We had been recommended to try Celebrity cruises as we had travelled with many other cruise lines, doing well over 20 cruises in all parts of the world
We chose this cruise as it was flying to Barcelona, thereby avoiding the North Atlantic weather, and for its interesting ports.
I'm sure that many cruisers think the Solstice is wonderful, but it is not for us! The ship's design is such that apart from the excellent theatre there is no other large 'event' room. Other indoor events were held in the Foyer, a large multi-deck atrium, with little seating and a tiny dance floor. The Foyer was also open to the library and card room which made them unusable whenever the Foyer was in use.
The open sundecks were overcrowded with sunbeds, but the 'Lawn Club' -- yes real grass -- took up a great deal of space and was hardly ever used. Also the jogging track passed right through the upper sundeck which proved hazardous as joggers pounded around at all times of the day, oblivious of others passengers.
The 'Grand Epernay' restaurant was pleasant, but we were disappointed with the choice of food. A few basics such as steak, chicken and cheesecake were offered every day, but the rest of the food, although tempting on the menu, proved to be below the standard we are used to on other cruise ships.
The chef's ideas of classic dishes were also suspect. I was offered blue cheese dressing with a Salade Nicoise and the traditional Baked Alaska was not baked at all, but had raw meringue that had been burnt black with a blow torch.
The food buffet was at best fair, with little choice for such a large ship. If you left your table to get a second course or a drink everything, including personal belongings, was removed as though you had never been there. Passengers took to visiting the buffet in relays so that there was always one person at the table!
One thing was great. The A Capella group 'The Neptunes' were brilliant and commanded a large audience whenever they performed, sad that they were never given a decent venue or time slot.
This may be some peoples ideaof a great cruise, sadly it was not ours.