This was DH and I second cruise but first with Celebrity. Overall we felt that whilst the Solstice is a gorgeous ship, Celebrity was not for us. At 32 and 34 we felt out of place and obviously not the target market. There was very little entertainment and activities aimed at a younger age group. We did love the hot glass how and went several times but rarely saw anyone using the lawn
We had select dining and purchased the 5 specialty dining package. The only time we went into the MDR was for the brunch. The buffet basically had the same meals every single day with the roast changing daily and 1 or 2 other different dishes but overall very boring and repetitive. Our cruise with HAL the buffet served most of the MDR meals at night and set the tables up with table cloths etc but nothing like this on Celebrity. We also found the food heavily salted. We noticed that after the first couple of days they started to provide bacon cooked for Aussies/UK passenger and not just the cooked to a crisp strips for the Americans.
We loved the specialty restaurants with Silk Harvest being our favourite as we love sushi and Asian food. We also found the staff here to be the friendliest and most welcoming. Tuscan Grille was also fantastic but we found Murano didn't live up to the hype and the service not so good.
Our room with a verandah was big enough for the two of us. However, we constantly felt the vibrations from the engines and docking into Auckland actually woke us up when the whole room shuddered. We also felt a lot of movement in the room despite the seas being quite gentle.
We also found that there is a big push when onboard to always be buying something extra. We didn't have a drink package as we are pretty much non drinkers and only had 3 beers the entire cruise. We were constantly being asked to purchase something from the bar and when declined there were loud sighs from some staff. It was the same with the ships photographers who would not accept a polite no in declining a photo and they kept pushing and at one port I was basically held by the pirate to have a photo taken. In general we found the large Russian and Ukranian staff very abrupt and not friendly.
We loved New Zealand and all the ports we visited but by the end we were happy to be off the ship and were left with the feeling that things could have been better. I doubt we will cruise with Celebrity again in the future as we just didn't feel that the atmosphere and activities a geared towards the younger demographic.