Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by queenbe630: Disappointed
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Destination: Australia & New Zealand
Embarkation: Sydney (Australia)
Dining room food was disappointing. Meat was either dry or over cooked, and almost never prepared to order. Seasoning was mostly bland or had too much pepper, but nothing in between. No light fare (such as a light meal - not diet) was offered.
Buffet food was the same every day with little to no variations. For a two week cruise, this was extremely disappointing. Lunch was the same every day with no special lunches offered (i.e. barbecues, themed buffets, etc)
This cruise had 4 days at sea and one cruising day and the daily entertainment was poor. Only one activity was offered per half hour, and the others involved shopping. I have cruised on Royal Caribbean and Carnival, and have never experienced any of the above on any of their ships.
One of the excursions we took offered a "light lunch" but when we took the excursion, we were given a blueberry muffin and a hot beverage. A suggestion was also made for us to share the muffin. The excursion began at 1 pm so More we did not eat lunch expecting to eat during the tour. My husband is diabetic and therefore could not eat the muffin nor can he skip a meal. When we complained to guest relations, they conveyed our concerns to the excursion desk. We received a voice mail in our cabin from the (assistant?) director, who told us that the excursion wasn't long enough for lunch. This was printed in their excursion brochure and our expectations were that we would receive what was advertised and paid for. We also complained that we were on a 4WD bumpy excursion and the center seat had no seat belt, head rest or arm grip, and the seat was split in the middle. With every bump the center occupant was thrown about. We were told that since New Zealand does not have seat belt laws, they couldn't do anything about it. Less
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The room was nice and spacious, but closet space and drawer space for clothing storage was lacking. Drawers were narrow with little depth and could hold no more than one to two female shirts and one male's. We had to use space located above bed which was inconvenient since you would have to climb onto the bed for access. Rooms were clean and up to date.
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