Sorry in advance, My English is not so good ( we are Germans) and the translation comes from Google.
We are just back from our Cruise on the Celebrity Solstice from Barcelona to Dubai and we are Elite Members.
Advance as a small Info, we met a lot of old friends and crew members and have felt very comfortable on board.
We had booked the Aqua Class and also the Blue Restaurant.
The quality and presentation of the food were OK, but the Selection was disappointing.Specially wish for a Rib eye steak or
Fillet Mignon were generally denied.
Due to this unacceptable behavior, we moved into the main restaurant, which received more and flexible to the guests' wishes.
But there were some things that not only ourselves but also others on board very disturbed
The Port in Safaga is for a 5 star ship a real impertinence.
No Infrastructure, no shuttle bus to the port gate, Dirty, filthy.
It was a shame.
There really Other alternatives.
But the worst thing what did were annoyed us were the last 6 days of the Cruise.
The ship was from sunset to sunrise darkened, all open decks 5,12,14 and 15th are closed and darkened
The balconies were eclipsed and it was forbidden to use the balcony.
Because of alleged attacks by pirates.
(My wife wanted to see "Jack Sparrow" but absolutely nothing.
The Sports Center the Hairdresser all lit up, the the same when they cleaning the Aqua or Blue the Restaurant brightly illuminated.The Pollbar remained open and enlightened because of the protests of the smoker but the pools were not allowed to be used. That was all quite ridiculous
We were cruising also in January 2012 with the Brilliance of the Seas from Dubai to Oman, there was partying and no blackout.
What is Eritrea or Oman to do with pirates. Absolutely Nothing.
We are sailing only for one Day in the Gulf of Aden near the Coast of Somalia and by the Way very slow,
only 15 Knots. This Safe Petrol for the Company.
Understandable from an economic view, who can not use the Balcony or the Pools or the other open Decks for a walk around the Ship drink more at the bars, and allowing more money on board.
And that makes me very angry, if one is fooled so obvious.
It was totally exaggerated but I can still understand, " Safety first"
Why were we are not informed about these restrictions, as we had not booked the expensive Aqua Class
but an inside cabin or we would not have booked the whole ride.
However, anyone who thinks that there is a small compensation ( A Sorry Cocktail ) or even one, looks disappointed. Nothing
I'm curious how the shipping company responds to the many disappointed comments.
I can think of right now on until I write these sentences .... we got no Comment Card to fill .... funny.