“Very Dissapointing!!”
Cruise review of Celebrity Solstice

trainerman Celebrity Solstice 2 Very Dissapointing!!
trainerman
Member Since 2012
No Forum Posts
No Helpful Votes
Overall Member Rating
Having cruised on/off since 1998, we booked this cruise as an end of season "chill out." Having been on the The Millennium which was great, we really expected great things from this '5 star' ship and the 'glossary seemed to deliver what we were looking for. Sadly, it wasn't to be.The state room was great then its downhill from here. The dining room experience was less than professional..cold plates,, plates handed to you. or served across the body or over shoulders.....the food was 'ok'... not a fine dining experience and the presentation was non existant..eg..a steak with 3 sprouts and 3 sliced carrots that had barely seen hot water..no flare, no finesse at all! The self service restaurant was mixed....but often the food was barely warm. Who wants cottage pie when its 75deg' outside!! About the ship, the staff were multi cultural and some had bare English. The photographic staff were loud and at the point of being 'intimidating!', having said that, there was some great staff and the accommodation staff were fantastic.The shore excursions were astronomical!$89 each to be dropped off in Florence! If you wanted a coffee other than ordinary...like espresso...there was a charge and there lies what I think the ship was about, extracting as many dollars from the client as possible, add on add on add on! There is a 15% charge on every drink etc and then the ship adds up to $15 EACH PER DAY gratuity. I worked out that if everyone paid it would make in the region of $250,000!!! for the 12 days. Seems that the clients are expected to pay the wages of Celebrity staff! Security was OTT, a woman even had a piece of cheese taken from her and forget taking your own wine aboard, they tell you it is forbidden!, its taken away till after the cruise, As was a small decorative cheese fork we bought. It was taken from us,it showed up on the X Ray and I had to open the perfectly wrapped gift to show them,I pointed out that if i wanted a weapon, I could get far more lethal weapon from the dining room but, nope..they took it. Worst cruise I have been on! Fortunately, we have been to all the destinations before so knew our way around. No thanks Celebrity, you just lost 2 clients!
Celebrity Solstice Cruises to the Western Mediterranean
Overall Ratings
  • Cabin
  • Dining
  • Embarkation
  • Enrichment Activities
  • Entertainment
  • Family & Children
  • Fitness & Recreation
  • Onboard Experience
  • Public Rooms
  • Rates
  • Service
  • Shore Excursions
  • Value for Money

Cabin review: Concierge Class

C31405
We chose a stateroom of the concierge class with balcony and sitting room which included room service. We did enjoy having coffee in the mornings on the balcony prior to going up for breakfast and also, with such a large ship, it was a great way to escape for some, peace, quiet and personal space..costs more but well worth it

Port and Shore Excursions

Port
Depending on the mooring, its easy to get into Barcelona and there is a shuttle bus from the port anyway for a couple of euro. Nothing to do in the port.
Read 1,379 Barcelona Reviews
Port
The port of Cruz for Dubrovnik has plenty to do with shops, cafe''s bars or there is a local bus that serves Dubrovnik for about 3 euro and has a frequent service, takes about 30 minutes. Or, you can walk (about 30 mins' to the La pad area for a very nice beach but can be crowded in season!
Port
The mooring is right beside the town and it can easily be explored on foot....for the energetic, there is an uphill walk to the old walls..lovely place!
Read 329 Kotor Reviews
Port
Bustling port and Naples is within walking distance..or you can take a ferry to Sorrento or Capri
Read 983 Naples Reviews
Port is outside Rome Civitavecchia. There is a train stn' and normally, a shuttle drops you off, a short walk takes you to the station..About 20 minutes train ride you can alight at station St Pedro...right beside the Vatican!
Port
Nothing here and you will need to get a water bus into Venice..about 20 minutes or, just a short walk, a newly built 'people carrier' railway...rather like the ones at airports which one stop, 3 minutes, drops you at the end of the Grand canal...all for just 1 euro!
Read 936 Venice Reviews
This is a tender for disembarkation...it can be easy or made difficult depending on the ships organization..having said that, a lovely picture postcard port and from the rail station you can visit Nice or Monte Carlo.
Published 10/23/12
Helpful?
Thank trainerman
No Helpful Votes
Read Cruise Critic’s Celebrity Solstice Review
Celebrity Solstice Cruises to the Western Mediterranean
Share feedback
Thank you!  Cruise Critic values your feedback.
How can we improve this page?