Great cruise: Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by bbz
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Destination: Australia & New Zealand
There were a few areas where you could see some cuts had been made. There were no brunches or ice sculpture extravaganzas in the main dining room, there was a string trio instead of a quartet (a violinist here, an assistant waiter there- it eventually adds up.) However, this is all nit-picky stuff.
Our cabin was fairly roomy and kept spotlessly clean, the bed very comfortable and storage space adequate. The only small issue was the removal of the complimentary toiletries the evening before debarkation.
The entertainment was variable. The shows were good, the performers very talented. But they were the same shows, with minor variations, that we had seen on our last Solstice cruise, 2 years ago. The presentations by Milos, the naturalist were truly wonderful; the performances by the singing group in the lobby before dinner were truly awful. The songs were fine, the music not punishingly loud, but the quality of their performances were, to us, below professional standards.
The public areas seemed more crowded than on previous cruises. This might be because the weather was not especially conducive do sitting outside. Also, the Sky Lounge, which is a lovely and spacious area for sitting and reading, was often unavailable because of the ubiquitous art auctions, while the fairly large area usually taken up by the art stuff lay empty and chairless.
The shore excursions were generally quite nice, the descriptions in the brochure again too often inadequate and inaccurate. You would be cautioned about 2 or 3 steps needed to board the bus, but the facts that at tendered ports, you had to descend a flight of stairs to get to the tender, and then ascend
the stairs to get back on the ship, and that at other ports the gangways were frequently quite long and steep went unmentioned.
The staff seemed as friendly and generally happy as usual, and the ship's officers were often visible and involved with the passengers. The Guest Relations staff was also quite friendly and helpful.
The cruise met our expectations, and we would not hesitate to travel with Celebrity again. Less
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