Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by Anaxagoras408: GOOD VALUE
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This is our first time to sail with Celebrity and we found the Solstice to be a good quality boat. The food was well above average and two of the specialty restaurants, Murano, and Silk Harvest were of excellent quality.
The cleanliness of the ship was very good and the staffs attention to sanitization was omni present. We sailed in the concierge class which for a few more dollars offer a somewhat faster embarkation and few extra perks for the room.
Room steward services were seamless and polite and our person went out of the way to help us with a few things we either lost intransit or forgot to pack.
We availed ourselves of some of the more challenging shore excursions and spent most of the entire day ashore and as such we didn't participate in many of the shipboard activities. All three of our Celebrity sponsored excursions were professionally staffed and very well run.
A couple of the oddities of the boat should be mentioned. The best of the bars More for relaxation and general view is the Sky Bar forward deck 14. The unfortunate aspect is that the basketball court is directly above the bar so any solace you'll find there is only at freezing cold ports where the court isn't being used.
Another area that Soltice comes up short on is the bar tending. I'm a little fussy over how my Cosmopolitans are made and if you expect a textbook version the only place on the boat you'll find one is the martini bar deck 4. Even there getting the bartender to take a call liquor pour was like pulling teeth. Even there if you aren't seated at the bar itself you'll be served a melted version that won't contain your call liquor.
Shipboard noise is a growing problem with the various lines all frantically scrambling to turn the main social areas into discos. Solstice is no exception. Virtually every night the core is occupied with a loud pop group that makes quiet conversation an impossibility. I'm not too sure what happened to the thoughtful use of skilled acoustic performance, but wherever it is, it certainly isn't here! Less
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