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Celebrity Solstice
Celebrity Solstice
Member Name: 4myOpinion
Cruise Date: May 2014
Embarkation: Seattle
Destination: Alaska
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 4.0
Spa & Fitness 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 4.0
Embarkation 4.0
Service 4.0
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates Not Rated
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We enjoyed our trip enormously. A few things for you to consider if you are thinking about taking this trip:

1. Our #1 favorite part of the cruise was taking the Tracy Arm Fjord catamaran shore excursion. This is a limited-seating option, so you should book early if it sounds appealing to you. But if you go, DO NOT BOOK AN AFTERNOON SHORE EXCURSION IN JUNEAU. Our catamaran spent an extra hour in the Fjord and then it took 20+ minutes for the crew to properly align the catamaran to the ship so people could transfer back to the ship. By that point, we were 1-1/2 hours later than we were supposed to be. Many people missed their afternoon shore excursions. We had not booked an excursion, so we were OK. We went on shore in Juneau and immediately went to one of the MANY tour kiosks right next to the ship. For only $20 round trip, we were taken on a bus to the Mendenhall Glacier where we had ample time to hike to Nuggett Falls.

2. Our only real complaint was that the Skyview Lounge (a large,windowed interior space with lots of comfy seating, located on an upper deck in the front of the ship) was often closed to the public due to some special group gathering or other. At times, the ropes were up but it appeared that the room was empty. On a chilly Alaska cruise, this was prime space where we wanted to be and it was frustrating to have it closed so often.

3. We were surprised at the enormous number of Asian passengers who have different cultural habits regarding things like letting people out of an elevator before pushing in, going to the dining room in flip flops and shorts. But everyone on the ship got along and we generally found people were pleasant.

4. DO NOT BOOK the Skagway White Pass & Yukon Railway shore excursion (SK01). Limited narration which is repeated word-for-word on the way up and again on the way back. Also, you have to step outside the train car to get a good picture but they have no speakers outside the train, so you have to choose -- do you want to take pictures or do you want to know what you are passing? You can't do both. third problem with that excursion is that they never let you off the train. Afterwards, we spoke with other passengers who took an excursion that was van/bus in one direction and train in the other direction and that seemed to be a much better tour.

5. The onboard naturalist, Brent Nixon, was wonderful and really added to our trip experience. If you go, attend each and every one of his talks. Celebrity is so smart to have Brent Nixon on board!!

6. An observation about dress code. We had been on a Celebrity cruise to the Caribbean, which was much dressier than this cruise to Alaska. The Alaska cruise was much more casual at all times: day and evening, smart casual and formal. "Formal" nights in Alaska were like non-formal nights in the Caribbean.

Publication Date: 06/16/14
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