Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by tocruiseguy: Good time on the Solstice
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Good time on the Solstice
This was our second Celebrity Med cruise in 2 years, last year we cruised the Eastern Med on the Equinox which set a very high bar for the Solstice to reach.
We had two veranda staterooms, which were adjacent but not adjoining so we had the balcony divider removed which made it easy to move from stateroom to stateroom. The stateroom although outwardly clean had some attention to detail issues such as a little bit of mould around corners of the shower, nothing to get too upset about but something we didn't experience on the Equinox. The stateroom attendants also seemed to refuse to throw out such things as obviously finished Coke bottles etc. They were efficient but not as good as a couple of previous cruises.
We noticed other issues such as public washrooms which had run out of towels and there didn't seem to be as many people cleaning the public spaces like we noticed on the Equinox. We also had an incident in the MDR where a kid had thrown up her supper nearby More the entry where we were seated and it took about 15 minutes for someone to clean it up, pretty disgusting while you are eating. Again no major vacation ruining things just issues we noticed.
In the MDR both our waiter and assistant waiter were excellent as was the food throughout the ship. Drink waiters and bartenders were also excellent throughout the ship. We ate at the Silk Harvest one night, very good food and service.
Ship passengers were about 1/3 from the UK. 1/3 Spanish speaking and about a from North American, lots of kids. We met some great people mostly from the UK which made the cruise for us. Spanish people seem to stick with their own and (sorry for the stereotype) seem to be oblivious to those around them.
Entertainment was good and not so good, the first theatre show was typical poor man's broadway type singing and dancing, the last couple of days were much better with some acrobatic performances and a cool magician who looked like the lead singer of Duran Duran. The "party" band's lead male singer had the ability to ruin just about any song, however the jazz trio and several of the solo artists were excellent.
Rome -- we rented a car and drove around the countryside as we were in Rome last year.
Naples -- took the hydrofoil to Capri, very easy to DIY.
Kotor -- favourite stop, walked up the mountain to the old fort, quite a climb, then we wandered around the old town. People were very nice and it was inexpensive, we want to go back.
Venice -- looks better from a distance but you have to go. Very crowded, we took the people mover the first day from the port and walked to Piazza San Marco. Very hot and some of the smells from the canals.....yikes. Second day we did the Dodge's palace, very interesting place.
Dubrovnik -- a close second favourite stop. Don't take the Celebrity bus it's a rip off, take a taxi. We really liked our taxi driver so opted for the 50 euro tour which was great otherwise the drive to the old town is 10 euro. He took us all the way to the top of the mountain above the old town, then we wandered the old town which was very crowded as the Carnival Breeze was also in port.
Malta -- made the mistake of taking a ship tour, the "4 x 4 Malta adventure". The vehicles did not appear to be 4 x 4's and the stops did not even require a 4 x 4 vehicle. Definitely did not live up to the brochure. We broke our own rule by taking a ship's excursion and should know better.
Overall a great vacation and a great experience but the ship and service did not quite live up to the Equinox, it may be because some of the Celebrity novelty has worn off or we are used to newer ships, not sure, but we would definitely sail with Celebrity again. Less
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