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Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by sandiefran: Celebrity Solstice from top to bottom


sandiefran
2 Reviews
Member Since 2006
51 Posts

Member Rating

Cabin 5.0
Dining 5.5
Embarkation 4.0
Enrichment Activities Not Rated
Entertainment 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation Not Rated
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates Not Rated
Service 4.0
Shore Excursions 3.0
Value for Money 5.0

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Celebrity Solstice from top to bottom

Sail Date: February 2013
Destination: Australia & New Zealand
Embarkation: Other

There is plenty of space -- we never felt crowded or were aware that there were over 2,800 passengers on board.

Cabin -- door opens OUT into a recess in the corridor!

Overall facilities -- double or twin beds, very small bedside table with two narrow shelves under.- thin chocolate on pillow at night with turn down service

Plenty of room for cases under bed. Above bed storage for bed cushions, extra doona, blanket

Life jackets under bed in a basket

Bible in the top drawer

Lounge -- seats up to 4, small oval table

TV -- flat screen -- can swivel. Interactive with keyboard to book excursions etc.

Safe -- in wardrobe, easy to use and larger than on most ships

Frig -- mini bar -- some heat transfer to side drawers

Next to mini bar frig - Two shallow top drawers (do not store medicines or first aid kit in these as they get quite warm); three deeper drawers below,

Cupboard above frig = in size to two More shallow drawers

Marble top "desk" with chair. Drawer under holds interactive keyboard and hair dryer
Powerpoints -- 2 X US flat 2 pin (110), 1 X Europe/Asia round 2 pin (220)

Mirror with light above.

Storage

Wardrobe -- two door -- standard is for 24 hangers -- we had 4 with trouser clips.
Drop down bracket if needed for hanging shirts, tops
Three shelves -- two below safe, one above
Two bathrobes, one umbrella, one Celebrity bag (re-cycled material similar to those used for shopping)

Bathroom

Shower is excellent -- good amount of room with glass sliding doors, not a shower curtain

Foot rest in shower

Large mirror with power point above -- takes both flat and round 2 pin plugs (110/220)

Bath towel, hand towel, washer and bath mat

Double towel rail

Moisturiser, shampoo, conditioner, real soap (not bath gel), tissues, shower cap, cotton balls and cotton buds

Hair dryer -- in desk drawer

No clothes line, however ample room to attach elastic extendable line from hooks in shower over glass screen to towel rail.

Basin -- small if you are doing your washing!

Storage -- 2 tiny drawers (6" X 5") -- probably of little use

Side cabinet with glass door 4 shelves (not very wide but deep enough for a wash bag or makeup bag, wooden cabinet below with three shelves

Dim light in bathroom stays on at night

Balcony

Good size and depth. Two comfortable mesh chairs, round wooden top table, high privacy screens between staterooms, high glass panels.

Television channels
1 - TV guide
2 - Cruise director channel
3 - Shore Excursions
4 - Port Talk and Shopping
5 - Bridge view
6 - Navigational map
7 - Celebrity Life (Lecturers)
8 - Movie channel
9 - Engage
10 -- Fox News
11 - MSNBC
12 - BBC World News
13 - CNBC
14 - Sky News Australia
15 - Fox Sports
16 - Fox 8
17 - Fox Footy channel
18 - Comedy
19 -- Arena
20 - Bio

Laundry prices -- as per list

Meals:

Mast Grill -- deck 14 mid -- hot dogs and hamburgers

Oceanview bar and cafe - Buffet: deck 14, aft~ huge open area
Many food stations, plenty of seating

Tea (various types), coffee real and de-caf, as well as Nescafe sachets, Chocolate powder, lemon, honey sugar and artificial sweeteners, "juice", ice and water available 24 hours

Breakfast choices
Cereals: corn flakes, fruit loops, coco pops, sultana bran, -wheat bix and rice bubbles;
"Wet" muesli, mixed berries, canned fruits, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, walnuts, yoghurts.
Oatmeal and semolina
Fresh fruits -- apples, bananas, oranges, half grapefruit, melon, pineapple etc.
Cold meats, smoked salmon, tomatoes, onions, capers, selection of cheeses
Danish pastries, muffins, bread, toast, rolls.
Butter, margarine, honey (at tea station) jams, vegemite
Waffles, pancakes, French toast
"American" breakfast -- bacon, corn-beef hash, sausages, hash browns
Baked ham, kippers, black pudding (blood sausage) baked beans, tomatoes, mushrooms, potatoes,
Eggs of all types -- Benedict, fried, poached, boiled

Omelette: whole or egg white; fillings mushroom, tomato, onion, pepper, potato, jalapeno, spinach, ham, scallion, smoked salmon, asparagus, cheese- feta, cheddar, swiss, mozzarella!

Lunch
Salad bars, antipasto, Chef's carvery, soup and sandwich, stir fry, Mexican Spice, Indian curries, pasta kitchen, pizzeria, fromagerie, cold meats, BBQ grill, hot meals,
sinful pastries, "sweet treats" and ice cream, sorbet and frozen yogurt - 9 types! -- and two soft serve flavours.

Drink prices:
The 15% gratuity (service charge) is included in the listed price ~ however the company policy is that depending on the demographics of the cruise to Hawaii the 15% charge may be added!

I guess the original prices will not change!
Wines by the glass (5 ounce) $6.25 - $9.75; 355ml carafe $11.50
Beers - $5.25 - $8.00
Cocktails - $7.00
Mocktails - $4.50
Soft drinks - $2.25

Afternoon tea
Selection of small cakes, slices and biscuits, mini sandwiches and rolls, fresh fruit.

Dinner: Very similar to lunch -- no sandwich bar, but has sushi bar and hot dogs and hamburgers

AquaSpa bar and cafe ~ deck 12
breakfast - fruit and cereal (has muesli and sultana bran) and some other dishes
lunch -- very small pre-served salads, extra "additives" available. Fresh and preserved fruits, thin narrow bread rolls (different flours), dessert

Cafe al Bacio & Gelateria ~ deck 5 -- coffee prices $3.50 - $5.25 --15% currently included

Bistro on Five ~ deck 5 -- pay as you go

Grand Epernay Dining Room ~ decks 3 and 4
Breakfast available Deck 3 -- 8am -- 9.30
Lunch available Deck 4 -- 12 noon to 1.30pm

Dinner -- 1st seating -- 6pm; 2nd seating 8.30pm -- decks 3 and 4
Celebrity Select dining -- 5.45pm -- 9.30pm (reservations appreciated) Deck 4 starboard

Water, tea and coffee included

Cheapest wine by the bottle $30 - most expensive $3,450.00 -- this was sold to a Chinese man before Christmas -- another bottle is on order!
By the glass - $6.50 and up
Beer - $5.25 - $9.00

Specialty dining ~ all on deck 5

Blu ~ Aqua class passengers only

Morano ~ very elegant French - $40.00 per person

Silk ~ Asia fusion - $25.00

Tuscan Grille ~ Italian grill - $30.00

Medical Centre deck 2
Motion sickness tablets would be available (pack of two) from Guest Services, but passengers are advised to be prepared and bring their own. Take before actually getting seasick for better results.

Cost of a visit Is $111.00 PLUS all services and medication. An itemised account is given for possible travel insurance claim.

Water drink bubblers on open decks

Drink packages -- as per list.

IN GENERAL

Daily program delivered to stateroom during dinner each night. No prices are quoted in the program ** means extra charge. Many information seminars lead to expensive treatments or programs

All prices quoted are in $US

My bottle of wine purchased in Cairns was confiscated when re-boarding the ship -- delivered to the cabin on last cruise night

No currency exchange for French Pacific Francs on board

Two internal staircases, two lift wells alongside each staircase.
The 8 Lifts in mid section/aft have glass walls looking into atrium
4 normal lifts in forward/mid section.

Public areas well served with toilets -- automatic door opening (touch the white rectangular) panels; in the ladies' cloth and paper hand towels and boxes of tissues -- in the men's (so I'm told) paper towels and "sayings or inscriptions" above each urinal!

Solastic Deck -- deck 16 -- sun lounges

Hot Glass Show ~ deck 15 -- Run by Corning Ware Glass Museum, USA -- 2 hour Glass blowing demonstrations most days

Basketball Court ~ deck 15

The Lawn Club/Patio on the lawn ~ deck 15
Real grass, boules/bocce, quoits, croquet, cricket and golf

Jogging track -- deck 14 one mile = 8 laps; one kilometre = 5 laps -- go anti clockwise -- pass on the left

Fitness centre ~ deck 12

AquaSpa by Elemis ~deck 12
Massages -- prices vary by type and time -- check for special offers

Hairdressing prices:
Cut: short hair $59; medium length $69; long $79
Wash and blow dry or roller set -- short $39; medium $49; long$59

Persian Garden -- deck 12 - full voyage packages only no single visits. Steam room and dry sauna, relaxation room. For 1 person $129, 2 people $219

Library -- deck 10 appears to have a good range -- alphabetical order.
Book swap section

Card Room -- deck 9 - 6 tables, available: mah-jong, chess, scrabble, checkers, Chinese checkers, other board games, paper puzzles -- crossword, sudoko

Team Earth -- deck 7 quiet place overlooking central void and lift area with full size real tree growing in mid-air pot.

Internet Cafe (iLounge) -- deck 6
18 terminals open 24 hours.- "staffed" at times listed in programmes
WiFi available in cabins and throughout the ship.
Warning that signal strength will vary depending on satellite access
Prices from 75c per minute and down -- eg: 38 minutes $24.95 up to $399.95 for 1666 minutes!

iLearn classes -- all sea days for Apple Mac and products - iPhoto, iPad, iPhone, iCloud

Fortunes Casino ~ deck 4 -- usual range of tables and poker machines -- closed in ports

Deck by Deck additional

Lido deck 14 ~ Sky Deck Lounge -- great spot for Probus meetings, also Sky Conference Centre

No deck 13

Resort deck 12 ~ pools and Solarium/Indoor pool, Persian Garden, hair salon, acupuncture clinic

Staterooms -- even number starboard side, odd numbers on the port side..
Resort deck 12, Penthouse deck 11, Sky deck 10, Panorama deck 9, Vista deck 8, Sunrise deck 7, Continental deck 6, Plaza deck 3

Entertainment deck 5 ~ Michael's Club, Captain's Club and Future Cruise sales; Galleria Tastings, boutique shops, art gallery, photo gallery, business lounge, Solistice theatre

Promenade Deck 4 ~ Cellarmasters, Martini Bar, shops, Celebrity Central (small theatre), Solistice Theatre

Plaza Deck 3 ~ guest relations and shore excursions Less


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Cabin review: Celebrity Solstice Deluxe Oceanveiw Stateroom Sunrise Deck (7) 6172

I think that I have completely covered this in my ship report.However here is the section on our cabin 6172 There is plenty of space -- we never felt crowded or were aware that there were over 2,800 passengers on board. Cabin -- door opens OUT into a recess in the corridor! Overall facilities -- double or twin beds, very small bedside table with two narrow shelves under.- thin chocolate on pillow at night with turn down service Plenty of room for cases under bed. Above bed storage for bed cushions, extra doona, blanket Life jackets under bed in a basket Bible in the top drawer Lounge -- seats up to 4, small oval table TV -- flat screen -- can swivel. Interactive with keyboard to book excursions etc. Safe -- in wardrobe, easy to use and larger than on most ships Frig -- mini bar -- some heat transfer to side drawers Next to mini bar frig - Two shallow top drawers (do not store medicines or first aid kit in these as they get quite warm); three deeper drawers below, Cupboard above frig = in size to two shallow drawers Marble top "desk" with chair. Drawer under holds interactive keyboard and hair dryer Powerpoints -- 2 X US flat 2 pin (110), 1 X Europe/Asia round 2 pin (220) Mirror with light above. Storage Wardrobe -- two door -- standard is for 24 hangers -- we had 4 with trouser clips. Drop down bracket if needed for hanging shirts, tops Three shelves -- two below safe, one above Two bathrobes, one umbrella, one Celebrity bag (re-cycled material similar to those used for shopping) Bathroom Shower is excellent -- good amount of room with glass sliding doors, not a shower curtain Foot rest in shower Large mirror with power point above -- takes both flat and round 2 pin plugs (110/220) Bath towel, hand towel, washer and bath mat Double towel rail Moisturiser, shampoo, conditioner, real soap (not bath gel), tissues, shower cap, cotton balls and cotton buds Hair dryer -- in desk drawer No clothes line, however ample room to attach elastic extendable line from hooks in shower over glass screen to towel rail. Basin -- small if you are doing your washing! Storage -- 2 tiny drawers (6" X 5") -- probably of little use Side cabinet with glass door 4 shelves (not very wide but deep enough for a wash bag or makeup bag, wooden cabinet below with three shelves Dim light in bathroom stays on at night Balcony Good size and depth. Two comfortable mesh chairs, round wooden top table, high privacy screens between staterooms, high glass panels. Television channels 1 - TV guide 2 - Cruise director channel 3 - Shore Excursions 4 - Port Talk and Shopping 5 - Bridge view 6 - Navigational map 7 - Celebrity Life (Lecturers) 8 - Movie channel 9 - Engage 10 -- Fox News 11 - MSNBC 12 - BBC World News 13 - CNBC 14 - Sky News Australia 15 - Fox Sports 16 - Fox 8 17 - Fox Footy channel 18 - Comedy 19 -- Arena 20 - Bio

Port and Shore Excursions


The Solstice is too large to dock in Brisbane and so docks at the commercial port. Shuttle bus service is available $22 per person return) into the city opposite the Casino. Queens Street Mall for shopping is a short walk away. We walked to the ferry wharf and caught one of the river-cats that service the river. If you stay on the boat and go from one end of the route to the other, then the trip takes just on 3 hours and the cost is $A5.60 - half price for Australian seniors.

Cairns is a tender port. We were late docking and so some of the Barrier Reef excursions had to be cancelled. The ship tenders off Yorkeys' Knob and it is a shuttle bus trip into Cairns. Right near the drop off point is the artificial beach for safe swimming.
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Litchfield Park

(4)
Good excursion - a very full day. Interesting to see the waterfalls in the wet season (it was February) but there wouldn't be much in the dry season. The included lunch was good. The visit to the crocodile farm was very good and we had the opportunity to hold a smmall corcodile and to feed a very large one. We arrived back just on departure time. The cost $US179 was dearer than local tours, however the local ones left before the ship would have been cleared.

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