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Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by geebeeyou: Good, but not great

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Good, but not great

Sail Date: October 2013
Destination: South Pacific
Embarkation: Sydney (Australia)

Background: Aussie Couple, early 40’s. Have previously cruised on the Sun Princess & Radiance of the Seas.

We have just returned from a 12 night South Pacific voyage visiting Lifou, Noumea & Isle of Pines (New Caledonia) and Suva and Lautoka (Fiji). Below are our thoughts:-

EXCELLENT THINGS:-

• The ship Absolutely beautiful, clean and modern

• The staterooms  We had a Deck 9 Aft  rear facing. Bed was good, layout was excellent and innovative bathroom with curved shower screens a credit to the designers

• The Martini bar flair bartenders were great

• The Grand Epernay food

• The disembarkation. We were allocated No.1 and were and from the time we left the ship to in a taxi was about 3 minutes ''" no kidding.

• Bistro on 5 Great food and services and totally worth the $5 cover-charge

• Premium Alcohol Package  Very convenient

GOOD More THINGS:

• Embarkation in Sydney was good considering there are 2800+ passengers

• The captain and bridge crew’s control of this monster ship on the last night when we hit big oceans in the Tasman sea.

• Mast Grille made good hamburger/hotdog meals

AVERAGE THINGS:-

• Oceanview Café Food was very average compared to the two ships we have previously been on.

• The entertainment in the Solstice theatre was hit and miss.

• Pool entertainment when the band wasn’t playing. It was good when the afternoon Zumba classes were on at least we have some recent music as a reasonable volume.

• Most staff seemed tired and overworked. Whilst service was okay, they were pretty robotic.

POOR THINGS:-

• The Coffee place Poor coffee and poor service. Seemed like passengers were an inconvenience to them.

• Activities on board are few and far between and appear to be geared towards the elderly passengers.

• The blue plastic outdoor cups need replacing. Most were either cracked, scratched or in some cases, leaking

• Pool towels need replacing. Most were quite old a ratty

• Not enough seating in the Oceanview cafe

BAD THINGS:-

• Norovirus on the ship meant an enhanced sanitation program was implemented i.e no self-service anywhere on the ship

• Running out of most beers by day 6 of 12. The selection after day 6 was very poor.

• Passengers refusing to tip. I know it’s not the aussie thing, but please people ''" the cruise staff rely on this. It’s how they make a living,

• Slow service (understaffing) at most bars

• Smokers area next to the running/walking track on deck 14

• Smokers area right outside the door on deck 12

UNUSUAL THINGS:-

• What is the point of all the lawn ''" most of which is roped off for the entire time. Seems like a waste of space.

SUMMARY

As I previously said great ship, but probably more suited to those who want a low-key cruise with little variety. We are not likely to cruise with Celebrity again, but more likely to stay with their sister line, Royal Caribbean. Less


Published 11/26/13

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