This was our first cruise on one of the new Solstice class ships and we were really looking forward to it.
The Solstice is certainly a great looking ship and even though it is 4 years old, I cannot say that I noticed its age anywhere that we came across.
We were in an Aqua Class room, but as we were travelling with family we did not get a chance to experience the Blu dining room, we are back with Celebrity in October so we will get chance to try it then.
The other 'benefit' of being Aqua Class was the use of the Persian Garden - this was a huge disappointment, very limited facilities, a sauna, steam, showers and some hot beds - no water or refreshments on other places to cool off, I would advise that Celebrity look at what NCL offer, a much better offering.
We used the other speciality restaurants and enjoyed them all, it is very easy to overeat in them, we escpecially enjoyed Murano & Silk Harvest. The main dining room was very good and we would have been quite happy to eat there each night. We chose the other restaurants to avoid the formal nights in the main restaurant, although we saw plenty of people with just a smart shirt etc, so perhaps Celebrity are at last relaxing the rules!
The Ocean View Cafe was a bit busy at times and probably not as good at other ships we have been on, but there was always plenty of food. The queue for the ice cream was always long, so it made it easier for me to resist the temptation!
The gym was good, although some machines were past their best and the sauna in the changing room was next to useless, again no water etc.
We were told that we would get vouchers for the staff tips at the end of the cruise, but when we queried it, we were told that they haven't issued them for 5 years! Fine, but please update your literature.
The pre-dinner shows (we ate at the 2nd sitting) were badly timed and we went to very few, why have they changed this, after dinner shows are much better. the production shows we went to were very good, the guest entertainers were not worth rushing to see.
Saling from Barcelona, there were a lot od Spanish onboard, and so they made over one of the lounges to Spanish music etc, one thing lacking was the evening entertainment, what they do have is centered around the centrum and the music is so loud you struggle to hold a conversation.
Trying to get a sunbed on a sea day is a challenge, we gave up most days, people abuse it and the system they have struggles to work.
Overall a nice cruise, despite my comments above, I will see if there is a difference on our next trip.