves a fairly good level of fitness.

Colosseum

Our tour guide was phenomenal. Her knowledge was amazing. Everything about Rome was fantastic, can't wait to go back.

Historic Tour

Our tour guide was phenomenal. Her knowledge was amazing. Everything about Rome was fantastic, can't wait to go back.

St. Peter's Basilica

Our tour guide was phenomenal. Her knowledge was amazing. Everything about Rome was fantastic, can't wait to go back.

St. Peter's Square

Our tour guide was phenomenal. Her knowledge was amazing. Everything about Rome was fantastic, can't wait to go back.

Trevi Fountain

Our tour guide was phenomenal. Her knowledge was amazing. Everything about Rome was fantastic, can't wait to go back.

St. Mark's Square

Wonderful - excellent guide. However, we missed out the Murano glass tour at the end in order to have an hour browsing the shops and a cup of coffee.

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